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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.
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.
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.