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365 Challenge Day 142 – Revolution

9 Oct

40 Days to Personal Revolution – Day 32

Yoga: another great 90 minute class at Baptise. The guy next me did a perfect scorpion pose. Very inspiring!!  It’s been a few years now that this has been my goal.  Still working on it!!  (need to be more consistent with the practice!)  Of course, the guy was also a little nutty and was moaning loudly and mumbling to himself throughout the entire class, so there is that too…   : )

Food: I made pumpkin soup and it turned out SO DELICIOUS! Pumpkin, celery, cauliflower, garlic, veggie bullion, sage, a little earth balance margarine. YUM.

Meditation: 20 minutes

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365 Challenge Day 50 – More Yoga

12 Jul

I practiced yoga again in my new yoga space.  And it was lovely : )

I just did 20+ minutes, but it was midnight, so, couldn’t hope for much more than that!  I practiced Scorpion Pose again, and really found a point of balance!  I noticed I could balance best with my eyes facing the floor, I think because it’s more similar to headstand that way.  I stayed pretty stable looking forward, but it wasn’t as solid.  Anyway, tonight may be the longest I’ve held the pose so far.  Exciting!!

I haven’t done Vinyasa in a LONG time, that will be next on my list!

 

365 Challenge Day 49 – Yoga Nook : )

11 Jul

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Today I did something I’ve been thinking about for the past 8 years since I’ve owned this house, I created a yoga nook, a dedicated space for doing yoga.  I have many friends who will be envious and admiring : )

This is an alcove in my bedroom that is about 5×6, and it’s where my queen sized bed has always been.  A couple of weeks ago I bought an air conditioner for the first time in my life, and when my attic bedroom hit 88, I turned it on.  What I quickly discovered was that I couldn’t sleep with it right next to my bed.  It was way too loud.  And too cold.  So I had to choose between moving the AC, or moving the bed.

I can’t really move the AC by myself, so the next time I ended up pushing the bed out, just to be able to sleep.  Today I decided to just go for it!  And the room rearranging began.  I moved a few other things out, a night table, and bookshelf that I used as a headboard. And  I moved the bed against the other windows in the middle of the room. And voila!!  A yoga nook!

The rest of my room is now a bit of a cluttered mess while I figure it out.  I’d like to get rid of a lot of it, or at least hide it better.

So, I thought before I write about my yoga space, I’d better use it!!  I walked for an hour at lunch today (saw the swan babies again, they are getting big!), then ran around the pond tonight for 24 minutes (hurray!), then came home and did some yoga for 20 minutes.  It felt great!  And I practiced Scorpion Pose for a few minutes!  It was nice to be in that space, even though it still feels a little sterile.  I’ve already added a plant, but feel like it needs more.

This is likely a very temporary arrangement, I’m not sure I like it.  Now, instead of having my big bed tucked away in a corner it’s right in the middle of the room.  But I’ll give it some time, maybe a month or two, and see what happens!  Maybe it really will inspire me to do more yoga!  Remind me that it is a priority for me.

 

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365 Challenge Day 47 – Intention

9 Jul

The goal in this year of  blogging is to live this precious life with intention, and I really felt like I did that today.  It was a beautiful day.  Not extraordinary, but just good.

I had my lunchtime meditation group at work, and with all the people traveling, on vacation, or wanting to spend time outside in this gorgeous summer weather, I didn’t have anyone come today.  Which was fine by me!  I did 2o minutes of silent meditation, and 20 minutes of yoga!  Right there at work, in one of the conference rooms, with the blinds down.  It felt pretty funny, and wonderful to practice my scorpion pose right there at the office.  I actually found a sweet spot and was able to relax into the pose and balance.  It was great!!  Very encouraging and motivating.

I actually packed a breakfast and lunch, a big bottle of green smoothie, organic steel cut oatmeal with raisins and cinnamon, brown basmati rice with curry, and split yellow pea dahl (which I’ve been eating for a week.)  The dahl and the steel cut oats were both cooked in my crock pot, so easy!  I’ve got to try to do some more recipes for that.

It’s quiet this week at work so I spent some time organizing my electronic files which I usually put off, and it felt very satisfying to get organized.

