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So, anyone with children knows… plans are a joke.

I’m surprised I’ve been able to work evening practices into my schedule as much as I have in the past month. Tonight, it was near impossible though.

My children hate going to sleep. Every single night I get the “can I stay up late?!” “But why not??” “Just one more story/song?” “I have to pee” “I need a drink” “I need my light on” “I need to change my pajamas” etc.

Tonight was worse than usual and my eyes were bugging me. I just wanted them to go to sleep nicely, after a story. The little devils wouldn’t get in the bathroom and brush their teeth though! Despite me standing in the hallway, tapping my toe, and humming the jeopardy countdown in my head… they would NOT do it. “I need my other toothbrush… it’s downstairs” “I don’t like that toothpaste” “We’re out of kid mouthwash, I’ll use yours—ahhhh, it’s too spicy, now I need a drink” zomg. Just brush your dang teeth and get in your bed!

After 45 minutes of them bumbling around they finally got in bed, in their chonies, and I had had it. It was past their bedtime. It was encroaching on my yoga time. I have morning yoga in the morning, brats! I need to be ASLEEP by 11 and I have to shower after yoga! 😦

Needless to say, I didn’t have time for balance tonight. So, I subbed. I did Travis Eliot’s Short & Sweet #2, and it was a great practice. It did feel rather “short” though. I apparently was thirsting for a long practice tonight. It hit all the right places though and at least I managed to get that in.

Sidenote— the scissor holds near the end are amazing. My core was on fire from those.

Now I’m off to bed so I can be on my mat at the studio bright and early. It feels like it’s been forever (a whole week!).

For all of you that are doing the UY program, we have to honor ourselves, our hectic lives, and all of the hindrances that come up along the way. We may not be able to get on our mat for the full amount of time that is necessary to complete a UY dvd, but every minute that we are on our mat counts, however long it is. Do what you can, when you can. It all counts on our way to being better yogis; on our way to being ultimate.




If you couldn’t tell by my lack of posting… My weekend turned out to be hectic. I think I’m finally caught up on sleep from it.

Day 34:

On Saturday morning I woke up at 6am to get my practice in before we got on the road to Philadelphia for the zoo. It was gentle yoga and it was exactly what I needed before a 4ish hour car ride.

We spent the afternoon at the zoo and saw most of the animals. The kids were antsy and wanted to DO something, which was difficult because well…at the zoo you just LOOK at stuff. Not to mention, the kids have no understanding of money. No, we don’t need a $7 snack, we JUST ate before we got here! So, that was fun.

After the zoo we went to our hotel to check in. It looked to be pretty empty and the room was nothing fancy but fine for one night.

We opted to splurge and go to hibachi for dinner. It was amazing and delicious, and well worth the huge price tag. The kids enjoyed it, so for once in a great while… What the heck, why not?

Both me and the boyfriend were wiped out after driving/walking around in the sun all day so we just spent the evening in the hotel room. Unfortunately, I can’t say it was a relaxing, quality time type evening… Apparently there was a motorcycle “gang/crew” (i’m not sure what you really call them) staying at our hotel and they were rather LOUD until about 11pm… then were quiet (I’m thinking they went to a bar) until around 2am…. Then it was back to being loud until 3:45 or so… and when I say loud, I’m totally talking about BLASTING music from their SUV, revving the engines of their bikes, talking loudly, and even banging on OUR door. REALLY?!

I may or may not have yelled a few choice words when they banged on our door for about the 4th time, this time at 2:20am, waking me from a dead sleep. I was NOT a happy mama.

I was also not going to go and approach a huge group of bikers and say anything to them. So we “slept” and just hoped that the kids would stay asleep and not be afraid.

Day 35:

Sunday we decided to change our plan and head to the Jersey Coast to meet up with one of my friends from Highschool, who I haven’t seen in 5 years. We met at Point Pleasant Beach on the Jenkinson Boardwalk. It was overcast and windy for the first few hours so we let the kids play in the arcade while we visited and I got to love on the sweetest baby girl!

Little Miss just loved her!

After lunch the sun came out and it warmed up quite a bit. Still not really “beach weather” but warm enough that we got to enjoy the seaspray and sand on the beach without completely freezing. Some crazy teens were even in the water.

I kind of cheated on my yoga Sunday, it was supposed to be yin, so I did a few yin poses on the beach: pigeon, sphinx, goddess, and knee-down twists. With the sleepless night, travel, and craziness… I think that suffices.

