My meditation candles and a mini Ganesha

I wanted to have this posted yesterday, but as I started typing it out, I realized I was monotonically just typing out what I did that day. I didn’t go into my feelings are what I gained from it. So I’m posting it today just so I could sit on my thoughts about my day without social media.

In all honesty, it wasn’t what I was hoping for. That may sound a little entitled or spoiled, but I think what I’m trying to say is I probably could have been better at how my day played out. I’ll start from the beginning.

The day started out great. I got up nice and early, meditated for 15 minutes, did an hour of candlelit yoga, made a cup of chai tea, and got to work on blogging. Almost immediately following were a couple curve balls from the universe, one of them being the accidental deletion of the entire blog post I had just typed up and the other being something that I don’t care to go into detail about as it would take a lot of extra explaining and I’d just rather not. Either way, my speed bumps combined were big enough to throw me into a funk and I was awful at recovering from it until I finally made myself go for a run and do my leg day. Yes I felt much better after that but I had half a list of things that I had wanted to do for this day. Not things I HAD to do, things I wanted to do. I really wanted it to be a day of self love and taking care of myself and instead I let my emotions get the best of me and spent most of the day fixing my baditude.

I understand the lesson in this, I do. The lesson being that sometimes the universe doesn’t give us what we expected, but what we needed. In this case, it was brought to my attention how I need to get better at this whole letting go thing. And maybe start planning my days out a little better.

There were bright sides from this for sure. There were only a couple times that I struggled with avoiding social media and that was during down time and and moments of stress. Which really is like another lesson… instead of turning to social media and getting distracted from the task at hand, I need to start taking a different approach. Maybe focusing on my breathing or meditating for a few minutes? anyway, I digress. I kinda liked a day without social media. For me, social media is my bad habit. Since moving to California it’s gotten worse because I don’t know anyone here and when a place doesn’t feel like your permanent home, you’re not as willing to go out and make friends so I turned to facebook and instagram to make up for my extreme lack in social interactions. The great thing about my social media free day was that it let me see just how much I truly need social media… it’s not much. It was pretty nice being so present in the real world. I’ll definitely be doing social media free days more often. I don’t want to completely take it out (hello, traveller here who wants to keep in touch) but I’m happy to start reducing it. A day free of it was in truth freeing myself. I want more of that.

My plan is to have another one of these days. Soon. But without dwelling on petty situations. And with less technology and less chores. I want this day to not have plans. I want this day to involve pampering myself with a warm lavender bath, massage, reading, journaling, being out in nature and going on adventures with my love. I want to completely disconnect from technology. No emails, no blogging, no social media, no movies or videos. I can’t remember the last time I had a day like that. Maybe my childhood? I believe I’m overdue.

The great part about this realization is the timing. In exactly 30 days, we’ll be leaving this crazy place we’ve called home for the past year. We’ll pack up our car and head North. The first 2 days and 2 nights will be spent in the overwhelmingly beautiful Big Sur. By far my most favorite part of California. I won’t be getting my warm lavender bath, but we’ll be disconnected from technology and connected with each other. We’ll be hiking and exploring and enjoying each other’s one-on-one company in nature. That’s only the very beginning of our epic adventure. And I’m so ready :)

I am free, no matter what rules surround me. I am free because I know that I alone am morally responsible for every thing I do. ~ Robert A. Heinlein

<3,
Josie

Finding Balance

October 8, 2014 — Leave a comment

Purple Peacock Harem pants by Bohemian Island crop top by American Apparel

As of yesterday, I have been working out 4-5 days a week. Monday, Wednesday and Friday are running days with a workout after and Tuesday and Thursday are leg days (ouch). This has been such a drastic change in my life, it practically took away my menstrual cycle (TMI? let’s face it, it’s the truth). I’ve suffered little to no symptoms and little to no cycle. Honestly I’ve loved every minute. I feel like a new woman with more energy. And while I’m really proud of myself for having actually started a solid fitness routine for myself that I’m actually seeing progress in, there is a downside…

I haven’t done yoga in 2 weeks.

Ok, technically I did yoga for about 15 minutes the other day but there wasn’t even a Savasana. What’s yoga without Savasana? yoga is nothing then. Savasana is yoga because Savasana is meditation and that’s what yoga is. The whole purpose, the reason you do asana is for savasana. And there was none. Because I was distracted by everything going on in my life. I shouldn’t have stopped after 15 minutes because I obviously wasn’t finished.

