108 Sun Salutations

Apparently it’s customary in yogic tradition to complete 108 sun salutations on the summer solstice. You learn something new every day, right? Well one of my favorite yoga teachers at my studio posted about it the day before and said we would have a sun salutation packed class the next morning; I was excited. I knew we wouldn’t do 108 in a 45 minute class, but I was excited none the less.

I nearly jumped out of bed Wednesday morning bright and early. I got in a short arm and ab circuit in my apartment gym before driving to Grand Rapids for the 6am class. As promised, class was full of a variety of sun salutations. It was sweaty, beautiful, but as the girl who loves a good challenge, it didn’t totally fill my need.

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Hot Yoga Essentials

Do you ever wake up with a hit of inspiration? Whether it be something to write about or an idea that more closely fits into your creativity realm?

I can say with certainty that this is something that happens to me quite frequently, but the one that hit early Sunday morning is latest and man, it’s annoying. It was maybe 4 or 4:30, and right in line with my usual wake up time during the week but a bit early for Sunday as I had set my alarm for 5:30 and was planning to enjoy that extra little hour of sleep.

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When Our Lives Look Different (and Why That’s OK)

“Be authentic” and “follow your gut” they say. Then you do and the hateful and negative comments appear.

Has anyone else had this happen?

I think it usually happens without the people doing it even realizing they’re doing it, but when those people are people close to you or people whose opinions are important to you, it can be tough.

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The ONE thing to cure a bad mood every single time

I’m going to be completely honest with you today. I was pretty CRABBY for about a week and a half for what felt to me like “no reason,” but truth be told, I think the reason was a lack of reserve. I meditate, workout, run, go to yoga, chat with friends, go for walks, shut out the world, garden, etc and I help combat some of the negativity that happens in and around me, but I hadn’t actually built up a reserve; something I could tap into when the unexpected happens and suddenly I’m clawing for a way out.

That sounds a bit more dramatic than it actually is, I know, but when you’re in the moment and when you’re someone who is prone to anxiety or depression, that’s sure how it feels.

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