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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.

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.

December Review:

Impromptu two-week break. Took 8 days completely off and seven days with light exercise.

Have been dealing with a lot of stress and approaching burnout. Physically I felt as good as I’ve ever felt. Strength, endurance, flexibility are all at peaks.

Felt refreshed after the break. Ready to add more capacity and push myself.

January Goals:

Yoga:

Consistency. I’m currently up to Marichyasana D. This is the tricky part, as this is the furthest I’ve ever gone in my personal practice. I’m a bit scared. I’m not going to set a definitive goal on how many poses I add. As many as I can, with a minimum of one every seven days of consecutive practice. At this point practicing consecutively, for the 75 minutes or so I’m at right now, is of vital importance. As my body and mind become accustomed to that, adding poses won’t feel so gargantuan.

StrongLifts:

Two days a week.

Classic 5×5 StrongLifts on one day:

Squats: 175 lb x 5
Bench Press: 165 lb x 5
Overhead Press: 110 lb x 5
Bent Over Barbell Row 140 x 5
Deadlift: 175 lb x 1

The Olympic lifts: Snatch, Clean & Jerk on another day. No weight on the bar (45 lb) just yet; need to feel more comfortable with the form before I start adding weight.

At least one set of push-ups, pull-ups, chin-ups and reverse forearm curls afterwards.

Biking/Running:

25 miles/week from biking, which I shall accomplish simply by biking to school two days a week.

Would like to start running one mile a week again. But I am treading carefully. I want to make sure I don’t bite off more than I can chew. The biking/running goals are optional, simply if I feel up to it.

I’m starting to get ripped. Pretty excited. Have a long way to go!

Thursday, January 1:

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

Friday, January 2:

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

Saturday, January 3:

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

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5
Overhead Press: 110 x 5
Deadlift: 175 x 1

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 8
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3

Sunday, January 4:

Full Moon

Monday, January 5:

Two more days of the yoga practice and I will add Navasana. For now:

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

Strong practice.

Tuesday, January 6:

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

Wednesday, January 7:

Ran with Nathaniel. Dunno how long; on a trail without mile markers. Maybe a mile or a mile and a half.

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

Finishing Sequence

Mental barrier broken!

Thursday, January 8:

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

Finishing Sequence

Ran with Nathaniel. Same trail, longer run. Mile and a half or so.

Yoga has been getting a little easier but is still mentally tough. Have had thoughts about quitting yesterday and especially today. Fantasizing about taking weeks off or needing to rest or what have you. But pushed through it. I’m fine.

Mentally I feel myself becoming fortified. Astonishing, really.

Navasana is no joke. The core strength, the inner thighs, the lower back. Wow.

I am beginning to thoroughly enjoy all of the seated postures aside from Purvottanasana. I no longer hate Purvottanasana, but it always gives me pause: ‘Uh-oh.’

The vinyasas between each postures/sides are becoming refreshing rather than arduous.

StrongLifts:

Snatch: 45 lb

Clean & Jerk: 45 lb

One set of pushups (15), pull-ups (5), chin-ups (5), reverse forearm curls (8)

Will hire a personal trainer soon to get my technique down on the Olympic lifts. Not happy with it.

Friday, January 9:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Ease back a little today. Chill out, read a lot. Back to the entire practice tomorrow, as well as 5×5 SL.

That would put me on track for the next posture to be added next Thursday (15th).

I’m thinking ~4 poses this month, ~5-6 next month, ~6-8 the following month. That will be the entire sequence. Then practice for a month consecutively. Then return to ATY.

Calves hurt. Running with Nate, lol.

Saturday, January 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)

Finishing Sequence

Tough, tough practice. Scattered mentally.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5

Bench: 165 x 4; 160 x 1

Bent Over Barbell Row: 140 x 5

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 1 x 8
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
1 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5

Squats were awesome! Bench was strenuous. Could feel the extra 2-3 pounds I lost. Barbell Row was slightly harder than usual.

I’m cool with chilling at these weights for the month. Will add some pounds next month. Slowly but surely. No rush here.

Felt blah today but I’m proud of myself that I didn’t give in on my exercise. This is essentially important to me and I have never been so determined. The weather was overcast and it even started raining when I began lifting.

No matter. Mind over matter. I feel great now!

Sunday, January 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)

Finishing Sequence

Strong practice. An emotional one. A lot of “Caitlin” thoughts. Well, today does mark a week.

