Wanderlust 108: Seattle - The Most Intentional Day
For the past 4 years, I've been attending a yoga conference in memory of my Mom. She wasn't super big into yoga but she owned this blue yoga mat she would take to the gym when she went for her classes.
I'll be honest, when I started this tradition, I didn't know what I was doing. I found Soul Pose via Instagram maybe? & jumped at it. It was my first Summer in Washington, I had a good amount of time on my hands & was starting to really dedicate time to said mat. This just seemed like something I needed to do.
Fast forward 4 years & my tradition remains strong. Even with a babe & currently pregnant with another on the way, I make no excuse. It's one day a year I can fully dedicate to my self & my Momma.
Both Soul Pose & Wanderlust are yoga events that are held throughout the country & beyond. I planned to attend Soul Pose again but the Seattle event is after I leave for Charleston. SP is also different than Wanderlust because it is extremely shorter. It's an hour flow & now, all sessions are inside like a day glo event.
This being my first Wanderlust experience, I was blown away. They call it a 'mindful triathlon' - 5k run/walk, 75 min flow then 45 min meditation. The event is also ALL DAY LONG 7:30am - 3:30pm. Not gonna lie, I had no intention of really running the 5k. I was just gonna jog, possibly walk, cause there were SO many people! But I ended up running the fastest I ever have while pregnant (28 min at 9 min pace). Right after, I got in line for the 20 min aerial yoga class. As soon as we sat into our aerial hammocks, it reminded me of labor & I needed this in my life. I'm not saying I'm about to become super in aerial yoga but I WILL have some fabric hanging in my Charleston house to labor through rather than breaking Matt's back again. Trust - we've already talked about it. It's happening!
The 75 min yoga flow was glorious, even though I had like 5 down-dogs in my system & obviously couldn't be on my stomach. Lots of sitting but it went right into the meditation where I honestly felt like I wanted to cry. The entire point of this day - this experience - was to set an intention then send it out. My intention: reconnect with my Mom, remind myself of my parenting truth & really enjoy this time. This past year, I've made it a priority to be more intentional in every aspect of my life. Everything I do is for a reason, has a purpose. It may be for that specific moment or be a step for the long run but I'm doing my best to recognize most moves & interactions.
<REAL QUICK ABOUT PREGNANT PEOPLE DOING INVERSIONS>
I've received from feedback from these top 2 images of my upside down & 20+ weeks preggo ass so I just wanted to address this & nip it now. Before you get your panties in a bunch, the instructor was right there, saw my pregnant ass get in the fabric & didn't say a word.
WHY ARE INVERSIONS NOT ENCOURAGED FOR PREGNANT WOMEN TO PERFORM?
1. The risk of falling & hurting all parties.
2. Blood pressure changes.
3. Risk of passing out.
4. Rumor has it, the baby will flip.
Legit concerns but WHAT ARE THE POSITIVES?
1. Reverses flow of blood resulting in new energy & better concentration.
2. Calms the nervous system.
3. Stimulates lymphatic system which helps keep immune system health.
4. Balances hormones, promotes sleep & stimulates your throat chakra.
Really, it all comes down to you. How YOU feel, what YOUR body is telling you. Plenty of women turn to yoga when pregnant because it's the time to really connect with your body. My boy wanted to be upside down so we did it. Believe I turned right side up if I felt uncomfortable but I followed through & made the call. I lifted heavy throughout my first pregancy with Jackson, going against what others were saying because it 'wasn't safe.' I'd previously created that lifestyle & knew what my body was capable of. Same applies to inversions.
Listen to your body. Do what you're comfortable with. Because I'm gonna whatever I damn please.
There aren't words to express how grateful I am to have had the privilege to experience Wanderlust 108. I hope I'm able to attend more on the opposite side of the country but if not, I'm sure I'll find the next place I need to be at with whomever I'm supposed to be there with.
I also want this trip - all my solo trips - be a gentle reminder to all my Mommas out there who tend to forget their previous life. Becoming Mom, Hell just saying I do, starts a new chapter but it doesn't erase the previous. Some may think these trips I take are selfish & think I should be spending this time with Jackson or preparing for the new life I'm currently creating. I counter that opinion with "I'm doing exactly that but in my own way." These trips remind me I am more than a Mother. I am a person who loves to interact with others. I love yoga even if I'm not very good at it. I trust vibes & want to be around others that give off the positive ones. I'm not only a provider & lover. I'm a liver with needs of my own & I make sure I give myself what I need.
You are worth it. Give yourself permission to enjoy your life & you will.