Crow pose and CoconutsPosted: May 23, 2011
Have you ever had moments when you come up against something and automatically, without hesitation, that little voice inside your head says:
“You can’t do that”
“It’s never going to happen” ?
Don’t say no, because we all have.
Before I started practising yoga at the beginning of the year (it was sort of a New Year’s resolution but not really… I just knew I wanted to add more to my training and thought that doing something quite “Zen” would be a good way to start the year). I had very low expectations and told myself that if I really didn’t like it, then I would simply stop. No point in forcing yourself to do something if you don’t enjoy it.
I’ve always been into more conventional forms of exercise anyway- swimming, lots of running/trail-running etc so I held on to the notion that I was probably going to get bored sitting still in some perculiar pretzel-looking cross-legged position chanting “Om” for 90mins.
Well, let me tell you right away- the truth is that I have fallen in love with yoga. Yes, I’ve only been at it for 5 months but the benefits I have reaped in that time alone have been nothing short of phenomenal. No, really!
This was proven on Friday night. I went to a hot Vinyasa class and one of the asana’s was Crow pose. I am still working really hard at balancing poses but this one I find particularly challenging and never dreamed that I would actually get it right for AT LEAST a couple of years… But you know what? I held it! Properly! I really did. And It. Felt. Fantastic! Purely because that voice inside my head said it wasn’t possible…and here I was proving it so darn wrong! Go Me!!
Now, if you are familiar with hot yoga, you’ll know that it’s done in a heated room of up to 39 degrees C. Which means…you sweat! Like, a lot!!!! Such a good way of detoxifying your body. Obviously one therefore loses a great deal of water which is why it’s so important to keep hydrated.
I generally am pretty good about chugging water after a class but the other day while trawling the aisles of my second home favourite store (Wellness Warehouse), I came across this brand of coconut water, made by O.N.E (One Natural Experience).
Let me just tell you that it is my new best post-workout drink. It tastes delicious-not sweet and “processed” like you would maybe expect but very clean and refreshing. It is also perfect for re-hydrating as it contains all 5 electrolytes that are found in human blood, as well as calcium, phosphorus, sodium, magnesium, and potassium (15 times more than most sports and energy drinks), making it a very nutritious drink too.
Plus, how cute is the packaging?!
Give it a try next time you’re looking for something more than just your average H2o.
I know that most of the Kauai’s at Virgin Active sell it at around R20 but Wellness sells it for R12.99 (a lot less!)