We left the beach and the boyfriend still really wanted to go to Cabela’s, so we took a slightly longer route home so that we could make it back to Hamburg. Spent 2 hours in Cabela’s and the kids were more excited seeing the safari section of mounted animals than they had been the entire day at the zoo. “LOOK A RHINO, LOOK A TIGER, OOOHHH AN ELEPHANT!” >.< Yes, you saw LIVE ones yesterday! Sheesh. Next time we’ll just go to Cabela’s!

The Monster is also an expert on poaching, and kept informing me how it’s illegal to kill elephants and lions, etc. He was pretty disgusted that there was a photo of Dick Cabela and the elephant he got on his hunt. “WHY WOULD YOU WANT TO TAKE A PICTURE WITH THAT?! YOU SHOULDN’T EVEN WANT TO KILL AN ELEPHANT!” It was pretty cute.

Day 36:

So, we made it home safely and it was good to be back. Yesterday I completed 36 sun salutations after work, in my front yard while soaking up the sunshine. It was amazing to smell the grass when I’d flow through chatturanga to up-dog and feel the rays of sun hitting my skin. I just wish the ground were a little more flat.

I fell asleep at 8pm last night, before I even put the kids to sleep (oops). Apparently I was exhausted.

So here we are, day 37:

Since i had fell asleep early I hadn’t even set my alarm for the morning. I woke up at 6:30ish and didn’t have time for the full practice on today’s agenda, so I had to substitute with a Short & Sweet with Travis Eliot. I did the first one and it was fantastic. A great level of intensity and really got the full effect squeezed into the shortened time frame. I’m a big Travis Eliot fan.



Day 33: Chaos

Posted on: May 3, 2013

I went to Happy Hour yoga today and it was just the recharge that I need to give me a boost into the evening and allow me to get everything I need done for the weekend! I think I have everything packed and ready to go for our 7am(ish) departure to the zoo. We had to go and buy the Monster sneakers, then to the dreadful WM to get snacks and drinks for the trip/zoo. 

Come home, pack our weekender bags, get the car cleaned out and packed, cut Monster’s hair and Little Miss’s bangs. Little Miss had no shorts out yet, so I also had to pull out her summer clothes and switch out her closet.

I’m pooped. Maybe mountain pose this morning would have been a good idea after all. 😛

This girl is going to bed, gentle yoga in the morning- bright and early! I probably won’t blog tomorrow, but I’ll be back Sunday night or Monday!



Man. This getting up to do yoga at home in the early morning thing… It’s rough.

I laid in bed until 5:57am. I didn’t want to get up. I knew what was coming, since I’ve done these dvd’s before and detox… It’s a GREAT practice. One of my favorites for sure…but as it’s part of the “ultimate” series… It’s NOT easy. Knowing that you have such intensity headed your way can be crippling (at least to me). I can’t trick myself into thinking it’ll be a nice gentle practice like I can at the studio… Even though I have a block handy, a tie (for my make-shift strap until I buy one…), and a box of tissues all near my mat.

I know what’s in store. There is no fooling me.

So finally, I sucked it up, and I started. BOTH children were already awake and in my room. Little Miss insisted that she have the other mat next to mine to “do it wif youuu”. Which lasted all of 5 minutes.

I got my ujjayi breath and struggled to keep track of it through the practice. I had a few beautiful moments I had to pause and photograph.. Just so you can get a glimpse of *why* I keep insisting on this morning practice, though I’m NOT a morning person, and just being awake at 6am is a challenge for me.

So here’s a peak…

I caught a glimpse of this beautiful sunlit hillside & our maple tree during a twist.

During lateral angle, I saw my shadow on the wall from the light of the open window.

In those brief moments I was reminded how lucky I am. Lucky to be able to practice; to have found yoga; to be a part of this world and be able to watch the beauty of a clear spring morning.

The twists of the detox practice were invigorating. I know that I definitely need a good detox. I’m looking forward to the cleanse coming up & I’m going to really focus on making healthier choices when it comes to eating. If I can’t picture where it came from… I’m not going to eat it, at least for the most part, for the rest of this challenge. I need to fuel my body for this intensity because it definitely is NOT a joke, or a walk in the park.

I was reading Veggie Vinyasa’s blog yesterday, and she posted about the Dhyana May “Pose a day” Challenge. I decided, since I’m going to be doing yoga every day in May, why not try to get some photo’s & participate in “pose a day”? So I did.

This was last night’s May 1 photo, following the session of “hardcore”. Which was SUCH  a sweet feeling after the intensity of the core work. Mmmm. Paschimottanasana. (And oh look, I actually have some muscle tone now!!!!)

May 1: Forward fold (seated)

And then this morning during my practice, I had my five year old monster snap a photo of a Downward Dog, for May 2.

May 2: Downward Dog

Another day. Another beginning. Another downward dog.



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