As the leaves begin to change colors, the days become shorter and air becomes cool and crisp it is a reminder that we are transitioning from one season to the next. Today marks the first day of autumn, a season which represents transition. Transition (noun): The process or a period of changing from one state or condition to another.
Whether it’s a seasonal transition, transition in location, relationships, work or even transitions in our asana practice, transition is sometimes coupled with feelings of fear and uncertainty but it can also feel good and trigger energy, optimism, focus and motivation. The practice of staying present and not getting lost in the past or too stressed about the future is a practice of patience, dedication, and trusting yourself. I am still working on it almost every day as it is a regular practice for most of us. As the fall season begins it reminds me how important it is to find myself on my yoga mat each week. Yoga teaches us tools to move through transitions and is both a physical practice and internal practice. After I taught yoga at sunset this evening in Washington Square I looked down at the crispy leaves on my way home and thought about the way the transition into fall resembles our own experiences of transition in life. When I reached home I reflected on some recent events and set some intentions for the future. There is something special about this season to me. What are you looking forward to most this fall? As we watch leaves change colors and fall to the ground, allow yourself to remain open and embrace all of the good that comes along with times of transition. Opportunities for good change are around us right now. Wishing you all a happy and healthy fall season. Keli
How do you manage anxiety and stress? Today I want to talk about the breath. There are a number of effective breathing techniques that help relieve anxiety. I just want briefly talk about the benefits of taking basic breathing. There’s nothing new to learn here today.
Breathe. There is nothing more important to our bodies and our emotions as the breath. Without the breath, what do we have? Beyond the obvious for oxygen, the breath plays an important role in regulating our emotions. The breath communicates with the body that all is well. When we breathe deeply we tell the body it can relax. Focus on breathing deeply, expanding the diaphragm allowing it to fill up fully and as you exhale release everything. Relax and allow your emotions to release. Think of this as internal yoga. Deep breathing slows the body’s rhythms and restores the calm. Today I invite you to breathe deeply and frequently…and to release anxieties and stress. Can you do this?
1) Turn your cell phone off every three or four hours. Set an alarm if you have to.
2) Take five deep, relaxing breathes. Soften your gaze and close your eyes. Breathe in deeply through your nose and exhale fully through the mouth. On each exhalation, visualize any tension or stress leaving your body.
We have just 43 days left to train before racing Ironman Lake Placid! I am far from my commitment to raise $35,000 for the MMRF but I know that there is still time. I will continue to work hard these final 43 days to do everything I can to reach my goal.
Yesterday I can across this BEAUTIFUL quote by TN Trivett. So many friends re-shared it so I thought I would share it again with you today. I wrote it on a napkin because I always write my own #YOGAPEACHNOTES on napkins from coffee shops and cafes. I found TN Trivett on instagram. Check out her beautiful poems and quotes. Her words are beautiful. Do you know the power of sharing? Can I ask you to share this message today? Happy training IMLPers and happy Friday to all. xoxo Keli
Just one student attended yoga this morning. She turned 71 years old yesterday. After class she thanked me for the private session and said it was a gift. But what she shared with me was also the gift. We were both the students. It is never too late to practice yoga. Yoga measures a person’s age not by years but by the flexibility…and flexibility is not of the body but of the mind.
Hi from Elixr Coffee! I finally let go of my fear to video blog. I have wanted to video blog for awhile now and after sharing this video and goal yesterday for the next 47 days I commit to sharing one topic that inspires me daily!
Today’s topic: The F-word: Fear.
p.s. if you are wearing blue today this consider skipping today’s video. Consider this your warning
This weekend at Hot Yoga Lake Placid! I look forward to guest teaching Friday, May 22nd 5:30-6:30pm and Monday May 25 7:00-8:00am for a fun all-levels Warm Vinyasa class. This class is designed to benefit triathletes who are training for IRONMAN Lake Placid. Everyone is welcome, all levels and first timers encouraged to join us. By donation to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation – MMRF #MMRFTeam4Cures #IMLP2015 #Ironmanlakeplacid #Lakeplacidyoga
Memorial Day Weekend Yoga for Triathletes in Lake Placid. All levels and first timers encouraged to join us.
Yoga for Triathletes will be held near the Ironman Village area in front of the school on the grass. We’ll fit in some basic stretches along with just a few minutes of calm and simple breath work. Bring a mat or a towel along with a bottle of water.
