The girls and I went to hot yoga this morning and had a crazy time. The class was Hot Power Vinyasa with Jenn and it is no joke! It is definitely the best class I have taken there so far. I guess I am not the only one who thinks so because there was barely room for everyone’s mats, it was so crowded. Of course my friends had to sit right in front! Not the best place for the giggling runners who are not flexible enough to do some crazy modification of the pigeon pose! OK, maybe that was just me… and maybe Tara. Here I am with Deirdre, Tara and Gina after class. Paula volunteered to take the picture for us so she wouldn’t have to be in it!
Our instructor was talking about using mantras in our yoga practice. I have used mantras before for running too. Using a mantra means repeating an inspiring phrase that is relevant to something in my life at the time. It helps me to stay focused on a goal and clears away negative thoughts. For me, this works. There is also mantra meditation, where the mantra is not literal. It is a sound (think Om, for the simplest one) that helps you focus attention inside of you and achieve relaxation. Another great thing about yoga!
Jeannette and I decided to get in a long slower run on the island yesterday. As it turns out, we had a lot to talk about! Ten miles flew by and we didn’t realize until we were done that we had negative splits the whole way. We beat the rain until around mile 9 – just when we really needed it! Cool rain is perfect at the end of a long run.
I took the boys to McDonald’s for dinner last night and we had a great time hanging out with no electronics. This is big for 8 and 10 year old boys!
So, I am wondering, do you have a mantra?