Welcome to Curves and Carrots, a platform for my yoga business and a place to get to know me. It's also a place to unashamedly babble with a stream of consciousness on all things yoga and related or unrelated life events. My main goal through this blog is to deepen your understanding of yoga in a fun and meaningful way!
You may ask, why the name Curves and Carrots? Let's break it down.
Curves: I am a curvy woman, a real woman who has struggled with a lifelong battle with obesity. I have tried aerobics, running, swimming, bike riding, Weight Watchers, diet pills, Atkins and a host of other avenues to try to lose weight and become what I perceived to be "happiness" or find my "perfect size." Not only did none of that work, it never made me happy. It was not until I found yoga (an all encompassing workout of the body, mind and spirit) that I realized a peace and mental calmness within myself that I had been struggling to find throughout much of my life. (And gosh, I found it in my 50’s - if I had only found it in my 20’s, I could have saved myself a whole load of angst!) And so, through yoga and a whole new understanding of myself, I have learned to embrace my curves (and along the way I finally got rid of that muffin top!).
Carrots: For a while now I have had a keen interest in nutrition. My interest has not been aimed strictly at weight loss, but more for health-related matters. In the last 8 years, I have found that a vegetarian diet has had a dramatic effect on my sense of well-being. I tried to be a vegan - I really did, and I applaud those who can do it and gain all the health benefits from it, but I just could not stop that piece (or pound) of cheese from jumping into my mouth. I do know I feel a whole lot better when I am dairy-free but I have ceased beating myself up about it. I am a practicing vegetarian 90% of the time (but who can resist a piece of well-seasoned sausage sometimes? I know, I know! This is sacrilege to all you purist vegetarians out there). And I am a vegan maybe 50% of the time. But through this platform, I would love to explore the nutritional benefits of a pure, non-additive, avoiding-processed-foods-at-all-costs lifestyle.
I am a recent graduate of a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training Program. To say it was magical comes nowhere near to the experiences I had and with a cohort of special women (men are allowed but there were none that signed up with my group). I want to share some of the epiphanies I learned along the way. I knew I wanted to build my own yoga business with a focus on a social media presence but those inner critic voices in my head kept me stuck. You know the ones:
- I’m too old to start a new business.
- I don’t have the perfect yoga body, who’s going to watch me on YouTube or want to see my photos on Facebook?
- I’m not even that good at yoga, can’t do headstands or any arm balances (yet!).
- What do I know about yoga, so many cool yogis out there who know so much more than me!
And on and on and on! But you know what? I just told all those inner voices to HUSH! Yoga has grown at an incredible rate in the past 20 years and it does not seem to be slowing down. I am sure there are a lot of women (and men) out there who can relate to my story and the level of competency I am at and well, we can all support each other and just move forward, one step - one downward facing dog at a time.
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Come back often friends. I look forward to getting to know you!