A bit sore and tight to begin. But the supplements are doing their job. Was not as sore as I typically am.

Monday, January 12:

I realized I have been overpracticing.

Traditionally, in the Mysore yoga tradition, one is only supposed to practice six days a week.

I read a Kino MacGregor article discussing how new students typically start at three days a week and add one day a week every six months. El oh el! I’ve blasted past that and almost immediately went right into 5-6 days a week as often as possible.

I will now change my schedule thusly:

Yoga, six days a week. Off one day a week and (maybe) on New and Full Moons.

This will give me one to two days off every week.

Complete off days, too. No limited days. I need it. My body has been clamoring for it. I have refused to listen. Finally, I shall listen.

Tuesday, January 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)

Finishing Sequence

Barely got through the practice. Very tough. Surprisingly stiff.

~15 miles on the bike.

Wednesday, January 14:

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)

Finishing Sequence

Mentally the practice has been absurdly difficult. Almost quit.

Ran ~1.25 miles with Nathaniel.

Thursday, January 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)

Finishing Sequence

Another tough practice.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5
Overhead Press: 110 x 5
Deadlift: 175 x 1

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 1 x 8
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
1 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5

The T+ is working. I feel noticeably stronger.

I was tired before but felt great during and after. Yee-haw!

Running later with Nathaniel. 1.25 miles.

Friday, January 16:

Did not run with Nathaniel, fyi.

Very tough day. Biked to school, ~10 miles. No yoga, however. Attempted it in the evening but broke down and cried. Caitlin.

Saturday, January 17:

No exercise. Sort of planned on yoga and lifting, but got off to a slow start in the morning — Caitlin — and then leaned on friends for support. It was a day of friendship, reflection, cathartic therapy, and re-connecting. Excellent day and a needed break.

Sunday, January 18:

The entire Primary Series at Addicted to Yoga!

Whew. Broke through a mental wall here. Best practice in a very long time. I will be back every Sunday!

Monday, January 19:

Trip to NorCal. Brought my yoga mat but ran out of time.

Tuesday, January 20:

New Moon

Wednesday, January 21:

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

One of the sickest practices ever! TWO POSES ADDED! Well, technically one, I s’pose; handstands are included in Navasana. But wow!

I hadn’t practiced in two days — one day in NorCal, the other a New Moon — and four in five days (last Friday and Saturday being “Caitlin” days, el oh el), so I was a wittle scared — but also extremely limber. Wildly limber! My practice is progressing so much!

StrongLifts soon!

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5

Bench: 165 x 5

Deadlift: 175 x 1

Reverse Forearm Curls: 70 lb, 1 x 8
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
1 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5

Whoops — did Deadlifts again. Didn’t realize I was to do barbell row. So gotta do barbell row two consecutive weeks. Got it.

Next month we’re definitely upping squats and DL to 180. Bench will stay the same. Barbell row probably the same. Overhead Press the same.

Great workout! I’m feeling so much stronger! But being patient. Going to take my time. If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

Thursday, January 22:

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

Sick practice! Very tough, physically, by the end!

Bike ride to school and partially back. Probably 15 miles.

Friday, January 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 handstand)

Bhujapidasana

Finishing Sequence

Saturday, January 24:

6 mile trail run

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

Starting to get more comfortable with bhujapidasana.

Sunday, January 25:

Yoga:

Entire Primary Series (ATY)

Monday, January 26:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Just not into it. Quite fatigued. Will either do the same thing tomorrow or go back to the full practice. Will take a nap later today.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5
Overhead Press: 110 x 5
Bent Over Barbell Row: 140 x 5

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 1 x 8; 1 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 4
Chin-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 4
Wide-Armed Push-ups: 2 x 15

Awesome workout!

Tuesday, January 27:

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

First half sucked. It was shaping up to be one of my worst practices in some time. Then I took into account Polina’s adjustment during Prasarita Padottanasana D and my head touched the ground. I knew I was flexible enough to accomplish this, and have been for some time, but something in my technique was off. Polina fixed it, I spontaneously applied it, and — just like that — my mood shifted ever-so-slightly. The rest of my practice built on this slight momentum and it ended up as a pretty darn good one, all things considered!

Biking ~15 miles to school.

Wednesday, January 28:

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

Did not enjoy any second of it. Maybe that’s a slight exaggeration. But only slight. Today was a grind.

