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September Review:

Meet the “likely scenario” goal. Surya Namaskara A & B, Standing through Parivrrta Trikonasana, and all of Finishing Sequence.

October Goals:

5.5 day a week consistency, with no lapses. Through all of Standing and all of Finishing.

Saturday, October 3:

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

Friday, October 2:

Spontaneous off day.

Thursday, October 1:

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

8:30 AM.

Was mentally fatigued. Physically I was fine. Nice and sweaty — so sweaty that the last two repetitions of Surya Namaskara B were awkward.

Physically I need more of a challenge. Soon. Four new standing next week. Still going slowly. Slow and steady!

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.

June Review:

Alright. Decent. Mediocre. Had its moments. Working out the kinks. Progress marred by inconsistency and ego.

July Goals:

No more fucking around. Discipline, discipline, discipline.

  • Two days a week of Mysore at Addicted to Yoga
  • Three days a week of David Swenson’s 1-hour short form
  • One day a week of some form of practice, whatever I’d like: a short form, a complete practice, a studio day, or just Sun Salutations.
  • First thing in the AM: wake, brush teeth, consume supplements, practice.

Thursday, July 23:

Feel embarrassed at my inability to keep this up.

Sobriety for 11 months as of Tuesday!

Melinda and I have been fighting. One nasty fight where I called the cops. Not too nasty, but yeah. Never call the cops. They don’t do anything. And they’ll certainly treat the Black man as if he must be proven innocent.

We’ve made up. We have to work this out. This is our situation.

We love each other very much. I want to marry her. We’ll get through this. Work has been stressful but is beginning to improve.

The house to ourselves for a month. Mom in New Jersey.

Lifted yesterday. Gil and Melinda. Registered for school last week — three classes. What else?

Monday, July 13:

Food poisoning.

But that’s not the whole story. Friday? I don’t think I did anything. Saturday? One hour. Sunday, Monday: none.

Food poisoning Saturday. Barfing three days in a row, including today.

But something feels off…

Thursday, July 9:

One day at a time, baby.

One hour personal practice this morning. 8:30 AM start time. 45-minute Swenson short form. It was a good practice. Tight at first. The lifting is beginning to affect me. A little stiff. But not too stiff. Was very tired. Powered through it.

Tomorrow: 90-minute practice with Janus.

Let’s a go!

Wednesday, July 8:

I dunno what’s going on.

Yesterday: none. Today: it’s 8PM and I haven’t started. Will do an hour after this. Missed morning Mysore.

Monday: One hour.

Sunday and Saturday: off.

Let’s get back on track.

Friday, July 3:

90-minute Ashtanga practice with Janus at Yellow Yoga!

We did the entire Primary Series, but it was rushed towards the end.

She just came back from a two-week intensive with Tim Miller and had a number of nifty adjustments. Incredible practice, although her pacing was off by quite a bit.

Yoga practice has become more challenging. I have been learning a lot recently. My downward dog, for instance, has been completely rehauled. Much longer. My feet were far too wide. It’s extremely strenuous now.

I eschewed downward dog before Virabhadrasana B in Surya Namaskara B until Alex at Ashtanga Seattle corrected me, too. Now Surya Namaskara is significantly more challenging.

Acupuncture is truly helping my practice in ways I never fathomed. My head easily touches the ground in Prasarita A and D now. Maybe six to eight months ago my head was touching the ground, for a month or three. Then, for whatever reason, it wasn’t. Now it is, more easily than it ever had before.

Why? I believe it’s due to energy blockages being cleared up. It’s permeating my entire life, too, not just yoga.

David Swenson has a workshop in Dana Point October 18. Kino MacGregor in Orange County on the 28th of October, I believe. Five-day intensive. $750.

No price point on the Swenson one. I may go to both. I am certainly going to Kino’s.

Thursday, July 2:

One-hour short form:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

Uttita Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, C

Uttita Hasta Padangusthasana A

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A & B

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A

Marichyasana A, C

Navasana (x3) (not including handstands)

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3; Paschimottanasana B (10 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana, Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths), Sirsasana B (5 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (5 breaths)

Savasana

The practice is growing! This was challenging at first, but then it was fun. The Sun Salutations are still the most challenging part of the practice. Not sure what time this was, but it certainly… wait, it was about 9:15 AM.

Wednesday, July 1:

Moon Day: Full Moon in Capricorn!

And…. we’re back!

