Today was a wonderful spring-like day here. As was yesterday. Very odd for this time of year. I took FULL advantage of them and got some outside work done including cleaning up my recycle center and fixing the fence around my compost heap. I have this ongoing battle of wits with our holler raccoons. Sometimes they win.
This morning I got up really early, took a run (haven't done that since before winter solstice I believe due to the weather), finished up with some kettlebell circuits and then did a round of dark yoga. Have I explained this? I think I have. I have a love/hate relationship with yoga in which I would love to love it but basically I don't. LOL. It would help if I could actually go to a studio and TAKE yoga but there aren't any convenient to my schedule or home or work so I know I would be wasting my $$. I have tried several times to practice yoga via dvd and it just doesn't work for me. But, because I have tried and failed and tried again at yoga, I know the basic poses, etc. Finally making peace with the fact that I will never be one of those hip yoga types that packs her lil' mat on her back and throws her feet over her head while balancing on one hand, I decided to just concentrate at least once a week on doing some yoga-like stretching on my terms. Because being flexible is important and I'm getting old and stuff hurts. LOL. So, Dark Yoga is my answer - I do my mosh pit sweaty workout, turn off the lights, listen to some tunes that I find relaxing (rather than new agey yoga music) and stretch, pose, stretch some more. Today's Dark Yoga playlist:
No Church in the Wild - Kayne West & JayZ
Tam Lin - Tricky Pixie
Lumina - Joan Osborne
Frozen - Madonna
LOL - No Church for yoga? It just makes me feel...I dunno...yoga can be sexy right?
My point is that sometimes we must challenge ourselves to think outside the realm of what works for others. If your practice seems a little off, if you feel uninspired by things that inspire everyone else, look within and ask yourself - how would I do this if it were completely up to me? What would maybe make it work, for me? Then give that a try. You might be surprised at how useful the approach becomes.
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