Thursday, January 29:

November Review:

Consistency. Lots of consistency.

Goals for December:

Yoga:

Add 12 Primary Series postures.

StrongLifts:

One day a week:

Squats: 175 x 5
Deadlift: 175 x 1
Overhead: 110 x 1
Barbell Row: 140 x 5
Bench: 165 x 5

Same weights as November. Just want to keep up the consistency and focus primarily on yoga.

Biking/Running:

25 miles of bike riding a week;

One mile of running a week

Monday, December 1:

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

Finishing Sequence

Added Janu Sirsasana A. I enjoy how this “phase” of the Primary Series focuses on knee flexibility. Today was a strong practice.

Tuesday, December 2:

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

Finishing Sequence

Strong practice. Still have to push myself. But it’s worth it. Tomorrow: Janu Sirsasana B!

Wednesday, December 3:

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

Finishing Sequence

Thursday, December 4:

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

Finishing Sequence

We’ve almost made it. All I have to do is 5×5 StrongLifts today (Squats, Overhead Press, Deadlifts) and I’ve earned my day off.

Surya Namaskara A: Nine counts (x5)
Surya Namaskara B: Seventeen counts (x5)
Standing Sequence: Nineteen asanas
Primary Series: Thirty-one asanas
Finishing Sequence: Fifteen asanas

Total: 195.

I have 173 down, 22 Primary Series asanas to go. ETA: February 1. 58 days left. Let the countdown begin!

I have been working for over two years to get to this point, experiencing a countless array of setbacks. Setbacks that, if you knew about, would make you blush.

I’m almost there. I can taste it, smell it, see it. Nothing will stop me. Every single day (except for New and Full Moons, anyway, although in their own way — rest — they count just as much!) I get incrementally closer to my goal.

“When you are inspired by some great purpose, some extraordinary project, all your thoughts break their bounds. Your mind transcends limitations, your consciousness expands in every direction and you find yourself in a new, great and wonderful world. Dormant forces, faculties and talents become alive, and you discover yourself to be a greater person by far than you ever dreamed yourself to be.”

– Patanjali

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5

Overhead Press: 110 x 5

Deadlift: 175 x 1

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3

Friday, December 5:

I thought today was a Full Moon! So disappointed when I learned it was not.

Decided to listen to my body and take it a bit easy.

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Padmasana

Soon I will get to the point where my “easy” days are the 30- or 45-minute routine Swenson lays out in the Practice Manual.

Also: I’ve certainly biked 25 miles this week. Just sayin’.

No run, however.

Saturday, December 6:

FULL MOON! OFF DAY!

Excited to get back to it tomorrow, too.

Sunday, December 7:

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

Finishing Sequence

Monday, December 8:

None

Tuesday, December 9:

Biked to Upland and back. 12 miles total?

Wednesday, December 10:

I’m not sure what’s going on. It’s like I’ve inexplicably hit a wall. Things were going so great, too. I’m not sure why this keeps happening.

I’ll probably force myself to do Surya Namaskara. I’m going to take a mental break. Because I don’t know what’s going on. But I also don’t want to just stop. Just do Sun Salutations until you feel like doing more.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 175 x 5
Bench Press: 165 x 5
Barbell Row: 140 x 5

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3

Thursday, December 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)

Finishing Sequence

I’ve partially made up for it by adding five poses within the past five days. Not bad.

I’ll keep this up for 2-5 days and then start adding more.

Biked around the city, then to Upland and back. Probably another 10-12 miles.

Friday, December 12 – Thursday, December 18:

One or two days I did some yoga — a little, not much. Probably one day.

Hit a wall, burned out, took a break, whatever you’d like to call it. Basically, I was not looking forward to yoga and decided I needed some time off to recharge my batteries.

Friday, December 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)

Finishing Sequence

And… we’re back.

Saturday, December 20:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence (up to Prasarita Padottanasana D)

Finishing Sequence: Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana, Savasana

Had to take a big dump in the middle so cut it short. True story, el oh el.

Don’t feel all the way “back” yet anyway. Tomorrow is a New Moon. Planned to push myself today with yoga and StrongLifts, but I think instead I need to chill out a bit more, do what I can, and rev up towards the finish line when I catch my second wind.

So no StrongLifts this week. Probably not even next week. Instead I’ll talk to Garrett/Nathaniel and ask if they want to learn the Olympic lifts with me. Start from scratch there, practice those once a week. Focus everything else on yoga until I break through this wall.