The first 21 days of May were rough. It took me until May 22 to do my first full Mysore practice of the month?! Are you serious, Adam?

Yes. I am nearly positive my bookkeeping is accurate.

It was a needed break, clearly. Finishing up spring semester, I was dealing with a ton of stress. And, unlike past gaps in my yoga practice, I didn’t feel such a void, such a pervasive sense of lack. My practice was still with me even when I wasn’t practicing.

I would never leave you, friend. And the feeling is mutual, isn’t it? -hugs-

Seattle has me back on track.

I did put on a little flab. I am going to hit the practice hard this month; of that there’s no doubt. I’m ready. I put in five days of Mysore here in Seattle, or at least will by the time I hop on the plane tomorrow afternoon. Toss in four other days of an hour of yoga — two of which were quite strenous — and that’s nine practices, not shabby considering I also came down with a vicious cold in the beginning of the trip.

I’m also going to lift for these next three months. That will be logged in my journal for the month, this overview aside. Working out with Gil has become reliable, and we are feeding off each other. He’s ready for more, and I’m ready to cut some of this flab off. I want to bring definition to my chest, obliques and abs, to my upper body in general. My lower body is fantastic and I have no complaints with it.

We will be doing Strong Lifts and Olympic lifts.

As for yoga, the rough plan for the month is three days a week of Mysore, two to three days a week of a one hour personal practice, a slight modification of David Swenson’s 45-minute short form. (Instead of 3x Sun Salutations I do 5x. My breaths are long so in general my practice always leans a bit longer than typical.)

Monday, June 29:

I have not been proud of my personal practice recently, but not ashamed either.

Today: full Mysore.

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Uttita Trikonasana, Parivritta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parsvottanasana

Uttita Hasta Padangusthasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A & B

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A, B, C, D

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A & B, Supta Konasana, Supta Padangusthasana A & B

Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana

Setu Bandasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3; Paschimottanasana B (10 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana, Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (15 breaths), Sirsasana B (5 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana ,Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Lots of adjustments with Juliette!

Tomorrow: Iyengar in Chico.

Sunday, June 14:

90 percent of the Primary Series with Polina.

Terrible class. Very lazy teaching by her. She was not remotely sensitive to the pulse of the class. It was like a bootcamp. Complete joke. I’ll never go to her class again.

Learning about all the good Ashtanga studios in SoCal, from San Diego to Los Angeles.

Good practice but quite draining. I’m tired. Tomorrow: Mysore and lifting and running. Tuesday is a Moon Day, thankfully.

My body is becoming steel.

Saturday, June 13:

Missed three days this week.

Tuesday I did an hour. Wednesday, Thursday and Friday: empty.

Saturday: 90 minutes at ATY.

Sunday: 90 minutes at ATY.

Monday: 2-hour Mysore at ATY.

Tuesday: Moon Day.

Monday, June 8:

I have been sparse in updating my yoga log! This must change!

Yoga practice has been excellent. On the first I practiced at Ashtanga Yoga Seattle, under Alex’s tutelage for a Mysore style class. Full practice! Hey, what do those look like again?

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Uttita Trikonasana, Parivritta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivritta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parsvottanasana

Uttita Hasta Padangusthasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A & B

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana, Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana, Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A, B, C, D

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A & B, Supta Konasana, Supta Padangusthasana A & B

Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana

Setu Bandasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3; Paschimottanasana B (10 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana, Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (15 breaths), Sirsasana B (5 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana ,Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Tuesday was a Moon day.

Wednesday was a Full Mysore practice back here in the Inland Empire / Los Angeles County, with Juliette.

Thursday: one-hour short form:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana

Uttita Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, C

Uttita Hasta Padangusthasana A

Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana

Utkatasana, Virabhadrasana A & B

Primary Series:

Dandasana, Paschimottanasana A

Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A

Marichyasana A, C

Navasana (x3) (not including handstands)

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3; Paschimottanasana B (10 breaths)

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana, Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana, Pindasana

Matsyasana, Uttana Padasana

Sirsasana A (10 breaths), Sirsasana B (5 breaths)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (5 breaths)

Savasana

Friday? Procrastination plus Trevor’s arrival meant only the Sun Salutations, x5 (A) and x3 (B).

Saturday: One hour modified short form.

Sunday: Rest.

Monday? Hey, that’s today! Complete Mysore with Juliette.

