First of all, let me say how delighted I am to have been asked to guest blog for Diapers And Lipgloss! Thanks Melissa and Vanessa for inviting me =)
Here is a little bit about myself….
My name is Sharrie, I have two children, my daughter is 26 and my son is 11. I am group fitness instructor, have my 200hour Yoga teacher certification, and am in the process of becoming a Personal Trainer. I am also a figure athlete, currently training for Nationals in August 2015.
You can find me on IG and Twitter @fitn40something and my blog www.fitn40something.com
I am finally sitting down to write this. It is 4.12pm Sunday afternoon, and like most Sundays, I have been running around like a headless chicken since 8.30am. It’s been a super productive day though, so I can’t complain. Groceries procured, food prepped, laundry almost done, kitty litter scooped and family fed.
For most of us this is probably the speed at which most of our days go, from the time our feet hit the floor in the morning, till the time our kids go to bed at night. I am fortunate in that my day job is teaching group fitness classes so I am in a gym environment almost every day, and getting in a workout is pretty easy, schedule wise.
Getting my butt out the door to the gym on my days off though is sometimes a challenge. Once I get there though, plug music in my ears and put my game face on, it’s all good.
What about those times though when it’s impossible to get there? Maybe you have a little one under the weather, your car is in the shop, or that dang snowplow came by and built you a retaining wall at the end of your driveway. Those awesome little curveballs that can derail any of your best laid plans.
STOP. MOMMA TIME. LIFE HAPPENS.
Do you Downward Facing Dog?
When I first started practicing yoga a few years back, I can vividly remember thinking, “seriously, how much longer do I have to hold this for, what time is it and are we done yet???” Being still internally and externally was extremely hard for me. I am by nature, constantly on the go, couple that with the heat of the hot room, and it made for a very fidgety girl.
Over time it became easier, and the stillness is now what I go to yoga for. Sure, my body is in motion, but my brain switches from Go Go Gadget to Go Go……ok maybe later. If nothing else it is an awesome opportunity to give ones self the permission to slow down, re-connect and breathe. Yoga, in essence has rewired my brain.
If you are like me, sometimes I need a little help to get outside of my box to find another way to accomplish a goal. So you can’t get to the gym, but you want to do something…….
A Sun Salutation (Surya Namaskar) is a set of postures that flow (Vinyasa) from start to finish, each connected to the inhale or exhale breath. It can help to improve your overall health and well being, increase your mind/body awareness as well as your posture. It stretches and tones all the muscles in the body, and if done at a good steady pace will increase the heart rate and you might even sweat a little. Easy enough to do at home, with nothing more than a yoga mat and 10 minutes, add another 5 mins for a nice long Savasna and tada! 15 mins and you are done!
Click on the link below to find images that will show you how to do a basic Sun Salutation with modifications if you need them.
From there you can just hit up Mr Google and find a yoga video that works for you.
“You don’t have to be great to start, but you have to start to be great: – Zig Zigler
Namaste my friends!
(The light in me recognizes the awesome light in you)