Bringing Your Heart Into Backbends

DY Flier-web-version-2As a yoga teacher challenges can come up in a class you hadn’t planned for or expected.

Last night my friend Sandra and I co-taught a beginner yoga class, which is part of the Summer Series fellow Deep Yoga teacher graduates and I are involved in.

We taught a beginner backbend class, which we titled Bringing Your Heart Into Backbends.

In the Bay Area we are having a sort of heat wave. It’s no Arizona heat wave. But when you don’t have air conditioning or ceiling fans it can get pretty sweaty.

With any sort of physical activity you have to be careful with the heat. About a third of our students were true beginners. We wanted everyone to take care of themselves and be safe.

Sandra and I didn’t plan for the heat or some of the challenges some of our beginner students were going to have in class. But all of it was a great learning experience. And that was what this was about, learning and getting some teaching under our belts.

I was much less nervous this … Continue reading

Positive experiences in a jar

So I said in my Happy New Year post that I wouldn’t be posting GFG! Monthly Challenges each month. But I would post occasional challenges on the Facebook Challenge page.

This is a challenge I am doing for myself for 2014.

And I decided that more than Facebook Challengers needed to know about this one.

Throughout the year I plan to fill the mason jar pictured to the left with little pieces of paper with positive things that I experience.

I think this is a great practice for anyone.

The things written down can be something small or something huge. Think … I saw a gorgeous rainbow today; I got a promotion; I had a baby; I became an aunt; I had the most delicious meal; I traveled somewhere glorious; I planted my garden; I read a beautiful poem; I woke up; I made a scrumptious meal; I told a joke and got a good laugh; I got paid; I watched a funny movie …

As long as it is positive it can go in the jar, hat, bucket, basket or whatever you are holding your positive notes in.

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Learning to let go

In February I wrote about having a tough time with work and life. In that time I was striving to learn to let go. It is much more difficult than it sounds.

There is a great poem called Let Go, which one of my yoga teachers (Vickie) shared with class at the end of a practice one night.

In the past few months I have made some changes in my life to make me a better person and to start letting go of things that are negative and don’t really matter. I still struggle with this. But I aim for it as much as I possibly can.

Tonight while getting my monthly massage I started thinking about the idea of letting go.

I’m learning to let go physically, mentally and emotionally.

Between regularly attending yoga and getting regular massages I have physically learned to let go.

In yoga class we are reminded that while in a difficult pose we should “try to soften something.” That could be as simple as smiling while in the challenging pose.

While getting a massage I have learned to relax my body and let my massage therapist rub, pull and move my arms … Continue reading

Comment Contest Tuesday: Challenge Go Fit Girl!

I was thinking about this month’s Monthly Challenge and how I am not super jazzed about it. And based on the participation and minimal updates I am guessing GFG! readers feel the same way.

It’s difficult to come up with exciting challenges for exercise and nutrition every single month, which I have been doing for nine months now. Sometimes the ideas are great and sometimes they are just OK.

(My favorite so far has been going old school with hula hooping, jumping rope and jumping jacks, which was April’s Go Fit Girl! Monthly Challenge.)

So I am coming to my wonderful readers and asking you to give me ideas. What kind of challenges do you want? Do you want to challenge others? Or challenge yourself?

And to make this more fun, let’s make it a Comment Contest Tuesday.

For every idea you post in the comments below you will get your name thrown into a hat for a drawing. So the more you comment, the better chance you get to win a prize. Please make sure to come up with both exercise and nutrition ideas.

Challenge yourself

Don’t let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.

I stole that quote from my friend Nicole’s Facebook status. She was quoting her kid’s basketball coach. She said it was inspiring for her yoga practice.

Lately I have tried to be more open minded with myself when it comes to exercise. There are yoga poses I know I can’t do–like handstand or headstand. (A bum shoulder keeps me from attempting the full pose.) But I can work toward them. There are other poses I don’t think I can do but instead of just saying to myself, no way, I now will at least try.

Same thing with planks. We do them in yoga and body conditioning and abs classes. Whenever it is announced that we are going to do a 1-minute plank I complain and convince myself that I can’t do it.

In my Friday morning body conditioning class (which is actually called Muscle Blast) the instructor recently had us hold a 1-minute plank. I, of course, announced to him that there was no way I could do that. He, of course, told me I could. We got into position and I asked him to … Continue reading

New features on GFG!

