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100 days of yoga update: half way there

I have reached the halfway point in my 100 days of yoga challenge.  For those of you counting days on the calendar you will notice that I am actually at day 58.  Well, I can explain.  Thanks to a wonderful stomach bug I was forced to take a week off from any form of exercise.  No running, no yoga.  It is pretty amazing how a simple stomach bug can knock you on your a$$ for a solid week.  But after taking the week off, I was right back to the challenge.

So, how do I feel 51 days in?  I feel great.  I know we just celebrated Christmas this week, and while this is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year, it can also be the Most Stressful Time of the Year.  I have to admit, I feel much less stressed, both while running last minute Christmas shopping and while at work.

Has my flexibility improved?  I am not sure I am that much more flexible, though I do think there has been improvement.  I feel as though parts of my body that I was not directly working with my weight and resistance training are getting stronger, specifically my lower back and my core.

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Thanks to Meg for taking pics of me in these poses (top to bottom): Low plank: Chaturanga dandasana
Thread the needle pose: Parsva Balasana
Crow pose: Bakasana
Warrior 2: Virabhadrasana 2
One-legged crow: Eka Pada Bakasana 1

How have I been able to find yoga workouts to do every day?  This is has been one of the more challenging parts of the experience.  I am thankful to Yoga Moves, a truly great yoga studio in Reading, MA.  I have taken several classes there and nothing online comes close to attending a class taught by someone passionate about yoga.  The fact that you can get immediate correction in a pose and really feel how the pose should feel is well worth the cost of the class.  You cannot get this by simply watching a video.

There are literally millions of yoga videos out there, and I have found several on YouTube that I think are pretty good.

  • ShareenYoga: I have done the Sweat Your Turtle Off workout several times.
  • Bryan Jones: Bryan has a series of videos, dealing with strength, power and flexibility.  I like that he has 2 camera angles for each pose, so you can really see how you should be positioned.
  • The 30-day yoga challenge from DoYouYoga.com: come on, they only did 30 days, I am doing 100!

Of course I have suffered through many a poorly executed yoga video as well.

Of course I am also a P90X fanatic, so I continue to use the P90X, P90X2, and One-on-One yoga videos from Tony Horton.  What I like about these is that Tony actually struggles through many of the moves, the same way that I do.  And Meghan got me P90X3 for Christmas, so I am eagerly awaiting to get that started once my yoga challenge is complete.  Stay tuned for more updates, there are 7 weeks to go.

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This entry was posted on December 27, 2013 by in Peter Waterman's posts, Workouts and tagged , , , , .
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