30 Day Yoga Challenge: Day 10 Sleep-deprived Yoga

Today was day 10 of my 30 day yoga challenge.  So far, so good, other than it was the first day where I felt like going to bed instead of throwing out the mat.  It was just a long, exhausting day of work.  And even once I convinced myself to get practicing, every movement felt like it required more energy than I had inside me.  I ended up modifying the intensity of today’s practice so I didn’t collapse in defeat on my mat.  Nonetheless, I still practiced for an hour before I relaxed into a savasana that turned into a one hour nap.  Obviously a signal that I need more sleep.

Despite today’s struggles, it’s been great to get on the mat every day.  I can feel my body loosening up and becoming more skillful at the less difficult poses as it prepares to take on more difficult asana challenges.  I usually like to run a lot, but I haven’t ran at all this week because I wanted to see how pliable my body could become if I only focused on yoga.  Of course this is a slow, gradual process and most developments only seem noticeable when comparing beginning and end performance, but not necessarily day to day progress.  I’m just going to keep moving along in my practice and hopefully a good night’s sleep will bring more energy to tomorrow’s efforts.

4 comments

  1. your challenge sounds awesome… remember better to take it easy on the mat and listen to your body then to skip the practice altogether. when i’m super low energy, i’ll take class or practice and take it really easy knowing that its so much more beneficial then breaking my momentum completely and not practicing. thanks!

    1. Kyle – thanks for the encouragement and words of wisdom. By the way, you have a great website and I loved reading about your trip to India. Looking forward to listening to your playlists. Peace out.

  2. Good for you!! I love your website and empathize with alot of what you say & always find it informative & interesting.

    As a daily practitioner/blogger I really know how challenging it is to keep the commitment up… repeat after me: “We are what we do every day.” : )

    Hope you find time to stop by Chez Autumn Lotus sometime to commiserate/celebrate!!

  3. I appreciate your work. Yoga is a way of life. Yoga poses put moderate weight on the arms and shoulder bones and build good isometric strength in the pectoral muscles, deltoids, and triceps. All of these muscles must be strong for arm balances.

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