As a yoga lover I found this really cute and a great way to introduce younger kids to yoga practice.
As a yoga lover I found this really cute and a great way to introduce younger kids to yoga practice.
🌞Happy Sunny Sun Day!!🌞
Hope you’ve all had an amazing weekend! This weekend was pretty 💪🏽fitness oriented for us over here. We were either working out or watching the re-runs of Game Of Thrones, which we have one episode left I think and we’re ready for the new season!!
If you’re a #GOT follower (GOT’er aka…Thronies), and haven’t read the novels yet, what questions or story lines are you eager to see clarified the most??? For me, right now my most looming questions to be answered are;
❓Will Daenerys’s title get longer
I have many more questions, but that’s what’s on my mind tonight 🙃
So besides re-runs, I headed outside this morning for a quick couple miles. And if the last week or so is any indication of how summer’s gonna be, we’re in for some dog days ahead😢💦. early mornings and inside tracks here I come! It was ☀️🔥 h u m i d 🔥☀️today! But it felt good and my legs are feeling stronger and stronger. I’m really happy I decided to start back at square one and train right. I don’t care how long it takes me to reach my goals. 🐌🐌🐌🐌 Length of time is the least of my worries. These days, doing things in a way that creates strong daily habit is more important than rushing the process and in the end reaching a fail point.
Also, took a break from Shaun week on repeat and the #SYSOFshift for some yoga and meditation. I needed it mentally and physically. Hubby needed it, because of dreaded shin splints he’s had. We did an hour of what we both thought was a really awesome workout. “Strong But Simple Flow With Vytas”, on Beachbody On Demand was a really challenging hour of strength and stretching, it felt a lot like I imagine hot yoga feels ♨️. During I felt challenged to go deeper within my stretches and after I felt leaner and strong. Both of us agreed and this one was added to our favorites to do often.
My meditation was emotional and happy. I feel I am in such a good place now and being centered is becoming a more common feeling these days. You just know when all the pieces are starting to fit into place ☸️
And WOW….Our SYSOF shift challenge group is now 608 members strong!!
The more results pics I see coming out of the Shift Shop test group, the more psyched I am to start the program! It launches on 7/12 and I won’t be wasting any time getting started. The #SYSOFshift challenge group will be running with Shaun week on repeat till the #ShiftShop hits On Demand. When it does we’re doing 3 rounds. First round starts July 17th
I’m re-opening up enrollment now for the Shift Shop challenge group that will begin on 7/17. I’m asking participants to commit to 2 rounds of this program with a third if you want to keep on going . Fitness, nutrition, motivation, inspiration, coaching, and support are what make our challengers successful. Are you ready for results? Drop your email below 👇🏽, or message me!!
I love 💜 this workout by Shaun T, Insane Weights!! It’s fast and fun! I’ll be continuing with Shaun T on #BOD till Shift Shop releases in July (can’t wait!!). He is so encouraging and upbeat! I swear in his workouts, time zooms by so fast! Guys, I’m telling you you seriously NEED to experience Shaun Week, and having #BOD at your fingertips!
The rain cleared up, making for a pretty day!!
Easy dinner night, big salads with a lil soup I think. I’m not feeling like being in the kitchen tonight and salads are so easy to make super fast. Greens, other assorted veggies, maybe some fruit, add your protein of choice and boooom, dinner’s ready!
Besides, the weekend’s turning out kinda screwy because Keith’s hours are all jumbled for the next week, but it’s ️ FRIDAY!! I’m pretty sure I’m just super excited he’s home ❤️
Not much planned for the weekend now, maybe some Yoga with the RWB on Sunday, and maybe hopping on some stationary bikes at the rec center since Keith has a pretty bad case of shin splints (still), and of course we’ll be doing #BOD workouts. Otherwise I think we’re chillin’ watching re-runs of #GOT, getting ready for the July premiere! I was sulky because they plan such short seasons now, but watching the series over again, I’m getting super excited! I hope they make those few episodes ⭐EPIC⭐!
Saturday the hubby and I had a morning yoga session at the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. The gardens host quite a few different community projects as well as certificate programs in Floral Design. It was a gorgeous cool spring day and a perfect way to spend Saturday morning together! The class was very beginner friendly and the instructor, Charlotte was amazing! She also teaches Yin Yoga at the The Space Above Yoga Center.
After yoga, we received free admission with the cost of the yoga class. What a beautiful way to spend a Saturday morning, yoga to restore surrounded with nature’s beauty. It was a magical day!
It was peaceful and kind of meditative at times. Even though we’ve live in this area nearly 9 years, my hubby’s never been to the Botanical Gardens before. So this made the day extra special.
I’ve been to the Gardens with visiting friends during the height of tourist season and it was beautiful. But it was hot and can get crowded. I’ve always recommended people travel here during off season. No lines, hotels are less expensive, and events are less crowded. So plan two trips to the area. One for relaxing and one to take in all the tourist vibe events!
