On Monday afternoon, I finally found the Yellow-Yoga centre, down in Kreuzberg & attended my first class - an hour & a half of fast paced vinyasa yoga, in a packed out room. Down into plank, through cobra & back into downward facing dog. Repeat three hundred times in quick succession & you get the idea. It was intense, but I thoroughly enjoyed it! Cycling the twenty minutes home uphill was a killer & when I got in, I felt the need to annihilate everything in the fridge.
Thankfully, I'd been grocery shopping at the Bio Market earlier in the day, so I was well equipped to handle my hunger in a healthy manner: brown rice, red onion, walnuts, chia seeds, alfalfa sprouts, tomatoes, asparagus, lettuce, an endless list of natural healthy ingredients. I made a ridiculously mammoth salad & inhaled the lot. I think that's what I like about exercising, it makes me want to eat healthily too.
When you've spent a few hours burning up energy, to the point of famish, there is nothing more satisfying than sitting down to something nourishing, guilt-free & fulfilling. It's like an entire cycle of positivity. I genuinely feel better within myself, knowing that I'm treating my body well. Although, don't get me wrong, I'd still nibble on a brownie, or a chocolate bar, maybe a cake...
A website I really like at the moment, is Oh She Glows. A brilliant recipe blog, that is 100% vegan, predominantly raw & unprocessed & best of all, entirely healthy. I especially love Angela's simple recipe for The Big Vegan Bowl, which, quite frankly, after a leg burn of a cycle home, is my dream dinner. Happy fat providing avocados, protein packed quinoa & hummous & my favourite, sweet potatoes, dishing out the vitamin A. Whilst not the quickest of meals to throw together, it is thankfully very simple & one that I'll be trying, most likely, along with her recipe for Two-Layer Raw Chocolate Brownies.
Another site I'm loving right now, is Mind, Body, Green. Packed full of endless articles, advice & guidance on healthy living & wellness, along with a few nice recipes. I can easily get lost for hours reading through their posts. I equally enjoy their daily quotes, such as this one:
Now that I'm fully pumped up on my yogic energy & clean diet, I have been making the effort to attend a class every day. I did another vinyasa class on Tuesday & a somewhat disappointing kundalini class yesterday (far too much breathing for my liking). Today, I think I'm going back for vinyasa again & tomorrow I think I will try my hand at jivamukti. That's what I like about Yellow-Yoga, the plethora of choice. I like the ability to mix it up a little. It helps stave off any repetitive boredom.
Are you a yoga enthusiast? What's your favourite style?
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