Tips For Overcoming Jet Lag

 

Travelling can really take its toll on the body and the mind. Jumping timezones, not getting enough sleep, getting terrible sleep on planes, shitty beds, neighbours (or bars) that won’t shut-up at a decent hour all have negative affects. 

By the time I arrived in Mexico I was seriously tired. You know you’re in trouble when you’re not quite sure of the date, day of the week or what the local time is – struggling to remember where you’ve been over the last few weeks.

It took me a few days to realise — yep that’s how tired I was — that I’d travelled through three countries (Morocco, Germany and Mexico) — in one week! 

In that week I travelled by bus and train from Essaouira to Fes in Morocco (12 hours later!), caught a flight from Fes, Morocco to Dusseldorf, Germany (luckily spending two nights there) and then caught a 10 hour flight to Cancun, Mexico. 

So I was tired and jet lagged…but what to do? These are the behaviours that I have changed that helped get my body and mind readjusted:

  1. no caffeine after 5pm – having a chamomile tea instead of a regular tea or a coffee.

  2. no electronics after 7pm – no laptop, TV, iphone or going through photos on your camera. The only exception to this I have is my e-reader because I like to read before bed (at home I love proper books but while travelling e-readers are fantastic). Mine doesn’t have a light built-in to the screen but a little pop-up one. Somehow this helps me justify the slight break in the “no electronics after 7pm” rule.

  3. don’t have phone/s near the bed – and avoid using them as an alarm if you can. There’s no temptation to check emails, social media and any alerts or messages won’t disturb sleep in the middle of the night.

  4. go to bed before 10pm – I was getting into the habit of going to bed after midnight and getting up after 9am, it’s not great long-term. I’ve read in a few places that going to bed by 10 pm and actually being asleep by 11pm is important for your body to function at its optimal levels.

 One of the many cats of Essaouira, Morocco

One of the many cats of Essaouira, Morocco

The combination of all four points has helped me relax well before trying to get to sleep. My body isn’t wired up on caffeine and my mind isn’t over stimulated by the glow of an electronic device or a movie. 

I try to stick to this routine most nights. Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t – I’m not too hard on myself if I don’t. 

Overall, changing these behaviours on most nights helps me get to sleep easier and I find I have a good sleep – like one of many cats in Essaouira, Morocco…

 

Yoga & Travel – Nike App Review

 

Yoga practice while travelling can be difficult, especially if travelling quite quickly or travelling long-term. It can be hard to establish a regular Yoga Practice with a new location, room, weather conditions or season to contend with.

I’d been travelling through Morocco and spend about a week or so in a seaside town called Essaouira. Re-establishing a regular Yoga practice after months of travel and also trying to increase my cardio fitness levels seemed like a good idea. Maybe it was the fresh sea air or maybe I had some time? But – as always – the bigger obstacle to overcome was the MOTIVATION. 

I’d previously downloaded the Nike Training App and had never made much use of it, my new found Moroccan motivation got me to give it a go.

Nike Training App overview

The great thing about the Nike Training App is that it has in-App motivation. Now, this doesn’t help with all motivational issues, like even opening the App or unrolling the Yoga mat! But every bit of motivation helps. There’s some of the ways the Nike Training App helps to motivate:

  1. Nike Fuel – have Googled, still have no idea what this!

  2. Trophies are earned by how many minutes of training completed.

  3. Like other workout Apps, friends can be added.

  4. It’s also possible to create a personal fitness program or simply choose a class – the App adds up how many minutes completed and trophies earned.

Now, I’m not normally very competitive but found that I quite liked seeing my minutes increase and getting more trophies.

As a Yoga Teacher I’m going to provide a review of one of the Get Focused, 15 minute Yoga classes – Vinyasa Rush Studio. The Nike Fitness App also has two other 15 minute Yoga classes; Dynamic Yoga and Solar Power Yoga. 

