Yoga

5 Ways I Practiced Gratefulness This Week

One thing yoga has taught me is to be grateful.  I remember during one of my very first yoga classes when the teacher shared a thought.  It has stuck with me since that day more than two years ago.  “If you woke up tomorrow with only the things you were grateful for the day before, what would you have?”  Good one right?

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Sometimes, in our day-to-day lives, we get annoyed or angry or sad.  Sometimes we feel bad for ourselves and think it just can’t get much worse.  I am completely guilty of this on a day-to-day basis.  I’ve really tried to move away from this way of thinking.  The brain is a powerful tool and you have to train it to think in certain ways.

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Here are 5 ways I practiced gratefulness this week.

When Andy and I had to leave each other after our weekend in NYC. I got in one of my moods…sad, mopey, and not very talkative. How I practiced gratefulness:  How lucky am I to have someone in my life that makes saying goodbye so hard?  Some haven’t found that yet or some are thousands of miles apart and can only see each other on a computer screen.  I’m grateful.

When a big ugly pimple showed up on my face.  This one inspired this post.  I really let it get to me.  I hardly wanted to go to work or look at people.  I tried hiding it anyway I could. How I practiced gratefulness:  Really, Kelsey? It’s a pimple, a little red dot! There are people who have to go through life with severe cases of acne or other skin conditions.  I’m grateful.

When a stressful situation happened at work.  This obviously happens to a lot of people. You can get discouraged or unmotivated. How I practiced gratefulness: I have a job! A job that makes me a good living, and gives me great benefits so that I can take care of my health.  I’m grateful.

When I got annoyed having to pack a bag. I  always say I feel like the ‘bag lady’ and get frustrated having to plan out my wardrobe for 3 or 4 days.  How I practiced gratefulness:  How lucky am I to have so many people all over the place who I love and want to visit.  I’m grateful. 

When I was tired on Monday and didn’t want to go to the gym, because I had a “long” weekend.  How I practiced being grateful:  I have two legs and a car to get me there.  I have the ability to move those two legs and money to put gas in my car to get there.  I’m grateful.

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What are you grateful for?

Take Me Back Tuesday – Boston

A big part of me will always be in Boston.  The day I graduated from college (the University of Massachusetts, Amherst) I decided to pack up my apartment and move to Beantown!  I spent the past four years there from 2009 to 2013.

I started my career in Boston, had what I call my “first adult relationship” in Boston, started practicing and found my love of yoga in Boston, and navigated the ups and downs of my early 20’s in Boston.  It’s been quite the transitional year moving back to Connecticut.  While I know it was the right choice there are just some things about Boston that I will always miss!

10 Things I Miss About Boston

Running along the Charles River

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Fenway Park – The fans, the sunsets, the beer, and the singing.

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The T – Never thought I would say that! But I miss being able to hop on the train to go to the store or dinner, and all of the “interesting” people you encounter.

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Newbury Street – What a beautiful street lined with brownstones and has great shopping, food, and people watching.

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The North End / Waterfront – My first company was in this neighborhood.  The North End is the “Little Italy” of Boston with fantastic restaurants and some great Italian American culture.  It also sits right next to the waterfront which is just a beatiful place bustling with tourists.

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Running around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir – I lived close to the reservoir most of my years in Boston.  It was about a mile and a half around, a perfect place to run, and had some great sunsets.

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The Skyline 

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Hip Hop Yoga – My very first yoga class was at Sweat & Soul yoga to try out Hip Hop yoga.  It’s not what you think it is!  It’s just vinyasa flow to loud music and so, so much fun!  This picture was at a hip hop yoga event near Copley Square hosted by Lululemon.

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The Red Sox, Bruins, Celtics, & Patriots and all of their crazy fans.  

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The Boston Common & Public Garden

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I feel so grateful to have had the opportunity to spend four years of my life in one of the best cities in the world!

Five Reasons Why I Love Yoga

As I am coming up on my two-year yoga-versary, it’s nice to look back and realize what got me hooked after that very first class.  I started practicing yoga at a time when I was a little bit lost.  I had recently gone through a tough break-up and wasn’t sure about the future of my current job.  Now looking back I realize it was just a big drop on the 20’s roller coaster ride.  Discovering yoga has really helped me navigate through these crazy years of ups and downs.  It is so much more than the physical practice for me.  It centers me and grounds me and has really changed my perspective on a whole bunch of things.  These are just some reasons why I love getting my down-dog on!

 

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It forces you to dedicate a portion of your day to focus only on your body, your breath, and moving to connect the two.  Any worry, stress, anxiety, excitement, anticipation, goes out the door when you step on your mat.

 

 

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No shoes required.  Simple but I love that you practice barefoot.

 

 

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It builds amazing strength and helps your body reach its full potential.  Almost every class I learn that my body could do something I never thought it could.

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You can laugh at yourself.  No matter how much you practice no one is ever going to get into every pose perfectly.  Every body is different and that’s okay.  Because if you fall over or on your face, you can laugh!

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Yoga has taught me to live in the present.  You can’t change the past and you can’t control the future.  Take every moment for what it is.  Find the joy when you nail that pose and accept when you fall down because you can always get back up.  And that can be translated to all aspects in your life.

Oh and one more….

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