Yoga Camp Fuel

I spent last week in my second module of yoga teacher training – 2 down, 2 to go! I’ll do a recap in the coming weeks.

Yoga Teacher Training, Part II

Yoga Teacher Training, Part II

The mornings began with a 3 hour (intense) flow. Everyday we would walk in saying “I think they’ll go easy on us today” and everyday was harder than the last. I’m always so sad to see the week come to an end; I can’t wait for November!

Because our practice started so early, it made finding the right thing to eat a little challenging. I knew I needed to eat something, but I couldn’t have anything too heavy on my stomach before our hot, sweaty class. This smoothie was my saving grace.

Spinach, Lemon, Ginger, Mango, Banana - Yogi Smoothie

Spinach, Lemon, Ginger, Mango, Banana – Yogi Smoothie

I’ve been trying to add more ginger to my diet. Ginger is so great for digestive issues, nausea, the absorption of essential nutrients, and helps relieve joint pain – all the things I needed this last week. This smoothie is so simple, but was perfect for my early mornings.

Yogi Power Smoothie

Yogi Power Smoothie

Yogi Smoothie (Print Me!)

  • 1 cup water
  • 1 LARGE handful of greens
  • 1/2-1 tsp. fresh grated ginger (ginger can be a little spicy, so start with 1/2 tsp.)
  • juice from 1/4 lemon
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1/2 cup mango

Add water, greens, ginger and lemon juice to your blender; blend until smooth. Add banana and mango and blend until smooth. *I prefer to use all frozen fruit so I don’t have to add ice.

Add additional water or ice to reach desired consistency.

Yoga Training Meets an Uncooperative Body

Tomorrow I begin my second module of Yoga Teacher Training – another 50 hour yoga marathon.  I am so excited I can hardly stand it!

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

The yoga group.

Most of you who know me, know that I’ve had chronic wrist issues since high school. My wrists are probably 30 years older than the rest of my body. I think this is due to all of the tumbling and cheerleading I did growing up. I’ve broken my wrists several times. You can look at them and tell something is just not right.

My cockeyed right wrist.

My cockeyed right wrist.

In yoga we’re on our hands almost as much as we are on our feet. This posed quite a challenge for me (pose pun intended). I modified for a long time, but the longer I practiced the stronger my wrists became. They still didn’t feel “good,” but my wrists never feel “good” so I practiced on. I’ll have weeks where the thought of trying to do a handstand or arm balance makes me want to cry, and others I’ll feel great and you can’t get me off my hands.

This is what happens when the yoga teachers get together… handstands in the street! Photo By Rebecca Borden.

This is what happens when the yoga teachers get together… handstands in the street! Photo By Rebecca Borden.

When I fist began practicing yoga, I would let my ego get in the way a lot. I would see the person on the mat next to me get into a deep back bend, and I thought “Hey, I can do that too! Watch!” I was stupid. For the next few months after that, I would regularly visit the chiropractor to decompress my lower back. Then came The Incident… I was in yoga, thinking I was a rockstar – totally “winning” the class, if you will. We all came into a twisting posture – I got over zealous, and twisted a little too deep. POP! And just like that, 2 ribs out of place. Oh, the agony. I spent the next month at home, no yoga, no running, nothing. My chiropractor and I practically became best friends.

…and I got my ego in check REAL FAST.

Post-John work.

Post-John work.

I now visit John, my chiropractor, every couple of weeks for general maintenance. I can completely tell the difference when I’m out of alignment. I feel better overall when I go see him. At one of my maintenance appointments, I asked John about my wrists. I’ve lived with a constant ache in my wrists for at least 10 years. I’ve been to numerous doctors, had X-rays, MRIs, the works. They’ve all told me the only way to fix it is to re-break it, add some rods and pins, and I MIGHT be 90%. It would be a terribly invasive process.

Not thinking John could do anything, I asked anyway… He has been adjusting my wrists every couple of weeks for about 2-3 months, and I have to tell you, they haven’t felt this good in years! My left wrist is still having some tendon issues, I currently have 3 acupuncture needles in my wrist that I’ve been instructed to wear to my marathon yoga training session.