Vinyasa Rush Studio Review

The Vinyasa Rush Studio is a 15 Minute Yoga Practice in a flow style and with standing poses only. So having a Yoga mat isn’t necessarily required but I would recommend using one. A towel or two can also be used instead of a Yoga Mat. I do have a great travel Yoga mat, see my review of it here.

I’d recommend looking through the Review and seeing what Asanas (poses) are in the Vinyasa Rush Studio Yoga class and how the Yoga class is sequenced before commencing – there are both pictures and videos . The Nike Fitness App also gives the option to see how to do the Asanas (poses) throughout the Yoga class, but this does stop the flow of the Yoga practice. 

The sequence is repetitive so it gives you the chance to refine the Asanas (poses) with each repetition. There is a Vinyasa flow sequence incorporated into the class too, with a Chaturanga Dandasana Asana (pose). This isn’t an easy Asana (pose), I’d recommend trying it from the knees rather than the toes for beginners.

For beginners, I’d recommend taking it easy. The Vinyasa Studio Rush isn’t necessarily for beginners (there aren’t variations included) but this doesn’t mean that a beginner can’t enjoy this Yoga class.

I like to add 10-15 minute Savasana/Corpse Pose at the end of the 15 minutes Yoga class – making it about a 30 minute Yoga class. This can be a nice substitute for an actual Yoga Class, especially as it can be easily be completed from a hotel/hostel/apartment room and no special props are required.

 Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Savasana (Corpse Pose)

My minor issue with the Nike Fitness App is that I have to use it on my phone. Sometimes it’s not so easy to see on the small screen. I’d prefer to use it from my laptop – oh well.

Lastly, the Nike Fitness App is great if getting an internet connection is difficult or unreliable – once the workouts are downloaded an internet connection isn’t required.

Overall, I like it. The Nike Training App makes keeping up with a Yoga practice while travelling a little easier. It’s also great for increasing cardio fitness. For me, it doesn’t replace going to an actual Yoga class but is a good option when going to a Yoga class isn’t possible.

 

Yoga Teacher Training in India

Yoga Teacher Training in India

While I’ve always loved attending Yoga classes, it took me a really long time to think that teaching Yoga was something I’d like to try – 12 years in fact.

It was during a Hatha Yoga class, as I moved through the Asanas a thought came to me – wouldn’t it be nice to be in this environment all the time? Calming, peaceful, nurturing. The seed was planted – I was going to learn how to be a Yoga Teacher.

For me the most obvious place to learn to teach Yoga was India. I’m involved in a deep love affair with India. I’ve travelled to India three times so far and am bewitched – the culture, the food, the people and the Yoga.

It was in December 2012, my second trip to India, when I travelled to Kerala to attend a month intensive to become a Yoga Teacher.

The month long Yoga Teacher Training intensive was held in an Ashram near a remote village about a 90 minutes drive from Fort Cochin. The Ashram was a 30 minute walk from the nearest village, closer if you hired an Auto-rickshaw. There wasn’t that much in the village that a Western Yoga Teacher Trainee would be interested in, other than the bakery that sold coffee. Apart from the bakery there was little distraction from learning all about Yoga. 

Every student had come alone to undertake the Yoga Teacher Training. There were about 30 students, mostly women – just three men. This demographic is certainly the same as most Yoga classes I’ve attended over the years and the same for the Yoga classes I teach – although I am seeing a change. The age range varied quite a bit – from one 18 year old to a hand full of students in their 60’s. Most people were European with a few Americans, Australians, South Africans in the mix too – there was a nice international atmosphere.

We all had Yoga in common and the majority of people were pretty chilled out and focused on getting through the teacher training and being supportive of each other.

The days started at 6am with Meditation and finished anytime between 8 – 10pm. The Yoga Teacher Training included learning about Yoga philosophy, anatomy, Pranayama, learning the Sanskirt names to the Asanas (postures), learning to teach a Yoga Asana class (how to teach individual Asanas, sequencing Asanas) to name a few different areas but this list is certainly not exhaustive.