New goal: practice up to Navasana. That’s just one more pose. So we’re really just gaining some consistency. Re-tool in January. Finish the entire Primary Series by March. Consistency for a month. Then go back to the studio. That’s the new plan. Incorporate more rest.

I got this.

Sunday, December 21:

New Moon in Capricorn / Winter Solstice

Monday, December 22 – Sunday, December 28:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Finishing Sequence: Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana, Savasana

Still felt a bit burned out so I took it easy this week. No lifting either. Reset everything, give my body time to heal. Proud of myself because it’s been so hard, in the past, for me to take a break without completely falling off and sabotaging myself.

Tomorrow we’re back for sure. Up to Marichyasana D as well as the return of lifting. Bought some supplements, too. We’re gonna be doing big things!

Monday, December 29:

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

Great first practice back!

Strong Lifts:

Snatch 5×5; Clean and Jerk 5×5 (45 lb)

I’m learning. I know I’m doing a lot wrong. Feels awful being a novice. These lifts are tough. But I’m committed to learning ’em.

Tuesday, December 30:

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 want to get stronger and fitter. Why am I so dissatisfied with myself? I’m doing great. It’s just not enough for me right now.

Wednesday, December 31:

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

Strong practice.

October Review:

The best part of my month! Other areas of my life are best described as tumultuous, but my fitness has rarely been more consistent.

I thrashed through my yoga goals, which was to add fifteen minutes. I actually added 30 minutes. I meet my revised goal of practicing all of Standing and Finishing Sequence by the end of the month; I met that goal with three days to spare in the month.

Did not meet my initial goal of StrongLifts, but did meet my revised goal (take the month off and focus on yoga).

Did not meet running or biking goals. But that hardly matters to me. They are somewhat of a priority on a daily basis. I do not shy away or avoid them. Sometimes circumstances work out and sometimes they don’t.

For now I am putting 90 percent of my mental discipline with regards to fitness towards yoga and StrongLifts.

November goals? Hmm.

Yoga:

Go back to Addicted to Yoga. Add 15 minutes of Primary Series poses. Practice at least 6 days a week.

StrongLifts:

One day a week.

Squats: 190 5×5
Deadlift: 185 1×5
Overhead: 110  5x 5
Barbell Row: 140 5x 5
Bench: 165 5×5

Only adding 5 lb to Squats and Barbell Row. The other lifts are just about getting back into the swing of things.

The extra work:

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 2 x 5

I have already met the forearm curls goal. Push-ups are almost there. Pull-ups and chin-ups are almost there as well, but a little farther away than the pushups.

Strongly want to improve my upper body. Hence the extra work.

Biking:

25 miles a week

Running:

1 mile a week

Let’s get to it!

Saturday, November 1:

Yoga:

Level 3 class at The Yoga Den for 90 minutes.

Sunday, November 2:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Monday, November 3:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x2, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Did bridge for one of the reps of Urdhva Dhanurasana.

I lifted, 5×5 SL, before today’s practice. As a result today was hard. I was extremely proud I got through it. Have no idea how I’ll get through tomorrow’s.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 190 lb x 5 (Personal Record!)

Overhead Press: 110 x 5

Bent Over Barbell Row: 140 x 5 (Personal Record!)

Yikes. For the first time in my life I felt soreness immediately. From the very first set. My quads were squeezing so tight. This was by no means smooth, controlled lifting! I was struggling!

It was too much weight on the bar, to be honest. Whatever. I’m sticking with this weight amount all month.

“Extra” upper body work after SL:

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5

Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3

Wide-Armed Push-ups: 1 x 15; 1 x 12

Chin-ups: 1 x 5; 1 x 3

Not as tough as I feared. I was pretty beat after SL. Powered through it with ability I was not sure I had.

Tuesday, November 4:

I am incredibly sore. Of that there is no doubt. It hurts to stand up and walk and move.

Wednesday, November 5:

Still sore.

Thursday, November 6:

Full Moon in Taurus

Friday, November 7:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x2, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Three days off killed my mood and motivation. But this was one of the best practices yet! Practicing in the meditation room at my Mom’s is much better than the one at my Dad’s. The room is smaller so I sweat much more. And it’s much quieter to boot. My practices have been taking off since making the switch.

