Afternoon! Glad you guys liked the medicine ball circuit workout from this morning. Please let me know if you try it out!
This morning’s run was absolutely gorgeous. I don’t know how the weather is wherever you are, but here in Illinois it’s dry and in the upper seventies, which is absolutely perfect to me. I ran 3.75 ish miles around a nearby lake while listening to my latest book:
I’m trying to finish the third book in 50 Shades as quickly as I can, but as I’ve said before, I’m more than ready to move on. However, I’m not a huge fan of reading two novels at once. So instead, I’ll read one and listen to one! Plus, it makes runs and dog walks that much more fun I started it yesterday on a 30 minute Niko walk, and after a 35 minute run and another 25 minute walk, I’m already on chapter 22! I’m not sure how many chapters there are, but I thought that was pretty impressive for only 90 minutes of listening.
Then, it was eatin’ time.
I brought back an old favorite today for breakfast:
Banana split breakfast parfait. It’s an old picture, because this morning’s fare didn’t look as pretty, but it tasted delicious after a workout.
I’m working the majority of rest of the day, so the remainder of my eats (until dinner) will be eaten-on-the-go style:
Chicken fajita salad, Greek yogurt + oats + mango, and an apple:
And tonight I think we’re having burgers for dinner! Mmm
My Favorite Yoga Poses
If you’ve been reading recently, you guys know I’ve been on somewhat of a yoga kick lately. I just love how it makes me feel. It makes me feel strong, empowered, in tune with my mind, body, and self.
While the last time I was on a yoga kick, I was focused on power yoga and other classes that really made me sweat and feel like a workout, this time around my focus is more on the mind/body aspects. Sure, I’ll still do a power flow class every now and the, but for the most part I’m digging rejuvenating and restorative yoga.
Regardless, there are certain poses that work magic on my body. Every time I do a few certain poses, I feel like a new person.
Some of my favorite yoga poses include:
Where my other tight hips peeps at? I know this is one of your favorites, too. I have extremely tight hips, so whenever I find a podcast that offers a pigeon pose sequence, I do it. It hurts so good when I’m in full pigeon, then when I swing back to downward facing dog, my hips feel so. much. better.
Apparently, we carry a lot of emotion in our hips, which is why a lot of us have tight hips. Or so the yogis say. However, I haven’t ever cried or gotten overly emotional while stretching them, and I’m not sure how much clout that holds.
Ahhh the heart center. We have the natural tendency to slouch our shoulders forward, which results in a tight chest and stretched upper back muscles. Not only is this a great front body stretch, but whenever I do it, I feel energized and rejuvenated.
Again with the hips – not the same spot, though. Dead bug – or happy baby – stretches the inner groin area. It’s also said to relieve stress, which is definitely true for me.
Reverse warrior is another hip-opening stretch (are we noticing a theme yet? ) It’s a super stretch for the hip flexor and outer groin. It also increases flexibility in the spine and stability in the core.
Downward Facing Dog
Yep! Good ol’ basic down dog. I l-o-v-e coming back into this position multiple times throughout my practice. It seems that my body feels different (mostly better) after each sequence. This pose stretches the hamstrings, calves, and shoulders, while strengthening the back – as well as the shoulders.
There are more poses that I love, of course, but these are my very favorite and leave me feeling very zen and “ahh” after a practice.
Have a great rest of your day, my friends
What’s your favorite yoga pose?