out of the fog

It’s been quiet around here because I’ve been a raving lunatic for the last four days. You just wouldn’t know it from the outside. I’m PMS-ing, if I’m gonna be honest. And I think I almost killed, like, three people. I’ve been insane. I’m finally coming out of it, able to see straight. I went for a run tonight, and did some yoga. I needed it.

Things are busy – June and July are going to be hectic months but I’m enjoying it. I’m learning more and more every day about being myself and staying true to what I want to be doing with my time and energy. It’s a constant balance, but I love the challenge.

Work-wise, I’m writing, baking, babysitting, doing sketch and improv comedy and I might start working the reception desk at a yoga studio one day a week. (Free yoga!!) It’s busy and nothing’s perfect, but I’m mostly loving it.

The other morning, I was walking to one of my two babysitting jobs – watching 8-month-old twins for a nearby family. I get to do that about once a week. (Thanks, Snowak, for the gig!) The little baby boys are adorable and a delight to spend time with and as I briskly walked to their house on the absolutely perfect summer morning, wearing my workout clothes and sipping iced coffee and staring down the next eight hours of uninterrupted time with cute babies, I felt…happy. Just one of those genuinely happy moments where you say thankyougodforthismoment. You know those.

So that’s good.

yoga in your living room

Yoga Download is my favorite place to find good yoga classes on the web.

They just released a brand new class!! Gentle Hatha #3. Best of all, the 20-minute version is FREE to download. I can’t wait to try it.

I’ve tried a few other podcasts or live streaming classes on other sites over the years, but none of them compare, in my opinion, to Yoga Download. I haven’t been paid or compensated in any way to say this, I just really like their site.

I started practicing yoga a few years ago when I threw my back out (while lifting weights, no less) and found myself hobbling around like an old, grouchy police detective who carries a heavy gun holster. There was little else I could do in the form of exercise for quite some time, so yoga became a staple in my life. I think starting a yoga practice may have saved me from a lifetime of further pain and injury.

Sadly, I haven’t been doing any yoga for the last few weeks though, choosing to prioritize other things before my health, which is never a wise move. So when I turned on a 20-minute Gentle Hatha class from Yoga Download yesterday and laid down on my mat, I could almost feel my muscles and bones thanking me for the attention.

The 20-minute classes on YD are all FREE and they’re great. They’re simple to follow, come in all styles and levels and leave me feeling like I’ve done something good for myself, even if only for 20 minutes. Of course YD offers longer classes too, which are also very inexpensive. Oh and they have videos, if you’d rather watch than listen, and printable pose guides if you’re confused about what you’re doing! Fantastic for your living room practice.