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A Balanced Life is the Key To Happiness

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Yesterday’s Yoga theme was BALANCE and the idea that the universe needs it and will do what is necessary to gain it.  I’m sure we all have seen examples in our lives of the chaos that ensues when things are out of balance. We eat too much, drink too much, clutter up our spaces, overindulge in things that we shouldn’t.  They are signs of things being out of whack in our lives.

Balance Is the Key to Happiness

A great example of someone trying to regain balance in their lives is Max Schireson, the chief executive of a software company, who made headlines because he decided to step down to spend more time with his family.  Countless women make this choice regularly but it’s rare for a man to do it and then talk about it.

When I start to feel overwhelmed and unable to get a handle on things happening in my life – my house gets messier, I become annoyed and irritated,  I eat more, and I have a tendency to sleep a lot more than I normally do (I love to sleep in general).  

Learning how to balance life’s ever changing hills and valleys is a life long process but here are some good tips I have found:

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Summer: A Season of Abundance

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Seasonal Changes - YogaToday’s Yoga theme was about the meanings of the different seasons, specifically Summer. Summer meaning abundance – it’s the time when things come to fruition. Flowers bloom, goals come together – but not everything is ready. Keep in mind that fruit takes a while to ripen. But it’s the time to appreciate all you have in your life. Appreciate and Recognize the abundance that greets you day in and day out. 

In keeping the theme coming to fruition, after almost a year of being transitioned and finally laid off from my previous job, I have accepted a new opportunity and will be starting mid August. It’s been a gift to have 12 months away from the corporate/business world. With the time, I have been able to work through some internal, personal issues, spend time connecting with the kiddos, and just be home. I haven’t had any real down time since Scott got sick six years ago — and I had not realized how much of that experience was still affecting me. The time off also helped rid me of the fear of the unknown when it comes to my career. It has shown me that things work out — may not be the way you expected, but it does work out.

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If you are looking for a new show to watch, watch The Fall on Netflix. The first season is only 5 episodes and I am hooked. I can’t wait for Season 2. Gillian Anderson and Jamie Dornan are awesome and the story lines and acting are superb. I can’t get the story out of my mind. It’s that good.

“”The Fall” is a crime drama that follows an investigation into a series of murders involving young business women in Belfast, Ireland. Season 1 begins with Metro Police Superintendent Detective Stella Gibson (played by Gillian Anderson ) heading up a group of local detectives determined to track down a serial killer by the name of Paul Spector ( Jamie Dornan ) before he has a chance to strike again.”

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I didn’t wear my Heart Rate monitor during class today because my iPhone was dead. But here’s a previous class’s data:

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Aparigraha: What Are You Holding On To Today?

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My yoga instructor Tori continued the theme of Aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness) in yesterday’s class. According to wiki, Aparigraha “is the concept of non-possessiveness or non-greediness. The term usually means to limit possessions to what is necessary or important, which changes with the time period.”

I am getting a lot out of this theme personally. I have needed to de-clutter my house as well some long held beliefs and resentments that are not doing me any good at this point in my life. It’s not easy to just let go – it takes time to work through whatever caused you to hold on to it in the first place. I need to find time to go through all the closets in my house and get rid of clothes that don’t fit or that I don’t wear anymore. My closets are overflowing with unworn clothes that will probably never see the light of day, so why am I holding on to them? (rhetorical question of course!)

Aparigraha

We all have things and beliefs in our lives that have been around for far too long. A sweater that you loved 10 years ago? A perception of who you are and why you can’t just drop everything and let loose… Things we hold on to in our life that may or may not serve us anymore. How often do we take a look at all “stuff” and clean house?

Think about de-cluttering or spring cleaning – it helps us feel more open to fresh ideas and refreshed and renewed – at least I know that’s how I feel!  Tori suggested wearing our beliefs like loose clothing – where you aren’t constricted or constrained by them. You have the freedom to move, shift and let go of things that are holding us back. 

Aparigraha By embracing the idea of Aparigraha, we can start to understand how our stuff controls us. We all want to live comfortably, but when you start to hold on to things (ie hoard) and/or obsess over what you have/don’t have, it starts to take control. This is also true when it comes to our opinions, habits and perceptions. We all need to regularly look over both the physical and internal stuff we are holding on to and get rid of the junk!

7 Ways to Practice Aparigraha (Non-Possessiveness)

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Letting Go: Re-think, Re-imagine and Re-explore

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Today’s theme at yoga was Letting Go — and the need to continually rethink, reimagine, re-explore long held beliefs and ultimately let go of those that prevent us from moving on.  Why do we think we are not athletic? Why do we think we aren’t beautiful or worthy of love? Is there a moment in our pasts that helped define those thoughts and beliefs that we are still clinging to? It’s an interesting concept because so many of us get stuck in situations because we believe it’s the only way. Why do you put up with things in your life that make you miserable?  Why can’t you go after the career you always dreamed of? What do you believe that is holding you back from doing?