So now come take a walk with us as we explore the
Norfolk Botanical Gardens
“There is unspeakable beauty and potential to be found in nature. It entices me and is an invitation I just have to accept.” ~Jil Ashton-Leigh
“A human being is a part of the whole called by us universe, a part limited in time and space. He experiences himself, his thoughts and feeling as something separated from the rest, a kind of optical delusion of his consciousness. This delusion is a kind of prison for us, restricting us to our personal desires and to affection for a few persons nearest to us. Our task must be to free ourselves from this prison by widening our circle of compassion to embrace all living creatures and the whole of nature in its beauty.”
“It is no longer sufficient to describe the world of nature. The point is to defend it.” ~Edward Abbey
“There is a pleasure in the pathless woods,
There is a rapture on the lonely shore,
There is society, where none intrudes,
By the deep sea, and music in its roar:
I love not man the less, but Nature more”
~George Gordon Byron
“Adopt the pace of nature: her secret is patience.”
~Ralph Waldo Emerson
“‘Is the spring coming?’ he said. ‘What is it like?’ …
‘It is the sun shining on the rain and the rain falling on the sunshine, and things pushing up and working under the earth.'”
~Frances Hodgson Burnett, The Secret Garden
“Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. … There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature — the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after winter.”
~Rachel Carson, Silent Spring
“Nature’s peace will flow into you as sunshine flows into trees. The winds will blow their own freshness into you, and the storms their energy, while cares will drop off like autumn leaves.”
~John Muir, Our National Parks
“I felt like lying down by the side of the trail and remembering it all. The woods do that to you, they always look familiar, long lost, like the face of a long-dead relative, like an old dream, like a piece of forgotten song drifting across the water, most of all like golden eternities of past childhood or past manhood and all the living and the dying and the heartbreak that went on a million years ago and the clouds as they pass overhead seem to testify (by their own lonesome familiarity) to this feeling.”
~Jack Kerouac, The Dharma Bums
“An early morning walk is a blessing for the whole day.”
~Henry David Thoreau
“Whoever loves and understands a garden will find contentment within.”
As we walked through the Enchanted Forest, the birds became hyper aware and greeted us as we passed by! It was magical!
“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.”
~ Lao Tzu
But the Butterfly Garden was blooming!
In a field of roses, she is a wildflower.
“One touch of nature makes the whole world kin.” ~William Shakespeare
“The richness I achieve comes from Nature, the source of my inspiration.”
The Rose Garden
“One of the most tragic things I know about human nature is that all of us tend to put off living. We are all dreaming of some magical rose garden over the horizon instead of enjoying the roses that are blooming outside our windows today.”
“Take time to smell the roses.”
Hope you enjoyed the tour of the Norfolk Botanical Gardens. We highly recommend it for a low key, long walk kind of day filled with beauty.
Susan & Keith
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Yes! Finally I was able to get in some stretches and gentle yoga yesterday. My legs is still a bit sore, but it’s finally healed enough to do a yoga sequence. Giaim has many many free video’s online to choose from. Seane Corn is one of my favorite yoga instructors and this is one of my go to sequences just to detox and begin to focus on gaining strength and balance in my body. She also has her own website, here and you can check out Gaiam, here.
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Yoga is incredibly good for you. Runner or not, flexibility is one of the keys of the fountain of youth. Keeping your body flexible and working on balance and strength within holding poses keeps your body strong and limber. Along with yoga there is a practice called, Five Tibetan Rites (or Tibetan Rites of Rejuvenation), also known as the “Fountain of Youth”, which is something fabulous to incorporate into your day even if you can’t get into yoga.
(Her breathing seems silly but she is trying to help you hear the type of breathing and when to inhale/exhale. So it may sound silly but it helps you learn. And this was the one video I found that demonstrated the technique with clarity.)
I’m a true believer in yoga and the effects it can have on your life. Mind, body, spirit (not religion) can all be improved with adding some form of yoga practice in your life. And the yoga out there is so varied. Everything from incense with a hippie peace vibe to the more modern takes of power yoga without all the frills of eastern culture to choose from. Yoga and stretching will keep your body more youthful and your mind more focused.
And for runners?
It’s an amazing way to relieve the physical stress your body goes through from runs, especially long runs. Yoga is the best way to become more body aware. Athletes of every level need to learn to listen to their bodies, to become in tune with what’s happening during a run. With yoga, because you are doing focused poses you become keenly aware of how your muscles move and work together. Also yoga calms and centers your mind. And on long runs, during races, or even just when facing plateaus mental stress can be a serious downfall to your run. So if trained in some sort of yoga practice calming and refocusing your thought and intentions can help you improve, move farther and faster. Breathing exercises and techniques you can learn through pranayama and asana conditioning can help substantially with a runners VO2 Max. Yoga is also a dose of preventative medicine.For one it’s awesome for bone health. And with yoga you help to elongate muscles that tend to shorten or bunch from continued forward momentum. Hip flexors (a huge issue for me) are helped much with yoga practice.
Runners World – Class 1: Essential Yoga For Runners (For all experience levels)
The next yoga program I plan to dive into is 3 Week Yoga Retreat. It’s a Beachbody program. I like to have a catalog of different instruction to decide from. Keeps me from getting bored with a routine and each instructor gives their program a different vibe.
Açaí bowl recipe (pictured at the top of the page)
2 packets Sambazone Pure Unsweetened Açaí Berry
1 small banana