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Tag: ‘yoga’



Oh No What Happened To Yoga

Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

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It’s been two months since I’ve been to a yoga class and I’m going to tell you why.

In September I hit the six months marker that I had been regularly practicing yoga. I was going twice a week to the same studio – getting my core strengthening in one and stretch & meditation in another. It was great & I was on a role. I was feeling better & feeling more inspired.

One day I started to feel light headed in my yoga class. And then another I almost passed out when I slowly went from a seated post to standing. And then a few days later I began to feel dizziness which led to googling which let to straight out panic.  Never google symptoms – ever. Because it will certainly lead to death. Every symptom leads to death or disease or cancer or heart attack or death.

So I went to the doctor to find I had a clogged ear canal that was, however, not the source of my vertigo.  Turns out you can get vertigo from cervigocenic headaches which can happen from slouching at your desk. It makes sense. I sit at a desk. I do  . . . slouch. And I do have regular neck pain & arthritis.

So here I was – yoga-less.

Today I went back to yoga. Yay! My first ever restorative yoga class. And it was restorative! Loved it! But I’m gonna take it slow.

Six Months In

Sunday, September 21st, 2014

Six months ago I was working starting to think about getting into better fitness habits. And let’s face it I needed better mental habits too. So I decided to give yoga another try.

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Here is what I have learned so far about yoga:

It’s very important to find a studio with instructors that fit you. Now I’m not a go-to-the-gym kind of girl so I needed a studio that wasn’t filled with people that made me feel like I already needed to be ‘in shape‘ just to sign into the class. And I definitely did not want to watch myself sweat in awkward poses – so no mirrors.

Having said that, I got lucky. I literally googled yoga studios and I found one at the beach that makes me feel like I’m back in San Diego or on vacation. This studio is simple, it’s basically like a covered porch with plants & running water around. – (kind of like home).

Keep in mind I’ve tried yoga before – in college at a dance studio- professional dancer-flexi-bender I am not. Also I tried an outdoor studio in San Diego on the beach – where everyone was watching us, a studio that was super hot –eww no thank you. I didn’t need to know I could sweat from there and a seemingly large studio in Philadelphia- more boot-camp-competitive-style with sweaty commentary from the guy next to me rather than calm de-stresser (that I obviously need). Nope.

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I feel right at home in my mismatched yoga attire with the sound of frogs & ferns growing around me at the Studio At Zen .

I also learned it’s great to try different classes & instructors at a studio. This often leads to muscles you didn’t know you were ignoring … Err umm sometimes full extremities (like arms) and new poses you find enjoyable like reclining pigeon. But not you boat pose – not you.

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Beyond the release of lower back tension, good-kind-of-sore-next-day-muscles and a better understand of san script words (and getting tighter booty). I’ve gained more knowledge about myself. It sounds cheesy to read that out loud. But all the books & people cheerleading me along to “figure out my ‘stuff’ “ didn’t really add up to me believing I was changing for a better attitude.

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I’ve never been without “a plan” ever in my life until now. But I’m learning that’s ok. I need to accept that being me will be enough. Through movement and breath and meditation, I am sorting through the little things holding me back.

I’ve learned that every day is a new day to start again and with every breathe a new beginning.

Yoga has found a place in my life. And I found a place in yoga.

Understanding The Art of Nothing

Friday, May 30th, 2014

What is ‘nothing’?

Dictionary.com says ‘Nothing’  [nuhth-ing]  

noun

no thing; not anything; naught: to say nothing.
no part, share, or trace (usually followed by of  ): The house showed nothing of its former magnificence.
something that is nonexistent.
nonexistence; nothingnessThe sound faded to nothing.
something or someone of no importance or significance: Money is nothing when you’re without health

 

I struggle to understand the art of ‘nothing’. A blank canvas or a performing piece with just a woman standing still for 8hrs. Is it suppose to question the boundaries of ‘what is art?’ Like Marcel Duchamp’s ‘Fountain’. Maybe I’m not artsy, eclectic, academic or conceptual-minded enough. Or maybe the simplicity is beyond me. As an artist I like to create. Make something with my hands. So since there is no physical or tangible object in front of me I’m lost on the nothing being art. maybe it’s because I can’t stand still for 5 minutes let alone 5 hrs. Maybe my mind isn’t still enough to appreciate the moment of silence and stillness.

Hmm Maybe if I keep going to yoga someday I will understand the art of nothingness. Just breathe. Just Zen.

Falling Off The a Fitness Wagon

Monday, April 14th, 2014

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I have friends that run marathons, bike 50 miles because it’s a Saturday morning, swim lap after lap before I’ve even had my morning cup of tea. I have some friends that do all three. Super fit friends that lift weights, eat organic vegan, surf daily, hike mountains, paddle board, meditate on the beach, and even meditate on a paddle board! They fill my social media news feeds daily.

I feel like a slump.

There for awhile I was running regularly & feeling good. Then the crash happened (insert melodramatic blog posts here and here) and I fell off the fitness wagon. I made excuses it was cold or I was busy (definitely not true) . I was lazy & feeling like I wanted to wallow in Christmas cookies well after acceptable holidays.

Then a photographer friend of mine on the west coast posted about her 30 day yoga challenge – a yoga class every day for you you guessed it, 30 days. Sounded like a great idea. But I’m a slump remember?

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That same week a college friend started talking about the good old days. And how ‘hot’ we all were back then. Were?? Ok so I’m not exactly having to replace my wardrobe with new sizes or anything. The old sizes fit – just tighter. Ok?!!

Not five minutes after that phone conversation I googled yoga studios in the area, picked one that felt like maybe & decided to go on Saturday.

Yoga pants still fit so no excuses. . . . Wish me luck . . . Namaste (or something)

 

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