HRV Score: 57
Relative Balance: 9 (Parasympathetic)
Sleep: 8h 14m
Overall morning mood: Woke up rested but extremely tight. I was excited to run, especially considering I couldn’t keep my hear rate down yesterday! I gave Shilajit a try again today, much smaller amount and no pre-workout before the gym. AMAZING!
Meditation Practice: 7:39am - 12m42s - 174hz & 285hz
Friday Affirmations for meditation:
Thank you for this new day.
I am grateful for another chance to live my life.
I invite gratitude into my heart.
Today, and every day moving forward I will have the attitude of gratitude.
I choose to be patient. I choose to trust the process. Everything I have visualized, intended, prayed and worked on is in the process of manifesting. I will remain centered and at peace. I will be strong and continue to believe. It’s all about to happen for me.
A grateful heart is a beginning of greatness. It is an expression of humility. It is a foundation for the development of such virtues as prayer, faith, courage, contentment, happiness, love, and well-being.
GYM: Cardio Day
Walking Warm up - 6%
Average HR: 104
Run - Trinity Mountains 2%
Average HR: 135 - Consistently stayed between 130 & 145
NOTES: I reminded myself not to drink a preworkout before heading to the gym today and my run went fantastic. I was easily keeping my HR under 130 before stepping up speeds about thirty minutes into the run.
I felt crazy tight in my inner quads and groin. Most likely from the amount of stretching yesterday. I rolled out my hips, quads, IT bands, and hams intermittently during my warm up walk and then again at the thirty minute mark of my run. It helped and I felt pretty damn warm and loose by the time my hour on the treadmill was up.
I need remind myself that I don’t ever need a prerworkout really. If anything, on heavy strength or intense stability days. I am usually so amped to run or ride by the time my cardio days come around anyway, the juice is already raging through my veins.
“Gratitude based on a faith that everything that happens or doesn’t happen in your life is for your own best interests. That we live in a purposeful universe. Life is always for you; it is never against you. It is a fact that blessings sometimes come wrapped in fear, pain, and tears. In choosing to practice unconditional gratitude you are choosing to trust the process, to honor your feelings and to place your faith in an outcome of inevitable grace.” ~ William Holden
YOGA: Corepower C2
Average HR: 109
NOTES: C2 classes are tough but so enjoyable. I feel like I sweat out every negative emotion and toxin in my body. The 60 minutes just isn’t enough sometimes. Well, I say that after the core fire section of the class. Holy shit, my abdominals were on fire today. Although I had a thought, during class today. Something I watched on Gaia and read in TITOY, that is attachment. Attachment to my physical body. I think if I can begin to detach from that attachment I can breathe and push past any amount of physical pain. Maybe, maybe not? I will find out.
Jen is an awesome teacher, the best. She is like the HBIC mother bear whirring encouraging, confident and charismatic words of wisdom all class. Her voice ebs and flows with the intensity of the music and it helps a lot! The confidence she radiates is crazy infectious. Focusing on breathing and remaining mentally engaged (listening to the teacher) helps negate the pain or muscle burn in certain postures.
I enjoy the C2 classes because I don’t know what is coming next. It is one of my favorite aspects of these classes. I don’t want to know and it helps to remain mentally focused.
I could tell my muscle was starting to fatigue. Especially in the one-legged pigeon, Eka Pada Rajakapotasana. I felt my right ham start to cramp but caught it soon enough that it didn’t fully tighten up. THANK THE HEAVENS. Both hams were tight and felt it in both, but mostly in my right.
My breathing seems to be great in some classes and not so much in others. I need to really focus on it because I know how important it is. I’d rather not pass out in class from holding my breath.
The breath of VICTORY!
Prana means life force or breath sustaining the body; Ayama translates as "to extend or draw out." Together two mean breath extension or control.
Class today was great, Jen’s focus was inspiring gratitude. Thank you for an amazing class once again. Infinite Love & Gratitude!
“There are only two ways to live your life. One is as though nothing is a miracle. The other is as though everything is a miracle.” —Albert Einstein
Notes & Quotes: The Inner Tradition of Yoga Pgs. 27-33 - Marga
Yoga as a path is the way out of our present conditioning and the way toward freedom from habitually ensnaring conditions.
Freedom is always “freedom from”
Enlightenment is a movement in which we free ourselves from what obstructs and entraps us.
The Sanskrit term for “path” is marga.
It is important to find the path that is appropriate to the practitioner in the present.
“Resistance follows every step of the way” - Freud
Our whole life gets rolled into practice
Yoga is the practice of finding within ourselves freedom from the sense of being caught in the impermanent and limited situations.
Freedom is living in such a way that we are not hemmed in or entangled in the situations we encounter.
We learn to preserve an inner psychological stillness of non-reactivity and ethical action, which is equivalent to freedom.
Symptoms of conditioning are not only reflections of a world out of balance but are the means by which we see the world.
Enlightenment (Moska) is here and now.
The point of this process is recognizing the self out of balance in a world out of balance, and that we practice to harmonize both…
The path of yoga offers a freedom from the struggle of trying to create permanence in an ever changing existence.
Yoga practice deals with the common hypnotic state of suffering and a conditioned existence in which we find ourselves spinning.