A bit of a rough start. Throat was bothersome. Ran into a brick all during Virabhadrasana A. Broke through it sometime during early Primary, like during Trianga Mukhaikapada. Finished strong. Slow but steady progress on the complete wraps in Marichyasana B, C and D.

Felt incredible afterwards!

Welcome back, practice. I love you.

You didn’t go anywhere. Not really. I practiced throughout the month of April. I did take a break from journaling about it. I needed to re-charge my batteries and re-calibrate the game-plan.

I will now take this journal more seriously. There are the seeds of a book here. Derek is right: you can write a book about your yoga journey, beginning from your reading of The Autobiography of a Yogi to your impending Yoga Alliance certification.

Great idea!

Goals:

  • Finish certification at Addicted to Yoga
  • Mysore practice, two times a week: the complete Primary Series, approximately 105 minutes
  • Personal practice, four times a week: a minimum of Surya Namaskara A and B, 5x, with an intended target David Swenson’s 45-minute short form, modified upwards to 60 minutes

“No pressure, but…”

  • God-willing, add one day of the complete Primary Series in lieu of one day of a Short Form practice. So by the end of the month, when all goes well, we will be practicing the complete Primary Series three days a week, and practicing a Short Form version three days a week, for a total of six days a week.

Sunday, May 31:

Saturday: One hour of hatha yoga at Ripple Yoga.

Good, sweaty, strong practice. Ripple Yoga is a keeper!

Sunday: Mysore at Ashtanga Yoga Seattle, with Alex. Alex is grrrr-eat!

I’m sore at the moment. A bit sore all over. Obliques. Trapezius. Triceps. Quad. Hips. A good sore.

Tomorrow: last Mysore before the Full Moon in Sagittarius. And the last Mysore of my stay in Seattle!

Friday, May 29:

I’m too lazy to go back, day by day, and figure out what I did when. All I know is I only missed one day: Wednesday. There were two Mysore days and two non-Mysore days. Yesterday was Ripple Yoga: an hour of Vinyasa flow. Great class! Quite challenging. The instructor was no joke. I was absolutely drenched with sweat within twenty minutes. Loved it! Going again tomorrow.

Today was Salt Room Yoga with Rhonda. She was great! Lot of adjustments. ‘Twas a grueling practice. I even cried a bit after Sirsasana, during Paschimottanasna B. The Jill stuff. A lot of tension and stress came out. Th. ere’s still a lot more in there…

And earlier this week I went to Ashtanga Seattle. Alex taught it. He said I’m ready for Secondary Series.

I know this goes against improving my “humanity” and all, but I want to get fitter. Buffer. More cut up. I am still not happy with my body. I feel like it doesn’t look as fit as it actually is. Looking forward to lifting when I get back.

Three months of lifting. First month: one day a week. Second month: two days a week, one day SL, one day Olympic lifts. Third month: Two days a week. Maybe even two and a half days a week.

Gonna cut off some fat. Gain some muscle.

My legs are incredible. I love how they look. Just want a more defined upper body.

Sunday, May 24:

Feel a lot better. Was a 2/10; now I’m a 5/10, going on a 6/10. Will do yoga tomorrow. Today my body still needs rest.

Saturday, May 23:

Sickness. Severe cold. Did nothing but lay in bed and sleep.

Friday, May 22:

Complete Mysore practice — albeit out of order! — with Lily from Ashtanga Seattle. I was nervous, as it has been quite a while since I’ve practiced. It feels like an eternity. And jumping back in with a complete practice?! On a mat that’s not my precious Manduka?!

It went well. The first 30-45 minutes were tough. I thought about quitting. It consoled me. But then I broke through and, while challenging, it turned manageable. My body was more limber than I expected. Shocking, really. It’s almost like — gasp — the time off helped!

I got up at 5 AM and was there bright and early at 6. It’s 10 AM and I think I’ll nap before the conference, which begins at 1pm.

Thursday, May 21:

Two weeks later… I can’t remember if I did Sun Salutations some days, but I don’t think I did. So we basically went 16 days without practice. Interesting.

Involuntary, too. I wanted to practice. I just couldn’t. Not sure why. I “could” but I didn’t. Burnout? Just too much life stress? Things have been overwhelming.

I practiced at Yogasmith Seattle today. It was a light practice, led by Joel. A beautiful studio that also doubles as a home. It’s an incredible environment, truly. I had a great practice! I needed this oh so desperately.