I will be racing Ironman Lake Placid on the MMRF Team for Cures. Class is by donation to support the MMRF. Feel free to just show up. RSVP not required. Contact me with any questions. Looking forward to meeting and training with fellow athletes over Memorial Day Weekend!
Did you see my horrible accident last week To Kill a Goose? Honestly, I still feel terrible. But guess what happened on my run last night? I have said it before…Karma is a bitch. On my run I stopped to pay my respects… and to stretch out with some yoga. While settling into Pigeon Pose, my hand landed and in goose sh-t! Probably no coincidence that I was in a “bird pose.” Karma. Pure Karma.
11 weeks to Ironman Lake Placid. It’s just as important for me to blog the interesting training stories as it is my actual training. You don’t always want to read about the same old long runs and rides, do you? I am far from my goal with Ironman Lake Placid MMRF Team For Cures but have just enough time to really push hard with both training and fundraising. Just started a new project RunForHotGuy that’s sure to be fun. Do you think I can reach at least 100 people in the next 30 days to donate$35 to the MMRF? Off to bed early tonight for a 5 1/2 hour ride in the morning. Wish me luck. I’ll be careful and respect all of the geese on this ride.
Mother’s Day FREE all-levels Vinyasa Yoga tomorrow at Athleta in Rittenhouse Square. Class will take place at the Walnut Street Store or weather permitting in Rittenhouse Square. Class meets at store! See you there.
I have re-emerged from an 8 day pause in my yoga practice. I told you on day one of training that even when training gets challening that “I’m committed to incorporating at least 3 hours of yoga into my training plan each week, even if that means I miss a few miles of a run from time to time just to squeeze it in. Yoga is an essential part of my training plan and perhaps just as important as swim, bike and run.” It takes time, patience and trying out a variety of yoga classes in order to get to the root of how yoga works. It isn’t a practice that just clicks the first or second time you try it. I am a swim-bike-run-cardio junkie just like many of you, and at one time I also said “yoga is not for me.” I get it and understand when I hear this from so many athletes. Fortunately, I see more and more athletes choosing to incorporate yoga into triathlon training. Yoga is not easy. It is a challenge. I am a yoga instructor and know better than to miss an entire week of yoga although I am better and worse for having taken this unintentional break from yoga. You have likely heard that yoga increases flexibility, develops core strength, range of motion, injury prevention, reduces recovery time, improved breathing, balance, stability, body awareness, alignment, relaxes the body, relieves stress and develops mental focus and strength. A consistent yoga practice helps one learn that no matter how challenging things may be, you can get through almost anything.
The last two weeks of training really challenged me and they’ve been more intense than the others. Physically and mentally. Taking a look back I actually think one reasonI struggledand carried a less than positive attitude for three days last week was due to not showing up on my mat. I can train, and train ,and train although if I do not take time to take care of my body and mind it is difficult to progress in training. I went to bed a little sore last night, on my belly in half frog pose. I woke up more sore than normal which makes complete sense without yoga. I considered taking a rest day today although hesitant since I will likely miss 3 days of training this weekend. Yoga was the answer. I felt so much throughout my body in just the first yoga pose in class. It felt so good I did not want to leave this pose. I have always enjoyed Cicilee’s class although today was extraordinary. It felt as though class was designed for me today, targeting every single area I needed. I felt tight in areas I am never tight and felt a huge release throughout much of the practice. I became aware of sensations throughout my body that I was not aware until getting back on the mat. Just taking child’s pose at times felt amazing. I reset my mind, brought awareness back to my intentions, set new goals and pretty much was able to begin again. I can not imagine getting through triathlon training without my yoga practice. If my body felt the way it felt this morning more often, it would set me back. I am also thankful that my practice contributes to keeping me injury free so far.
So yes, I missed 8 (maybe 9) days of meeting myself on my mat in exchange for training in respect to swim, bike and run but this pause in my yoga practice has played as a reminder of just how significant this fourth discipline of yoga is to training for Ironman. I am relieved I am no longer sore now by this afternoon and look forward to my swim this evening. I feel happy and excited about training again. My yoga practice is not only a practice of taking care of my body but also a practice of physical and mental strength that will be crucial to every week of these last 15 weeks leading up to the 140.6 miles I will travel on July 26 at Ironman Lake Placid and these next 25 weeks leading to Ironman Maryland. Triathlon training is a constant effort but it is easier and I enjoy it more when it is swim, bike, run, yoga. I bend so I don’t break.
Is yoga part of your training? How often do you practice and what style of yoga do you enjoy most?