Dragons are real

Today was a long day for my brain. It had to think a lot. Not that it’s normally on holidays or anything, but today,  my brain was tired.

I decided to go to a yin class. I figured a restorative class was a good day to get out of my head. It’s pretty interesting in there, but sometimes, it’s a bit much.

After a seated meditation and a five minute, wide knee child’s pose, I could start to feel myself melting. This was good stuff. Just what my brain and I needed.

And then it happened.

Dragon pose.

Seriously? Today?

Now, if you’ve read any of my post about yin yoga, you know how I feel about dragon pose. If I was writing dragon pose’s report card, I would say “Does not play well with others. Tests my patience. Is not good for my mental health.”

You see, dragon pose has the same effect on me as a Nicky Minaj song. It makes me aggressive. It makes me mean and grumpy and unpleasant. My teacher Ichih has said that we hold emotions in our hips. I believe her. I also believe that all the anger, sadness and fear I avoid (Because that’s what I do. It works for me. Well, obviously it doesn’t, not during dragon pose.) comes out and breathes fire at me when I get into dragon pose. I don’t like stress, I don’t like unpleasantness. I’m not saying I’m happy all the time, I’m not a robot. But I’m not a dragon either.

I made my way into the pose, sighing and twisting and turning and fidgeting. I stayed for a little while, but when it turned into gecko, I though “Forget it!” and made my way into child’s pose. I always feel resistance in this pose (mostly mental, not physical), but I at least try to work through it. Today, however, I didn’t want to feel mad and annoyed. My brain and I needed space and happiness. So we decided not to compare ourselves to all the other people and their brains who seemed to be enjoying dragon pose. And by enjoying, I mean they weren’t dead yet.

After dragon, the rest of the class was fantastic. I loved hanging out in supported bridge the most.

My brain and I are now happy, sleepy and ready for tomorrow.

Namaste.

Feel the love, share the love!

I enjoy blogging because I really like to talk, and this is kind of the same thing. What I didn’t know, before I became a blogger, was that there is such an amazing community of lovely people to connect with!

I’ve been blogging for almost a year, and I’ve been nominated for a few awards, which is really a blogger’s world way of saying “I think if we met in person, we would be friends!” That’s the way I see it anyways.

The first few times, I was really good at sharing the blog love I received, but lately, I’ve been falling behind! I’ve decided to combine all the love in one post.

The Liebster award

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I’ve been nominated by Foods for the soul, Every day in a dress and Get it om.

Share 11 facts and answer 11 questions. Humm, since three bloggers have nominated me, that would be a lot of questions to answer! Check out the first time I received this award for some interesting stuff about me!

The Inspirationnal blogger

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Nominated by Erin has thoughts

Share 7 things about yourself. Ok!

I wish I were a mermaid.

My favourite colour is pink.

I love hot yoga.

I used to want to be a ballet dancer.

I don’t like mushrooms.

My best birthday was a surprise party when I turned 7.

Cucumbers are my favourite vegetable

The Super Sweet Blogging award

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Nominated by Little Miss Cornucopia

Cookie or cake? Both!

Chocolate or vanilla? Vanilla first, then chocolate!

What is your favourite sweet treat? Sweet tarts, but not the yellow ones.

When do you crave sweet things the most? All the time. I know sugar is bad for you, so I limit myself, but i would eat sweets all the time!

If you had a sweet nickname, what would it be? Honey.

The Sisterhood of the World Bloggers

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Nominated by Chronic pain survivor

Share 7 things about yourself. Hey, I did that already!

Wow, that’s a lot of love!

Now, it’s my turn to share.

For the Super Sweet Blogger award, I nominate The Usual Bliss.

For the Inspirationnal blogger award, I nominate Six imposserous things.

For the Sisterhood of the World Blogger’s award, I nominate Scrawny girl.

Every award has different rules, but there’s one thing they all have in common: share something about yourself and share the blog love!

Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened!

March break is coming to an end. I go back to work tomorrow. It’s ok. I needed a break, and now I’m going back refreshed and happy.

