Friday, February 26, 2010 – It was Olympic week at MariaMedia, so the Daily Downward Dogs from Feb 22 through Feb 26 were Olympic themed.
“If you are ever going to achieve as much as you can in a sport, you are going to have to be willing to make a leap of faith to learn how much your body can handle.”
—Meredith Rainey Valmon, two-time Olympian
In yoga there are many poses that I am afraid to try. It may be a fear of falling or because I don’t think I’m strong enough to do it. I’m going to take the advice from the Olympic athletes I quoted this week, take a leap of faith, be fearless and just go for it during my yoga practice!
Thursday, February 25, 2010
I’m taking my inspiration today from all the amazing women Olympic athletes competing (and kicking ass) in Vancouver this year. Check out this funny article about five of the coolest!
Wednesday, February 24, 2010
“In order to meet the challenge, you have to have that support.”
I learned this lesson first hand last night in my yoga class, when we all worked together as a team to help support each other to get into a wheel pose. If you think this pose looks easy, it isn’t! For most of the class this was their first time attempting this pose (well, we’ve all done back bends as kids, but once you get past your teens, it’s not a move typically in the repertoire). With the help and support from each other we met the challenge, and it felt amazing! It felt good to work as a team, and I watched as they got up from the mat with a huge smile on their face and a major sense of accomplishment. The stretch in my back felt wonderful too! Our instructor reminded us all that in life, you have to strip away the ego and allow others to help and support you! I hope the US women’s hockey team follows this lesson on Thursday!
Tuesday, February 23, 2010
The Olympics come once every four years. That thought just slays me every time I watch the athletes compete. I can’t help thinking about what must go through their minds as they get ready to perform. All the training, the pain, the sacrifice, and now it comes down to this one chance to bring it all to fruition to achieve a dream of winning a medal. Intensity Level = 10, Pressure Level = 10, Fearlessness = 10, Determination = 10! Try channeling all that Olympic intensity today, and focus on doing one thing so well, that you could step up on that platform and win your very own gold medal. It can be whatever you want, from eating your Wheaties, to singing in the shower, to attempting a new pose in yoga class. Personally, my goal today is to win the gold medal in hugging!
Monday, February 22, 2010
While watching the Winter Olympics, I marveled at how one of the women skaters in the pairs competition fearlessly allowed her partner to hoist her into the air over his head, kept her balance, spun around, and then landed backwards on one skate, all while maintaining a smile on her face. That is multi-tasking at its finest and also a damn miracle. These athletes have an incredible amount of courage, the ability to put their fears aside, and amazing trust in their partners! Try facing one of your fears today and take it on with a smile!
Friday, February 19, 2010
OK – stop the presses! I meditated for the first time in yoga class last night and it was sublime! I think I had an out of body experience, but then again maybe I was just lightheaded from the heat and exhaustion. Don’t know for sure, but I do want to learn more about meditation. Weekend research assignment here I come!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Variety is the spice of life and I’ve found a spicy way to bring variety to my workout routine and my life! Yesterday, I left my yoga mat in the car and went to a Zumba class to dance my butt off to Shakira, Santana and some great salsa and hip-hop music. It’s like taking a quick trip to a club in San Juan to get warmed up on a cold snowy night, and for some reason I’m always in the mood for a cold tropical drink after class! Try mixing up your work-out routine to keep it fun!
Wednesday, February 17, 2010
I just found out about “Yotox” a new and natural alternative to all the crap out there for women to get rid of wrinkles and turkey neck! This is an anti-aging yoga regimen that I can do for my face! Hey, the muscles on your face and neck are no different than the rest of your body, so why not work them out too. I’m reading about it in The Yoga Facelift by Marie-Veronique Nadeau. I’ll keep you posted and let you know if it works!
The Yoga Facelift
Tuesday, February 16, 2010
Feeling much better today – I made it to yoga class yesterday! At one point during class, I pushed myself to go into a wheel pose instead of a bridge pose for the very first time. I wasn’t able to hold it very long, but I did it, and it felt great! Now I know I’m strong enough to do wheel pose, I just need to push myself a little harder next time and I can hold the pose as long as I need to. I think I’ll take that lesson off the mat today, take a risk and do something new! I hope it feels just as great!
Monday, February 15, 2010
I’m not getting the inspiration today to write the D.D.D. Probably because I haven’t been to a yoga class in almost a week. Today’s mantra – must go to yoga class, must go to yoga class!
Friday, February 12, 2010
Be good to yourself this weekend – go get a Yoga video from the library and try it! If you’re pressed for time, check out this quick five minute video on You Tube.
Thursday, February 11, 2010
Here’s one way to bring peace to your life…try not to want the things you don’t have and enjoy the things that you do have.
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
What is yoga? I went to Answers.com and found this excellent definition…
“The term yoga comes from a Sanskrit word which means yoke or union. Traditionally, yoga is a method joining the individual self with the Divine, Universal Spirit, or Cosmic Consciousness. Physical and mental exercises are designed to help achieve this goal, also called self-transcendence or enlightenment. On the physical level, yoga postures, called asanas, are designed to tone, strengthen, and align the body. These postures are performed to make the spine supple and healthy and to promote blood flow to all the organs, glands, and tissues, keeping all the bodily systems healthy. On the mental level, yoga uses breathing techniques (pranayama) and meditation (dyana) to quiet, clarify, and discipline the mind. However, experts are quick to point out that yoga is not a religion, but a way of living with health and peace of mind as its aims.”
Interested…check out more about yoga at Answers.com