The Best Thing About YogaPosted: April 7, 2011
The best thing about yoga is that there is no “right” or “wrong”, no mistakes and no apologies. Your body is strong enough to carry you through exactly what you need to do, and in the end, your best is more than enough.
At the end of a long day, sometimes a good level three power yoga session is exactly what you need. I utilized my second class at Shine On Yoga for a fabulously sweaty hour and a half. I walked in feeling like a rock and walked out feeling like a rock star. That, my friends, is the marker of a good class.
Pre-class: Breakfast for dinner!
You really can’t go wrong with a scrambled egg + toast combo. It’s substantial enough to power you through a workout due to its combination of protein, fat and carbs, but it doesn’t weigh you down.
This morning, I had sweets on the brain. Luckily, I’d made a version of overnight oats inspired by chocolate chip cookie dough.
My version was extra chewy from using steel cut oats (rather than the traditional rolled variety).
Technically, I cooked these beforehand and simply allowed them to chill/absorb overnight, but does it truly matter in the grand scheme of things? It still yielded a cool, chewy breakfast that was ready to eat straight out of the refrigerator!
Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Steel Cut Overnight Oats
Vegetarian (Vegan, depending on protein powder used), Serves One
- 1 banana
- 3/4 cup water
- 1/4 cup steel cut oats
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder (I used Tera’s Whey)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 1/8 cup chocolate chips
- Bring water to a rapid boil; add in oats and banana. Cover pot and remove from heat. Allow the oats to set for 10-15 minutes.
- Stir in protein powder, chia seeds and vanilla extract.
- Place pot (on a hotpad) in the refrigerator overnight. In the morning, dish up and top with chocolate chips.
So simple, so delicious! Although I must say, it was a bit odd eating cold oatmeal!
Off to do the work thang. Hang in there, kiddos, it’s almost Friday!
What is your favorite thing about yoga? If you don’t practice, what is your favorite thing about your workout of choice?