Awesome yoga day

It’s been a while since I wrote about yoga. I’m still practicing, but I lost the habit of having my camera with me all the time. I think a post without pictures is no fun. Yesterday, I had a fabulous day that was all about yoga. I didn’t think to bring my camera, but I had to write this post anyways, because it was such a great day!

I’ve had an annoying cold all week. You know, the kind that’s not enough to make you complain a lot (although I did). It just makes you tired and grumpy. It also made me sneeze like one of Snow White’s dwarves. I’m not kidding. Sneezes all the time.

For a few months now, I’ve been a “karma yogi” at my favourite studio, Pure Yoga. It’s an energy exchange program where you work for four hours a week and get free, unlimited yoga. Yay! I normally go on Tuesday nights, but this week, after an hour and a half, I went home because I was sick and sneezy. Yesterday, Saturday, I was subbing for another karma yogi, and, although I still felt a little under the weather, it was much better than Tuesday.

One of the great things about being a karma yogi is that you get to do a class during your shift, so really, you don’t work for four hours. I did a flow class. I wasn’t sure if I should, but Jen told me class would start with a long, supported fish pose. Bliss. I was in. I took a few breaks, including a pretty long child’s pose while everyone else was doing some kind of warrior two torture thing. I didn’t actually see what they were doing, since I was a happy little ball of “I’m not doing this”, but I could hear people lose their regular breath, gasp for air, then try to return to their steady breathing. Yeah, not sorry I missed that. Those breaks made class perfect for me. I’m happy I’ve gotten to the point where I no longer care what people think of me if I spend half a class in child’s pose. My yoga, my bliss.

Jen and I. Ok, it's an old picutre. My hair is no longer than length or colour. But it's still us!

Jen and I. Ok, it’s an old picutre. My hair is no longer than length or colour. But it’s still us!

Then, after my karma shift was over, I raced to another studio where I attended a three hour workshop on Ayurveda with Matthew Remski. I had heard about him during my teacher training, so I was very excited that he was in Ottawa. Learning about Ayurveda was one of my favourite things about teacher training. Ayurveda is a science.

He told us we should be able to explain Ayurveda in seven steps to people who asked us about it. I’m going to pretend all of you lovely people have asked me about it.

1. We consist of two parts: a thinking part and a perceptual part.

2. A unique combination of the two is what we call our “constitution”.

3. Our constitution can harmonize or clash with our natural and scocial environment, either by conscious choise or by circumstance.

4. If we do not pay attention to the feedback our body gives us, we will prematurely weaken our vitality, then our immunity.

5. As immunity weakens, we get congestion, inflamation and disorganization (we get sick).

6. Good digestion (of food, ideas, experiences) is the root somatic (body) and psychic (mind) health.

7. Pleasure and equinimity are the flowers of balances health.

There you go, now you know about Ayurveda! It’s actually much more complex than that, but it’s a good start.

Ayurveda

Now, I’m off to put my camera in my yoga bag and enjoy the rest of my Sunday!

Liebster award

I started this blog about three weeks ago. People have used the word inspiring when they describe it, which came as a surprise to me. My intentions were more narcissistic than that. I like to talk. I like doing new things and sharing that with others. Turns out, people like reading about it!

I also discovered a whole community of bloggers I can connect with. There are so many interesting people out there!

It’s been one surprise after another. The most recent of which is receiving a Liebster award. A Liebster is an award passed on by a fellow blogger. I did not expect this at all, so it made it all the more special! When you nominate someone, it’s because you believe they are an up and coming blogger with under 200 followers. I am honored that someone enjoys my blog enough to nominate me!

I was nominated by a wonderful, wonderful blogger, whose blog  http://thisamaceinglife.com/, tells the story of her family traveling around the country with the musical Wicked, having one amazing adventure after another. Thanks so much for thinking of me!

If you receive the award, you should:

1. Thank the giver and link back to the blogger who gave it to you. 

2. Reveal your top five picks and let them know by leaving a comment on their blog. 

3. Copy and paste the award on your blog.

 4. Hope that the people you’ve sent the award to forward it to their five favourite bloggers and keep it going!

You’re supposed to nominate people who have under 200 followers. I have no idea where to get that information, so I have nominated 5 of my favorite blogs.

http://imaginationinparenting.wordpress.com/ This is a creative blog with beautiful pictures. I have to admit, I have a soft spot for this one as it is my cousin Annie’s blog and I just love her kids! (And her too, of course!)

http://bikrambutterflies.wordpress.com/ This blog has been a daily source of inspiration to me since I started my 30 day yoga challenge. She’s doing a 60 day bikram challenge! Amazing.

http://livepassionatelytonight.wordpress.com/ This is a delightful blog about health and fitness, with some daily life thrown in. It inspires me to eat better!

http://inspirationlocation.com/ Love, love, love! To put it her words, she’s “My people”. If you’re looking for inspiration, you’ll find it here!

http://kareninyogaland.com/ A great blog about yoga. It just makes me happy to read it!

And there you have it, 5 of the blogs I enjoy! Thanks so much to Christina at http://thisamaceinglife.com/ I love reading about your adventures!

Have fun checking out these great blogs!