Reading tent

Last year, in my classroom, we had a reading day. All we did, all day, was read. Well, we did go to the library and do some yoga, but mostly, we just sat outside under the trees and read. Children love technology, but they also love books and trees.

This year, we picked today for our reading day. Unfortunately, it rained all day. Since it’s almost the end of the school year, there was no switching to another day. I wanted the kids to have a special day, so I decided to make an indoor tent. I figured if we couldn’t go outside, we would make the most of inside.

I didn’t take any pictures as I was setting it up (the kids were in gym class). I didn’t have a plan, just an idea. I tied string to the cupboards, then tied the other ends to chairs behind the bookshelves. I added some Christmas lights and some curtains and fabric (surprise, surprise, it was all pink). The whole thing was held together by many, many clothes pins. On the floor, I used old duvet covers and rugs, along with all of the pillows and cushions we have in the classroom.

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When they came back to class, the kids were pretty excited. I got a lot of “Oh wow!” and “Thank you!” It was nice to see them so happy to have a special place to read.

I went in there with them to read a story, then I left them with their pillows and books. They didn’t want to come out for lunch! We went to the library in the afternoon (in the pouring rain), then they went right back in the tent until it was time to leave. I promised we could leave it up for the rest of the week.

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I used to make tents with sheets and blankets all the time when I was little, and this reminded me of how much fun it is!

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.

Youtube learning curve

Yesterday, I posted my first ever video on youtube. I have no prior youtube knowledge, other than watching the odd video here and there. After I posted it and shared it with a few people, we were overjoyed to notice that each time we clicked, the view counter went up. It went up, and up, and up, until 301. Then, nothing.

I was a little worried here. I mean, the goal is to get as many views as possible on my yoga video to win part of my teacher training fees, and nothing is happening! Ok, I was a lot worried. I thought I broke youtube.

So,¬†I looked into it. Ironically, by watching youtube videos. What happens is that, before 301 views, it’s kind of a free for all. After you reach 301, however, youtube freezes the view counter until it can verify that the video is not being viewed by robots. Ok, I get it. It can take up to a day for the counter to go back to normal. Ok, fine.

But, it had been almost 24 hours, and I was still stuck at 301. Enter another explanatory youtube video. Apparently, not only will the counter stay stuck at 301, but it will only count the legitamate views. So, if you’ve been trying to help by clicking more than once from the same computer, every few minutes, chances are, only one of those views counted. The view counter will stay frozen until the views legitamately reach 301, then it will keep going up.

You can still click a few times a day, but a few hours apart and you have to let the whole video play. Also, if you have access to more than one computer, this would help a lot!

The best way to help would be to share with everyone you know, so the video can get a bunch of different views, and hopefully get unstuck from 301.

Please click on the link! Every view brings me closer to winning 1500$ towards my yoga teacher training tuition.