Sometimes You Just Have to Be Your Own Superhero.

Via on Jan 10, 2013

 

 

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I’ve kind of had a hero fixation lately.

Actually, it’s not new, but I have been thinking about it more the past few days.

I think all of us have parts of us that want to be heroic, and parts of us that want to be rescued. Today, for me, was the latter half of the equation.

I didn’t sleep much.

I was so tired, that I decided I’d take a shower before my practice to try and wake up a little more (hot water plus pink peppermint soap usually equals more alertness). I did that thing where you sort of lay your head on the shower wall and extend forward and kind of sleep on the wall for awhile. So good.

(Eco-tip: if you are going to take more than one shower a day, try to showerpool for one of them.)

So I got out, dressed and ready to practice and I was still feeling sort of downtrodden and tired and in need of some sort of rescue. As I moved through my first few sun salutes, I felt a little better. And better still as the practice went on. By the time I reached savasana, I did feel a little more heroic and ready to conquer the world (or at least the day and the forty million emails waiting for me).

I lie there thinking that maybe as much as we are put on this earth to help others, an important part of our work is how we rescue ourselves.

A good friend told me recently that security isn’t something we find out there, somewhere. It’s something we give to ourselves.

My yoga practice is part of how I rescue myself. It’s part of how I rescue myself—from myself.

I may not be Batgirl (despite the panties), but little by little I remember that I am the hero in my story. My morning sadhana is part of what reminds me.

On that note, all good superheroes need a breakfast of champions:

Superhero-worthy Smoothie for One.

1/2 cup frozen raspberries

1/2 frozen banana

1 cup coconut milk or almond milk

1 Tablespoon raw cacao

1 Tablespoon Maca

Throw it in the blender. Awesome.

 

What was your practice like today? Are you doing #yogaeverydamnday this month? Check back for my updates and follow along on Twitter @kate_bartolotta and Pinterest.

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About Kate Bartolotta

Kate Bartolotta is the strongest girl in the world. She is the love child of a pirate and a roller derby queen. She hails from the second star to the right. She doesn't know how to behave with all the apples and ibexes. She doesn't suffer from her eight million freckles, she loves them! Like a rolling stone, Kate gathers no moss. Kate loves kale, being barefoot, Dr. Seuss, singing too loudly, gallivanting, palindromes, blackberries and has far too many books for her own good. When she's not writing, you can find her practicing yoga, running in the woods, playing with her kids, devouring a book, planting dandelions, changing the world and doing her dishes. Kate does not play the accordion. She is a massage therapist, writer and a compassionate friend to all. This year Kate aspires to finally give up on learning to knit and will instead spend that time putting a little bit more of her heart on the page. Connect with Kate on Facebook and Twitter

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4 Responses to “Sometimes You Just Have to Be Your Own Superhero.”

  1. edieyoga says:

    Lovely!!!! What is Maca? Sure I can do my own rendition of the smoothie….
    Today I talked my dad and wished I was 9 and he could make everything all better again. Guess I'll have to rescue myself and maybe get to the mat.

  2. Maca is a root that you usually buy in powdered form (or capsules). http://navitasnaturals.com/product/457/Maca-Raw-…. Good stuff!

  3. mary says:

    maca is expensive imported turnip

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