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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 8 – DAY 147 :: joyful breath

25 May
{stretching}

Every day I stretch. I wish I could report that I stretch my body, but I’m not very consistent with physical workouts. I am, however, very consistent with growing and expanding my heart and mind. It’s a daily training routine called Life.

But this year is teaching me to stretch in a new way — in all matters of JOY. I am learning that joy is about expanding and stretching in heart & mind, being open to possibilities and being aware of each and every moment.

Life can take your breath away if you let it.

More tomorrow…

Lovemore,
Jamie

{breathe}
#lovemore

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 360 :: pretty christmas

25 Dec

Day 360: Morning.

Another Christmas is in the books. This one came with a snowy mountain sunrise scene (with coffee) and many gifts.

Amongst the shiny things and tech toys and warm and fuzzies, the best gift was being together.

After a year of yoga (almost) I have learned a few things about myself and how far I can stretch. So tonight, it is with great awareness that I say… I’m not shredding tonight! Just a few yoga stretches of the Christmas kind. And I’m okay with that because what was I thinking doing the Yoga Shred over Christmas???

And…if you wish, you can still join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Gifts. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Gifts} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 311 :: choosing

14 Nov

Day 311: The Stretch.

This year I chose yoga every damn day. You would think I would be all stretched out by now. In so many ways, I am not. I am tighter. I am stiffer. I am not so stretchy. I am a bit disappointed.

I asked Jill, my resident yoga expert, about this tonight and she reminded me of something important. The chatter.

There is so much chatter in the brain, or at least there was for me when I first started doing yoga. As a newbie yogi, I watched the clock. I counted the time. I watched the instructors every move. I mimicked the instructors every move. I watched the people next to me. I mimicked the people next to me. I noticed what others were wearing. I compared it to what I was wearing. I kept track of who did poses better than me. I kept track of how many poses I could do better than others. I let my eyes drift. I let my mind wonder. And then it started all over again. With each pose.

This is the chatter.

And then, somewhere along the lines of a longer yoga practice (months or years for some, decades for others), the chatter turns off. The clock melts away. The other mats don’t matter so much. The instructor becomes a guide to the adventure, not just an exact statue to copycat. The chatter fades away into the pose. Holding the pose and being inside the pose. And this… THIS… is when you begin to feel it. Your body.

Because when you give up the chatter, you start to live in your body.

I can say that I fully feel my body now. Instead of the distraction of the chatter. Jill reminded me of this tonight. And maybe that’s why I don’t feel quite so stretched out, or flexible, or nimble. Or advanced. Because I am now paying attention to my own muscles, legs, arms, feet, hands, fingers, toes — each and every one. Noticing everything about them, what they can do and how far they can go.

It’s a good reminder, really. The deeper we go the more aware we become.

Namaste, Stretchy-ness. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{stretching?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 277 :: a walk in the park

10 Oct

Day 277: A fall day.

Pup and I went on a small adventure today. Through the Starbucks drive-thru and then on to the park. Oh, the smells, and dogs, and leaves!

It was just a small adventure. Didn’t take long. Didn’t go very far.


But it reminded me of the importance of a small adventure in our everyday lives. And the added bonus of a sweet companion along for the ride.

Now, a little yoga stretch tonight, and then on to tomorrow’s adventure.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{adventure}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 155 stretching

9 Jun

Day 155: Goals.

It occurred to me tonight that I am two years out. Two years! From surgeries and all that comes with that.

And it is soooo good to be two years out. Two years on the other side. Two years into the future. The two-year stretch. And even though I am still tight in my shoulders, breast and chest, I am two years better.

I asked my resident yoga guru, Jill, about stretches for my chest tonight, and some tips on how to keep stretching out that area that still remains tight. She showed me some cool poses, and those, I will try.

But I am happy to report that being a little tight is a good thing when you’re a lot grateful.

Life sometimes throws us lemons and surgeries. And I am starting to learn that as long as we keep the long view way out into the future while still remembering the perfect moment of “now,” well …all shall be well.

And, even when we’re tight, it’s important not to lose sight on our stretch goals.
Two. Years. Two years!

Now that’s worth doing some yoga.
Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{stretching}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 55 :: expanding within

25 Feb

Day 55. Stretch.

Tonight’s yoga was a little post-workout routine – or post-tennis for us. That’s because the sun came out and we are learning that when the sun comes out everyone rushes outside up here in the Great Northwest.

For us, today, that rush was tennis. And then a little yoga.

And I have to say, I think that is what I am learning… a little bit goes a long way. My daily yoga may not be intense but it’s building. It’s happening. I’m showing up.

And my muscles are stronger. Both the ones you can see — and the ones you cannot. Some muscles take resistance workouts to build up mass — others take conditioning: the muscles of hope, grace, joy, courage, forgiveness, love.

Every day adds up.
You are what you eat.
You become what you stretch.
You do what you do.
You are what you think.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{doing?}
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2014 BLOG – DAY 20 peak performance: stretch

20 Jan

I tried something new today. 

A combo class of Pilates, yoga and thai chi. It stretched my body and my mind. Maybe even my soul.

And that has me thinking about the word stretch.

“Be capable of being made longer or wider without tearing or breaking.”

I think that’s fitting for today.
In memory of MLK, someone who stretched out thinking.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore {fearless}
Jamie

{what or where do you want to stretch?}

Day 42: a love letter to yoga

11 Feb

Tonight continues my commitment to more love and less fear this year.  For February, I am writing a love letter each day.  Tonight is dedicated to …yoga.

Dear Yoga:

I think I fell in love with you before I knew what you were.

Years and years ago, when I was a teenager, I would sit and soak in my stretch before basketball practice.  It felt so good!  It was like my own private moment before all the competition, training and games began.

Back then, I never thought of stretching as an exercise — rather, it was what I was required to do before exercising.  These days, my favorite exercise is just that — stretching, a.k.a. YOU, yoga!

And, today, dear Yoga, I sat in your class and remembered that peaceful stretch.  That moment of being with my mat.  Just being.

(Of course, my being was dripping rivers of sweat down my arms!)

While I am still learning not to treat you like a competition or game, the ex-athlete in me can’t help but look up at the real yogi’s in the room and try to catch up to their Crows, mimic their Frogs and dive like their Dolphins.

I’m still learning to take this stretching exercise to heart — my heart — and go at my own pace.  I suppose that’s the lesson in this life that you have so sweetly and silently shared.

Now, as I sit here resting my sore muscles, my spirit is soaring.
And, it’s all because of you.

Love,
Jamie

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