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Eagle Pose – Many Ways

Last weekend, I went to the Doylestown Farmer’s Market for the first time this year.  It was a generally unpleasant experience, with a winery owner offending me about my age, a pickle man who tried to hide that he sweetens with Spelnda, and a bakery owner who acted offended when I suggested they make granola.  Sigh.  But I did buy a nice yellow squash from a smiling farmer!

(See my mom’s face reflected in the countertop?  Hahah!)

For dinner the other night, I sliced it into thin discs and sauteed it in olive oil and S&P until it was almost translucent.  I added it to some Uncle Ben’s whole-grain medley and festooned it with lemon juice.

It was a lovely yellowy light meal before my mom and I went to the movies and ate our real dinner: popcorn 😉 [PS: Today I topped a veggie burger with some of the sauteed squash–great summer meal!]

We saw The Help and I LOVED it.  I like to pretend that I read the book before it went “mainstream” and it’s absolutely positively the best book I’ve ever read (well, aside from Harry Potter, but that’s in a league of its own ;)).  Naturally, I was nervous about seeing the movie for fear of blasphemy, but I thought they did a really great job with it!  Totally did it justice.  It’s been over a year since I read the book, so I may have forgotten vital details that got lost from print to screen (like how Rachel was biracial), but I really liked some of the things they changed.  For example, Hilly’s mom.  What a freakin’ hoot.  That character wouldn’t have worked in the book, but she was a gem in the movie!

And now for my favorite yoga pose of the moment!

Eagle pose. Garudasana.  By twisting squeezing your arms and legs together, holding and balancing, then releasing, you get a rush of fresh blood throughout your limbs.  It feels like a sigh of relief for your extremities!

Photo borrowed from Yoga Journal's website 🙂

  • Be sure to cross opposites, meaning right arm on top of left arm/left left leg on top of right leg.  Then, work on shifting your torso so that the elbows and knees line up. This is where the balance challenge comes into play.
  • It’s really important to keep your weight over your heel so you don’t hurt your knee or ankle. Bend as low as you can to build up strength and press the legs tighter!
  • It’s also best if you can bring your elbows parallel to your shoulders and try to make a right angle with your forearms.  This gives a great stretch to your shoulders and upper back.

But eagle pose doesn’t always have to be done standing up.  I love doing eagle legs while I am in headstand or shoulderstand, or just randomly doing the arms to give my shoulders a wringout.  Or, like Ghia, I like to do it when I’m laying down.

I lay on my back, bring my arms and legs up above me, eagle-ify them, then do a twist (legs to one side, arms to the other side).  I should say that I used to do that, because I just tried it and I’m way too tight!  I can’t wait to get back into my real practice (attending classes at Yoga Vermont 6 days a week) and get my yoga body back!

Good thing I only have to wait a couple more days!  This is my last week at home for the summer, so I’ve been trying to get in some quality time with all my lovies.  My sister Sam and I went to Chipotle for lunch the other day, and it might be my favorite vegan fast-food spot!  I got a “Vegetarian Bowl” with everything but sour cream and cheese.

It was HUGE! I at half for lunch and the other half for dinner.  If you’ve never ordered this, safely but speedily get to your nearest Chipotle.  The rice was one of my favorite parts: cilantro-lime AND you can choose brown rice!  Don’t be tempted by the pinto beans, they have bacon in them, which the kind lady helping me pointed out.  But that’s OK because you get black beans!!!  Then, of course, sauteed onions and peppers.  I chose all of the salsas AND guacamole.  Dominique heard a rumor that they don’t charge extra for guac in the vegetarian orders, but sometimes she makes things up.  Plus we got some chips on the side, which I happily used as a vessel for eating my bowl.  No side of salsa or guac necessary!

Speaking of Dominique, I’ve been spending a lot of quality time with her, too.  This is what we did yesterday:

  1. Went to Starbucks
  2. Got a mani-pedi
  3. Went on a long walk around the neighborhood
  4. Watched Sex and the City way past our bedtime

We sort of sound like bimbos! Lol!  Do we look like bimbos?

iced coffee with soymilk

iced green tea latte with soymilk

I got a nice bloody red color on my nails, because I love vampires.

Know of any other good vegan fast-food joints?

Namaste.

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Car Yoga: An attempt to ease carsickness

Greetings from North Carolina!

