Self-Love

In yoga, we preach self-love and acceptance. We discuss loving your body and releasing any judgment or ego before you ever step on to your mat. Easier said than done.

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As most of you know, I have wrist issues. Serious wrist issues. They’re improving (MUCH better than they were a month ago), but when they first flared up it was miserable to do a down dog let alone a handstand or arm-balance. I’ve become so accustomed to using my hands, that for about 5 days I didn’t practice at all. That’s a hard thing to admit. I would wallow in self-pity, and tell myself I couldn’t practice because I couldn’t do one of the most basic yoga postures.

By day 6, I realized I was being ridiculous. I had become so attached to certain postures that when they were taken away from me, I just stopped all together. That’s silly. That day I rolled out my mat and stretched my legs. The next day, I did a little bit more, and then a little more. About 4 days into it, I was doing a complete yoga sequence without the use of my hands!

I had played with the idea of teaching a no-hands yoga practice, but had ultimately decided that was ridiculous – students wanted to use their hands! Then I went to one my favorite yoga instructor’s (Catie Coon) classes. Her class was completely focused on one of the 5 Yama’s – Ahimsa.

The board at Yoga at Tiffany's is all about Ahimsa.

The board at Yoga at Tiffany’s is all about Ahimsa.

Ahimsa, one of the cardinal virtues that is taught through yoga, is non-violence, non-injury, and no harm. What really struck a cord with me was when Catie discussed practicing ahimsa on your mat. Releasing ego, releasing attachment to a certain practice or postures, and doing what your body needs rather than what your ego wants. I decided that morning I would teach a no-hands practice that afternoon. What I wanted to convey to my students was to not be so focused on certain postures when you cannot physically do them, don’t quit practicing. Do what your body needs.  Practice some self-love. When I told them we weren’t going to be doing any down-dogs, I wish you could’ve seen the suspicious looks. Throughout the practice we discussed releasing ego, letting go of attachment and judgement, and how we are often our own worst critic.

This doesn't happen often, but when it does, it's magic.

This doesn’t happen often, but when it does, it’s magic. I’ve been doing most of my inversion practice on my forearms.

All said and done, I think they thoroughly enjoyed it. I had a few of them tell me after class that it was really eye opening to see how much they “cheat” with their hands, or that they were going to start incorporating a “no hands” practice regularly. One of my favorites was a girl who told me she wasn’t going to come to yoga that day because she had been having a lot of trouble with her elbow. She was so frustrated that she wasn’t able to practice like she normally would, that she was going to sit it out all together. I was so thankful she came and we were able to talk about modifications she can make going forward.

Do you say things about yourself or your body that you would NEVER think about saying about someone else? I know I’m guilty of this. I work on practicing self-love and self-acceptance daily, and everyday it get’s a little bit easier.

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The Pump.

CAN’T. LIFT. MY ARMS.

I’ve been saying for weeks I need to add some heavier weight into my workout regimen. Most everything I do is body weight based or light weights in Barre. Well I have officially done it and it officially hurts.

I decided this for 3 reasons: 1.) I think it’s important that women are strong. I want to be able to open whatever pickle jar life throws at me. 2.) I feel really tough lifting heavy. 3.) I get to say things like “I’m going to go throw some weight around.” – this has been my favorite one so far. Chase rolls his eyes every time.

I’ve been adding in more weights to my routine for a couple weeks now, but yesterday was killer. I did a 3 mile run earlier that day for some cardio, and then weights that evening. Here’s what I did:

Early morning 3 mile run. 

thefarmersdaughterok.comI get bored running at the same pace for a solid x number of miles, so I love to add intervals to my workouts. I took the first 1.5 miles nice and easy. I walked a few minutes just to get the blood flowing and then took it to a light, steady jog until I reached the 1.5 mark. After that – INTERVALS. I did 16 rounds of an all out sprint for 20 seconds, recover for 10 seconds – totaling 8 minutes. Now if you’re new to intervals, increase the rest time. Maybe run 20 sec., 20 sec. rest; or run 20 sec., 30 sec. rest.  Based on your fitness level find something that challenges YOU! ..and then jog, walk, or crawl home the remainder of the distance. Those intervals will get your heart rate up FAST.

On days when I don’t have much time, I like to run just the interval portion. Done in 8 minutes. Sounds easy, right?! 😉

That evening I taught Hot Yoga and Barre, so I had approximately 32.184673 minutes to finish a weight circuit inbetween classes. I wanted to focus on back and biceps so here’s what I put myself through:

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I didn’t have much time, so I rested just long enough to knock out the next 10 reps. I had 5 girls ready and eager to get Barre started, so I made my way through this as quickly as possible. I was able to finish in 30 minutes, but it was a tough 30 minutes. I also added the supersets to cut back on time. I went heavy enough on my weights that performing 10 reps was a struggle. There were a couple of exercises where I was only able to squeeze out 8 reps.

My arms and back have been getting tighter and tighter all day… and then Caitlyn proceeded to murder them in Spin/TRX class tonight.

I know it sounds like I’m complaining, but I secretly love the complete exhaustion my muscles feel after weight training.

How do you feel about weights? Love ’em, hate ’em? Use ’em as a doorstop?

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A Fab(letics) Weekend.

The mister and I had a fantastic weekend! We stayed home ALL. WEEKEND. LONG. It was glorious. I taught my very last Saturday morning yoga class (for now), and my last Sunday evening class. I took the Sunday evening class for the summer only. The schedule is changing next week, and the original teacher is back in action. I am going to miss these classes so much, but I have to admit – I’m slightly excited to get my weekends back.

I spent my Friday making a birthday cake for a very special 16 year old. I attend group fitness classes with Edie and her mom and she comes to my Barre classes. I was honored to make her cake!

Classy cake for a classy young lady.

Classy cake for a classy young lady.

Saturday was yoga, yard work, and a wonderful evening with friends. Sandro’s pizza, Prairie Bombs, and cookie cake – a fun, indulgent evening. The Armstrong’s two year old, Finn, is quite the little fish. He would swim from Joey (his dad), to Chase, to me – over and over and over again. I bet he slept well Saturday night. That little boy holds a very special place in my heart.
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Now to the purpose of this post – have you guys heard of Fabletics? I signed up for it last week, and received my first 3 piece outfit this weekend. I ordered the Santorini outfit – the Lima Capri in black, the Koia Sports Bra in grey & mint green, and the Embra tank in mint green. I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of the fabric and the fit – the pants are fantastic!

Fabletics by Kate Hudson

Fabletics by Kate Hudson

I decided to try Fabletics because I sometimes go through 3-4 outfit changes a day. With multiple classes a day (teaching or taking), I’m changing constantly. As much as I would love to have a closet full of Lululemon, let’s face it, no one can afford that. That’s why Fabletics is so exciting! Here’s how to works:

  1. You create a lifestyle profile saying what your usual workouts are, what colors you like, your sizes, and your style.
  2. Each month they suggest some perfect pieces for you.
  3. There are two ways to shop their site: 1. You can shop just as you normally would; pick what you want, buy it, no strings attached.  2. You can sign up for their VIP service to get 40% off regular priced items. With this service, you have to pick your outfit or decide to skip the month all together by the 5th of each month. They charge you on the 6th. If you don’t pick anything, you get a “credit” for an outfit.

I’m really impressed with this first outfit, the only thing I’m not completely sold on is the tank – I feel like the armpits are cut really high. What do you think?

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However. I LOVE THE BACK!

Fabletic Outfit

I had to do a test run…

Fabletic OutfitIf you’re interested in trying Fabletics, I would love for you to use my link! 🙂

Hope your weekend was FABulous!

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