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My Peak Challenge 2017

If you’ve seen me at ABP in the mornings before class or if you’ve seen my Instagram & Twitter accounts, then I’ve probably told you about My Peak Challenge. It’s part workout/nutrition and part charity, all started by Sam Heughan, aka Jamie Fraser of the Outlander TV series. Go figure it would take a celeb with a huge heart to motivate me enough for this lifestyle change. Side plank, here we go. #mpc2017 A post shared by Terri (@findingdrishti) on Jan 12, 2017 at 7:38am PST Like for a lot of adults, working and family consumed all of my energy, leaving little time to take care of myself. As I heard from many of my yoga teacher friends before I went down the path of teaching, there isn’t much time left for personal practice. My stress may be lower, but my physical fitness hasn’t improved. My food choices may be more conscious (feeding kids forces me to look at labels), but I haven’t been eating at max optimization. Feeling totally under the weather from allergies but …

Yoga is my therapy

Let me first say that practicing yoga as a yoga teacher is different in some aspects than when I was only a student. I imagine this is what it’s like for a dentist to go get their teeth cleaned by another dentist. Sometimes you have to get out of your own head about what the process should be like and be a recipient to the experience. I went to a couple classes this past week because I needed my teachers to guide me, to hold space for me and to allow me to experience my practice again. I really didn’t want to go to any classes; I’d rather continue curling up into a ball and feeling every sad emotion. But I put on my stretchy pants and went anyway. Liz’s restorative class was the first one I tackled. My energy levels have been really low after running off of pure will and the busyness of family overload. If I’ve learned nothing from yoga, it’s to listen to my body and respect my limits. I needed a class …

What I’ll teach my boys about body image

Last weekend, I visited family up in Dallas. We try to make a point for my parents and grandparents to see the boys at least every 6-8 weeks. The kids change and grow so fast at this age, and comments usually come about how tall they’re getting or how they’re losing their baby fat or how well Bear Shark is walking now. I’m not immune to the comments either. My relatives (in a very stereotypical Asian fashion) have a way of telling me and my sisters to our faces when we’ve gotten fatter or skinnier. We could be the exact same size and shape since the last time they saw us, but it’s a habit of theirs to say something about our bodies. Growing up, I was deemed too scrawny. After college, I was deemed too fat. As an adult, I’ve lost track of where on their scale of skinny and fat that I’m at. The latest comments were about my genetically large arms. It began as a self-deprecating comment (“I have large arms too!”), to which I replied …

Friday Food for Thought: Habits

“You need not fight to stop a habit. Just don’t give it an opportunity to repeat itself.” – Swami Satchidananda, The Yoga Sutras I’ve struggled a lot with food this past year. I got kind of a pass on being a disciplined eater since I’ve been breastfeeding Bear Shark and need the calories. I probably could have been more discerning about what kind of calories I was consuming, but I also really did not have the time to be that focused on my diet. I remind myself daily that the first year of a baby’s life is all about survival as parents. We took a lot of short cuts to get meals on the table, trying to make the healthiest choice from a takeout menu as we can or making big batches and eating the same thing for days. Lately, the 3-year-old tells us that his food is “boring” and won’t always eat his lunch at school. And then there are days (weeks?) where we did not care at all and ate EVERYTHING. Last weekend, our …

Restorative poses to relieve illness pains

A nasty virus has been working its way through my family this past week. First, Bear Shark went down for a day with fever, and I basically held him for 12 hours, only getting up from the couch to go to the bathroom and to eat. A couple days later, the big kid had a fever and a throbbing headache. We spent another day on the couch while he rested up. And of course, I got the fun bug, leaving me laid up on the couch with a debilitating headache and chills, while the big kid seemed to rebound with energy. I’m still trying to get rid of my headache, but 5 days cooped up in the house, doing nothing more than comforting kids who are feeling blah… sigh. I can’t decide if most of my body aches are due to illness catching up with me or from sitting on the couch with my little sickies. When the chills got to me, I could do nothing more than curl up in a fetal position to stay warm. In …

The best part of waking up…

I know for many moms, coffee is an essential morning ritual. But I am not a habitual coffee drinker. My husband is. I’m not even an occasional coffee drinker. (It makes me jittery!) Instead, I rely on a few things to make our mornings bearable and even enjoyable, and that starts with being well rested and well fed for the entire family. To make our mornings GOOD mornings, we do quite a bit of prep the evening before. Leftover dinner gets divi’ed up as tomorrow’s lunch. Frozen breastmilk is pulled out to thaw in the fridge overnight. Avocado, banana, butternut squash or whatever soft finger foods we have are cut and put into single serving containers. Bottle and pump parts are washed and dried. Cloth diapers are stuffed, folded and placed in a clean wet bag. Extra clothes, blankets, show-and-tell items and anything else needed for school go in the school bag. This pretty much covers everything that needs to be packed, so we have all our stuff ready to be thrown into the appropriate bag. We do …

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