Mental and Physical Malleability (Learning Project Update #5)

Me in ‘Upward Facing Dog’

Hello everyone!!! Thank you once again for back to visit my EDTC300 Learning Project blog ๐Ÿ™‚ . As I always do, I will use this post to give you a quick update on my progress with learning to practice yoga, go over what I have been doing for the past week, and lay out a plan for the upcoming week. Please feel free to leave a comment at the end of this post or shoot me a message on Twitter @ism939 . I will include an embedded video of myself performing a Vinyasa Yoga from this past week later in this post as well as the newest episode my my podcast ‘Yoga with Ian’.

Yoga with Ian – Episode 2, Steadily Improving Yoga with Ian

Hi everyone! ย Welcome back to the Yoga with Ian podcast. ย In this second episode I discuss what I have been working on since the previous episode, what improvements I have made, and go over the challenges I have been faced with. ย I also discuss my plans for the next week and what I am looking forward to in the future! ย 
  1. Yoga with Ian – Episode 2, Steadily Improving
  2. Yoga with Ian – Episode 1: Yoga Nidra

In my previous post, I discussed my desire to supplement the physical side of yoga with a method of practice that focused more on the mental aspect. Yoga Nidra, which I spent the bulk of my previous post describing, has been a wonderful addition to my practice. I have been practicing yoga every day throughout this last week, alternating each day between Vinyasa Flow and Yoga Nidra. On a couple of days when I had a bit more free time I even practiced both forms. The addition of Yoga Nidra into my practice has been very beneficial to my mental well-being. As I had hoped, adding a more meditative form of yoga as a supplement to the physically demanding form I have been practicing so far has helped to counter some of the negativity I had been experiencing at times (as I detailed in episode 1 of my podcast, which is embedded in my previous Learning Project post).

In terms of resources I have been using over the past week, I have been leaning heavily on using the app ‘Down Dog‘, which I outlined in my third Learning Project post a few weeks ago. This app continues to be a treat to use and has provided me with so much valuable information and a variety of different yoga sessions. With my free trial nearly coming to an end, I am trying to squeeze all I can from this app by filming all of my sessions and documenting the groupings of poses from each session for future use. I have tried a number of different YouTube channels over the last week as well with the goal of finding a variety of Yoga Nidra sessions. The channel for Nidra I have found is still Sarovara Yoga, which I discussed in my previous post. Another good channel I found, one that contains a number of different forms of yoga (not just Yoga Nidra), is Heart Alchemy Yoga. I followed along with a cool Yoga Nidra session on this channel where the instructor was joined by someone playing Tibetan singing bowls (something I personally own). I have embedded this video below since I thought it was pretty neat ๐Ÿ™‚ .

Video take from YouTube channel ‘Heart Alchemy Yoga with Michelle Goldstein’

I have also continued to refine my podcasting and video editing skills. I used Anchor once again to create my new podcast episode (embedded above), and it was even easier to use this time now that I have a bit of experience. In terms of video editing, I have begun exclusively using the program Lightworks to create and edit videos of myself performing yoga for my own YouTube channel. When I was completely new to using Lightworks, it was a bit daunting and I stumbled many times while learning the ropes. But through utilization of various instructional videos on YouTube along with trial and error I have become quite proficient with using the program. This week I even took a stab at including some background music in the video on a separate audio track. I found out that YouTube provides a variety of free audio files for content creators in the YouTube Audio Library, many of which require no attribution when used in YouTube videos. Check out my most recent video below, which shows a typical Vinyasa Yoga session (with the playback speed accelerated to save you some time ๐Ÿ™‚ ). I will also include some pictures below showing a few of the poses from the session in the video.

Newest video from my personal YouTube channel

Below is a gallery showing some poses I learned this week: 1. Figure Four Chair 2. Chair 3. Superman

For this upcoming week, I am going to change gears a little bit in an attempt to freshen things up. One of the best YouTube channels I have found over the course of this semester, which I discussed in my first Learning Project post, is ‘Yoga with Adriene‘. She is a tremendous instructor, and she recently finished a series of videos that she calls her ’30 Day Yoga Journey’. The goal is to practice yoga every day, and Adriene has a video posted for each day where she takes the viewer through a group of poses and guides them along the way. Starting today, I am going to follow along with one of Adriene’s videos every day for the next month. I will include the first video in the series below so you can check it out if you want ๐Ÿ™‚ .

First video in the Yoga with Adrienne ’30 Day Yoga Journey’

Well that is about it for this weeks post. Thank again for checking in with my blog this week ๐Ÿ™‚ . Talk to you all very soon!!!

Published by Ian Mansfield

I am a student at the University of Regina. I am enrolled in the BEAD program with the Department of Education, with the end goal of becoming a secondary school science teacher.

4 thoughts on “Mental and Physical Malleability (Learning Project Update #5)

  1. Hi Ian, thanks for sharing!

    I love the resources and also connected to Yoga with Adriane once more. I have also started her “breath” journey and will try and do yoga every day as well for the 30 days journey starting this week! (amazing work for keeping up daily- sounds like you’re on a roll!) There are so many styles and resources, and I find she is so good for helping adapt to what each person needs as she keeps saying “find what feels good”. I am recovering from an injury so this is great as it’s all online and on the days I can’t move as much I can simply pause and play the video the next day. I also hear you for what you said about breathing. It can be hard for sure and synchronizing it with yoga movements is a skill.

    I appreciate your podcast – I had my first Anchor podcast these last two weeks and it’s nice to hear more ways of approaching it in ways of content, length, etc.

    Thanks for sharing- this is so informatively as always, and looking forward to more yoga and podcasts!




    1. Hi Maya,
      Thanks for the kind words ๐Ÿ™‚. It’s cool that you are starting the 30 days of yoga with Adriene as well. Great minds think alike I guess! I’ve been enjoying making the podcast so far, I will head over to your blog after I finish yoga today and have a listen to yours. I’m sure it’s great! Keep up the good work. Talk to you soon ๐Ÿ™‚



  2. Hey Ian! I am totally loving how you have made your updates into episodes- brilliant! Such a creative way to diversity your blog posts. It is really great to hear that your Learning Project is giving you time to relax and be mindful. Your photos also give a really good insight into what exactly you’re doing. This will be interesting to look back on near the end of the course and really see your growth. Keep up the good work, I look forward to your future episodes.


  3. Hey Ian,

    I always love reading your blog; you do such a good job! Have you noticed any physical/mental benefits as a result of doing yoga regularly yet? Because of your posts, I haven’t started doing yoga, but I did take up stretching every day, and I feel a lot better! Also, I enjoyed listening to your podcast. I think podcasting has a lot of potential in the field of education.

    Best of luck with future posts!



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