So, in my yoga practice I have been really working on inversions.You know, hand stands, head stands, tripods, and wheels, among others. I have found them to be the most liberating and challenging poses all at the same time! Some I can do without assistance and some, well, I use my good friend, Wall, to lean on from time to time. What I have uncovered is that the most challenging aspect of inversions lies in my mind, rather than in my strength. Just like when I am approaching a scary opportunity in life, that fear is all in my mind, too. Funny how life shows up on my yoga mat, er, my yoga mat is a representation of my life. Ha!
Unforgettable words that my dad used to share with me as a little girl, “Its all in your mind, Amanda. Go for it!” So, I have been. And with the inversions that I still lean on Wall for, well, instead of judging myself that its not good enough and telling myself that I should have gotten this pose by now, I have moved to a place of acceptance and gratitude. I thank my body for showing up for me. And I keep practicing. And I keep noticing my thoughts. And that is what its all about!
Challenge yourself! Meet me upside down! I try to take a moment out of each of my days to do this. Sometimes it is only for 10 seconds and others its an hour (with breaks) of just practicing inversions, and of course I get to practice my inversions in my yoga classes with the energy of my fellow yogis and my fabulous teachers encouraging and assisting me. It is nice to take a break between my work-homework-puppy shuffle just to play and let my world go upside down. It helps me to change my perception, even if only for a moment. It gets my cells in sync, my blood flowing, cleanses my arteries of toxic substances, and it makes my heart happy and chill. (No really, inverting puts the heart into relax mode!)
What is that saying, “An apple a day keeps the doctor away?” I will add onto this and say, “An inversion a day keeps the doctor away!”
So, here’s to turning your world upside down!
After all that, I think it is time for a little snack. But, please, do not attempt to make this snack while you are upside down! 🙂
I give you Plant-Based “Tuna” Salad!
4 cups of cooked garbanzo beans (chick peas) (your “tuna”)
1/2-3/4 cup of veganaise
2 celery stalks, diced
1/4 onion, diced
3 tablespoons mustard
Splashes of rice wine vinegar
Salt & Pepper to taste
Mash up the garbanzo beans. Then mash and mix all the other ingredients together! Voila!
In this pic I used thin brown rice cakes. I loaded up a generous scoop of my tuna salad onto the rice cake. Then, I sliced up some cucumbers and put a slice of cucumber on top of the “tuna.” So tasty! I could not stop eating this. I ate it right out of the container without any rice cake or cucumber, as well. It was THAT good.
Also, just a little side note for, garbanzo beans are favorable to the pancreas, stomach, and heart, according to my food bible, Healing With Whole Foods, by Paul Pitchford. You can get a double dose of heart-balancing energy from your headstands and garbanzos! YUM!
Light & Love,