Yoga, where have you been all my life?

Have you heard?  I’m living “out of the box” in my thirties.  Since turning 30 in January, I have chosen to let life be a little sweeter.  As my big day approached, I was really stressing out about it, noticing subtle changes in my body, listening to my grey hairs scream out a greeting in the mirror, wondering if my eggs have dried up like little raisins.  However, I decided that this year is the year I do everything different.  Just like that episode of Seinfeld where George does everything the opposite and ends up having everything suddenly go his way.  I think this out of the box thing is working for me because my thirties have rocked so far.  Instead of my normal baggy jeans and a loose fitting cardigan, I wear skinny jeans.  When out shopping I trade my classic “Do not disturb” face for an open and warm smile.  Best of all, I decided I do not diet anymore.  I spent way too much of my twenties worrying about weight, wishing, praying, and spinning off those post high school ten pounds.  None of it did any good.  Ive stayed the same weight for pretty much the past 10 years.  In fact, I even have a pair of work pants in the rotation from 2002.  Literally.

Anyway, living out the box for me has most of all been saying goodbye to diets and hello to yoga it seems.  Yoga has changed my life.  Its dramatic of course, but kind of true.  I had dabbled in it a bit at the local gym but I actually tried studio yoga for the first time and I am totally hooked.  So used to being the teacher, I have become a student to yoga.  Yoga’s classroom is so warm (actually, its a hot 99+ degrees), and so forgiving.  Its giant mirrors teach me to look and not compare.  To forgive myself and even smile when I fall out of crow pose.  Best of all, I am a student in confidence and body love.  I have noticed so much more strength in my poses even after only a few weeks.  I love that yoga will continue to adapt its lessons, and that I will continue to be challenged.  I like that I have new fitness goals that do not include a combination of punishing my body with brutal exercise and wishing the pounds off.  My big goals so far are to stay up in crow pose and to do a wheel.  I can stay up for a few seconds in crow (hint: push your hips up high, then push your hands into the ground and your elbows to your knees), but I would love to hold it strong.  Also, I want to do a wheel instead of bridge.  This one is not a strength thing but a fear thing.  Stay tuned…

 

7 Responses to “Yoga, where have you been all my life?”

  1. Jessica
    April 5, 2011 at 8:29 am #

    yay! go sarah! <3

  2. Joy
    April 5, 2011 at 10:00 am #

    Welcome to the blogosphere, sissy! I love reading about your yoga, out-of-the-box adventures. Keep it up!

  3. Becca
    April 5, 2011 at 1:41 pm #

    Well said, dear friend! My sentiments exactly 🙂

  4. Mom
    April 5, 2011 at 6:43 pm #

    Yogadini Sadie! Enjoy and namaste

  5. TBone
    April 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm #

    ♥ Babe’s on the internet! ♥

  6. Rachel
    April 6, 2011 at 5:18 pm #

    So proud of you Sissy! This year for you has been “out of the box” so far, I love seeing you embrace all of these new experiences! Can’t wait to see you soon! Poodles doing yoga is not officially bookmarked!

  7. Rachel
    April 6, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    Also, kudos to Daniel, this website is adorable, I especially love when you leave the mouse over the title or bookmark it, it says “poodles, dolphins, and coffee!” Love it!

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