Tuesday, May 5 & Wednesday, May 6:

None

Been indulging in a new relationship and have not been properly prioritizing yoga. We are going to attack things with a vigor the next few weeks to “make up” for it. The full Primary Series for the next 10 days or so. No exceptions.

Monday, May 4:

None

Another tough, intense day. This has been a recent theme: tough starts to the month. I can “excuse” this as it’s another Full Moon day; yesterday’s Full Moon was late last night.

Sunday, May 3:

FULL MOON IN SCORPIO

Spent the day with Jill. ❤

Saturday, May 2:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

Okay, so we have a slow start to the month. That’s okay. Today is the day before the Full Moon in Scorpio. Life is exceedingly intense. But at least I practiced. Making time every day, no matter what, even if it’s only 15 minutes, is what is important.

Friday, May 1:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x

My fault for not practicing in the morning, as scheduled. It is now 9:34 PM as I write this, and when I am done writing down my journals/logs for this month, I will go home and complete my repetitions.

Today has been one of the most intense days of my life. There has been a lot of crying. Jill and I have gone through trying times. Things are in a holding pattern right now. Only God knows what shall happen. I am practicing acceptance of this.

I had incredible talks with Andy and Derek, solidifying my business plans. I am immensely grateful of my friendships; I have an abundance of support, and I am truly humbled. Whatever happens with Jill, I will be stronger for it. I have new-found focus, direction and integrity, and there is no price that can be put on such conviction.

Tomorrow morning? 60-minute Short Form. See you then!

February Review

Nailed the yoga goal (add six asanas). Averaging five days a week of my more-or-less full practice. There are nine left, although that number is deceiving: four of them are all quite similar. The last one is one of my favorites. So this month I will add the final nine!

Since I have become accustomed to them by practicing them at the studio a few times a week, I am no longer intimidated by them. I’m actually looking forward to it.

Quitting lifting was an excellent decision. My body is no longer stiff! It feels perpetually primed for physical activity. I am in great shape!

Biking and running have become much more consistent. Twenty-five miles a week on the bike has become easy. A couple of miles a week running. I could do a lot more; looking forward to the opportunity. Nathaniel still can’t do more than a mile comfortably. I could probably do 2-3 fairly comfortably; a mile doesn’t tire me at all anymore. It just feels good to run it!

March Goals:

Practice the entire Primary Series.

Bike at least 25 miles a week.

Run with Nathaniel at least once a week.

Begin working out with Gildardo.

Simple goals!

Sunday, March 1:

Yoga:

None.

Spontaneous off day.

Physically my practice is excellent. Mentally I’m a bit tired.

Monday, March 2:

It’s 3:24 PM and I still haven’t done yoga. Not sure if I will. I don’t feel compelled to, and I say that in a good way. A short break could be exactly what I need right now. I don’t feel so OCD/ADD when I miss a practice. Anxiety about taking a day off has decreased. Now I feel like I can listen to my body/mind more effectively as to when I should or should not push myself.

Ran a mile with Nathaniel. Good times.

Tuesday, March 3:

Yoga:

1 hour 15 minute practice of Primary Series with Janus.

Not feeling it. Have not been feeling yoga in quite some time.

I biked ~22 miles.

Wednesday, March 4:

Yoga:

None.

Thursday, March 5:

Full Moon!

Friday, March 6:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Planned to do my normal practice. But I am so tight right now. Wow. Not feeling it. I’m going to ease back into things this week, I guess.

Tomorrow: Sun Salutations + full Primary Series practice with Janus.

Sunday: Sun Salutations + full practice with Polina.

Monday: Full practice by myself, up to Upavishta Konasana A & B.

And then we’ll be back.

The Sun Salutations today were pretty good. Nice and sweaty. I feel much better. I woke up at 5:40 AM. I’m getting up at 6 AM every day from now on. No excuses.

This is a huge month from me. No more “not feeling like doing yoga” as an excuse. We’re getting back on track. You’ve had a pretty chill 10 days, Adam. You’ve averaged, like, 3 days of yoga a week. Maybe four. I’m not sure; I’m not going to go back to count, ‘cuz I’m feeling a little guilty.

But until the next New & Full Moon, you are practicing every day. Six and a half days a week. Sun Salutations at the least. No excuses. NONE! Up at 6 AM! Practice by 6:30 – 7! You need this! Let’s do it!

Biked to and from school yesterday. So about 40 miles this week on the bike.

