Suns and velos

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Yoga on the porch in Fort Collins is a treat. It’s so hot, I practically break a sweat sitting in the shade. Oxygen at 5000 feet proves a little scarce, so I’m trying to get some deep breaths into my chest. My new bike is on the right, my old bike on the left. Starting the day with Sun Salutations and coffee.

Ujjayi breath is the foundation of Forrest Yoga. In this breathwork, I slightly constrict a muscle in my throat- the muscle used when whispering or fogging up a mirror. Controlling the flow of air lengthens the breath. At times, it sounds like the ocean inside of a seashell or Darth Vader. Inhale deeply and slowly through the nose and inflate the rib cage. Exhale completely, sending all of the breath out of the body. At the bottom of the breath, contract the lower belly. Do it again and again. In a quiet place it’s easy to hear Ujjayi breath and creates a rhythm for my practice.

Sun Salutations are movement with breath and a delicious part of your complete breakfast.

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6 thoughts on “Suns and velos

  1. Dawn says:

    i did my sun salutations this morning too. Sorry to say I missed Anna’s classes since I was helping with the catering job. Hopefully there will be another time! Love you.

  2. laelwilcox says:

    Hey Mom,
    We’re leaving Fort Collins today, heading for the Colorado Trail. I don’t think it ever rains here. Miss you.

  3. There have been some prime sun salutation sunrises here in the Cordillera Blanca.
    What does the future hold for the Hooligan?

    • laelwilcox says:

      The Hooligan is hanging out in Fort Collins in care of my friend, Jonah. In the future, I hope to put at least 2″ tires on it and a better stem. It’s my favorite bike ever. I’m actually considering selling my Long Haul Trucker and doing all road and mild dirt touring on the Hooligan. For now, a suspension fork and big wheels is really making my time on the Colorado Trail.

      I hope Peru is the best. See you in Vegas!

  4. Irene says:

    Wow! The breathing seems too hard for me to even follow! I think I will need a personal lesson! Hope it will be sooner than later! Love your blog! Sending love and hugs! Irene

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