Monday, 24 August 2015

A Year of Yoga Challenges August 2014 -2015

I've probably mentioned this before in previous posts, but, finding these challenges has been the best thing I have done. They have kept me motivated and determined to improve myself, mentally and physically.

I've found the workout that's for me.

I really can't believe I've been doing these challenges for a year!! I know some months I didn't complete them all, But, I still made sure I practiced some Yoga.

A few things I've noticed is: 

My Balance has improved so much, I still surprise myself .

My Flexibility is improving, it maybe going at a snails pace but its getting there. Rome wasn't built in a day :)

I've noticed the poses I don't practice a lot, I'm progressing more than the ones I do practice a lot !?!? I know weird ;) 

and I still can not pronounce most of the Yoga poses!! (probably never will ;) ).

My main goal, when I started these challenges was to be able to do a Headstand again. That finally happened in January :).  Now I'm working on a Handstand :/

Trying to take pictures for the challenges can be a challenge in its self!!
I definitely need someone to take the pictures for me. And even though I do the pose that day, doing it again later in the day for a picture doesn't always go to plan. So 'catch ups' happen a lot.

When I have to 'catch up' with pictures for the Challenges I spend most of the workout like this

I call it 'What's the next pose' pose ;)

I end up with a memory card full of yoga poses at the end of each month and most of the pictures (depending on the challenge) are of me falling over :).

I've put together a collection of the pictures that didn't quite make the cut ;)

I'm really looking forward to seeing how much I progress in the next 12 months :)

Thank you for following me on my Yoga Journey, I hope I've inspired you to try Yoga. I still have a long way to go, but, that's the fun with these challenges its great noticing the progress  #ProgressNotPerfection :)

Till next time

Donna x

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Wednesday, 5 August 2015

July Fitness Diary ~ Yoga challenge and Cardio Update

Sorry, I'm slacking a bit with blog posts. I was going to do separate posts for Cardio, but changed my mind, Because Cardio is Back into my routine and I don't see it leaving anytime soon. :)

This months Yoga Challenge #BacktoBackBends
I had to do a big catch up this month for the pictures :/ Here are my attempts:

I really enjoyed this months poses, I missed out day 23 and 24 because I can't do them yet. (its still a confidence issue with the handstands :( ). And I've learnt my back isn't very bendy ;). Just need to keep practicing.

The best thing in this months challenge, I managed to do the Crane Pose again :) Yay for me :)

Yes that is a sofa cushion underneath me, lol :). Need to build up the confidence. Its been months since I've been able to do this again. (I fell, back in January and injured myself while doing this pose :/ (blog post)).

I had to do a catch up, one big catch up! because I was dog sitting again :)

I had my Yoga and Gym Buddies back ;)

Nearly all my workouts were done outside and they involved lots of cardio. I think out of all my workouts, cutting the grass was the best workout I did! (The garden is on a hill!) I ached all over :) #NoPainNoGain

Cardio Update, I'm now 3 months back.

The first month was mainly just easing myself back.

Now I've increased it.

Jillian Michaels DVDs came back out, I don't know HOW/WHY I forget how tough these workouts The first workout I only made it half way through (shakes head )

Everyday I do 1 hour on the bike. A few days the 1 hour can feel like 2 hours!! I can't cope when its too hot.

I'm also doing a lot more walking.

In my previous post CARDIO!! I said I now LOVE cardio...This is where I realised Cardio is here to stay.
While I was Dog sitting I suffered a Hamstring injury :(. I still worked out, but I obv. rested my Hamstrings. Those days I didn't do any cardio and I missed it!!! I really missed it..What's happening to me?!?!? ;)

I'm starting to notice I can't keep still for too long. I need to move :).

This month I'm going to try out HIIT workouts, Denina from Purely Me introduced them to me. I think I might start with her 20 min workouts first ;) they look really tough :) Wish me luck.

How is your Fitness Journey going?

Donna x