Sunday Yoga Day 5: Feel Alive

This session couldn’t come at a better time. So I decided that I wanted to try these sessions consecutively and see how I felt a few days after but this will be up on a Sunday since I like that schedule and I’m trying to come up with more ideas for posts. So for the past few nights, I’ve actually been having terrible sleep. On Monday, I was sleeping and while I was dreaming that I was in water, I woke up gasping and choking. I couldn’t breathe and I was really freaked out. I thought I was going to die. I talked to my sister later and told me that I probably had a panic attack while sleeping. On Tuesday, I also had disruptive sleep. I woke up because my phone randomly started playing music and I had a hard time falling asleep after that. I’m going to keep track go my sleeping pattern for the next few weeks because I woke up around 2am both nights. If anyone knows more about it, let me know or share your experiences that you might have had that could help me understand more. I don’t want to go to a doctor just yet because I’m not sure if it’s a pattern.

The video for day 5 is on feeling alive. What kind of coincidence is that? The one day I’m super tired, the theme is feeling alive. I chuckled at this because it was a good session for me before I went off to volunteering.

Before my session:

I was feeling groggy, grumpy, bloated and really tired. I also woke up with tightness in the trapezius area because I also keep coughing a lot at night which adds to the disruption of proper sleep. I always have this problem when I cough or sneeze, I usually end up pulling a muscle so I’m hoping to relieve that tension.

During my session:

For someone who was super tired, I felt in-sync with every movement and breath, I was super focused on just being in that moment.

After my session:

I was left wanting more. I wanted to do another 20 minutes of it but I had to get ready to go. I think if I get time tomorrow before my christmas dinner, I want to squeeze a session and feel nice, tall and relaxed.

 

(Sorry for the lack of pictures in this post!) ❤

(Saturday) Yoga: Day Two

Okay, so while you’re reading this, I’m actually not home, I’m at TedxSFU. I knew that I wouldn’t have time in the morning for my yoga session, so I decided to do it on Saturday and have it scheduled to upload while I’m gone for the day. It’s another dark day in Vancouver but honestly, I am quite enjoying it. I’m definitely trying to appreciate things a lot more. There is a lot of bad and terrifying things happening in our world that the little things that we stress about don’t even compare but that’s not what I want to talk about. This morning when I woke up, I felt blessed because I’m here and I want to spread my happiness, positivity and just smile at people. We definitely need more of that.

Before I start off, I definitely do want to say that I think that after I finish this 30 day experiment, I want to do yoga every other day. I definitely think that doing it once a week is good because I’m trying to ease into it but I definitely enjoy these 30 minutes of focusing on my body.

So here is day two:

(for some reason, the link directs itself to this main page, sorry! I will try to fix it)

Before my session:

I definitely woke up needing a good stretch. I’m an awful sleeper. I’ve been going to bed with really bad headaches and I get them a lot more frequently throughout the day too. Anyway, I’ve noticed that I find half of my pillows and blankets on the floor. So this means, I’m probably been having some restless nights. Even though I woke up a little achy, I woke up quite happy. Today is one of my best friends birthday and I don’t get to see her much because life. She’s always the one person who always told me to stretch out after a work out, so I feel proud that I am. It’s also a good thing that day two is “stretch & soothe”, I definitely need it.

During my session:

Basically, I had an “OMG” session. I know I’m always tense but I didn’t know that I was tense all over. I felt every nook and cranny in my body catch on fire. It was an odd but quite satisfying feeling. Though I had to take it easy at some point because a few months ago, I bumped my funny bone and it still tends to hurt every once in awhile.

After my session:

Sweaty and stretched out. I had to use a lot of my body and even though I work out, I thought transitions would be easy but nope, I was wrong. I did feel great after though. I definitely feel so elongated after I do yoga. I like that feeling. For my final breathe, I sprayed Sage’s Yoga Transition mist. I actually got this as a gift from my mom awhile back ago because I wanted the headache roller that was in the package but now I have that, the transition mist and a mat spray!

