Viking Yoga: Day 16

Day Sixteen of my yoga practice.

I felt lousy the last couple days with a head cold so I took two days off. Exercise is no fun when you can’t breathe. So, for those keeping score at home, that makes 10 yoga sessions over 16 days.

If you remember, my very first attempt was Adriene’s 30 Days of Yoga, Day One “Ease Into It” video. Sounds delightful and chill, doesn’t it? And, if you remember, I absolutely bombed every pose and bailed completely after maybe 18 minutes into the 35 minute video.

So, ever the determined Viking, I scaled back and started doing her 20 minute Complete Beginners Intro video. I couldn’t do all of those poses either, but I did my best and kept trying until I got better. At least I could hang for the entire video. And, eventually, I could do all the poses. Sure, many were sloppy, but at least I was doing them.

And it has felt great. I’ve seen my muscles strengthen every day and I’m definitely adding flexibility. I’ve reached a point where I’m actually enjoying the Beginner’s routine. In fact, I’d say I’ve gotten a little too comfortable with the Beginner’s video.

So, in my eternal quest to humiliate myself, today I tried the Day One Ease Into It video again and… it damn near killed me.

But you know what? I did the whole thing. I quit a few of the poses early, like planking (you try holding me up for that long) or holding my legs up at 45 degree for the full time she wanted.

But, by the gods, I hung in there for the full 35 minutes today. I flopped, and slouched, and groaned, and swore, sometimes loudly. By the end I was gasping for breath, soaked in sweat. At one point I saw dead relatives waving to me from the afterlife. But, with Odin as my witness, I finished it. I did all 35 minutes.

Now I just have to repeat it every day until I can conquer that routine, too.

I’m doing it. I’m making it happen.

Friends, resolve right now to do that thing you want to do. Conquer it. Make your world better.

You can do it.

You got this.




“To laugh often and much; To win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; To earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; To appreciate beauty, to find the best in others; To leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded.”


Widely attributed to Ralph Waldo Emerson on the internet (often by me), this actually originated from “What is Success?” by Bessie Anderson Stanley in Heart Throbs Volume Two (1911)

P.S. I still love it and it guides me every day.