Monday, May 18, 2009

Kelly's Yoga Challenge!

So I've mentioned for my overwhelming desire (but failure) to be a yogi. I just think people who do yoga are so strong and flexible, plus if they are really good at they have that skill I will probably never have to block out their thoughts and just focus on their breath. But, I am probably the least flexible person ever, can't block out my thoughts at all, and strength- well, it's improved due to the SHRED, but I still wouldn't say I am strong by any means (physically anyway). I'm starting to get into the thick of my training for the triathlon, which seems like a bad time to get really into yoga. However, I actually think it may be the most important time because I am putting a lot of stress on my body, the least I can do is stretch it out and build some of the important muscles I need for my training. So I've decided to challenge myself- from now until June 23rd (my last day of school with the kindergarten kids- my summer job starts a few days later) I will do at least 10 minutes of yoga EVERYDAY. No matter whether it is a "rest" day, a long run etc etc- I will do 10 minutes of yoga. I will get my yoga from the following sources:
10 Minute Videos:
Yoga for Runners
Yoga for Healthy Shins and Knees
Yoga for Triathletes
(possibly some others from new hero)
30 Minute Video:
Yoga Sculpt (Exercise TV)- found On Demand
1 Hour Classes:
Vinyasa Flow at my gym
Hot Yoga at Prana (only for a treat since it costs extra- but its the best place ever, if you live in the Boston area, seriously- try it!)

Just to set the record straight, I am not going to list quick yoga sessions in my daily workout plans listed on the side of this blog. If it says "yoga" on a day, that means I am at least doing a 30 minute video, if not a full hour + class. I did the 30 minute Yoga Sculpt this morning from On Demand. It was awesome! I really liked it and I will definitely be doing it again. It's a lot easier for me to motivate myself to do 30 minutes in my own living room and 1 hour anywhere else :)

I'll keep you posted on how I do. If anyone wants to join me in this challenge let me know and we can keep each other on track! I might need some help not "forgetting" to do a quick 10 minute session.


  1. hey! sounds good! I have been doing a 30 minute beginner yoga class every day from has really helped with my breathing and stretching my body out and learning the poses (I am so unflexible as well) but it is slowly helping :) I also like hatha yoga.

  2. I've decided that I need to do more yoga. I was doing it 3x per week and felt good. That's my personal goal - 3x / week.

  3. I love Yoga! I could definitely use more of it. I'll have to look up that Yoga class on OnDemand. Sounds like a good one.

    Good luck! You can do it!

  4. Hi there Kelly! Sounds like a plan! I'll commit to 10 mins a day and one full practise a week. I've been wanting to get back into it for years...

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  6. I've never tried yoga and although it sounds beneficial, I just don't think I have the patience for it.
    Good Luck with your challenge though.

  7. Cool idea! I've done yoga and few times and I like it. I definitely need to be more flexible. Actually, I'm even more interested in pilates.

  8. That's awesome!!! I also think it's a great time to do it, because you always need some stretching :) You know what, I think I will join you with that challenge! I already do 3 of polly's videos on Sunday (or whenever I do a long run) and Bikram on Mondays, but I will add at least 10 min. everyday :) Are you going to do it first thing in the morning?

  9. I think that's a great idea! It's never a bad time to increase flexibility (reduce risk of injury) and strengthen your muscles. I should do this myself!

  10. i need to get back into yoga too... sigh. thanks for sharing these videos! i was trying to find a short yoga video to do in the mornings but had no luck. when i'm home i have a dvd but of course, i'm never home! (silly work)

  11. umm yes, I need help keeping on track. I'll check in with you on Fridays. I just threw myself into a monthly Bikram yoga challenge..2 days in and I've schedule myself to go the rest of the week. We can do it!