A lot of teachers and students escape to sunny destinations for March break. I do enjoy a good beach day (or week!) but my travel budget does not permit me to go somewhere warm every year. Not if I want to travel elsewhere during the year, that is. I decided on a staycation this year. The plan was simple: make as little plans as possible! I wanted to relax and enjoy myself. Here are some highlights of my blissful week.

Yoga.

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Yoga in the snow.

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Meeting baby Stella, a.k.a., The mini-muffin

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New books!

Coraline, by Neil Gaiman (finished!)

The Red Garden, by Alice Hoffman (finished!)

Beautiful Darkness, by Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl

Scrabble at the cottage (I won!)

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Watching the X-men trilogy in one day with my sister (number 27)

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Madonna yoga.

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Today I’ve been cooking and baking like a crazy person. I like to have meals prepared for lunches and homemade, gluten free snacks so I’m not tempted to buy any junk food during the week.

How do you enjoy your Spring Break?

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Dear snow,

I’m sorry I complained about you last week. To make up for it, I shared with you one of the most important things to me. Yoga.

I was very excited about this photo shoot. I went out to the park, then hid somewhere on the path so all the skiers wouldn’t see me posing in front of my tripod. I thought I was all awesome-photographer, now that I’ve got a fancy new camera and I’m taking a photography class. Not quite. My photos didn’t turn out exactly like I wanted, but they’re still pretty cool.

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It was quite slippery on the snow, so my alignment is a little off. I even have a yoga blooper! Love the look on my face as my feet were slipping.

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All that being said, Snow, please don’t visit again until next year!

Lucky Star

You know how people say “I thank my lucky stars”? It makes sense. We wish on stars (well, I do), so why not thank them when we get what we want? You know what’s even better than getting what you want? Getting what you didn’t even know you wanted.

I write a lot about yoga and about Pure, the studio where I practice. It’s my yoga home, my happy place, my favourite place to be. But my love affair with yoga started long before Pure opened a year ago. I used to be a yoga nomad, wandering around, going to different classes at different studios.

At one particular class, a Madonna flow party, to be exact, I met Natalie. I thank my lucky stars I went to that class, on that day. Natalie is a yoga teacher who became a friend. She’s a big part of the reason I fell in love with yoga. I was already pretty into it, but practicing with Natalie felt like a perfect fit. I was challenged, I laughed, I discovered so much about myself and my practice.

Now that I practice at my happy place, I don’t see Natalie as much as I would like. She teaches at different studios. The perfect thing would be for her to teach at Pure. How happy I would be!

Today, however, I got to attend one of Natalie’s amazing ashtanga classes set to the music of Madonna. I’ve written about it before, here and here. I’m writing about it again, because it’s just so unbelivably incredible!

Imagine how open your heart is in a chair pose twist when you’re singing “open your heart to me”. I kid you not, that actually happened.

Natalie and I took a before class picture, when we all pretty and not sweaty. I wore my bow during the entire class. It got a little sweaty, but it’s the only time I get to wear a huge lace bow, so it stayed on. I brought Natalie a bow too.

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We also took an after class picture, where Natalie looks as fresh and lovely as when we started and I look like I went through a car wash. I do, however, love the way my hair ended up in a side pony. Very 80’s Madonna-ish.

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The only thing that kept this evening from being totally perfect was the fact that my friend Julie wasn’t there. We always went to these things together, but she’s busy being awesome in Abu Dhabi. Hopefully when she comes home for the summer, Natalie will have another funky Madonna flow!

The reading list I will never finish

If you’re a book lover like me (I also answer to bookworm) you have a reading list that never ends. That’s because you add to it faster than you can read, even if you’re a fast reader. I’m always asking people for recommendations and writing down book titles or author’s names on little pieces of paper. I sometimes lose the paper, only to find it later. It seriously feels like finding 20$ in a coat from last winter!

This week’s prompt from The Broke and the Bookish is the top ten series I’d like to read, but haven’t started yet.

1. The Chronicles of Narnia, C.S. Lewis

It still surprises me that I haven’t read this series yet. It seems like something I would have enjoyed when I was younger, which means I’ll still like it when I get to it!

