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On My Yoga Mat

There IS crying in yoga! Feel the muscle and emotional tension release on your mat. |

Last weekend, I attended two very different yoga classes. It didn’t have anything to do with the style or teaching of the class. It didn’t have to do with the teacher. It had to do with the emotions I had on my yoga mat.


I hadn’t been to a Saturday morning class since Labor Day. My kids’ finally finished soccer last weekend so I was back to my usual routine. I came into class with a lot on my head and heart. I had learned the night before that a friend through blogging had suddenly lost her 13 year old daughter. We’ve never met in person but she’s always been a kind, supportive person, someone that you would like instantly. My heart ached for her loss. How do you deal with that? As a mother, I put myself in that same situation. What if it was one of my kids? It gnawed at me as I flowed through class.

Savasana came. As I settled in, my thoughts were still on the tragedy. The tears began to flow. The teacher for this class has an amazing voice and will sing during Savasana. I don’t know the song she was singing but her words made me cry harder.

There are angels all around us.

I felt like a goober for crying in yoga although it’s not the first time it’s happened to me. Yoga is a great way to release the physical tension from my muscles. I’ve also found when I am holding emotional tensions in, yoga gets it out. It really does allow me to really feel what I feel.

I left the studio and cried the whole way home until I could hug my own kids. It felt good to release. To let go.

Release emotional and physical tension on your yoga mat. |


I arrived later than usual to class. I was one of the last people in the studio. It was a full class with the only remaining spots available in the far back. Usually, I’m up front or somewhere in the second row. This was new territory. Or really old territory. When I was a beginner yogi, that’s where I started so I could watch everyone else and not have anyone watching me. It was less intimidating to be in the shadows.

Class began and we soon were flowing through sun salutation A. My body was going through the motions but my thoughts was ping ponging. I was distracted. Watching other yogis. Thinking of iced coffee afterwards. Going through my to do list.

I was not on my mat but in a land far, far away.

I realized what was the matter. I was in the back of the room. I felt disconnected from the rest of the class. If I’m in the front, I have no one to look at. When we turn to the long side of our mats or when we face the back, I see everyone else, but I really don’t. I pay attention to myself and that’s it. I’m present in my practice.

In the back, I felt like I was standing outside the (imaginary) circle looking in. It sounds weird even though I had three other yogi’s to my left. The teacher didn’t neglect us either. She taught to the whole room, not just to the front. She walked between all the mats and adjusted everyone equally as needed.

When this dawned on me, I started to think – Do others feel this way? Am I being weird?

It’s funny how at one time I felt safe in the back of the room. Now it makes me feel left out. By physically changing my perspective in the room, I changed my practice. And not in a good way. Or at least on Sunday. Maybe I need to go to the back more often?

Have you ever cried in yoga?

In yoga or group exercise classes, where is your “usual” spot?

Why I Love Yoga

Lucy Activewear #dsgfit4u | happyfitmama.comThis post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

I usually go to yoga class every Saturday and Sunday morning. Last weekend, as my family was eating breakfast, my son asked me out of the blue if I was going to yoga. I had been debating if I really did want to go that day. And from the way he said it, I took it as a sign that he wanted me to leave the house.

Mama out of the house = Daddy let’s us watch TV.

I laughed and asked why he wanted me to go to yoga so bad. His response? Because you love it.

He’s absolutely right. I do love yoga. I started to think about why I love yoga. I’ve confessed my love of running – the way it makes me feel, the places it takes me, the runner’s high, the confidence. But what does yoga give me?

Remember my Retail Therapy trip last month to Dick’s Sporting Goods to check out their newly redesigned store and to stock up on yoga specific clothes? Well, I’ve been putting the clothes to good use and loving yoga even more.

