Touched by yoga

I’ve been feeling like a sponge lately – soaking up inspiration from everywhere. :mrgreen: In this post, I wanted to to talk a bit about my recent yoga practice. I used to do hot yoga before my wedding. I was obsessed with diversifying my workouts – there were never any repeats from day to day and sometimes even week to week. Hot yoga seemed like a good way to add another type of exercise that burnt a whole bunch of calories. It was challenging; sometimes it felt good, sometimes it did not… but I kept going back. It was good for diversification purposes (jeez, I’m such a finance person 😆 ). Then somehow I lost interest and didn’t want to waste my time on “easy yoga” at my gym. Last December this all changed.

It was Christmas Eve, and both the bootcamp and spin classes were cancelled last minute. I was already at the gym, dressed and ready to go but not really in the mood to push myself on my own. I needed an instructor to tell me what to do. We all have those days, right? :) This is when I was informed that there was one class available – yoga. Without much thinking, I ran to the studio and I think that practice has changed my life (maybe a bit dramatic but I really think it’s true). I’ve been going back every since, every Thursday, and I think it’s possible that this class contributed to my decision to stop training for my half. The class continues to push me in such a unique way. It’s physically challenging but more importantly, somehow between all the flowing I am able to let go of all this excess. It is opening my mind to the fact that there is no room for self-judgement and “punishment” for silly things. Last Thursday, during shavasana, our instructor passed by each of us and sprayed us with some lavendar. It would be such a strange concept anywhere else outside of a yoga studio but right then and there, it felt so pure and comforting. I wish I could take yoga with me everywhere. Maybe I can. I hope I’ll get there one day. 😀

All right, enough cheesiness (sometimes I can’t help myself 😉 ) – let’s EAT. *Back to Sunday*

BREAKFAST

Whole wheat bagel (scooped out) with olive/jalapeno cream cheese and cucumber slices + coffee

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Olive cream cheese is my favorite, and jalapeno is my second favorite. This past Sunday, I decided to combine my two cream cheese loves and make my own cream cheese (well, kinda). I chopped up some jalapeno stuffed green olives and mixed them in with plain whipped cream cheese. I also added some olive juice to the mix, just to make sure the cream cheese is really flavored. This was brilliant!!! I’m a genius. lol. The cucumber slices also added a nice crunch and freshness. I love consuming veggies at breakfast! :)

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LUNCH

Leftover (self-made) sushi

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A few more closeups. Yes, I’m a proud sushi mama. 😆

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SNACKS

A yummy orange while running errands

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Then honey caramel tea at Wired Puppy

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A little sample of the breakfast glory muffin – it tasted like a carrot cake muffin…mmmm

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And then a special treat! I was at Wired Puppy for a coffee date with my friend Katy. She brought these homemade oreos from Hi-Rise Bread bakery.

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I had one and thought I died and went to heaven. I savored every bite. So delicious!! 😀

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DINNER

We were running low on fresh produce so I was proud to have come up with a delicious (real!) meal for dinner. I used the artichoke, spinach and feta stuffed shells I made a while back as an inspiration, but kept it much simpler. I chopped up some pepperoncinis, combined them with TJ’s tomato sauce, a can of diced tomatoes and some dried oregano and let it simmer while the pasta was cooking. I boiled 8 oz of whole wheat mini shells, then topped them with some leftover spinach artichoke dip, the sauce and 2 oz of cheese. I baked this for 20 minutes at 350*.

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Spicy, creamy, cheesy, carby – I had a happy husband on my hands. Excellent!

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There really is some spinach and artichoke dip in there. See? :)

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This was a really great day of eats. I definitely ate intuitively and was happy with the quality and the quantity of my food. If I can eat like that every day, life would be good. 😎

Have your workouts ever inspired other aspects of your life? Maybe just feeling strong and confident is already a big win. I love working out!! 😀

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8 comments to Touched by yoga

  • Yoga definitely helps me slow down in life when I’m not able to in any other fashion. It’s a nice “break” from the stress and constant list doing. Recently my boot camp class also has me thinking differently. Thinking I should continue to vary my workouts and always push myself harder than I want to because that’s when the work really gets done.

  • Your posts have been so inspiring lately, you know that??? :)

    I absolutely love yoga but have not been doing it enough. Your post got me thinking that maybe I’ve been subconsciously thinking it doesn’t burn enough calories or something like that. I really want to challenge that and get back into the regular habit of yoga for what it does for both my body and my mind/spirit!

  • I haven’t done yoga since I was in college, but you make me want to find a class! Right now, running is my meditation and when I have a tough day at work I know it can help me relax and calm myself down

  • I love what you had to say about yoga. For me working out in general did that. I never worked out in my life before my junior year of college. I went on a whim to the gym one day and realized how amazing it feels to sweat and, after a while, how much stronger you feel in your own body. I don’t think I would ever give up working out after that :)

  • Those homemade oreos look amazing! I’ve been slacking on my yoga practice and I’m really missing it!

  • It took me a long time to find the peace in yoga, but now that I have it really is a great way to release and go within to figure out what’s really going on…it does sound corny, but it’s true!

  • It’s awesome to hear how you’re inspired right now. In fact, it’s inspiring. I get filled with ideas, perspective, and thoughts when spring comes and it’s like New Years for me because I make all my resolutions starting when the weather gets warm.

  • So glad you are loving your yoga practice. Yoga changed my life and I wish everyone could see how amazing it is. Each class is healing, rejuvenating and changes my perspective on the world. ?

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