T-3 Days

Christmas is just 3 days away! I’m so excited!  Things have been super super busy, so I am very ready to head home for the holidays.  Just one more day of work and then off to my parents I go!

Well, I’ve been an epic fail regarding the Yoga 31 Day Challenge.  With the craziness that is December, I totally fell off the bandwagon.  I’ve done a handful of yoga classes, but I can’t really say I’ve been really good about following it.  But at least I’ve been thinking about doing yoga?

I have however, started to work the elliptical into my workout routine.  I haven’t done the elliptical in forever.  In college, I could just jump on to the elliptical and go for hours.  But give me a treadmill and I would practically cry my way through a mile (little did I know that after the first mile, it gets better).  The first time I jumped back on the elliptical, I thought, “well that blew!”  So I’ve decied to start weaving it the elliptical back in with running. 

Speaking of… off to the gym and then to pack for my trip back home!

Yoga Challenge

So, I kinda fell off the yoga band waggon.

“But Anna, it’s only December 5th.  How have you fallen off already?”

 Well, December 2nd was the day we get to get our Christmas tree.  We left right after work, and by the time we got home, I was ready for bed.

December 3rd…I forget what happened.

On December 4th, I had the pleasure of babysitting Parker.  Babysitting was from 3:45 until about 10:45 (including travel time), and then Ben and I decorated said Christmas tree until after midnight.  While I know about said evening plans, I forgot to schedule in yoga during the first part of my day.

But, today is December 5th, and I am back on yoga!  Today, I decided to try YogaDownload.com.  I downloaded a few different free videos to try.  Today, I did the Yoga for Weight Loss #1 – Beginner.  I probably could have down an intermediate level class, but I always seem to start with beginner.

Overall, I liked this class.  While still a beginner class, I feel like I got a better workout than with the “21 Day Yoga” video I tried out on Dec. 1.  If there was a day that I needed a lighter workout, I would definitely do the Yoga for Weight Loss #1 again.  Today I did a quick run (a little over a mile at a faster pace than normal), so pairing this yoga routine with the run was perfect.

I also downloaded Yoga for Weight Loss #2, so I’ll have to let you know how that one goes.

Have you used YogaDownload.com?  What videos from there have you found to be great workouts?  Have you tried yoga routines from other sites that you think I should try?

31 Day Yoga Challenge

After talking to Jane last night, I decided to partake in the 31 Day Yoga Challenge (also seen here). 

Basically, the challenge is to do at least 20 minutes of “structured” yoga each and every day. 

I was hesitant at first, as I’m pretty positive I won’t be able to do yoga EVERY single day during December.  However, I’ll  decided I’ll be happy if I can set aside time for 75% of the month (23 days) for some daily zen.  75% is better than never getting in the game, right? 

Since my December won’t really jive with me taking part in any time of formal class, most of my yoga sessions will be through videos from On Demand or downloaded from the Internet.  I figure I’d also provide a review of the videos as I try new ones throughout the month.  

So last night, while Ben was watching the Duke game, off I went to our bedroom to start the challenge.  I went to the On Demand section of Verizon FiOS and chose the 21 Day Yoga Workout (similar to this).  The workout ran 21 minutes long (just over the 20 minute requirement!).

This yoga workout is very low-impact and I felt like it focused more on stretching than building muscles.  It is a pretty good video for a beginner.  While it may have been a short 21 minute video, I was expecting it to be high impact workout.  Instead, I barely broke a sweat! 

Would I do this workout again?  Possibly if:

  • I’m doing it the day after a long run and I’m sore so I need to get a good stretch in
  • Or I’m using it as a cool down session after a more intense arm/weight workout

Are you a yoga fan? Are you doing the 31 day yoga challenge?  What yoga resources do you follow when you can’t get to a studio?