Monday, April 25, 2011



  • I just realized that on my last post I missed a word in the opening paragraph that is a little embarrassing. It read, “I have so many good things to say about this [yoga retreat] my writing skills will give it justice.” but what I meant to say was, “I have so many good things to say about this my writing skills will NOT give it justice.” Big difference, no?

  • I just colored my hair dark. I mean, I didn’t color it, the girl at my salon did. She was new (new to me. my regular girl left). I gave her a brief description of what I wanted and told her to take creative liberties. I have no picture, but I will get you one soon

  • HUBBY COMES HOME IN TWO DAYS!! For new readers, he has been gone for about 2.5 months so yeah, this is big and exciting news.


  • I have been running a couple of times a week and it’s been pain free, except for one really weird thing. Every once in a while while I’m NOT running I get a sharp shooting pain in my IT band. The one that had me sidelined for the last several months. I’ve never experienced that before. It’s always been while running. Anybody have any ideas of what it could be?

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Yoga Retreat


I returned from the yoga retreat a few days ago. I had a blast. I have so many good things to say about this my writing skills will give it justice. This post will likely be an unorganized mess.

The women were wonderful. There were about 7 students, and 2 teachers. The only one I knew was one of the teachers, but I was confident the other ladies would be easy going and fun. They were. It’s so cool that people come in all shapes and colors isn’t it.

The grounds were beautiful.




The lodge lent itself perfectly. I shared a room with two other women. I got the top bunk which was really nice. I had a bit of privacy. However, we had to walk outside to get to the bathroom (a short easy walk) and the first night I had to pee so bad, but I was too lazy to go down the stairs from my bunk, put my shoes on and go outside in the cold to get to the bathroom, so instead I suffered through the night waking up every hour having to pee. Needless to say, the second night I emptied my bladder thoroughly before hitting the hay.

Our room






The day we arrived, after we unpacked and met everyone, we had our first class. I was a bit nervous about the class because with the exception of one of other woman, all the other students were very familiar and practice regularly with the instructor.

I was pleasantly surprised that my alignment/form/technique was not pointed out. Meaning pointed out for corrections.

The studio





The second day a few of us women got up early to go for a walk and explore. The lodge itself is on Whidbey Island. The beach was a short walk.

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Just as we got back, breakfast was served and the other women were beginning to emerge.

First class of the day was a challenge. I was able to get into a variation of Extended Side Angle pose that I’d been admiring for months. Well, I got in one one side at least. My shoulders are often uncooperative when it comes to creating space. They are strong, but stubborn!


After the first class, lunch and sauna time.


The second class on Saturday was more of a workshop.  The instructor did a good job on giving us direction and cues to get into some more advanced poses. My favorites are the arm balances. We tried a variation on this (only imagine the leg sitting on top of the arm is bent. Crazy hard. One of the ladies got in and held for about 30 seconds. Very cool! I want to master this one (the bent legged version).


(from yoga journal)

A big highlight from the retreat:

FOOD! Our lunch and dinner was catered by, chef Vincent Nattress. To say the food was good would be the understatement of the year. I would go back again, just for the food.

Chef Vincent Nattress





I’m disappointed I didn’t get more pictures of the food for you, but I wouldn’t have done the meals justice anyway.

Down time hanging out.


The kitchen/dining area



We closed Sunday with another class and I was beyond sore at this point. Every inch of my body felt like an old lady. Seriously. Walking was a bit of a challenge.

After we left the lodge we hung around the island before catching our ferrys back to reality.





I also want to add that we did some chanting. I’m not sure how I feel about it so I wont go into detail. It was….interesting. For me it took on more of a worship to God than a yoga chant, but it certainly was beautiful to hear the unison of the group.

We also did some meditation and journaling, which I enjoyed very much. I know there are a lot of different thoughts on meditation. For those of you that are familiar with meditation and yoga, we used the tantric style of meditation which was much better than the, “think of nothing but your breath” style. That’s too stressful. I prefer to actually meditate on thoughts and explore my mind. It’s something I will continue to do.

