I miss my yoga practice and my stinky mat this week! I only made it once to yoga this week due to the final taper week. I run the Rock ‘n Roll marathon in San Diego, this Sunday. So that has meant tapering my physical activity to a bare minimum this week, in order to let my body repair and rest before I destroy it again on the course. Lovingly destroy it. Let me tell you sitting on your bum is hard! I also felt bad about not fully sharing in the hard work I was hopefully guiding my yoga sculpt students through on Thursday morning. I’ll work hard for them on Sunday and be ready for them next week.
While I love hitting up hot yoga or hot vinyasa at LifePower and Moksha, I knew that the best yoga for this week was a non-heated gentle or multi-level class that offers modifications. Finally, after years of knowing about One Yoga, I went in on Monday. One Yoga is actually a non-profit studio that allows for a sliding fee scale and provides yoga opportunities in the community, especially in under-served communities.
I met One Yoga teacher Amy Patee a few years ago at a mutual friend’s Super Bowl party. Thus, I was excited to finally get to take a class with her; she offered one after 8a, but before noon on a day off work. I wanted to sleep in but not necessarily feel like a lump on the couch too long. Anyways, Amy’s multi-level started with some breath and meditation work which totally fit the rainy morning that flowed through the windows. Then she lead through poses one at a time at a time connected with a vinyasa. What a great way to work on the basics and refine what you’d like each posture. A couple of twisting poses and hip postures, ending with a long savasana rounded out a the just-right class for the final taper week purposes.
I am constantly hungry! Between teaching, marathon training and fitting in my own yoga practice, I feel like I’m always on the go. One of the challenges I face is what to eat and/or how much to eat. I seem to bring too little food to work and then I give into the office treats or skyway temptations. To combat the conundrum, I’ve been trying to incorporate a couple of easy solutions.
Solution 1: Fruit and Greek YorgurtGreek yogurt with berries and an optional touch of honey is a filling and fresh way to get in some protein and fruit. This takes less than a minute to prepare. I cheat; I use frozen fruit which unthaws by the time you’re hungry. If you don’t have a blender for smoothies, this is the next best thing.
Solution 2: Unsalted NutsUnsalted mixed nuts or almonds are a great way to pack in some nutrients. Unsalted almonds provide vitamin E, calcium, potassium, in addition to protein and fiber.
Solution 3: Quinoa Pancakes (if you have Sunday prep time)
It’s really pretty simple. Add a cup of quinoa right into your pancake mix. I use whole wheat mix. If I were truly a superstar, I would figure out my own pancake mix, but let’s be realistic. We all do our best to eat as well as we can. Anyways, add in quinoa and make a batch of 15-20 quarter- sized cakes. You can add in blueberries or bananas. Pack a few a day, and you are set with breakfast or a breakfast-as-snack option. What an easy way to add this superfood into your diet.
FYI, speaking of pancakes, my partner and I once tried Chobani’s recipe for greek yogurt pancakes. These were delicious. They were moist and dense, thus keeping us very full on a Saturday after a long run cold run during training. You could also make a batch of these for a week of breakfast or snacks.
Do you have similar conundrum of bringing too little or too much food? What are your go-to power snacks?