When I got home I made my son turn off the TV and asked him what he wanted to do.  We had some one 0n one time because my daughter is spending the night at a friend’s house.  I asked if he wanted to go to the pool, or come with me to gym because I had signed up for Zumba, but he totally surprised me and said, Let’s go rock climbing.  So we did!  He is just as afraid of heights as I am, so I’m not sure what inspired him, but we had a really good time.  It’s not very often we do something like that together, just the two of us.

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We also had dinner at home with homemade sushi!  His idea.  He was thrilled because it’s his favorite food, and I was happy because I’ve been trying to prepare more food at home and save money.

I had to make some choices; I cancelled my Zumba class to spend time with my son; I’ve got dishes in the sink I may not get to tonight; I would have loved to go running tonight.  So, I couldn’t do it all, but what I did do was awesome : )

 

365 Challenge Day 43 – Tiny

4 Jul

Last night I watched a documentary called, Tiny, about a couple that builds a tiny house.  I am a bit obsessed with watching videos on the tiny house and micro apartment movement!  I love them. Here is a good one!

My dad and his wife have actually lived full-time in their RV for years, so I guess it runs in the family.

My friends would laugh if they read this, because my house is pretty big (by city standards) and I have a lot of stuff.  But I love seeing how they pare down to the absolute minimum.  I love seeing how they organize everything so perfectly, with a place for everything and everything in its place.  And how they use every nook and cranny for storage.  It totally inspires me.  I definitely don’t want a smaller place!  But I love thinking that the more I can get rid of, the more open and spacious and organized my house will be.

I have a lot of things, but I’m definitely not a pack rat either!  Considering that I don’t have a basement or an attic, I’m doing pretty well, for an American mother of two.  I was terrified about the lack of storage when I first moved here because my old place had a basement the size of my entire apartment!  But, it was filled with so much junk that I never wanted to go down there to look for anything.  Winter clothes stored for the summer would disappear, never to be seen again.  Trips to the Goodwill would be postponed indefinitely as bags of giveaways were just thrown down there.  Now with just a few closets for storage, everything is literally in arms reach.  And I’m forced to get rid of stuff instead of storing it forever.

I have actually experienced life as a minimalist.  Yesterday I was remembering how in Senegal I lived in a studio and owned one towel, which was for the shower or the beach, and would also serve as a potholder.  I knew I’d be moving back the US at some point, so I didn’t accumulate much.  Plus, shopping was a huge pain there, having to haggle at the market for every little thing I bought.  Life was so simple back then.

Whenever I go into a camping or a travel store, I marvel at the little mini and practical objects.  I love the little foldaway and nesting items.  The Swiss Army knife that contains 12 different tools.  The towel that rolls up and can fit in the palm of your hand.  Or the little mini iron.  I always think everything in my house should be so cute and little and practical.  But no, not only do I own a cute mini travel iron, but I own a full sized one too.  This is especially ironic considering that I can’t even remember the last time I ironed, it’s probably been years.

Well, I have a long way to on my road to minimalism, but I am making progress.  Today I tackled the cabinets under my bathroom sink.  I threw away three small grocery bags worth of junk, and organized the rest.  I also worked on my daughter’s room with her for an hour and we made some good progress.

Scorpion pose update:  I just tried a couple of minutes, and it didn’t go so well!  I don’t usually have any trouble getting upside down and can hold headstand for several minutes.  But today when I flipped upside down all the blood rushed to my head and I felt like my face was going to explode! What’s up with that?  High blood pressure?  Low blood pressure?  Don’t know!  Well, I kept at it and practiced scorpion for a couple of minutes.  My balance is not great today, but it’s a start.

365 Challenge Day 42 – Scorpion Pose!!

3 Jul

Well, 42 days into my year long challenge and I am just now getting back to my original purpose, which has always been to inspire me to do more yoga.  I have a goal to focus on one pose, scorpion pose for the year so I can really see improvement (this has actually been my goal for, ummmm…, many years, I could have been a Scorpion Pose Master by now.)

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The second best time is now”
~ Chinese Proverb
 

I love that quote.  Yes, I should have been practicing this all along.  But, I haven’t been.  So, nothing else to do but start again and start now!

For inspiration I have been collecting my favorite photos of people in my favorite pose : )

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photo credits: http://instagram.com/yogainspiration/