I would definitely go on another yoga retreat and recommend one to anyone. I doubt I would go on a retreat unless I knew the instructor. The instructor is such an integral part of my yoga practice. Perhaps this is because I’m still so young in my practice.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Eating, Sleeping, Breathing Yoga

I leave in a few days for my yoga retreat. I cannot wait!

It’s located on Whidbey Island and last March was voted one of the 23 best coastal yoga retreats. I got an email asking if I preferred a “quite room”. Um, no. That’s my idea of torture. Nervous about having to share a room. I hope they understand about my morning poops. And what if I have a snorer?

I’m excited for the food! Not excited that it sounds like the lodge is vegetarian (the chefs also cater on the island and their catering menu features some pretty delicious proteins), but I’m open to it all.

Here is the schedule of events:

3:00 – 4:00 Check-in
4:30 - 6:00 Intention Circle and Asana Practice
6:30 – 7:30 Dinner
8:00 – 9:00 Evening Program

7:00-8:00 Meditation/Walk (optional)
8:00 – 10:00 Breakfast
10:30 - 12:00 Yoga
1 – 2  Lunch
2 - 4:00 Free Time
4:30 - 6:30 Yoga – an in depth look
6:30 - 8 Dinner
8:00 Evening Program

7:00 - 8:00 Meditation/Walk (optional)
8:00 - 9:30 Breakfast
9:30 - 11:00 Asana Practice
11:00 – 12 Closing Circle
12 – Grab sack lunch and head into town!


Special shout out to Meg and Aron! Have a GREAT race girls!!

“Racing is the fun part; it's the reward of all the hard work.” – kara goucher

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Ragnar Relay

I’m registered to be a part of a team for the Northwest Passage of the Ragnar Relay. Something a group of my girlfriends and I really wanted do. Our team name is SOUL SISTERS. Which I love.

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It’s on July 22-23. Sounds like it’s far away, but I still haven't run more than a mile in several months. I don’t think the legs have been assigned amongst us yet. My brain wants to get the easiest leg (it’s only 11 miles), but my pride wants something more challenging.

I suppose it’s time to man up and start running.

Edited to add later: I just found out they already assigned the legs and I did in fact get the easiest one. I’m disappointed but it’s probably for the better.

Friday, April 1, 2011

friday mind dump

Who doesn’t like a post with bullet points?

  • I am taking a digital photography class. It’s one night a week for 5 weeks and I’ve only been to one class, but so far it’s cool. Aperture and shutter speed are finicky bitches. In the next four weeks I would love to know my camera inside and out. More importantly, I would like to be better at photo composition and taking extraordinary pictures in ordinary settings. I hope you guys will reap the benefits of the class.

  • The class is mostly baby boomers (which is nice considering I just spent the last several years in undergrad school with a bunch on snotty nosed kids) and when the teacher asked what we wanted to get out of the class a lady said, “I would like to learn how to post pictures to facebook.”

  • I’m also learning how to sew. I bought this little gem. It’s supposed to be a great beginner’s machine. How did I not learn how to sew until now? My grandmother sewed and my mother used to make my sister and I’s clothes. Matching outfits, btw. A couple of months ago, I met a lady at the running store who was a quilter. She is going to teach me how to make curtains next Wednesday.


  • In a couple of hours I’m meeting up with the dirty girls for another trail run. I’ve become the POC for walk/runners. I’m glad I can help guide people in their journey to become more fit, but does it make me a terrible person that I’m disappointed I’ll have to walk the whole loop this morning?

  • Lastly, and the most exciting! I’m going on a yoga retreat! Beyond excited. This has been a really rough couple of months emotionally. Going long periods of time without my husband is hard, but this trip I had to deal with a personal tragedy. Alone. I can’t express……..The retreat just a couple of short weeks away and then the following week he will be home. The timing couldn’t be more perfect. I NEED THIS.