From couch potato to ‘yoga-junkie’

When I arrived in Texas, my belly was bigger then the belly of Christa’s daughter, who was at that time 23 weeks pregnant 🙁 . However, a good stimulans to exercise and mind my diet. I’ve started doing a lot of rituals and exercises since I got here. Good for body, mind and soul. Within a week or so, I felt already a lot of positive changes. Luckily her belly grew (like it should when you are pregnant), and mine shrinked. 🙂

In this blog I will share with you what I do on a ‘ normal’  day (and what I do on a not so normal day).

Start of my day

IMG_7285My alarm goes of at 06.15 hr in the morning. I let it snooze for a couple of minutes, then I get up and do some exercises in my trailer. Usually that’s a set of lunches and crunches to build (and keep) strong legs, stretching my arms and back, doing a chakra cleaning and put some frankcincense oil on (to purify myself).
Then I go to the house where Christa and her family lives. On my 3th day here, Christa and I started doing yoga together. I remember the first days… I was moaning, sighing, making all kinds of noises because I felt parts of my body I never or hardly used 🙂 So, every morning I ‘ strike a pose’. Like Madonna, but slightly different. I do the warrior-, child-and chairpose, sunset meditation and some other poses. After that I do some more exercizes for my legs and belly. And then as a ‘reward’ we have a very nice and healthy fruitsmoothie for breakfast. I do another chakra cleaning. This time outside and using the crystal ‘selenite’  which has a purifying effect on your aura/chakra’s.

From couch-potato to ‘yogajunkie’

In my childhood I was pretty active with sports. When I started studying I did some volleyball, but after that I sort of became a ‘couch-potato’. There were periods where I went to the gym for a few months, maybe for a year or so…but most of the time I became lazy. Sitting on the couch, watching television and having a snack was more easy than moving my butt of the couch and go walking, cycling or do something else active. What I did keep on doing was dancing.

After a few days doing yoga here in Texas, my body started craving for it. When I can’t do yoga, I really miss it. Never thought I would turn into a ‘ yoga-junkie’. 🙂 I even bought myself a cheap yoga-mat to take with me to South America. So I can keep on practicing every day.

Christa told me it’s very important to be in neutral energy with the horses. So I won’t act out of irritation or the wrong power towards them. Yoga helps me to clear my head, gives me focus, strength and balance. All things which help me when I work with horses.

The rest of the day

After breakfast I go outside. I collect the bags and put hay in them. After that I usually scoop poo, give the horses fresh water and do some other chores. In between, Christa and I talk and have lunch. Sometimes we go grocerie shopping together.

On a ‘ not-so-normal’ day we go out. So far we have went to a spiritual festival together for 3 days, a ‘ Pow Wow’  event in Houston (a Gathering of Native Americans where tribes contest with eachother in dances) 2 days horseback riding in beautiful ‘ Terrant Ranch’ (see my earlier blog ‘ it turns out I’m a horsewoman’) visit friends, the cinema, etc. In a few days we go on another roadtrip to Big Bend National Park.

What I do in the evenings

Before it gets dark I give the horses a 2th time hay (or Christa does this). After dinner which I always enjoy (they cook very nicely over here), I sometimes help with doing the dishes. At a certain time I go to my trailer. I light a candle, put some incense on and I write in my journal. About things I learned, things we did, etc. I do some positive affirmations in the mirror (several times a day) to increase my selflove and I’m consciously working on my connection with ‘the Universe’.

This journal (on the right in the picture below) has become sort of a ‘ Bible’ to me. Family and some friends have written beautiful loving words in it, before I left. Wishing me well on my journey. Sometimes, when I miss ‘home’ (when I miss my loved ones) I read these words, and then they feel closer. And by now I have written a lot of words in them which are important to me.

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My ‘ travel-altar’ covered with things I received as a present from family and friends, things I bought myself and things I found.

No matter what I do…

So far I have been ‘active’ in the role of: student (learning to work with horses), ‘horsetrainer’ (doing ‘groundwork’ with horses: walking, walking backwards, making circles, practicing several ‘ cues’ ), cleaner (cleaning the property outdoors), gardener (removing weed and little bushes), tick remover (from the dogs), ‘ professional’ cat-horses-dog-people hugger (person who gives hugs…didn’t find an actual English word for this)….I think that sums it up.

The cool thing is, no matter what I do here, it’s all ok. I feel humility, to be able to help and to learn so much.

A lot of these rituals and exercizes I do, increase my feeling of inner safety. It grounds me as well, meaning; I feel more connected with the earth. And it helps me to be more in the moment.

Probably my next blog will come after Christmas…so I already wish you lots of love and fun these days. Hopefully you can spend Christmas with the ones you love. Till next time.

Love,
Femke

Comments

  1. Hey lovely one,

    The beautiful thing I discovered, the awareness of your presence here. “All the way in Texas” and yet so close in heart and thought.
    Love you and feeling great couse you are doing great.
    XL

    • He Lale,

      Thanks for sending me your loving words.
      Love you too and still feel ‘warm’ inside how you and Marcoleon invited me to join the team.
      Wishing you a very lovely Christmas.

      Xxx,
      Femke

  2. enjoy the american life and have a merry christmas 🙂

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