I love sunny Sunday mornings. I love waking up early, before anyone else is up, and go out to the backyard and do a few Sun Salutations without having to worry about my neighbor looking at me funny. I love being able to take in fresh morning air with those big breaths I time my poses with. I love being able to smell the flowers in my garden and hear the birds, it somehow makes me feel like… like it’s all coming together.
When I do yoga I don’t feel like a fat girl, I don’t berate myself for not being able to do more reps or jump higher. Through the years, fitness fads and exercise have gone in and out of my to-do list, but I never get tired of yoga. Even if it’s a few poses, just a few minutes… it always helps. I think it’s because unlike other kinds of exercise, it makes me conscious of my body without making me self-conscious about it. Instead, when I do yoga I feel lucky, and strong, and positive.
The other cool thing about yoga: you need very little. You can practice in pretty much any comfortable clothing, but I have my basics: a soft tank (I like the Organic Cotton lacy tanks from H&M), a pair of yoga pants (after much experimenting, I found that I seem to like the ones by Old Navy better than their more expensive and fancier counterparts) and a soft but supportive sports bra to keep the “girls” in check.
I also like having a sticky mat, so I don’t slip when in downward dog, which is one of my favorite poses but can get really annoying when your hands keep slipping.
And for those days when it’s rainy out and I have to take my yoga indoors, nothing beats the lovely Sara Ivanhoe. She is my favorite yoga instructor – I had the pleasure of meeting her in person a few years ago, and she is as lovely, warm and down-to-earth as she seems. I have been an even bigger fan since!
As for the nail polish, it is by no means an essential – but I love looking down at my toes and seeing my nails painted in a pretty color. And the Satya necklace… that’s not just “for prettyness” as they say here. It’s for inspiration, as well. But it sure doesn’t hurt that it’s that pretty!
How about you? Do you practice yoga? What’s you favorite thing to do to unwind and carve out some “me time”?