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365 Challenge Day 305 – Yoga + Music?

6 May

At Core Power yoga studios they play music in their classes.  I have to say I’m not a huge fan.  But I think most people like it.  I guess I consider yoga more of a moving meditation than an exercise, and I don’t listen to music when I meditate either…  although I’m sure some people do.

I think the music they played in the class was pretty tasteful.  Some mellow kirtan chanting, which I wasn’t crazy about but it was fairly benign.  Some songs that were probably Deep Forest, and that I actually enjoyed : )

So it was okay, kind of different.  It will be interesting to see how I feel about it after 5 weeks of unlimited classes here.  Will I get so used to it that the silence will be challenging?

But one thing I feel strongly about, they really should have turned it off during Savasana.  IMO.

365 Challenge Day 70 – Dance

3 Aug

I made it to dance class today, the first one in a LONG time.  I also went out dancing last weekend, which I hadn’t done in a while.  I LOVE DANCE.  I was beaming ear to ear the whole class.  Everyone in the class was just so happy to be there, there was so much joy in the air you could feel it.  It was a hot and muggy day, and we were all sweating within minutes.  I’ve been in a bit of a mood lately, and just being there I thought, music, movement, sweat, smiles, and joy; you can’t help but leave in a great mood.  Dance heals all.  It is a spiritual experience : )

365 Challenge Day 44 – Music

7 Jul

Tonight I saw an awesome live band; three vocalists, keys, two drummers, bass, guitar, and three horns.  They were amazing!  They played my favorite, 70s funk!  Even though it was hot and humid inside, they had the whole place dancing; sweating and dancing!

I don’t know what it is about seeing live music that makes it so much more amazing than just going out dancing and listening to a DJ.   It must be the connection and the interaction between the musicians and audience.  It was magical.

It was an awesome day.  With walks on the beach, fireworks, and dancing!


365 Challenge Day 33 – ZUMBA!

26 Jun

After three weeks of trying, I finally made it into my Zumba class.  I called 34 hours in advance, I was still 41st on the list!!  This morning I called at 6:55am for tomorrow’s class.  I’m first on the list : )

I had a bit of a tough day yesterday, and going to Zumba made my day.  The music, the dancing, and the enthusiasm were just what I needed.  I was beaming ear to ear.  Whenever I go to Zumba my cheeks ache at the end from smiling so much.  The hour always goes so fast, it’s unbelievable.

I also had my weekly meditation group at work.  We did 25 minutes.  It really did feel like this little peaceful refuge in the middle of a hectic day.  It’s good to remember that is available to me whenever I want it.

Cooking and yoga continue to elude me…

365 Challenge Day 4 – YOGA!!

19 May

I hope that this will be a frequent and recurring theme for this blog!!

I love yoga.  But for some reason I need constant reminders of how much I love it.  I often put it off, procrastinate, or skip it.  I have had a lot of trouble making it a consistent part of my week, even though I have continued to do it somewhat regularly for more than 10 years.

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Well, I am happy to report, thrilled to report, that so far my blog has been working to improve my motivation.  I have done yoga every day for the last four days!  Now, granted, I’m in a hotel room by myself for hours every night with no kids, no housework, and no friends… So it’s a little easier to find the time…

I have only done 30 minutes each day, but that has been key for me.  Tonight I had intended on doing a full 90 minute vinyasa flow, but I only slept four hours last night and I’m exhausted.  Instead of trying to force myself, I followed my intuition of what I needed, which was to be gentle.  I really think the key to the success of this year of intention is going to be that flexibility.  Instead of doing the yoga out of obligation, I did it out of inspiration, and I enjoyed every minute of it.  I have been doing my own series each day.  One day I focused more on standing balancing poses, one day more on inverted balancing poses, and one day more on core strength.  It’s whatever I want it to be!  And I love it.  I even put some music on : )  I actually thought I hated music and yoga, but it turns out I only dislike other people’s music with my yoga! haha.

Every day (so far) I have done some exercises for core strength, and every day I spent a couple of minutes working on two balancing poses, forearm balance, and scorpion pose (both against the wall.)  It’s pretty exciting, even in just four days I’ve noticed an increase in my balance.  I can’t wait to see what will happen if I actually can stay focused on these goals for the year!!



16 May

Loving this song right now : )