So yesterday I did the Crow Pose in my Yoga practice! You can imagine how stoked I am right now!!
I had only planned on ‘stretching’ out better to make up for missing my Warm ups, cool downs and stretches the day before my HIIT morning practice! Since I was sore, I really just went into the practice completely open-minded and found myself pushing, stretching and breathing into the yoga teacher’s poses and my own simply because my body seemed to want to go in that direction (i followed what my body wanted). Bending and breathing into poses with a kind of thankfulness and lightness. This is little huge personal milestone for me. I’ve done a crow pose before but not with such ease and feeling of body control to be honest before it felt more of –(pause) — doing a physical exercise.This felt so different!!!
This time mastering the Crow Pose felt cohesive! It is as if my physical body AND strength are coming together in unison. I know that may not seem to make sense – or perhaps it makes perfect sense. But I feel more in tune with my Body when I exercise whether I’m doing sprints, planks, hill drills, and yoga! There is a different feeling I’ve never felt before this ‘all encompassing experience’ I have surrendered to lol. In my early days of yoga, I had this feeling of ‘oneness’ with my Body, Mind Soul and Spirit. But I lacked the Strength that my body could have had, although I was very flexible and ultra spiritual!!! There was still something missing in my ecstatic state of love and being!
Today is not merely physical or spiritual, there is a kind of “Call and Response” my Body is doing that I have never felt privy too. Beyond the duality of my past understandings. It’s beyond the mindset of grabbing some protein, shakes or meals, hitting the gym with the guys, sweating and hurting like crazy, bulking and prizing my new muscles, then heading to another meal, etc. I didn’t know what I was missing until it was gone and I had to create another way.
If you would have told me a year ago or even 6 months ago that Squats and Push ups with Planks would change me dramatically I would have thought no its the gym and pumping Iron that can do that – ONLY! But then I’m not after The Arnold Look, I don’t want to be Swole. I’m not eating what Arnold ate to get those muscular results and gains either. Being Vegan and Vegetarian has its rewards.
I’m after ‘feeling AND being the MOST Fit I’ve ever been in my Life! Not to simply look aesthetically pretty to the eye, but actually be stronger in my ability to do things (simple exercises and poses I could not do before) those that are REAL AND FUNCTIONAL as I define them:
- Can I Sprint? And How fast?
- Am I Flexible and Agile?
- Am I Strong AND Confident? Can I lift my Body weight and beyond?
- Can I do the splits, pull ups, push ups, headstand with ease?
- Do I feel and look sexy to me (and others)?
- Am I happy and living the Best of What (Who) I am?
- Am I aligned with Earth and Purpose?
- Am I psychic, radiant with higher energy, in tune with my vibration and in synchronicity?
- Am I in the ‘Right’ Direction? And using the Tools available to me to keep me at Balance in this journey?