There is no plopping pose in yoga …

Let’s discuss Chaturanga Dandasana. Chaturanga is a yoga pose, otherwise known as, a low plank where your elbows are held at a 90 degree angle. Not your typical low plank! It’s used in a yoga flow usually to connect poses like downward-facing dog to upward-facing dog or cobra pose. It all flows together beautifully in the sun salutations. But it is SO HARD when you are doing your BAZILLION-TH one for the day. I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. EIGHT. And no matter how many chaturangas I may have under my yoga mat at this point (there has to be 1000s by now) they still EXHAUST ME. During yoga this morning I did A TON of them. By the end I was shaking so badly that my last three were not very … um … flow-y. Grace had completely left this body of mine. My inner peace was replaced with just hoping that my arms wouldn’t fall off. My ability to gently float down to the floor and to sweep my core elegantly into the next pose was replaced by a grunting sound fueled by my natural instincts to survive. It wasn’t pretty but I basically did what I had to to finish, HA! In the middle of all of that misery I convinced myself that I had created a new pose for all of us wiped out yogis. I’m not sure if it will ever catch on. But it sure made me laugh.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you went PLOP!!!

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Beat …

I had a great day today! I got a ton of things done and I was somehow able to squeeze in yoga this morning, some much needed gardening in the afternoon and another workout with speedwork tonight. I’m not sure how, but it all seemed to flow together effortlessly. I love it when that happens! But holy moly, a day like this will take its toll at some point. And I am definitely at that point, HA!

Well, I hope you all had a day were you feel beat!!!

Stretch …

So I started this thing a while ago. It’s called: I AM NOT GETTING OUT OF BED BEFORE I DO SOME YOGA.

And it has changed my life, HA!

I’m not sure if it’s age or all the abuse I’ve (and life) has put this body of mine through, but seriously, I need it. It sounds a little WHACKY but it’s honestly a wonderful way to wake up my body before hitting the floor and starting my day. And I’m not doing any standing poses or anything crazy like that. OK, that would be a little KOOKY. Is very mild, but incredibly valuable! I usually work out in the morning, so this is an extra added bonus. It all began a few years ago with one of my yoga instructors mentioning an article that she had read about an extended form of Shavasana, or corpse pose. I “ran” with it and add a few poses. And WAH-LAH here I am, a changed woman. It’s amazing how something little can be SO good for you!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you STRETCH!!!

Balance (OY, I mean, OM) …

Today’s yoga session was all about something I don’t have. I can’t even pretend to have it. Some days I come close, but normally my whole life existence lacks it. It’s just how I roll. Or rather, it’s just how I tip over, HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you find your balance!!!

Dolphins …

I have been practicing yoga for 8 years. You would think by now none of it would be hard or cause me discomfort. WRONG. It is still incredibly challenging for me. I’m currently doing a 21-Day practice that is kicking my butt. I’ve had to hold these poses for years now, but this program holds them longer and revisits them A LOT. And my body is feeling it. A LOT. I think, for the most part, yoga poses have pretty non-threatening names. Pigeon. Cat. Cow. Camel. Swan. Yes, there are others that are more intimidating but when I hear animals like I previously stated, I naturally assume my body won’t be ravaged them. But I couldn’t be more wrong. One of the sweetest, smartest and cutest animals left me wrecked the other day … WHODA THUNK?!?!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you don’t have a rough encounter with a dolphin!!!

Wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care (or not) …

I recently started doing a daily yoga “retreat”. I’m currently 9 days in. I have practiced yoga for over seven years and I have NEVER been so sore. This program is short and to the point. Holy. It works you. You bend and you pose and you balance and you work your core … and my poor arms and shoulders are feeling it. Ouchie … um … I mean namaste.

Well, I hope you all have a day where you can wave your hands in the air like you just don’t care (or not)!!!

Sleepy and bendy … 

I was up WAY TOO late last night celebrating a friend’s birthday and then I got up WAY TOO early this morning in order to make it to Yoga Day at the Big A. It was a yoga event held at Angel Stadium. It was a really unique experience and I had a lot of fun. Boy, oh boy, I sure am abundantly thankful for the special opportunities life presents me with. Come on, yoga AND the Angels?!?! Being a yogi and a season ticket holder I had to say YES! I just could have used a whole lot more sleep before I got there, HA!

Well, I hope you all have a day where you are sleepy and bendy!!!