Saturday, March 7:

7:30 AM:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

9:30 AM:

Yoga:

Full Primary Series w/ Janus

Sunday, March 8:

9:00 AM:

Full Primary Series @ ATY.

Polina is a joke. She misses class all the time. No more. I’m going to Juliette’s Mysore or nothing at all from ATY.

I’m already planning on finishing my teacher training elsewhere. I’ll consider it a bonus if ATY works out. For now, the next two months are all about my personal practice. One month to finish, the next month to practice it consistently.

Monday, March 9:

None

I’m pretty sure I didn’t do yoga this day. It feels so long ago. But why wouldn’t I do it? Umm… Oh yeah, I didn’t do it. I didn’t get to sleep ’til 3:30 AM. So I procrastinated and then I never did it.

Tuesday, March 10:

Yoga:

Personal practice up to Janu Sirsasana A (AM)

75 minute practice with Janus (PM)

Doubled up today to make up for yesterday. Morning practice was eh, evening one was excellent. Also biked to and from school.

Wednesday, March 11:

Yoga:

Mysore practice with Juliette, up to Supta Padangusthasana B

Awesome! Will be here every M and W. 6:30 AM.

Thursday, March 12:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Finishing Sequence

I think… Pretty sure.

Friday, March 13:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A & B; Supta Konasana; Supta Padangusthasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

Lookie here! We did it! New poses added!

It wasn’t easy; I planned to quit after Marichyasana D again. But I kept going.

Personal practice has been tough the past 2 and a half weeks. Why? I don’t know. But it has.

Gotta push through it.

This week, Monday aside, has been good. Up bright and early. Practicing promptly. This AM was 6:45.

Saturday, March 14:

Yoga:

Full Primary Series w/ Janus

Sunday, March 15:

None

Slept ~3.5 hours after the concert. Could’ve done Sun Salutations in the AM… Should’ve. I didn’t, and then was busy from 11 AM on. My loss.

Monday, March 16:

Mysore:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Upavishta Konasana A & B; Supta Konasana; Supta Padangusthasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

Six-mile hike with Gil Toledo.

One mile run with Nathaniel.

Tuesday, March 17:

Yoga:

Sun Salutations

Brother here, throwing me off my routine. Excuses, yes. Practiced at 3:15 PM. May go to the studio this evening.

I feel like I’ve been slipping on yoga a bit the past month. But when I look back, it hasn’t been that bad. Love yourself, Adam.

I am determined to, by the end of the month, regain control of my personal practice. 6:30 AM every day, six days a week, practicing up to Supta Padangusthasana B.

New Moon is on the 20th. So from the 21st to the 31st, 10 consecutive days, we’re gonna be on it!

January Review:

Added two asanas. Went back to Addicted to Yoga and am practicing the entire Primary Series once a week with Polina.

Tough month, all things considered. Focused primarily on consistency. Broke through a mental wall re: yoga practice — Marichyasana was previously the furthest into the Primary Series my personal practice maintained.

Emotional burnout at the end of the month forces a spontaneous one-week break. A much-needed break, in hindsight. Part of me still feels a bit guilty since I just had a two-week break in December. But on the other hand: a) I exericse, what, 10-15 hours a week? b) I’ve been going through a lot the past 2-3 months and have not given myself as much of a break as needed. It’s only natural — and healthful — that my body, the wonderful self-regulating organism it is, will eventually make it abundantly clear, in a fashion I am unable to ignore, that rest is needed.

Fair enough. I realized in the second half of January I needed to add another rest day every week, but it was a bit too late.

I am still in very good shape, however. I have built a not-insignificant amount of muscle as I’ve been back on StrongLifts the past two months, and it’s increasingly evident. Giving myself a break from progressively adding poses every week was a wise idea, as my body needed time to adjust to an hour-plus daily practice. Now I’ve had about six weeks to adjust to what is fairly grueling, non-stop exercise. Have you ever undergone an hour of exercise without any breaks? It can be quite demanding. Now continue that five times a week for a couple of months.

February Goals:

Yoga:

I am giving myself about a week to ease back into my current 90-minute practice, and maybe another week of consistency before I begin to add a couple of poses a week.

I have fifteen poses left: Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana, Baddha Konasana A & B, Upavishta Konasana A & B, Supta Konasana, Supta Padangusthasana A, B & C, Ubhaya Padangusthasana, Urdhva Mukha Paschimottanasana, and Setu Bandhasana.

