Spring Forward 2017

It’s that time again to Spring Forward (Sunday at 2 a.m.).

Twice a year I write about time change. (Read last year’s Spring Forward post here.)

I have never been a fan of time change.

I don’t get the point of it. I grew up in Arizona where time change doesn’t occur.

I say, let’s Spring Forward and be done with it.

To my Arizona family members who can never quite get the time difference: Starting Sunday we will be on the same time.

Last year when we Sprang Forward I followed all of the advice (and then some) I am giving below and wow, it really does work! (Here’s the post about me taking my advice with time change.)

This is the advice I like to give on how to deal with time change:

a.m./p.m. yoga

am pm yoga

Over the past week my yoga theme was a.m./p.m. yoga.

One of my yoga students recently asked me if I could teach poses that could be done first thing in the morning and some poses that could be practiced right before bed.

What a great idea!

And a.m./p.m. yoga was created by me.

A morning practice can help to encourage mindful breathing and gentle movement, which can help begin your day with ease and joy.

A practice before bed can ease you into a restful night with a quiet yoga practice focused on deep breathing to calm the mind and release physical tension.

A calm, relaxing and Restorative practice before bed helps the parasympathetic nervous system (rest and relax) to kick in.

An evening practice can help calm the mind and relieve tension in they body. A soothing practice can be an effective natural sleep remedy.

I gave my students stick figure drawings of the sequence I taught. Though in true Ann fashion in most of my classes I ran out of time and had … Continue reading

Taking my advice with time change

For many years I write a post when we Spring Forward and Fall Back and I give advice and tips on how to prepare before the change and things to do after.

(Here’s last week’s post with tips to prepare to Spring Forward.)

I usually follow some of my advice. But not all of it.

This year I decided it would be best to follow my own advice, especially since I have such a difficult time with the time change.

And I actually went beyond.

This is the first year I have felt pretty OK with the time change. And I think it’s because I changed things up a little this year.

Doin’ yoga in the closet

Normally my daily yoga home practice happens in my yoga room, which also happens to be the spare room and the guest bedroom when guests are staying over.

Last week my dad and Hilda were visiting.

While they were visiting my home practice moved to my closet.

Yes, I’m bragging a little that I have a big enough closet to comfortably fit my yoga mat.

But really this post is about how you only need enough space for a yoga mat and you have enough space to practice yoga.

I have been in packed yoga classes where each student’s mat is just an inch or two away from each other. It’s not ideal, but it’s doable.

And at home you really only need the space of a mat and you’re good to go.

In my yoga teacher training we discussed how important a home practice is and how much of a struggle it can be at times.

There was a story we were told of a now teacher who would practice at home with his mat right next to his twin bed where he pretty much only had enough space for a mat in his tiny apartment.

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Undoing with new chapter

Life is a balancing act … believe in yourself …

Leap and the net will appear.

Happy wife … happy life.

Today is the first day of what I am referring to as FUNemployment.

I quit my job of nine years and yesterday was my last day in the corporate world.

(The top two lines come from cards I have recently received from loved ones. The third line I probably stole from, oh dear god do I dare say, Dr. Phil.)

Today I started a new chapter and I am “undoing.”

In my yoga class last night our theme was about undoing. It seemed so appropriate for me and this new … adventure I am taking on.

Baxter has his students set an intention at the beginning of each yoga class. I love setting an intention. (I have written about it a few times. Here’s one of my past posts.)

Last night I set it for myself and reminded myself of the undoing I need to do for myself and be OK with it and to embark on this new chapter.

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Back to life, back to reality (and routine)

I have been on vacation for the past two weeks. Spent some time in Tucson visiting my family, resting and relaxing and celebrating my yoga school graduation and teaching my very first yoga class.

The second week Curt and I headed to Amsterdam with our friend Jacob.

The past two weeks I have enjoyed my time. I ate and drank whatever I wanted. (Definitely didn’t get in enough water.)

I wasn’t as diligent with my yoga practice–but I still maintained a home yoga practice.

I did a considerable amount of walking while in Amsterdam, but not a ton, especially since we were staying in the center of town.

But I am back from vacation, which means it’s time to get back into that healthy routine and lifestyle.

I took today off from work so that I could have one more day to adjust to the time change/jet lag; run errands; go through the pile of mail and pay bills; etc.

I do love to travel. But it is always nice to come home and get back to a routine and back to normal.

And I got back to it today with a morning home practice, healthy eating once again and an … Continue reading

Taking an inward journey

On Saturday in my all-day teacher training class we focused on meditation.

I think meditation is an important part of yoga practice and frankly, life. But I don’t have a regular mediation practice on my own. I can barely get in my 30-minute home yoga practice five times a week.

Mary, who taught class on Saturday, told us that meditation is an inward dark journey. A regular meditation practice is about showing inner kindness to ourselves. It gives us an opportunity to listen to what our body needs and wants.

One of our assignments was to pair up with a  classmate and schedule 10 days where we meditate on the same day. On Day 5 we check in. And after Day 10 we answer a few questions.

If I remember correctly we are asked to meditate 20-30 minutes each day. My eyes nearly fell out of my head. I was like, how am I gonna fit that in, too???

My buddy and I scheduled a time when I will be on my work winter break. But part of that time I will also be out of town. So that will be a challenge to get my meditation in and my … Continue reading