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Monday, August 31, 2015

August #YogaEveryDamnDay Challenge

August YEDD Collage with words

I am still going strong! I did miss a couple days early this month, however, when we last second visited my Mom in Texas. Nevertheless, I picked right back up where I left off. My pregnancy is still going wonderfully…and I still don’t feel pregnant. That’s a good thing, but it probably won’t last much longer. I’m sure it’s mostly due to my Vegan diet and Yoga. I imagine, as I enter my 3rd trimester next month, that will begin to change. My not feeling pregnant…not my diet…but maybe my Yoga. In the meantime, I am taking each day not feeling out of breath, too large or too uncomfortable as a gift, and enjoying it while it lasts. Here are the 22 poses I did manage to do this month.

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Day 168: Fish Pose-Matsyasana.

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Day 169: Hare Pose-Sasankasana.

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Day 170: Standing Half Bow Balance-Utthita Ardha Dhanurasana.

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Day 171: Reclining Hand to Toe Sequence-Supta Padangusthasana.

On the 14th, we spent the night at my BFF’s family cabin. You can read that post HERE.

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Day 172: Triangle Pose-Trikonasana.

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Day 173: Headstand Pose-Sirsasana.

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Day 173: Headstand Pose-Sirsasana.

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Day 175: Half Lotus Toe Balance-Padangustha Padma Utkatasana.

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Day 176: Plank Pose-Kumbhakasana.

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Day 177: Upward Facing Dog Pose-Urdhva Mukha Svanasana.

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Day 178: Dolphin Plank Pose-Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana.

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Day 179: Squat Pose-Malasana.

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Day 180: Inclined Plane Posture (modified)-Vasisthasana.

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Day 181: Raised Leg Downward Facing Dog Pose-Eka Pada Adho Mukha Svanasana.

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Day 182: Easy Inversion/Legs Up the Wall (or Awning, haha) Pose-Viparita Karani.

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Day 183: Gate Pose-Parighasana.

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Day 184: Shoulderstand variation-Sarvangasana.

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I feel the need to say that this is horrific alignment for that posture…that’s why I included this photo of the proper alignment. The belly is really throwing me off in it. Ideally, your alignment needs to be straight up and down, not your butt sticking out. And I needed my counter to be able to breathe. I couldn't breathe in this pose with both legs in the air. So yea. Do as I say, not as I do, haha!

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Day 185: Hero Pose-Virasana.

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Day 186: Revolved Easy Pose-Parivrtta Sukhasana.

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Day 187: Tripod Balance/Clown Pose-Sirsasana Dwi (2) prep.

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Day 188: Eagle Pose-Garudasana.

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Day 189: Pigeon Pose-Eka Pada Rajakapotasana.

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 propelled my practice through my increasing pregnancy exhaustion. They gave me the energy and comfort to continue pushing myself. I am not ready to hang up the Yoga mat…and I honestly hope that day never comes. I really do love my Young Living Essential Oils. I try to incorporate a different oil(s) every month into my practice.

This month, I gave “Jade Lemon” and “Cedarwood” a try. I put a drop of Jade Lemon on my temples to energize and uplift me during my practice. I put a drop of Cedarwood on the back of my neck to comfort me as I continued to practice my Yoga throughout this pregnancy. I put 4 drops of each into my diffuser to diffuse while practicing as well. It filled the air with such a delicious and fantastic scent! It was just what I needed .

Jade Lemon & Cedarwood

~Jade Lemon™ has a unique lemon-lime scent that is both pleasing and uplifting.

~Cedarwood’s woodsy, warm, balsamic aroma can be added to your favorite skin care products and applied topically. This essential oil includes sesquiterpenes and its powerful scent creates a relaxing, calming, and comforting atmosphere when diffused.

If you are interested in learning more about Young Living Essential Oils, please contact me at: essentialoils@BohoHobos.com. 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!!!

Namaste.

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