An average day looked like this – six days a week for a month:

Hatha Yoga Teacher Training – Sample Daily Schedule

06.00 – 06.40 am:   Meditation
06.40 – 07.00 am:   Neti / Kriyas
07.00 – 09.15 am:    Yoga Asana & Pranayamas
09.30 – 10.30 am:    Brunch
10.30  – 12.00 pm:    Yoga Philosophy and Anatomy class
12.00– 02.00 pm:   Free time
14.00  – 14.30 pm:    Snack time – usually fruit or some Indian goodies
14.30  – 16.00 pm:    Yoga Sutras
16.30  – 19.00 pm:    Yoga Asana Workshops / Teaching Practice
19.00 – 20.00 pm:    Dinner
20.00 – 21.00 pm:    This varied – sometimes videos or special presentations or Free time 

We were silent from 10pm to 10am – Meditation, Neti/Kriyas, a Yoga Asana class and brunch was all undertaken in silence everyday. I really enjoyed it – it was not as intense as it initially seemed. Most of that time is spent sleeping and Meditation, Neti/Kriyas and Yoga Asana class is silent anyway. Brunch was a little tougher, but it didn’t take long to get used to eating in silence.

I love Indian food and I’m a vegetarian – so I was in food heaven! However, some students had problems with the food as they weren’t Indian food fans. The cooks did their best to try to accommodate everyone, but it was pretty hard on those students as there weren’t many shops or markets nearby were you could self-cater easily. There also wasn’t much time to be cooking for yourself.

Things got a bit tougher toward the end of the month, there were written exams and practical assessments. The practical assessment comprised of teaching two 90 minute classes. I was someone who has never taught anything to anyone and found this very stressful. I spent many nights prior to those practical assessments muttering Yoga Asanas in Sanskirt, re-writing my lesson plan, practicing queuing each of the Asanas (postures). 

We weren’t expected to teach the entire group of 30, we were broken into small groups of about five people and the practical assessments involved just teaching your small group. Still, you were being assessed by the Yoga Teachers and Teaching Assistants – it’s nerve wracking, but great and necessary Yoga teaching practice. 

One Happy Yogi – 200 hours Yoga Teacher Training completed!

  • I did my training in India’s winter (December and January) – I’d been to India during this time before and know that even “winter” was hot but this was something else. I sweated all day, every day. Then I sweated some more during the four hours or so your Yoga Asana (Yoga class in the morning and then a Yoga workshop/Teacher Practice in the evening). I did a lot of showering and clothes washing in that month.

  • I was really, really busy – all day, every day. Even on the free days – the Ashram organised day trips so students could see a bit more of India. Some students didn’t attend the day trips but I felt that the trips helped ward off cabin fever.

  • While I’d been attending Yoga Asana classes for over a decade, I’d never known that Yoga Asana was only a small part of Yoga. It was one of the biggest things I learned from the Yoga Teacher Training.

Is Yoga Teacher Training for you?

Deciding to follow your passion for Yoga to undertake Yoga Teacher Training is a big step. It’s a lot of commitment — not just the time and money required — but also creating the mental space to be open to the process.  

You don’t have to be a Vegetarian, or chant Om, or chant Mantras, or know what Mala beads are to attend – but you’ll be served Vegetarian meals, chant Om a lot, chant Mantras and may be given some Mala beads for Meditation. If you’re open to it, you’ll enjoy it all. 

If you decide to undertake a month intensive (or even a 10 day intensive) being ready mentally, physically and emotionally is important –  because it can get tough. You may be in a new country, new culture, new climate, you may be alone and without your usual support people (there is Skype but that’s not always the same).

Of course you may decide to undertake Yoga Teacher Training in your home town over a longer period of time.

Asides from ensuring that your well-being is in check, it’s an investment. And I’m not just talking about the course fees.

