My Life is Literally Crazy…

I’m sorry I’ve been away and totally missing from here and all my other social media!

Starting way back in June or July of last year, 2016, my husband was away in Texas for three and a half months, when he came back, we immediately started packing up and moved to Colorado! How fun!

In November, once all our stuff was packed up and we were getting ready to move in, my husband got orders for a nine month deployment starting in January. Yes, 9 months. So we found a house, moved all our stuff in, and flew back to California where we spent Christmas and where I stayed behind when he left.

So now, I’m in California, without my stuff, and totally all over the place and stressed out and HONESTLY, 2 months notice for a 9 month deployment? Army life is the worst…

So essentially, blame the army for my absence since I haven’t actually had a chance to settle down anywhere.

But with all that insanity, I’m having a good time with my family and friends in this area. We’re also 2 months into this deployment! So the end is coming closer everyday.

I am also surprisingly happy, I think it’s my new birth control. So anyone who thinks their birth control might be contributing to their depression,  that’s totally possible and you should talk to your doctor about switching.

I finally have time again though, so I’m hoping I’ll be able to blog a little more and make some more yoga videos! So let me know if there’s anything yoga related you have questions about. I’m really doing fine, so don’t worry about me, but it does mean I’m sort of not always writing on my blog or making videos.

Acts of Yoga

Seriously, who knew I could make it 4 days in my 30 day challenge! I’m terrible at commitments, remind me to tell you the story of how my husband got me to marry him. But we’ve done 4 days so far, unfortunately we started out with a slight injury, but I’m starting to feel much better.

My back was just a touch angry at me. So of course, actually doing 30 days of yoga has been out of the question, but it’s those small acts that count! Here’s a little reminder to join me in sharing your acts of yoga on Instagram!

Since I say it all the time, why don’t we talk about what I even mean! First off, it can be anything that involves giving yourself love and care! (Going to the doctor? Act of yoga. Getting your hair done? Act of yoga.) Indulging yourself a little is great for you. If it makes you happy, and if it isn’t hurting you or anyone else, it qualifies!

What isn’t an act of yoga is over indulgences and unhealthy practices, i.e. eating an entire chocolate cake in one sitting alone. Sounds delicious, totally not good for you though. This can also include negative thoughts toward yourself or others. (Sometimes they happen though! Don’t get mad at yourself for a momentary lapse, read my post about 24hrs complaint free if you’re curious about this kind of negative thinking.)

An act of yoga is that fine balance between the two. Your health and care routine doesn’t need to be awful. Beyond being healthy, it should also make you happy. After all, happiness is mental health, and mental health is just as important as physical in yoga.

I find it’s also a good way to remind yourself that you’re doing well. If you’re trying to loose weight, for example, it can seem like a grueling process sometimes, but perhaps your body (or mind) really needs it! It’s a wonderful thing to do for yourself, even if the process is tough. Rewarding yourself once a week with small treats, like rest days or desert after dinner, are wonderful acts to look forward too. Holding off your cravings and working toward a goal an awesome act too. Also super hard! I’m very guilty of snacking and giving into my salty/sweet tooth.

Really, I find many people forget about loving themselves and getting caught up in life, so if you have the chance for a quiet morning cup of tea, enjoy it! That can be your morning yoga today. Just don’t forget to do your proper yoga tomorrow! ❤

If you would like, follow me along on Instagram! Join in yourself and use #actofyoga so I can find you!

Namaste

Excuse The Abscence

[insert list of excuses here]

In reality though, a lot has been going on. We were unable to stay at our apartment for over a week, which is where I like to film videos. We were at my parents’ house, so I did have the room, but while I had my camera and my tripod, I seemed to never have time. Alan will be leaving for a few months soon, then we’re moving! But we’re really moving this time. OUT OF STATE!! I’m very excited. That, unfortunately, means we’ve been spending a lot of time running around trying to see California for him before all of that moving and leaving nonsense. We do have a little break from all of that for now. That break comes accompanied by a dance performance though so…

So here’s how we’re going to fix that. I wasn’t uploading videos, because I wanted- no, needed- it to be a routine video. I had convinced myself that talks are OK and all, but you are all here for the routines. When I really analyze my train of thought, I remember that I thought talks were just as important, so if I can’t give you a routine, I WILL give you a talk. I can do at least that. And even if you are here for a routine, at least you know I’m still around if I upload a video.

Next, I’m making up my own 30 days of yoga challenge. You can imagine that I’ve been very bad about practicing yoga. So that’s going to happen and here’s how: I’m either going to upload a picture of myself, or of something that inspires me to do yoga, or I consider an act of yoga. All pictures will be my own though, no reposts. While I will try to practice yoga everyday, that doesn’t mean I’ll snap a picture. I want to get back into yoga without worrying too much about presentation, though I’ll but sure to get a picture up of me doing yoga in the next couple days!
I also hope that this will help all of you learn the small “acts of yoga” I always talk about. I’ll tag the posts #actofyoga so that you can follow me easily or join in!

