I woke up early this morning over an hour before my alarm. The fact that I fell asleep at 9:30 last night may be to blame. Surprisingly, I was not as sore as I thought I’d be. Considering yesterday was my longest ride of the year (and I took a tumble), I wasn’t sure how I would feel today. My bottom hurts a bit (as can be expected after a long bike ride) but the rest of my body feels great…good enough to start my day with a Hot Yoga class. Luckily, there were three classes this morning and I planned to go to the 8:00 class with a new instructor named Joy.
I made some tea and an open-faced egg sandwich on WF Seeduction bread and headed off to the yoga studio excited to put my new yoga towel to good use! There was no traffic and the typically full studio was surprisingly empty when I arrived. I even got one of the coveted front row spots near the mirror. People filled in, but the class was not as crowded as usual. I’m guessing most people used their day off to sleep in and weren’t up and at ‘em before the sun like me.
I set up my new towel and used this beginning down time to stretch out my leg muscles. I was hoping to get a lot of shoulder and hip openers along with a good core workout. AND…I got them all! Especially the core strength. Joy taught a beautiful class working deep into the poses, especially in the hips. She corrected for form and even told me that since I was deep into the pose she was going to challenge me. I loved it! As always the core work was brutal, but my new towel did it’s job. My usual face towel was soaking wet, but my yoga towel stayed dry and continued to absorb the sweat dripping down from every pore of my body…even during Shavasana. We finished Shavasana with a musical version of “Wear Sunscreen” (Click HERE for the full poem). The verse that stuck out with me this morning was…
“Enjoy your body. Use it every way you can. Don’t be afraid of it or of what other people think of it. It’s the greatest instrument you’ll ever own.”
Are you familiar with this poem? What verse resonates with you?
After a quick run to WF, I was home and ready to do some cleaning and cooking for this afternoon’s BBQ. I made a fruity version of the Green Monster using spinach, almond milk, 1 over-ripe banana, almond butter, and frozen blueberries and mangos. It was refreshing and perfect to keep my hands out of the snacks I was preparing for this afternoon.
What a funky colored smoothie?!