Yoga Revisited.

A couple of weeks ago I posted Yoga., expressing all of my excitement and fears before my upcoming teacher training. Well I’m happy to report, I had the most amazing week EVER. I met a lot of really great people and learned so many new things. Thankfully, my Barre class has been really patient with me this week- I’ve incorporated more yoga than usual and have been practicing new adjustments on them.

The yoga group.  I can't wait to spend 150 more hours with these incredible people.

The yoga group. I can’t wait to spend 150 more hours with these incredible people. Photo courtesy of Yoga at Tiffanys OKC.

I have been on an absolute high all week.  I’m ready to go back to yoga school.

First day of yoga school.

First day of yoga school. Got my mat and my green smoothie.  I’m ready to go!

Teacher training was 10 hours everyday for 5 days.  That’s a lot of yoga.  Every morning began with a 3 hour practice. This was no restorative flow. It was a heart-pumping, sweating buckets type of flow. I learned after day 1 to pack an extra set of clothes.  Sitting in wet tights all day is MISERABLE.

I didn’t tell my husband this at the time, but when I got home after day 1, I was thinking “what have I gotten myself into?” I wasn’t sure if I could physically make it through 40 more hours of what I endured. He was so sweet and wanted to hear all about my day, I couldn’t muster the energy to tell him anything. Straight to bed for me.

Day 2 was the most painful of all. I was SO SORE from day 1, and had to do it all over again.  This day was by far the hardest to focus. I got through the practice ok, but learning adjustments and alignment that afternoon proved difficult for my tired little brain to process.  I got home at 7pm, took an epsom salt bath and went straight to bed.

Learning alignment and adjustments.

Learning alignment and adjustments.

One of our teachers, Dice, obviously wasn’t sore at all.

Show off. I kid, I kid.

This guy is ridiculous. Click here for this video! Watch it.  You won’t be sorry.

Day 3 I woke up feeling amazing. Isn’t it incredible how quickly the body adjusts? Day 1 I was convinced I couldn’t do it; day 3 I felt like a rockstar. Crazy. Day 3 was also Valentine’s Day. My Valentine and I had dinner reservations in OKC at 8pm. I was seriously worried I would fall asleep at the table. Thankfully, I had enough energy to look presentable and stay coherent throughout our date. If you haven’t already, go try West. They end the meal with complimentary cotton candy.  Need I say more?

Yoga at Tiffany's Norman crew

Yoga at Tiffany’s Norman crew

Day 4 I bounced out of bed ready to tackle the day. I was looking forward to seeing my new friends, and couldn’t wait to do some handstands. The Briohny and Dice teacher training is very asana (posture) focused.  I hated this little fact on day 2.  Day 3 and 4, I was LOVING it! They taught us so many new tricks that made postures I really struggle with not seem so daunting.

Doin' a little handstand werk.

Doin’ a little pike handstand work.

Day 5  we had to be at the studio an hour earlier than usual, which meant I woke up in the 4am hour. For some reason 4:59am seems so much earlier than 5:00am. Day 5 was a big day. We all had to lead sections of our morning practice, and then we were “graded” on how we did.  I use the term “graded” loosely, but it was nerve-racking none the less. We also practiced acro-yoga! So fun! I’m still trying to talk the mister into being my base.

Photo courtesy of Yoga at Tiffany's OKC

Our instructors Bri and Dice. Photo courtesy of Yoga at Tiffany’s OKC

Cory and Whitney practicing a little acro!

Cory and Whitney practicing a little acro!

I cannot thank Yoga at Tiffany’s OKC enough for hosting this teacher training.  It was absolutely incredible! I also can’t imagine doing teacher training with anyone else besides Bri and Dice. They are seriously the most humble, inspiring, encouraging (and many other nice adjectives) people I know.

Bri and Dice are from LA, and when they’re not traveling they teach at Equinox. Equinox has done some promotional videos with them that you MUST see.

Click on the pictures to watch the videos.

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This was module 1 of 4, so 3 more sessions to go!  Our next marathon yoga session is in May, and I’m seriously counting down the days.  In the meantime, they’re keeping me pretty busy with homework. 😉

Namaste.

