The Zen Zone Blog
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I found yoga… after motherhood!
The best thing about yoga is… balancing my mind and my life; being able to learn more about myself and what really is important to me in this life.
Playing on my iPod… Led Zeppelin, Enigma, Adele, Bob Marley, Jason Mraz, Snatum Kaur, Keb Mo, Florence and the Machine…
My classes are… Full of flowing energy, props, highs and lows, and positive.
My favorite poses are… Rocking spinal twist, down dog, forward fold
The best yoga class I ever experienced… its was a hot power flow class mixed with deep holding poses. It was full of energy and deep relaxation. I love that they played rock music and I sweat like crazy!
Locally you might find me... Target, La Fuente, and TJ Maxx
My guilty pleasure… white wine and Days of Our Lives
I am so passionate about… Keeping my friendships and family relationships strong.
I am so blessed…. to have what I have! A beautiful, huge family and the best support system in the world.
I wish for… kind words to be spoken to all people all the time.
The best hugs are… when you really need one.
Life is too short to… sweat the small stuff.
Words that lift my heart… I Love You!
I am not defined by… anyone
There is nothing better than… a morning at home with my family.
Words that I try to live by… it’s all good.
I love to eat… soup, salads, enamame, and grilled cheeses.
If I could live anywhere, I would live… By water.
Making Excuses and Finding Time, Why I choose Yoga/Pilates
I have been thinking a lot lately about how people talk themselves out of doing what is best for their bodies, mentally, and physically. I get so frustrated when “life” gets in the way of my practice. I know that sounds selfish, and it sort of is, except I look at is as a way of improving myself so I can be better to others. BALANCE isn’t that the key word we all use in Yoga. Balancing our bodies yes, but also balancing our hectic lives. We live in a society where we can’t sit still, we check our phones ever 6 seconds, and we feel awkward being alone or even closing our eyes in a room with others. I noticed these feeling a rising in myself and started to build a new awareness from them.
Yesterday was by birthday. I wanted to do less then a typical day, and spend sometime with myself. Yep, just me! I found it so calming to take the time to shop alone at my leisure. I went to lunch and ate outside on the patio by myself. It was so enlightening to be quiet, almost board and just take time to look around and savor each bite. Why don’t I do this more often?
One of the best parts of my birthday was taking Anita’s Yin class. Anyone who knows me knows my classes flow moderately fast, and can be challenging. Anita’s class was calming, and challenging in the mind. She allowed time for our breath and awareness to connect. I noticed so much happening in my body that I needed to add love to. I was able to feel the places I was tight and send my breathe into them. I was also able to just close my eyes and be fully present. What a gift!
I am the poster child of running around like a chicken with my head cut off, my husband would agree. I do 50 things at once usually. My house has to be spotless for me to sit still. We have 3 kids and there is not a free evening during the week to stay home and relax from the work day like many prefer. Our schedules are rigid and pre planned or I stress out. Does this sound at all familiar?
I took a vow for myself years ago that I would NEVER stop practicing yoga and pilates. Not even for a week. It is the best thing I do for myself to improve my well being. It calms me before I have to step back into the business. It energizes me to head home and pleasantly make dinner and spend time with my family. Most importantly it adds awareness to my daily routines and choices. I am able to notice when I am doing too much. I am aware of how I feel and acknowledge it throughout my day. Most importantly I breathe. I take my breath work from off the mat and add it into my life several times day. In fact I am doing it right now. Managing 140 8th grade students, being a member of PTA, a fitness instructor, a parent, wife, and friend to many is a big job and I take each role seriously. I am sure you can relate! In order to be at my best I practice often. Balancing my mind and body the only way I know, yoga and pilates.
Next time your life gets in the way of your practice, remember you intention of why you come to the mat. Remind yourself of all the tinkling benefits that will stem for your attendance. Most importantly DO IT FOR YOURSELF!