Follow me on Instagram to see the pictures, or check my Instagram feed on here if you don’t have one! You may notice something you recognize in the first picture.

Let’s start day 1 off right! Mmmm… I’m feeling better already

Self Love

You say, “wow, you’re really bad at this whole blogging thing.” Well… you’re right, I’m just super bad at it.

You say, “Why are your videos seemingly missing once a month?” Ahem… I hope you’ve put together the “once a month” part with me being MIA.

So for all of you, my friends, I’m going to explain a little bit, why I disappear once a month.

I try not to, but for me, it’s just too much to deal with womanhood and film a video, probably because I’m curled up in a little ball, maybe crying, probably eating candy. As I’m typing this, I have one knee pulled up into my chest, the other foot on the floor curling in and I’m hunched over. For some reason, that’s the only position I seem to get relief.

You also might be thinking why I don’t prepare better and film in advance. Some of that has to do with school, and my life getting in the way, but for me, I also start dealing with random pains a week in advance. I could be fine to do a video, or I could start feeling bad in the middle of a video and the footage would be unusable.

That’s about it. I’m working on ways to deal with this and make it more manageable, but until then, do you have a good remedy for cramps?

Braces | A Blessing and A Curse

Whoops, well it’s safe to say I am extraordinarily bad at blogging. Some of that has to do with changes that have been going on with the channel. Since I only write posts about the videos that are talks, not routines, and those are now only going up every other week (ish), I may be writing less posts. I may also just update you on other things in my life as well. Would you like that?

Anyway, we have something serious to talk about. Braces. Not the kind for straightening your teeth, though those probably would get a similar blog title, but the kind for your joints. Like a knee brace! I am a firm believer that we overuse braces on our joints, or rely too much on them. Let me tell you why!

First of, if your doctor has told you to wear a brace, WEAR IT. There are reasons not to wear braces, but there are also a lot of reasons TO wear braces. So, let me reiterate, if you have been told to wear a brace by your doctor, wear that brace.

If your doctor never told you to wear a braces, then this is for you. We experience pain, a brace relieves it, whatever. Something like that. It’s great! Or is it?

So what a braces does is hold your joint in place and support it. It does what the muscles in that joint are supposed to be doing. That’s where the problems also happen though. While a brace can help your muscles work, your muscles can also atrophy because they’re not being used as much, your body starts to rely on the brace, not your muscles. This could eventually lead you to being dependent on a brace in fact.

You know when someone breaks their arm, then they get their cast taken off a long time after and their arm is smaller than it was before? That’s the same thing, except in a cast there’s even less use of the muscles, so you lose strength faster.

This is where it turns into a viscous cycle. A lot of injuries are caused because of weak muscles, so if you’ve injured your knee, your muscles might already be weak. Now, you’ve put a brace on, which may weaken the muscles further while eliminating your pain. What happens when you take the brace off? You’ll probably start hurting again or hurt yourself again.

If a brace is helping you, there’s nothing wrong with wearing one, but it’s important to continue strengthening that joint. That’s why most doctor’s will give you a brace and tell you to go to physical therapy.

So generally, try not to use a brace too much. I will wear mine only when my knees and hips super hurt, and that will be for one or two days, then not for weeks. Obviously if you’re in a lot of pain, wear it! If you’re struggling, wear it! It’s a lot easier to heal if you’re not in pain. Plus, you may lose muscle, but once your pain is gone, you can also slowly work to get the strength back. Just don’t abuse a brace.

If you think you need a brace, talk to your doctor or get a second opinion. Also, consider physical therapy or see if your doctor recommends anything like yoga to help you heal.

Namaste!

Update time!

Here’s just a quick update video. If you don’t watch my videos, then this won’t effect you, though you could get a heads up as to things happening in the future! In addition to what I say in the video, I forgot to mention that I’ll be making a channel trailer, which you can only see on my YouTube channel! Be sure to subscribe if you’re interested in seeing that this week or next!

January Updates!

There’s not too much to say in this post, so it’ll be a short one!

For starters, the holiday’s are over and we’re done moving! We’re in a new place now, and it’s full of good vibes. Maybe the “good vibes” are just the view of the ocean though. Not complaining either way. Being done will all of this means that I have more time to work on the things I love, such as this!

From here on out you can expect two posts a week, unless something happens. This is going to count as my first one, even though it’s not much (sorry!), then there will be a routine going up on Thursday.

This week’s routine is a chair routine. I’ve gotten a lot of requests for that actually. I originally wanted to do a New Year routine to help everyone jump start their practices and figure out goals and intentions. That should be going up next Thursday instead though. It may even be two parts to tackle different aspects of Yoga and to help people discover different things they may want to work on.

That’s about it!

Namaste