I was so fortunate to be able to attend the Telluride Yoga Festival this weekend. Not only was I able to find a discount that gave me 50% off (and made it fit my budget), but I was able to walk to almost every class from my house! I love living here.
One of the things I decided to do this weekend was to go on a fruit fast. I ate nothing but fruit beginning on Friday. The biggest thing that I noticed was that I felt full a lot of the time without feeling like I was giving up on anything. The other thing that I noticed was that citrus fruits damn near killed my stomach (major cramping) and that it took a little extra to get going with my morning dog walks. My legs felt heavy and slow until about 20 minutes into the walk when everything work up. Don’t get me wrong, I think this was totally ok especailly for this weekend since a lot of the classes I took were restorative or Yin yoga (my new favorite).
So you think you can’t eat fruit 24/7…well, let me tell you how easy it is.
Friday Breakfast: Orange, Grapefruit and Banana salad
Lunch: Mango, raspberry, and kiwi salad
Dinner: Killer Quac: Mango, Avocado, Tomato, Jalapeno
Saturday went like this:
Breakfast: Blueberry, Raspberry, Strawberry smoothie with coconut milk
Lunch: Peach, Raspberry, Banana smoothie
Dinner: More of the Killer Quac
Sunday Breakfast: Citrus Salad
Lunch: Cantaloupe, Jalapeno, coconut milk soup
Dinner: The same as lunch
I made sure that I had plenty of sparkling and still water with me everywhere and packed a container of fruit or a banana or dried figs with me. The figs seemed like an evil treat, but dried fruites were just fine according to the person who recommended that I try this.
I had no salt, oil, alcohol, sugar or seasonings in any of the food. I am kinda craving a big plate of pasta with some scrambled eggs right now, but I think I’m going to ease back into regular eating and stick with the fruit for breakfast and lunch and add some simple protein (beans, tofu, eggs) for dinner.
Now after all of that diatribe about what I ate, I bet you’re wondering what the hell this has to do with the title. Well, I attended a couple of workshops by a pretty amazing teacher who made a lot of sense to where I am in my yoga practice. Yoga has been so commercialized that it’s become all about how gymnastic you can get in 40 minutes. I definitely see that and I think that has something to do with why I’ve stopped the practice. One of the easiest things that we got back to is that Yoga is breath.
Anyway, I’m not going to delve too much into his teachings, but if you ever have the chance, I highly recommend taking one of his classes.
One of the promises he made all of his make was that we would do yoga every day for 40 days. And his practice is 7 minutes long. So here I am, putting myself out there to all of you (whoever you might be) that I am going to do this practice for 40 days. Every day…or I have to start all over again.
Keep me honest!