Aerial Yoga Newbies

Yoga continues to be multi-dimensional. Whether it’s Vinyasa, Bikram, Yin, etc. there are plenty of different classes/varieties of yoga to be experienced until you find one, or multiple that are the right fit for you.

Personally I have a hard time enjoying a workout class that isn’t at least somewhat challenging. If a flow is too slow my mind is constantly wandering and I’m unable to focus on my mat. A moderate/fast pace is what I enjoy which is why for almost a year I was a member at Corepower, which remains one of the best workouts of my life.

Back when I lived in Phoenix (now a proud Denver resident) my best friend and I decided to try Aerial Yoga.

As life happens, we were extremely hungover before entering the classroom. NOT RECOMMENDED.

Aerial yoga is a newer form of yoga that was developed over a decade ago by Christopher Harrison, who was a professional dancer. Is it advertised as an opportunity to “increase mobility and naturally realign your muscles and joints.”

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By the end of the class I was somehow not feeling sick but somewhat… restored? I was scared to go upside down, you have to wrap your legs into the silks and then have faith and basically just fall back and I screamed which the class definitely enjoyed.

Although it’s not a workout I would do all the time every now and then it is a welcome way to work out muscles that aren’t often used and just have FUN. On a final note, I would NOT do this hungover again, but I am happy to say that I survived and added it to my list to mix into my fitness routine every now and then.

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Silent Disco Yoga

One of my goals for 2019 is to take advantage of all the free events/classes that Denver has to offer.

If you live in any metro area you are likely going to find that your city has quite a few offerings that are either donation-based or completely free.

Last night my best friend and I went to an event sponsored by Corepower Yoga and Sound Off Co. at Viewhouse in Downtown Denver.

We were pleasantly surprised to receive a free beer before the class (I think we were meant to get it afterwards.) and then headed into the covered front room for the class.

It wasn’t too difficult but was the perfect pace and we left feeling stretched out and amazing.  I would say it was similar to a C1 if you’ve ever been to Corepower.

The headphones were great sound-wise and it was in a way, less distracting than regular yoga, due to only being able to hear the music and instructions. Our overall afterthought was that the class was a perfect pace and we left feeling stretched out and amazing.

Consensus: Would Highly Recommend!

30 Day Squat Challenge

I often forget how much free information and resources we have at our fingertips.

There are tons of fitness programs out there which no doubt have great results but I’ve found that I can usually find workouts, videos, and meal plans for free.

I downloaded the free 30 day Squat App in the apple store this morning. I’m not counting it towards my workout of the day but I’m going to get up 5 minutes earlier each morning to get them down. I’m excited to see if it changes my body just from making this small commitment every morning.

It’s the first month of 2019 and everyone is making their resolutions. I tend to start a ton of things and not complete them, so I’m choosing one thing to do every 30 days for those 30 days. I’m hoping this will allow me to be more focused, and not keep spinning my wheels in one direction.

Oh, and I posted this challenge on my instagram feed and had quite a few friends ask about it, or tell me that they downloaded it. It’s always easier to do something with an accountability partner! 🙂

 

NOLA… Never Forgotten

Several months ago one of my best friends (Antonia) and I made our first journey to NOLA. This was primarily to see Mumford and Sons for the… third time, however our hearts were stolen by the city. We were lucky enough to hit the city during the French Quarter Festival and constantly bemoan the fact that we were only there for three days. The music, the culture, the buildings… but most of all, the food.

Oh my god.

The food.

Our first stop was the world famous Cafe Du Monde where we enjoyed their world famous beignets and fantastic coffee.

The rest of the trip as a blur of Gumbo, scallions, lobster tacos, and po-boys. If you like anything that is seafood related, then this is the city that you HAVE to visit. It’s been almost a year and I still day-dream about the food.

 

 

 

FoodMatesCreate

12088576_10206611142629153_9025839510192212257_nThere are an overwhelming amount of diets and dietary lifestyles that are circulating through our culture.

Atkins, Southbeachdiet,(Remember that one?) Weightwatchers, low-carb, high-carb, gluten-free, vegan, vegetarian, paleo, etc, etc.

I can’t really comment on any of them because I am not a dietician/nutritionist. However, after 27 years of this planet I have come to the conclusion that is it possible to find balance so that food is an integral part of your life, not the part that controls it.

I dealt with body shaming and an eating disorder for years. A few years ago, a friend of mine let it slip that his old boss had referred to me as fat. Although this comment was made years before and I was an entirely different person that word instantly brought guilt, shame and self-hate.

I’m not perfect. There are days when I hear that little voice in the back of my head telling me that I’m not pretty enough and the rushed feeling of insecurity in the pit of my stomach. But I am no longer anorexic. I no longer let a calorie define how I feel about myself. And I believe that cooking and eating is a beautiful art that should be shared with friends.

Therefore, what I give to you is a blog that will include the following content:

-Healthy (ish)recipes

-Cooking with friends (hence the name of the blog)

-Drinking wine while cooking

-Possible kitchen disasters

-Food consumed while on vacation

Let the chaos commence.