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9 months in, 9 months out

We reached a big milestone this week. Bear Shark turned 9 months old. That’s about the same amount of time he spent in utero as he’s spent in the outside world, plus or minus a few days. They always say to give yourself 9 months after the baby to feel back to normal since pregnancy is 9 months long. Whether I truly believe that isn’t important, but the milestone is mentally marked. Lately, I’ve caught myself checking through my state of being. Clothing fit I’m not sure what the obsession is with getting back to pre-pregnancy weight or pre-pregnancy size. I’ve done both, and still my clothes don’t fit. Breastfeeding seemed to pull all the fat and mass from my butt and put it in my knockers. And then my middle is still squishy, so my pants may fit around the waist but they slip and get wonky since there’s less butt to keep them in place. It’s no better with my yoga clothes either! All my leggings and cropped yoga pants fit funny. Hi, …

Meditation experimentation

The last two weeks, I participated in my friend Tammy’s 4th grader’s science experiment and meditated (almost) every day. Those of us providing data were asked to track our emotions before and after the session. I took it as a great opportunity to kickstart a meditation practice. I have been telling myself for the longest time to work it into my day because I strongly believe anyone attempting to raise children NEEDS meditation in his or her life. I tried to fit in my sessions anytime and anywhere I could. One night, it was while waiting for Bear Shark to fuss himself to sleep (my version of sleep training?). Another night, I sat for a quiet moment right before I went to bed. When work got crazy, it was in the middle of the day while waiting for an important email to come through. I attempted a walking meditation one day when the weather was nice. I leaned heavily on the information I learned from Sheila‘s meditation workshop I attended a couple years ago. For reference, these were the two …

Yoga and Hiking = Yoga Hike

I found a Groupon a little while ago for a yoga hike through hikingyoga.com. I like hiking, and I like yoga, so why not? They actually organize yoga hikes in many cities, including Dallas, Kansas City, Ft. Lauderdale, Brooklyn, San Diego, LA, the Bay Area, Portland and Anchorage. For Austin’s, we met at the Greenbelt Trailhead near Barton Springs. I wasn’t sure what to expect, which is kind of silly since the name says it all. We started out with some intros and light stretching before hiking along the trail. Then, we would hike into the dry creek bed (drought and all that fun stuff), find a little space for ourselves and go through a small yoga practice. I’ve never hiked this part of the Greenbelt, so it was a fun adventure for me to explore a new-to-me area of Austin. The morning’s cool temperature was perfect to get warmed up, and then the sun really started to heat up for an unseasonably warm fall day. The gravel and uneven terrain added to the challenge …

Luminarium: Architects of Air

My co-workers and I went on a little team outing to visit the Architects of Air sculpture at the Long Center yesterday. This year is a new luminarium called Miracoco. My family visited a different luminarium two years ago that was the “brother” exhibit to Miracoco, and it was such a cool experience that I definitely wanted to come back. Think of it like a giant blow-up walk-through architectural space with ambient music and colorful light flooding the different rooms and pods. It was so serene inside that you could see people just hanging out in a pod, meditating and absorbing their surroundings. They highly encouraged yoga inside the structure, which means doing tree pose at the “tree” seemed completely apropos. Just watch out for young children! Take your camera. It’s definitely a visual treat, and you’ll be pleasantly surprised by how spacious it is inside. The exhibit only runs through this Sunday, February 2, so head down to the Long Center soon before it moves on to the next tour destination. Tickets were $10 each.

Yoga as therapy

At my prenatal classes, we usually begin by going around and noting any areas that hurt or need additional attention. Granted, pregnancy brings a ton of extra physical ailments due to the state of pregnancy itself, so there’s always something that’s bothering someone – lower back, hips, pelvis, shoulders, etc. As we were addressing everyone’s allergies issues last week with specific poses, I thought about how no other “exercise regimen” is therapeutic the way yoga is. Sure, a lot of forms of physical activity can make you feel better and healthier, like going for a run or a bike ride to clear your head. But I wouldn’t look to anything else to help with aches and pains. It’s yet another unique aspect to the practice that isn’t obvious from the outset. Everyone talks about strength, flexibility and balance. Or they mention the spiritual side of connecting mind and body to relieve stress. While my teachers talk about how certain poses affect certain parts of our bodies, I never really thought of yoga as a full …

Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had some days off to relax and spend with loved ones and rang in the new year safely! For the most part, I got to unplug the way I wanted to and find some analog ways to connect with family. My siblings and their families all piled in at my parents’ house for Christmas, and with 20-something wi-fi enabled devices trying to get on the network, NOBODY had Internet access. This would normally be a disaster in such a tech-happy family as mine, but we managed to get by. (I still got to play plenty of Wordament using my cell phone data, so that helped. Haha!) Getting back home in Austin, I managed to get in some yoga classes. I even took the kid to one class with me, which he loved. I didn’t check the latest schedule at Kula that day, not realizing the toddler yoga class was canceled. Thankfully, the vinyasa teacher and students allowed him to join us in our class, and he happily played with trucks and did …

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