Last month I was having loads of pain in my upper back, neck, and head. I had a Group-on coupon for a spinal exam and massage at a chiropractor in Tacoma that I decided it was time to use. I really just wanted the massage but the office insisted I do the full spinal exam (minus the x-ray of course). At the end of the exam, the chiropractor told me I was all sorts of messed up and I was in serious need of chiropractic care. Do I doubt that my back isn’t in great shape? No. Do I think that I might benefit from some holistic chiropractic, probably. But I was not about to dish out thousands of dollars to this quick talker to “fix me”.
I did some research, talked to my PT friend, and in the end decided that I would commit to doing 10-20 minutes of yoga in the mornings and see if I noticed a difference. For the last few weeks I’ve been religious about doing at least a few minutes of yoga in the mornings. This past week, I did about 20 minutes of yoga in the morning every day except Saturday. Saturday was the only day I had shoulder, neck, and head pain. The rest of the week I felt great!
Not only have I been feeling worlds better, it was free and in my own living room! I didn’t waste time or money traveling to and from and I felt empowered to be healing my own body! I’ve created a short (13 minute) video that combines a couple of the short practices I’ve been doing from myyogaonline.com. I’ve modified a little due to my baby bump (23 weeks tomorrow). The routine includes all 6 ranges of spinal movement and is a fabulous way to start your morning or wind down after a stressful day (or both)! I end each practice with 5 minutes of relaxation (I set my alarm clock but use a different ring tone than my regular alarm so I don’t feel irritated when it goes off). Sorry the lighting is poor and my voice might be a little scratchy. I recorded this at 5:30 this morning–fresh out of bed.
Last weekend, a group of my female relatives and my dad headed down to my parents’ beach house for what was going to be a “racing” weekend. In the end, two of us ended up running the 5k–my cousin Courtney setting a personal record! Despite the fact that the big race weekend was well, not very racy, we enjoyed our time at the beach and I lead the gals in the first official, “Yoga in the Park” session on the deck. It was a great experience for me–doing yoga with my mom, auntie, and cousins while my dad giggled in the kitchen was very fulfilling!
Tomorrow, Thursday July 19, will be the first yoga session actually in a park! REMINDER! If you are planning on coming, we will meet in front of the restrooms in Wright Park at 4:30 and then find ourselves a cozy little spot (preferably not near the bathrooms) to get our zen on. Please bring a Yoga mat, towel (to use as a prop), and an attitude of gratitude! PICNIC TO FOLLOW–if you are coming e-mail me or text me or message me in some form or another and let me know what you’d like to bring to share!
Stay tuned for a few schedule changes coming up in the next few weeks!
Coming to you this summer!
What: Free outdoor yoga in various parks in Tacoma and Puyallup
Why: Because northwest summers are the best and Yoga feels so dang good! And because my yoga certification program requires that I teach a minimum of 8 hours of free yoga.
Who: Come one, come all. No prior experience necessary.
Where: Point Defiance Park, Wright Park, Bradley Lake (Puyallup), and a special day in Ocean Shores.
When: Beginning mid-July and running through the end of August (See schedule for details). All yoga sessions are approximately 60 minutes.
Other Important Info:
We will also being group runs before some of the yoga sessions. Anyone is welcome to join, stay tuned for more details
I’ll designate a meeting spot in the park the week of the class
Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel to use a a prop, and a plastic garbage bag to place under your mat if you are worried about it getting dirty/wet
In case of inclement weather, I will post a back up plan on cafemj the day of or worst case, reschedule!
Let’s get our yoga on! Yeah!
|Friday July 13
||Ocean Shores–Beach House or Jetty Beach if weather allows
|Thursday July 19
|Sunday July 22
||Point Defiance Park
|Sunday July 29
Saturday July 28
|Point Defiance Park
|Thursday August 2
|Sunday August 5
||Bradley Lake (Puyallup)
|Thursday August 9
|Sunday August 19
||Point Defiance Park
|Thursday August 23
Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 253-370-3431…if you forget and want to come, come!
I had a special request for a 30 minute yoga flow at Mornings with MJ! This was my second attempt at recording it as my first go at it over the weekend got cut off! I must have fallen asleep in pigeon because when I looked up at the recorder, it had gone to sleep as well! Shame. So, not wanting to leave you with an incomplete video and not having the video editing skills to pick up where it left off and smoosh the two videos together, I made ya a new one!
This is a basic flow series designed to generate a little heat in the body, open up the hips, and tone and strengthen the body. I did my best to get my entire body in the camera but sometimes my hands disappear out of range (it was my head the first few times).
Please, please, please, if you have any special requests for yoga, strengthening, etc. videos don’t be shy!