Bikram & a Spicy Tuna Bowl Pleeeaassee.

There are 3 things that I really miss while being pregnant:

  • A Spicy Tuna Bowl
  • Salmon Lox Bagel
  • Bikram Yoga

Once Peanut comes out from living the belly life I am going to ask my husband to get me a large spicy tuna bowl. And the following day I am going to enjoy a Salmon Lox  bagel for breakfast from one of my favorite breakfast places here on the island – Bogarts that is right by Diamond Head. And after I have healed & am allowed to return to yoga practice – the first place I am going to is to the Bikram studio in Kaimuki. I am soo looking forward to totally detox myself with sweat, heat & yoga.

Isn’t it amazing how you can look forward to the small things in life – it doesn’t need to be anything extravagant but something that you really indulged in & once you cannot have it anymore it is greatly missed.

Oh…..I do have another 4th small additional missing pointer – to continue to learn how to run again. I want to be be able to conquer Diamond Head not by my current tiny walking footsteps but by a sweeping dynamic storm together with Peanut:)

I am still eating bagels but the salmon is soo missed!

I am still eating bagels but the salmon is soo missed!

Soo miss doing Bikram yoga in the heat! Need a total detox.

Soo miss doing Bikram yoga in the heat! Need a total detox.

Left vs. Right Side Tightness in My Yoga Practice

I have noticed something I think is pretty bad. My left side is a lot more tighter & unflexible than my right side. Most of my postures are pretty good on the right side but every time I move to the left it strains, unflexes & just get stuck.

And since I love to analyze things – I am wondering why I am having this problem & the reason behind it.

There are various theories & studies out there sharing information about the difference between a left-handed person and a right-handed person. I am a left-handed person, so you would think that my left hand side would be more open but it is the opposite. However, research shows that there can be cross-over reference of the brain – left-handed people can be ruled by the right side of the brain and right-handed are the opposite.

I am wondering if that could be the reason of my right sided dominance in my yoga practice? But I really do need to start favoring the left hand side whether I want it or not – otherwise I will never be able balance myself out. And I might end up limping my way through my senior years.

Are you a left-handed or right-handed person, what side do you have more tightness on? What side do you favor the most?

Left handed but feeling strained on my right hand side throughout all my yoga poses.

Left handed but feeling strained on my right hand side throughout all my yoga poses.

Yoga Teacher Training on Freeze.

You might have noticed. I haven’t updated anything about the yoga teacher training that I mentioned I wanted to take. I didn’t sign up. But I would love to become a yoga teacher. However, after much thought I think once I am ready with my pregnancy & once I have settled in with the life of being a mother I want to look into becoming a yoga teacher again. In that case I think I will become a Ashtanga teacher & use Ashtanga as my base rather than any other form of yoga.

The teacher training is a chapter I wanted to open but closed as I didn’t feel that the style of yoga that was taught was my cup of tea & I felt that I am more comfortable with Ashtanga then any other form of yoga. {Bikram I love for the amazing detox it gives – but I don’t feel challenged with just the 26 postures – I feel that I need more than 26 postures & heat}.

I did actually get pretty far with the yoga class that I wanted to attend & I even ordered the yoga books that was required, which are books that I will be going through anyways even though I won’t get the physical teaching & practice of becoming a yoga teacher.

Books that I ordered for my yoga teacher training – got some reading to do!

A Blissful Savasana

Yesterday was my last day of a 4-weekend workshop of the half primary series of Ashtanga. Since my belly has started to grow at a much faster rate, I am not able to do all the postures fully. However, I am tagging along, smiling & mentally connecting with Peanut more than ever. One of the most treasured moments I had was by the end of the workshop. I know we all love savasana –  one of the most peaceful poses of them all – where we get to let go of everything. However, during the time I was doing the prenatal version of savasana in yesterdays class – I got a real blissful moment that I will never forget. Everyone was laying around me, the sun gazing through the windows, hearing the palm trees through the wind & we all connected as a group of yogi’s enjoying the final moment of breath & release. In the midst of it all – I get some little tiny vague kicks reminding me of the little life that is forming itself while I am breathing & letting go.