Sage Yoga Transition Mist, Yoga Anti-bacterial Spray in their little recycled yoga mat package.
Sage Yoga Transition Mist, Yoga Anti-bacterial Spray in their little recycled yoga mat package.

The playlist:

I actually didn’t play music this time. I definitely didn’t miss it though. I was too focused on not giving up and on my breathing.

I’m actually enjoying this quite a bit more than I expected. I definitely hope it helps with headaches and my body soreness and tightness.

See you next weekend! ❤

Sunday Yoga: Day One

Okay, so I was supposed to write this yesterday but I got a little busy and I left the notes on my desk ready to type out but I kind of wanted to go to Metrotown (a mall in Burnaby, BC for those who don’t know) and do some window shopping.

Anyway, in a previous post, I mentioned that I am trying to work on my mental health and I’m also trying to incorporate more yoga into my life. I’ve never been the flexible type, I usually forget to stretch after a workout or in the mornings which I am trying to work on doing more often (because it just feels soooooo good!). Anyway, I decided that I want to do a 30 day beginners “challenge”, I don’t know why it’s called a challenge, I feel like if you call it a challenge you feel less reluctant to do it. So for my sake, I want to call it the 30 day Beginners Yoga Experiment. Yeah, Let’s go with experiment.

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Image retrieved from http://blogs.plos.org/neuroanthropology/files/2014/04/yoga_three_panel.jpg

So I’ve decided that instead of doing Yoga every day, I want to only do yoga on Sundays for 30 days. I want to be able to balance out my school schedule, workout schedule and volunteer schedule so I figured this was the best option.

My goal is to share how I felt before, during and after each yoga session with you. I think that it won’t only get me to pay attention to my body but to also note down changes and I just honestly felt like sharing this experience with you guys.

I’ve decided to do Yoga With Adriene since I’ve had a good experience with other videos of hers, I like how she’s quite soothing and I get a good vibe from her videos, I find them genuine and helpful. So I definitely recommend that you check her out!

So let me share my experience with you!

Before my session:

I was feeling really emotional and sad. More sad than anything. I actually started crying before my yoga session. I felt extremely tense and felt like there were a lot of thoughts and emotions clouding my mind.

During my session:

Okay, so my goal is to be honest. Adriene has this motto to be honest with yourself when doing yoga and listening to your body. So I’m going to say it how it is–I wanted to give up. My mind kept saying I couldn’t do it. It was so simple but I felt limited by how I was feeling. So I definitely let myself cry for the first few minutes of my session. I did, however, end up feeling better while crying and doing yoga. I began to focus on the feeling of letting go. Some poses did hurt a lot more than others, so I focused on making sure I didn’t over do it and be light.

After my session:

I actually felt really good after my session. I felt quite stretched out, especially in the spinal area. During my session, there were times I wanted to give up and some poses were too much but I can’t wait to do it again. I felt so good and actually quite better than when I started. I wasn’t transformed instantly but I did feel tension leave my body.

The Playlist:

So even though I listen to Adriene on youtube, I also like to put some music in the background to really block any other external noises (I live in a house with a musician and music lovers, there is always music and noise at my house). I usually opt for youtube or SoundCloud but for this session I used Songza’s Yoga & Meditation playlist.

So my goal is to complete the thirty days (on Sundays) and share it with you. I do hope to post it every Sunday (I got a little lazy yesterday). I hope to even share some poses (when I get better at it). If any one wants to join me and let me know their progress that would be awesome!!

I will make time for…

So I was inspired to write this post after watching one of my favourite youtubers, she made a video about what she plans on making more time for in her life and picked 5 different things. As I was watching it, I realized I’m always saying I’m going to do certain things but I never really do or I don’t make it a priority like other things in my life. It’s such a great video!

