August Review:

Rock bottom. Starting from scratch.

September Goals:

Destroy and rebuild. The downward dog has been completely rehauled. Proper form is tough. Straight back. Long, with the feet much closer apart and the hands much farther forward than they were in the past. Staring straight going down into Chaturanga. Smoother transition into Warrior 2. Strong, calm breathing no matter how tired the body is perceived to be.

Focus on the act of yoga. Not on anything else. When feeling weak, say, “Yes I can” to self.

Keep it moving.

If all this month I’m only doing Surya Namaskara A & B, that’s a-okay. I will go slowly, just like last year. There is no rush.

Best case scenario: I’m up to Prasarita Padottanasana A. Through the Parsvakonasanas and all of Finishing.

Likely? Through Surya Namaskara A & B (5x each), Padangustasana, Padahastana, Utthita Trikonasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana, and all of Finishing.

That would be an excellent month. Consistency. Six days a week. Let’s go!

Wednesday, September 30:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths), Sirsasana B

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (8 breaths)

Savasana

I keep thinking the practice is going to be challenging, full of tightness and lethargy. It keeps surprising me. Powerful! Strong practice. Doing very well. This is not too much for me at all. I am capable.

Tuesday, September 29:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths), Sirsasana B

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (8 breaths)

Savasana

Monday, September 28:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths), Sirsasana B

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (8 breaths)

Savasana

Sunday, September 27:

MOON DAY! Full Moon in Aries. Lunar Eclipse. Blood Moon.

Saturday, September 26:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Matsyasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Friday, September 25:

Off

Thursday, September 24:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Matsyasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

7:30 AM!

Wednesday, September 23:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Matsyasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

A bit tight. Strong practice nonetheless.

Tuesday, September 22:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Matsyasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Strong consecutive practices!

Monday, September 21:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padagusthasana, Padahastasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x2

Paschimottanasana B (8 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Hasalasana, Karnapidasana, Matsyasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Sunday, September 20:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Saturday, September 19:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Friday, September 18:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Thursday, September 17:

Impromptu off day.

Wednesday, September 16:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Tuesday, September 15:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (5 breaths)

Savasana

Monday, September 14:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana, x1

Paschimottanasana B (5 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Matsyasana

Padmasana

Tolasana (5 breaths)

Savasana

Six poses added. Practice felt good. Let’s do this for a week and then add Padangusthasana, Padahastasana, and a few more finishing sequence postures.

Sunday, September 13:

New Moon! Solar Eclipse in Virgo! MOON DAY! YEEEHAW!

Saturday, September 12:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Tougher.

Friday, September 11:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Incredible practice! Juice fast is really working. Challenging but energetic. Will keep this up ’til Monday, then start adding some Finishing Sequence.

Slow and steady, babe.

Thursday, September 10:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Wednesday, September 9:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Was going to start adding postures, but my Love had the great idea of beginning a week-long juice fast! Yes!

So we’ll keep this up for another week. HOLLA!

Tuesday, September 8:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Monday, September 7:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Sunday, September 6:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Saturday, September 5:

Off Day

Friday, September 4:

Missed practice

Thursday, September 3:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Did this in the evening.

Wednesday, September 2:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

I know I did this, but I hardly remember. Was this after the 20 minutes of Ruthless? I think so.

Tuesday, September 1:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Have been back practicing for a little over a week. Five days last week. Six days this week. Full Moon was Saturday. So Sunday was Day One, and today is Day Two.

It took a week to work back up to 5x of each. I was doing 5x of A and 3x of B.

Today felt great! Nice and early, about 8:50 AM. Okay, not too early, but “early” compared to the past six to eight weeks.

Thick lather of sweat. Quite challenging. A little soreness from yesterday when I lifted.

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