This morning, we left for our road trip down south.  We had to have our butts in our seats at 6am!  I did a few sun salutes to prepare for hours and hours of sitting in the car.  I could feel the flashbacks to Air New Zealand already!  The drive from Philadelphia to North Carolina is a bit daunting to do all in one day, so we leave a day before and get a hotel for the night.  Plus that way, we can get into our house as soon as it’s ready in the morning!

I am usually a big fan of this arrangement, but for some reason I was feeling really uncomfortable and even a bit carsick during the drive.  Ghia and I were stuck in the back, but we kept our spirits high!

Breakfast didn’t help, though.  I ordered a soy cappuccino, but apparently the “soy” bit got lost in translation, which I didn’t notice until we had driven away.  That gave me a bit of an upset stomach.  To eat, I had one of those Special K bars I hate to love, and the perfect oatmeal from Starbucks. I have to admit, it is indeed quite perfect.  It’s made with water, and you are given brown sugar, dried fruit, and nuts to mix in.  I love it!

Ghia and I were stuck in the back, but we kept our spirits high!  I even finished another book while on the road!  It’s called Remember Me? by Sophie Kinsella.  It was a scrumptious little chunk of chick lit about a woman who has amnesia.  She just woke up one day and suddenly has her dream life, husband, and job but has no idea how she got there!  Or who she even is anymore!  I felt like I could relate because since I’ve been back from New Zealand, I have felt sort of like I have amnesia – I can barely remember what my normal life used to be.  I felt her pain! 😉

For lunch, we stopped at Wawa for hoagies (can you believe they have Wawa as far south as Virginia??!?!) I got a veggie on a wheat shorti, but I added some buffalo bleu cheese sauce for flava.  It was really tasty, but with spicy peppers, it certainly didn’t help my stomach.  bluugugh

PS – I love buffalo sauce.  I even tried some of my brother’s molten hot wings ruffles chips.  WOW what great flavor!  But I’m pretty certain an entire bag would have killed me.

At some point along the drive, my loving family rearranged the seating so that I could sit in front, to help with the motion sickness.  I was really in shock since I’ve never felt the slightest bit of motion sickness in my life!  I tried some car yoga – I focused on my breathing, then did some neck rolls, shoulder rolls, and seated twists.  I’m not sure if it helped, but it felt a little better to be trying!

But luckily it was a relatively short ride.  We were so ahead of schedule that our room wasn’t ready once we got to the hotel!  So we went to Target to kill time.  I’ve decided that this particular Target is my favorite in all of America.  Can you see why?

THERE IS A STARBUCKS INSIDE!!!!

Once we could check into the hotel and I had been out of the car for a bit, I was feeling a lot better and having some hunger rumbles underneath the nausea.  I had a Walker’s shortbread cookie and some big cheez its as a snack.  While we played the first round of SkipBo of the week, I drank a diet coke to try and settle my tummy, too.  I was feeling back to normal by dinner 🙂

David at the Outback, with a Trifecta of Margaritas!

We walked to the Outback Steakhouse for supper, which was right on the other side of the parking lot.  I was a little nervous about finding something I would like for dinner, but I ended up being really happy with grilled mahi, wild rice, and a side of sweet peas, broccoli, carrots, and zucchini!  It was fantastic!  The fish was nice and light and juicy.  But of course, even before my meal, I enjoyed approximately half of the pumpernickle loaf and a bit of the bloomin’ onion (you can’t go to the Outback Steakhouse and not have some!).  We also got a Mediterranean flatbread as an appetizer, but I wasn’t impressed.  I also enjoyed some of my aunt’s Cesar salad and my mom’s sweet potato fries—they practically forced them on me!  😉  OH!  And David and Sammy made me try some of their sample platter of desserts – carrot cake, hot brownie with ice cream, and cheesecake.

AND NOW I’M STUFFED!

Tomorrow will be another busy day of traveling and unpacking/settling into our beach house, but I’m hoping to squeeze in some AM yoga and a sunset run on the beach!

Do you get motion sickness?

Namaste.

PS – I drafted this post while in the hotel, but the internet wasn’t strong enough to post it!  Then, once we settled into our house, the internet there wasn’t too impressive either.  So I took a break from blogging!  But I will write a recap soon 🙂

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My First Body Pump Class

I have been desperate to incorporate strength training into my healthy living routine since it’s so good for your bones, gives you a hot bod, and burns fat like mad.  But, my aversion to weight machines and my infidelity with free weight exercises have made it difficult for me to find a way to commit to strength training and really see results!  Previously, I have considered yoga to be my strength workout (specifically Ashtanga) but even though there are tons of strengthening poses, we all know that it isn’t quite to the same caliber of lifting weights!

