The more I’ve been reading and learning about Tara Stiles, the more I like her.
I’d mentioned before, to me the ideal teacher is laid back, accessible, positive and kind. Tara embodies all those qualities and more.
I’ve been looking for videos from her on Youtube for a while now and while there are plenty of shorter clips out there, I was super excited to finally find a full length yoga practice, lead by Tara Stiles, online – for FREE (woohoo)!
This is a part II to Friday’s post – Time For A (Health) Reboot. It’s a little long but I wanted to post about how things went for anyone interested, the good, the bad and the crabby.
When I think about how I felt at the end of last week and how I feel today, things are so much better. Lighter, happier, calmer and my stomach is finally at ease. There were some bumpy patches over the weekend and I didn’t achieve everything I’d set out to do to the letter but I’m really glad I decided to stop, set some goals and get back on track.
Here was the weekend plan I created on Friday:
Early morning yoga
5 – 10 min of meditation
Smoothie or healthy juice for breakfast
plenty of fruits and veggies for meals
water with lemon throughout the day
And in the evening:
Rise, rinse, repeat.
Here’s what went down:
I got up early and did my yoga DVD with Kristin McGee. Feeling energized, I made a trip to the grocery to get smoothie ingredients and pick up our Saturday Starbucks (our occasional weekend tradition). Since I was trying to be good, I made a smoothie as soon as I got home and afterwards, drank only 1/2 my tall vanilla latte. And ate all my croissant. Not on the plan but it could have been worse. Continue reading →
Driving my son to school, I had to use all my self control not to flip off the car behind me that was driving just a little too close for my liking. On the way home, I thew my phone after receiving a text message letting me know my data plan had just ran out. Luckily I didn’t drop any of the Dove candy bar I was eating at the time.
This was all before 9am.
A few hours later, I was in the bathroom getting sick.
As I’m sure you can tell, things have gotten a little off track. In fact, I’m feeling like things are off the rails and I need to find my way back to the happier, relaxed, healthier me.
Full disclosure – it is “that time” for me, the cramps and exhaustion have been kicking my butt but I’m usually able to handle things much better than this and don’t feel quite this bad. I know this is because once I got sick last month and spent weeks either working or just in bed, I got in to some really bad habits and have not gotten back on to my good ones.
Though it may seem extreme, often when things get to this point and I’m feeling this terrible, I take a kind of boot camp approach. I’m naturally a little lazy laid back so sometimes, a big kick in the butt is just what I need. Continue reading →
It was after Thanksgiving, just when I would have been getting all stressed and crazy. I was already doing too much and getting run down. Getting really sick forced me to slow down and in fact, stop – sleep, rest, eat well and take really good care of myself. All things that were included in my post as well. Funny how that worked out!
Now that I’m better, it’s like I’m still on this slow, restful, relaxation groove. I’m working and getting things done but also making sure I get lots of down time as well. Honestly, I think this is one of the most relaxing Decembers I’ve had in years and I absolutely can’t complain about that. Continue reading →
To say this past week for me was challenging may be a slight understatement.
I was shoved outside my comfort zone and had to deal head on with some really uncomfortable, difficult situations.
Naturally, I’ve been working on a post about this but am having a hard time finding the right words. And since I’d rather reduce than increase any stress at this point, I decided to step back, do some reading instead and begin the uphill climb back to feeling good and calm and clear.
Currently in progress – The Way of the Peaceful Warrior.
Summer seemed to crawl by, carrying us on waves on unrelenting heat, humidity and days of boredom from it being too hot to even play outside. Then suddenly it seems, September is here and things have gone from slow motion to super high speed!
This month has brought some awesome changes like preschool and nice, cool weather but it’s also been a bit more on the stressful side. Adjusting to all the changes in daily routine, our environment and how life feels like it’s speeding up can be taxing. (And the holiday rush hasn’t even started – yikes!)
Here are a few ways I’ve been trying to keep as calm and stress-free as possible: Continue reading →
Meditation is something I’ve been trying to make more a part of my life for some time now. I’ll be honest, I have not been the best about setting aside time on a regular basis to keep up a consistent practice but when I think of all the benefits, I have to admit it’s worth it to start looking at ways to make the time.
Much like yoga, learning to meditate has caused me to make big shifts in what I’m used to doing. Because the thing is, it’s all about not doing and that in itself can be difficult to grasp.
Here’s why stopping or not doing, is a good thing:
Every day, from the moment we open our eyes in the morning, our mind is going at full steam. We are often caught up in the past, making plans for the future, worrying, wondering, but rarely is our mind still and rarely are we 100% fully in the moment. Continue reading →