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“Just be yourself, there is no one better.” ~ Taylor Swift
"Be yourself, everyone else is taken" ~ Oscar Wilde
"Always be a first-rate version of yourself, instead of a second-rate version of someone else". ~Judy Garland
The chance for greatness, progress and change dies the moment we try to be someone else" Faith Jegede
and my personal favorite.....
Awesome... Got it. be me. So, now-- who is that again? Try answering this question--- WHO ARE YOU? Easy-right? Not so fast, here are some rules..
1. You cannot answer by defining yourself by relationships (not mom, sister, wife, ect)
2. You cannot answer by stating what you do (not student, chef, yoga teacher, ect)
3. You cannot answer by stating your chosen religious path (not Christian, atheist, Buddhist)
4. You cannot describe your physical attributes.
5. You cannot use your sexual orientation.
6. You cannot use your nationality or heritage.
7. You cannot use your survival of something awful to define who you are.
8. You cannot answer 'I'm a lover, not a fighter"
So who are you???
'You are the Sky, everything else is just the weather' ~ Pema Chodron
Two quotes I can’t seem to keep out of my mind:
"Yoga teaches us to cure what need not be endured and endure what cannot be cured." BKS Iyengar
"Yoga is an internal process, all the rest is a circus" K. Pattabhi Jois
In this room today we are all practicing yoga, we are enduring what cannot be cured and our process is internal...although it is certainly not without it's circus moments. Because, that is the truth of life and of death; it is rarely easy, clean or uncomplicated. It is often confusing, complicated and messy.
So there you have it. I have new numbers behind my name. So what exactly does this mean? Well.....not really a whole lot :)
Okay, so that's not completely true. It means that I have spent at least 300 hours (it was actually 385+/- but who's counting??) Add that to my 200+ hours and you have 500. RYT means Registered Yoga Teacher. Soon I will have an E in front of that RYT. The E means experienced. I have already completed the requirements about 10 times over but I have not felt like the filling out of the rubric was in the best interest of my very limited time. I promise, I will make that happen....for those of you (like my husband) who might think it is good business. Therapist is a touchy word that means my 300+ hours was focused on using yoga to heal and balance the body, mind and spirit (which all yoga does by the way) instead of mastering major back bends or head stands without a tripod or pretzel poses. Although, there were some of those. Yoga therapy means that we spent our time learning about specific injuries and illnesses and how to help those who suffer from them by using yoga.
Right now I am catching up on all of the things that I negelted while I was finishing my yoga therapy certificate. Like laundry...and bills....and family....and all the things that just happen while life is happening.
I will admit that I am feeling a bit behind on all areas of my life. That's okay with me. Without these moments of feeling overwhelmed I wouldn't notice how nice it is to linger over a good book or a cup of coffee or catch up with my brand new 6th grade child. Nor would it feel so damn good to finally balance the check book and file all my receipts and FOLD CLOTHES! My to-do list is still about 5 miles long but I have realized there will always be something on my list to do. And breath by breath I will keep putting one foot in front of the other and I will make progress.
Enjoy the busy in your day. Enjoy the controlled chaos that abounds. Enjoy everything that life throws at you for before we know it...in a blink of an eye it will all be a memory. But remember to breathe. Always breathe.
TRY THIS: Take note about how you are feeling. Are you sitting up straight? Do you have tension in your body? Take a normal breath in through your nose and exhale out through your mouth like you are blowing out through a straw. Do that a few times and then check back in with your body. Has your tension lessened? Mine did :)
Coming soon!! Private sessions in the quiet and peaceful '360 Therapy' Yoga Therapy room. Located at the Rubicon Building on Lake Lanier.
Get in on the ground floor and benefit from early bird pricing.
4 sessions for $240
2 sessions for $150
1 session for $80
All sessions are 60 minutes
I was humbled and honored when my student asked me to teach a class for her, her daughter, and some of her daughters friends. Her daughter has something called Supra Ventricular Tachycardia, which in laymen's terms is (at times) a very rapid heart beat. It is not considered to be life threatening.
