Good Sunday afternoon! We’re still enjoying our perfect weather (I’m trying not to think about how great it would be to be on the trail!), and I think we may have to take Max out for an extended walk this afternoon. Everything is definitely low-key around here this weekend!
So it’s time to give you all my final recap on the Yoga Challenge I participated in this month which was hosted by the wonderful Miss Courtney. We still have a few days left in October, but since this was the last full week I decided to end mine today.
Good news! I totally rocked this last week of the challenge. I got three full sessions in which included an actual class! The absolute best part of this week’s yoga, however, was I had a partner for two of my three sessions.
That’s right. As I got ready to do Level One of Jillian’s Yoga Meltdown on Tuesday, John decided he wanted to join me. I believe there was some trash talking beforehand about how he was going to kick my butt at yoga. Let’s just say he was singing a different tune by the end of it. That makes two of my family members Jillian has taken down during the course of this month!
He enjoyed it enough, however, to tag along to a real live yoga class Friday night. Remember the secret plans I mentioned? We were headed to yoga class! I got online and did some searching on classes in Ft. Smith, and found one happening Friday evening at the Marvin Altman Fitness center so John and I decided to give it a try. I loved it! It was exactly how I pictured a yoga practice to be. The instructor was great. She was really helpful, but didn’t hover. I’ve been in some exercise classes where the instructors correct every little thing which always makes me feel uncomfortable.
It was a hour long class that flew by. I felt so relaxed and stretched out afterwards. I told John we need to try to make a class after every big hiking trip! I wish there was a way to make it part of my regular routine, but, with Ft. Smith 30 miles away, it’s just not feasible. Hopefully, someone will start yoga classes in my little town soon!
My third session happened just a few moments ago. I pulled how Rodney Yee, and did one of his twenty minute segments. Yesterday, I did nine pretty intense miles on the treadmill, so it felt really good to stretch out today. On a side note, between the class Friday night and this session with Rodney Yee, I’ve discovered that I love doing tree pose. I’ve added it to my favorites list along with camel pose!
So that ends October’s Yoga Challenge. I really want to commit to making it a regular part of my exercise routine, but I probably won’t shoot for three sessions a week. I crave more heart pumping exercises, but I could definitely see myself throwing in a few sun salutations just to stretch everything out! I’ve already got another exercise challenge ready to go for November, and I’m really excited about this one. I’ll tell you all about it later on in the week. For now, the chores are done, the sun is shining, and I’m going to go enjoy the rest of the weekend! Have a great one!
How did you do with yoga this month? What are some of your exercise goals and challenges for the coming month?