Sunday Yoga Day 13 & 14

Day 13 and 14 are here! Can you believe I’m actually almost half way to 30 days of yoga?

Day 13: Endurance & Ease

I did this session in the morning because I’m cool like that. I’m definitely changing the times I do yoga. I think it gives my body an extra kick of the unexpected. Sometimes I prefer early mornings, other times I aim for noon and sometimes right before bed does the job.

Before my session:

Today, I woke up feeling great and well-rested. I hope that I stay focused on my workout and that it helps me really ease back into workout mode, which I have been lacking because of the holiday season.

During my session:

Major sweat session. I definitely got super sweaty. The poses were not that difficult, but they did really push me to go deeper.

After my session:

Core workouts, for the win!

Day 14: Mindful Hatha Yoga Workout

I decided to do this session in the evening because of the word mindful.

Before my session:

I think I ate something that messed up my stomach again. If you didn’t know, I get stomach discomfort a lot. I have been tested, but nothing really seemed to be the cause. I am on enzymes that help me break down my food better, but even they don’t always help as much as they should. I’m trying to cut out certain foods by experimenting with my meals.

During my session:

This was a short session that also caused me to sweat like Day 13. I love sessions that make me sweat. It means I’m challenging myself, clearing myself of toxins, and getting a good workout.

After my session:

For some reason, I look at my notes and the only thing I wrote after my session is that “I’m ready to party”, even though I should be getting ready for bed. I guess yoga made me feel that great.

 

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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!) ❤

Sunday yoga: Day 4 on Monday!

Okay okay, so I’m late again! It’s not my fault, I spent my weekend re-decorating my room, preparing it for the new year and my room was a hot mess. I had absolutely no time to do yoga on Sunday. It smelled of paint and my yoga stuff was thrown in a pile of somethings and everything. So I just finished my session and now I’m sharing it with you. I’m also debating whether I just want to start doing each session consecutively every night and post them on Sundays or just leave it as is. I’m not sure yet, let me know what you guys think.

So this week, I can’t believe I’m even into it this far already but it’s day four! Day four focuses on the back–stretching it and relieving any tension which is great after moving furniture around and painting my room. It’s like Adrienne knew I’d get motivated to change my room around this weekend. So here it is Day 4 (also, you can see that I’m starting to get the hang of posting the actual video and embedding it properly…I’m happy right now)

Okay, so let me share my experience with you!

Before my session:

To be honest, I’ve been feeling lazy AF! I don’t know if it’s because of the weather or because I feel like hibernating but I haven’t actually been working out as much, I go for walks everyday for a few hours but that’s about it. I have been having difficulties with breathing and feeling faint so I haven’t been wanting to go full out with them. I’m planning to go see the doctor soon just because it got pretty bad the other day at the mall. Aside from feeling off, I also was super exhausted from painting my room and moving furniture around in my room. I had a few tight spots in the lower back/glute area.

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During my session:

I wanted to quit! Those tight spots were really getting to me, but I kept going and focused on being more gentle towards those areas but still getting a good stretch. Breathing was definitely better and I didn’t find myself feeling faint. It felt really nice to do this, especially those downward dogs released tightness in my calves.

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After my session:

I felt good. I definitely think I need to stretch a lot more frequently. I do love the feeling of being so stretched out and elongating that spine. I plan to spend most of my week in school next semester and volunteering so I want to make sure that my spine doesn’t lose strength and stays healthy. Plus I love feeling taller even if I’m still only 5’0 ft.

Something random:

If anyone has any tips of yoga wear for a noob that would be great!

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.

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

Raincity: To stay in or to go out?

It looks like it’s going to be a rainy week in Vancouver! If you’re like me there are days when you love the rain and then there are days where you wish it was just cloudy. I like enjoying the weather because sometimes it can be “dark” for days and it can really take a toll on the mind and motivation. So I figured that I could write about things you could do when you’re stuck indoors or limited to the activities you can do.

But first here is my Saturday Morning Playlist, of course there are more on my playlist but I thought 10 would be enough to share while you read the rest of my post! Songs like this really set the tone for what kind of Saturday I will have so I hope you enjoy!

So what can you do on a rainy Saturday?

  • Go out for coffee or tea. Instead of going to your regular Tim Hortons or Starbucks. I’d recommend several places that could brighten up a dull day with their pastries and tea. Depending on where you live, they could be convenient or quite far so here are three. Or you could definitely sit at a Starbucks and do you!

La Petite Cuillere — Of course, to attend this beautiful tea room, you must make a reservation but it’s quite worth it. I had the pleasure of sharing this experience with one of my best friends and my sister this year for my birthday. It wasn’t a rainy day but cloudy which made it the perfect setting to sit by a large window, drink tea, eat pastries and pretend we were living in the days of Downton Abbey or Jane Austen. Located in Vancouver by a Library, can you say perfect?

Applewood Country — This one is closer to my home in Delta, I could walk here if I wanted to. This tea room definitely has a “I’m going to my grandmothers house” type of vibe. It is also a gift shop and it has the cutest things ever, from tea, pastries, vintage hats, PJ’s to stove tops and kitchen utensils for sale. I would like to thank my mother for introducing me to this gem.

Black Rook Bakery — Not a Cafe technically, but this Bakery has charm. On a rainy day, while my mother and I were waiting for my sister, we drove around and found this bakery that had the most delicious baked goods. I wish I had pictures still but their Pink Chiffon cake was the most delicious cake I’ve had in awhile, I paired it with Jasmine Green tea and I devoured that in minutes. It isn’t highly populated and you’ll find the decor to be quite interesting and attractive. I don’t know, I really liked the ravens on the fireplace mantel and their large dark coloured chandelier.

  • Go to Granville Island — LOVE LOVE Granville Island. I think it’s the perfect rainy day adventure. But that’s just me. There are so many cute things to see, delicious things to taste and goods to buy. Plus the view isn’t bad either.
Granville Island
Granville Island
  • See a movie or have a movie marathon — It could definitely be a netflix binge watching kind of day. Finish your Vampire Diaries, Prison Break or get started on Gotham, How to get away with Murder or whatever floats your boat. No one will judge you, it’s cold and wet out there. Why not stay in your onesie and cuddle up with your S/O or pets and just watch TV. Or you can go see some movies, I don’t know what’s playing because I only go to the movies when superhero movies are out or some dystopian world novel has been turned into a movie.
  • Read at home, at a library, or bookstore — Okay, this may be the nerd in me speaking but I love going to bookstores and not buy anything but just pick up a book and read for a bit. I’m sure that’s why there are chairs in most of them. Take advantage of that. I’ve lost track of time in a bookstore, It’s a magical place and some of them have cafe’s or a coffee shop nearby.
  • Go to a Art Gallery, Museum, etc. — I know some of these cost money and can be quite expensive but I’m pretty sure that it would be nice to go see one on a rainy day. Even Science World ( I will never call it “Telus world of science” ever) has the animal body works show, I’ve heard it can be quite interesting. I’d definitely recommend any of these.
Who doesn't want to see animal insides?
Who doesn’t want to see animal insides?

Okay, so that’s my short list of things you CAN do but you really don’t have to. I know it’s cold out there, its dark and you’re probably not wanting to go out. To be honest, if it was possible I’d stay in bed all day and listen to music and read. I know you’re thinking that too. Or you’re totally the person who goes out and jumps in puddles (okay, I do that sometimes too). I just thought I’d share some possibilities. It’s Vancouver. There are tons of things to do. And well, if you’re not from Vancouver, you could still do stuff like this. Take a long drive over here and enjoy our West Coast weather. Just remember to stay safe out there, stay visible and drive safely.