Why I Love Yoga

Why I Love Yoga

1. It makes me breathe.

2. I feel powerful.

3. It wakes up my mind, body and spirit.

4. I feel at least 5 inches taller after each class.

5. I feel like I have more space in between my ribs.

6. I love the feeling of energy pulsating through my hands and fingertips.

7. It pulls my shoulders back and opens my heart.

8. Energizes me even after a long day of work.

9. I don’t have to think – I just do. My body knows where to go and I can just flow in a moving meditation.

10. It strengthens every muscle and tendon in my body.

11. Yoga clothes are pretty rad. #thatisall


12. I love that it pushes me mentally and physically.

13. It makes me learn to trust in myself.

14. I love that it’s graceful and makes me feel like a dancer, but at the same time badass.

15. I love doing poses that once looked impossible.

16. I love that it makes me continue to strive to reach the next “impossible” pose.

17. I love the way a roomful of “Oms” radiates through my heart and gives me goosebumps. If you’ve ever participated in a Wall of Oms, you know what I mean.

18. It makes me focus and be present to the here and now.

19. I love that it makes me glow.

20. Savasana. #enoughsaid

With reasons like this, shouldn’t everyone be doing yoga?


Since it’s meal planning Sunday, here is what I’ve got planned for dinner this week:

Sunday: Cedar Plank Grilled Salmon + veggies

Monday: Pesto, Spinach and Avocado Grilled Cheese

Tuesday: Crunchy Thai Chicken Salad

Wednesday: Ron’s Homemade Pizza to celebrate the first day of school!

Thursday: Fish Tacos

Friday: Pesto Zoodles + Grilled Chicken

Saturday: Out

Be sure to check out Laura and Jill’s meal planning link up for more ideas.

If you do yoga, why do you love it?

What are you having for dinner this week?

Retail Therapy

CALIA | Dick's Sporting Goods |

This post is sponsored by Vocalpoint and DICK’S Sporting Goods. All opinions, as always, are my own.

Retail therapy is part of recovery from an injury, right?

The good people at Vocalpoint and Dick’s must have known that I needed a pick me up after learning that running still wasn’t happening anytime soon, when they graciously sent me a gift card to check out the newly redesigned women’s section. I gladly headed to my local Dick’s to drown my sorrows in new workout gear. Spoiler alert – you can get some help with your own retail therapy at the bottom of the post!

DICK's Sporting Goods  happyfitmama

While my running wardrobe is seriously stocked with all the right essentials, I have been lacking in yoga specific gear. It’s one of the activities I CAN do right now so I’m pouring my heart and soul into it. Sure I can wear my running capri’s and tanks, but it can be quite annoying to constantly fix your tank after every single down dog or inversion. I want something that stays in place and I don’t have to adjust it no matter how I twist, bind and get my OM on.

It had been awhile since I actually shopped for myself at Dick’s. And I was pleasantly surprised. The aisles had been widened and there were more outfit pairings throughout the women’s department. It made me want to actually look at the clothes. The CALIA line by Carrie Underwood and Lucy Activewear stood out to me. How come I never noticed their stuff before? Everything was so pretty and could easily go from the studio to running errands. Because let’s face it, I wear my workout gear everywhere even when I’m not working out.

little shopper

I brought along my little “helpers” to test out the wide aisles and bigger fitting rooms. We no longer need the big bus stroller (thankfully), but I could definitely see how I’d have no problem managing the aisles with it.

So what did I get?

I fell in love with CALIA. I want every single piece! I wore the Keyhole Back Tank and Essential Capri’s to yoga class that very night I got it and I didn’t have to adjust anything through an hour worth of sun salutations and inversion practice. I’m really not a fan of patterned capri’s but I love the look of these. So cute!


And the Lucy tank? Same thing – it didn’t budge no matter which way I twisted and turned in class. I love the built in cups – no need for a sports bra underneath. It does have a zippered pocket in the back that would be great for stashing a key or gels if I was running in it, but I don’t think I’d like to go sports bra-less while running.

lucy activewear


Here’s an easy chance to win a $25 DICK’S Sporting Goods gift card to get some of your own retail therapy!

All you have to do is answer the question below:

What’s your favorite piece of workout gear?

Giveaway ends Sunday, August 2nd @ 12 p.m. est.