The little baby has been kicking all along for the past few weeks but just this moment was special, the feeling, the bliss & the life in a moment of savasana with the breeze, sun & a little tiny kicks was a moment that I will never forget.

Life is truly amazing.

Savasana Pose - Only held this pose in less than a minute for the picture. Otherwise I always lay on the left side.

Savasana Pose – Only held this pose in less than a minute for the picture. Otherwise I always lay on the side but I do miss laying on my belly a lot!

Yoga Mantra of the Day: Yoga takes you into the present moment – the only place where life exists.

Today it’s yoga mantra day. I really believe in the below quote as it really resonates with how I feel when I do yoga. Something magical happens & it takes me back from any anxieties, worries or artificial feelings. Yoga grounds me to be a better person from the inside & out. And one person who will agree with me is my husband – who sees it happen on a daily basis when I get back home from my yoga practice.

Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.

Yoga takes you into the present moment. The only place where life exists.

Ginger & Pomegranate Mask

Today it’s raining but I still got to clean up in my little herbal garden. When my mother-in-law came to visit, she picked a ginger plant while we went hiking (I avoided picking it as I didn’t want the little Menehunes come knocking on my door but I figured I would have my mother-in-law do it as she lives in Sweden – and we only have trolls in Sweden:)) And now the ginger plant is all growing up & sprouting! I am not sure though how I am going to get pieces of it without having to pick the whole plant….something I might have to google..

Oh well, today I got to get to know my new Korean neighbor a little bit more, she even gave me a Korean face mask – which I am definitely going to try. I like it that it is pomegranate – I guess Korean beauty products are well known & popular in Asia. I am totally in need of a facial rejuvenation – the preggo hormones, sunshine & no Bikram have made my skin a little dried out.

Got my herbal garden all cleaned up & my Hawaiian ginger plant is starting to sprout!

Got my herbal garden all cleaned up & my Hawaiian ginger plant is starting to sprout!

Korean Pomegranate Facial Mask - let's see if it will do some magic.

Korean Pomegranate Facial Mask – let’s see if it will do some magic.

Time & Messages.

Do you believe in signs or messages? At times I do. A while ago I found at least one penny laying around me anywhere I went on a daily basis. My mother-in-law used to find feathers all around her. She also believes in signs/messages at times. Now lately I have had a tendency to see 11:11, 111, 1111 numbers all over but I am not sure why. Every night I go to bed I for some reason catch the watch at 11:17 without wanting to catch it.

Today I saw the message of “the days are long, but the years are short” – twice. You might think it is only twice, but for some reason I resonate with it when I see it. Maybe it is my pregnancy that makes me resonate with the message, since I am about to turn in to a parent in a few months. At times I feel that time is flying by but I am standing still.

Do you ever feel that your time is standing still even though you are juggling 10,000 things in your daily life? Do you have a tendency to see signs or find strange messages around you?

Standing Tree Pose

Standing still in the tree pose but still have the feeling that time is flying by.

Craving for Whole Foods

I have to admit I don’t go shopping at Whole Foods often, I think it is way to expensive for my budget. I go to Safeway, Farmers Market & Sam’s Club to even out my wallet. I do buy organic as much as I can but mainly focus on getting organic milk together with organic vegetables & salad. For the past few days I have craved to stroll around in Whole Foods to get my coconut oil moisturizer, enjoy the salad bar & to get some healthy dark chocolate for Peanut.

Now my craving for Whole Foods will be all good for a little while again as I got some new replenishments for both my skin & a way to handle my preggo-sugar craves!

The only store that gives you money back….wonder when Safeway will start to pick up on the recycling idea.

Got my coconut lotion, face lotion & chocolate!

Got my coconut lotion, face lotion & chocolate!

Yogi Belly Update.

