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I want to love yoga, sooooooooooooooo much. You have no idea. I love the people who practice it, the way they look, and the whole concept. But when I get in there to do it, I just get so frustrated. My wrists hurt, I am worried about my posture the whole time, and I just can’t get that spirit-body-mind connection everyone talks so much about. My favorite part is the end where you get to lay on the floor in a semi-meditation. Last night there were a few superstars in class who were killing some super hard balancing poses…straight-up pretzel style. I wanted to be them – so cool, calm and strong. Instead I was in the back of the room praying that we would get out of downward dog before my wrists collapsed. To those of you who can rock a Side Crow or a Supported Headstand, you have my complete respect. I will give it a few more shots since I purchased a week of classes, but don’t hold your breathe.
Tonight I am going to meditation with Micah, who is my partner-in-crime for new activities this week. I gave it a go once last year but didn’t continue on with it, so this time I hope to give it more of a shot. I think this might be more my speed, more of what I’m looking for as far as spiritual growth. If there was a yoga class just for stretching, relaxation & meditation, that would be perfection. Yoga for exercise/cardio just doesn’t do it for me, unfortunately. But hopefully someday that might change, because I think it is a great low-impact exercise for your body.
Which brings me to something that I was writing about with a friend yesterday. If exercise is a priority for you, it is so important to find something that you truly love. Not something that someone else loves. It needs to be an activity that you look forward to. It’s true, you can grow to love things the better you get at them, but don’t beat a dead horse. You’ll just end up frustrated and burnt out. When I think about being active, so many options come to mind. Jogging, walking, dancing, biking, hiking, paddle boarding… so many fun options. I also know the things I don’t like, and I try to avoid them at all costs. I am enjoying my exercise freedom so much these days that I wonder when I’ll actually take on another endurance sports goal. Maybe I’ll choose a 5k or 10k race for the fall and just participate to feel it out again. It has been almost a year and half since my last Half Ironman, or any race for that matter. Which honestly has been kinda nice. I am really digging this flexibility to just do what I want, when I want to. I love that I can find so much joy and peace in using my body.
It’s Friday… weeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Thank goodness. Have I mentioned that I have NO plans for this weekend? Loving it. What to do, what to do…
For those of you who live in the Birmingham area, you MUST check out the free exercise classes that they offer at Railroad Park. Click on this link to see the schedule. I went to yoga yesterday evening and it was great to be out in the open air doing sun salutations with the sound of trains in the background. It was also a great class for beginners, just like me. Of course there were options to make it more advanced, but I stuck with the basics (except for the back bend, I can rock some gymnastics). I can’t wait to make it a permanent part of my weekly workout schedule.
Most of you know that I have a moderate case of rosacea on my face, especially during time of stress or after a drink or two of alcohol. Well, I discovered this great lotion while exploring my local Walgreens this weekend!! It’s made by Eucerin and after only two days it has calmed the redness down on my face. It also has subtle green color neutralizers that works wonders on evening out my skin tones. I know this sounds like a commercial… but when you find something that works like this does, you want to share it with the world! So happy that I found it.