Monday, May 14, 2012
Yoga Challenge Day 6
I didn't go to a yoga class today. Instead, I drove two hours with Fred up to NH and hiked Mt. Cardigan. I haven't done a solo hike in years and with the way I have been feeling, it was really special for myself to be able to do that. It was difficult at times for sure. My legs were killing me. I honestly have no idea how I climbed last year in Peru. Yoga and hiking use different muscles I think. Or maybe they don't but it is a whole different kind of exercise. I wasn't out of breathe as I usually am hiking, which was good. I just took it really slow. I took what I am trying to learn in yoga, which is patience and taking one moment at a time. I stopped hoping that I reached the top of the mountain and I just took it slow, swatted A LOT of bugs, stepped in a lot of mud and made it to the top in a little over two hours.
Fred was very patient with me. He was the most amazing climber I've ever seen. I kept telling him he was a show-off. We ran into two girls on the ledge and one of them looked at Fred and said, "do you know how lucky you are to be able to do this." I just smiled because I am lucky too. To be able to drive and climb and get to see such beautiful things by actually working for it....and to wear my sweeet under armour long-sleeved shirt at the top which makes me feel bad ass. So lucky.
Anyway, I did my flip the dog at the top just so I can say I did yoga. The picture is above. But, I think in a way, taking my time and knowing I was lucky, was also a form of yoga.