Bittersweet

ombase-class-coming-soonToday was my last Thursday teaching two classes. Two super fun classes. Two classes with amazing students.

About a month or so ago I gave notice for my Sunday classes. I realized I needed another day off. One day off a week (where I was still quite busy and sometimes subbing) was just not enough.

My students were so understanding and supportive. I wrote about it in a post.

And again, I feel (and know) that I have the best students in the world.

Today was bittersweet as I bid farewell to two of my classes. One a morning cycle class and a noon yoga class.

Starting next Thursday, Nov. 3, I will be teaching Thursdays at OmBase in Hillsdale. I feel so lucky to have found this space owned by two amazing people.

At the end of August I started subbing at OmBase. After just my second class the owners got some great feedback on me, my class and teaching. So much so that they offered me a class.

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I sweated a lot in a Bikram yoga class

Let me say that I realize this post may cause dislike, disagreement, possibly anger … But this is my opinion and my feelings on hot yoga. And you are allowed to disagree.

I don’t believe Bikram yoga (hot yoga) is real yoga.

After experiencing it I will say it is some form of exercise? … yoga poses where you are in a super hot room and sweat like crazy.

If you like doing it I am not saying you shouldn’t do it. I’m just saying … it ain’t real yoga.

Over the past year or so I believe I have become a self-proclaimed yoga snob. In terms of the type of yoga classes I take, the teachers I study under and even the way I am trying to develop my skills as a teacher.

When I first started taking yoga in 2007 it was solely for exercise. And there is nothing wrong with that.

About four years ago I started taking yoga at a yoga studio. I found different styles of yoga and different teachers I enjoyed studying under. And I found styles of yoga and teachers I didn’t enjoy.

My normal practice consisted of Hatha Yoga and Vinyasa Yoga.

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Be flexible with your inflexibility

Over my winter break from work I was able to “teach” yoga to three friends to work on my teaching skills and give them a “free” class.

Every practice was different and in different locations (gym, my house and a hotel room). Thanks again to my friends for giving me the opportunity to work on my teaching skills. Hope the “class” was beneficial for all of you as well.

When I worked with my three friends the main thing I heard was, I am not flexible.

I told my dear friends that your body is your body and it does what it can. I also told them that flexibility is not always a good thing. Being flexible or overly flexible can be a liability in yoga or any type of exercise or activity.

I also reminded them that it is safer for your body to be less flexible than more flexible. There is a smaller chance you will hurt yourself as your body just can’t over do it.

When you know you have an injury, an issue, are over flexible or under flexible, etc. you make modifications, adjustments or utilize props to help you get into the best yoga pose for … Continue reading

Thankful for yoga

Today is Thanksgiving. Many of us take today to reflect on what we are thankful for. I try to reflect on what I am grateful for on a regular basis.

I also try to remember that today can be very hard for some for a variety of circumstances and reasons. If that is the case for you, I hope that you can find some peace.

I feel very lucky and grateful for the life I do have.

There are so many things I am thankful for.

Such as: my health; my husband; my family; my friends; my job (there was a chance I could have been laid off this year); my amazing co-workers/friends; the supportive people in my life; my amazing readers/friends/supporters of Go Fit Girl! …

The list goes on and on.

But what I really want to reflect on today is yoga, my practice, my teachers, my teacher training, the discovery I am continually making and my growth in my practice.

Yoga is such a big part of my life. It touches so many aspects of each day in my life.

Here are some things on my what I am grateful for when it comes to my yoga … Continue reading

Nnnnnn for the jaw

About two months ago I talked about my TMJ disorder acting up. It first triggered when I had braces. Now it resurfaces when I am stressed.

It is still lingering. I figured when I was in Turks & Caicos for a stress-free week of relaxation it would go away. It did briefly.

On Tuesday in Vickie’s Hatha yoga class she mentioned her own TMJ disorder.

Her dentist told her if she said Nnnnnn and held her jaw in that position that that is the perfect placement for your mouth, jaw and tongue and will relieve discomfort or pain.

I, of course, had to do my own research. Both articles I link to mention Nnnnn for the jaw. Holding the jaw this way allows the teeth to come apart while relaxing the jaw muscles.

One of the first articles I came upon came from my alma mater, University of Arizona’s Campus Health, where my mom worked and retired from and where I worked as a student worker for about two years.

Diet, sleeping habits, oral habits, applying heat and ice, medication and exercises are all addressed.

Metro Dentalcare suggests tips for self-care for jaw pain.

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  • Back to my routine

    From my posts last week you know that I was on vacation. I had a great, amazing and relaxing time with The Husband in the Caribbean.