Let me tell you something, when your baby is sick or hurt or dealing with any illness it threatens your sanity. You can believe that.
Her daughter is going in for a procedure that will (hopefully) fix the issue and there is some understandable nervousness around this.
My student asked me to teach a class to help her cope with her emotions around this procedure and to help her daughter as well.
I have to say that deciding to give your daughter a yoga class designed to help her find strength and peace and healing and an open heart is brilliant...I am not sure I would have thought of that for my own kids (and, as you know, I am a yoga teacher)
Earlier this year when my own child was diagnosed with an auto immune disease, I did not seek out a yoga teacher, I did not take her to my yoga classes. I did eventually begin to re-introduce yoga and meditation concepts to her but it took some time and some processing and I have still not convinced my darling teenager it is a good thing for her. Its a process...it will come.
As moms we don't always know what the 'right' thing is. And even if we do know we don't always do the 'right' thing. I can't say for sure but I think this is one of those times where this mom knew in her heart what the right thing was and she did it. Way to go yoga mama.
Our hearts are a powerful energy center. Love, compassion, gratitude, understanding, true knowing...these things are all cultivated in our heart centers. If we can get quiet and still what do our hearts tell us? How much can we learn from listening? How much LOVE can we cultivate just by listening?
Take 20 breaths right now and in those 20 breaths get very quiet and still and listen to your heart.
"Eventually you will come to understand that love heals everything, and love is all there is"- Gary Zukav
"All you need is love"- Beatles
My suggestion is to practice meditation or yoga daily. I don't care where you practice. At home, in the woods, in your car, at a studio, in line at Publix, ...you can practice yoga anywhere. I also, don't think it matters if you practice for 90 minutes straight or if your yoga practice for today is 15 real, actual, deep, mindful breaths. Mindfulness meditation can be practiced anywhere any time. By simply slowing down and choosing to be fully present doing whatever it is that you are doing.
So my challenge to you is this: When you feel like if one more thing is placed on your plate or your calendar you just might actually explode. Stop. Close your eyes. Take a deep breath. Perhaps that one breath will lead to another and another. That is yoga.
Think of this end of year madness as your practice. When you have been in Warrior 2 just a few breaths longer than you really wanted to be....you persevered, you deepened your breathing, you hung in there. And you were stronger for it.
Namaste, and hang in there, my friend.
Emily's Wednesday Vinyasa Flow class is now at 6:30p.m.
This change does not affect the Restorative 9:15a.m. class or the Noon lunchtime class
See you there!
$12.00 drop in or use your class card
Class special for
ONE HALF PRICE CLASS
Only for Brenau faculty, Staff and Students!AND if you come during spring break take that class for half price too!!
This is a limited time offer good through March 31st.
Monday 9:15 a.m.
Tuesday 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday 9:15 a.m. (restorative RSVP)
Wednesday 6:00 p.m.
Thursday 9:15 a.m.
Thursday 5:30 p.m.
No classes today Tuesday Feb. 11, 2014. I will post here and send an email for other closings. Stay safe, stay warm
(reposted from Facebook. Original post Jan. 28th)
A few random musings on snow days .... and kid sick days. I do not ever hope for my children to be ill, nor do I ever hope for the roads to be impassable. However, theses things do happen from time to time and they do disrupt our schedules and our plans. (sometimes a lot, sometimes not)
But here is what I LOVE about the disruption of our schedules and plans. We slow down, we become more present to the needs of ourselves and of those around us, we laugh a little more because we are not thinking about the next thing on our to-do lists. It is no secret to you that I am a big fan of sloooooowing down. It is in this space we become more aware, and that awareness is our greatest teacher.
So enjoy your snow day, build a snowman, make a snow angel, go sledding, read a book, snuggle a child (furry or not!) OR simply do whatever feeds your soul.
"wherever you are, be all there" -Jim Elliot
Just a yoga teacher. Doing my thing.