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August 24, 2010 / Liza

Ode to Yoga

Good Morning!

Feels like fall or winter over in my neck of the woods! Oat bran was definitely on the morning menu 🙂

I cooked it with 2/3 cup almond milk and probably~2/3 cup water (it absorbs so much liquid!) Then, I added lots of cinnamon at the end and topped it with some natural peanut butter, maple syrup and strawberries. I must say, it was quite delish. 🙂

An Ode to Yoga

Yesterday, I went to a one-hour hot power yoga class. I don’t think I’ve really posted about yoga on the blog yet. Basically, I’m in love with it. I see it as something that will undoubtedly remain an important part of my life. So, why do I love it? For many reasons (not in hierarchical order):

1. The way it makes my body feel — I always leave feeling strong, sweaty, tired, rejuvenated, relaxed, more flexible, and like my muscles a much needed intense stretch.

2. The way it makes my mind feel — I love that in yoga, the goal is to concentrate on your breathing… nothing. else. Leave everything at the door, come on to your mat, and just. breathe. The rest will come. Forget about that test, that boy, that parking ticket, whatever. It doesn’t matter; it can wait.

3. Yoga is for Everybody and No Competition — Anybody can do yoga. You don’t have to be a pretzel (I’m certainly not). The class will be challenging for everybody because you can always modify a pose or take it deeper. And it isn’t important what the woman over there is doing whether she’s on her head or drinking water. No comparing. The focus is on yourself and your practice. Which leads me to…

5. The focus on mindfulness, listening, and non-judgement — In yoga, there is always an emphasis on listening to what your body really wants, and not what your mind thinks you should be doing. If your body wants to take child’s pose or take a swig of water, it must, and you must honor it, and not judge it. Instead of thinking, “Why can’t I frickin’ do crow pose?” You learn to think, “My body is not ready to do full crow, but I lifted one foot, you go, girl!” Which brings me to my next point…

6. ACCEPTANCE — The next step to not judging your body for what it isn’t doing at a given point in time, is accepting and appreciating it for what it can and does do– on the mat and off the mat. It is so so so important to take the time to say thank you and to realize that incredible gifts we are given by having bodies that are 99.9% of the time working exactly how they are supposed to.

Honestly, I could go on, but you probably get it by now 🙂

If you haven’t tried yoga, go for it! And there are so many kinds, there’s no best kind. Find one that works for you!

Have you tried yoga? What kind? Do you like it?

Have a great Tuesday!

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  1. Christie {Honoring Health} / Aug 24 2010 9:42 am

    I love yoga and I love it for the exact same reasons! I have actually let my practice slip but I know I need to get back into it.

    • Liza / Aug 24 2010 4:54 pm

      Hi Christie!
      Thanks for visiting my blog 🙂 I just popped in to yours and I’m looking forward to reading your posts.
      It’s very hard for me as well not to let it slip especially while at school and everything is so busy. But somebody told me about yoga podcasts by Dave Farmar on iTunes and I can do them right in my room when I feel I can’t get to a studio! Love it!

  2. Steph@stephsbitebybite / Aug 25 2010 6:58 pm

    I absolutely love HOT yoga (and actually leaning more on the side of vinyasa). I feel like a million bucks when I walk out my studio all hot and sweaty! Looking forward to following more of your blog posts

    • Liza / Aug 25 2010 7:04 pm

      Hey Steph! Thanks for stopping by! I TOTALLY know that feeling 🙂 Wonderful.

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