That brings me to today. This very moment. I still have a lot going on. I still feel overwhelmed and scattered and behind. But today I’m going to center myself. I’ve been running and pumping and moving and sweating for two weeks without nearly enough yoga. Today is being dedicated to yoga. I’ll still do what workouts I have planned for myself (how else would I keep up my routine? ;)), but I’ll be spending every other ounce of my time, energy and focus on the practice of yoga. MY practice of yoga. I’m going to meditate, do some stretchy movements, a yummy and long savasana, I’m going to listen to my breath, eat some cleansing foods and I’m going to love the hell out of myself. I’m going to love the hell out of my man too because today is a special day for us.

Today I’m going to heal.

Maybe even tomorrow too. I need to reconnect.

You must know what you want to find what you want. ~ Lailah Gifty Akita

<3,
Josie

OY VEY!!!! It has taken me forever and a half to get this very blog posted. Truth be told, it’s extremely embarrassing how long it took and I did everything I could that was within my power to get it posted as soon as possible and right now just happens to be when it’s finally getting posted. Sooo moving onward….

This was inspired by a mattress company called Casper. They asked what are some of my suggested bed time poses and this is what I came up with! I’m sure all you lovely readers out there could benefit from this poses as well (if not a new mattress from Casper teehee ;-)). I’m a big bedtime person (getting in bed is one of my favorite parts of the day…somedays I’ll work in bed, no joke) so here are some asanas you can do RIGHT in the comfort of your bed. You can literally do the asanas and go right to sleep. Talk about the best savasana ever! ;-P

Legs Up The Wall pose (Viparita Karani)
When getting into this position, Keep your spine flat and straight and your hips at a 90° angle. Shoulder blades should be hugging the ribs and down away from the ears. While it’s definitely comfy on a bed, it’s not necessary. Feel free to do any of these on the floor :)

Half Lord of the Fishes (Ardha Matsyendrasana)
Start out with your legs straight out in front of you. Take your left foot bringing it over your right leg to have the outside edge of your left foot being flush against the outside of your right thigh, your sole being flat to the ground. Bend your right knee, bringing your right foot to the outside of your left hip; the outside edge of your right foot being flush to the ground. Place your left hand behind your sacrum, straightening your arm to make an extra support for your spine. Inhale your right arm up reaching for the sky, exhaling bending your elbow stabilize it to the outer edge of your left knee. You can keep your right arm bent with open palm or you can straighten with fingers in om. On your inhale remember to lengthen :) Don’t forget your other side!

Supine Pigeon Pose (Supta Kapotasana)
Lying flat on your back, bend your left knee laying your left ankle right above your right knee to make a figure 4 with your legs. Keeping your left foot flexed, bend your right knee bringing your left foot closer to your body, lacing fingers behind the right thigh. Prop your left elbow against your inner left knee to keep the 90° angle at your left foot/right thigh. Pull your arms in closer. You should feel a stretch in your hips and glutes. Repeat on the other side.

Reclining Open-Leg Spinal Twist (Supta Matsyendrasana)
My legs aren’t open like the name says, but that’s ok; this is another variation of the pose. Once again lying on your back, bend both knees, feet flush to the ground. Lift your hips and bring them slightly to the right. Bring knees to chest, slowly rolling them to the left. Once flush to the ground, adjust your hips and knees to be at 90° angle, bring arms out to a “T” and turn your head to face the right. Breathe deeply and repeat on the other side.

Reclining Big Toe Pose (Supta Padangusthasana)
If you have a belt or yoga strap I highly suggest you get it for this one and put a big loop in it! Lying completely flat on your back, bend your right knee bringing it to your chest. from the inside of you right leg, loop the belt or strap onto your foot. Keeping your scapulas (shoulder blades) flat to the ground, straighten your leg keeping a microbend in the knee, right arm straight and right hand keeping the belt/strap taut. On an exhale, lower your right leg slowly as far to the right as your body is allowing this evening. Inhale it back to center switching hands, exhale it slowly to the left. Inhale back to center and do the other side (feel free to hold any position that is comfortable for you).

Seated Forward Fold (Paschimottanasana)
This one is simple yet one of my favorites. Sitting upright with (micro-bent) legs out in front of you, inhale arms up reaching for the sky. On your exhale, keeping a straight back, slowly begin to hinge at the hips. Go as far as your body will allow for today before relaxing your back and bending into a deeper fold.

The great thing about these poses is they’re good at just about any time. Night time works but so does morning time as well! Feel free to use these when it works best for you. :)

A well spent day brings happy sleep ~ Leonardo da Vinci

<3,
Josie