Yoga for Everyone

Yoga for Everyone

Yoga For All Levels

Yoga. I used to hate it. I was one of those numb-nuts who used to say “Yoga [insert rolling eyes here], that is waaaaaaay to slow for me.”.

And then I turned 45.

An age when mobility and flexibility starts to head south for an indefinite winter break.

So, I started going to yoga classes, and guess what happened?

Yup, I started to like it.Β 

I noticed myself getting calmer, as well as my ability to touch my toes came back.

So, I took a little course to teach it and went off to spread the yoga word to the masses.

I started with my little crew at an outdoor bootcamp one summer, and they encouraged me. “Yes, PJ! We would love for you to add yoga classes to your schedule.”.

I did and they hated it.Β 

Now, they didn’t hate yoga, or my class per sae.

Instead, what they couldn’t wrap their heads around was me being all gentle and kind in a workout.

Telling them that if something was too much “feel free to go into child’s pose”. If you need a break “lie down”.

They preferred the ass-kicking, yelling and screaming, move-your-ass-or-I’ll-throw-something-at-ya PJ.

Not the yogi PJ.

So, I hung up my teacher’s mat.

Every so often I sub a yoga class at The Studio, being careful not to be too nice (HAHA).

I also start my day with 10-minutes of sun salutations to get the blood flowing and the kinks out of the low back, and I attend classes as a student (I especially love attending yoga classes when I travel).

So, if you are one of those people who claim they hate yoga – please don’t.

Cause it is whatever you set your intentions to be.

Try this workout and make your intention to be curious. Curious on learning how to slow down and breathe.

From there who knows maybe you might actually find yourself rolling your mat out more often, instead of your eyes.

 

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Cardio and Strength #4

Cardio and Strength #4

Cardio + Strength #4

Well, it’s happened.

I have officially run out of names to call my workouts.

Apparently there are only so many different combinations of Cardio & Strength Workout.

So, I will now be naming my workouts sexy names like:

  • Cardio & Strength #4
  • Abs #22
  • HIIT #9

I know, super imaginative!

Circus School

I took our instructors to circus school for our Christmas party – and let me tell you jumping on the trampoline is a lot more scarier at 47 than it was at 7.

However, I think we are all ready for Cirque de Soleil now, if the super-duper remedial version call. πŸ™‚

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Cardio + Strength #4

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One Dumbbell Workout

One Dumbbell Workout

40-Minute One Dumbbell Workout

At the time of writing this blog it is 13 days before Christmas and I just bought our Christmas decoration.

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Yup. A bottle of Carolan’s is our decoration.

Why, you wonder? Well, it’s the only decoration I feel like buying every year.

You see, we don’t own one decoration.

Nada. Nothing.

We had a tree about 20 years ago, when we first got married, but I lost enthusiasm for the whole “decorating” for the holidays after a couple of years and gave away all our ornaments (which were hand-me-downs anyways – cause I was too cheap to buy anything and friends of ours took pity on us and gave us all of their old decorations).

Ever since I gave away the ornaments I haven’t bothered to replace them.

It’s not cause I hate Christmas, either. It’s just simply I don’t want to add anymore stuff to do to my agenda in December.

If I need to get lit up for the holidays I will do so in other ways πŸ™‚

Fitness Christmas Gift Suggestions

A Studio membership. HAHAHAHAHA. I know, total blatant self-promotion. But… we do rock.

Foam roller – so your loved one can save some money on a massage therapist. I dig this one .

This shirt:Funny-fitness-tank-top

A subscription to a meditation app. I love Headspace.

A subscription to a local produce delivery service.

Smartphone running arm band.

Dumbbells… cause who doesn’t love some iron for the holidays.

A TRX.

A cool yoga mat sling.

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A cool workout bag.

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A little bling.

Strong-is-beautiful-necklace-Fitness-with-PJ

The coziest sweatshirt ever.

The-Studio-Sweatshirt

 

The Workout

Tools needed: a light, moderate and heavy dumbbell

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Legs and Core Tabata

Legs and Core Tabata

Legs & Core Tabata Workout

You may or may not already know, but loving husband and I don’t have children. Instead we have a dog that we treat like our child.

But, so do millions of other childless pet owners.

Have you noticed that?

Those that don’t have little kids tend to treat their pets a little differently than those who do.

Now, I am not insinuating that people with little ones don’t treat their pets as well as those without.

Nope, instead I am simply making an observation that those of us without kids have more time on our hands, and usually more money too – and with that extra time and cash we tend to focus it on our pets.

I know for a fact if I had kids they would take away some of the extra time and money that I spend on Bella (and the poor children would also need therapy… but that’s whole different blog).

Case in point my latest purchase and afternoon of entertainment.

Bella-Christmas-Hat

Bella’s Christmas Jester hat.

Now, if I had a child I would bring this humiliation upon them. But, as I stated above I don’t, so my dog gets it.

Like any self-respecting dog, Bella was not quite a lit up as I was with the whole costume. It’s almost like she knew how ridiculous she looked. Maybe me laughing and giggling while clicking pic after pic for social media was an indicator. However, her p*ssed off look won’t stop me from having fun this month.

Sorry Bella-girl and watch out. The reindeer antlers and Rudolf nose are next πŸ™‚

The Workout

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