Weekends can be tricky things. After working a long week, all you can think about is everything you’ll get done on Saturday and Sunday — chores, a project around the house, a new recipe, going out with friends, etc. Sometimes you hit a snag, though, and the whole weekend goes to hell and you just have to come to peace with the fact that you didn’t do anything you wanted to do and work will come again on Monday morning the same as it would before.
Yesterday was going well — yoga in the morning, a great workout at the gym, and lots of yummy ingredients bought to make my favorite Thai chicken soup, BUT a little after I finished cooking, I started to feel like garbage. My neck was bothering me so much that it was giving me a stomach AND headache, and I felt groggy and dizzy. I ate, showered, and ended up taking a nap around 5:30. After I woke up a few hours later, I didn’t feel much better. I cancelled some plans, watched the world have fun on Instagram, and laid on the couch feeling sorry for myself.
I woke up today feeling better, though, and in my new state of mind, decided that it would be a good (and productive) day. No, I didn’t see anyone yesterday, and no, I didn’t work on this blog or unpack some boxes that haven’t been touched since we moved in or practice kanji or even watch a movie, but that was yesterday and today is today, and just because I let yesterday slip doesn’t mean that this weekend should be considered a wash.
30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day Five
I started day five of my 30 day yoga challenge by repeating Sarah Beth’s Yoga for Scoliosis. I plan to try to repeat this one at least twice a week. My right shoulder (back by my shoulder blades and in the front side in my chest muscles) felt incredibly tight today, so I made it a point to really focus on breathing the stretch into those areas while in my twists and forward folds.
My mind kept wandering, though, and even in savasana at the end, I felt fidgety and twitchy. I kept thinking of all the things I needed to do TODAY to feel accomplished, to knock off my to do list, and to “make the most of the weekend” before 6 am tomorrow morning rolled around. No good! I remembered something I learned when I was using the Headspace app last year to help with meditation and mindfulness. When you’re trying to clear your mind, it isn’t being devoid of all thoughts, it’s more about acknowledging them and letting them pass. It’s like sitting on the side of a road and watching cars go by — you don’t dwell on one, you notice it and then just let it keep driving. I decided to do one more video and keep this visualization of cars passing me by as I tried to calm my mind and not just my muscles.
Next was a hip and lower back practice. I wanted to give the top half of my body a rest. Even though that’s the area that is crying out for the most help right now, I didn’t want to overdo it and cause more pain than relief. This was an incredible video! Then, Adriene started talking about letting any tension out – both mentally and physically – and it started to click. I tried to face my feelings from yesterday instead of dismissing them, respect why I felt that way, and let them go. A day was a day, it’s gone and we’re onto the next; I can’t control how I felt any longer, but I can control how I move forward. A lost Saturday with nothing to show for it has no bearing on my self worth and my self esteem should not be tied to a to do list.
- Dang, my hamstrings are tight!
- I have no headache today and I want to make note of that. I obviously notice when I do have one, and it feels like I have one all the time, so I want to acknowledge that today I don’t. That way, I can look back and remember that no, it’s not all the time!
- The forearm side planks in Sarah Beth’s video are a killer, and I’m not even close to being there again. I’m going to have to start incorporating my plank exercise that I made my students do during dance when I’m at the gym.
Namaste and see you tomorrow!
Disclaimer: I am so so so so so not even close to being a medical professional and the same goes for being a professional yoga instructor. All I’m doing is journaling my personal experiences regarding my physical health and my yoga practice, please do not follow any of this instead of going to a physician yourself. I do not believe YouTube is a substitution for true medical care, but can be a supplement to what you and your doctor decide what’s best for you!