Saturday, November 8:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x2, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Pilates for an hour with Caitlin, too. 🙂

Sunday, November 9:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x2, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

A bit tight. No soreness from Pilates. I suspect the tightness is still lingering from Monday’s StrongLifts.

Wednesday, November 19:

Where ya been at the past 10 days?

Have not been as diligent about exercising but have not been completely slacking either. Yoga was occasional but has now resumed, with full practices yesterday and today. Have been exercising with Garrett two times a week, running and lifting. And biking is still a daily activity.

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Physically the practice is strong. I feel adjusted to the 50 minutes of physical exertion. This week, as soon as tomorrow, I shall add more poses.

Later today: StrongLifts w/ Garrett.

StrongLifts 5×5:

Squats: 175 x 5
Overhead Press: 110 x 5
Deadlift: 175 x 1

Lifting with Garrett has attuned me to some flaws in technique. Dropping the weight until further notice. This also has the benefit of lessening the stress of weight bearing on my body, thereby improving my yoga practice.

Body image is improving. I am not a bodybuilder. I am a yogi. I no longer feel as much pressure to constantly lift heavy weights. Feels good.

Thursday, November 20:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Hot bath beforehand. Only a little tight/sore, predominantly in the quads and hamstrings.

Feeling pretty good, pretty strong.

Lots of biking, around 30 miles.

Friday, November 21:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

8:30 AM. Tough. Lots of sweat. Almost called it short after Surya Namaskara because I felt so fatigued. But what else am I doing today? I’ll feel good about myself for the rest of the day having done it, vs. being bored and saying, You know, you could’ve pushed yourself for 35 more minutes.

Much-needed day off tomorrow.

Saturday, November 22:

New Moon

Sunday, November 23:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Monday, November 24:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Tuesday, November 25:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Wednesday, November 26:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

1.25 mile run w/ Nathaniel

Thursday through Sunday:

Only did Surya Namaskara’s on Thanksgiving/my birthday, but back to the full sequence Friday, Saturday and today. Realized I’d forgotten Dandasana, lol. Only 24 more poses until the entire Primary Series is down! Goal for the next two months: 12 poses a month. One pose every two days. Let’s get it!

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Ardha Baddha Padmasana

Utkatasana; Virabhadrasana I & II

Primary Series:

Dandasana; Paschimottanasana A, B, C

Purvottanasana; Ardha Baddha Padma Paschimottanasana; Trianga Mukhaipada Paschimottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Lots of biking this week, too. Certainly over 25 miles. Probably 30 to 40.

Oh, yes: StrongLifts on Thursday:

StrongLifts 5×5:

Squats: 175 x 5
Bench Press: 165 x 3; 160 x 2
Bent Over Barbell Row: 140 x 5

Extra work:

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 2 x 5

 

September Review:

To quote the announcer from Marvel vs. Capcom 2: Wonderful.

September was all about getting back up to speed. Smile, breathe, go slowly. Consistency and discipline are the watchwords, not ambition and maximization.

That was successful! Now in October we will slightly increase things and see where I am at. Slowly but surely. In my mind I figured it would take me six weeks of slow-and-steady to achieve my old prowess or better. We’ll see if that will be a self-fulfilling prophecy.

For the curious, my supplement intake has become quite bodacious over the years. After nine long, hard months, I finally have three long sought after supplemental additions worth sharing:

PlantFusion: I have been waiting to use all my old whey (thanks, Christina, for giving me yours way back in, I dunno, May?) and hemp. I liked hemp, but PlantFusion seems like the real deal.

After experimenting it has become clear that protein powder makes a significant difference in strength and recovery gains. Slightly off-topic but I always love linking to this article dispelling the myth of 1g/protein per pound of body weight. Largely due to that article my routine has become: protein shake three times a week: the day of and the following two days after lifting.

Phood: PlantFusion’s buddy. Apparently “ModCarb” is combined from six organic grains: oats, amaranth, buckwheat, millet, quinoa and chia. Baobab is, again apparently, a superfood. Phood appears to be a souped-up version of PlantFusion. It has PlantFusion’s protein (“near-identical”), the aforementioned ModCarb and Baobab, and cruciferous greens.

Superfood Extract: As if I needed more ORAC per serving, amirite? This has 18 berries, fruits and vegetables, including coffee, acai, pomegranate, green tea, passionfruit and watermelon (save your Black people jokes), none of which I consume more than sparingly. As the product page claims, one teaspoon is equivalent to 10 to 12 servings of fruits and vegetables.

