Express yourself

Last night, I got to shake my groove thing and sing my heart out to the music of Madonna. Where was I, you ask? At a yoga class of course! Every few months, my favourite teacher Natalie has this amazing event called a Madonna Flow Party! Last time, my friend Julie and I dressed up, 80’s style. This time, I just went with crimped hair and a bow. (And my regular yoga clothes, obviously. I wasn’t naked or anything.)  My friend Steph came too and she wore a bow as well.

This is Natalie and I. She’s so cool.

Working the pink lace gloves.

With Steph and Julie working our bows and gloves.

Then, after all the picture taking and the warm-up dancing (I started dancing as soon as I walked in: dancing while I layed out my mat, dancing while I put my money in the donation bag, dancing while getting a block, dancing while filling up my water bottle. You get the picture.) the actual yoga started. It’s an ashtanga based class. The only ashtanga I’ve ever done is to Madonna music, so to me, it’s like a party every time!

This is easier to do when you’re singing Lucky Star.

No matter how tired I am, or how lousy a day or a week I’ve had, this class is an instant mood-booster. It’s the cupcake of yoga classes. How can you not smile while singing Like a virgin?

This is Natalie and I’s sweaty after picture. Smiling even more than in the before picture, I think!

The event is always to raise money for a charity and this time it was for the Global Seva Challenge. Megan, a yoga teacher at my second home, Pure yoga, is an ambassador for the charity. The 108 sun salutations I did last week was to raise money for the same charity.

After all the dancing and the singing and of course, the yoga, we slowed it down with a forward fold before savasana. During the forward fold, Natalie said something thst really stuck with me “Go within so you don’t have to go without.” I was thinking about this during savasana when I heard Natalie and her husband Mike, our dj, getting ready to say something. I thought they were going to chant. They did. It was “Soft kitty, warm kitty, little ball of fur.” I laughed so hard I thought I might pass out.

It really was the perfect Friday night!

So lovely!

Lovely is a great word. I’ve sung the praises of fabulous before, but lovely is right up there with the best words ever. I mean, it’s got love in it! Lovely is buttery lemon scones and hats with feathers. It’s lace and lilacs and twirly skirts. And, according to two lovely ladies, this blog is also lovely! Miss Four Eyes and Live Passionately Tonight  have both nominated me for the One Lovely Blog award. Thanks girls!

I’m now meant to share 7 things about myself. Lovely, since I do like talking about myself!

1. I wish the crimped hair look would come back. Maybe I’ll bring it back myself. Who’s with me?

2. I danced in a flashmob last year for Canada day. I almost melted, it was so hot, and you can’t see me in the video, but it was awesome! That’s me with the red ribbon around my ponytail.

3. I make a mean apple pie. Every year, my mom, my sisters, my grandmother and I make a whole bunch. Last year we made 22 in one day.

4. I like to decorate cakes.

5. I have a dress addiction. I thought about getting help, but I don’t want too.

6. My sister and I ran all over Ireland trying to pet a sheep. We finally did, but in Scotland. Then, when we came back to Canada, we were asked if we had touched any livestock….

7. I don’t consider myself to be very athletic, but I did a triathlon last June. I was pretty proud of myself! I still am, actually. I also think everyone should wear a wetsuit at least once in their lives to appreciate how good they look without it.

And now, to nominate 7 great bloggers for the One Lovely Blog award:

Queen Gen

Erin has thoughts

Running and Cupcakes

I sweat pretty

My cup of tea

Heavy Metta

30 days of yoga … 1 day at a time

Have fun checking out these lovely blogs!

Playing tag

Remember playing tag? Freeze tag, chain tag, and my favourite, BBQ tag. If you’re not familiar with BBQ tag, it’s pretty simple: when you catch someone, you have to kiss them. Made for some interesting playground time! I actually played tag (the regular kind) the other day with my students. It’s not easy running in ballet flats and a skirt, but it is fun.

Today, I got tagged by Miss Four Eyes. This is a grown-up, blogging version of tag! You don’t really get to say “you’re it!”, but it’s still a game. We don’t play enough as adults, so I decided to give it a try.

Here are the rules (Anyone who’s spent any time at all on a playground knows that rules are very, very important. Otherwise that girl who tries to tell everyone what to do will ruin it for everyone.)

  • You must post the rules.
  • Post eleven fun facts about yourself.
  • Answer the questions the tagger set for you in their post, and then create eleven new questions to ask the people you’ve tagged.
  • Tag eleven people and link them on your post.
  • Let them know you’ve tagged them.

First, the questions from Miss Four Eyes.

1. What do you really think about George Washington’s pants?

I don’t think anything about his pants. I’m Canadian. What’s up with his pants?

