My workouts were all yoga this past week since running + yoga – running = just yoga. I’m starting to really feel the effects of my running/cardio break now and I’m kinda liking it. I have MORE energy, I’ve been cleaning, creating new recipe without having to force it, my typical “runger” is gone, and my yoga practices feel different too, probably because I’m not constantly “recovering” from my runs. Which I suppose makes sense, since when you run 6 days per week, you really are continuously recovering from something. This break is very much appreciated!
I still have many yoga links to share since I did something every day this week and tried several new videos as well. I practiced yoga in the early morning each day when I normally would run, which cleared out the time later in the day when I’m typically trying to squeeze in some yoga.
Monday – Total body vinyasa flow with Lesley Fightmaster. This class is intermediate level, just under and hour long and the perfect well rounded flow. I love Lesley’s voice (really soothing, not obnoxious) and her videos just make me happy! I’ve been working on crow to tripod headstand and back, so the above and below photo are taken from that transition. The trip back down to crow is the trickier part of this (lots of core to stay up) but I’m almost there. On a good day, that is.
Tuesday – Vinyasa Flow with Tim Senesi – just under 45 minutes, intermediate/advanced and packs a lot in in a short period of time. Good amount of core work too! His instruction is very alignment based which is great, not something I want every day, but it’s taught me from the beginning of my yoga dabbling how to do these poses correctly.
Wednesday – Yoga for Stress and Depression with Lesley Fightmaster (38 mins.) I must have been feeling down this day. Or, maybe I knew that Lesley does a lot of backbending in this type of practice and I wanted backbending. Most likely both. There were many positive affirmations in this video and honestly, I can’t imagine completing one of her videos and NOT feeling good afterwards, she really has that effect.
Thursday – Yoga to twist, detox, and purify with Lesley Fightmaster – 48 mins. I’ve done this one before and it’s challenging and fast paced. The “detox” means a focus on twisting, after getting the body thoroughly warmed up. I find it a bit too fast paced with me and poses aren’t held quite long enough, but if you want a flow like this to get your blood pumping this is a good one!
Friday – Chakra Flow with Fiji McAlpine, 43 mins. I noticed this was recently added on Do Yoga With Me and had to try it. Like with all of Fiji’s classes, I really loved it. Mentally it made me feel calm and connected, it’s not what I would consider a well rounded flow but rather, it goes through and explains the different chakras and poses to open each one.
Saturday – Power to Paradise, 59 mins. This was another new one on Do Yoga With Me with Rachel Scott. Bird of paradise is one pose I just can’t get on either side for different reasons (oh how our bodies are so complex!) so I was interested in trying this. I’m not totally sure if I liked this or not, it might just not have been a good fit for the day, but I felt like my balance was off and I wasn’t feeling like one pose flowed to another for me. The closest I’ve gotten to Bird of Paradise was in Fiji McAlpine’s Power and Precision, there is something about her sequencing that just works for me.
Sunday – A quick 20 minute well rounded flow with Tim Senesi. I was originally not going to do anything but felt like I needed SOMETHING to loosen up/wake up in the morning. This was perfect.
Our weekend was filled with recitals! Emily had her gymnastics show on Saturday and both girls had dance recitals Sunday. Diana was actually in the 12, 2 and 4pm shows so I spent my entire day watching dance on Sunday. It’s amazing how much more manageable watching these shows is when you’re not trying to nurse/rock a baby or worrying about nap time, crying, and tantrums. It’s still a little rough making sure Drew is entertained but it’s 1 million times easier than it was 2 or 3 years ago. Hallelujah.
It was tough to get good photos of the shows but here are a few –
Emily is all about the trophies and medals. She’s sort of obsessed with collecting them, whereas Diana doesn’t seem to care at all and just gets excited for the event itself. Emily doesn’t so much “expect” a trophy but rather figures out what she needs to do to get one and then does that. It goes along with the competitive spark she’s always had I guess, and she’s already talking about beating me in a 5k when she’s older. I don’t doubt it will happen at some point, and I’m curious to see how this part of her personality develops in the future 🙂
And now for lots of recital photos. I don’t have the brain power at this point to pick one or two after watching shows from 12-5, so here’s the jist. First Emily…
…and now Diana
Enough? Okay it’s time for me to rest now and gear up for another week! I’ll be continuing my break from running at least part way through, I’m thinking I might head out for 4 or 5 miles Thursday morning, but we’ll see.
Runs/workouts planned for the week?
Did you dance growing up or do you have kids who dance now?