What if we all took a breathe and really examined why we think the way we do — and should we continue to think it? 

Letting Go

It’s also timely around the Hobby Lobby ruling. Times change, people change and it’s definitely time to re-examine and re-think who represents us.

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  • Sunday: A Hike at Bear’s Den with the Family
  • Monday: Boxing
  • Tuesday: Flow Yoga

 

 

What Do You Need Today?

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Today’s Yoga class theme was thinking about what you need today.  Today, do you need strength: brama or do you need to be more fluid ayama?  It’s interesting to think through. During the stretches, we were told to perform them based on what we needed – note: not what we wanted but what we needed. Did we need to gain strength and hold the poses or did we need to work on flexibility and focus more on being fluid while doing them.  It’s a theme that relates to our lives as well- think about it, there are times when we need to be strong and act in ways that help us gain the needed strength and times when we need to go with the flow — be flexible, adaptable and focus on accepting help. We don’t always need to be strong…Whatever it is that you need TODAY – the first step is figuring out that need & making sure you don’t just gravitate towards what you want to do and ignoring the stuff you need.

Happy Birthday to my smart, gorgeous and very tall sis in law Jennifer — she’s an awesome, caring person who is helping shape the future of the world by teaching young people.

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Giving Back To The Community

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flag footballI had one heck of a Yoga headache after yesterday’s class, so I looked it up and it’s a common malady after a hot yoga class when you are a beginner. I made sure to drink a lot of water afterwards but couldn’t seem to break it.  After a few sessions, it seems to not happen anymore so let’s hope that’s the case with me.  The yoga is working – my workout on Weds and today felt better. My body wasn’t as stiff and sore and I am starting to feel renewed once again! We also had a nice surprise this morning: we got to run outside. We have been cooped up for way too long this winter, so even though I am not a fan of running, it was nice to feel the cool breeze as I did the best I could.

Scotty and I are coaching Nate’s flag football team this season. I don’t know a ton about football but I know how to motivate kids (at least I think i do!). Last night was our first practice and although most of the kids are brand new to the sport, they are a good group of boys that really want to learn. There is something about being outside and spending time mentoring/coaching kids in the community that really makes you feel like you are making a difference. I am sure that the kids in  this league aren’t the average kid in America, since they live in one of the richest counties.  It’s our way of giving back and hopefully making an impact in their lives. Hopefully we can win some games too!

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  • 400m run
  • 21 KB Swings
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Acne: Location Matters

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Growing up, I remember learning that acne was a problem that Teens had. But what I have since found out from my own experience is that it’s a problem adults have as well. It never goes away. Once you hit puberty, the porcelain, flawless skin that you had as a baby into a toddler becomes a distant memory. I seem to get my worst breakouts right around the same time I start dealing with PMS – and it seems to be getting worse the older I get.  A friend of mine mentioned how she was told that where acne is located gives you clues as to its root cause and this reminded me of a post I wrote a while back about face mapping and how your face holds a lot of clues about what’s going on in your body: Face Reading: What Your Face is Trying To Tell YouI find this entire concept really fascinating.

For me, I tend to breakout around my chin and neck monthly and also occasionally deal with cystic acne.  I know, a glamorous topic to talk about for us ladies!

Take a look at this acne face map and possible  causes created by Piece of Chic and see if it rings true for you…

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Here’s another good read about acne and some alternative ways of treating it: Where Your Acne Is And What It Looks Like Can Tell You What’s Causing It

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A Strong Strength Foundation

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Not only can I already feel how Yoga is helping with some mobility issues, it’s also helping me learn to quiet my mind. At the end of every class, we do a short meditation and I always wish it was longer. I just start to feel relaxed – my muscles are loose, i love how completely spent I feel and we lay down silent – the room is dim, the ambient sounds are relaxing and after a minute or so, I can feel my mind just start to settle and just when I am at that relaxing spot – it’s time to reawaken and class is over. I am sure I can take a class where it’s a combo, but I do like the hard work required during the class.  It’s funny how I am starting to really enjoy it — four classes in.

The instructor last night came up to me to ask if I was new. Apparently it was abundantly obvious – ha! She said she could tell I was strong and that coming into Yoga with an already established strength foundation will serve me well. She mentioned that it’s more challenging for someone who may be more flexible but doesn’t have the strength – so I have that going for me!

I do have to say – four classes in and I really do feel a difference overall and seeing some progress with how I am handling the Highbar CrossFit workouts. I am still babying my shoulders though – I  don’t want to be the type of person that goes all out to the long term detriment of my body. It’s not worth it to me.

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Warmup
Push ups/Pull ups
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5 Rounds

  • 40m shuttle
  • 3 DB Power Cleans
  • 4 DB Hang Clean Squat Press
  • 3/side DB Lunges

 

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