Happy New Year, everyone!
If the last day of 2013 is any indication of how 2014 will go, I am very excited for this year. My new year's eve was perfection. The weather was beautiful! Brittany and I went for a run together and stopped halfway through to get side by side massages. We went to dinner at my favorite restaurant, Café 21, and then we closed out the year with hot yoga.
I'm always late and Brittany is always late, so inevitably we were late to New Year's Eve yoga. We were literally running up to the studio moments before class started. The doors were already locked but luckily one of the teachers let us in, and rather fatefully, there were exactly two spots left on opposite ends of the jam packed room. I have never seen a class so full. Everyone was mat to mat and the energy was out of this world. The fact that there was just enough space for the two of us confirmed that we were absolutely meant to be there. Then class started with a John Lennon song and I just melted. It was quite an experience and I am so glad Brittany (reluctantly) joined me and was able to be a part of the magic.
Since we're on the topic of yoga, this is a good time to mention my 30 day yoga experiment. I decided to commit to 30 consecutive days of yoga in an effort to balance my hormones. As many of you know, I have donated my eggs three times now. The last time was back in August and it was the worst round yet. I ended up hyperstimulated and hospitalized. I haven't felt completely normal since.
If you aren't familiar with the process of donating one's eggs, it involves self injections of a boat load of hormones. I had OHSS (Ovarian Hyperstimulation Syndrome) all three times, but this last time took the cake. I know my body well and I know for certain that my hormones are out of whack. It is affecting my skin, weight, energy levels, mood and even my periods. I have been doing a lot of reading on how to naturally balance hormones and yoga seems to be one of the best ways to do so.
"Yoga tends to address the hormonal imbalance on many levels, as a relaxing practice and as physical exercise. Both forms are beneficial by themselves but when connected they can achieve great results in harmonizing the endocrine system ."
So here I am, on day 3 of my 30 day yoga journey. I have no idea if my hormones will actually be balanced at the end of this little adventure, but if anything, I'll be slightly more flexible and probably less stressed. I'll keep you all posted on my progress and if I notice any differences along the way.