Longing for Ballet

Tonight was prenatal yoga, and since the space doubles as a ballet studio, there are barres along the front and side walls.During class, we had the opportunity to use them — doing some stretches and then for tree pose (which I can still do, even 6-mths pregnant) and dancer pose (which I definitely wobbled during but ultimately survived!).

(Side note: Since my sense of balance has been shifting, I’ve been singing, “Weebles wobble but they don’t fall down …” — sparked by the resurgence of the Weebles TV spot, v. 2010!)

Working on the barre brought me back to my childhood and early teenage years and made me miss ballet enormously. I started dancing at age 3, and over the next 12 years, I took tap, jazz, ballet (and later pointe), but ballet was always my favorite.

I didn’t stop dancing til I was 15 when, sophomore year, I was one of only four girls to make the Varsity cheerleading team and the time commitment was too great between practices, games, competitions  — in addition to coaching my little sister’s squad on the side. Ultimately, dancing had to go.

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Sitting in Silence

One of the best things about my pregnancy thus far (and something I couldn’t understand or relate to until now) is that I really only feel Baby Girl move and/or kick when I’m sitting in silence, focused on the sensations in my belly.

Which means I’m finding a lot more reasons to just lounge at home, instead of rushing to do something else: it can wait.

I also love when my  husband just lays next to me with his hand on my tummy, waiting for some movement. I’m really in the moment when I’m sitting in silence like that; waiting and enjoying the flutterflies and sporadic kicks.

This pregnancy is calming me in ways I never would have dreamed.  (Of course, the beginning was horribly scary and rocky, and I have more tests tomorrow … but for the  most part, it’s been wonderful!).

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Ode to Wellness: Paying it Forward

rapid_weight_lossDuring tough economic times like we’re experiencing here in the U.S. — where most companies are cutting back on benefits and laying people off left and right — the agency I work for has just offered us a pleasant surprise: we’re implementing a new wellness benefit.

After we undergo a complete physical on-site, we’ll be eligible to be reimbursed up to several hundred dollars a year to use towards health/wellness initiatives. This includes fitness equipment, weight loss programs, gym memberships, fitness classes, yoga, smoking cessation programs, massages, etc.

The theory is by investing in employees’ health now, it’ll (hopefully) cut down on future health insurance premiums, and (hopefully) keep employees who embrace the benefit healthy and happy, reducing the risk for many diseases and conditions. Continue reading “Ode to Wellness: Paying it Forward”

“Meet Your Body Where It Is”

benefits_of_yoga_health_and_wellness_dominic_gaziano1I thought I’d share this inspirational quote today in honor of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.

I found it in Courtney Martin’s book, Perfect Girls, Starving Daughters, which I finished this past weekend and probably will be talking about quite a bit going forward.

The quote was in relation to one young woman suffering with an eating disorder who finally one day snapped (in a good way) and “woke up” during a yoga class when the instructor shared those six small words with such ginormous meaning.

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