Today I am thinking about fitness and how it has changed for me. A post on Yoga Therapy on Mark’s Daily Apple, and much discussion on the benefits of yoga has changed how I look at fitness and health.
I have been doing yoga off and on for a number of years… starting with hot yoga and moving to practicing regular yoga. I remember hot yoga used to feel really stressful; I would be sweating buckets, and getting sweat from other people flung on me, sitting (or standing as the case may be) in a smelly room trying not to throw up from the heat. I know many people swear by it but it is definitely not for me! Then I found myself in a yoga class in the workout room on the first floor of our office and absolutely loved it.
I have always been the kind of person that had so much pent up energy and impatience that I thought yoga would be too slow, too easy, and not do anything for me. My opinion definitely changed after that first class… yoga is not easy and slow can be good! Especially now as I recover from years of working at a computer, whiplash and over all neglecting my physical health, yoga has helped me feel better and move forward in a way no other exercise did. Yoga makes me stronger than I ever thought it would, emotionally, spiritually and physically. I am not a guru by any stretch; I am only going to one class a week, but it has made a huge difference in my life.
Thank you to the people that introduced the practice of yoga to the world!
I went on a hike today with a dear friend…. did I mention how much I love hiking? The sounds, the smells, the scenery…. whenever I am in a forested area listening to the birds and the sound of the wind in the trees, I immediately relax. Sounds like a great idea for a video actually…. I could play it in my office, in my car, on the train…
One of the things I love about hiking and nature is the company I keep. Since I never go alone, I always have the opportunity to have great conversation… it’s as though my mind is working as I walk and everything sitting in my head is being released, until I get to the end and feel light, free, and spent.
Hiking also gives me the opportunity to connect with my primal side; our ancestors spent their days walking trails foraging for food and migrating to new territory. The differences are obvious today; I can walk purely for pleasure and enjoyment, which is what being primal in the modern age is all about.
Everytime I go hiking I learn something new about myself; today, it was that I choose the people I want in my life based on my level of self-confidence. I also realized that sometimes my independence and self-confidence gets in the way of having people in my life that support me. If there is one thing I have learned, it is that I deserve to have everything I want and to be happy, and that I need to do my part to make it happen.
Needless to say, it was a day that totally lived up to “The Merry Life”.
Today I went for a walk with a dear friend…. did I mention how much I love walking in nature? This spot is down by the river, the trail is easy, there are trees everywhere, and as my friend said “negative ions” which are supposed to be good for you (I intend to look that one up!)
We had a great conversation, we usually do, she is like a mentor to me and helps me stay grounded and sane in my busy hectic life.
We walked for about an hour until we came to the new community they are building along the river, and stopped at a place called Roma (a new burger joint) for something to drink. I had a mango / mint iced tea which was amazing, and she had rose lemonade with real rose oil in it, it was delicious.
While we were sitting there the waitresses were bringing out some really delicious looking burgers that we plan to try next time we are in the area.
Part of being Merry (happy) is spending time with my family and friends and doing things we enjoy.
Till we meet again….