Yoga with Kids

So today I did yoga with Ella. She hasn’t been napping. So, we got out our mats and I just thought we’d goof around a little…not that I’d get anything done. Well, we goofed around ALOT! She climbed on me when I was down. She climbed under me when I was up. Though there was no way to maintain flow or the specific breathing, we had an absolute blast and I did my practice! Yippee! Yoga with a little one.

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Shvasana

Today. Another day of yoga. (I’m still going). I did my sun salutations, some stretching, then laid in shvasana. After a while I just began going through poses I felt moved some painful or stuck muscles. This lasted a while till I ended up sitting and massaging my own shoulders. Brian seeing this began using his foot from the chair he sat on to help me. Then I laid down face first while he continued massaging my back with his feet. Long after he was done I stayed in my puddle. Ahhh relaxing. November evenings are such a wonderful time of quiet.
Blessings

Flexibility

Yoga has been status quo this week.

I didn’t do the whole practice today.  I did till janushirshasana or through all three hurdler-like stretches.  I’m feeling sore from doing push-ups, squats, pull-ups, and planks yesterday till failure x3.  I walked today w/ a friend and that loosened me up but my left hamstring has been really hurting since sprints.  I am craving more sprints and I have them on the docket tomorrow.  This time, I better warm up well beforehand and be a bit more aware of how it feels.

Speaking of tomorrow and the weekend, this Sunday I will have completed 21 days of the 21 day transformation (marksdailyapple.com).  I know I have to do a better job counting carbs so I can see where I am with that.  I am feeling better, stronger, more energy, more awake and less foggy thinking etc.  I’d like to continue forward w/ this.  That would include  eating more local meats, eggs, dairy.  Eating more veggies.  Keeping track of my goals on fitday.com!  Doing strength exercises a couple times a week and a sprint exercise once a week.  Plus a couple longer aerobic fun activities.  Also, just being less rigid about everything.  Being kinder to myself.  Relaxing.  Having fun.  Being more flexible.  🙂

What this really means is trusting.  Trusting the food will be there when I need it.  The time to workout will be there when I need it.  Trusting I will feel motivated.  I can take a rest day if I feel like it – it doesn’t mean I won’t exercise again for months.  Trusting, sometimes I miss a meal, sometimes I eat too much, it all works out in the end.  Trusting myself.  I’m not sure where I lost that trust and started trying trying.  I know I can get there.  It feels like climbing on the back of an alligator and rolling down the river w/ him.  I have to trust he won’t drown me, eat me or leave me stranded.  Instead,  just go with the flow.  It’s about trusting bigger things too–life, others, the inner voice, God, etc.  I honestly know I can trust a lot of these things.  My life has been pretty wonderful so far.  Again, I’m not really sure where I lost the trust but I feel myself relaxing.  Exhaling, letting go.  Ahhhhhh   It’s ok. It’s ok. It’s ok.  I’m ok.  I made it.  It’s ok.

I feel like I’m in a scene in Good Will Hunting.

Ta ta!

Primal Yoga

Day 23

Wow, that seems like something.  23 Days of yoga.  I’d like to say that I’m different in some profound way.  However, I’m not sure that I am.  I guess it’s like water flowing over a rock here, it is doing something profound, I just can’t see it yet.  🙂

Yesterday was tough.  If it weren’t for Brian saying, “Just do your sun salutations and see how you feel,” I might not have made it.

I’m also doing some other workouts and yesterday especially I did a pretty tough WOW (workout of the week) from marksdailyapple.com and then walked w/ Brian and Ella for about 40 minutes.   After dinner it was yoga time and I was beat.

Today I’m wondering if tomorrow I can do that extra workout again.  I feel the need for speed!

I have changed to eating “primal” as per The Primal Blueprint–just to try it.  I’ll update here on how that’s going too.  I need to eat a bit more locally and probably keep track of carbs so I know how it’s going.  I live in Central PA where there are tons of farms and I just need to find some that are open and nearby to shop from on my Wednesday shopping circuit!  Most farmer’s markets are open on the weekend–not a great time for me to shop.

I’ve found and made some great (yummy) recipes on this journey.  They also are recipes my 1.5 year old daughter loved! Check them out at Paleo Plan:

No Oat “Oatmeal”

Carrot Banana Muffins

I skipped some posts but I HAVE been doing yoga!

The moon phase day, full moon, (two days ago) I did a very abbreviated practice.  Yesterday I was still slightly less than normal.  Today I was back at it!

We spent the day in Baltimore going to the Aquarium and the likes in the Inner Harbor.  By the time I got home I was tired!  However, I had some chia fresca and was great!

Off to la la land.

 

Prana

Day 17

prana /pra·na/ (prah´nah) [Sanskrit] in ayurvedic tradition, the life force or vital energy, which permeates the body and is especially concentrated along the midline in the chakras.

I am kicking mad!  I should not watch or listen to too much news!  The things people do?!  I felt the anger driving my yoga poses, squeezing me tighter and longer.  I could feel the same fire that keeps me up at night sometimes, the fire I try to ignore that makes me want to drive too fast, or argue just to argue and win.  That fire drenched me in sweat and strengthened my muscles and wore me out!  What a good feeling.  I topped it off with another sprint and plyometrics workout!  Grrr!

I have avoided this fire at times in my life b/c I feel it’s the fire that makes me walk on people and not slow down and listen, to myself or others.  Today I see it also as the driving force in my life that makes me get up and do the hard work and finish the job.  I have this fire in spades and I’ve been trying to ignore it or push it away.  I don’t have to do that.  I don’t have to fear it will burn me out or run over others, instead I can just put it to good use in completing projects and hard work outs.  Then I can go back to sleeping at night!  🙂

Moon Day

Today was a bit slow.  I had to convince myself to keep going a half a dozen times.  Tired.  I’ve been doing a lot during the day trying to stay more active.

I looked up moon days.  Twice a month you are supposed to monumentally slow down the practice if not completely forgo the practice.  This happens at the full and waning moon times.   I thought maybe it was today.  I was feeling like the moon and ten more things were sitting on top of me.

Night night