Give Me Ten

I always feel great after I do yoga. It would make sense then that I would do yoga often. Unfortunately I have not been able to apply that logic to my life as of late.  The sad reality is on my "yoga days" I roll out of bed onto my yoga mat and..... wait for it.... go right back to sleep.

I have to drive to the gym so once I'm there I might as well work out.  It's kind of impossible for me to fall asleep on my treadmill or reformer machine, but there is something about my yoga mat that my body is treating like an extension of my bed. Maybe it's all the sleeping on Tatami mats I did while I was in Japan.

I am committed to getting back into a regular yoga practice.  I found (yes it was lost in the wilderness that is my home screen) this app on my phone, Sworkit with great yoga workouts that can be done in as little as five minutes.  They also have other types of exercises as you can see from the first cell phone screen shot.  Once you select yoga you choose from the three types of yoga workouts they offer. You then pick how long you want the session to be. The maximum time for the version of the app I have is sixty minutes.  The name of each position is announced, there is a timer to tell you how long you should stay in the position, and they have professional trainers demonstrating the poses in real time. I love it!

There are a lot of different theories on how long it takes to form a habit. Some say 21 days and others say as long as 66.  Never one to set myself up for failure I am going to start by trying to practicing yoga for ten consecutive days using the Sworkit app.  There is probably some subconscious reason that would explain what is essentially my resistance to practicing. It will be interesting to see what if anything is revealed in these next ten days.

If you practice yoga let me know some of your favorite and least favorite poses. My favorite pose is Standing Wide Legged Forward Bend.  My least favorite is Downward Dog.



Market Day

I couldn't stop taking photos of all the colorful produce and beautiful flowers the day we accidentally found this market in Nakagyo-Ku, Kyoto. We were wandering around when we turned down a street into this seafood lovers paradise.  

The moral of the story is sometimes it's a good idea to turn off the WiFi and get a little lost. Thanks for stopping by!