Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Summer has arrived!!!

It is HOT  in Boston! Haven't felt this heat in a few years. It is hot in the morning, afternoon and at night. In the bay it chilled off in the evening for a comfortable sleep. Definitely something to readjust to! The perk of the heat? I ventured to Dennisport, Cape Cod on Sunday with my father where we had delectable fish at the Swan River and a bottle of wine. The next morning proved to be the most perfect beach day I have encountered in quite a while and I am going to say it- even better than California. I swam in the ocean, laid out in the sun, read a book... feels like summer! The downside is that Cape Cod has no dogs on the beach rule. Not cool.

Some extremely obese people were hanging out at the beach, and out of interest I observed what they were feeding themselves, how they talked about their self, and how they were feeding their children (who were not yet overweight, but we all know all brownies and no exercise will lead to another generation of obesity running rampant in our country). Their lunch consisted of white bread with peanut butter (most likely with hydrogented oil), brownies, chips, some type of wine cooler for the adults,  juice boxes, and ice cream from the guy who wheels the ice cream cart around to all the Dennisport beaches. Waves of calories striking innocent children who will grow up to look like their obese mothers struggling to get out of their beach chairs. WHAT is this world coming to?!

Some think maybe people don't care about not being able to see their own toes, or the battle of rising out of a chair due to their weight. However, I believe this is incorrect. Point proven when one woman said, "Let me take your picture! Stand up in the water!" to the other. Her response? "No way! You can only take my picture if my body is in the water".
Ashamed of her body, yet continues to treat it like waste. Granted, MOST of us no matter what we look like have issues with photographs of ourselves. I think it reveals a lot about what we have to work on. Body image, skin issues, etc continually dictate how we feel about ourselves. So where to go from here?

Back to the mat. Not only does your practice make you physically stronger, supple, and flexible, but internally your mind is shifting.  As my good friend and amazing yoga teacher Jennevieve says, "Trust the practice. Even if you don't think it is working, and don't see results immediately, still trust the practice because you will".
Most people that are overweight cannot do yoga as most of us can. However there is so much out there!


Also, Michelle Obama is on the forefront to healthier lifestyle. Check it out http://www.letsmove.gov/

The children are the future. The parents are who feed and raise them. If we all make an effort to help someone we know- whether big or small, happy or sad, this is what we need!!!

One of the most beautiful immediate expressions of this was at Seaworld in San Diego (I went there on a free ticket! It was crazy). Two women were struggling to put their wheelchair in their van. People were walking by and ignoring the women who were almost toppled over by the wheelchair. My brother witnesses this and walks right up to help. So simple yet so beautiful!

Studio to check out if you are in the mid-cape: Yoga Center of Cape Cod. I took Ali Klein's hot vinyasa class 830 am on Monday. Cute studio, very friendly and have some great clothing! The room is very small with mirrors and heated by a few small heaters. Ali was SO nice and inviting, we chatted about New York and where she trained (Pittsburgh). It was a slow moving class, she was a bit wordy and did the practice on her mat the whole time. No adjustments or looking around to see if people were ok, but I think with more practice she will start to be comfortable getting off her mat to teach. That was the case for me! Thankfully I had some GREAT instructors to help me out. Feedback is so important as a teacher, take the time to ask someone you know for constructive criticism for your class.

Tip of the day: We get by with a little help from our friends.

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