Depending on where and how you choose to undertake Yoga Teacher Training, you’ll need time. Taking the time in your life to fit in Yoga Teacher Training takes consideration and planning. You may need to negotiate time away from family and work, consider possibly being away from loved ones for the holidays – I was away for Christmas and New Years.

It’s also important to note that you don’t have to want to be a Yoga Teacher to attend Yoga Teacher Training. They are a great way to deepen your personal Yoga Asana (postures) practice and understanding of Yoga generally. 

Finally, you don’t have to decide right away if you’ll be a Yoga Teacher – I didn’t. I wasn’t sure, I was digesting everything I had learned – it took me more than a year to start to teach Yoga classes regularly.

If you do decide that Yoga Teacher Training is for you, research potential Yoga Teacher Training courses through the Yoga Alliance. They have a registry of schools that are certified Yoga Teacher Trainers.

Namaste

 

 

 

Weeks 8–10: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days




I’d love to share that the last leg of my 66 days of forming a yoga habit were a roaring success and I now have a steadfast daily practice – but nope, that’s not the case.

During Weeks 8–10 I was travelling through Bolivia to Argentina. La Paz, Bolivia is about 4000m above sea level and the altitude was starting to get to me and I’d picked up a stomach bug, I was generally feel pretty unwell.  Yoga practice was the last thing on my mind! Not how I planned to finish my daily yoga habit challenge at all. 

Week 8–10: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

La Paz and Copacabana, Bolivia

·      Number of days that I practiced both Yoga and Meditation: 0

·      Number of days I just practiced Yoga: 1

I was happy to get to Buenos Aires and chill out at the apartment we had rented. Unfortunately, long-term travel isn’t always glamorous!

Even though the daily yoga habit challenge didn’t end on a positive note I have picked up some tips for making daily yoga a little easier to achieve and will be sharing those here at The Yoga Class soon.

Namaste

 

 

 

Week 7: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

Well, my 66 days of TRYING to form a daily yoga habit are well and truely over and I’m playing catch-up with posting my last few weeks of my personal yoga challenge.

Intensive travelling after leaving Nicaragua really made it difficult to practice yoga and meditation everyday, here’s how I went with my daily yoga while travelling through Peru.

Week 7: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary:

·      Number of days that I practiced both Yoga and Meditation: 3 of 7 days

·      Number of days I just practiced Yoga: 0 of 7 days

·      Number of days I didn’t practice either Yoga or Mediation: 4 of 7 days

Days 43 – 44 of 66 — Cusco, Peru

Off to a good start to Week 7 in Cusco, practiced both yoga and meditation on both days! Cusco is quite a cute little city, it’s a very busy little place as it’s the main starting point for most people going to see Machu Picchu — that’s why we’re here.

Days 45 – 46 of 66 Days — Agua Calientes and Machu Picchu, Peru

No practice on the transit day to Agua Calientes or the day at Machu Picchu unfortunately. Up very early to get to the train for the 3 or so hours ride to Agua Calientes (closest town to Machu Picchu) and then up very early get to Machu Picchu. 

 

Day 47 of 66 Days

Transiting from Agua Calientes to Cusco, Peru

No practice. Too tired, bitten, dirty – no showers working in our hotel! The VERY unglamorous side to travel. But more than worth it to see the awe-inspiring Machu Picchu!

Day 48 of 66 Days

Cusco, Peru

No practice. And now sick, plus tired and bitten. But clean!  

Day 49 of 66 Days

Transiting from Cusco, Peru to La Paz, Bolivia

Ended Week 7 on a high with both yoga and meditation practice. Woohoo!

Namaste

 

Week 6: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

It’s fair say that the last few weeks of my Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days challenge have been very difficult.

