Day 167: In 2008 I went to my first yoga class with a new friend, Katie. I have a memory of us at the studio in Pura Vida, trying desperately to complete crow pose and both of us falling on our faces. Four and a half years later we had the chance to practice together again at Karma Yoga. Katie is now an instructor whose practice I couldn’t take my eyes off of and who I am guessing, can complete a strong crow without any head bangups.
During our 75 minute class I was reminded of how far I have come in the past few years of consistent practice. Four years ago I was terrified of yoga and what I thought it represented. During class the instructor, Katrina, said hundreds of insightful things that I loved in the moment. Three days later, I am at a loss for what she said, but am reminded of how looking fear square in the face is the best way to conquer it. What’s the worst that can happen? Falling out of crow? Finding a new passion? Making a lifelong friend while laughing over a face plant? Same thing goes with your biggest fears. No matter how big the fear, it’s just a feeling of being scared. Test them out, thank yourself later.
Day 168: Yesterday my brother, sister-in-law and fiance went to Ft. Collins for a tour of New Belgium Brewing Company. The tour lasted 90 minutes and they gave out six samples of their delicious beers. If you live anywhere near Ft. Collins and haven’t been to the brewery, then I highly suggest checking it out: www.newbelgium.com After our tour we wandered around the city for about an hour to let the beer run its course in our bodies and then made our way back to Denver.
Despite our headaches from day beers, we decided to go on a group ride to REI and back. Afterwards, we all downed our water bottles and collectively felt better after a 10 mile sweat session.
Day 169: 45 minute TRX workout at home….while watching the season premiere of Mad Men. That really tested my multi-tasking abilities.