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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