Of those fifteen, I am extremely comfortable with five of them (Baddha Konasana A & B; Supta Padangusthasana A through C). I am somewhat comfortable with eight of them. The last one, Setu Bandhasana, is one I’ve never done before, but looks pretty fun.

So this month I’ll take things a little slowly and add Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana, and Baddha Konasana A & B: six asanas total.

StrongLifts:

After much deliberation and back-and-forth, I have decided that, until I am practicing the entire Primary Series for about a month, I am taking a break from lifting weights. Even one day a week has proven to hold me back. While I am no longer dealing with soreness, I can feel the tightness in my muscles, particularly my hips, quadriceps and hamstrings, for three, and sometimes four, days afterward.

I am at a critical portion in my yoga practice. I am near accomplishing a goal dear to my heart, that I have been striving towards for almost two years now. Throughout this journey I have seen the effect one-pointedness concentration has on both the process and results, as well as seeing how quickly things stray when I underestimate the practice and scatter my devotion.

There was a brief period where I had quit lifting and was focusing almost entirely on yoga. After a few weeks of struggle, my body began to feel light, supple and strong. The practice was no longer such a mental burden because physically it was as prepared as it could be. Poses felt natural.

While I feel a bit guilty about seemingly abandoning StrongLift when my goals there are within sight, the fact is I am a yogi first. It only makes sense that, as my practice grew from 10, 20, and 30 minutes a day to 40, 50, 60, and now 90, that StrongLifts would only further impinge on my flexibility.

A typical pattern I have is an overestimation of my abilities. Do you realize just how much ninety minutes a day is, Adam? No, I honestly don’t. I still feel like I will be able to practice 100-120 minutes a day and lift one day a week until I meet my StrongLift goals. But if I have to sacrifice the latter, I do it willingly. For at least the next two, and possibly three, months, StrongLifts is on hiatus.

Biking/Running:

Due to needing to prioritize my time, I have been driving to school a lot more often than planned. That will change. I thoroughly enjoy biking to school, and only enjoy it further as my fitness level increases. The 25 mile-a-week biking goal is within sight as I steadily chug along on the path.

As far as running? I ran — using “ran” liberally; there were extended walking breaks — about six miles on a trail two weeks ago. The past week I have only run a mile or so.

That more or less encompasses my relationship with running: I enjoy it, and when the opportunity arises, I am loathe to pass it up. But as far as making the opportunity? I am less gung ho about doing so. It is something I thoroughly enjoy and so will always be around, but it’s also something that is hard on the body: 1.5-2x your body weight pounding with every step. As a result it is a bit antithetical to my yoga practice. I am sure that, eventually, running five or ten miles a week will become standard, but I do not have any formal goals for running, merely keeping tabs on my mileage.

Thursday, February 5:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

A mile run, too.

Friday, February 6:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Was torn with whether to do the entire Series today or to continue easing back into it. My body is tighter than it is used to feeling, so I have a bit of anxiety to overcome. Tomorrow? I will do at least Standing and Finishing. Sunday I will be at ATY, practicing the entire Series. That will, at the latest, be my kickstart back into the routine. 🙂

Saturday, February 7:

C’mon Adam, you’re updating this Monday?! Get with the program, broseph!

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Finishing Sequence

Yes! I did what I said I would!

And it wasn’t nearly as hard as I thought it would be!

Sunday, February 8:

Yoga:

Entire Primary Series (ATY)

Polina had a sub. I did not like her. Asian lady. Monotonous. Boring energy. But workman-like efficiency. At least she knew all the poses.

Erica chatted me up after, interested in Acro Yoga. Hmm…

Monday, February 9:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand)

Bhujapidasana

Finishing Sequence

Quitting lifting is already paying off. How do I feel so good?! What a great practice! Time flew by! Very soon it will be time to add the Kurmasanas.

Hike with Jonathan. About two miles.

Tuesday, February 10:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana

Finishing Sequence

Didn’t work up much of a sweat. And my left knee was off. Got a bit bored somewhere between Ardha Baddha Paschimottanasana and Marichyasana D. Starting to dig Navasana; I love how much it warms one up.

Added Kurmasana. Feels uncomfortable. It’s not very good. But gotta start somewhere.

Also focusing on doing this earlier. Today I began at 7:55 AM. Beginning before 8 AM is my current goal.

Biked to and from school. Twenty-two miles, according to Google Maps.

