Browse through the yoga posture libary one of the biggest in the world with many different camera angles to view each posture and individual printable yoga cards.
Also, I just found out that September is National Yoga Month, so it is the perfect time to kick this challenge off. I’ve never been able to do the splits before, but I know I could get there if I work on it. I’ve been able to get into the crow pose when I practiced last year, but I could never hold it or feel stable in it. I am going to record my progress in this post and would love for you to join me and share your achievements in the comments.
A number of students had these Skidless Towels to put over their mats to help absorb moisture so you don’t slip. Our instructor talked about how today was the beginning of school for most people and that you always see people taking first day pictures, but never last day pictures. I learned today that the Sanskrit word for the splits or monkey pose is called Hanumanasana (pronounced hah-new-mahn-AHS-anna). I did not want to go to yoga today, I wanted to lay around and do nothing, but I signed up for the class and got my butt up and out the door! I started yoga at a new studio today and it was a little frustrating trying to get into the new routine.
Day 10 saw me back at Vinyasa and I think that all of these slower classes helped me work on my poses and form.
So yesterday was the first day that I skipped a class, so I only have 20 skip days left to reach my goal.
Tuesday was Slow Flow Yoga, which I’ve come to know as my favorite class of the week. Sunday was a yoga meditation class and while my legs and hips were really tight, I thoroughly enjoyed the meditation.
I was back at yoga today and I was trying out my new Manduke Pro Lite mat – you can read my post about it here. Mat was definitely slippery in this class, I will have to check out the salt water scrub that is recommended to help with this problem on the Manduka mat. If you put your mind to it than you will finish your 100 day challenge with many days to spare! To celebrate, the Yoga Health Foundation is offering one week of free yoga at participating studios. There are a few poses and stretches that I’ve never been able to do and would love to achieve at the end of this challenge.
My upper body strength sucks and it would be a personal victory to be able to get into this pose. Each day, I am going to share a new yoga tip or something that I’ve learned along the way. She said that we tend to focus on that fresh start all the time and not so much on the transition or the end. I took a slower yoga class which I was able to keep up with for the most part and loved it. In my class they keep talking about Bandhas and I had no idea what they were talking about, so I decided to do some research.

Plus they had a hard concrete floor, so I may need to get a thicker mat if I end up staying at this studio. Our instructor was telling a story about an 87-year-old woman who teaches yoga and is amazing. We tried the crow pose again and I got up for a second but wasn’t able to hold the pose. It was a lot harder to stay focused at home because our house is still a mess from the flood and we are waiting for the basement to get recarpeted before we can move everything back. It wasn’t as physically intense, but we did some great stretches and balance poses that I think will help me later on. When our instructor left us on our own, I got totally lost and couldn’t remember what came next. Our fantastic instructor made a point last night to talk about how we are pressured to move so quickly in today’s world.
I figured I would look it up and discovered that I pretty much had it right in the first place.
I felt like I was killing it and I got up into Bakasana (crow pose) for the longest amount of time yet! Our instructor talked about samskaras, which are patterns that we tend to repeat over and over again.
It was sort of funny today I was all excited about trying out my new fancy yoga mat and then two minutes in I get a terrible Charley horse in my hamstring. I am still going to need a towel if I continue at this studio because it gets hot and sweaty! I also brought a hand towel this time which helped me to wipe down my face which in turn helped keep my mat dry.
As the story goes, Hanuman made a giant leap from India to reach the Lankan Islands and the splits are supposed to commemorate that. I was able to keep up in the Vinyasa and this studio wasn’t as hot, so I think I moved through everything a lot easier. There was a beautiful full moon tonight, so it was sort of a cool day to think about being grounded and connecting to the energy of the earth. One of the things she teaches her students is to be sweet, be soft and be simple in their poses. We did get into pigeon pose and the instructor had us put a yoga block under our tailbone which really helped me in this pose. In many of these classes, I’ve discovered that my hips are really tight so I have trouble getting into and holding some of these poses. I faked my way through it, but I was in the back and I think that hindered my ability to get the directions down. She has a one-year old daughter and she has been watching how determined her daughter is to crawl, stand and walk.
Counting today, there are 121 days left in the year, so I figure if I start my challenge today, I ¬†will have a little leeway to mess up, but still be able to reach my goal. Next time, I am going to need to bring a towel so my yoga mat doesn’t get all slippery.
We don’t want to rush through the end of things just to get to the beginning again, we should want to enjoy the end just as much as the beginning.

I found this great article that went into much more detail about what a bandha is and the different types of bandas.
I hadn’t been able to do this and fold down, so with the block I was able to get there. Our instructor kept talking about how we take for granted falling and being able to get back up. Before we went into our meditation we tried alternate nostril breathing, also known as pranayama. After my missed days, I have 14 skip days left if I still want to reach my 100 days of yoga goal by the end of 2014.
That is the hardest part about yoga, to release all the thoughts that pop into your head and just focus on the practice and your breathing.
I think that is why I love slow flow so much, I love to keep busy and add new commitments to my schedule. I had something on my mind that I was getting worked up about, but I found that after yoga I was able to be more rational and not react emotionally. Something the instructor said at the end of class really stuck with me – Yoga is the death of the ego. This was great because we have a wood floor in our dining room and I was able to set up my mat at the edge of the floor and still see the TV in the living room. I liked this thought because I always have a hard time finishing, but I love starting over.
This blew me away, but also got me excited to get to that point myself at the end of this challenge. It seemed sort of weird when we were doing it, but apparently it has all sorts of benefits.
Yoga is the one time where I have to force everything out of my brain and just focus on my practice.
This was the start of a new unlimited package so hopefully that will keep me motivated to stay on track. The good news is that you can change your patterns and this article explains how to do that with yoga.
This struck a chord with me as I broke my foot last year and can relate to not having that freedom.
If you don’t remember, I am taking advantage of all the new member specials in the area and then will decide on what studios I like best. We spent a lot of time learning how to get into the pose, so that will be helpful later on. After I left I realized that I might not have went in with the best attitude after a few days off from practice.
When I came home, John said that at least I went and got through it, so that was my accomplishment.

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