Yoga

My Week of Yoga Classes

Every week I look at my schedule and my first priority is seeing where and when I can fit in a yoga class.  May had been crazy due to many preschool classes, sometimes up to 10 a week that left my own personal yoga practice…well lacking to say the least.

This week I feel like my summer vacation started early as my only commitment was teaching one preschool class.  Heaven!

Here is what my yoga week looked like:

Sunday:  Vinyasa flow class taught by a particularly gifted and experienced teacher.  I try hard to get to her Sunday morning class as she teaches alignment based yoga and I always come away feeling like I have been to an intense but very good workshop.

Monday:  Mixed Level Yoga with a really, really good yoga sister who has become my friend.  She was a theatre major at NYU and so the banter and elevated entertaining chatter makes this ambitious class (well for me it always is!) just much more fun. And that 75 minutes always speeds by!

Tuesday:  I recently found a 5.30pm Power Yoga Class that I would have thought a few months ago was beyond me. However, even though this class is a humbling experience. I love the pace, the challenging new poses, the art of breathing and positioning to reach the pose. I love how it makes me realize that yoga is not about achieving the perfect position, it’s about the breath and finding that space within yourself that was not there before.

Wednesday:  Teaching assistant for a Restorative Reiki Class.  If you ever have a chance to take a restorative class, I highly recommend it.  The prerequisites are if you can breathe and lie down!  As the title of the class suggests it is designed to restore your soul through several compassionate, non-impact poses and with the added energy of Reiki, this class is just a joy to take and to assist in.  This is when I get blissed out with my yoga.

Thursday:  Teaching a very challenging but ever so fun family yoga class.  This week there was a grand total of 3 kids! A 10-month-old, a 1 year old and a 3-year-old, and none of them had any intention of doing any yoga! So, I did Very Hungry Caterpillar to myself, sang I’m A Little Teapot to myself 5 times and read the yoga book Rachel In the Garden all to myself….out loud.  Sometimes you just have to roll and know that working with preschoolers is like herding cats.

Friday: A very lovely beginners class, which is not so much beginner in its pace but maybe in its poses.  It’s always good to go back to the basics and this is a class I look forward to and enjoy.

So that was my week.  Yoga every darn day!  How much better and grounded and peaceful I feel after a frenetic April and May.  Time to rest and restore and get back on my mat. 

Hope you're having a great week.

My House is Full

So, this happened, these two kids came home!

Elliot and his lovely girlfriend Jenny have been traveling around Southeast Asia (in particular, Thailand and Indonesia) for 8 months…well because they can. We spoke often while they were away but it’s always better to have them in the flesh. We picked them up from JFK and the laughter, endless making of food and laundry line began and I could not be happier!

We have been babysitting Jenny’s dog, Lulu, for 8 months while they were away.  This sweet girl.

She was so happy to see her mommy at the airport. And she showed her love by pooping and throwing up on Jenny on the way home!

 

Since they have been home there has been a lot of this...

This is a crazy week where I am teaching 10 yoga classes - my most to date! Eight classes for children and two adult classes. I am both excited and overwhelmed by the prospect.  One thing I am noticing is that it is hard to get to a yoga class for my own mental health benefit.  I know this is a common problem for yoga teachers as the week is consumed with class planning and teaching.  I am trying to get out of my comfort zone and go to classes at other studios who have classes at odd times but that fit my schedule.  This is a little daunting for me as I am not known for doing well going into a room with a whole load of people I do not know, but I am just going to put my big girl panties on and deal with it.

I am also in the final week of teaching a BSN (nursing class) which is always crazy because I have to grade super long final projects and make sure my grade book is up to date.

It's a bit chaotic, but all really good stuff with a house full of kids and dogs, belly laughs and joy. 

I wish the same for you! 

Xo, Angie

Why Yoga?

  • Improves athletic performance
  • Improves quality of life
  • Improves short term memory
  • Increases muscle strength and tone
  • Helps boost immunity system
  • Increases mental concentration
  • Improves quality of sleep
  • Gives you more energy
  • Better mental clarity
  • Improves skin tone
  • Improves self esteem
  • Improves posture (when I started yoga I was 5ft 6, now I like to think I am 5ft 6 ¼!)
  • Improves balance
  • Improves flexibility
  • Greater physical stamina (as noticed when hiking mountains in New Hampshire)
  • Helps to shred excess fat
  • Increases general productivity
  • Slows down the aging process
  • Improves ability to deal with stress
  • Reduces risk of memory loss, anxiety, obesity, cancer, stroke, heart disease, back pain, osteoporosis, drug dependency, depression, hypertension, Type 2 diabetes, infections and thus excessive health care costs.
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And I can say yes to all of this.  I now measure my life before yoga and after yoga.

True Story: Hubby and I were in Philly and ended up in a diner for lunch.  I have a severe shell fish allergy and every time I have an exposure it gets worse, believe me it’s not pretty.  So, I am hyper-vigilant about asking lots of questions when we eat out.  But on this occasion, I forgot and within 10 minutes of eating my lunch I knew there had been cross contamination.  I immediately started feeling sick.  I sent hubby off to find a drug store to get Benadryl quicker than you can say anaphylactoid shock!  While I was waiting for him I started to meditate putting into practice all the meditation techniques I had learned in teacher training.  My symptoms slowly started to subside until I felt relatively normal.  When hubby came back I still took drugs (I like drugs!) but not sure I needed them.  Really you can’t make this stuff up and yoga and meditation has given me so many tools, well just to deal with life.

Until next time, 

Angie