All posts tagged: 8 limbs of yoga

Beginnings: Everyone has to start somewhere

This is a story I haven’t shared even with my husband. Hopefully, he finds it funny. 😉 My college boyfriend at the tail end of senior year talked a lot about how we could be that couple that works out together, like go jogging or go to the gym. I think I gave him a response like, “Uh huh. Sure. That sounds good.” Inside, I was panicking. First, I internally barfed at the idea of being that couple. But also, I was NOT the type of girl to go to the gym. I was scared of workout equipment and the grunting and the mirrors and the smell of stale sweat. I preferred to play sports – volleyball, hockey, basketball, football, you name it. In that time, he also suggested I try yoga. My response was probably the same, “Uh huh. Sure. That sounds good.” Inside, I was rolling my eyes. Yoga (in 2003) sounded BORING. I looked at women’s magazines that suggested poses to tone up triceps or whatnot, and I found holding my arms in Warrior 2 …

What Inside Out taught me about Santosha

My husband and I found ourselves with the opportunity to have a day date, and our first thought was to go watch a movie at the theater. Parents, you know how hard it is to go see a movie, right? We settled on Inside Out, feeling only slightly guilty that we didn’t bring our 3-year-old. Fair warning, this post may spoil parts of the movie, if you haven’t seen it yet. Come back and join the conversation after you’ve seen it. It’s a GREAT movie, by the way, and worth the cost of admission. Besides my mommy hormones making me blubber through the sentimental parent/child moments, I was drawn to the internal struggle of emotions. I’m especially sympathetic to Sadness. I’ve always had a soft spot for emo/Debbie Downer characters, like Homestar Runner’s Strong Sad. I think it’s because there is a depth of emotion that lives within sadness, and it’s such an inward-facing emotion. You face your own demons and insecurities and pain when feeling sadness. Interestingly, more often than not, you always come out stronger afterward …

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