Yogi Mentality

Yesterday (meaning Sunday, It’s after midnight, but I have not gone to bed yet, so things get a little confusing) I woke up feeling frazzled and achy and had one thing on my mind… YOGA. Hot yoga specifically. Unfortunately, I had to work that night, so I had to settle for some self lead “bar yoga” (It’s real I promise).

This yoga craving did not subside, but luckily the gym that I tried hot yoga at before had a class tonight. I solicited a friend to go with me, forked over my ten dollars and camped out by the door to the classroom. I NEEDED this class and I was not about to lose my spot.

Normally I’m a group fitness competitor. If the instructor gives different modifications you can bet your bottom dollar that I will choose the most difficult option (even if it is not necessarily the one best suited to my current level of fitness). Yoga is no exception. I always try to do the most challenging poses, and get into the deepest stretch. I want to be the best damn yogi in the class and I want for everyone to know it!

Tonight was different. I was at the back of the class, and the lights were off, so no one could see me (not that they know who I am anyways). I tried my best to continually place my attention on what I was feeling, and what my body needed. Did I need to hold this pose a little longer? Should I utilize the easy modification? What transitioning method did I really want to do tonight?

It made for a completely different experience. I felt like I was nurturing my body, rather than punishing it. When the hour was over I was in a completely different mindset. I felt relaxed, refreshed, and genuinely content. Setting aside that hour for myself tonight was one of the most enjoyable things I have done in weeks (and that is saying something because I just graduated from college)!

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First Run as an Alum

Alumni that is… alumni just doesn’t roll off the tongue quite as well.

I actually had a bit of an emotional day. For some reason the whole concept of, “Crap! I’m actually out of school and don’t have solid plans in place yet! Ahhhhhhh!” came crashing down. There were tears. I called my mom. I’m sure it won’t be the last breakdown of sorts.

I don’t handle change well.

Anyways, because I am now a mature adult with a degree I decided to handle these feelings in a productive manner. I went for a run. It was my first run as a college graduate. Pretty pivotal moment.

I decided to hit The Greenway. It has an “in touch with nature” feel to it. I used to run it at the end of my long runs while marathon training, and I always thought of it as my “dessert run”. It felt a little indulgent to go straight to the dessert, but it was exactly what I needed.

Because I am now trying to be a better blogger (and I am the proud new owner of an iPhone) I took a few scenic pictures for you.

Exciting Updates

Well hello there blog world. I’ve missed you! Have you missed me too? I’m sorry that things have been so rocky between us recently. I know that I left you high and dry. I understand if you don’t want to talk about it, but there are some exciting things I would like to share!

#1. THE SEMSTER IS OVER! I always feel this commingling sense of relaxation and exhaustion at the end of semesters, but this time I am especially relieved.

#2. I GRADUATED!!!

#3. I am now the proud owner of a new iphone. It feels nice to know that every 12 year old around doesn’t have a better phone than me. I am still figuring out everything about it, but I think having constant access to a camera and twitter will ultimately make me a better blogger.

#4. I am updating my blog now because I got riproaring drunk Friday night and spent the whole weekend with my head in a trashcan. Quite adult-like if I do say so myself.