Salty Bones {Wednesday in a Few Words}

Hey everybody! I’m a skeleton!

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I’ve never been given a copy of my x-rays after a doctor visit before! Obviously the first thing I should do is post them on the Internet. Right?

Anyway, I’m fascinated by this kind of thing. This all looks fine apparently. Next step is a (yet unscheduled) MRI because whatever my problem is is soft-tissue related. I knew that already so getting an x-ray was kind of pointless, but I guess it’s nice to know that my arm is still attached to my body and that I still have bones and everything.

Thank you to everyone for the supportive comments that you’ve been leaving on my blog! I’m still feeling very, very sore, but I dare say better than last week. This week there has been some treadmilling, some cutting down of training plan daily mileage, some taking it easy and NO CROSS TRAINING unless you count gentle stretching. I miss yoga, barre, spin, and getting crazy on a surfboard, but I just can’t right now. Child’s pose is my BFF.

Also I’ve been picked to do a couple of book reviews. The first one?

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Perfect timing. I need all the help I can get.

Have you ever gotten any take-home x-rays? What were they of? Have you read this book before? 

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

xo,

Salt

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Look Ma! TWO hands!

Dancer’s pose (Natarajasana) is one of my favorites. I love the strength, flexibility, and balance that it involves and think it is one of the most aesthetically beautiful postures in all of yoga. Not to toot my own horn or anything, but I have very good balance especially since I started running. My center of balance shifted as I lost weight/toned up and my core is the strongest it has ever been. Because of this, my Natarajasana has improved by leaps and bounds over the past year.

Yesterday I achieved my fullest expression yet, which for me meant that I was able to get my foot with both hands. In case you have no idea what I’m talking about, this is a variation of Dancer’s pose from last summer:

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I love the leg extension in this version, but notice that I’m only using one hand. I had absolutely no idea how to grab my foot with the other hand without falling over.

After a particularly good Tuesday speed workout on the treadmill I was playing around with some inversions and balancing poses in the gym studio. I went for the two handed Dancer and I can’t even tell you what I did differently this time, but I nailed it with the biggest ear-to-ear grin you have ever seen.  To prove to myself that it wasn’t a fluke, I did it again and it felt just as awesome. A guy who was working with some resistance bands near me must have thought it was awesome too because he started talking to me right after. I almost asked him to take my picture, but then decided that I didn’t want him to think I’m a total bonehead.

So instead I went back to the office and asked my coworker to take one for me. She already thinks I’m a bonehead and I needed photographic evidence.

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I love those legwarmers so hard.

I can allllmost touch my toes to the back of my head too. Hooray for new goals to work toward!

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How’s your balance? If you do yoga, what is your favorite balancing pose? Do you love legwarmers?

Happy Wednesday, everyone!

~ Salt

Wednesday in a few words: Yoga {And my teeny yogini!}

I have been practicing yoga for almost 6 years now. I took my first class in 2008, hopeful that it would help to manage some anxiety issues that I was dealing with. Little did I know then that it would not only allow me to successfully ditch my anti-anxiety meds, but it would become something of a lifestyle choice. Sure it has done wonders for strength and flexibility, but it has made me a lot more mindful of how I approach the world as well.

As a runner, I have embraced yoga even more fully as my favorite way to cross train my body. I visit my local studio twice a week and occasionally do some at home on my own time as well and I can definitely tell a difference when I have missed a class. I credit yoga with my ability to bounce back quickly from longer distance runs. The idea of 90 minutes stretching in a hot room is a little more attractive to me than just 10 minutes in a bathtub full of ice.

Nothing else makes me feel quite so graceful and powerful. My brother, who is an amateur photographer, recently took some photos while I worked on a few poses.

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I love arm balances, but this is my most favorite one.

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You love my sweet 80’s legwarmers, yes?

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Okay so my brother didn’t take that one…my coworker did. I was so excited after having just gotten my feet in kapotasana for the first time since my pregnancy that I asked her to take a picture. Office yoga rocks!

And just for fun here is a picture that someone in my aerial class took earlier this year when the instructor cancelled class without our knowledge. Rather than just going home, we decided to hang (haha) around and practice on our own. Aerial yoga is yoga using trapeze fabric. There are many awesome possibilities for inversions! I feel taller whenever I walk out of there. If you have the opportunity to try a class like this, DO IT!

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It has always been my hope that my daughter might someday want to visit a yoga studio with me. No pressure or anything…I just think it would be such a great thing for us to share. So imagine my sheer joy when she demanded her mat (yes she has her own mat) be rolled out in the living room the other day and this happened with no coaxing from me whatsoever:

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Look at that form!! Proud mommy, party of me. 🙂

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday. In the spirit of this post, be kind and compassionate to one another today! (And everyday!)

~ Salt