2. If I gave you a penny, what would you do with it?

Smile awkwardly, say thank you and throw it in my purse. I will use it next time I run out of cash and the coffee shop does not have interact and I’m digging through my purse for enough change to get a cup of tea and a lemon muffin.

3.What is your toilet paper preference?

Whatever is on sale. Why pay lots of money for something you flush?

4. Would you live in a house made of candy?

Yes and no. Yes, because I love candy. Also, it would be like Candyland. Or a Katy Perry video. Or maybe Hansel and Gretel. Which brings me to no. No, because I would get fat from eating all the candy, as I have no willpower, then a witch might try to eat me. And there would be ants everywhere.

5. What do you think is the best feeling ever?

Surviving a hot yoga class. Or maybe eating an entire chocolate bar without anyone knowing.

6. What determines a hot butt?

Humm. A hot butt is one you want to see when the person in front of you is doing cat/cow.

7. If I gave you $100, would you eat a worm?

For 100$? No way! Maybe for a million dollars or a lululemon gift card. Nothing less than that.

8. Would you work in a circus?

Yes! I would be a trapeze artist! I would find a way to work out my fear of plunging to my death. But it has to be a circus that doesn’t have any clowns. I don’t like clowns.

9. Do you really like high-fiving people?

No, I don’t like it at all. I’m never sure when the right time to high five someone is, and I’m always afraid I’ll miss.

10. If you had a catch phrase what would it be?

Get up, be amazing, go back to bed.

11. What do you think about peeing on a fire hydrant?

Myself? No thanks. But for dogs, it’s great. It’s a cliché, but hey, it works!

Now, fun facts about me.

1. When I am in a difficult situation, I ask myself “WWBD?” What would Buffy do?

2. When I get home, I take of my socks and shoes and put on my flip flops, even in the winter.

3. I have a whole closet for my dresses. Yes, I am aware that I have a problem.

4. I love Britney. Always have, always will.

5. I would make an awesome rockstar.

6. I like baking. Cupcakes, cookies, cakes, you name it, I make it. And eat it.

7. I’m trying to bring the crimped hair look back.

8. I don’t like sushi.

9. I don’t believe in e-readers. I love books as much as I love to read.

10. I change my hair colour often.

11. I have a One Tree Hill obssession. I would live in Tree Hill if I could.

Now my questions!

1. What do you want to be when you grow up?

2. What was the last thing that made you smile?

3. What is your best memory ever?

4. When was the last time you played?

5. What would your superhero powers be?

6. Do you know how to start a camp fire?

7. Do you sing in the shower?

8. What was your favourite childhood tv show?

9. Would you rather be the tooth fairy or the Easter Bunny?

10. Chocolate or vanilla?

11. What are you reading?

I get to tag these people without having to run after them!

Swells of the Heart

Màoxian in the Middle Kingdom

Bookananda

Adventures for a life you love

Fit for my fork

Erin has thoughts

The Almost Awesome Blog

This aMACEing life

ADHD Yogi

Green Thumb Mama

Adirondack Jersey Girl

And now, I leave you with the picture I will use to apply to the circus.

Madonna flow party

Picture a room full of people at a party. Talking, laughing, singing, dancing. Except that, instead of drinking, they’re doing yoga. Awesome, right? It’s not just any music either. It’s Madonna. Best party ever!

Last night, on day 12, I went to a Madonna flow party. Natalie, one of my favorite teachers, has these events every few months. She and her husband Mike, who is also the dj, lead an ashtanga class set to the music of Madonna. It’s the best yoga experience I’ve ever had! Plus, it’s always a fundraiser for a really good cause.

We showed up about 25 minutes early, because it gets pretty packed. Everyone wants to be a part of this amazingness. We ended up with our mats pretty close to our neighbours, but since it was a party, it was all good. People just kept showing up.

Julie and I have been to a few of these material girl parties, and since the music is mostly the earlier stuff, we decided to dress up. I even crimped my hair. Note to self, when crimped hair gets sweaty, it’s a disaster. But it was still worth it!

We took plenty of pictures before class started, because we knew it wouldn’t last. I did keep my hair bow and plastic bracelets on the entire time, but the earrings had to go. Julie’s leg warmers didn’t last very long either. One girl appointed herself judge and awarded us first prize for best costumes. No one else was dressed up, but it was still an honor.

This is Natalie. She’s awesome.

We started of with some sun salutations, then did some warrior 2 voguing and some Like a virgin sexy cobras. I also enjoyed the Like a prayer balancing poses, which turned into a dance session. Holding crescent lunge while singing is a lot easier than you would think. More fun, too.

On my list of 101 things to do in 1001 days, number 61 is to go to a yoga-dance class. I’d say this definitely qualifies. Julie even did a flashdance pose. Not Madonna, I know, but the legwarmers could not be ignored.

I look forward to these parties for  months. The next one will be in June, but I don’t know how I’ll wait that long!