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52 FEATS – NUMBER 36 (Doing Yoga)

11 Sep

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE:

This week was a total bust.  I started off strong, doing hot power yoga Monday morning and Tuesday morning.  On Tuesday night I was really tired, but I just chalked it up to my aching muscles and extra exercise.

Wednesday morning I woke up with a nasty, full-blown, knock-me-on-my-butt cold.  My daughter had it, too.  She and I spent 3 bleary days on the couch watching TV.  I could barely stand.  Or breathe through my nose – an important component of yoga breathing, and just generally not feeling like crap.

But I’m not giving up on this one – I’m trying again.  Unfortunately, my schedule is much more hectic this week and I have a sick kid (my son’s got it now!), so I won’t be able to make it to the yoga studio 5 times.  BUT that won’t stop me from practicing at home.  I recently found a podcast done by one of the owners of The Yoga Project, Stacy Dockins.  (You can find it by searching LiveLoveTeach on iTunes.)  I can do the practice I enjoy so much, right in the comfort of my own home.  It won’t be quite as good as being in the warm studio, but it will have to do.

I’m still going to do another Feat for Number 37 (gotta get all 52 in this year!), but I’ll combine it with Super Yoga Week.  Looking forward to it!

ABOUT FEAT NUMBER 36:

I’ve always enjoyed yoga.  Over the last couple years, I’ve taken my practice to a much deeper level by getting into “hot” yoga – energetic, athletic, flowing yoga in a heated room.  I’ve done it so much that I don’t think I could ever go back to “cold” yoga.  I thoroughly enjoy feeling the heat as it gets into my muscles, allowing me to deepen my poses, occasionally taking them to places I didn’t think possible.

Yesterday morning, on National Free Yoga Day, I attended a free yoga class at Velociti Fitness in Arlington.  Instructor Beth Culler offered just the right combination of challenge and insight.  At one point, I remember her making a comment about striking just the right balance between work and ease.  I left feeling envigorated, empowered, and enthusiastic.

Lori, my dear friend and fellow More than Mothers blogger, has been told that 3 days of yoga a week will change your body, and 5 days a week will change your life.  I know that the life change won’t happen over the course of just one week, but I’m going to aim for those 5 days this week anyway to see what happens.

I’ll be going to The Yoga Project, my favorite Power Vinyasa yoga studio.  In a couple days, I’ll probably be so sore I won’t even be able to hold a pencil, but I’m going to keep at it and give it my all.

Namaste!

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National Free Day of Yoga!

1 Sep

Monday September 5th is National Free Day of Yoga!  Dallas and Ft. Worth are each holding separate events this Labor Day weekend.  In Dallas, you can go enjoy a free class Saturday September 3rd from 10am to 3pm at Crow Collection of Asian Art located at 2010 Flora Street in Dallas.

In Fort Worth, the events are being held on Sunday September 4th from 5-7pm at the Fort Worth Water Gardens located at 1502 Commerce Street downtown!

Fore more information, see the events’ website at: http://www.dfwfreedayofyoga.com/.

Also, some local studios are hosting “free” days of yoga as well.  Velociti Fitness (http://www.velocitifitness.com/velociti.htm) is hosting free yoga Monday morning September the 5th from 9am 10:15am.  Check your local studios for details!  Namaste!

Change

24 Aug

Yoga is powerful.  Someone I admire once said that doing yoga twice a week will change your body.  Doing yoga five days a week will change your life.

As a busy mother of three, I can only dream of practicing yoga more than once a week.  While vacationing recently, my mom gave our family a beautiful and generous gift.  She hired a yogi to come and teach yoga on the beach (three mornings in one week)!!

It was glorious.  Being outdoors, feeling the warmth of the sun on my face, the wind blowing my hair, the coolness of my feet in the soft cold sand, and hearing the waves crashing nearby was surreal.

We had three different yogis that week, by choice.  Two of the three included a guided meditation, which I always love.  One of the yogis had been inspired by an Indie Arie song.  She said the only thing constant in life is change.

Profound.

The only thing constant in life is change.  I started thinking about it.  I am not a person who generally runs from change, in fact, I embrace it most days.  I believe that life on Earth is a continuous evolution; that as people, we are constantly growing and changing.  Plants, birds, animals, humans, cells, energies; everything is changing.

I think back to the child I was, the young woman I developed into throughout the high school years, and the free spirited woman I became in college.  I think of all of the things I would have missed out on, had I not branched out and tried something new: home brew, cliff jumping, artichoke, freshly made juice, skiing, getting a tattoo, overseas travel, hiking to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, chiropractic adjustments, meditation, reiki, and even yoga!

As a mother, it’s even easier to see.  My children are growing, learning new things, developing their personalities, trying new things, testing boundaries, and exploring new things.  As they change, I change too.  I’ve had to alter discipline methods (many times).  I’ve had to change the way my home was child-proofed (I thought it was perfectly safe until my son came along!)  I’ve changed the way I perceive things too, like extended breastfeeding, movie ratings, circumcision, buying organic produce, chiropractics, and teasing.

Philosopher and psychologist Carl Jung once said, “What you resist persists.”  I have found this to be completely true in my life.  The more I try and control things, the more they seem to spin away and out of control.  The more I let things be, the more things fall right into place.

