A Forearm Stand & Other Kick-Ass Things

It sort of feels like ages since I've been here. I guess that's what happens when you pack everything possible into one weekend. And while I missed everyone on Friday, no offense, it was worth it. Because for the first time in weeks, I can say that my weekend finished as strong as it started. You know that lately I've been in kind of a funk and there have been things going on over here that have kept me at Stress Level: Midnight (please get it) but this weekend was finally free from all of that kind of thing.

10 Awesome Things That Happened While I Wasn't Here

1. I kicked my weekend off a day early with a Thursday night happy hour with some coworkers. One of our number will be leaving us at the end of the month so we're trying to get all our laughs and pickle-back shots in with the time we have left.
And we eat and drink like such ladies!
2. My grandparents who I just visited in Cape Cod made a surprise trip down to NJ this weekend and were staying at my mom's house. My friend C and I stayed at my parents' house for the weekend too so I got to spend time with my grandparents, parents, and my uncle and one of my brothers who came down for dinner Sunday. It was, in a word, delightful.

3. C and I stayed in South Jersey for the weekend so we could attend all four sessions of Erin Motz's three-day workshop at Princeton Yoga. I've been looking forward to this retreat for MONTHS and it finally arrived!

4. I got to meet and chat with Erin for a couple of minutes each day, which was awesome. I've recommended her videos to a lot of you, so some of you may be familiar with her teaching style and personality. She's just as cool and down-to-earth and friendly and funny in person and she gave us four really incredible sessions.
5. I got to take a picture with my favorite yogi. #fangirlingtodeath

6. I thiiiink I'm officially one bad yogi. The reason I like Erin's videos so much and wanted to take class with her so much is because her yoga philosophy is so similar to my own, but I felt intimidated by yogis for so many years because it was not a popular view of yoga. Yoga should be for everyone — it's not a secret club or society, you don't have to know everything before you walk into a class, and you don't have to have any interest in drum circles or breath of fire to benefit from yoga. You CAN like those things, of course, but the point is that yoga is for you, and your practice should be your own. That's what I've always believed and that's what Erin teaches. I can get on board with being a bad yogi.
7. Thanks to an errant comment by Erin in one of Saturday's workshops, I totally changed up my pigeon pose and it's working even better for me and my tight runner's hips than it ever has before. Oh my GOD it was life-changing. Or at least practice-changing :)

8. Sunday's session was about arm balances and inversions, and though I've got a great grasp on crow and headstand, I have a certain "fear of flying" when it comes to more complex arm balances and inversions like handstand and forearm stand. I've never attempted handstand as a yogi, and my one and only attempt at forearm stand ended with me nearly clearing the tabletop in my swift tumble to the ground. GUESS WHO HIT BOTH POSES ON SUNDAY? (I did, if that wasn't clear.) They both still need work, but I definitely got strongly into the postures. Highlight of the weekend.

9. After three straight days of intense workshops, new poses, longer holds, and double sessions, I'm feeling the sweet, sweet DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) in my abdomen. It hurts, but it hurts so good. It hurts in a way that says I earned it and I kicked ass to do it.

10. I'm halfway through Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix and it is glorious.

How was your weekend? What kind of trouble did you get yourself into?

{Linking up with Biana}


  1. I love this so much! So glad that you enjoyed the workshops so much, kicked ass at them, AND left feeling on top of the world. All the high fives to you, my friend! If you want to share your life-changing pigeon tip, I'm all ears ;) You are my yoga hero!

  2. Sounds like a great weekend- so cool to meet someone when you've watched their videos and just genuinely love what they do! Great job on the forearm stand- that sounds like a tricky move to get the hang of!

  3. I am like smiling ear to ear reading this. So happy for you, what a fabulous time. I can just feel how happy and badass feeling you are just reading this ;) Yay for doing those poses, that is so awesome! Yeah I'm all ears about the life changing pigeon tip as well, not gonna lie my body HATES that pose! Maybe next time Erin does a workshop, if I am better at yoga of course, I'll go :) Sounds fun!

  4. This is awesome :) I'm so happy for you girl! And reading all this makes me want to get back into my practice really really bad.

    this weekend was my second homecoming as an alum and it was awesome but a little strange! It's crazy to think about how much things have changed in the past year, but I'm so proud of how far I've come :)

    Here's to a kick ass week that ends as well as it starts once again (and here's to it starting really really well, too!)

  5. Sounds like you had a great weekend!!! I signed up for the daily yoga challenge with Erin thanks to you! I will be starting this week...I have been all the emails each day and cant wait!

  6. I think weekends that start with Thursday night happy hours are the best!!! Congrats on really working on your yoga this weekend and it sounds like you've nailed it!!

  7. Sounds like such a great weekend and way to go with those poses!!! Woohooo how exciting!

  8. That earned hurt is so good! I am going to sign up for Erin's daily challenge!

  9. You did have a great weekend! I LOVE being sore--it makes me realize just how much I did.
    Hey--I'm so glad you found my blog and few months back, and that I was able to be virtual friends with you---I look forward to your blog every day!!!!

  10. Yes, yes, yes! Harry Potter #5 (sang to the tune of "Mambo #5). I need a life, bye.

    Anyways. A yoga instructor comes to my office every Thursday to teach a class, and I've yet to go! My yoga mat is under my desk, so hopefully I can make it this week.

  11. #6 is exactly what I love about Erin. She's very real and I like that. She doesn't make yoga seem like some elite club. I'm a total beginner but she makes things easy to understand and fun to boot.


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