East to West

Went for a short run this evening and saw this crazy cloud system on the way out,
and the sunset on the way back home!
Today was one of those days where I just wanted to skip everywhere because I was in such a giddy mood. And of course I was because I found out that Yoganonymous wants to send me to the Yoga Journal Conference in Colorado next month!! Ahh, I’m just so excited! I’ve never been there and I can’t wait for mountain views, caribou, hiking, and rock climbing. On to what’s really important… here’s what I’m already thinking about: 😉

1. Getting a light yoga mat! I’m thinking the eKO Lite because I know I’ll need to bring one but my Pro weighs like 12lbs and isn’t really travel friendly. Anybody out there have another one in mind?

2. Can’t wait to live in my favorite leggings!  It’s not not like they don’t get plenty of wear as it is, but it’ll basically be my uniform for a whole week! No heels, slacks, skirts, or makeup. Winning.

3. October in the Colorado Rockies. I don’t even have words.
Those are just the first few things I’ve been obsessing over: weather, adventure, & leggings. Priorities. 🙂

Anything else we absolutely MUST do while we’re there?!

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Thursday Thoughts

1. I would rather eat 15 snacks a day than eat any full meal. Cereal, chips and guacamole, fruit, half of an avocado, some cheese, green salad, freshly juiced apples/pears/carrots/ginger… I’d eat like a scavenger instead of a civilized human 😉 You know, if scavengers had juicers.

2. Which American Olympic “win” will not make me cry? Seriously. I’m not particularly patriotic, but I love the Olympics! I love seeing all that devotion and passion come to a head and see people get rewarded for something they’ve worked so hard for. If someone is winning, an Erin is crying.
3. I need a pet goat. And I don’t want it to just wander around the back yard… I want it to walk around my house like a labrador. I’ll take it for walks and everything! I personally like this one because it’s kind of mean and it’s hilarious:

4. It’s the week of veggies over here! We made broccoli soup in the Vitamix which was incredible. I don’t know how, but it had a really mild flavor of cinnamon or cloves. I steamed the broccoli (bought a big stem of it, fresh) for about 6 minutes, then pureed the florets with the stem, a splash of water, a cup of raw spinach, a pinch of salt and pepper.
I took a zillion “tastes” before actually putting it in a bowl like an adult. But the color was pretty!
Tonight I’m roasting all the vegetables in our crisper (zucchini, squash, tomatoes, & red pepper) before they go bad and will roll them in a toasted grainy tortilla with hummus, avocado, feta, and spinach.
Bam! Dinner: Done! Back to the writing board for a little Yoganonymous fun 😉

5. I’m feeling better about all the downright meanness on that article, too! I can’t lie – I shed some tears over the things people were saying and e-mailing. I was really just trying to communicate the tips that flip the “a-ha” light switch ON for most people and it felt like I was beng bombarded with craziness over a couple petty words. Luckily, I also had lots of people reach out with positive, encouraging, wonderful thoughts about not being able to please everyone and to keep doing what I’m doing. Good to hear, so thank you for being awesome 🙂

Now, share with me something fun about your Thursday!

Yogi Drama

Hi friends, long time no see! How’s everyone been?

I’ve been up a lots of this:
This is just a quick update and to ask everyone a little question. But before we get to that…

Don’t forget to go hate on my latest MindBodyGreen article! Haha, but seriously, what’s with all the disdain?! All I’m getting across is that neck safety in headstands is the #1 priority, and these tips will ensure that, but if there’s something I can clarify, please let me know! I’ve been teaching these for years and have never had anyone injure themselves using these queues, nor has anyone NOT been able to get in to one. With the criticism I’m getting over that, you’d think I just told everyone to donkey kick backwards and cross your fingers it all comes together. Sheesh.

I’m actually thinking that the next article I write should be about all the negativity in yoga, and here’s where I need you. What do you think? Have you ever run in to this yourself, be it in yoga or any other industry? I’d love to hear your thoughts on this! I’ve seen so much arrogance and self-righteousness in this industry, sometimes I just have to roll my eyes and turn away.

P.S. I’m back in the kitchen with lasagna and home-made ice cream this week. Yay 🙂 Pics and recipes coming tonight and tomorrow!

Ice Cream!

I made an awesome raw “ice cream” tonight and it was suuuper easy!

1 frozen banana

1 frozen peach

1/4 c unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 scoop vanilla protein powder

1 tbsp almond butter

Hello, dessert! I ate it so quickly I forgot to snap a pic… clearly a testament to its greatness!

Backwards

What is going on with me? I wore my yoga pants on inside out to class the other night (I just wrote that terrible sentence), I almost washed my face with toothpaste, I cooked a dinner with exactly ZERO butter tonight (black wild rice, olive oil, and a huge salad with red peppers), and I woke up WITH not AFTER my alarm this morning. Oh! And I’m totally motivated to start Body Rock this weekend.

I don’t know what’s going on, but I think there’s really something to this “2012” end-of-the-world stuff…

Truth

“Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask yourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are  child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.”

Meditation: 

Inhale, I welcome guidance.

Exhale, I will receive.

I’m neurotic

I have a knack for dramatically lamenting over whatever annoying situation I find myself in, even if it’s not that bad (okay, okay, MOST of the time it’s not that bad). I can throw the best pity party this side of town and you KNOW I won’t disappoint because it’s my party and I’ll cry if I want to! My tea is too hot, the leg on this chair is loose, my back hurts, don’t yell at me!

No more! I’m giving myself a kick in the ass (but not too hard… that Brat down under is just waiting to flip her hair and cock an attitude and I can’t have that)! I’ll be welcoming the present moment in all its imperfect glory. 

There’s clean laundry sitting in the dryer all day? That’s ok, I have more exciting things to do. That leg on the chair is STILL loose? No biggy, nobody sits there anyway! How many times does it take me to poach a perfect egg? Who’s counting?! My mid- to late-year resolution is to stop putting all my attention on useless details and refocus on ones that produce something. All I want for myself is to forge a life I love. 

So. Writing in a little rambly blog that three people read but makes me happy? Sure! Busting out more random yoga poses in my kitchen, living room, garage, or anywhere else I happen to be when the mood strikes because it makes me feel like a superhero? Absolutely!

Getting Starbucks immediately because that’s what the present moment is telling me to do?! Oh, I’m on it!