I used my last Groupon class at Dancing Crow Yoga this morning. How sad. I really love this studio (the instructors are amazing), but it’s pretty expensive to attend without a group deal. (Why is yoga so expensive?) Oh, well. Maybe I’ll attend a class in the future as a special treat to myself.
Today, I took a class called Strengthen Your Asana:
This class is an energetic study of yoga postures, called asanas. You will gain strength and flexibility as you move through a variety of poses that will lengthen your hamstrings, strengthen your biceps, improve your balance and, most of all, build your core muscles. Taught using Anusara principles of alignment, this is a powerful practice that will make your heart and your abdominals sing.
It was a lot like a Power Yoga class, but with even more core work. The instructor also focused this morning’s practice on the upper back muscles, so we did lots of poses that worked this area, including handstands.
I have a love-hate relationship with handstands. It looks like such a cool pose, and I really want to do it, but my fear totally holds me back. Remember when I successfully did Crow pose? I got past my fear that time (it’s actually one of my favorite poses now), but I just can’t get out of my own head when it comes to handstands.
In class this morning, we used the wall for support to get into a pike position, which was supposed to give us the confidence needed to do a handstand. I had no problem with that pose, but I couldn’t get myself to do the handstand. Physically, I know that I’m capable, but I psych myself out every time I try. What’s up with that? Maybe next time? Any advice for me?
After yoga, I came home, showered, and made lunch. I started with a bowl of plain yogurt with Uncle Sam cereal, chia seeds, and shredded coconut on top.
On the side, I had some leftover sweet potato fries with barbecue sauce for dipping.
You ate the whole… wheel of cheese? How’d you do that? Heck, I’m not even mad; that’s amazing.
And I used a spatula to get every last morsel out of the jar. Please don’t judge.
It was Murphy‘s lucky day because I gave him the Biscoff Spread jar to lick too.
Doggy 5K Giveaway
Thanks to everyone who entered the Doggy 5K giveaway! Here are your winners:
- Brooke: I would love to run a race with my two JRT’s! both my parents are battling cancer right now so what better way to have fun for a good cause close to my heart!!
- Lauren: We would love to run with our black lab mix, Barney! He loves other dogs and running, so it sounds like this is the perfect event for him!! His vet is at Angell so maybe we’ll see her there too.
- Paj: My dog Lucy and I participate in the MSPCA Walk for Animals event every fall. This is my first year running (thanks to C25K and Lucy- she’s great at helping me keep pace) so we’d love to try the Doggy 5K!
- Alison: I walked my first 5K in May. I’d like to see if I could run part of this one. I’m going to sign up regardless, my pup loves a good romp outdoors!
Congrats, winner! Please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org to claim your prize.
I’m off to pack for DC! See ya!