Yoga Challenge [Day 9], some speed training & a baby yogi

Day #9

Cuteness alert!!!  Getting ready for yoga practice and this little yogi wanted some mat time…

Baby yogi-1-3


Baby yogi-2

His aunt Carrie taught him downward dog and you can literally say ‘down dog’ and he will assume the position!  He also ran his first mile this week [literally RAN to the park and back!] so he is getting his first pair of running shoes 🙂  Photos to follow.

Today’s workout included a little speed work.  If you haven’t yet added it to your routine, check out some benefits and info in our previous post Speed Training.  Whether you’re training and want to PR or just running for fitness and want to blast some calories, speed training is an excellent way to change up your normal running routine.

The goal was to do 4 x mile repeats or Magic Mile Repeats as Runner’s World calls them.

We ended up with this;

  • One mile warmup at 9:58 (conversational!)  Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 10.07.48 PM
  • One mile at 8:45
  • One mile at 8:32
  • One mile at 8:18
  • 1/2 mile walk/cool-down
  • Post-run yoga cool down and stretch

Speed work is not always fun, but it helps you to build stamina and its nice to PUSH yourself every now and then!

The #IndependenceArmy challenge pose of the day is headstand.  

We practiced a bit yesterday with the pose mixup, but got in a few more minutes on the mat today too.

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Some of our yoga friends at POGA this summer 

Headstands can be practiced in phases and the beginner one is based on a tripod.  Kino suggests…

  1. First working on upper body/arm strength – she has many videos, including Headstand Strengthening Exercises 
  2. Developing core strength and going half way into the headstand – shown in Core Strength in Headstand
    • variations do occur, but bringing knees to chest [verses kicking legs up] seems to be a more commonly instructed method for beginners
  3. Lastly you are ready to go all the way up, shown with her Headstand for beginners

This is considered one of the more advanced poses, so one to keep working on!

And don’t forget today’s inspiration…



We are almost 1/3 of the way through our 30 day yoga challenge!  If you found this post first, click HERE to start from the beginning of our challenge.

Thanks for reading and hope you are following along and/or setting your own fitness goals and challenges.  Set some goals and then SMASH them!!

See you tomorrow.

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