My long-term travelling has been a gift but does sometimes make daily Yoga tough. But I’m still determined to finish these weekly updates to try to understand the complexities that help form a Yoga habit and share them here at The Yoga Class. Here is Week 6…

I ended Week 5 of forming my daily yoga habit in New York City and spend half of Week 6 there too. The City has been epic! It was my second trip to New York City and I’m blown away by its energy, beauty and rawness.

 

Week 6: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

·      Number of days that I practiced both Yoga and Meditation: 3 of 7 days

·      Number of days I just practiced Yoga: 0 of 7 days

·      Number of days I didn’t practice either Yoga or Mediation: 4 of 7 days

Days 36 – 38 of 66 Days

New York City

After a few days in the Big Apple my daily Yoga and Meditation mojo was at an all time low. This meant no practice for three days! Feeling guilty much?!

Day 39 of 66 Days

New York City – Lima, Peru

Transit day to Peru from New York, via Florida = an 18 hour day. These are the days when travelling doesn’t seem so appealing! Alas to say that I didn’t get to roll out my Yoga mat today. Ah, transit days, unfortunately a necessary evil sometimes!

 Days 40 – 42 of 66 Days

Lima, Peru

Slowly getting some Yoga and Mediation back in South America! It’s my first time of the Continent and so far I like Peru and can’t wait to see and explore more!

I managed to practice both Yoga and a guided Mediation every morning, it helped that four nights in Lima were deemed New York recovery days.

Onto Week 7!

Namaste.

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Week 5: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

After a somewhat unsuccessful Week 4 I decided that I needed to change my perspective about my daily Yoga and Meditation practice.

I was using travelling and being in transit as excuses not to even try to meet my goal of daily Yoga and Meditation practice. After Week 4 where I pretty much gave myself permission to not meet my goal of practicing Yoga and Meditation everyday for 66 days.

I think the reality is that there will always be something – whether it be travelling or being too tired not thinking that there is enough time – to practice Yoga and Meditation daily. And ultimately are these just all excuses? Regardless of how convincing they seem at the time.

Week 5: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

·      Number of days that I practiced both Yoga and Meditation: 4 of 7 days

·      Number of days I just practiced Yoga: 1 of 7 days

·      Number of days I didn’t practice either Yoga or Mediation: 2 of 7 days

Day 29 of 66

Monteverde to San Jose, Costa Rica

On Day 29, we transited from Monteverde to San Jose, Costa Rica. I made sure to practice Yoga in the morning prior to making our way to catch the bus to San Jose.

No Meditation practice though, but baby steps to implementing what I know works for me – morning practice.

Day 30 of 66

San Jose, Costa Rica

Day 30 and I did manage to practice both Yoga and Meditation – but in the afternoon. I’m still having a hard time always implementing a morning practice *sigh*.

Day 31 of 66

San Jose, Costa Rica to New York City, U.S.A

Day 31 and another transit day – this time from San Jose, Costa Rica to New York City.  We’re ultimately trying to get to South America and it turns out that a good option is to go via the United States – it doesn’t make too much sense but….

It also meant a reasonably early start to the day in San Jose. So, I left my Yoga mat unrolled the night and got straight onto it the moment I woke up. No bathroom stop, no getting distracted – just Yoga and Meditation.

I started my Yoga sequence with some mat asanas (poses). Read: rolling around on my back for a bit and then I immediately practiced a Guided Meditation straight after my Yoga asana practice.

Day 32 of 66 Days

New York City to Philadelphia to New York City, U.S.A

Today was a rough day. We didn’t get to our hotel until after midnight and was up by 5.30am to get to Philadelphia for an impromptu family get-together and then back to New York.

I know, no excuses but there was zero time in the day to practice.

Day 33 of 66 Days

New York City, U.S.A.

Wow – how time flies by – Day 33 is half way through my 66 days of forming a daily Yoga and Meditation practice. I did manage to practice both Yoga and Mediation despite the epic day yesterday.

Day 34 of 66 Days

New York City, U.S.A.

