Life. Yoga. Joy.
Inspiring a life with smiles...™
Several weeks ago, the SigO and I took the Harley for a ride down Cape to P-town. We meandered for a bit, enjoying the sunny day, lovely homes and gardens, and fresh air. Eventually grumbly tummies insisted that we pay attention to the all important necessity of LUNCH!
Fortunately we found a fantastic spot:
So tonight I had an awesome yoga class with a teacher I adore. She always brings a sense of fun and adventure to the class, while imparting wonderful knowledge about how our bodies work. She had a request from some of the students to focus on hip openers and core work, so we geared our practice tonight around those themes.
At one point in the class, she had us doing Pranayama aka "fire breath." It wasn't the first time we had done this exercise which involves taking in air, and then forcefully expelling it from our mouths in short quick bursts. It builds heat in the body, and I've always thought it was a great way to remember that you have muscles in your tummy!
At least I always thought it was great...until tonight. Suddenly I felt "silly" doing this exercise. In the midst of what was an otherwise empowering practice, I became self conscious about my body. Was my face red? Did I have enough strength to do this exercise? Was I even doing it right? Did I look silly?
The East Coast has been having bizarrely random weather lately. So yesterday, when the SigO and I saw that skies were blue and sunny, we loaded up our bicycles and headed for the Shining Sea Bikeway in Falmouth, Massachusetts.
Last month I registered for my first 5k. With a September date, I figured that was plenty of time to train, and wasted no time in getting started. Flash forward to the present, and starts and stops due to a vacation, an illness, and the occasional blip in my work schedule have led to a less than stellar improvement in performance. (Okay so no complaints about the vacation...I loved every minute of it. But still, my training plan was derailed a bit...) After a particularly blah run today, I started to feel a bit down and out, but then...
Yesterday I went to the doctor for my annual physical. My current doctor is vegan and big on nutrition. He was practically giddy that not only was I now vegetarian but I was also a "practical vegan." (My own term - trademark pending...lol...)
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