It has been a little over a year since I committed to a 2/week yoga practice. Coming from marathon training and a steady CrossFit schedule, the transition was less than graceful. Thankfully my yoga instructor, Hope, was patient and loving every step of the way.
Physically, I am stronger on a much deeper level. True core strength is very hard to achieve and the ability to balance is a good indication of that strength. While I’ve been more muscular, I’ve never been this strong. My flexibility has also improved dramatically. I’ve never been particularly flexible but running has done a number on my hamstrings. When I started, touching my toes without bending my knees was not an option. Now, I can wrap my fingers under my toes. There is a reason flexibility is considered one of the foundations of fitness. As we age that reason becomes much more clear.
Yoga is a gift from God. A year of hearing Hope remind me that no two days in yoga are the same (meaning some days I will be able balance on one leg while other days not so much) has been a gentle reminder to cut myself some slack. Living with a chronic illness means that life is even less predictable as it relates to the function of my body. This used to really make me angry. I would respond by pushing harder and then crashing big time. I’m moving away from that mindset. Now I desire to let my body simply BE. I am so grateful for the days when I feel like I can bend like a pretzel or kill a HIIT session. But I also honor the days my body says: “Not today.” Those days (I’ve decided) are days I should listen to what God is saying to me. I try to be more quiet in general and receive.
I know that there are those who stay away from yoga because of the spiritual connection. I have spoken to people who are uncomfortable with the fact that the origins of yoga are in Eastern philosophy and tradition.
I have not had that internal conflict. I was raised Pentecostal Holiness. As a child, I struggled with not being Baptist, Methodist or Episcopalian like my friends. While I do not consider myself to be religious, I am eternally grateful that my family’s chosen structure of Faith laid a firm foundation for my relationship with Christ. While many things have put my Faith to the test, I have never wavered in my trust in God. Not once.
“Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world.” 1John 4:4
Yoga is an extension of my walk with Christ.
Additional scriptures that serve as a reminder of the nature of my relationship with God.
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Matthew 6:33 Seek first the Kingdom of God.
Luke 11:52 Woe to you lawyers! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter yourselves, and you hindered those who were entering.
Mark13:37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch (Stay Alert)!
I do not debate matters of the spirit. I go where God leads me and I suggest others do the same.
Another thing: I’ve been pretty good about sharing a recipe a week. This one was suggested by my friend Sybil. She got it from Stupid Easy Paleo. Their exact recipe is below. Not only was it stupid easy, it was crazy delicious. Lick the bowl yumminess.
Creamy Leek Soup (Dairy-Free)
- 3 cups of leeks, dark green ends removed, roughly chopped (~2 large leeks)
- 1 medium-sized cauliflower, chopped (4-5 cups)
- 1 cup onion (~1 medium)
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup coconut ghee
- 1-2 Tablespoons ghee(clarified butter), optional
- Salt and Pepper to taste
- Wash the leeks well. I usually cut off the root end then slice it down the middle lengthwise. Hold under running water and separate the leaves, rinsing well (especially the outermost leaves). Sandy soup is not delicious. I usually cut off the top 1/3 of the leek and save that for making stock. Chop the leeks roughly. Add to a large soup pot. Cut the tough, dark green leaves off (save for stock). Add to a large soup pot.
- Cut the core out of the cauliflower and trim off any leaves. Roughly chop it. Add that to the pot.
- Add the onions, chicken broth, coconut milk and ghee to the pot.
- Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer for about 20 minutes or until all the veggies are tender.
- Allow to cool, then puree until smooth using a blender (be careful…you may need to do two or more batches so the blender doesn’t overflow).
- Season with salt and pepper to taste.
P.S. I finally got a chance to hold the drawing! I used randompicker.com this time. Tearing little sheets of paper and having my daughter pull out of a bag was stressful! lol Here are the winners according to their random picker:
|Prize ID||Public Info||Private Info||Random Sorting ID||Weight|
|1: t shirt||Robin||157C7626-2456-4ACA-A53B-31732E3BCFAC||1|
|2: t shirt||Veletta||3488072F-BA65-4B9D-8BF8-14CD60D48173||1|
Yay!!! Email me your addresses and I will get them right out to you guys!