May & June High-Low

by agirlandhermutt on June 29, 2015

Another month is coming to a close and I’m happy to report that despite a little bit of schedule craziness, it was filled with a TON of highs. I actually skipped my High/Low post for May because, in general, it was a GREAT month and I didn’t have too many lows. What a good problem to have, right?! But I’m normal and life is not all rainbows and unicorns so I do have a few to share. So maybe this is more of a High/Low/High/High?!

Let’s do this.

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May & June High/Low

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I adore going to the movies. I love movie popcorn (don’t even tell me how bad it is for me. I know and don’t care!). I love hearing people laugh or gasp at the same time. I love being in the dark with the huge screen. Over the past two months I have been to the movies about a billion times and I love it!Avengers 2, Jurassic World, Inside Out, Mad Max, Ex Machina. I still have a few more that I want to see (Pitch Perfect 2 and Ted 2 specifically) and I’m looking forward to a whole slew of movies that are coming out this summer!

Low
I’m still struggling a little with my weight and fitness level. Don’t get me wrong. I’m still losing weight and feeling a bit more in shape, but I’m not back to where I want to be and it certainly isn’t moving as fast as I want it to go. Blah.

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I AM losing weight. AND! I’ve done some really awesome fitness things these past few months. I brought my husband to a “Bring Your Man to the Barre” class at Pure Barre. I had a great class at Soul Cycle. I did a FlyWheel Challege, which is a FlyWheel spinning class followed by a FlyBarre class.

And of course, I tried out an Aerial Yoga class!

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A contributing factor to the low above is probably how much fun I have been having with my friends and husband. Fun typically=Good food, wine, beer, and maybe a bit more beer. 😉

There have been multiple dinners, festivals and of course, a bachelorette party.

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I also spent an entire weekend at my favorite beer festival of the year, the American Craft Beer Fest, both as a participant AND a volunteer.

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Low
I have a touch of the jealousy gene when it comes to seeing folks go on amazing vacations. For a variety of reasons, I’m saving up my vacation days and decided to not take any HUGE vacations this summer. It will pay off in the end, but right now I just want to go somewhere fun!

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Since there is no huge vacation on the immediate horizon, we are exploring New England this summer. Over Memorial Day weekend we went to Portland, Maine for a quick weekend get-away.

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We have also enjoyed long walks around Castle Island in Boston, going to the park and just enjoying all the fun things Boston has to offer.

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Korky turned 15 this month! Technically I don’t know when his birthday really is. I adopted him in June of 2002 though so I figured that is his birthday. He is still the light of my life and life is just more entertaining with him around.

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Doesn’t he look thrilled about his birthday?! 😉

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And the best high of all…in May I had a totally ALL CLEAR appointment with my treatment team. Long story short, I am still recovering, but I’m totally on the upswing!

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Cheers to another great month in the books! I hope you had a good June and an even better July!

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Review: Aerial Silks Yoga at Ebb n’ Flow Yoga

by agirlandhermutt on June 19, 2015

Back in October of last year, my friend Karen organized a fantastic bachelorette weekend for me. One of the highlights of that trip was waking up bright and early on a Sunday morning, after a night of lots of champagne, wine & cocktails, and heading out to group fitness class. We did SurfSet and it was SO MUCH FUN.

When it came time for me to organize Karen’s bachelorette weekend I knew I wanted to do something similar. My friends are pretty adventurous and we all know each other so well that we don’t embarrass easily. I did some digging around and found a yoga studio not far from Karen’s house, where the party was taking place, called Ebb n’ Flow studio. It seemed like a lovely studio and had pretty good review. Then I realized that they offered an AERIAL SILKS YOGA CLASS!

Yes. YES! YES!

I signed us up for a private group class immediately.

I sometimes forget that our group of friends can be…loud. I don’t know any other way to put it. We laugh a lot. A *few* of us are loud talkers (me!). And we love to talk. So when we walked into this lovely and serene studio I got a little nervous. Would the instructor be annoyed with us immediately? Would everyone have fun? Would it be too serious?!