Since she came home for the summer, my best friend Dominique has been attending Body Pump.  I’m proud to say that Body Pump is yet another amazing thing to come out of New Zealand!  Basically, Body Pump is a strength training class where you lift weights to pop music with synchronized movements.  Dominique raves about how empowering it is and how she has seen results!  It didn’t take too much convincing for me to join Dominique at a Body Pump class, but I won’t lie, I was nervous!  Nervous that I wouldn’t know what to do or that it would be way to hard for me.

But, I was pleasantly surprised!  First, we collected our equipment, which was the most stressful part of the entire class.  After Dominique helped me, it was really quite simple!  You need to grab a bar and collect the weights you need to make a lighter set of weights and a heavier set of weights.  The instructor will indicate to you when to use your heavier weights or your lighter weights.  Since it was my first class, I stuck with two each of the smallest weight and the middle weight.  The moves were not complicated at all, the class was really easy to follow, and it was actually a lot less intense than I had expected.  But boy was I sore the next day!  It was exactly what I was looking for! It really was fun to lift weights to music – the synchronicity of the moves to the beat is really exciting!  And it’s great having an instructor to remind me of good form and to keep me motivated.  I’m hooked!

So what else has been going on in my life?  Last weekend I went to my Grandfather’s lake house to finally spend time with my family.  Did you know that I have 12 cousins?  I got to see 11 of them, but I was SO happy to meet my new baby cousin, Reese!

She turned three months old on the 4th of July.  What a little angel!  It was a rough weekend for me since it was the first time I had been with the whole family since my Nanny passed, but at the same time in spite of that/because of that, I had never been so happy to see everyone!

At home, I’ve been doing a lot of cooking!  Last night I made stuffed portabella pizzas from Oh She Glows.

They were really simple and really delicious!

I have been feeling a little bit under the weather with migraines and severe sleepiness, but last night I slept for over 10 hours, so hopefully I’m all set.   But to feel better while I’ve stayed at home the past few days, trying to relax, I’ve been watching my newest guilty pleasure: The Bachelorette:

It’s awesome.  I knew that as soon as I started watching it, I would become addicted, and I was right!  I can’t get enough!!  Some of the guys are so cute, the elaborate dates are so pretty to watch, and I am positively beside myself as I watch all the mistakes she makes.  HAHAHAHAHA!

While I spend my afternoons taking advantage of my free month of Hulu Plus, I spend my mornings at the gym!  Today I went to yoga, then did some cardio on the treadmill and elliptical, and finished off my morning at a pilates class.  I was really looking forward to my morning at the gym today because last night I got my first birthday present…

New Asic running shoes!

They are way more cushioned than my old pair New Balance running shoes that I got at Marshall’s 😉

It’s hard to tell from this picture, but my favorite feature is that the laces are off-center, placed where your foot naturally moves!  How cool is that!  I broke them in today and I’m excited to see where we go together!

In other news, it’s almost my birthday and apparently the celebrations begin today!  Dominique is picking me up today at 5:30 for some secret location.  I can’t wait!  I’m going to go curl my hair…

Have you ever tried Body Pump?

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Third-Wheeling is Fun!

How could it not be with these cuties?

Alex + Hannah = L<3VE

After our massively festive dinner, we took Alex with us on our Tuesday night ritual:  Trivia at Father Ted’s!  Though Alex claimed himself a “Division-1 Partier,” over 24 hours of travel, including time travel, and little sleep left him pretty much half dead before the quiz even started.   Our little trio (named “The Sleep Heads” tonight) came in last place, again, but it was still a super fun night.  We laughed a lot, learned a lot, and eagerly split the complimentary bowl of spring rolls between the three of us. 🙂

The real highlight of the night was that Alex bought me my Guinness!  A real gentlemen knows that you can’t just buy a drink for your girlfriend, you’ve gotta get one for her girlfriend, too 😉

Thanks so much, Alex!  Third-wheeling is FUN!

This morning after breakfast (coffee with soymilk, a mandarin, and a mini bowl of banana-cinnamon oats with p’nut butt-),

I made a very pathetic attempt at getting work done.  I did complete my final paper for my Reading course (woot woot!), but I am struggling with the other assignment I currently have on my plate. For the first time in a blissfully long time, I have to write a 1500 word essay on something other than education.  SHOCKER!!!!  For my Maori culture class, I need to write a research paper on the Treaty of Waitangi.  No me gusta.  Though I find the subject really interesting and I have loved the lectures on the topic, I am having a seriously hard time getting motivated to research.  It’s actually getting to be a pretty desperate situation.  It’s not due for two weeks, but I just wasted the entire morning not.accomplishing.a.thing.  uh-oh!

