Cheating on yoga

1. Make a plan to go to yoga three times during the week.

2. Blog about it, so the whole universe knows.

3. Go to class on Monday.

4. Sweat and fall off the red ball.

5. Go to class on Wednesday.

6. Enjoy.

7. Wake up with twinge in right tricep.

8. Decide it’s nothing.

9. Assure yoga you will be there that evening, as promised.

10. Go on a nature walk with students.

11. Enjoy the sunshine.

12. Try to convince kids the wasps will not sting them while fighting the urge to run around like a crazy person yelling “wasp!”

13. Feel bad when little girl gets stung.

14. Look for frogs.

15. Suffer through 40-minute bus ride with very loud children.

16. Teach after-school dance class.

17. Feel twinge in right arm again.

18. Tell it to go away.

19. Regretfully decide to skip yoga when arm will not go up without face scrunching up.

20. Get text from dad who says he will stop by that evening for a visit.

21. Take it as a sign.

22. Cheat on yoga with The Big Bang Theory.

23. Feel guilty about not feeling guilty.

24. Eat a cookie.

25. Post happy, shiny pictures to distract people with the pretty colours.

Aerial adventures

Today was the last field trip of the school year with my students. We went to an “aerial adventutre park”. There were zip lines, ladders, ropes, wires and all kinds of looks-like-fun-but-also-really-scary-stuff.

We were the last class to go up, so first we went on a nature walk. I was so happy to get these city kids out into the woods, because this is what they were saying:

I think I have poison ivy.

Do you think we’ll get attacked by a beaver?

The mud is all dirty.

I think that’s a bear. Oh no, it’s a rock.

They should really clean it up here. There are rocks and leaves everywhere.

What’s the green stuff on the rocks?

Are we there yet? (We weren’t going anywhere. It was a nature walk.)

But then we got to a place with frogs and tadpoles, so they were amazed and stopped asking why the path was muddy.

After lunch, we played soccer, volleyball and practiced our handstands.

Finally, it was our turn to go up. I have never been zip lining or any of that crazy stuff up in trees. Don’t get me wrong, I like climbing trees, but this involved a harness, those clip things and heights. Since it was the kids park, it wasn’t super high, but I’d say it was at least 8 or 9 feet up, sometimes higher. I told myself that if 6 to 9 year olds were doing this, then so could I!

Once I got used to clipping myself to trees and got over the fact that I was up in the air, I had a great time! It was all kid-size, so sometimes I had to crouch and this tube thing was a little tight.

Yes, that’s my butt hanging out between the tubes. I wasn’t stuck. I was resting.

I loved all of it until I got to the ziplines. Then, I wasn’t so sure I wanted to do it. I actually considered climbing back down. Actually, I could have jumped off the platform, that’s how close to the ground I was. I figured I might as well suck it up and do it, otherwise my students might tease me.

I love how they’re following my progress. They were cheering too.

It was a great day. I’m exhausted. One little girl fell asleep on the bus on the way back to school.

I think I am now ready for the “grown-up” aerial park. I can’t wait until summer!

30 x 30 challenge

Challenges work for me, otherwise I get lazy. Someone mentionned this challenge to my mom, thinking I might like it, and I do! It’s a 30 day challenge for the month of June. Every day, you spend 30 minutes in nature. It’s a David Suzuki thing. David Suzuki is a Canadian nature superhero. He’s been green since before it was cool. Kind of like Kermit the frog.

Here is a short video explaining the challenge.

I talked to my friend Julie about it, and she’s interested too. That’s good, because it’s always better to have a challenge buddy. However, we live in the city and neither of us even has yards. We decided to make it a 30 minutes outside challenge, not necessarily nature.

I have to admit, I kind of got off to a bad start as I did not spend 30 minutes outside today. It’s raining and it’s cold. This might turn out to be a fair-weather thing. I’m hoping it motivates me to go running more often.

On a side note, I went to a really great, hot, hot yoga class tonight and I learned something about myself. Every time I do chair pose, I fix my hair. Or I need a drink of water. Or I adjust the straps on my top. I do the low sitting part, but I bring my arms down. Maybe I have weak arms. Or maybe, just maybe, my arms are fine and my mind is going “Oh no! Arms are so heavy. Better let them fall.” I can’t say I’m looking forward to chair pose, exactly, but I’ll be ready for it next time.

The teacher in me really wishes lolcats would learn to spell, but they’re just so cute!