For the past four weeks, I've taken a hiatus from this blog. I'd like to think my reason(s) for not writing was legitimate, but truthfully, I got lazy. But hello! Welcome back. The past four weeks have been filled with lessons and practice teaching. We learned about Chakras, (successfully!) taught a community class, and have been surrounded by an unreal amount of love and support.Read More
What is touch? On the surface, touch is the connection of your skin to something or someone else. Deeper, touch can be reassuring or comforting; it can act as a transfer of energy from one body to another; it can be a symbol of love, light, and encouragement.
Regardless of what it means to you, there's no denial that touch is powerful.Read More
This weekend, the weight of becoming a yoga teacher came down heavy. We just hit our halfway mark yesterday, and I'm starting to get nervous. I've wanted this for so long that I've put teacher training on a pedestal without stopping to think what leading a group of people was actually going to be like.Read More
Whenever my friends or family agree to to do yoga with me, I always make sure to avoid any chanting. Walking right into a class where a bunch of people are moaning at you can be a little (a lot) uncomfortable. But given the right circumstances and with an understanding of the sound, "Om" can be much more meaningful.Read More
It's crazy how many things can happen in a day. In the past 24 hours, I've watch three episodes of Mad Men, cleaned the CorePower studio, had a three-hour teacher training class, driven to New York, surprised one of my closest friends at her concert, gone out to dinner with my boyfriend, driven home from New York, and had another three-hour teacher training class.
I also finished learning the entire C1 sequence and am five weeks away from becoming a real yoga instructor.Read More
If you don't want someone to find something, hide it in the present.
I hate Winter. I can't stand the cold, the bare trees, shoveling myself out of the snow, and the wet, muddy, freezing slush that covers all running trails. The days are shorter and darker, and all I can think about is speeding up time. I wish I could skip through the three months of ice. But living in the future or past is no way to live. As the world-renowned Edna Mode once said, "I never look back, darling. It distracts from the now."Read More
Our instructor began with a message about Ahimsa, the same non-harming Yamas I had described in my last post. Instead of focusing on gratitude, Isabelle brought her own interpretation of the concept. She brought compassion to the forefront of our practice by inviting us to spread it both outwards and inwards: to others, and to ourselves.Read More
Day 11 was the first day I taught yoga in front of a group of people. Granted, it was a round-robin-style class and I was only teaching for about five minutes. Even so, the experience was exhilarating. I was nervous—we all were—but it was incredible once we actually started. Each day that I attend teacher training, I am granted with another affirmation that I am meant to be here. So, for the second Saturday of teacher training, I brought a new mentality to the table: be grateful.Read More
Yesterday, week 2 of teacher training began. I woke up refreshed and with a clear head, ready to move with whatever the day threw at me. Before I get into training, I want to touch base with my intentions for this blog.Read More
I'd like to start this post with how I was feeling yesterday: blocked. The negative energy coursing through my body was extreme, and my mind felt like the wires were crossed. I left work early, going home to sleep for two hours before waking up and diving right into my practice. It was nice out, so I grabbed my mat and went outside, looking for a way to unravel the knots. I had seen a ton of posts of yogis using Camel Pose as a way of opening up, so I gave it a try.Read More
Today, I learned that I have been doing one of the most foundational poses incorrectly. Chaturanga, short for Chaturanga Dandasana and translated to "High to Low Plank", is usually repeated dozens of times in each class. During teacher training this afternoon, we went through the movement as part of the Sun Salutation A series along with the Integration and Intention series.Read More
I'm increasingly learning that yoga is the solution to literally all of my problems. The only thing I need to do now is transfer that feeling outside of my mat and into real life. Easy, right? Not so much. Even so, I feel that I'm getting there, especially after this morning.Read More
Well, I’m officially three hours into my RYT 200 hour yoga certification, and I can 100% say that I am in the exact place I’m supposed to be in. Huge exhale.Read More
In two days, I’m starting my eight week journey from yoga student to yoga teacher.
It’s been ten years since I went to my first yoga class with my mom. I can’t tell you what we practiced, where my hands stopped on my way to touching my feet in forward fold, or where the class was. But I can confidently say that taking that first class changed me. I might not have walked out feeling exhilarated, I didn’t come out with any realizations about the way I was living my life, I didn’t connect to some higher being. But that first class has led me to this point, two days away from something that will deepen my practice into something much bigger.Read More