Figured I will make a small yogi belly update today. Yesterday I thought I got a electric shock while driving but it was Peanut who threw a jab – so I  changed the music channel & it got quiet:)

Today it’s 23 weeks in the making & baking. I still feel great & I am soo happy that I can still yoga away. The other day I was told it looked like I had swallowed a basketball.

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My Wide Legged Forward Bend {Prasarita Padottanasana} is getting better even tough I am pregnant!

My Wide Legged Forward Bend {Prasarita Padottanasana} is getting better even tough I am pregnant!

A New Bright Tuesday.

When I woke up this morning it was a bright & sunny Tuesday. Yesterday when I woke up it was a dull & grey Monday…it’s amazing how you make a day change so drastically over night. For me the change happened right during my Ashtanga practice. From being a dull, boring, negative & grey day to a beautiful, happy, content & bright day.

Whether you practice vinyasa, power yoga, iyengar or even Ashtanga or if you exercise something else – I think we all have the mental output of finding that wonderful feeling that will replace the dullness – all we need to do is to push ourselves through sweat, hard work & mental exhaustion to find the sunlight.

So today my husband even got some homemade Swedish pancakes for breakfast. And I replaced my recent Starbucks addiction with a glass of Orange juice!

Homemade Swedish Pancakes on the Menu this Sunny Tuesday!

Homemade Swedish Pancakes on the Menu this Sunny Tuesday!

Replaced my Starbucks Addiction with Orange Juice.

Replaced my Starbucks Addiction with Orange Juice.

A Jack Johnson Phase.

I think I got it – I am in a Jack Johnson phase. You probably never heard of someone being in a Jack Johnson phase. Let me describe the feeling & the attitude that I have while I am enjoying the music of Jack through my speakers & through my daily life:

  • Living in the moment – I don’t plan, just do. Any feeling that comes up to my mind & if it is a strong feeling of something that I would like to do – I will do it. An example is the other day I really wanted to clean, and I ended up even donating clothes, recycling all the cans & made the house spotless. So my new living in the moment cleaning feeling made my house spotless without much effort mentally!
  • Stop & Feel – If I am eating breakfast with my husband (which I rarely do – as he has to run off to work) and if for some reason my mind says stop, I let it pause & take a deep breath. I allow to stop myself to enjoy & feel the moment.
  • Let it Go – It is easier said than done. I try not to fuss about small things or even bigger things. What happens, happens for a reason. However, sometimes my preggo hormones tends to take over & I come back & apologize for my hormonal behavior, which I have decided to let go as well once I have been forgiven.

The way I am tying these behaviors & attitudes into the music with Jack Johnson – is that the music is easy, free & light. It reminds you of a breezy sunset day in Hawaii with no worries & just happiness.

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Enjoying the breeze on the beach on a Hawaiian Sunset Day.

Psst…..sometimes being in the Jack Johnson phase makes me procastinate & totally delay my responsibilities for a rainy day….It’s a lovely state of mind to be in but at times reality kicks in as well…..(and it sometimes rains in Hawaii too!)

The To-Do’s Against Tense Shoulders.

Wow, my shoulders aren’t feeling as heavy & tight anymore. You might think it is from me doing yoga but no, it is not. The past few days I have cleaned up the house. I still have a long way to go, but I have started to really follow through on my to-do list. At times it takes a little while to get started but I am slowly but steadily going through the items I listed down. For each item my shoulders tense up.

For the past few weeks I have had this cloud of to-do’s that have weighed me down & instead I have ran away from them. Done all the fun stuff. The to-do’s have been anything from recycling the cans & bottles underneath the stairway to sorting the office papers that was piled up right underneath my nose.

So…..maybe that is why the massage therapist always say that I have tight shoulders! Maybe the tight shoulders are not only from working in front of the computer, but always tense up a little extra for all the little things I have set back not to do.

Day 13 out of the @GrowSoulBeautiful Instagram Yoga Challenge – the High Lunge

Hand to Big Toe Pose - One of the tougher Poses for me to do in the Ashtanga Series.

