Before practice: I was sad that I re-injured my neck - I was sleeping with a u-shaped neck pillow on my back (not my side) and still managed to get hurt, but I have no idea how.
After practice: I decided to take it easy and do some static poses for 10 min to relieve shoulders and do gentle neck releases. I felt relief and gratitude that I knew enough about my body to pick yoga stretches I found to be most helpful.
I meant to do some light yoga after a quick run, but I ended up doing neither - instead I squeezed in a quick round of physical therapy exercises before bed. Then I learned the hard way after a pretty stubborn headed (on my part) conversation with my husband that I was not doing my physical therapy exercises correctly.
I asked my husband, "How do I differentiate being easy on myself vs. making excuses for not doing yoga / running / physical therapy?" He agreed I move from the extremes of judging myself too harshly and then being too easy on myself to the point I don't have motivation - currently I'm not trying hard enough. I did not take the news easily because I thought I was lying to myself all last week, patting myself on the pack for being more patient, when I haven't prioritized the most important thing - my health and neck.
So, I guess a better method going forward for me to handle criticism is to remember that any current judgment doesn't take away my past victories. I wasn't lying to myself, I just didn't know I was doing my exercises incorrectly.
Before practice: A little foggy, but, woke up to my alarm to attend a free yoga event in honor of National Yoga month instead of sleeping in.
After practice: Proud of myself for moving forward. I modified about 75% of my vinyasas to address my wrist pain, but I did some full version ones without pain. I even attempted side crow, for the second time in my life, and I was able to lift up a foot briefly.
I even had my husband check my form for my physical therapy resistance band exercises after. I realized I could approach them more mindfully and contracted slowly.
Finally, I looked at the schedule and realized Day 19 was a rest day - I didn't actually miss out on a day then and swapped out day 18 and 19. Funny how things work out.
Before practice: Went on "chores" mode, so did Candace's 30 min twists video (for a previous day) while letting something simmer on the stovetop.
After practice: Felt pleased and had some fun with a new pose (sun dial) that was not close at all, but I loved the build up of different stages on how to get there. I also liked this video because we held poses for longer than other vinyasa focused ones.
P.S. The muscles around my armpit have been sore! Yay, I've been doing my physical therapy exercises correctly!
Before practice: Tense - long day of sitting at work. My lower back sometimes feels somewhat sharp pain, which was already sore from walking 6+ miles over the weekend (I need to focus more on my posture). The chill out sequence looked perfect for me!
After practice: Head felt clearer after I stood up. The sequence helped release my lower back (it popped when I did the supine spinal twist). I will need to repeat this sequence as breaks from work more often!