Now my five things, I’ve always been that person who gets interested with something for awhile but then after a few months, I get bored. I might have commitment issues, I don’t know. Or I just like a lot of things and can’t stick to them because every little thing fascinates me. This time my goal is to ensure that I complete all of these or make them apart of my daily routines. So here we go:

Learn a new word every day. I’ve decided I want to expand my vocabulary. Although I’m quite the avid reader, I feel like I don’t use some of those words that express how I really feel. Perhaps it has to do with everyone basically making things up like BAE, TOTES and whatever else exists, I would like to use words such as Impetuous, vexatious, raconteur, and so forth . I’m going to do this. I will try to incorporate it into my daily conversations, posts or tweets. Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 7.13.55 PMWork on my American Sign Language. Aside from the basics, I’m actually really bad at it. I have a hard time understanding some (okay, most) of the words, it’s probably because the signs have also changed and I’m super slow at picking it up. So I’ve decided to practice at least 20 minutes a day. I’ve even downloaded an app to help me.

Screen Shot 2015-11-06 at 7.15.26 PMWatch a TedTalks video once a week. I’ve always loved watching TedTalks. I always learn something new from them and they’re always so inspiring. My goal is to watch as many as I can. I think that there is always one thing that the speakers say that always resonates with me, so that is why I want to watch them.

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Friends. I’ve always been really bad at seeing my friends. I always had an excuse. I’m always saying I’m busy with school or life. The reason I have all the time is that I’m broke which is valid and I don’t like spending when I can’t afford to. Even though that’s true, I still want to find a way to see them more even if it’s for a walk or a coffee. With school starting in January for me, I want to see them at least once a week.

Lastly, I want to make time to take care of my mental health. This is actually one of my goals that I have on my vision board. I have been neglecting taking care of my mind in the past and I really don’t want to do that anymore. I even downloaded an app that has been helping me with anxiety, it’s called the MindShift App. It honestly has been super helpful, I would recommend it to anyone who suffers from anxiety at the worst of times especially during school or midterms. Again with school starting, I want to be able to have a clear mind and be successful. Also, in order to take care of my mind, I want to try to incorporate more yoga , exercise and healthy eating. I like watching Yoga with Adriene, I have been doing two training guides one by Kayla Itsines and HIIT MAX and I also use the Calorie Tracker App to make sure I eat healthy. I don’t really use it to track my calories but I ensure I drink water, exercise and don’t eat things that could cloud my mind or make my body feel groggy.

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So I hope you enjoy my list of what I plan to make time for. I hope that by sharing them with you, it makes me more responsible to accomplish them. If there are five things you would want to make more time for, what would they be? Feel free to leave them in the comments.

The Unemployment Workout.

Yep, you read the title right. I’ve been sitting around trying to figure out how to release stress and embedded frustration from receiving multiple employment rejection letters. At first, I had the idea to start some sort of drinking game but that really could end badly. I mean, I was thinking about having a shot every time I receive a rejection letter but I think that would just make me a daily drinker and I don’t think my liver or body would appreciate that.

So I decided to opt for a healthier alternative. My logic behind this was to let go of that disappointment and frustration through working out. I actually do that on a daily basis now, since I’m trying to maintain a healthier lifestyle but when I get sad about not getting a job, I sometimes get side-tracked, let the emotions take hold and I find myself stuffing pizza, chocolate, candy, iced-tea, cake, etc. into this mouth of mine. So here it goes.

1. Every cover letter you write in a day= Skipping for 60 seconds.

2. For every resume you send out= 10 pushups.

3. For every email you send out= 15 lunges (each side)

4. For every rejection letter you receive= 50 jumping jacks

5. For every time you doubt yourself and your skills= 1 minute plank

6. For every hand cramp= full body stretch (hold for 40 seconds each)

7. For every phone interview= 20 crunches (3 sets)

8. For every group interview= 20 sit-ups (3 sets)

9. For every second interview= 10 spiderman climbs

10. For when you get the job= you’ll be super fit and you can celebrate with buying new clothes, new shoes, a fancy dinner, celebrate with your family, friends, even your cat. Do what you do to celebrate the long hours you spent perfecting your resume, finding the right words to say in your cover letter, for being confident and walking into that interview.

Repeat as necessary. Remember find ways to let go of frustration, working out is a great way to boost energy levels, confidence, memory and well, you’ll feel better with all those endorphins. I just thought it would be fun to do something a little different.