An interesting article if you're in the market for a new yoga mat: The Best Yoga Mat
Student: “So, did you find out about your exam?”
Me (giant smile): “Yes, I got an email Friday saying my test scores were available. I logged-in and pulled up the report… I PASSED!”
Student: “I knew you would.”
I love teaching yoga…
Back in March I was talking to another yoga teacher who retired from teaching/counseling at the high school and mention substitute teaching on days I didn't have morning yoga classes. I started substitute teaching in April.
That’s when I thought really hard about where I am currently, where I want to be, what I like to do, and made the decision that…
I love teaching yoga…
I love art…
Maybe I’ll love teaching high school art…
I started studying for the TExES EC-12 Art exam. I took my test on August 19th; I got my results back Friday August 25th.
YAY ME; I PASSED!
So, I’m on to my next step in becoming a high school art teacher, and yes, I’ll still be teaching yoga classes during the process.
The thought of teaching something I love, yoga, to still teaching something I love, art, sounded awesome!
Even when I am a full time academic teacher, I’ll still have the ability to teach yoga on weekends, holidays, and focus on doing in-depth workshops or retreats in the summers.
Thank you to all my family, friends, fellow yogis for all the support and encouragement
How has your practice benefited you?
How has your practice changed since the beginning of the year?
What do you want from your practice in 2017?
As I look back on this past year…
I began this year teaching at over ten different locations seven days a week. Currently, my teaching load is not as extensive as it once was, and yes, I do miss teaching more often. I’ve enjoyed working with all my students at all the locations I’ve taught at.
As I look into the future, the upcoming 2017 year, as much as I would love to keep teaching mul tiple classes per day at multiple different locations I find that life has presented me with the opportunity to further my yoga education and grow my personal practice. This coming year will allow me to grow as a yoga practitioner and as a yoga teacher. For this I am extremely grateful for.
What I will bring back to my student is increased knowledge, more, personal, firsthand experience and further in-depth understand of the practice as a whole.
Although I am sad that I will not be simply teaching and working with students, where my true passion and life’s purpose is, I know that in the future I will be a better teacher, practitioner and a better person from everything I have learned and will learn throughout my ongoing journey.
Where will you take your practice, or even more so, where will your practice take you in the coming year?
From my heart to yours, have a wonderful holiday season and a safe, happy New Year!
“The greatness of a man is not in how much wealth he acquires, but in his integrity and his ability to affect those around him positively.”― Bob Marley
I taught my Tuesday night yoga class. It was towards the end of class; students were lying-down in Savasana when another student walked in. She looked around, “Is this Zumba?”
I tried really hard not to bust-out giggling.
After class I saw her; “It was pretty adorable; It made everyone smile.”
The PHIT Act: Federal Legislation That Benefits Yogis and All Americans
The PHIT Act would allow taxpayers to place up to $1,000 for individuals (or $2,000 for a joint return or head of household) in pre-tax medical accounts (such as HSAs and FSAs) annually. These funds could be used to pay for physical activity expenses, including yoga-related expenses.
How does it benefit the yoga community?
The Bill will give more Americans a reason to improve their health through physical activity. Under the proposed Act, yoga classes, studio memberships, teacher training programs, some continuing education, and certain equipment (like mats, blocks, straps) would qualify as tax-deductible medical expenses.
Yoga Alliance, Full Article: The PHIT Act: Federal Legislation That Benefits Yogis and All Americans
PHITAmerica Website: PHITAmerica, A Movement for a Fit & Healthy America
A congratulatory surprise for my new job, assistant manager of a newly opened yoga studio. Thank you all for the well wishes and kind words; it was extremely thoughtful and very appreciated.
I showed up to teach my Saturday morning class today only to realized that the class was canceled, Labor Day weekend schedule. Oops…but even with a canceled class I had about 15 students come in practice. :)
I love love teaching
Thank you all
I taught my Saturday morning class. One of my students came up-to me after class almost in tears. My first though was, "Oh my; what's wrong."
She told me she's leaving Wednesday; moving to San Antonio and that she was really going to miss my class. I almost started crying. That meant a whole lot to me.
We hugged, and I told her it will be a great oppourtunity to find a wonderful studio and passionate teachers in San Antonio where she will be able to grow and deepen her practice.
To all my students, current, past and the future ones I have not yet met, Thank you all.
P.S. San Antonio Teachers, you'll have another passionate Yogini out there looking for a yoga center to call home. Dallas will miss her :)
One of my students gave me some lemongrass from her garden. Just had the best lemongrass smoothie ever!
My cat likes it too. Had to keep shooing her away from it.
I recently read, The Invisible Glass Ceiling of Yoga: Body Positivity and the Future of Western Yoga, by Jessamyn Stanley.
It really hit home with me as a young woman growing up in a culture where body image is a huge factor in everything - jobs, family, relationships...
I still remember being teased for being a chubby child. I remember being teased about my second toe, the one that is longer than the big toe. I remember being called, “thick.”
I remember being injured, taking time off teaching and practicing, and being told, "Yeah. It shows,” or "You used to be thin."
Although it does not happen that often I do recall more than one conversation with individuals expressing disappointment with teachers' inability to perform advanced asanas or about teachers' body types.
It’s extremely disheartening to hear.
I am extremely grateful for having come across this article; it’s nice to see that teachers are speaking up about discrimination in the industry.
One of my students stopped me on the way out, after teaching my Saturday mid-morning class.
“You know that pose. [He demonstrated.] Pyramid.”
“Yes. That’s pyramid.”
“My legs are really tight, but on Thursday morning’s class, that was the first time I’ve ever been able to do pyramid and actually touch my toes. It was all because of you.”
I smiled, “Nice. But it’s not me; you’re the one doing the work, I’m just there if someone needs me.”
It’s going to be a great day :)
“God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.”― Maya Angelou
“It is easy to hate and it is difficult to love. This is how the whole scheme of things works. All good things are difficult to achieve; and bad things are very easy to get. ”― Confucius
“ Take advantage of every opportunity to practice your communication skills so that when important occasions arise, you will have the gift, the style, the sharpness, the clarity, and the emotions to affect other people. ”― Jim Rohn
“Getting stress out of your life takes more than prayer alone. You must take action to make changes and stop doing whatever is causing the stress. You can learn to calm down in the way you handle things.”― Joyce Meyer
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