Small Steps. Not Resolutions


2017 is right around the corner. Are you ready? Are you planning your resolution now like the rest of the world?

I gave up resolutions years ago when I realized they didn't work for me. I would make these grandiose plans, start hard in January and fizzle out before February end, left with a plan of a resolution and nothing else. It never felt good to want to make change, plan to change, but not be able to stick with it.

These days, if I want to make a life change, or just a change, I jump. Getting caught up waiting and planning for tomorrow leads to missing out today.

Now don't get me wrong, there are still things I procrastinate on and with. However, I realize for myself that it's better to just do it. Stop planning, quit writing stuff down and just do it.

I was watching a video yesterday and got this take away, "If you're going to fail, fail fast." I love it and will carry it with me into 2017.

As I near the end of yoga teacher training, I realize I could've waited until January 1st to put in my application. But instead, I just did it. I jumped when the water appeared, not when it was the right temperature. I gasped after realizing what I'd done but by that time, I'd written my check, and it was too late to turn around. I couldn't be happier, and I haven't failed.

Don't wait until the New Year to start living healthier, or do that thing you've always wanted to do. Start right now. What small step can you take today to move in the direction of what you want?

The man who moves a mountain begins by carrying away small stones. - Confucius 

Flying in Yoga

This past weekend we did a workshop with Philip Askew. He's an amazing yogi who took the time to come in to teach us how to fly. 

We spent the weekend learning about the importance of core engagement with all poses, but especially inversions and arm balances. He showed us ways of getting inverted with and without the wall. How to position the hands and where to distribute weight. 

Phoenix, Crystals and Palo Santo


I've always loved crystals just for their beauty. It wasn't until this year that I really began to study what they're good for. Before checking this list, I only knew about ruby for my zodiac. Now, I know about ruby, carnelian, and several others.

The last thing I need is to begin collecting crystals. Problem is, they're just so beautiful and I'm drawn to so many different ones. There's a store here in Atlanta called Pheonix and Dragon. I used to go the center nearby a few years ago for acupuncture. Before that, I went to the psychic center behind that for energy healing. I guess that's a good little spot for me. They may have even created a spiritual vortex in our city. Or at the very least I small vortex that attracts me.

I was in Pheonix and Dragon last week with way more than I needed to buy. The store associate, probably owner, asked if I had everything I needed. I told her yes, and some stuff I don't need. She said, "It's all spiritually nourishing." She was right. And helped me justify all purchases. lol.

I bought palo santo incense while at the store. It smells amazing. I've used the piece of wood to purify the yoga studio before class but I never knew there was an incense. I've nearly burned through my entire box. Had to go back to Pheonix today to get some more. I also stumbled upon a few crystals. I'm collecting so many, going to need an altar soon.Some of them coincide with chakras. We're covering them this week in teacher training. Got to get to work researching which crystal works for which chakra and start adding those to my collection.

Do you have a store like Pheonix and Dragon in your city? How about a crystal collection. Of all your stones, which is your favorite?

Sound Bath


Today in teacher training we experienced sound baths. As she played, we went through each chakra and learned mudras associated. We only went through three bottom chakras but it was glorious. I've never heard of sound baths but definitely plan to get myself a small bowl to have for private clients. Considering I'm musical, I think it's a perfect compliment to me and my approach to things. I would gladly take clients on a meditative,chakra aligning, stress relieving and musical journey. 

I read this article in Well + Good that sound baths are popular in New York. New York is always in the know when it comes to things. It would make sense that sound baths in NYC are bringing people in flocks ready to meditate. I'm searching for one online as soon as I press publish.

Have you ever experienced a sound bath? How was your experience? 

200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training


Lost Post Alert 
I'm in my second week of yoga teacher training. It's something I've wanted to do since around 2002, when I was first introduced to yoga in college. Then, I took an Iyengar class regularly. If you've never heard of that style of yoga, it's focused heavy on alignment. Instead of moving quickly from one pose to the next, you focus on positioning and how the post feels in the body. 

When I asked my then instructor how to get certified to teach, he told me I would have to go to India and study for years with one teacher. That sounded way too hard at the time. I was in college and I didn't have money to get to India! I simply resigned myself to regular practice at the rec center and a couple DVD's. A few years later, I was bit by the yoga but and began looking into other teacher training and found them too expensive. I thought yoga teacher training was out of reach for me, and erased it from my mind. Or so I thought. 

Fast forward to 2016 when I discovered vinyasa style yoga. 
I always avoided vinyasa or flow type classes because I thought they would bore me to pieces. That's until I found a studio I liked. This very studio is also where I started doing karma work. Karma work is mostly at yoga studios. In the States, you volunteer at the studio in exchange for free yoga classes. Around April of this year, I figured I needed to get myself back into yoga. Of course it wasn't a coincidence that I walked into my first vinyasa class and fell in love. This was even after I was sweaty and slipping all over the mat. And yet, it was like nothing I'd done before and just like the megaformer, it was a workout that didn't hurt my knees. 

I loved the studio, the owner, the instructors, and the community of students so much that when I saw they offered teacher training, I was like, "Let's do it!" I didn't think I would jump off the cliff as early as fall 2016, but here I am. 

It's not a cheap undertaking but as I said, it's always something I've wanted to do. Also, I could "trick off" the money over the course of a few months doing things that wouldn't further my career or help me dive deeper or help me toward being a "better person." 

Below are a couple of my text books. We toggle between all of them during training. So far the top two are my favorite. Moving Inward is a practical guide to meditation. In the text, Rolf Sovik tells you how to sit, talks about muscles, how to strengthen the diaphragm, the whole nine. At the end of the text, I think I should be ready to meditate like a pro, at least in form. 

Our other texts are The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, The Heart of Yoga and The Key Muscles of Yoga. The Yoga Sutras is essentially the bible. I don't know how to explain the Heart of Yoga but it's by one is the students of Krishnamacharya, a yoga "god" essentially. The Key Muscles of Yoga relates postures to muscle involvement, helping you understand what muscles are working in each pose. It's most helpful as a teacher so that I can help students focus on where a contraction is. 

I'm looking forward to the journey of teacher training. I've heard from many that it's transformational. Who? In this day and age isn't up for transforming? Sign me up. Have you done a yoga teacher training? If so, tell me about it. - Namaste