From a place of love and joy

Before I started my yoga teacher training, I thought I would be writing about it almost every day and sharing all the new stuff I discovered.

It didn’t really work that way.

I learned so much about myself and my practice, but it was such an intense process, I didn’t have time to figure it out. Half the time, I didn’t understand what I was feeling, learning and experiencing. There was no way I could seperate it all into neat little blog posts.

People ask how yoga teacher training was. I don’t know how to answer. I wasn’t just one thing. It was everything. My life, my practice, my goals, my emotions, they’re all connected and I can’t pull out one thing and say it was good, or it was bad.

I do know how I feel now. I feel limitless. I can do anything and be anything.

Also, I know that I want to teach yoga from a place of love and joy. That’s what I have to share with the world.

Here’s a little look at my journey.

Day 2: Learning how to instruct pyramid pose.

Day 2: Learning how to instruct pyramid pose.

Learning about anatomy. This is Severus showing off his spiral line.

Learning about anatomy. This is Severus showing off his spiral line.

Practicing inversions.

Practicing inversions.

Getting ready to attempt a headstand.

Getting ready to attempt a headstand.

Supported headstand.

Supported headstand.

Breaking through limiting beliefs. (Yes, I broke that board with my hand!)

Breaking through limiting beliefs. (Yes, I broke that board with my hand!)

Awesomeness.

Awesomeness.

One thing I am sure of: This is only the begining. There is so much more to learn.

Confessions of a bookworm

I am a geeky book nerd.

It’s awesome.

How do you know if you are this awesome too?

Take this simple quiz.

Sometimes I would rather read than

A) Go outside

B) Go to work

C) Do housework

D) Talk to people

E) Watch tv

F) Do any form of exercise

G) Eat

H) Do anything else

If you answered yes to more than one of these, congratulations, you are awesome! Welcome to the book nerd club.

Last week, I saw a post that had me jumping for joy. My geeky club peeps will understand. It’s a Read-a-thon! OMG! I know, right?! How exciting!

It started this morning, but much as I would love to read at work, I don’t think my students would appreciate it. (Although, we are planning a one day read-a-thon, where we’ll go to the library, then read all day. I’m so rubbing off on them.)

It’s from today until Sunday.

Here are my goals for this week of awesomeness.

1. Read at least one hour per day.

2. Finish one yoga book and start another.

3. Not watch tv (Grey’s Anatomy season finale does not count).

If I do number three, then I’ll do much more than one hour for number one, but I’m still going to go running and to yoga, so we’ll see how it goes. Mostly, I’m just excited to have a reason to read, read, read! (Not that I actually need a reason, but whatever.)

Will you be joining my fantastic reading adventure? Check out the official site here. Because, yes, this is so awesome, it’s official. I didn’t even make it up.

These are some of my maybe books for this week.

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Any suggestions?

Crazy busy awesomeness

We’ve all seen the quote “Stop the gloryfication of busy.” I agree with it, to a certain degree. If you’re too busy to enjoy yourself, your family and your life, then yeah, it’s too much. However, if your busy is all about living, laughing and experiencing whatever new thing comes your way, then I think busy is a good thing. For example, I am much too busy to worry about housework, but not too busy to spend an hour reading by the water. Make sense? Good.

April was busy for me. (Now that we’re all on the same page about what busy means, you get that it was awesome, right?) Here are some of my favourite moments. Well, moments where I had my camera with me.

Actually trying out something I saw on pinterest.

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And my students’ version of this pinteresting flower.

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Sugarbush and baby goats.

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Making my own pumpkin granola bars. It worked, sort of. Ok, they didn’t taste like granola bars, but they were sugar-free and tasty!

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Running again! This time with my friend Suzanne.

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Family girl’s night. My aunts trying to make sushi! Lots of laughs.

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Girlfriends girl’s night.

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Awesome new yoga pants.

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First drinks on the patio this year.

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Accidental chicken.

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Tulips.

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One of my best April moments has to be making a video for my yoga teacher training. I asked people to watch it to help me win half the cost of my teacher training tuition. I am overwhelmed by the response I have recieved. I feel very loved and supported. I never would have imagined the views would climb so high, so fast. Thanks to everyone who’s watched and please keep watching!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FymAS1je9o0

I have the best dad in the world!

You might think your dad is awesome, but you haven’t met mine. His name is Pop. Or Steve. But I prefer Pop. There are so many reasons I love my dad. I can’t list them all, because the list would never end, but here are a few.

– I got a dress for my high school graduation, then I decided I didn’t like it anymore and I wanted another dress I had seen. My dad went to the store to look for it so I would be happy. The dress wasn’t there anymore, but it didn’t matter.

– He took me fishing even though it was supposed to be ‘quiet time’ and I talked constantly.

– He said he was going to get me a new house key and I said I wanted it to be pink. He got me pink with palm trees.

– He’s funny.

– No one will ever be as strong or as brave to me as my dad is.

– He will spend an hour texting me to explain, yet again, how to download music.

– He is my computer technician, my mechanic, my hero.

– When I was little, I read a lot. He told me I would surely write a book one day, because I had read so many I would know how when the time came. I still believe I will write a book, because my dad believes I can.

– The first time I cooked a turkey, I called him four times. He had all the answers.

– I cheer for the Boston Bruins, because that’s my dad’s team and my dad knows best.

– I remember wanting to be an artist. My dad built me an easel so I could paint outside. I still can’t draw a stick figure, but I loved that easel.

– He also built me bunk beds for my dolls. No one else had that.
– He thaught me how to listen, how to work hard and how to enjoy the small things.
– He worked so hard to give me everything I ever needed.
– He came get me when the check engine light in my car went on, so I wouldn’t miss my sister’s birthday party. Then he drove me home, for a total of six hours on his part, all so we could be together as a family for dinner.
– If I have a flat tire, I call my dad.
– If I see a mouse, I call my dad.
– If I need anything at all, I call my dad.
So you see, although your dad might be pretty cool, I can’t imagine a dad as awesome as mine!
Je t’aime Pop! Joyeuse fête des pères! xxx