Monday, August 8, 2011

21 Days of Yoga Update

It has been 8 days since I accepted my Yoga Challenge.

I will admit that I have not been good at all about getting to a studio for a class.  However, I have made yoga a part of my daily routine at home and at the office.
Source - I am not doing that much yoga at the office just yet!

I have a plan to really get into some intensive yoga later this week on my vacation but first I thought I would share with you all how I am including yoga in 5, 10 and 20 minute intervals.
Beach yoga anyone? It is coming!!!!
Cable On Demand
On Demand has come a long way since it first was introduced.  I know on my Comcast On Demand there are many rotating yoga/pilates routines available that vary in time, ability and are FREE!  So you can change up your morning/pm routine and not feel bad about buying new DVDs all the time.

DVDs
Ok, Sometime you just want to know that your favorite routine will always be at hand.  Thankfully most workout DVDs are under $10 and you can easily travel with them and make any hotel room your personal yoga studio.  I also love this too because a yoga at home routine takes up much less space in my tiny bedroom when doing a morning workout then say P90X or some other space needing exercise.

Yoga Download.com
This website is GREAT!  Not only are there a ton of free podcasts, videos and tutorials but like On Demand it is constantly changing.  I personally use these when traveling and at the office.  The 5 minute office Yoga routine is my personal favorite come 3pm.  Those five minutes wake me up and take the pain from my shoulders that sitting at a desk all day creates.

Apple iPod Apps
Source
OK, I am assuming you own some sort of smart phone, iPod or tablet device.  If so, you have access to literally 1000s of yoga apps.  Some provide basic techniques on poses and breathing.  Others provide chakras and meditations along with poses.  Whether you are willing to spend $10 or $0 dollars there is probably an app for you.  Currently I have the following on my iPod (available from the iTunes store).  I love the chakras to listen to when traveling, on the subway or just after a long day trying to zen out before bed.
iChakra
Authentic Yoga
Stress Free - Deepak Chopra

I am really looking forward to my vacation later this week (post on that coming soon).  One of the main objectives on vacation is to get back to the things I love.. Yoga, Running and Kayaking.  I have already found a studio online that has a flexible schedule and is near my cottage.  I am hoping 10 days of yoga will get my yogi groove back and have me excited about making it a bigger priority when I am back into my normal routine.

Do you have any late summer goals for yourself? 

How do you find time to do yoga or other exercise/fitness into your normal daily routine?