2. The Lord of the Rings, J.R.R. Tolkien

Before the movies came out, I asked for this series for Christmas and I got it. However, I wanted to read the Hobbit first. I only made it about halfway through the Hobbit before I lost interest, so I never made it to The Lord of the Rings. I’ve been meaning to read them, but there are so many books and so little time!

3. The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare

I’ve actually read three of these books. I thought it was supposed to be a trilogy, so I figured I had read the whole series. But then the author came out with two more books, which I haven’t read. The thing is, I would have to read the first three again to remember everything that has happened before I read the last two!

4. Le goût du bonheur, Marie Laberge

This is a trilogy by a author from Québec which I’ve had in my posession for years. Again, there is no reason why I haven’t read them! Everyone says the books are wonderful. I believe them, I just haven’t gotten around to reading them yet.

5. The Stephanie Plum novels, Janet Evanovich

Again, a series I’ve started, but haven’t finished. To be fair, I think there are now 18 books in this series. I’ve read eight or nine. My friend Lisa is the one who’s been lending them to me, so it’s kind of her fault that I haven’t finished the series!

6. The Caster Chronicles, Kami Garcia and Magaret Stohl

Another series I’ve started. I read Beautiful Creatures and just bought the second one, Beautiful Darkness. There definitely weren’t as many vampire/witch/supernatural series and books when I was a teenager. Everytime I go to the teen section of the bookstore, I think of 14 year old me. She would have been in paradise.

7. Les Chevaliers d’Émeraude, Anne Robillard

Another series by an author from Québec. I’m not sure what it’s all about, but I know there is magic and adventure. It’s written for teens, but I know many adults who’ve read and enjoyed the series.

I can’t think of any more series that I absolutely want to read. Books, yes, but not whole series. I’ll probably think of them as soon as this post is published.

There is, however, one series I would put on an opposite list. Maybe something called “A series I will never finish because I hated the first book even if hate is a strong word for books and I didn’t really have to finish it but I did because I hoped it would get better.” Maybe I need to work on the title.

And that series is…

The Millennium series, Stieg Larson

Most people disagree with me on this one, but I intensly disliked The girl who played with fire. I read the whole thing and it took me months. The ending made me mad. I didn’t get it. I even asked my sister if she really liked it, for real, or if she was just saying that because everyone was raving about the book. She said she actually enjoyed it. Whatever. I didn’t.

What’s on your series to read list?

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Monday morning yoga

It’s Monday and I’m not at work. It’s March break, that week just before spring when teachers become human again, just in time to finish the school year.

I love my job and I adore my students, but a little break is a good thing. For me and for them. They deserve a teacher who’s well rested and patient. That’s what they’ll get. In one week. Until then, it’s all about me, me, me!

I wanted to go to a yoga class this morning, mostly because I normally can’t make it until late afternoon or evening. I woke up at 5:30 am and couldn’t go back to sleep. I was all “Go back to sleep! There’s no work today!” It took a while, but I got back to sleep just in time to wake up again for yoga.

This is probably very bad, but I didn’t have breakfast before class. I didn’t have time and I didn’t want to eat in the car, because that could have disastrous consequences during class.

I always like to notice the differences in my practice, depending on the time of day I find myself in the hot room. Now, I’m not very flexible, but this morning everything felt tighter than ususal. Is this a morning thing? Normally, I’ve been walking around all day before I practice, so my muscles have warmed up. This is my theory.

It was a flow class and I enjoyed every minute of it. Part of it had to do with the fact that it was a great class, but also, it was knowing that I had the whole day stretched out in front of me, with nothing that I absolutely had to do.

During a child’s pose break, I was trying very hard to stay connected to my practice, because it’s so much harder to get back into it if you let your mind wander too much. However, I was hungry and I started planning what I would have for breakfast (a smoothie with tofu and raspberries). However, when I got home, I wanted oatmeal with apples and cinnamon.

Now, I’m enjoying my free Monday. Bliss.

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