Category: Yoga

Settling the Sand

I love the Saturday morning Yoga class that I found at Ganga Flow Yoga in Milford.  The instructor Stacy is not only a great teacher, but she always begins and ends the class with some words of wisdom to reflect on throughout the practice.  Today was about settling the sand…  

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Emotions are powerful.  They can dictate our mood and behavior.  So why is it that we put so much energy into negative emotions like anger, fear and anxiety while pushing the positive emotions of love, happiness and amusement to the wayside?  We dwell on these things, let them bring us down, let them effect out health.  Something I know all too well. Not good…  

Stacy had us look at all of these emotions and experiences in our life as grains of sand. There can be so many emotions swirling around chaotically like waves crashing in on the beach.

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As the waves hit he beach, it is full of sand and foam making things look murky.  

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But then the sand begins to settle and the water gets clearer.

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We need to settle our sand, our emotions, and let the water clear.  We can easily become overwhelmed with the negative and forget to see all of the beauty and joy that surrounds us everyday.  Stacy emphasized the importance of taking time throughout the day to pause, reflect, and settle that sand.  All the emotions, both negative and positive, are beneficial and make up who we are.  We just can’t let one or the other overwhelm us because the entire picture is quite beautiful.         

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I needed this today since my sand has seemed like it’s been in a hurricane lately.  I found that centering my mind and body with a yoga class like this has already begun to help me find more calm in other areas of my life.  These small tools, like settling the sand, are a great way to bring perspective to tough situations at home, work, school, you name it! The sand won’t always be settled and the water won’t always be clear, but at least I can figure out a way to get back there.

How do you settle your sand? 

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Yoga with Cats and the Infinite AppleTV Photo

It is HOT here in Connecticut.  The heat index was 103 in New Haven when I got home, so the sled pushes that were scheduled at CFM tonight were not happening in my book.  Instead, I decided to come home and do some yoga.  My legs were still sore from Monday’s lunge steps (those things are no joke!) and the stretching was definitely needed.

Let's do this!

Let’s do this!

So here’s my problem with doing yoga at home.  Cats.  I LOVE my cats…they are basically my children and anyone who has met them knows they are spoiled rotten.  But this doesn’t come in handy when you’re trying to relax and get some yoga in!  Cleo and Neala find it fascinating when I’m on the floor.  They feel the need to walk through my legs, roll around, you name it!  

Oh hi Mom, can I do yoga with you?

Oh hi Mom, can I do yoga with you?

Yeah it makes getting into Warrior II or cobra pose a little awkward when there is a cat on your mat…

Just chillin'

Just chillin’

Cleo also joined us for yoga, but it took a lot out of him and he took a nap right quick…complete with drool.

Droola

Droola

When I’m doing yoga at home I use the Yoda Studio app on my phone.  It’s pretty cool because you can either customize your practice or use one of their pre-defined classes. The instructions are very clear and easy to follow.

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I’ve made a few of my own classes and also used some ove the pre-made ones and each time I’ve followed them on the small screen of my phone.  Well tonight I noticed that I could watch it on my Apple TV…say what?!?  Apparently there is a mirroring feature on AirPlay so I could view the entire practice on my TV…awesome!

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But here’s the cooler thing about mirroring with your phone… infinite photos!  

And it goes on and on and on and on...

And it goes on and on and on and on…

Yes, I’m a nerd and I got a total kick out of this!  I finished my yoga class on the much bigger screen and now I’m super psyched about being able to have this option.  So even though I didn’t get my usual kick ass Thursday CrossFit workout in, I had a night of balance and fun with my cats.   Honestly, it doesn’t get much better than that 🙂 

How do you change up your exercise routine in extreme heat?  Do your cats love yoga like mine do? 

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