No practice today. It’s fair to say that New York kicked my butt a bit. The City is fantastic and there is so much to do and see – plenty of days spent walking around seeing everything the City has to offer. While it’s been great it has also meant mild exhaustion – I’m getting soft after a month in the Nicaraguan jungle!

Day 35 of 66 Days

New York City, U.S.A.

Today I practiced both Yoga and Meditation in the morning in our tiny New York hotel room. And again, I just practiced as soon as I woke up. 

Lessons learned half way through forming a daily Yoga and Meditation habit:

1.     Mind set is a huge part of the process – it may seem obvious but it’s still a big obstacle to overcome. If I think I’m too tired or busy then my practice won’t happen.

2.     For me, morning Yoga and Meditation practice works best. Then my practice is done for the day. No wasting mental energy thinking about having to practice throughout the day. And, even bigger, not feeling guilty about not having practiced yet.

3.     Practice Yoga and Meditation together as one practice

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Week 4: Forming a Daily Yoga Practice in 66 Days

Week 4 of 10: Forming a Daily Yoga Practice in 6 Days has been the most challenging week so far. I spent 2 of the 7 days in transit. And although the days weren’t particularly grueling, those days still took their toll.

We left Playa Maderas, Nicaragua on Day 22, transited to San Juan del Sur for the night so we could catch an early taxi to the border. We transited across the border to Costa Rica on Day 23 – it was a long but smooth travel day.  

We arrived in Monterverde, Costa Rica in the late afternoon, it was already getting dark but we made it to our accommodation with no problems. Monteverde is so much cooler than Playa Maderas and it was a welcome change.

On Day 25 I didn’t practice either Yoga or Meditation – the first day since the beginning of the 66 day forming a daily Yoga practice challenge.

And I only practiced both Yoga and Meditation on 3 days of Week 4 – I’m disappointed in myself. I’m also feeling that my premonitions about having difficulty keeping up my daily practice when travelling quickly was a self fulfilling prophecy – meaning that I told myself that I would fail. And then I did.

Here’s my summary of my daily Yoga and Meditation practice struggles of Week 4.

Week 4: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

Day 22 of 66

Today I practiced Yoga and a Guided Meditation in the morning before we made our way to San Juan del Sur for the night before heading to the border to get to Costa Rica.

Even though it was only a 45-minute ride between Playa Maderas and San Juan, I didn’t want to risk there being a reason not to practice if I put my practice off until later in the day.

But I still have difficulty practicing in the morning everyday, even though I know that morning practice is best for me and ensures that I don’t miss a day.

Day 23 of 66

I managed to get in my Yoga practice in before catching a 7.30am taxi to the border between Nicaragua and Costa Rica. Unfortunately I did not practice Meditation.

Day 24 of 66

The second day in Monteverde, I had gotten over the tiredness from being in transit for 2 days.

Today I practiced Yoga and Guided Meditation in the morning before we headed to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest. The Cloud Forrest is beautiful and serene and worth the effort to get there.

Day 25 of 66

No Yoga or Meditation practice today – the first day since starting the challenge that I completely missed a day of practice. I was exhausted from hours of walking the previous day. I’m always amazed at how easy it is for me to lose my cardio fitness levels.

Day 26 of 66

Yoga but no Meditation

Day 27 of 66

Yoga and a Guided Meditation

Day 28 of 66

Not at all inspired to practice today. I only manage a Yoga practice but no Meditation *sigh*.

My plan is to ensure that I practice early in the morning and practice Meditation straight after Yoga practice. I need to change my mindset and not let travelling be an excuse not to practice Yoga and Meditation daily.

Onto to Week 5 – more changes as we travel on from Monteverde to San Jose, Costa Rica and then up to New York City and Philadelphia –  and hopefully a change in my mindset too.

Namaste

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Week 3: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

Finishing Week 3 of Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days also means the last week of our stay in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua. It’s been a very relaxing one-month stay here with lots of surfing, yoga and hammock-ing (with Mimca our almost pet cat for the month).