I am consuming superfood extract with the same frequency as Phood and PlantFusion. Three other days of the week I am juicing fresh fruits and vegetables (and ginger root). If anything I am going overboard. Watch, I’m going to start aging in reverse!

Finally, I consume shilajit, moringa, chlorella, spirulina and maca powder daily. Hello, my name is OCD. The pleasure is all mine.

To help recovery, I take hot baths with Epsom salt and Lavender essential oil 5-7 times a week.

October Goals:

Yoga:

Add 15 minutes of Ashtanga poses. To be specific, let’s just toss something out there: Standing Sequence up to (but not including) Ardha Baddha Padmottanasana and the entirety of Finishing Sequence. Actually, that’s more like 30 minutes than 15.

Go slowly, Adam! Okay, how about this: Standing Sequence up to Parsvottanasana; entire Finishing Sequence. Now that’s probably 20 minutes, but that’s fine: the Finishing Sequence is not particularly challenging. (Standing Sequence is, however, brutally challenging!)

Okay, that’s 14 poses added. Hell, if I add 14 poses this month, I’ll be proud! Then 10 in November, 5 in December, and… -slapping myself-

This is what I call going slowly? Sigh.

StrongLifts:

One day a week

Squats: 190 5×5
Deadlift: 190 1×5
Overhead: 115  5x 5
Barbell Row: 140 5x 5
Bench: 170 5×5

In other words: 5 lbs to all my lifts. That is my plan every month: five pounds a month. I am not married to that plan, either. If I feel a bit worn out I’ll add five pounds every six weeks.

This is an adjustment. I was doing SL two to three times a week. This is the primary reason I burned out, in my opinion. I am a yogi, not a body builder. Focus on yoga first, second and third. Everything else is a distant fourth.

I am also adding extra work to the end of my StrongLift sessions:

Reverse Forearm Curls: 65 lb, 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Pull-ups: 2 x 5
Wide-Armed Push-ups:
2 x 15
Chin-ups: 2 x 5

No, my upper body is nothing to write home about. These are modest goals. I am a beginner here!

Assuming the curling bar weighs 25 (I actually have no idea; I simply Googled) I am reverse curling 65 lb. Sounds about right. Again, I’m not a bodybuilder and do not aspire to be one. I just want to be, look and feel well-above average in strength.

Biking:

50 miles a week

I love biking! I bike to school twice a week, which is an easy 40 miles right there. It’s 20 miles one-way. So when that starts feeling like a breeze, I’ll simply bike home, too, adding up to 40 more miles without needing to change my routine or finding the time. The other ten miles a week is fairly conservative: that is accomplished simply biking to stores for groceries, to the track, for fun, etc.

Running:

One mile a week

This is another reason why I feel like I burned out in the past: too much running. I was running 3.5 times a week for 1.25-1.5 miles a spurt, not including warm-up and cool-down (another half-mile). So that was about five miles a week.

Modest amount, yes… for a runner, which I am not. It’s something I enjoy doing, and therefore something I want to keep in the repertoire, but it’s not something I want to detract from my more serious pursuits.

It’s a lot of pounding to put on your body. I would find myself sore or, more often, tight during my yoga sessions. So I’m cutting back and replacing the high-intensity workouts (lifting and running) with more low-intensity (biking and yoga).

When I write all of this down it seems like a lot. Am I biting off more than I can chew? Perspective is appreciated. If it turns out I am, what will be the first to go? I don’t know! Indecisive Libra…

Let’s get on to it!

Wednesday, October 1:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Mentally challenging. Physically I am becoming as light as a bird. Getting my ole elasticity back. Fluid! Agile! Lithe! Torque! Precision! Endurance!

Endurance is my biggest weakness, actually. That always comes last, it seems. Sure, my endurance is pretty good, but yoga requires great endurance, not just pretty good. Once my endurance comes back, all the aforementioned qualities become second-nature and we can truly begin the meditation which is, as B. K. S. Iyengar describes, a complete simultaneous awareness of all points of the body, not just a “single-pointed” awareness.

Oh boy.

Let’s just stay consistent. One day at a time.

StrongLifts:

Squats: 185 lb x 5

Bench: 165 lb x 5

Deadlift: 185 lb x 1

For the first time since starting back up my squats were explosive! My power is returning! Wow!

