Slow Down, You Move Too Fast

by HEAB on October 13, 2009

Morning. :)

So, I’ve come to realization about my yoga practice.  Back in my crazy workout days, (read the last 8 to 9 years of my life), whenever I took a yoga class, it had to be the most challenging one offered.  In fact, it turns out the class that got me interested in yoga was a Level 3 Ashtanga class. I was taking it once a week in addition to all  my running and strength training.  It was intense, and I was always extremely sore the next day…of course, I often ran 30 minutes of sprint intervals on the treadmill prior to class (so unnecessary Heather!). It was a great class, but in my brain, every yoga class had to give me that intense feeling of a good calorie burn.  If I wasn’t sweating or cursing the teacher under my breath while she kept us in Chair Pose just a little too long, then it wasn’t a class for me.

Things are different now.  Back in January, I committed myself to deepening my practice, and I am truly in love with yoga. However, my mindset is completely different when it comes to my favorite classes.  In the beginning, it was all about movement and toning mixed with a lot of sweat.  I still enjoy a good challenge, but that doesn’t mean I need to be jumping all over my mat flowing from handstand into Chaturanga while a techno version of The Jeffersons theme song is blaring in the background.  Yes, I went to a class like that, and no, I don’t think George and Weezy would have approved. 😉

Now I prefer slower Vinyasa classes, and trust me, they are still a great workout! Yoga tones every muscle in your body, and all muscles are constantly working, even in Mountain Pose. (Right Pol?).  Many of you have written me saying you just don’t feel like yoga is a good workout, but it so is.  Again, I need to feel challenged, and I know many of you do as well.  Just know that doesn’t mean you always have to find the most difficult yoga class out there, okay?

I made a new recipe.  Wanna see it?

Wild Mahi Mahi with Banana Salsa

Wild Mahi Mahi with Banana Ketchup

Justine told me about this amazing dish a few weeks ago, and as soon as she posted the recipe, I made it.  I swapped wild Mahi Mahi for the tilapia and skipped the quinoa, opting for a bed of veggies instead.   CD and I both loved it, and during dinner, I was telling him that Justine is always posting the most amazing recipes from Clean Eating Magazine.  CD, when are you going to get me a subscription?

CD’s Random Comment of the Day:

Why would I do that?  Just keep reading Justine’s blog. :)