Getting these wrists under control.

Getting these wrists under control.

I know they are not going to get better until I rest. I’ve promised myself (and now cyber-land) that as soon as this training session is over, I will rest. I will focus more on my running, spinning, and try to stay off my hands as much as possible. We’ll see how this goes…

Norman friends – go visit John at Sparks Clinic! He is seriously a miracle worker.

And if I happen to cross your mind this week, please send some good vibes my way. 🙂

 

The Graduate.

The Graduate.

The Graduate.

This was a whirlwind of a weekend.

My alarm went off at 4:45am Friday morning. I usually meet a friend for a 6 am spin class and breakfast, but she couldn’t make it; so I agreed to sub the 6 am Hot Vinyasa Flow class at Yoga at Tiffany’s. It’s so much fun to sub different time slots than the ones I normally teach. I get a whole new group of people and I feel like it’s my first time teaching all over again.

Home by 7:30 am, I showered and immediately started baking. My little sister was graduating from OSU this last weekend and I agreed to bring cupcakes to her after-party. I also had a cake due Friday afternoon for an end-of-season volleyball party.

Volleyball Party Cake

Volleyball Party Cake

Friday was a blur. Lots of baking, decorating, packing, shopping, cleaning, and mowing. The hubs and I loaded everything up, and left Norman around 6:30 pm to head to Stillwater. Whitney asked if I would come up Friday night to help her set up for the party Saturday. I had forgotten that college kids don’t sleep… that meant a late night for this old couple.

Up late Friday, up early Saturday. GRADUATION DAY!!! Hooray!!

We were so excited to get this girl graduated!

We were so excited to get this girl graduated!

Whitney graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering Technology. Her degree is in Construction Management. She is one of four girls that graduated with that major – I’m 99% positive that’s why she chose this degree. 😉 I kid, I kid…but seriously.

Before the ceremony began, we all went to her college for breakfast and a meet and greet. She was so excited to show us all around and introduce us to her friends and professors.

Whitney and her friend, Shadrack.

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Her favorite professor, Miles. She calls him by his first name…

Castle Bravo.

Whitney with her capstone group, Castle Bravo.

Graduation was at Gallagher-Iba Arena, a short walk from the reception.

Walking across the stage to receive her diploma.

Walking across the stage to receive her diploma.

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I keep joking that it looks like she’s giving this guy a “good game.”

When we arrived back at Whitney’s house, we were surprised to find a huge Disney princess moon bounce in her front yard.  Apparently, it’s not a graduation party without a moon bounce!

Nothing says graduation like princess'.

Nothing says graduation like princesses.

Lunch was catered by Qdoba – please notice the massive commercial grade margarita machine in the corner. This was another Whitney surprise. She got margaritas for 150 people… there were 25 at the party. I’m pretty sure she didn’t think through the whole margarita + moon bounce scenario.

The Spread.

The Spread.

Cupcakes by your truly.

Cupcakes by your’s truly. Whitney requested vanilla, mint-chocolate chip, and margarita. 5 dozen total! Whew! Dump truck toppers on the vanilla since she has a construction degree.  The margarita cupcake was a huge hit! I received several requests for this recipe. As soon as I figure out the measurements I used, I’ll get it posted.

Cookies by Laura

Cookies by Laura. Laura and I went to high school together and she makes the CUTEST cookies!                               Check her out at ShopCookieCouture.

For the past three years Whitney interned with FlintCo., and within the last few months has started working for them full time. She helped on the construction of the Devon Tower in OKC, the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Catoosa, and lately she has been working on the student union and indoor practice facilities at OSU. If you ask Whit, she’ll tell you she built them with her own bare hands. If you saw her soft hands, you wouldn’t believe her for a second!

Beginning June 1, she is moving to Ft. Smith, Arkansas, to begin construction on a new casino that FlintCo. is overseeing. She’s not far from our family around Tulsa, but she’s a LONG way from me in Norman. I don’t like it. I don’t like it one bit.

I’m so proud of this silly, little girl. I should of known that this little country bumpkin would grow up to be a Poke. 😉

Just a girl and her pig watching cartoons...

Just a girl and her pig watching cartoons…