Flip your perspective

21 Mar
First inversion attempt ever

First inversion attempt ever

This is a photo of my first inversion attempt last fall. Oh the things we fearlessly did as kids. If we fell, we laughed. We hurdled ourselves down grassy hills intentionally so that we’ll roll at 30 mph and almost barf. We wore our skinned knees as badges of honor. Well, maybe not all girls did, but I was kind of a hot mess like that.

OK, cut to last fall. I follow all of these masterful yogis on Instagram doing crazy inversions, and I thought “I should really post something other than me doing downward dog.” So I gave myself some sort of weird pep-talk a la Rocky, and went for it. It looks so simple in retrospect, but it was one of those first defining moments.

“I’m upside down. I did this, I did this. Wow my head kinda hurts. I’m so… proud… of myself.” Then I think I tried doing a full headstand against the wall and almost smooshed the nosy cat. Baby steps. Upside down baby steps.

Peace out!

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Blueberry Muffins of Awesomeness (GF/Paleo)

21 Mar
Blueberry Muffins

Blueberry Muffins of Awesomeness

100% of the credit for these totally delicious, blueberry-tastic, I-can’t-believe-it’s-gluten-free muffins goes to PaleOMG. Don’t eat them all at once (you will want to) or you’ll turn into a blueberry like Violet Beauregarde from Willy Wonka.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup almond butter
  • 1 cup almond meal / flour
  • 3 eggs, whisked
  • 1/4 cup Raw Honey
  • ⅓ cup Unsweetended Shredded Coconut
  • ⅓ cup Coconut Oil, melted
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • ½ cup fresh blueberries

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Mix all ingredients together in a bowl. If you’re good at baking, you’ll know to mix the dry then the wet ingredients then mix together, but I do all the ingredients together and it works out just fine.
Pour into 10-12 muffin tin cups (lined).
Bake for 20-25 minutes. Just keep an eye on it, they will puff up and look adorable.

Peace out!

Studio moments

21 Mar

Props. My god the props.

Props. My god the props.

I'd never been so aware of the state of my toenails before I found yoga

I’d never been so aware of the state of my toenails before I found yoga

So here are two little glimpses at where I’m at four days a week. When the idea of practicing yoga occurred to me, I tried starting with dvd’s. It took about 40 minutes to realized I need someone to tell me if my feet were aligned right in warrior 2, I didn’t quite get what my sit bones had to do with down dog, and so on.

I do still practice some at home, by right now I get a big sense of support & camaraderie from practicing with others. I found out about styles of practice I never would have heard of. I find constant inspiration from others as they grow and from my instructors who share their wisdom & don’t let me wuss out 😉 Also, the props, my god the props! I always want to pull all of the bolsters out and make a squishy bed out of them. If I had that many bolsters at home, the cats would just claim them and it’d be game over.

Peace out!

Here we go!

20 Mar

Hey I’m Katie – welcome to my Newbie Yogi blog! I should have started this back in the fall at the start of this journey, but here we are. So… here we are! I started practicing yoga in September 2012 at a wonderful, close-knit studio in my little ‘burb. About a week in I felt like a lightbulb… nah, more like a floodlight… turned on. It’s rather cliche to say, but through yoga I’ve found something I’ve been looking for & needing and I didn’t even know I needed it. I needed to be pushed out of my comfort zone (physically and mentally) and I needed something that was just “mine.”

Here’s a picture of me after my first hot yoga class. “Whaaaaat did I get myself into?” meets “Insane fun” meets “Am I going to pass out now?”

I had spinal surgery in Dec 2011 due to an injury at the gym. After physical therapy ended & I was back to normal life, I didn’t know how to get back in shape without further injury. I thought yoga would be a gentle way to ease back in. I came to my mat with my head full of the tape-loop saying: “Maybe you shouldn’t try (name any heart opener or backbend or twist), it could hurt your back.” It was my tagline for my life the whole year prior. Letting go of that was the biggest step I took in my practice. I’m deciding right now to not even mention surgery again in this blog.

All uphill from here, baby.

My husband and I started eating caveman-style (paleo) about the same time I started yoga. Paleo is typically associated with the he-man/she-ra, tire-dragging Crossfit folks. But it’s perfect for us and I’ve learned so much about how my body responds to food. I totally get down on veggies, meat, fruits, nuts, anything made of coconut in any format, and lots of Thai/Indian food. NOM. I’m 99% gluten free and I ix-nay other grains like rice. And MAN I love to cook… well, ok a lot of it is actually baking. Who doesn’t like muffins? My hubby likes this too (and he’s a damn fine cook as well, as long as you like healthy doses of sriracha in every meal… Yes please).

So this blog will be for me to log silly photos of me trying new asanas, to share insights I learn my practice & meditation, and hook you up with some rad recipes.

I’m not much of a Sanskrit/Namaste kinda chick, so…

PEACE OUT!

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