Hydrate from the Inside Out

While we are on the subject of avocados, I wanted to share my favorite hydrating smoothie.  This smoothie contains two super foods that have been found to have anti-aging benefits: avocados, which are rich in healthy fats and antioxidants; and coconut water, nature’s Gatorade – hydrating and regenerating your skin from the inside out.  This smoothie will have you on the road to beautiful, glowing skin in no time.

Click here for more info on the anti-aging effects of avocados and coconut water

Delicious spinach, avocado, pineapple smoothie

Delicious spinach, avocado, pineapple smoothie

Glowing Skin Smoothie (Print Me!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 LARGE handful spinach
  • 1 cup coconut water (it’s really delicious with pineapple coconut water!)
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 cup frozen pineapple

Add spinach and coconut water to your blender.  Blend until smooth.  Add in avocado and pineapple, blend until smooth.  Add additional coconut water or ice to reach desired consistency.

Drink your smoothie, relax with an avocado mask, and then apply (my personal favorite) unrefined coconut oil as a moisturizer.  You’re glowing already.

My Ode to the Avocado

Growing up, I thought I hated avocados. I don’t know if it was the green color or the fact that my mom didn’t like them – either way I was convinced I didn’t like them either.  Never tasted one, never wanted to. Man, was I missing out! It wasn’t until high school that someone swindled me into trying one. I’ve been making up for lost time ever since.

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Avocados are a godsend.  Since I’ve drastically cut my intake of dairy in the last year, I’ve found using an avocado on my sandwich or on top of my chili makes me not even miss the cheese. Also, avocados are one of nature’s super foods.

Avocados, which are actually classified as a fruit, are rich in monounsaturated fat that is easily burned for energy. They are also considered one of the healthiest foods on the planet because they contain in excess of 25 essential nutrients, including vitamins A, B, C, E, & K, copper, iron, phosporus, magnesium, and potassium. Avocados also contain fiber, protein, and several beneficial phytochemicals such as beta-sitosterol, glutathione and lutein, which may protect against various diseases and illnesses.

Source: Dr. Joseph Mercola

Let’s talk about how to incorporate more avocado into your diet…  

  • Add sliced avocado to your salad
  • Mash an avocado with a little sea salt and pepper and use it as a spread on sandwiches, burgers, bagels – anywhere you would use mayo or cream cheese
  • Use it as a topping in place of cheese
  • Add it to a smoothie – half an avocado instantly adds creaminess to your favorite concoction
  • Top an omelet
  • Use as a fat replacement in baking. Simply replace the fat called for (such as oil, butter or shortening) with avocado. I usually use avocado for half the fat (to keep the same texture), but you can certainly replace all the fat.
  • Chocolate Avocado Pudding (recipe coming soon!)
  • The world’s greatest dip – guacamole

One of my absolute favorite ways to eat an avocado is Avocado Toast, there are many variations of this swirling around blog world.  You can add different herbs to spice things up, but this is how I make mine every time.

Avocado Toast (Print Me!)

Avocado toast is one of favorite meals/snacks.

Avocado toast is one of my favorite snacks.

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of toast (I use Ezekial 4:9 bread)
  • One whole avocado
  • Sea salt (to taste)
  • Pepper (to taste)
  • Freshly squeezed lemon juice (to taste)
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Mash the avocado in a small bowl with salt, pepper, lemon juice, and red pepper flakes (optional). Spread on your toast.  When making a meal out of it, I like to top mine with an egg for added protein.

I love this combination.

I love this combination.

Tip: Most of you know when buying an avocado you want them to give to slight pressure, just slightly soft.  The problem is they are only in the “perfect” stage for about a day or two before they are overripe.

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Because of this, it is difficult to buy several avocados and eat on them throughout the week.  To cut back on my grocery store visits, I use this trick to keep my avocados in that “perfect” stage all week long.  If my avocados aren’t perfectly ripe, I leave them on the counter at room temperature until they get to the ripeness I want.  Once they’ve reached perfection, I pop ’em in the fridge.  It will keep them ripe all week long.

Now go make some guacamole!