I am finally back home after a week of an untypical Vegas trip. After the 10 hour drive to the desert, my not so typical trip went something like this: 110 degrees, police officer, hiking in heat, buffets, vibram advertisement, yoga graffiti taggings, loan officer, made to order vegan ice cream, birthday, roller coaster, car chasing, back and forth trips to lowes and home depot, interviews, getting dropped on my head, kale cravings, airports, extended trip, leaks, fireworks… all this under the influence of soberness. I have not had any of alcohol since New Years Eve 2009 at the Poetry Night Club at Caesars Palace. Let’s just say it was not a good way to start the new year So either I was not wanting to relive any part of that night or I am just getting too old for drinks and nightclubs because I had no desire to do Vegas the typical way.
After Nadia flew home and left me to melt in the desert for another 5 days, I began to feel myself being at the effect of the heat, the house projects, my parents, the kids, did I say the heat? It was HOT! It was so hot, I had no desire to do power yoga and skipped it all together. Ohhhh I know. I know. I know. I skipped yoga. Power yoga that is. I managed to squeeze in three light vinyasa classes. Towards the end of the week, I found myself really irritable and annoyed by every little thing and person. I became effected by my environment, the very thing that my power practice teaches me how to handle. I was being at the effect of my lack of practice. Every yoga teacher will say The Practice is not always physical, but in my case it has to begin that way. Like a child on artifical sugar, I have too much energy that needs to be released. My power practice teaches me to be at ease during a challenging pose (in the heat!), but yet I found it so difficult to be at ease doing nothing in the heat. So what to do? Practice of course! Now I remember why I love hot yoga in the first place. Once you get over being at the effect of “it’s too hot, it’s too hard, or I don’t have time” or any other “excuse” that your mind uses to take you out of your body and out of the present moment, you lose your power and you become effected by your exit doors. But if your mind can be at ease when it’s hot, when it’s hard, when you think you can’t, you can. And you can be at ease with what is.
The thing that helped me get over from being effected by things and being at ease with things is the Manhattan Express, a roller coaster at NY NY that Nadia gave me for my birthday present. I was thinking about it all day and was hoping that the morning hike in the heat would wear her out, but oh no! I even left her out in the sun for 2 hours and she was running out of water. That girl was determined to take me on this crazy 4,777 feet of intertwined tracks that is 203 feet high with a 144 feet drop and a loopty loop speeding at 67mph:
photo credit: joyrides.com
If I didn’t feel bad about Nadia getting a speeding ticket, I would’ve refused to go on this monster. My stomach was up to my ears before we even found parking at the casino. And to make matters worse, I am reminded of this loopty loop everywhere we go:
I'm pleading: but but but there's a loopty loop
After 2 minutes and 45 seconds of heart pounding and screaming, came the laughter. It was am amazing ride. It was ridiculous how I feared this roller coaster so bad. I had never been on such a fun coaster and later that week I went on it again with much excitement and ease
Here are some pics from the trip:
The Strip, your typical Vegas scenery
Redrock Canyon, your not so typical Vegas scenery
Your not so typical Vegas attire
And of course some random taggings:
how could I not? Sexy sideplank (pic by Nadia)
How could we not? Mannequins doing yoga in the window!
Trying to win with the power of intention (pic by Nadia)
We didn't need to go to any magic show, look at this leg illusion (pic by Nadia)
I can fly even when I'm sober
The Golden Nugget pool at closing
Chillin' and lounging
I can see you over there.
I heart you, redrock canyon
Jazzy tagging the water feature
Trees in Vegas need lots of water.
The heat got to Buzz Lightyear’s head and he decided to be at ease in the desert as well:
Buzz, you need to untwist that forearm!
To infinity and beyond!
Buzz is too macho for sexy slide plank.
And the best part was chasing this car to get this pic:
Om is everywhere, even in sin city! (pic by nadia)
Yay! for an untypical vegas trip