Bench? Not as simple. But I’m still getting stronger. When I started September, I benched 165 x 5, yes, but I weighed 162 or so. Now I’m still benching 165 x 5 but weigh 156 or so.

The “x 5” part wasn’t smooth. There were two instances of failure. Not the complete definition of failure, as I do not have a spotter, so that failure is quite uncomfortable. By failure I mean I simply stopped the consistent reps, for I highly suspected if I did not, the next rep would be complete, can’t-even-lift-the-bar-off-my-chest-enough-to-remove-myself-from-the-bench failure.

Deadlift was much stronger. But I still need to stay at this weight for another week or two.

Was going to bike ~10 miles but I am learning how to cut back. Imagine that! Tomorrow I’m biking 20 miles to school, so…

Thursday, October 2:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

6:30 AM.

Tight and sore but not too tight and sore. Can handle this once or twice a week.

Biked ~5 miles.

Friday, October 3:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

7:15 AM.

Much more sore than yesterday but not nearly as tight.

Maybe another half week of this and then start adding a pose or two.

Biked 15 miles (total, not consecutively).

Saturday, October 4:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

I don’t remember doing this, to be honest. But I know I did it… right?

Sunday, October 5:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Because I know it was Sunday where I only did Surya Namaskara.

Monday, October 6:

Two mile run w/ Omar.

Tuesday thru Thursday:

Cold.

Friday, October 10:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Still recovering from the cold. Also recovering from lethargy.

Saturday, October 11:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

New pose! New energy! Weeeee!

Sunday, October 12:

Tears.

Monday, October 13:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

Practice has never felt this light. Something fundamentally changed today. It felt closer to yoga than anything ever before.

Tuesday, October 14:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

First thing in the morning. 7:30 AM.

Biked 20 miles.

Wednesday, October 15:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

7:30 AM.

Biking around the city. Nothing too major. Five to ten miles, depending on if I go to WinCo and Sprouts.

Thursday, October 16:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

One added pose a day keeps the doctor away! Practice coming along nicely!

7:30 AM.

Biked ~30 miles.

Friday, October 17:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana

Savasana

11:15 AM or so.

Will likely add the rest of Finishing tomorrow. New goal: All of Standing and Finishing by Nov. 1.

Biked ~5 miles.

Saturday, October 18:

Ran with Nathaniel. 1 or 1.25 miles. I think it was 4 laps, he said 5. He was quite confident. I was not at all. I still think it was four, however!

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Details. It slipped my mind to number the poses that need numbering, such as the number of breaths on Tolasana (traditionally one is supposed to take 100 breaths!) and Urdhva Dhanurasana (I’ve been doing it x3 for a while but forgot to log it until now). And Sarvangasana, which I believe is traditionally 15 breaths but am not sure.

So that is seven poses added, and ya know what? I felt like I could’ve done a lot more. I was not tired by the end. Not at all.

So I’ll do all of Finishing tomorrow, as well as my favorite (slash least-favorite) postures in all of Ashtanga: Utthita Hasta Padangusthasana!

Sunday, October 19:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (7 breaths)

Savasana

Strong!

Monday, October 20:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Tuesday, October 21:

Biked 10 miles.

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Wednesday, October 22:

Yoga:

Surya Namaskara A & B, 5x (each)

Standing Sequence:

Padangusthasana, Padahastasana

Utthita Trikonasana, Parivrtta Trikonasana

Utthita Parsvakonasana, Parivrtta Parsvakonasana

Prasarita Padottanasana A, B, C, D

Parvottanasana

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana A, B, D

Finishing Sequence:

Urdhva Dhanurasana x3, Paschimottanasana

Sarvangasana (10 breaths)

Halasana; Karnapindasana

Urdhva Padmasana; Pindasana

Matsyasana; Uttana Padasana

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

Baddha Padmasana, Padmasana, Tolasana (6 breaths)

Savasana

Took all the mental fortitude to do this. My brain is foggy. Low on concentration, willpower, focus, motivation.

Dopamine.

Thursday, October 23:

New Moon

Solar Eclipse

Friday, October 31:

Have gotten lazy updating this. Let’s recap:

I took three or four days off, then picked up right where I left off. Actually, I added a few poses and reached my October goal of the entire Standing and Finishing Sequence. A goal I did not think I was even going to achieve!

I achieved that with three days to spare.