After a snack of vampire toast with 1/2 a banana,

I let myself go on a yoga break that I did not deserve.  The beginner Ashtanga class at Auckland Yoga Academy which I usually attend on Wednesdays was a bit different today.  I think there was some sort of teacher-training going on, because there was an extra instructor in the room giving assists.  The normal teacher didn’t explain anything, and the assistant (pun intended!) gave me quite a few adjustments.  In fact, she adjusted my downdog TWICE in a row!  ?  I’ve done hundreds of downdogs in my lifetime and this was the first time anyone adjusted me.  She wanted me to move my feet closer to my hands and farther apart from each other.  I love downdog assists (where they push you deeper into it), but I didn’t feel like it was a legitimate enough adjustment to make TWICE in a row.

Then in forward fold and two of my backbends, she told me that my feet weren’t correctly parallel, and she would barely adjust them, only about a millimeter.  ? again.  Of course I want to have the right alignment, but something about these assists irked me.  I think it’s because to me, she was some a random lady and I didn’t trust her to know what she was talking about.  Maybe I was easy to practice on or something, like I just needed minor adjustments?  I don’t know!

When I got home, I had to rush to get dressed and eat lunch to be on time for class.  I shoveled in a huge, healthy lunch:

On the plate there were carrot sticks, green pepper slices, wholemeal grain toast, an egg, Swiss chard, and pumpkin-kumara hummus.  It was a sandwich, it was a salad, it was a great meal!

After class (which was particularly boring and long today, may I add), I skipped my second class to meet Alex at Father Ted’s.  Guilty!  When else in my life am I going to be able to meet my bro for a happy hour (half) pint of Guinness, in New Zealand?  The answer is never, especially because I am a goody-two-shoes and it took enough courage for me to skip one class!

I was ravenous with hunger when I got there, so I also ordered potato wedges with sweet chili sauce and sour cream.  Hannah joined us soon after she left class so we shared them among the three of us.  The perfect snack!

For dinner, Alex wanted Chinese food, and Hannah found a superb Food Court devoted to Asian cuisine.

Thai, Indian, Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian – SO many options to choose from!  It was even two floors!

We made sure to check out each place before we settled.  The best part was that any meal would be less than nz$13.  Sweet!  We finally chose a Chinese place, The Clay Pot, since that’s what we had initially set out for.

Everyone’s meal was AWESOME.  We were all really happy.  🙂

Especially ME!!!

For just nz$9, I got a JUMBO bowl of rice, vegetables, and tofu in a spicy sauce.  It was to so so so yummy.  I loved how spicy it was!

I couldn’t eat very much after the beer and fries, so naturally I brought the rest home.  I can’t wait for leftovers – I think I even have enough for two more meals!

Third-wheeling is SO much fun.

How do you feel about assists/adjustments in yoga?

Namaste.

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Alex is finally here!

The very first thing I did this morning was enjoy two dates with p’nut butt- while skying with my mom.

It was fuel for my run!  My knees were irking me before I even moved around this morning, which was very concerning.  I initially set out for a walk, but once I got warmed up, I could run completely pain-free!  I only did about 30 minutes, but I did so very comfortably, so I was pleased.  🙂

Once I was home, I made sure to do some serious yoga stretches for my hamstrings, knees, and hips, BUT my knees started to hurt again!!! What gives?  I think I may have pushed myself a bit too far during yoga, since these days I have the mindset of: this is your only time to formally practice this week–make it count! and although it feels great in the moment, it leaves me a little tight the next day.

When I got home, I had to eat breakfast and get dressed super quick…

Banana-cinnamon oatmeal, coffee, and mandarin

because Alex is finally here!

And we needed to get to the grocery store lol.  He arrived safe and sound, though a bit tired and hungry.  Nothing a ham sandwich, a beer, and a nap won’t fix!

For lunch, I had my leftovers from last night’s yoga dinner!

Yellow rice with curried potatoes, carrots, tomatoes, and chickpeas.   YUM!

I also had a mandarin because citrus gives you ENERGY!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t spend a whole lot of time catching up with Alex since I had class this afternoon, but we have a big celebration planned for the evening!.  To hold me over until dinner, I had some vampire toast, a mandarin (yes, my third of the day, but who’s counting?), and an apple.

