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Friday, July 31, 2015

July #YogaEveryDamnDay Challenge

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Hello my lovelies! I have been having a pretty darn good month…especially with my Yoga practice. I hope yours went equally as well, if not better! My pregnancy is progressing marvelously. I can happily report that I don’t even feel pregnant yet…knock on wood. The baby is growing perfectly, I haven’t had any complications, concerns or complaints, and I am trying my best to maintain my strength, balance and flexibility. I honestly think I owe about 45% of my feeling awesome to keeping up with my Yoga…45% to eating healthy (Yes, I’m maintaining my Vegan ways), and the other 10% to my oils!!!

Along with celebrating my 10th year married (11 years together) to my wonderful Husband, I also turned 30 years old this month! I am truly thrilled to be finally done with my 20’s. I am really looking forward to seeing what my 30’s will bring me. Every year I learn more and more, and it benefits not only my health, but my happiness as well. Here’s to the next 10 years!!!

I took on a couple “month of July challenges” for this month. They were the #backtobackbends and #bendybyzuvi challenges on Instagram. Each day I did both of their challenge poses, but I only picked one to use for my #YogaEveryDamnDay pose of the day.

Here are the 31 poses I decided to go with:


Day 137: Cat Pose-Marjaryasana.


Day 138: Warrior 2 Pose-Virabhadrasana2.


Day 139: Cobra Pose-Bhujangasana I.


Day 140: Locust Pose-Salabhasana.


Day 141: Pyramid Pose/Single Leg Forward Bend-Parsvottanasana.


Day 142: Wide Leg Forward Bend-Prasarita Padottanasana.


Day 143: Seated Angle Posture-Upavista Konasana.


Day 144: Sundial Pose/Compass Pose-Surya Yantrasana.


Day 145: Mermaid Pose-Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.


Day 146: Camel Pose-Ustrasana.


Day 147: Crescent Pose-Anjaneyasana.


Day 148: Reverse Warrior 2 Pose-Viparita Virabhadrasana II.


Day 149: Standing Half Bow Balance/Dancer's Pose-Utthita Ardha Dhanurasana.


Day 150: Bridge Pose-Setu Bandhasana.


Day 151: Inverted Staff Posture-Dvi Pada Viparita Dandasana.


Day 152: Wheel Pose/Upward Facing Bow Pose/Full Backbend-Urdhva Dhanurasana.


Day 153: Scorpion Chin Stand Pose (modified)-Shalabhasanavrschikasana.


Day 154: Scorpion Pose Modified (Elbow Balance)-Pincha Mayurasana.


Day 155: One-Legged Upward Bow Pose-Eka Pada Urdhva Dhanurasana.


Day 156: Standing Backbend.


Day 157: King Pigeon-Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.

This pose was a HUGE accomplishment for me on this day!!!

I had never gone from Mermaid to King Pigeon before, so I figured I would attempt it & I did it!

AND…I did it PREGNANT, no less!

Next goal, back of head to sole of foot.


Day 158: King Cobra Pose-Rajakapotasana.


Day 159: Full Arm Balance Splits/Handstand Splits-Adho Mukha Vrksasana variation.


Day 160: Wild Thing/Flip the Dog Pose-Camatkarasana.


Day 161: One-Handed Tiger Pose-Eka Hasta Vyaghrasana.


Day 162: Cow Posture-Gomukhasana.


Day 163: Extended Leg Fish Pose-Uttana Padasana.


Day 164: East Stretch Posture-Purvottanasana.


Day 165: Pigeon Posture-Kapotasana.


Day 166: Crow Pose-Bakasana.


Day 167: Chair Pose-Utkatasana.

I have been incorporating my Essential Oils into my Yoga and Meditation practice, and since doing so, it has turned my Yoga practice upside down. Sometimes even literally. This month, my oils gave me the courage to tackle a more challenging pose that I have been too scared to try in the past…King Pigeon (see Day 157). I have been practicing Yoga for over 6 years. In all that time, I have never gotten up the courage to try some of the more difficult…and downright scarier looking poses. I really do attribute my newfound inner strength, focus, mental balance & bravery to my Young Living Essential Oils. I try to incorporate a different oil(s) every month into my practice.

This month, I gave “Awaken” a try. I put a drop on my 3rd-Eye to hopefully awaken my inner fearless spirit. And judging by my ability to break free of the restraints holding me back from trying King Pigeon…I’d say it was a success!!! This may not seem like a big deal to you guys, but to me, it was MONUMENTAL. I have been wanting to try this pose for well over a couple years now…but I have always been too hesitant and nervous to give it a shot. Not anymore though!


“Awaken™ is an inspiring combination of several essential oil blends that helps bring about inner awareness and awakening. True understanding of one's self is the first step toward making successful changes and desirable transitions. This blend may help you progress toward your highest potential.”

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, please contact me at: If you would rather not contact me, but want to go ahead and sign up, or purchase essential oils, you can go HERE. I don’t think you’ll need my member #, but in case you do, it is 2173554. To read some amazing essential oil testimonials, click HERE. You WILL have to register to peruse the site, but it IS free.

I am still enjoying this challenge and have no intentions of stopping anytime soon...slowing down perhaps, but not stopping. Pregnancy is NOT a sickness. It is simply a variation of normal. Rest assured though, my Midwife is 100% up-to-date on all the poses I’m doing, and has continued to give me the green light to continue my practice…with some exceptions and modifications thrown in here and there.

I hope you are all doing well, and if you are interested in joining our Yoga For Every Body group on Facebook, you can join by clicking HERE. It is for all levels…from “I have no idea what I’m doing, but I’m interested” to “I own a Yoga studio”. Head on over there and introduce yourself! We love making new Yogi and Yogini friends, supporting and helping one another and finding new inspiration!!!


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