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We were greeted by Kim, our instructor and maybe the owner of the studio?, and I was immediately at ease. She was friendly, upbeat and happy to see us. She gave off that ultimate yogi vibe that I so desperately wish that I had. Do you know what I mean? That I’m so cool but don’t try to be anyone but me personality? Yea. That is Kim. She told us a little bit about the various spaces in the studio and invited us to look around, grab a mat and head into the studio.

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The studio is comprised off one larger yoga room, a Reiki room, the aerial yoga room and a room in the making that will feature local artist’s works. They are also in the process of painting a gorgeous mural.
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The aerial room is set up for 9 people to participate. It is intimate and cozy, but still with plenty of room to swing around and be a nut.
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Kim started off the class with a few instructions on how to use the fabric and then we started with our class. Obviously this was a beginner/get used to using the silk sling, or hammock, so there was not as much flow as there was laughing while trying to do different poses. I was really surprised at how much I enjoyed the stretch I got when doing typical poses in the sling. For instance, I was able to go so much deeper in my poses because I had support from the sling. On a typical day there is NO WAY that I could get my leg straight out in front of me and then bring it to the side, but with the sling, I had support so I could easily move my leg back and forth while opening my hip flexors. It was amazing! And it was FUN!

We did inversions. We sat on the sling like a chair. We swung around! It was like being a kid on a swing at some points! I was sweating so much but barely noticed because we were having so much fun.

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So a few things…

The fabric can be a little uncomfortable at times. I found that any time the fabric was bunched up, it really dug into my skin. I checked with a few of the skinny chicks in my group and they said the same thing. I think it a lot like spinning. You go and your butt hurts so much you can’t sit down for the next two days. But you keep going back and suddenly you don’t need the gel seat. I think that is similar with the fabric.

You NEED to wear a shirt that covers your armpits and pants that cover the back of your knees. If you don’t, you will regret it. Ebb n’ Flow has a great FAQ section about the class that states you should do this and we all followed those instructions. I’m so glad we did! It would have been an awful class without that layer of protection.

No fear! You have to trust your instructor, the fabric and yourself. There are times where you just kind of flip over and are upside down. On purpose! I don’t know about you, but I don’t do a ton of inversions and especially not without someone supporting me. To have the fabric there feels very surreal at first until you finally just realize the connection between you and the sling.

Like any traditional yoga class, we ended the class with my favorite yoga pose, Savasana. I put this picture up on Facebook and instantly got comments about being “Pod People”. I can’t lie. I felt like one too.
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I get a little claustrophobic sometimes so I had to play around with my arm placement to get it so the fabric wasn’t touching my face and I didn’t feel inclosed. It kind of looked like I was making a gang sign on my forehead with my hands and my elbows were pushing the fabric away from me. I finally got it just right and really found myself relaxed and in the moment.
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Overall, the class was amazing. The combo of the studio, Kim (our instructor) and the fabric slings was unique and fun. I like the incorporation of traditional yoga poses with the fabric and the ability to do many poses that my lack of flexibility would prevent me from being able to do otherwise.

Ebb n’ Flow offers a beginner Aerial Yoga class that they recommend you take a few times before moving into the regular Aerial Yoga class. I imagine that one flows a lot more and there is probably a little less laughing and grunting. 😉

I wish that Ebb n’ Flow was closer to Boston. The space is so welcoming and feels like a place that could be a permanent yoga home for me. I know I will definitely be returning to the studio to give it another try and I’m pretty sure my friends will be joining me.

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*Thanks to my friend, Jeanne, for most of these photos! She was injured and couldn’t participate but offered to come and take photos. We have a TON of photos, but I don’t know how much my friends would appreciate me putting their business on the internet. Just know that they had a good time too!*

If you are in the MA area, check the studio out!

Ebb n’ Flow
Northborough, MA 01532
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Currently: June 2015

June 18, 2015

Just when I think life is going to go into a little less hectic mode, something comes up and proves me wrong. Fortunately, this time it was something fun. Karen’s Bachelorette Party! If you know me in real life, you know Karen. If you know me on the blog, then you have heard of Karen. […]

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