We’re getting to the end of 2014…And the beginning of 2015.
2015 is going to be big on changes and challenges for me.
In January I’ll be moving to a new job. It’s a promotion and an hour-long commute (each way), but I’m very excited. One of the challenges will be findingmaking! time to run when the biggest part of my day is sandwiched between two hour-long drives. The advantage is that there are some sweet trails between the new workplace and home and I’ll be able to occasionally hit them up.
I’m going to make it work, though, because I’m committed to 2015 being a breakout year in my fitness life.
I’ve been doing a lot of plotting for the next 12 months in my fitness journey. Even though the last 6 months have seen some pretty amazing gains (losses, actually!), I’m planning for some real breakthroughs in the new year.
This is what my 2015 goals look like (at the moment…):
A lot of running:
Two (three?) half marathons
Flying Pirate (April)
Marine Corps (September)
Southern Fried (November?)
Outer Banks (November?)
More yoga and meditation: Twice-weekly yoga practice
Bigger focus on weight-loss goals: Get to 160 pounds by December (that’s a loss of 28ish pounds from my current 188).
Keep in mind that this is just an outline and while I have a pretty fleshed-out running training plan, I really don’t have much of a plan for everything else.
Infinite Yoga and Wellness is hosting a 7-week Beginner Series of classes. It’s 3 classes a week: Friday at 8am, Sunday at 7pm and Tuesday at 6pm.
I attended all three classes this week.
We were introduced to the concept of the Eight Limbs of Yoga. The classes will mostly focus on asana and pranayama (poses and breathing) but we will be introduced to the other limbs throughout the series.
The first two limbs, the Yamas and Niyamas interest me very much. These are the moral/ethical guidelines of yogic practice. Though this course of beginner classes don’t focus on them, I will be exploring them in my personal practice. Anything that starts with “nonviolence” can’t be all that bad, right? Ahimsa, the first Yama, is nonviolence. It means to love all and hurt none. That’s a great place to start, especially with myself.
We focused on breathing control and learned a basic deep breath and the Ujjayi breath. We also learned Sun Salutations and a couple variations.
The classes have been excellent so far, and I expect them to stay excellent. I’m glad that I found the courage to come back to yoga. It’s something I’ve missed a lot over the last few years.
Have you tried yoga? Does your local studio have a “beginner’s series” of classes? Share your yogic experience!