life lessons from a yoga practice.

by Mindy @ Just A One Girl Revolution on November 13, 2011

in Uncategorized

In contrast to yesterday’s productive day, today was much more chill but equally as lovely and good for the soul.  And my sanity.

I ended yesterday with Sara and Jacqueline, browsing the Anthropologie that just opened in Grand Rapids (!!!) and dinner at Bartertown Diner.  I should really eat there more often, because I love, love, love it.

It was a new menu since the last visit and I was completely drawn to the Michigander III.

How epic does that sandwich look?!  It tasted uh-may-zing.  I think I said about four times over the course of the meal that I wanted to eat this every. single. day.

Especially if it comes with these potatoes every time.

And, of course, it wouldn’t be a visit to Bartertown without rounding out the meal with one of Roc’s vegan cupcakes.  We each had a turtle mostly because it was all that was left.  It was equally amazing as the meal.

Okay, okay.  Enough raving about Bartertown – at least for today! 😉

I slept it super late this morning and it was much needed.  I really never sat down and ate a proper meal all day, mostly just snacking and nibbling all day.  Peanut butter toast here, yogurt and granola there.  All simple, all delicious.

So, I signed up on Friday afternoon for a hot yoga class at the studio where I practice.  At the time, it seemed like an excellent idea.  As 7pm creeped closer and closer, I was beginning to doubt myself.  I’m glad I went though.  It was a sweaty, hard, challenging practice, but so very good.

As I went into child’s pose for the millionth time during class, I had a revelation.  It was hard partly because I hadn’t practiced in ages, but that was only a small part of my problem.  I was carrying so much tension and my body resisted the whole time.  My muscles fought desperately against just letting go.  My breath fought against become deep and restoring.  My mind found against just going with the flow and instead thought about how damn hard each pose was.  On a bigger scale, I realized that more often that not, this posture of resistance and holding back is how I live my life outside the confines of the yoga studio.

I need to take deep, restoring breaths, to stop resisting life as it comes, to let go of the stress and tension.

Once I realized this, it wasn’t an instant solution.  I wasn’t suddenly free to hold each pose, to not struggle, to not resist.  But, I was a bit more free.  I slowly let go and got outside of myself.  I realized I need to be a lot more consistent in my practice.

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Jess @JessCantCook November 13, 2011 at 9:47 pm

I can’t wait to get back into a regular yoga practice, I have a much easier time letting go and really letting my body get into the poses when I’m in a class. At home I have such a hard time focusing, I should work on that too 🙂

I haven’t tried hot yoga yet but I’ve heard it’s amazing!
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mindy @ just a one girl revolution. November 15, 2011 at 10:13 am

I love the DVDs to use at home when I’m on a time crunch (or too lazy to get my butt out the door!), but you’re right – it’s so much harder to focus! And, it’s just not the same experience!


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