Life is interconnected and so are the topics on this blog. It might be cooking and gardening one day, yoga the next, knitting and sewing, or hiking and then bird watching followed by recycling or composting. They are the parts that bring humble joy to my life of voluntary simplicity in Montana.
I once again did not quite live up to my intended resolution, but feel I made some really good progress this past month in pushing myself to be a bit more active during this season where I just mostly want to hibernate. Its so easy for me to be active when its not snowy and wintery. I bicycle five times a week. I hike twice a week. I garden semi-daily. I go swimming. I go birding. That was exactly why I chose February for this resolution--I knew it would be more of a challenge in February. I could do it standing on my head come June or July.
I was struck down with a nasty cold the second weekend of February which left me absolutely unwilling to do anything resembling exercise for four full days. I also missed a few other days for no really good reason. In the end I averaged 25 minutes of conscious movement each day. Not too far from goal. I am okay with that.
The movement of choice mostly consisted of walking and yoga with a little dancing thrown in. I can't say as I am surprised, but a little more variety would probably make it more enjoyable.
But, in pushing myself and making a conscious effort to get moving more I discovered some really fun and exciting new things in the yoga arena. First, I discovered Kundalini yoga which I quickly became quite smitten with. I personally get a whole lot out of the emphasis on breath, energy, and the spine in Kundalini practice. As a spinal arthritis sufferer it seems perfect for me. Several days of practice in a row and I could feel things I'd never felt before. It was amazing. It was almost like a drug. My back felt loose and light like a fluffy cloud. I slept the night through without back pain. I'll say it again: it was amazing. I also discovered how yoga practice day after day really increased my flexibility--and I've always been rather flexible. After just three days in a row I could bring my head down to my knee during a simple hamstring stretch. I was pleasantly surprised. My forehead was quite far from my knee on the first day.
Matt and I went snow-shoeing for the first time this past weekend--we borrowed a couple pairs of snowshoes from a friend. Matt and I were both quite keen to try it out--even though it was double-digits below zero and the light fluffy snow wasn't ideal. We tromped about the yard and neighboring park. I think it would be wonderful to expand my options for outdoor activities during the winter. I love to walk. Why not walk right on top of the drifts?! I might have look into investing in a pair of my own.