During Week 3 I started my daily Yoga and Meditation practice by doing my daily Yoga and Meditation in the mornings only. I feel less guilty practicing in the morning because I’ve already completed by practiced for the day and don’t waste mental energy unnecessarily thinking that I still have to practice throughout the day. It also means that on those days I feel calmer and more centered for the majority of the day.

But by Day 2 of Week 3 I started having a difficult time with my Meditation. I was getting distracted about thinking about future travel plans and I guess itchy feet to move onto our next destination – Costa Rica.

Week 3: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

Day 15

It is just over 2 weeks into my 66 days of daily Yoga and Meditation. Today I practiced Yoga, a Guided Meditation and Mindfulness Meditation.

I was mindful to get my practice done early in the morning because today it’s the weekly run from Playa Maderas to San Juan del Sur for supplies. I know that after we arrive back in Playa Maderas I won’t have the energy to practice. It’s about a 45 minute drive each way and we have a few hours in town to buy groceries and anything else we fancy – making it a pretty long day (well compared to the relaxed lifestyle of Playa Maderas).

Day 16

Today was the start of becoming very distracted in my Meditation practice. I’m pretty good with my Yoga practice but today I only practiced the Guided Meditation.

I was way too distracted in my Mediation – peeking at how many minutes were left half way through. I think that I’ve been getting distracted because we’re getting to pointy end of our stay in Playa Maderas and need to decide where to go next and maybe mud-map the rest of our trip too.

Day 17

Today was a Yoga practice and only a Guided Meditation. Still feeling very off my Meditation on Day 17.

Day 18

Today was a Yoga only practice and has been the only day when I didn’t practice Meditation during Week 3.

I’m not happy with being really off my Mediation this week and disappointed with myself for missing today’s Meditation. But trying not too get too hung up about it, there’s always tomorrow.

Day 19

Today I practiced Yoga, a Guided Meditation and then a Savasana. I’m still not feeling great about my Meditation practice and my Mindfulness Meditation is still nonexistent. But a Guided Meditation is better than no Meditation at all.

Day 20

Today I practiced a mid day Yoga practice and Guided Meditation after breakfast. Not ideal to practice on a full stomach and a little habit I’ve started on my 66 day journey.

My Yoga practice was pretty slow and not focused and then I tried to do a Guided Meditation a little while afterwards but could not focus and didn’t complete the entire Guided Meditation track.

I’m really feeling like I’m entering more of a struggle with my Meditation.

Day 21

Day 21 and the end of 3 weeks of daily Yoga and Meditation. 

Today, I’ve incorporated some more strength moves into my usual Vinyasa sequence by Yoga practice by adding a sequence of:

  • Push ups
  • Adho Mukha Savasana (Downward Facing Dog)
  • Adho Mukha Virasana (Downward Facing Hero)

I’m working on increasing my upper body strength because it could be better and this will also help with my arm balances.

Three weeks into my forming a daily Yoga habit in 66 days journey and I’m continuing to practice daily Yoga without too much of a problem with motivation. My Meditation has been the issue, especially in Week 3. I’ve missed 4 our of 21 Meditation sessions over the last 3 weeks. It is definitely my weak spot and I really need to work through this.

So onto Week 4 to focus on improving my Mediation practice.

Namaste

 

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Week 2: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

Week 2 of 10 of Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days

Week 2 of my 66 days of forming a daily Yoga habit and still practicing from the jungle paradise in Playa Maderas, Nicaragua.

I’m finding practicing Yoga daily to be not too much of a challenge, especially while remaining in the one location without too many distractions.

During Week 2 I’ve started to incorporate arm balances into my Yoga sequence. Working on my Bakasana (Crow Pose) and side Crow again after a few months of not practicing. During Week 2 my Bakasanas are very shaky and I’ve had a few crash landings – but that’s half the fun.

