30 day yoga challenge: Days 11, 12, and 13

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My practice opener

Before we get to the yoga updating, a note about the featured pose.This pose, sukhasana with one hand on my heart and one on the bump, has become my centering pose in the last couple of weeks. It’s a really great reminder to just focus on the internal instead of the external.

I pretty sure this three day catch-up post thing is not going to become the norm. Things just got so busy this weekend that I didn’t have time to get to the blogging… but more on that in the yoga updates. In other news, as you can see, I talked S. into a yoga photography session last night! Expect the next few posts to be littered with photo’s from that.

Day 11: Saturday

I mentioned on Saturday morning, my fabulous family members were coming to help paint the baby’s room. That happened and more! My mom and R. painted the baby’s room, moved furniture around, repacked my bookshelves, and then even went crib shopping with me! Basically they’re awesome.

The not awesome thing is that after such an activity filled day, my back was killing me. It was so painful that I was actually going to skip my practice on Saturday. But then S., being super awesome, spent about half an hour massaging my back. It was still sore, but not so sore that I felt like I couldn’t move. Just sore enough that I felt like some yoga would help. So I did a self-led 25-ish minute practice to stretch the low back. Lots of down dogs and standing forward folds. By the end, I felt about 99% better.

Day 12: Sunday

Sunday was another busy day. I didn’t do a lot of activities, but I did a lot of nothing… reading, errands, cooking, etc. My practice on Sunday was geared, again, to stretching the low back, which was still a bit tight. I did a 45-minute prenatal practice from yogaglo.com called Unwind from a Long Day. This was the first time I had done this practice and, while it was a great practice, it was more challenging than what I was looking for. I wanted a more restorative practice and this definitely had more movement than that.

Day 13: Monday

Another morning practice! I’m so proud of myself for making that happen. And, even better, I made it happen with no video. Yesterday morning I yoga’d to The Early Show and did what my body felt like it needed. Apparently that was lots of side stretches and chest openers. As a pleasant surprise, it looks like I’m starting to develop a go-to prenatal sequence. I like it have something in my mind that just feels right and that I can add what I need as I go… up until now I haven’t had that for prenatal, but it looks like that may be changing!

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Catch up on the rest of the challenge here and if you’re doing your own challenge, feel free to link up in the comments so I can follow along.

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