Friday night started off with an intense 90 minute hot flow class at Hot Yoga Studio. It was a beautiful afternoon, so when class time started, Sara and I were the only two in the class. YAY for a one-on-one yoga class. Yay for committing to showing up and doing it. It was so nice to have the personal attention that came along with the small class. I even got my heels to touch the mat in downward dog. (I really hope my yoga practice today doesn’t have any lunges in it though. I think I did 100 yesterday). I have now been consistently practicing yoga for a month and I have taken 3 hot yoga classes. In just this short time, I’m feeling stronger, more flexible, my chest feels open to the world around me, and my brain has changed gears. I truly feel more open, patient, relaxed, and calm with the world around me.
Biggest lesson I’ve taken away from my yoga practice so far – Be patient with myself. Celebrate where I’m at right now and celebrate even the smallest victories. I am not physically strong (yet) and I am not flexible (yet), but I show up every day and I listen to my body and I do what I can do until my body is ready for more. The more I practice, the more my body is capable of wanting and doing more. I can finally touch my toes! and I held crow pose for 2 seconds! and yes, I cheered for myself! Yoga isn’t about comparing yourself to the person next to you. It’s about being the best you in the moment you are in – sounds like a way to really get the most out of life.
I can’t believe I asked my body to run a full marathon with as little strength as I have in my entire body. My running muscles are strong. Mentally I am strong. But I ignored every other part of my body. My body finally had enough. Listen to your body – it will tell you what it needs. I will run a full marathon when my body is ready, and I will be stronger and even more focused when the day arrives.
After our yoga session, Sara and I cleaned up at my house (Thank you Sara for not judging me on how messy my house is right now! I’m cleaning this week, I swear! I’m working on finding the balance between keep my body happy and my house clean). We then headed to Lubo for dinner and a great bottle of wine.
Nights out with Sara are definitely something I have been craving more of lately. I’m so thankful to have such a great friend like her – she is fun, honest, down to earth, humble, and just likes to have a good laugh (and she’s from Utah – how can I not love her!). Earlier in the week Sara went to Lubo for lunch SOLO! This started a whole conversation about eating out by yourself. Men do it all the time. We don’t think twice about a man sitting in a restaurant by himself eating alone. As a women, the thought is intimidating to me. What would I do if I was eating by myself. Then Sara did it again – she asked! (darn this say “yes” goal of mine). I now have my first goal for my next 40 day goal challenge (starting April 23rd if you want to join me in the process).
Eat Dinner by myself. In a restaurant. Without a book. Without a Magazine. Without my laptop. At a table.
The thought of this is very intimidating to me – but I’m excited by it too! I’m sure I will have a really long blog post about it. I’m really looking forward to what I can learn about myself in the process.
Perfect Friday Night with my perfect friend! Thank you Sara for more great yoga and a night full of real conversation and real laughs.
(Gentle reminder to myself – my husband kindly pointed out that I’m all or nothing. I get an idea in my head and I bulldoze my way to achieving the goal. I need to slow down. I need to breathe. I need to allow myself to enjoy those around me and include them in my process so they can be enjoyed too! Life Moments are ultimately better when you can share them with someone.)