So I will be honest the last 5 days of the 40 were VERY minimal in the actual physical practice of yoga. With my husband home I just did not want to take the time away from him or our family to be on the mat. I did at least THINK and TALK about yoga each of the days. I also tried to put into practice off the mat what I learned on it: patience, understanding, grace, flexibility and calmness.
With so many adjustments lately on the home front it was difficult to always remain calm, cool and collected and while I would like to say I did 100% of the time I can’t. But I can say there is progress, a lot of it and it feels great! And while the person before this challenge would have been so hard on themselves for not finishing the way I expected to, I am not disappointed because I know I am one step closer to achieving what I want to in my life.
I have learned a lot through this challnge about forgiveness of others and for yourself and learned what truly matters is taking everything in your life one step at a time. You can’t bust out a head stand before you’ve worked on your core, or jump into crow until you have learned to trust yourself. Just as in life you cannot always have what you want immediately, you have to chip away at some things. The point is you never know how powerful you can be or how far you can go until you push your boundaries, even just a little.
While you may not be ready for your own long term challenge- I implore you to set a goal for yourself- maybe something you’ve always wanted to accomplish, learn or do and begin the first step of it today. One week, month or year from now you’ll look back at that small step and realize it was not as hard as you imagined in your head.
Between yesterday’s studio practice and today’s at home practice with my husband I’ve come to realize that I really enjoy when both genders get in on the mix of this amazing workout.
In the studio yesterday I really appreciated the bass of the Om at the beginning of class. I mean it had heart, soul, bass and everything powerful behind it. When you start off your practice with an inspirational sound like that you have no excuse not to soar through the workout.
Then, while practicing at home tonight and helping show my husband some things to prep him for a studio practice, I was able to really appreciate the yin and yang of how men and women are built. While he sailed through the arm balances and strength poses he waned in the flexibility department and I just the opposite. It’s funny because not only are our physical sides yin and yang, but our emotional as well (but that’s another post for another time). I truly do love seeing the power coming to terms with flexibility.
Over time I hope my husband will continue to practice since I have seen the amazing benefits, I want to share them with him. My advice if you’re trying to get your other half involved as well- start slow and show them things that cater to their own needs. My husband was having terrible neck and lat issues so I showed him ways to help with that and he felt more comfortable giving other things a try.
After my son’s 9 month appointment I decided to try some different ‘grown up’ foods that the pediatrician recommended. Here’s one I came up with and he loved!
Healthy meatballs for the whole family:
What you need:
👉1.5 pounds lean ground beef
👉1 zucchini chopped into tiny pieces (could also use any bell pepper)
👉favorite spices to taste but avoid salt if possible (I used garlic and basil since I’m slowly introducing my son to new foods and flavors)
What you do:
-preheat oven to 400 while you’re prepping
-combine all ingredients into a bowl and mix until well blended
-roll into 1″ balls and bake for 15-20 minutes
**freezer friendly! Easy for baby to eat (my guy is 9 months) healthy for the whole family!
🍴I served this with whole grain pasta and puréed carrot to my little man instead of sauce and he gobbled it up!
Yoga at 6:00 on a Monday night. May sound underwhelming to all of you but it was almost exhulirating to me tonight. For 9.5 months since my son was born I have been practically chained to my house for sleep schedules and bedtime routines. With no other adult here due to my husband’s deployment I obviously couldn’t leave the house to go take a class or run to the store. However things have changed since hubby is back and I am now set free (or at least get to share) some of those time limits and obligations.
Please don’t mistake this as bashing being a parent or being ungrateful to have a child because I certainly am NOT in that boat. I think it is more of a, ‘it’s not how I pictured it’ kind of thing.
See, I’m a lucky woman to have found a man who not only wants to be incredibly involved as a father but also allow me to have time to myself when I need it. So having to tackle all the responsibilities alone was a bit daunting and led to very little time for myself to unwind. I am very thankful to have my mother in law who would take my son while I ran errands or took a class during the day but I never felt totally comfortable with it because of the guilt of leaving him with her. Not sure why I felt guilty, maybe because I just felt like I wasn’t fufilling my duties or I was being selfish. Either way, it is great to see my husband take his place he so desperately wanted to fill when he was away. Since his return, he has jumped right in to take over the dinner and bedtime routine so I can have this little time for myself.
Not only is it great for the two of them to have time togetehr, but I know my son is comfortably in his own bed and environment and my husband can have some time in the house to readjust and get things back to normal for himself. And Monday night yoga once thought of as a luxury and a dream I once longed for has come true!
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Reflecting back to day 31 when I did not do any yoga or meditation I think I know the real Eason for my lack of motivation: mastitis. Fatigue, soreness, aches all over and lots of pain in the chest. While I did my best to have my son nurse frequently to help alleviate the symptoms naturally, he just was not focused enough to help in that regard. As a busy and curious 9 month old I totally understand it, but it still left me swollen, uncomfortable and sore.
So yesterday I knew it just was not a good idea to push my already taxed body even further by practicing at the studio. I chose then to complete a meditation while in the bath. It was 20 minutes of relaxing and unwinding. I thought of nothing in park ukase but also tried to massage out the blocked duct.
Through this process learning to listen to your body is a big part of it. Wether it’s during an intense power practice, slow meditative one or deciding to just skip the day because your body is in need of something else. Learn to slow down the hustle of life and tune in to the one thing you have co tell over- yourself!