Hand to Big Toe Pose – One of the tougher Poses for me to do in the Ashtanga Series.

Marriage Satisfaction To-Do List.

I started to dig deeper into the book I bought not too long ago – The Happiness Project. It is actually a really interesting book, for almost every 2 to 3rd page I want to stop & make scribbles as I want to keep the information to remember for my future.

One of the interesting facts that came up today while I took an hour of my day to read through the book (which will definitely relate to me within the very near future) is that the satisfaction in a marriage substantially drops after the first child. This is proven through research. So I have decided to create a mental to-do list where I will add the task of working on not dropping the satisfaction in the marriage I have with my beautiful soul mate, the love of my life, best friend & husband once little Peanut comes out.

Another interesting fact is that the author herself is not living her life in misery, she is rather doing damage control and working on preventing any future instances where her happiness could be jeopardized. An interesting fact, kind of ties in with my quote that I created the other day.

By the way  – Happy Valentines Day to you today – it’s interesting how I am funneling about marriage dissatisfaction prevention on the most loving day of the year – Valentines. Let’s see how my husband reacts when I bring up the mental to-do list marriage dissatisfaction idea on our romantic Indian dinner this evening:)

Marriage Dissatisfaction Mental To-Do List.

Marriage Dissatisfaction Mental To-Do List.

Starbucks Arghhs.

I am back….back to the expensive Starbucks habit….arghh. I really think that there is something in the coffee that makes it addicting other than the taste, comfort & feeling I get every time I take a sip.

Last time I was hooked on the white/green trendy looking cup was because I was quitting smoking and found a way to replace my habit of cigarettes with a beautiful cup of expensive Starbucks Chai tea. Now….now I am not sure what is making me crave this indulgence on a daily basis – it makes me get going in the office instead of spending my day dreaming about my next session on the yoga mat.

Arghh….what to do, what to do. Starbucks what should I do with you?

A day of Starbucks again.....when will this end?

A day of Starbucks again…..when will this end?

Yoga Mantra of the Day: The Future Depends on What We Do in the Present

Today I made a new mantra quote as I thought it was time for a yoga mantra of the day update. At times I forget that what we do today is basically sowing the seeds for tomorrow. So today I am sharing the quote of a very inspiring person whose philosophy & knowledge  I love to follow & live by – Mahatma Gandhi.

The Future Depends on What We Do in the Present - Mahatma Gandhi - Yoga Mantra Quote

The Future Depends on What We Do in the Present – Mahatma Gandhi – Yoga Mantra Quote

Day 9 through Day 12 – Ashtanga Red Bull Energy.

So I have been a little quiet with blogging for the past few days. I have been active on Instagram posting my daily yoga challenge pictures for this month, which has been a lot of fun. And I did do Ashtanga as I mentioned in my Friday post & I loved it! I even went on a Ashtanga Basic Fundamentals class this weekend, which is very interesting and helpful as the teacher Yoko shows you how to do each pose with the right form, technique & breathing. Below is an update of the poses that I missed posting for day 10 and 11. I will share the 12th day with you tomorrow together with the new daily pose for day 13.

Now I am off to go & continue my office work, paper work, preparing taxes and other fun stuff….got new energy from my Ashtanga practice & seminar this weekend – it is almost like I had a Ashtanga version of Red Bull Energy from all the practice I got this past weekend!

My pregnant version of the Supta Baddha Konasana pose. You can see Peanut peaking out a little bit.

My pregnant version of the Supta Baddha Konasana pose. You can see Peanut peaking out a little bit.

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The Utkatasana – Chair pose.

Day 8 – Ashtanga Friday.