Although my daily Yoga is going well, it’s my Meditation practice that has been more difficult; I’ve missed 2 of the 7 Meditations for Week 2.

On the other 5 days when I’ve managed a daily Meditation I’ve had a few days variation from practicing both the Guided and Mindfulness Meditations and just practiced the Guided Meditation. These have mostly on the days when I’ve had a day out – like day tripping to San Juan del Sur on Day 8.

This has given me a little insight into how difficult keeping up a daily Yoga and Meditation practice can be while on the road. We’re off to Costa Rica in one week and I’m working on how I’ll be able to maintain my daily practice while in transit or exhausted from travelling.

By the end of Week 2 I’ve realised that a morning practice combing Yoga, Meditation and a Savasana is working for me best at the moment.

Week 2: Forming a Daily Yoga Habit in 66 Days Summary

Day 8

Today was the weekly trip back to San Juan del Sur for supplies. I decided to split my Yoga and Meditation at beginning and the end of the day. Practicing Yoga in the morning and then only doing only a Guided Meditation before bedtime.

Day 9

Very slow start today, I didn’t practice Yoga until in the mid-afternoon. I decided to leave the Meditation until the evening and I ended up practicing a Guided Meditation at bedtime.

Day 10

Today I practiced Yoga but no Meditation. After splitting the practices on Day 8 and Day 9 my intention was to practice Meditation in the evening, unfortunately it somehow never happened.

Day 11

On day 11 I practiced Yoga but no Meditation again today. My intention was to do a before bedtime mediation again but as I was drifting off to sleep I remembered that it never happened.

I’ve recognised that splitting my Yoga and Meditation practice isn’t working for me. I’ve missed two days of Meditation trying before bedtime Meditation. Tomorrow I will try to do both the Yoga and Mediation practice together in the morning.

Day 12

Today I did my Yoga, Meditation practice and then a Savasana all in one sitting in the morning.

I’m thinking that this daily routine in the morning could work better for me. Splitting my Yoga and Meditation practice wasn’t working. I’d end up think about needing to do my Meditation throughout the day – all the energy thinking about Meditating could have been better used just doing the Meditation!

And I do like incorporating the Savasana at the end of my practice, it feels like more of a complete practice this way.

Day 13

Today I did my daily Yoga and Meditation practice in the morning again. Although I practiced after breakfast and I felt a little heavy and lethargic.

So I slowed down the Vinyasa sequence I’ve been working through into a Vinyasa/Yin practice. I held each asana for a few more minutes than usual and worked into my muscles and ligaments and focused more on my body alignment.

I also added the mindfulness Mediation to the Guided Mediation and ended with a Savasana (final relaxation).

It has been very noisy at our bungalow with maintenance work happening throughout the days. It has definitely tested my concentration during Mediation.

However, even with all the noise, I found practicing both the Yoga and the Meditation in one sitting easier than splitting the two.

I feel that I’m getting closer to a daily Yoga and Meditation practice that could suit me – at least when I’m not in transit while travelling.

I’m still thinking about how my daily practice will go when travelling down to Costa Rica and beyond.

Day 14

Wow – two weeks already!

Today I continued to practice in the morning and combine Yoga, Meditation (Guided and Mindful) and then a Savasana as one practice. This routine seems to be working for me for now.

It still continues to be very noisy with maintenance men working away throughout the day and throughout my practice. I’m learning to tune the noise out – it’s not always easy.

I still find that my mind wanders during Meditation but I’m at peace with that – I just follow it wherever it goes and acknowledge the thought (sometime wondering why the hell am I thinking about that!?) and then back to my breath.

I continue to work through my Vinyasa sequence, not a slow as yesterday but just at a leisurely pace. I added Bakasana (Crow Pose) today and it’s still pretty shaky, but I figure that I’ll get there with more practice.

Onto Week 3!

Namaste

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