This post originally posted HERE on May 27, 2015
So, for those of you that don’t know me that well, let me tell you a little bit about myself. I’m a South Florida Native, born in Palm Beach Gardens Hospital (a few years back) and moved to Jupiter, Florida when I was 3 months old. I went to all three Jupiter schools and graduated from Jupiter High School. I love Jupiter! Seriously, it’s like the best town ever!
But I digress. Some other things about me are: I was a single Mom to a pretty amazing kid for 14 years. Almost 5 years ago I met a super cool dude named Avel, and this past January we got married!! It’s been a really fun adventure with LOTS of changes and I still can’t believe this is all really happening. <3
As happy as I am (and I really am), the last year has been 100 miles an hour and full of change. I got engaged, I left my job of 15 years to focus all my attention on real estate, I got married, I moved in with my husband, my daughter changed schools, and I gained 2 awesome step kids! All of this change has brought out a side of me that’s been rather dormant these last few years. I tend to be a “bit” of a worry wart. And when I say “bit” I mean FULL ON WORRY MONSTER! So big changes usually have a way of stressing me out. Now, I know, most people get kinda weird about big changes. It’s totally normal. What’s not normal is how I seem to deal with the kind of stress. For some reason I don’t realize how stressed out I am until my body literally tells me. Seriously, it’s so strange!
I first had a physical reaction to stress about 8 years ago, when I was having problems catching my breath. I couldn’t fully understand what was happening, so I went to Urgent Care to get it checked out. When I got there, the Doctor informed me I was having a panic attack and hyperventilating. I was like, “Say what!?”. She asked me if I had been under any stress lately, asked me to try and de-stress and told me if it didn’t get better, I may need to see someone or possibly even consider anti anxiety meds!
Because of that experience I learned to talk myself down, if I felt like I was starting up again. I seemed to be able to calm myself down and get over it before things turned into hyperventilating. So yay for that! Other things that happened to me due to stress, I have a leak in my retina and most recently, I got shingles!
From these experiences it is painfully obvious to me that I need to take better care of myself. The excuse of being too busy to exercise or eat well is just not going to cut it anymore. That’s where yoga comes in.
Last fall I discovered Kula Yoga Shala, right here in Jupiter. I did the beginning yoga class they offer several times, and really enjoyed it. But then life got crazy and i didn’t go back. Last week I went back! Instead of taking the beginner class, I opted for the Organic Vinyasa. It was SO hard, but really really good! I went back twice, with two different instructors and it totally kicked my butt! I was so sore!! Hahaha! The best part about yoga is that it’s totally personal. You do what feels good to your body, that is amazing! I was in a class with very skilled people, unlike myself, but I was still able to get a vigorous workout. Physically and mentally. I’m going to try and do two to three classes a week, eat better and get more sleep. Life’s too short to not take my health seriously!
Do you do yoga? Where do you go? What is your favorite type of class? Let me know, maybe I’ll join you for a class or two!
Thanks for reading, lovies. – Nicole