Today it’s beautiful Aloha Friday! And I am going to go & see if I still can last through my favorite Ashtanga class with Yoko. I went to another yoga class in the beginning of this week and didn’t enjoy it at all. Being pregnant I do not enjoy spending too much time doing core moves & I don’t enjoy the belly hanging too much for some reason – in the last class my belly looked like a cone and I got the regular worry that something was wrong with my belly & Peanut {might be a common hypochondria symptom of pregnant women bearing their first child}. So when I was done with class I was done with the teacher….never looking back to that yoga class during my pregnancy. So keep your finger that I still have the energy & ability to continue with doing Ashtanga instead. Some women are able to go through the class throughout their pregnancy & some don’t. Let’s see in what category I will fall into.

Saturday update to come about my Ashtanga progress.

Loving the burn you get from the Chaturanga Dandasana!

Loving the burn you get from the Chaturanga Dandasana in your shoulders during the Sun Salutations in Ashtanga!

 

    Todays @growsoulbeautiful move is the Easy Pose {Sukhasana}.

Todays @growsoulbeautiful move is the Easy Pose {Sukhasana}.

 

Day 7 – a Fired Up Mind.

For the past few days I haven’t been sleeping well enough – my mind is on fire. It usually happens when I get back in “work” mode. My eyes open up at exactly 5am in the morning & last night I had to go up as my mind didn’t want to put itself on snooze. When my mind get on fire there are only two things that will help it calm down – meditation or a rigid & tiring exercise hour {preferably by doing Bikram or Ashtanga}. However, I don’t have the discipline to do a full Ashtanga class by myself at home in the evening as my body has gotten too heavy lately. And I am “banned” from doing Bikram until my pregnancy is complete.

So today I have decided to dedicate my day to meditation as I will not be able to calm my fired up mind with Ashtanga nor Bikram before I head to bed today.

Psst….interesting enough….today’s @growsoulbeautiful pose is the tree pose…it helps balance our body both on a physical level but also on a mental level. It also helps increase the self-confidence & self-esteem. Maybe I should do my meditation today in the tree pose – it will most likely take some of my energy to find the balance with my eyes closed & fired-up mind.

Meditation, meditation & meditation will be on my agenda today.

Meditation, meditation & meditation will be on my agenda today.

 

Today's move is the Tree Pose - a pose that helps you balance yourself both physically & mentally.

Today’s move is the Tree Pose – a pose that helps you balance yourself both physically & mentally.

 

Day 6 – The Forward Belly Bend

Peanut is growing! My weight & belly is growing at a faster speed than the light. Today I went out on a new found passion of mine – to photograph myself doing yoga poses. Earlier I wanted my husband to help me but he doesn’t have the photographic “eye” to get the pictures from the right angle  & he is a busy bee all the time with his work. And I need my poses taken for my @growsoulbeautiful challenge – today’s move is the standing forward bend {uttanasana} – but I decided to show you a mixed version of today’s move instead.

So I am learning photo techniques with my camera, lighting of the sun & my timer. I am actually looking forward developing my photo skills until the time when my yogi-baby comes out!!! So excited to be able to capture the beauty of my new little spirit that is developing him/herself in the belly.

A mixed version of today's Yoga move and other fun moves I did on the beach for the @growsoulbeautiful challenge.

A mixed version of today’s Yoga move and other fun moves I did on the beach for the @growsoulbeautiful challenge.

My yogi belly {baby} that is growing faster than the speed of light.

My yogi belly {baby} that is growing faster than the speed of light.

Day 5 – From Dark to Light Upward Bows

Bending backwards have never been a problem. Believe it or not I really enjoy doing this pose. I have an easier time doing backward bends rather than forward bends. I love finding the meaning of what a pose does for you both mentally and physically and in regards to the Yoga Magazine the upward bow/wheel pose {Urdhva Dhanurasana} is heart chakra opener that counteracts depression & anxiety. And I have to admit sometimes I can get both depressed & anxious. So next time I start feeling any of the dullness & dark trying to sneak it’s way through to my mind – I will put myself in the upward bow & counteract the dullness and dark to happiness and light.

By doing the upward bow {Urdhva Dhanurasana} you will help counteract any symptoms of depression & anxiety.

By doing the upward bow {Urdhva Dhanurasana} you will help counteract any symptoms of depression & anxiety.