 

Go Fit Girl! is excited to announce two new features coming to the blog starting this month.

GFG! is launching Review Wednesday and Monthly Challenge.

Review Wednesday: I will review a product once a month on a Wednesday. If you have suggestions for items you would like me to review I would love to hear from you. Depending on cost of an item I may or may not be able to review it. And hey, if you want to send me an item to review I will! (The ratings will be from 1/2 a dumbbell up to 5–pictured above.)

Monthly Challenge: After talking with gym friends and finding out that they were interested in participating in some of the challenges my wellness work program provides I decided to try challenges starting this month through the end of the year. If they are successful I will continue them in 2013.

My plan is to have two challenges per month: one focused on nutrition and one focused on some form of exercise. I can’t commit that the challenge will be the first day of each month. But it will be at the beginning of each month.

The Monthly Challenge event invites … Continue reading

Sweating with the yogis

I realize my blogging has been minimal lately. I am either too lazy to blog or too busy. One extreme or the other. No fear–I will get back into my flow, soon, I hope.

Because tomorrow is a holiday, today it was a half day at work. So I worked from home.

Because of my early day I was able to attend Sean‘s 4:30 Vinyasa class. I rarely get to take his class because I just can’t be there on time.

His class is always challenging, always sweaty and always pushes me. But at the same time he encourages his class to listen to their body and take a break when needed.

Sean’s class today was probably the sweatiest I have ever gotten in a yoga class. And I have taken many sweaty yoga classes.

I was sweating so much that it was getting in my eyes and up my nose. I told Sean I had trouble breathing because the sweat was going right up my nose. His response, I take that as a compliment.

He did mention to us at the end of class that he wished he could give us the 10-15 minute savasana we earned … Continue reading

Just for me

I took an extra long weekend with having Friday and Monday off as well as Saturday and Sunday.

I gave myself an extended weekend for a variety of reasons: I needed to get stuff done I don’t have time for in my spare time; I wanted to do some de-cluttering on our storage unit and wanted to go on a weekday; I wanted to do some extra lounging and relaxing and sleeping in for me.

On Friday I lounged a little in the morning before heading off to the storage unit and did some cleaning and de-cluttering. I also watched a few movies and then headed to yoga.

On Monday I enjoyed my coffee and TV watching in the morning. After that I tackled a few errands. Then some me time with a visit to Tootsies, a shoe store, and then a mani/pedi.

After that I came home and watched a movie and did some more lounging.

And I ended my me time with a yoga class.

And I am sure glad I took care of myself over the past few days. Because today at work was HELL. I am working on a big project and it is taking a … Continue reading

Tackling stairs and storage unit at once

I am taking an extra long weekend for myself and just to get some stuff done.

I went to our storage unit yesterday to continue with my de-cluttering project.

When I first arrived it appeared worse than I thought. But once I started working on it I realized it really wasn’t that bad. For some reason we had a lot of empty boxes sitting in the unit.

I was only at the storage place for about an hour. I took a bunch of stuff home with me: including some stuff to go through at home and many boxes to break down and recycle.

As I was going up and down the stair ladder I realized I was getting some extra exercise in.

As I have mentioned before we have a new wellness program at work. Each participant makes goals and takes on challenges.

One of the challenges is to get 25 minutes of stairs in a week. There is also an extra 10 challenge. I initially didn’t take on this challenge as I already exercise so much I couldn’t possibly add 10 more minutes to my already aggressive routine.

But with the stair challenge I am also tackling the extra … Continue reading

Making goal while biking at work

Today was Bike To Work Day. At least it was in the Bay Area. Did everyone have Bike To Work Day today?

I did not bike to work today for many reasons, including I live more than 20 miles from work (I don’t think you can ride your bike over the Bay Bridge); I would feel very unsafe riding on the streets; I really wouldn’t want to do something like that; and the biggest reason … I don’t have a bike.

On the shuttle ride on the way to work I saw many cyclists. It was pretty cool. There were stations set up all over the Bay Area called Energizer Stations.

Even though I didn’t participate in Bike To Work Day I still biked 19 miles on the spin bike today. After I hit 16 miles I reached my century mile 500-mile goal before the end of the challenge, which closes on Monday.

The challenge was to complete 100 miles in a two-month period walking, running, biking, dancing …

Once I hit 100 I decided to challenge myself and try for 500 miles. At one point I wasn’t sure if I would make it. But I did it today!

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