I had the absolute, most fantastic weekend. My beastie (yes, beastie. I call my bestie my beastie because its funny. My cellphone always changed bestie to beastie; we both found it amusing so it stuck.) hopped on the train to visit me for a sleepover. A grown up sleepover.
I can’t even tell you just how good for my soul it was to spend 26ish hours with Heather. We talked, we laughed, we drank beer, we yoga-ed, we walked, and we ate bagels. We may have been short on time but we made the most of it.
Sunday morning I took Heather to the best bagel shop and then to my favorite park. We sat in t he car eating our bagels and then set off for walking the trails. Along the way we stopped a few times at perfect yoga spots. I think we stopped in three separate spots for yoga: once with a still lake in the backdrop, once on a concrete slab in the middle of the woods (the park at one time a long time ago was a brick factory) and once inside the covered bridge.
I may need to start more Sundays just like this.
I have been struggling as of late. uncofThe itchies and my gremlin have left me miserable. I am itchy all the time. My stomach gremlin gets all pissy and screams frequently. I have been an inflamed mess. I’ve gained a bunch of weight, I am tired most of the time, and I am just uncomfortable in my skin.
But walking in the woods at my favorite park with my beastie, yoga-ing with my beastie, enjoying nature’s beauty with my beastie….all good for my soul. I walked out of the woods feeling renewed, jazzed and relaxed, energized and peaceful. All at the same time.
I have been neglecting my yoga practice. I guess when I started feeling really terrible, it started to become hard to focus on my body and how it feels during yoga. It was easier to neglect my yoga and ignore my body. This weekend, I remembered just why I need yoga in my life. I wish I could have my beastie with me every day so we could practice yoga together often but that is not likely to happen. Hopefully, our yoga on the woods adventure was enough to hold me over. It certainly was enough to revive my love, to push back some of the negativity that has been holding me back and to entice me back to my yoga.
I leave you, and myself, with this beautiful image. A reminder to seek beauty and to seek your own way. I will come back to this place when I am in need of a dose of rejuvenation.