Just like the waves in the ocean undulate and never stay the same, so must we as humans.  If things never changed, I shudder to think of how oppressive our society would be today.  So today and every day, I salute change!

52 FEATS – NUMBER 17 (Running)

1 May

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

UPDATE – DAY 7 (Sunday):

Well, after my last update I had pretty much given up on running.  After listening to several people’s horror stories about joint pain, knee injuries, and surgery (!) due to running, I was ready to throw in the towel.  (I have a family member who works for an orthopedic surgeon.  Her advice about running:  Just DON’T do it.)

Tonight I was going to write my post saying that for the safety of my knees (yes, they really do hurt during and after a run) and my overall well-being, I am not going to pursue this Feat.  It’s out of my hands, right?

But then a facebook friend of mine posted a very intriguing link to something called the Joggermom Marathon, which starts today.  Before you think I’m a total glutton for punishment, let me explain.  This is a special kind of “marathon” in which you run the 26.2 miles over the course of a month.  You have to track your time, dates, and mileage on a spreadsheet, and provide photographic proof of your distance on some sort of electronic GPS device.  You have until the end of May to complete the “marathon.”  Then you’re entered into a drawing to win some sweet prizes.  Cool, huh?

While I still think running sucks – no, really SUCKS – I feel suddenly supercharged by this opportunity.  I can run a little bit at a time (doesn’t have to be a 5K all at once).  I’m sure I can cover 26.2 miles in a month’s time.  Should be no problem!

So even though this differs from my initial running objective, I’m feeling good about my new goal.  I’m glad I found out about this event before I gave up altogether.

Wish me (and my knees) good luck!!

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Healthy Kids Day at the YMCA

14 Apr

Come to any of the Arlington YMCA branches on Saturday, April 16 from 10 am to 1 pm for Healthy Kids Day!  It’s a day for parents to share the gift of good health with their children – have fun with games, activities, demonstrations, and more.  You don’t have to be a member of the YMCA to attend – it’s open to the public and it’s FREE!

In Arlington, the YMCA has 3 locations:

Central – 2200 S. Davis Street

Cooper – 7120 S. Cooper Street

North – 100 Skyline Drive

For more information, visit their website by clicking here.

52 FEATS – NUMBER 12 (Dog Walking)

27 Mar

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

Day 7 (Sunday):

I’ve enjoyed this Feat, although it’s been sad realizing that Ripley can’t handle much physical activity anymore.  I reconnected with my mutts, the two family members that have gotten pushed to the bottom of the dog pile in the last few years.  They got nice smells, some petting, extra treats.  I think they were happy.

Last night, I felt an uncommon burst of energy and decided not to just walk, but to run.  (I never run; I hate it.  But yesterday I met a woman with cystic fibrosis that runs.  If someone with low lung function can do it, so can I!)  So I ran, probably more than I have since I was in elementary school.

By the end, I was almost dragging poor Indy!  Even though he is our “youthful” dog, I guess he’s starting to feel his age.  (We’re pretty sure he’s deaf now, too – either that, or he’s decided to start ignoring us.)

I’ve still been taking Ripley out into the front yard to smell around after I walk Indy.  It seems like a pitiful gesture, but I think she appreciates it.  She gets really excited, and a change of scenery must be nice for someone who never gets out of the house except to

My neighbors just got a new puppy – only 10 weeks old.  She’s adorable!  Cute, floppy, nipping, yapping…she’s great.  She reminds me of both of my pups when they were little.  Indy was a scared little dog that ate his way out of any room we locked him in…just so he could sleep on the couch.  Ripley, who tops out at a whopping 70 pounds today, was a tiny, 15 or so pound pup.

My sweet dogs have been with me through so many life changes – my marriage, my kids, 4 rentals and two houses.  I hope they’re happy with where they are – they deserve it.

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Updates on Feat #7: Exercising

20 Feb

For the original 52 FEATS blog entry, click here.

For the original Feat #7 blog entry, click here.

DAY 7 (Sunday):

Well, I was hoping to end this week with a big cardio bang, but my “alleged” allergy issues have turned my head into a mucus factory and left me with no voice.  Screaming over the blaring music at my niece’s Sweet 16 birthday party and playing a marathon 5-hour Pokeno game probably didn’t help!  That’s life, though – you can’t always be sure things will work out the way you plan them.

Even though I didn’t get cardio in every single day this week, I was much more active than usual.  I went to the park with my kids multiple times, rode my bike, pushed the stroller, even danced around my living room.  I just tried to keep thinking of ways to stay active.

And on the days I exercised, I did feel more energetic.  It’s true that even if you’re exhausted and feeling active is the last thing on your mind, you can really give yourself a boost with some exercise.

A surprising thing I discovered was how much fun I had.  The weather this week was amazing, and the cardio was just a nice perk to all the outdoor activities I enjoyed.  When you’ve got young kids, pretty much the only way you’re going to get some exercise is if you do something that includes them.  This was the perfect week to do that.

While I know that one week is not enough to significantly improve my heart health, it was a great start that I hope to continue.

And I never did make it to the stupid gym – what a waste of money!

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