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Day 3 & Things Get Tricky January 13, 2011

Posted by ajoyfulpractice in 21-Day Challenge, Changing Perspectives, Fitness, Health, Mantra, Meditation, Minneapolis, Minnesota, Philosophy, Twin Cities, Yoga.

Day 3 of the 21-Day Yoga Challenge

It’s Wednesday, Day 3 of Yoga Journal’s 21-Day Yoga Challenge, and this is when things get tricky.

For the past couple of months I have been subbing classes on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Which means: for the last couple of months I’ve lost a day off; lost the majority of my Wednesday morning class prep/practice time; and I’ve had to run around Minneapolis like a chicken with it’s head cut off in order to teach 4 different classes in 4 different locations. Then you throw in the snow, and, well, let’s just say I’ve had to go out of my way to even pretend Wednesday is Zen-day.

Taking my mom’s advice (to just suck it up and take a taxi between the first two classes) definitely saved me from a couple of melt downs. However, the logistics have been taxing and I won’t miss them. What I will miss about these extra classes are the people who’ve taken the classes and the opportunity I’ve had to learn from their practices.

Even though the people have made this whole situation a treat and a gift, I was looking forward to getting back to my old routine this week. Only, it didn’t happen. This morning I was still subbing and still running around to various locations. To make things extra tricky, now I had to work in this yoga challenge. What’s a yogini to do?

Ultimately, I decided to break up the practice. I did the 45-minute sequence I was going to teach during my second class of the day before I left the house. I had time to also squeeze in the 20-minute video sequence or the 18-minute meditation, but then I would have been rushing to the first class. Very un-Zen-day-like. So, I thought I’d put it off and squeeze the other two portions of my daily practice into my afternoon breaks. Needless to say, that didn’t work out. All was not lost, however. My evening class was canceled so I went through the 20-minute Core Focus with Rebecca Urban while I cooked dinner. Then I finished the evening with the seated meditation.

Energetically, I didn’t have any problem practicing the video segment in the evening. I was a little worried about the level of the practice, because I consider abdominal work to be my weak spot (as a teacher and a practitioner).  Also, the classes I taught, and practiced, on Days 2 and 3 were fairly challenging – and yesterday I featured a particularly intense core workout. But, the video sequence wasn’t nearly as overwhelming as I expected. Don’t get me wrong. It was nice – in a hair of the dog kind of way – but I don’t anticipate feeling it in the morning. What I most appreciated about the core  sequence was that it was creative and accessible to almost anyone. Sure, there were some fairly standard yoga crunches, but there also some clever isometric moments and some ingenious isolation moves. I’m looking forward to doing this segment again.

On the flip side, I wish I’d done the seated meditation earlier, because I was just too tired to sit still. Part of my psyche was definitely chanting, “I am that Mexican Jumping Bean. That Mexican Jumping Bean I am.”

In the end, I could have easily inserted the core video into my previously outlined plan for the day. And tomorrow, I’ll plan on doing the meditation a lot earlier.



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