I’ve mentioned my Lady that I have Lunch with at my Ladies Lunches in a previous post, but what I didn’t mention is that she is a yoga instructor (and just happens to be SMOKIN’ hot AND forty AND have the body of an 17-year-old high school cheerleader!). At Ladies Lunch yesterday we talked a lot about health and yoga and creating more awareness in our ever-fattening communities about the importance of movement, proper nourishment (of both stomach and soul) and understanding the connection between our emotions, our environment, our actions, our thoughts and our physical vessels–our bodies. I am new to yoga but I’m finding that many of my thoughts, beliefs, feelings and opinions about health and happiness are those found at the base of yoga. It’s like meeting someone new and feeling like you’ve known them your entire life! Hello yoga! Where have you been all my life? Wanna be best friends?? So, after feeling recharged from my weekly dose of Ladies Lunch yesterday, I woke up this morning, grabbed my tall, awkward, shy greyhound, threw on some flip-flops, and we bee-lined (b-lined? be-lined?) to the beach. The tide was out, the moon was still up and the temperature was perfect. I let Sammy go (“run, Sammy, run!”-I love watching her run, pure energy, happiness and grace), I found a good spot, and I did 10-12 Sun Salutes (confession: its pretty much the only dynamic posture-asana-series that I know how to do so far). Uuuup. Doooown. Hold. Breeeeath. Uuuuup. Streeeeetch. Hold. Breeeeath. Sammy came back to me, propped down with curious eyes to watch me go through this new set of movements. I stopped, I brushed the sand off of my feet, my thighs, and my chest (later, in the elevator mirror, I noticed I had a spot of sand right smack in the middle of my forehead…), and we leashed back up and headed home. This, my cyber friends, is health. This is feeling like I never need coffee again. This is flexibility, peace, strength and concentration and the PERFECT way to start the day. THIS is QoL. And it’s powerful.
And now I’m going to go have my coffee and toast with olive oil and tomato…what’s that you say? Lack of coherence?
Do you do yoga? Do you ever think about how your health is directly linked to your thoughts, your movements and what you eat? I know it sounds simple…but do you? Do you make an effort to put energy into being healthy?