    The water on Turks and Caicos was absolutely a beautiful, gorgeous turquoise.

    I lounged a lot, slept in a lot, got some sun. I also ingested a lot of calories at the daily buffet and the free-flowing bar.

    I rarely exercised, which I am OK with as well.

    Even though I love traveling and lounging and enjoying myself there is always a part of me that is ready to get back to life, to my routine, to healthy living.

    Sunday I did take a Hatha yoga class. But really yesterday, the regular healthy routine started up again.

    I took yesterday off to be able to give myself an extra day, plus it gives me time to go through the mail, pay bills, run errands, hit the grocery, etc.

    I took a noon spin class, which I normally can’t take.

    I stocked up the fridge with fresh and healthy groceries.

    I also did a little cooking yesterday in preparation for my week.

    And for today, I packed my lunch and snacks for the day and … Continue reading

    No excuses … Week 2

    This past week was Week 2 back to healthy living.

    It was a challenging week at work. I didn’t just work long hours, they were also intense hours.

    I kept my gym bag packed and ready to go in the trunk every day.

    Monday and Tuesday I worked long hours but was still able to muster enough energy to exercise on my own at the gym.

    By the time Wednesday hit I didn’t get home until 8 and Thursday I was just spent.

    I decided to listen to my body and take a break.

    I still tried to maintain my healthy eating habits with a few cheats here and there.

    But as we all know life happens and some things are beyond our control.

    I did take yoga with Vickie this morning, which was what I needed physically and mentally.

    But my dear friends and readers, Go Fit Girl! is still here. Just know that the posts may be minimal but I will back to normal soon. I have all sorts of ideas. I hope to share them with you soon.

    Stay tuned.

    Yoga pose: Extended Triangle Pose

    I practice yoga regularly–about three times a week. Sometimes more.

    Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose) is a regular pose in my regular practice in both Hatha and Vinyasa classes.

    Every yoga pose has an anatomical focus, therapeutic application and many benefits. On the Yoga Journal website many poses are broken down step by step on how to get into the pose, including Triangle Pose.

    The site also includes contraindications and cautions; beginner’s tip; variations; modifications and props; partnering; preparatory poses; follow-up poses; and how to deepen the pose.

    According to the YJ site, the anatomical focus is the thighs. (Great for part of this month’s Monthly Challenge.)

    The therapeutic application is for stress. (Sounds like I should be practicing that pose more often.)

    The benefits of this pose are great and endless. When I read a list like this I am reminded again that yoga is incredible and powerful and adds so much more to my life than just exercise.

    The YJ list of benefits on Extended Triangle Pose are: stretches and strengthens the thighs, knees, and ankles; stretches the hips, groins, hamstrings, and calves; shoulders, chest, and spine; and Stimulates the abdominal organs; helps relieve stress; and Improves digestion; helps … Continue reading

    Once again … back to healthy living

    After more than a week traveling for work and fun I got back home last night.

    And today is the day I got back to my normal and healthy lifestyle.

    I was in Texas. First Dallas and then Austin.

    Dallas was for work and I thought I would add Austin to the end of my trip and see the city for the first time and hang with my cousin Alex.

    Yes, I ate a lot of meat and drank a lot of beer.

    And according to my father-in-law I just might be turning into a redneck. Beer, steaks and moonshine all in one week?

    I also hung out with my friend Regina and her fiancé and son one day. Texas martini, anyone?

    I worked from home today to ease back into life.

    Because my friend Monica is still out of commission from the gym for a bit and I had calls throughout the day, which meant  couldn’t attend the Monday noon class I have been wanting to try, I decided to take Baxter’s Monday night Hatha Yoga class instead of the usual evening body conditioning class.

    It was a great way to ease back into my exercise routine this week. … Continue reading

    Planning for my week

    I work hard to maintain a healthy lifestyle. It’s a choice I have to face every single day.

    And part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle is planning. Planning is a big part of my success with clean living. (I plan out meals and my exercise.)

    Sunday mornings are my normal day to hit the grocery. And I did yesterday. I stocked up on fresh fruits and veggies and other items to keep me going for the week.

    If I have time and motivation on Sundays I will cook up a few things for the week.

    Sometimes during the week I will make a meal with two servings so I have a lunch later in the week as well. Which is what I did tonight.

    Many times I make Sunday mornings my chopping day–where I chop up veggies for the week, whether for snacks or a stir fry or a meal.

    My friend Monica recently mentioned to me that on Sundays she bags up her snack carrots for the week. I don’t know why I hadn’t thought of that before. (I usually bag my carrots and get my lunch ready the night before.)

    So yesterday I bagged up my carrots for … Continue reading