I posted yesterday about my chronic low energy lately, but it’s amazing how much Alex has lifted my spirits.  Alex isn’t just my best friend’s boyfriend, he’s also one of MY best friends!  He’s so great to talk to, he can always make me laugh, he teases me relentlessly, and I trust him with my life.  In fact, he’s actually more like a brother to me.  I’ve missed him so much!  It’s going to be a wicked fun two weeks 🙂

How do you keep from “over doing it” while exercising?

Namaste.

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Energy, Energy, ENERGY!

For some reason lately, I have not had much of the stuff.  And I am literally the type of person who usually bounces off the walls all day long.  But now I am feeling sluggish more often than my normal energetic.  I’m not too worried, because I think that sometimes feelings (including energy) come in waves, or phases in our lives, but I am so ready for this tsunami to be over.  I just don’t feel like myself.

Possible reasons why I have low energy:

  • Boredom.  I would estimate about 85% of my time here in NZ can be classified as “free time.”
  • Infrequent yoga.  I went from practicing 6 days a week to only 2 (and that’s pushing it) times a week.
  • Homesick.  And it’s not getting any better.  I just miss home and everything about it so much!
  • Diet.  Not only have I been eating dairy, but I’ve been eating meat, too!  And a little too much sugar.
  • Low-intensity runs.  My knee pain shocked me into taking it easier.  I miss those runner’s highs!
  • Insecurity.  My skin has officially plateaued and call me superficial but I admit, it had blundered my confidence.

I want to note that for me, low energy RARELY has to do with a lack of sleep. (Besides, most nights here I can, and occasionally do, sleep up to 9 hours!)  My SUPER-crazy-busy schedule ever since high school has taught me how to function completely normally on very little sleep.

Over these years of sleep-deprivation, I have a compiled a couple (million) strategies to increase energy.  I thought that they were a part of my natural lifestyle by now, but maybe since they are in less demand lately, they are taking a nap?  Scoff, sleeping on the job.  So I’ve revisited them to try and wake them up.

  • Focus on the positive!  I am a naturally optimistic person, but I need to count my blessings more.  I have so freakin’ many, I might as well shout them from the rooftops like I usually do.  I shall do this:
  • Stay socially connected!  Friends are the real antidote to any problem, so instead of wishing I was with the people I love, I should just talk with them online!  Easy!  Also, I go wild for helping people, so I need to get creative and find a way to do things for others…
  • Eat a karma-free diet!  I am really struggling with this lately, can you tell?  Call me crazy, but I seriously think that eating meat is causing me to feel sad.  I would also like to be mostly chemical- and sugar-free, but unfortunately that’s a very expensive and difficult thing for me to do right now.  In the meantime, I’ll obsess over my karma-free, posion-free meals, and drink lots of water to drain the rest of the bad stuff out.
  • Unplug!  I am spending an unhealthy chunk of my free time on the computer, and I desperately need some off-screen time to get back down to Earth.  I should probably work out a schedule, cause that’s how I do…
  • Get moving!  If I have the mindset that a run (or walk!) is exhilarating, then it will leave that effect, runner’s high or no.  Also, inversions are a great way to get a burst of energy.  Bridge, wheel, shoulder-stand, headstand, forearm-stand (practice), or handstand (more practice).

  • Make plans!  I do have lots of fun stuff to look forward to, but I think that I should make specific plans to get excited about for when the family comes and for the summer.  I’ll be bouncing up and down with excitement!
  • Get stuff done!  I get such a rush from crossing things off my to-do list.  Though I only have like 2 more assignments for the whole year, getting some progress on them would make me feel great, I expect!
  • Laugh and smile, sing and dance!  It’s shocking how much less of this I have been doing!  Gasp!  I can always count on the Shaytards for help with some extra smiling and laughter!  Or Regina Spektor to help with the singing and dancing 🙂
  • Feel pretty!   So what, my skin looks less-than-perfect?  Who cares?  The rest of me is still a hottie!  I have been meaning to do my nails for a while now, I should really take the time to straighten my hair more, and I should always pick a cute outfit!  Cause that’s FUN.
  • Meditate.  It’s simply best way to let bad feelings drain away, leaving behind everything good.

