Archives For Physical Growth

Ambition

March 17, 2015

DSCN9418What feelings come to mind when you hear the word, “ambition”? Does it give you energy: a fire in your gut that spurs you on toward your goals? Or does it make you feel stressed and uneasy, riddled with fear and insecurity? Continue Reading…

New Beginnings

January 6, 2015

Let’s see.  . . It was when I was a senior in college. That was six years ago. Six years ago I took my first yoga class. Well, it was yoga/pilates but I quickly fell in the love with the yoga postures, not giving a second thought to the pilates. I loved how graceful the poses looked, moving in slow simultaneous motion with the other bodies around me. I loved the way it made me feel afterward, my muscles groaning from a workout in which I was unaware I was participating in at the time. Continue Reading…

Feeling stronger. Breathing deeper. Now that my morning jog has gotten easier and my endurance much stronger, I am able to travel longer distances more easily.  And there is one thing I observed about myself yesterday morning that reminded me of my yoga practice: I felt clear-headed and calm. Continue Reading…

Yoga For Runners

April 16, 2014

IMG_0530The rhythm of your breath. The rhythm of your feet against the pavement. The feeling of vitality coursing through your body. The sunrise on the water beside you. I love my morning run. Continue Reading…

The Year For You

January 6, 2014

Welcome to January and the time of year where everyone is feeling optimistic about goals and resolutions they have set for themselves. I never used to be one to make goals. I just lived in the moment and found contentment in whatever I decided to accomplish at the moment. But as I have gotten older and married someone who is very goal oriented, I have learned to get excited about goals. Continue Reading…

Yoga for Fear

October 22, 2013

The older I get, I recognize more ways in which yoga has improved my daily life. One of which is breath control and the ability to focus and control my fears.

Since I was young, I have been trying to better myself, facing fears and stepping out of my comfort zone. Most of the time, these endeavors ended nicely but that did not mean there wasn’t real anxiety along the way. Continue Reading…

An Ancient Beauty Drug

September 17, 2013

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I have heard this said. But beauty is very much realized in our own minds as well. It’s confidence. And I admit, I am not one to preach confidence. I, too, struggle with many insecurities and misconceptions of my own self.file1581252479298 Continue Reading…

Practice Makes You

August 1, 2013

When the term “practice” is used for your yoga routine, it is appropriate in as many ways as I know. I have been doing yoga for five years and there are still so many things I cannot do.  And yet there are a lot of things I can. Yoga is a life journey, a practice not only with poses but also with meditation and faith. We come to our mat because we have made a commitment to our disciplines.

Many come to me, discouraged, or sometimes just convinced from the beginning that they could never practice yoga.  Continue Reading…

Diet Denial

May 2, 2013

Looking back, I used to eat a lot differently than I do now. It started with giving up meat. And I remember the sacrifice and struggle I felt making the choice. Initially, you process feelings of drudgery and despair as you think of all of the things you will not eat anymore for the sake of health. It makes you feel hopeless. Continue Reading…

Atmospheric Villains

January 31, 2013

file000649318145Some days I feel ninety years old and yesterday was one of those days. I assume I suffer from arthritis. Since adolescence I can remember living with joint pain and inflammation. I am only 26 years old and very healthy, I believe. But days like yesterday make me feel like giving up. Continue Reading…