A few months ago, my best friend asked me which local yoga classes and studios I liked. I mentioned one studio that I knew of close to her neighborhood and encouraged her to go, but I felt so disconnected from my yoga practice that I really didn’t have any advice beyond that. It had been so long since I’d been on my mat – I posted about doing a 30-day yoga challenge last year, and I hardly did anymore than a few sun salutations. Recently, this same friend told me that after feeling completely intimidated by yoga studios, she’d decided to just try some online classes and discovered a great site called Yoga With Adriene. It was another 30-day gig, and she was just so excited about it, that I told her to email me the info. I thought, here I go again, talking about committing to something I just don’t feel like doing (why do we do this???), but I got the email and signed up, deciding I had nothing to lose. If this Adriene girl’s daily emails cluttered up my life, I’d simply hit “delete” and go about my day.
Day 1: I actually got on the mat. It took two attempts, but I did the entire video. My body felt great, and I decided that Adriene is adorable. Day 2 happened, and by Day 3, I was hooked and sore and wanted to visit Austin and hang out with Adriene in person. Y’all, I did not miss one day in the entire 30 Days of Yoga series, and I was actually excited about carving out time everyday for some yoga. It’s been YEARS since this has been the case – 4.5 years to be exact. After Summer’s arrival, I did yoga here and there, but my heart wasn’t really in it. Then came Charlie and Katie. 2012 brought a lot of joy coupled with a lack of sleep, and by the time I was pregnant with Hannah, my mat was sitting in a closet collecting dust. For the past few years, yoga hasn’t been a priority, but I knew I’d come back to it someday – when I was ready, and I guess my body, mind, and heart decided they were finally ready. It’s so so SO good to look forward to sun salutations and Child’s Pose, and Savasana again.
My heels don’t touch the floor in Downward Dog, and my Chaturangas are pretty rusty, but I’m just doing what feels good, and it’s SO good. The last video of the series was today, and I’m pretty bummed it’s over. I’m not sure what’s next for my yoga journey, but I know I’m going to be practicing more often now. If you’re looking to get into yoga or have been doing yoga for years, I highly recommend Adriene. There is no charge for her 30 Days series, and she offers several free videos on her YouTube channel as well as some other series and classes that charge a fee. By the way, I have no connection with Adriene – I just really enjoyed her classes and wanted to spread the word.
Another good friend gave up sugar for the next three months, and in an attempt to encourage her, I told her I’d do the same. But then I quickly decided that life with four kids and no sugar during the summer months is no fun. So, I altered my plan a bit and decided to give up Dove milk chocolates (um, I was eating way too many of those little blue squares of goodness). We’re still eating a lot of beans, rice, and veggies around here – I’m just not ending every meal with chocolate…at least not milk chocolate. Still loving my Baker’s unsweetened!
Lentil Stew with brown rice.
Above bowl contained sauteed bell peppers and onions, baked potato, and avocado. I’m obsessed with covering everything in Frank’s Red Hot (have been since my last pregnancy) and nutritional yeast, AKA golden sprinkles at our house.
So, that’s it from me. Yoga, no milk chocolate, and lots of golden sprinkles. It’s a good season. 🙂