My instinct is to say that today was a bit lackluster, but that’s a lie, self.  It was really quite awesome. I don’t know why, but I failed to photograph breakfast!  It was just the same old, banana-cinnamon oatmeal and coffee.  Except not very “same old” because my new soymilk (which was on sale for nz$2.50-cheap as!) is vanilla flavored.  And quite nice 🙂

We got our literacy papers back in Reading today (remember the pain and agony that caused?).  I was SO anxious, but luckily…

PHEW!  I’ll take it 😉

Lunch was also awesome.

Leftovers from last night’s Honey-Curry Tofu, one small kumara (sweet potato’s cuzzie), and salad greens.

I spent the afternoon getting stuff done (hey now!).  My second reading assignment is nearly finished and I started the research for my final Maori culture paper!  But again, I failed to take pictures of my snacks!  What’s up with that?  Apple w/ p’nut butt- and cheese ‘n’ crackers.

The real fabulousness of my day came from, yoga, of course.  Yoga AND dinner, to be exact!  I don’t like the way my teacher counts the breaths out loud.  I’m at breath 8 by the time she gets to 4!  It drives me a little nuts.  As if I don’t already have a hard time staying still as it is, lol.  Plus, I was sort of jammed in the corner, right next to the heater.  But what really matters is that I felt grrrrreat afterwords! I even think all the strength-training I’ve been doing lately is making me feel, well, stronger!

I would like to share that the cheap mat I bought for my temporary stay here is sort of silly.  It has a name!

lol.  I try and make sure the label is face-down.  Dinner was extra fantastic tonight, as usual!  I had a a delicious baked samosa with peas and carrots inside and a sweet chutney on top!  And a great salad, too.  And really sweet, fruity tea.  And a sugary cakey thing, I’m not really sure what it was but it tasted like maple syrup and heaven.  There was more food, too, but I saved it for tomorrow!  Huzzah!

Now, after getting smiles and giggles from today’s Shaytards daily vlog, I am going to unplug and read The Other Boleyn Girl.  And I am looking forward to it!

Any tips for increasing energy?

Namaste.

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Beneath the Surface

I miss UVM…

Watch this video!

Just one of the many reasons I love it so much!  We have our own Farmer’s Market, and it’s fabulous.  Plus, Feel Good, an amazing organization that is ending world hunger one grilled cheese at a time, sells sandwiches there!  Guess who is next year’s deli manager 😉  MOI!

It gets pretty cold selling sandwiches outside the library during finals. But we smile!

Imma manage that deli like it’s my JOB!  Well, it sort of will be my job 🙂  cheese + bread + changemaking = MY LIFE

My running fuel this morning was an instant coffee w/ soymilk and vampire toast:

I guess it wasn’t that flash that made it look like blood…my secret is coming out…

I went for a pain-free 30 minute run.  I wanted to go longer, but I played it safe.  Yoga was a good cardio workout yesterday, anywho!  To me, Ashtanga really is the most well-rounded workout out there: strength, stretch, and cardio.  It really puts your endurance to the test.  You try doing 10 sun salutations in a row, only one breath per move!  You’ll be huffing and puffing and sweating like a beast.  We tend to focus so much on how our workouts benefit us on the surface, like slinking off fat or building up sexy muscles.  But the most important benefits occur inside: healthy joints, healthy heart, healthy mind.  And yoga nourishes all three ❤

Once back from my run, I had a no-big-deal bowl of oatmeal (cinnamon + 1 spoonful of p’nut butt-)

I had a marvelous morning doing laundry! lol And preparing for the practical exam during class today.  It wasn’t too difficult, it was a test to see if we could administer New Zealand’s standardized math assessment.  Essentially, reading through a script and knowing where to go next per each response.  Easy peasy!

Lunch was leftovers from yoga dinner yesterday:

Potatoes with the most heavenly seasoning ever, and some kind of roll with tzatziki, spinach, and ???

I think more potatoes, maybe?  I also had a snack to hold me over until after class: 3 crackers with p’nut butt-

and a ginger slice as a treat.  Those fill me with so much DELIGHT!

See that dwindling foodstash behind me?  (We have the top shelf)  We are trying to hold off grocery shopping until this weekend, because some huge American college guy is crashing with us for two weeks…

Halloween (he doesn't normally wear a hat lol)

Hannah’s boyfriend is arriving next week, yay!  But we need to stock up for his hungriness, big-time.  It’s be a big haul, lol.  (And expect some man-friendly recipes soon!)

Thus, dwindling foodstash = this for dinner:

Good thing we had some in-stock!  The perfect brain-food for trivia tonight!

What benefits are you getting from your workout?

Namaste.

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