My regular Restorative Yoga practice

I love being a teacher. A teacher of yoga. And also teaching indoor cycling classes.

Because of what I do I have a weird schedule. Every day is a little different. Three out of my six teaching days I have a 9:15 a.m. class, a noon class and a class in the evening. Most of my days I have a gap from about 1:30 to 5ish.

This is when I run errands, have my lunch, get things done around the house, work on the blog, work on playlists and yoga sequences, catch up on e-mail, etc.

But I also hit a low in the middle of the day and get sleepy. Because I physically work I know at times my body needs rest.

My norm had been little cat naps. Sometimes they end up being longer. Somedays I feel great after my nap and other days not so much.

About five or six weeks ago I decided to trade my nap time in with a 30-minute Restorative Yoga practice. (I have been doing this about five times a week.)

Mondays are one of my harder days as I have three classes and it is my “Friday.” I don’t normally teach on … Continue reading

I took on the Savasana challenge

For the month of December I took part in a 31-day Savasana challenge.

My teacher Vickie who was my first Restorative Yoga teacher (and one of my regular yoga teachers) challenged her students to do a 31-day Savasana challenge.

Savasana is a relaxed and restorative pose where you can be supported by blankets and bolsters (as you see in the picture to the left) and where your head and heart are on the same level. This is a time to quiet the body and the mind.

The month of December is stressful with the holidays, food, alcohol, family, parties, friends, end of year …

When we don’t think we have time for ourselves, whether that’s yoga, Savasana, time reading a good book, taking a bath, just sitting down for 10-15 minutes to enjoy a cup of tea or coffee, etc. is when we need it most.

For the most part the challenge was fairly easy for me since I am not working full time.

But there were still times when I had to try to squeeze that 15 minutes in. Like the day I had an all-day training to become a SPINNING® teacher. And then almost immediately after that went … Continue reading

Being a Worry Wort can cause some serious issues

“I am an old man and I have known a great many troubles, but most of them never happened” –  Mark Twain

The stats vary … 95% 92% 85% 40% … of what we worry about never actually happens. I heard a quote on the radio the other day that 95% of what we worry about never actually happens.

I am a worrier for sure.

I play many scenarios in my head and get upset for no reason. And yup, most of those scenarios never actually become reality.

After hearing the 95% stat I decided to research it and that’s when I found various percentage stats …

Regardless of the number most of our worries never actually happen.

Statistics coming out of 12 Techniques to Stop Worrying (I couldn’t find an attribution to the stats):

  • 40% never happens.
  • 30% of what we worry about has already happened.
  • 12% are needless worries.
  • 10% are petty and unimportant.
  • 8% of what we worry about actually happens. Of this percentage…
  • 4% of our worries that happen are beyond our control.
  • 4% of what we worry about we have some if not all control over the results.

Worrying can cause … Continue reading

It’s time to Spring Forward

It’s that time of year again. Most places in North America will Spring Forward tomorrow at 2 a.m.

To my Arizona family: No more confusion. Starting tomorrow we will be back in the same time zone. (For those of you who don’t know, Arizona doesn’t participate in Daylight Saving Time.)

I hate Springing Forward or Falling Back. The time change, only one hour, completely messes me up.

Normally my preparation for the time change means no difference in my routine. I make sure to keep up with my exercise and healthy eating. But I am nursing a cold. I don’t exercise when I am sick (and depending on the illness I eat whatever I feel like.)

Usually I try to make sure to take the 6 p.m. Restorative yoga class Sunday nights. I think that helps with sleep. But depending on how I feel and if I can breathe through my stuffed-up nose …

Sometimes the Restorative yoga teacher gives us tips if we are having trouble sleeping. A good stretch while lying on your back: Spread your arms and hands and your feet and yours legs and then let go.

This is my advice on how to deal with … 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