Wednesday, February 11:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana

Finishing Sequence

I had a dream involving turtles … Glorious turtles. Kurmasana is tortoise posture, right? Hmm…

Good practice. Began around 8:05 AM. Good sweat from Surya Namaskaras but little sweat afterwards.

Left knee felt a bit better.

Quitting lifting was a great decision. I’m beginning to feel more limber. It will take a few weeks, however.

Biked to Sprouts and to the track. Probably 6 miles total, if not more.

Ran 1.5 miles.

Thursday, February 12:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana

Finishing Sequence

7:55 AM.

Biked to and from school. Another 22 miles. Damn, that’s 50 miles this week. Cool.

Friday, February 13:

Acro yoga for ~30 minutes with Erica.

Saturday, February 14:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Running short on time today. Feel slightly bad for not having a full practice today or yesterday, but I did say: a) I would incorporate more off/easy days and b) I would ease back into it this week. I didn’t ease back into it much at all, for I went right into full practices Saturday through Thursday!

I had the slightest inclination that my body/mind would appreciate a bit of a break, so I’m actually listening for once.

Next week, beginning tomorrow, there will be six days of full practice, as well as rejoicing on my off day as the energy of the New Moon proliferates.

Sunday, February 15:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana

Finishing Sequence

At Addicted to Yoga. Polina once again out. I’ll call ahead every Sunday from now on. No Polina, no me.

The substitute was mediocre at best.

Monday, February 16:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Finishing Sequence

Chea, boi!

Biked to the track and ran 1.5 miles. Which is probably more like 1.75 miles, ‘cuz I run in the outside lane. The biking is probably 6-8 miles, total?

Was up at 5:15. Practice by 7.

Tuesday, February 17:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstand), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

Chea, boi! So limber today!

Biking to school, and then from Ben’s to home. That’s probably 15-18 miles.

Was up at 5. Practice at 6:40.

Wednesday, February 18:

New Moon! Off day!

Went for a run with Nathaniel. One mile. ‘Cuz our runs are speshal.

Thursday, February 19:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

7:05 AM. Woke up at 6.

A bit tired but that went away quickly. Worked up a nice lather of sweat by Surya Namaskara B, third repetition. All downhill from there!

Yeeeeah! Feeling great!

Friday, February 20:

None. Impromptu day off! -.-

Saturday, February 21:

Yoga:

Full Primary Series with Janus!

Oh how I’ve missed thee, Janus! Janus is my old teacher from ATY. Nikkie notified me where she’s teaching now and also gave me a free month’s pass! So I’ll be going to as many of Janus’ classes as I can.

Sunday, February 22:

Yoga:

Full Primary Series with Polina!

Monday, February 23:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

Late start (11:45 AM). Good practice.

Tuesday, February 24:

Yoga:

Primary Series with Janus

About 80-85% of it. One hour 15 minutes. Not a great practice. Wasn’t really into it. Not a bad one either, though.

Wednesday, February 25:

I think I took the day off. 90% sure.

Ran with Nathaniel.

Thursday, February 26:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Janu Sirsasana A, B, C

Marichyasana A; B, C, D (modifications)

Navasana (x5) (including handstands), Bhujapidasana

Kurmasana, Supta Kurmasana, Garbha Pindasana, Kukkutasana

Baddha Konasana A & B

Finishing Sequence

I don’t even remember doing this, but I know I did it. It was a blurry practice. Not great. Mentally I’ve been out of shakes this week.

I biked to and from school.

Friday, February 27:

Didn’t really practice. Taught Ashley for an hour. So some yoga but not enough to say it was a practice.

Saturday, February 28:

Yoga:

Full Primary Series with Janus

Okay, we’re finding ourselves here. Good practice. Chadd showed up! I liked his energy. I liked Janus’ energy. Irina’s energy. Strong energy in the room today.

I was feeling blah going into it, but not too blah. Just slightly mentally exhausted.

But now I’m feeling solid. The only solution is to keep practicing. My body is coming along nicely. Poses are feeling easier. The pain in my left knee is dissipating. I have no idea where it came from but it’s nice that it’s healing. Running or biking hasn’t negatively affected it at all. It’s not nearly as flexible as it was when healthy, but I can put a little pressure on it, take it to the edge, and it’s still quite alright.

I am transitioning in and out of poses with aplomb. The muscle memory. Soon it’s time to learn more advanced transitions and the final six poses.