Happy, happy me!

I am happy today! Why, you ask? Lots of little things.

I just got back from an amazing, hot, kick your butt, crazy, Amber takes a minute to count to 10, core flow class. I was not sure I wanted to go, because I stayed late at work, I was tired, blah, blah, blah. But I got my butt there and rocked it! Well, ok, maybe I sat out airplane. I was dizzy. It’s kind of funny how I’ll get dizzy or thirsty or really need a break when it’s time to do airplane or standing splits. I’m always saying “I love balancing postures!” when what I really love is tree. Can’t we do more tree pose, people? Come on, it makes me happy!

This photo was not taken today, but it represents how I feel pretty accurately!

This is good, considering I this is how I felt last week.

Another thing that made me happy today was doing an art project with my students. Guess who the only one to spill paint was? Yes, that’s right. Me! It was ok, because the paint was red and so was my dress, but some of it went down my leg and the kids got all excited saying “It looks like blood!” I wonder if I should be worried about this.

This is one student’s “practice” painting. She’s six.

I’m also pretty pleased with myself, because today is the start of the second week of my no-spending challenge. So far, I haven’t bought anything that’s not on my list of essentials (food, rent, car, yoga) except sunblock. But really, who’s going to fault me for that? It’s not as hard as I thought it would be. I guess I usually buy a lot of crap I don’t need.

So there you have it. Proof that Mondays can be good!

The yoga experience

You can go to a yoga class. You show up, do your thing, then leave after savasana. It works. I’ve done it. But you can also have a yoga experience.

A yoga experience happens when you don’t just do yoga, you have a good time. You make a night of it. It’s what your plans are for the evening, not what comes before your plans.

A good yoga experience will start by going to a studio you love, with a friend. Tonight, Julie and I went to Pure. It helps if you know your teacher. We did Amber’s core flow class. Don’t be fooled by her smile, she will torturing us in a few minutes.

Laughing is a big part of the yoga experience. My favourite moment tonight was when I fell out of side plank. I could have been upset with myself, but it was just too funny.  My side plank started off easily enough (meaning I didn’t fall right away).

Then, Amber had us lift our top leg. Because my arm shaking like crazy and sweat dripping into my ear was not enough. That’s when I crashed to the ground. It’s ok, falling is a fun part of the experience.

Julie really enjoyed her airplane tonight. I didn’t do airplane, as I was leaning against a wall trying to remember my name.

Then, after class, the experience continues with a chill out session in the seating area. This is a good time to allow your body to adjust to the yoga brain. Tonight’s yoga brain symptoms included, but were not limited to : walking into a wall, forgetting how to tie my shoes and not knowing where I put my car key (in the same place I always do, of course).

When you think you’re ready to leave, hang out a little more. Chat, take some more pictures. Laugh.

I could not have gotten to day 29 of of my 30 day yoga challenge just by going to class. Tomorrow will be day 30. It will be a wonderful experience!