These past few weeks, I’ve had to bring my workouts to a screeching halt due to a pinched nerve in my lower back. Seriously, if it’s not one thing it’s another. It’s okay though. The rest has been good for me. 5 years of working out at a high intensity can’t be good. We need rest. I think I might have been overtraining and that caused me to have injuries one right after another. I feel good now but I’m taking the rest of this week off to see how I feel.
Funny thing though, with this rest I feel leaner and stronger. I credit it to practicing yoga everyday and eating right. I enjoy eating healthy. It keeps me energized with no stomach pain from fried or processed foods. I don’t think I could teach yoga feeling like that.
Eating healthy can become boring. That’s why I love looking for new foods to try. Samantha and Alexis Belbel from Get Simply Stacked sent me a sample of their grain free, gluten-free, healthy waffle mix.
They are very sweet girls who actually used to reside in El Paso, so you know they’re great! After being diagnosed with Hypothyroidism two years ago, they set out to make a quality product that was paleo and didn’t contain gluten. It has just 3 all natural ingredients including organic coconut flour. Since they recommended to make waffles with it, that’s just what I did.
The only tips I have are you need to add more liquid than it says. I find when using coconut flour, it thickens up. And be patient. It takes a little longer than a regular waffle mix.
These waffles were delicious! I love anything coconut. These girls made it easy with their great mix. Thank you Alexis and Samantha!
Yoga is much more than stretching tight muscles and beautiful poses. It takes some time to really understand that. I’m just learning that myself. Yoga can teach us Kindness.
A behavior marked by ethical characteristics, a pleasant disposition, and concern for others. It is known as a virtue, and recognized as a value in many cultures and religions.
We must learn to become accustomed to losing interest in justifying our need to be right. Oh that’s a tough one for so many. Being right is nice. Having a peaceful heart is nicer. We don’t anything or anyone and need to let go of that control.
I don’t take it personal when a student goes into another variation of a pose I’m trying to teach. Who am I to say my way is the best option. It’s not. Teaching students to find their balance and limits is what I love. When they are more in tune with their bodies makes me feel like I’m doing a good job and in turn, teaching them kindness. You are imperfectly perfect, doing the best you can.
Sure, there are times I show up to teach and I’m not in the best mood. Maybe my day isn’t going the way I planned. I want to be real for those around me and I’m learning to let go. I forgive myself for holding any tension and not being as compassionate as I could have. The next class, I’ll be kinder. This is a learning experience for me as well.
Practicing forgiveness. Feeling hurt sucks. So does being betrayed by someone who you thought loved you. We must not let our hearts be filled with hate. We can be angry. It is a process to learn how to channel that into something positive. I know I did a lot of that in my first year of teaching.
So how do you stay kind? One suggestion is to stay away from gossip and hate or drama filled social media posts. You know where they are and who posts them. Keep positive people in your life. It can be that easy.
The next question is, when you feel anger trying to take over your body, how will you respond? Take your time. Respond with peace. Respond with fairness. Please don’t hurt someone else because you are feeling hurt or angry. And the next time you step on your yoga mat allow your body to release all tension and in turn your mind will follow. Let your body move freely through the poses. That will make you smile and cultivate growth.
As a child, it was automatically understood in our family there are 3 things you never say; stupid, shut up, or I hate you. I believe these rules have helped make me a kinder person.
A brand new year! 2015. A fresh start or continued goals maybe that you want to achieve. Maybe it was a hard year. Financially, emotionally or physically. And you just want to let the past go. Now is the time. It’s time to forgive. I believe it’s the only way to move forward. Staying angry will only keep you from growing into the person you want to be.
I’ve had my share of troubles in the past year. It wasn’t my best year. But wow have I learned so much from it. I went from running 4 times a week to completely having to stop. I felt like I lost part of who I was. I still feel that way. My patience has been tested big time. I feel like I’m getting better and like I can start running again then I feel the tiniest pull in my back or shift in my hips and I have to go back to resting. It’s frustrating. But I have learned this is for the best right now. I will have many more years to get back to where I was. I know that in my heart. So for now I will continue trying to get stronger and stick to trail running.
My patience in trusting others has been shaken as well. When that happens, you don’t know who you can trust anymore. You want to stay in your own little corner. Block everyone out. I did that for awhile. I’m very careful in who I trust now. It has always taken me a while to open up to others and now it takes me even longer. I’m trying to get better with that.
With that I have learned to communicate better. Or at least try to. This is one of my goals for this coming year. I keep my thoughts to myself and I know I’ll be happier once I feel comfortable speaking my mind. Becoming a better Mom to my girls is important to me. Teaching them to communicate how they feel will make them confident ladies. That is why I want to work on that myself.
As far as yoga goes, I couldn’t be happier where I’m at. Everyday I fall more in love with it. It’s so hard for me to believe. Each class I teach is different. There are always different people wanting to try yoga and that is what truly makes me happy. I have big plans for yoga in my community. I don’t want people to be intimidated by it. I want to be a successful yoga instructor. I want to do this for the rest of my life. I want to have more events and workshops. I feel it’s not IF, but WHEN will this all come together. Soon.
I wish you a very Happy New Year! Work hard for what you want. That is the only way to make things happen. Support each other along the way. Life is hard, but with a strong support system all dreams are possible.
Hi my name is Farrah! Fairy Healthy Life is a healthy living blog where I am continuing my journey after losing 160 pounds. I love to run, practice yoga and finding the most nutritious food to give me energy to stay fit and healthy. Of course, I have my treats as well. I was born in Amman, Jordan and now live in El Paso, Texas. Questions? Contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org