200 Hours

I just finished a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga Teacher Training program with a group of really terrific students and teachers.  The classes taught us how to design and lead a creative and safe Vinyasa yoga class.  

We also learned about yoga anatomy and physiology,  breathing and meditation techniques,  as well as the history of yoga and about the different styles we have today–Bikram, Iyengar, Ashtanga, Hot Yoga, Kundalini, Yin Yoga and of course Vinyasa.

Even more importantly, I learned a lot about myself.  I learned to be more accepting of things as they are – How to take things in stride; to not obsess over the past or worry about the future.  I am learning to live in ther present moment.  I learned (finally) to forgive a long ago hurt, and I am  learning to let the future unfold as it will without attempting to control every detail.  My new motto is,

Embrace the Uncertainty.

The future is certainly uncertain, and I am enjoying the freedom of letting go of my attempt to control events and giving it up to a higher power, I know that everything will work out not, necessarily as I had planned, but for the best.

 

 

A Balanced Life

I’ve written about living a balanced life in earlier posts, but I really think this quote by international yoga teacher Rachel Brathen sums it up beautifully.

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A New Adventure in Yoga

If you have been following this blog, then you know it started as a personal reflection on trying to get back into shape after a fairly long hiatus.  I use the blog to keep myself on track, to hold myself accountable, and to share what I learn along the way.  Posts have ranged from general physical fitness, running, recipes I’ve tried, nutrition facts, the dangers of chemicals in health and beauty products, and books I have read throughout the year.  I enjoy the blog and hope I have inspired some people to also get “in shape” — physical, mental, emotional, all kinds of shape!

Now I have embarked on a new project.  I have applied to, and been accepted in, a 200 hour Vinyasa Yoga teacher training.  The program will run primarily one weekend a month throughout the upcoming year (sounds like the National Guard!).

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I am excited for myself to deepen my own practice and to learn about the anatomy and physiology of yoga, the Chakras.  the proper techniques, principles of meditation and breathing as well as the application of the path of yoga in everyday life.

I hope to not only become strong in my yoga practice, but also to become more centered and present in my daily life.

 

 

 

 

 

Then of course, as this is a teacher training.  I am excited to share this knowledge with others and lead yoga classes.

The program starts in October and I will be sharing what I learn here, so stay tuned!

 

 

Transition to Winter Activities

It has been a busy few weeks.  So busy that I have totally gotten out of my exercise habit, uggh, why do I do this to myself?

 

As it has gotten darker and colder, my outdoor running has pretty much stopped, and so it is also a time of transition to the gym and yoga.  I did manage to get myself to yoga yesterday for the first time in over a month!  I was beginning to feel all sorts of tightness in my body and realized that it was time to get back to class.

I am making a commitment here and now to get to yoga at least twice a week (preferably more, but if I go 8 times a month, I will be getting my money’s worth out of my membership).  I also will get to the gym at least twice a week to keep up (and hopefully build) my muscle strength.  As I plan to do some skiing this winter I had better get into shape for the season — squats, squats and more squats!

 

I feel so good when I do these things, why do I let them lapse?

 

 

 

 

I am not completely done running however as I have signed up for a Turkey Trot 5K on Thanksgiving morning.  I will be visiting family and my son, daughter-in-law and possibly my daughter will be running the race too.  Closer to home, my running club (Coastal Athletic Association) has all sorts of fun things planned — monthly pub runs, a canned food run, a jingle bell run, even an evening run around Nubble Light to see the holiday lights!  I hope to join in some of these events and will share my experiences with you!

Yoga – A Wonderful Experience

 

I went to a yoga class this afternoon at lunch time and it felt sooo good.  It is so easy for me to get out of the habit of going on a regular basis. But I’ve been noticing tightness in my hip from running (which I never had before) and an overall blah feeling and so I made the effort to get myself to class today.  Now I feel great!

 

The combination of physical movement, stretching, breathing and being in the moment make for a wonderful experience that carries over into the rest of my day.  And someday, I may get to this:

 

All photos from Tammy Z’s Yoga Studio on Pinterest