Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose) or in layman’s terms, the full splits, is something I like to do daily. It keeps my hammies loose after running and makes me feel centered.

Front view of woman doing Hanumanasana yoga pose

Side view of woman doing Hanumanasana yoga pose

Whoa, almost hit something…can’t remember what though. My little helper next to me.
Woman with young girl doing yoga

Next up is a little Baddha Konasana (Bound Angle Pose). This is an awesome way to stretch the inner groin and glutes. These areas need stretching, too, if you’re a runner especially. So go bound angle yourself now. Little helper in the background practicing her yoga, too.
Woman doing Baddha Konasan yoga pose with young girl

And then she went splat. At least she’s laughing about it!
Baddha Konasan yoga pose woman and child laughing

After yoga we had a nice bowl of watermelon, blueberries, homemade granola (which I will post the recipe for at a later date) and yogurt. I wish I could afford the So Delicious Coconut Milk Yogurt more consistently and also plan that special trip to Whole Foods for it, but alas, not this morning so regular fit the bill just fine my friends. And please note the homegrown strawberry cut in half on top.

Fruit, yogurt and granola in bowl with spoon

Homemade Granola recipe to follow someday soon…
Close up of Homemade Granola

Ok, I would like to pat myself on the back for growing my own strawberry. That is strawberry (singular), not strawberries (plural). This past winter I decided I would give my very novice (read: have never gardened in my life) non-green thumbs a whirl at container gardening on my front terrace. We live downtown San Diego. The strawberry plant has kicked off, oh, about 10 strawberries all year. The orange tree in the orange container, nothing. And the lettuce container which is green has produced enough lettuce to fill precisely 3 forkfulls of a Hugh Jass. Hey at least I color coordinated the pots: red for strawberries, orange for the lack of oranges, and green for lettuce. Color coordination and making your plants Look Cute is important, really! In all seriousness the gardening experiment has been fun, and I have wayyyyy more appreciation for farmers and give even more thanks for my CSA box that has all my organic fixes in it!

Young girl standing by strawberry plant
Close up of strawberry plant

Tip of the Day: Try one new yoga pose per week. Just pick something, anything, you think looks fun, inspiring, challenging, or pick the one you think you’ll never be able to master. Just add something to your repertoire. Something is better than nothing which is what you’ll have if you don’t try. And, if you keep it up, in a year’s time you will have this whole new posse of poses (asanas) in your arsenal and you’ll be glad you stuck with adding poses even though you were like pul-eeze, I am not a pretzle and I can’t do it. Yes, you can. Breathe in, breath out. Ahhhh….all better.


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