strength training

Home Practice #6: New Moon of Completions and Beginnings

Uninterrupted practice

I feel like starting and ending the blog there because that's the single most valuable advice when it comes to mastering the art of yoga, surfing, or life- Uninterrupted Daily Consistent Practice. A new teacher who has been guiding me, Irene Pappas says, "There are no shortcuts, only baby steps to consistency. Fall in love with the journey because really that's all there is."

Giving it away

There's something about sharing that keeps me moving forward. I remember the day Lezele looked at me and saw that I could put my feet flat on the ground while in downward dog, which is not easy considering most people have to work at having flexible hamstrings and since my home practice has wavered I'll need a few days, or weeks of consistent practice to get that back. Even Lezele who most certainly is a gifted yoga girl, has to work towards hamstring flexibility. She was really impressed and asked me how I did that. I told her, "because I've been practicing every single day." That was the day she began practicing daily and THAT is what got her to where she is now doing scorpion pose and handstands. She is teaching and guiding me now. That is the way it works when you give it all away. Having the ability to pay forward what I gain from my strength training was a game changer. The way to have that capability with yoga would be to take the leap and do the training to advance my practice and be able to teach others. I've been talking about a teacher training for years. I wrote in my journal and in my blog, that I would give myself two years to prepare for a yoga teacher training and in March of 2016 it will be two years. Time is such an illusion. Where does it go?

November is for Nurturing Dreams- it's my birthday month so there's no better time to begin again. Even when we're living our dreams we still have to be sure to nurture them if we want to keep them alive. They are constantly evolving just like everything else.

What I realized about myself is that right as things start getting good and just before things take off, I stop. It might be stress, time, pain, fear, distractions, autoimmune disease, or something else, but I stop and then have to start all over again. I convince myself that first I need to eat cleaner, get healthier, shrink my breasts, make stronger abs and THEN I'll practice again. But, when I see my teachers practicing in a cast, or after back surgery, despite traveling and being in tight spaces- I know I'm making things up when I convince myself to stop. There's never a reason not to try even if it's the laziest practice known to man for a day, or more- it's still better to do it. 

That's exactly the time to keep going just when I feel like stopping. Pushing past the obstacle of wanting to give up may not feel or look graceful at first, but afterwards there's a glow that everyone will see and feel. I think that is what feeds whatever that universal energy is we all share. That's a reason not to stop. 

I'm recommitting to an uninterrupted daily yoga practice. Developing a strong personal practice, or home practice has always been super important to me. Doing this prior to finding a teacher to take me through my training was always my vision. Although I may face sickness from the cleansing taking place, pain from the metamorphosis taking place, this time I WILL NOT STOP. No matter how ugly it gets I'm going to push through to the other side of that barrier and of that suffering. I'll be sharing that with all of you. 

These are my baby steps to consistency. I believe that what we choose to focus on becomes our reality and that we can create any reality we choose. Over the next two months I'll be breathing in my new story and breathing out the old.

Who wants to enter into 2016 feeling really empowered and and commit to a daily practice with me for the rest of the year, then keep going? 

Home Practice #4 Strength

“Why do we have to listen to our hearts?" the boy asked.

"Because, wherever your heart is, that is where you will find your treasure.”

Paulo Coelho

The Alchemist

Everything in my life right now is demanding more of one thing, strength. All of them; physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, magical strengths. My heart, my loves, my yoga, my surf, my health, my bank and my future all require a stronger foundation on which to resume building. This is how I'm gonna get it and pay it forward.

In one word, plyometrics. In two words, soul fire.

"Plyometrics are one of the most effective forms of workout as they force the body to move against gravity which helps burn fat faster" says a top lifestyle & fitness coach

If Iyengar is right, health comes first and everything else comes after. The new coach in my life says the same, "Whatever you want, if you build a foundation of wellness you can have it! Success starts on your insides (in all areas) and when you nourish yourself properly, your outsides start to reflect what's happening inside!" Elite Fitness & lifestyle coach

Like heart and mind team up so do strength and muscle. Do you feel we can free our body & minds by getting shredded with muscle?

I do.

The shredding will involve all of the strengths mentioned above (physical, emotional, spiritual, mental and magical.) 

How I'm gonna get it & still call it Home Practice:

Start Date: June 15, 2015 

End Date: July 5, 2015 

-30 minute daily plyo press play on home trainings

-listen to my heart

-Sauna yoga Detox meditation

-personal development

-building relationships with a team & support groups 

-dark chocolate for cravings (you know who you are)

-mostly Paleo, zilcho sugar, zilcho alcohol &portion control

-trying a new shake to pack my body w/ nutrients

-nature adventures & hiking /swimming 

-Floating & Earthing

-Get friends & family to do it w/ me