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Getting Paid for Yoga! (and also foot injuries)

So far I’ve had two real paid yoga classes. The first one was about six weeks ago (which I had posted about getting the job, but never actually followed through with writing the post afterwards). Anyway, it was a good learning experience. It was “office yoga” – which basically means I came to the office and they gave me a space and I taught employees who signed up. I decided to charge a very low price, and that ended up working out great in my favor. That first class 20 people showed up!

I was pretty nervous. I made a few flubs like calling shoulders elbows and ankles wrists, but I always noticed when I did (at least I think I did) and I corrected myself. The worst offense, was when I was streaming music from my cell phone and my cell phone rang in the middle of class. (Who calls anymore?! I think i get maybe one call a week, if that.)

So anyway… for my next class (which was last night) I was a little better prepared. I rehearsed the routine for a couple hours, saying it over and over in my head. And next – I paid for and downloaded the music to my phone – so I could put my phone in airplane mode to assure I didn’t get any calls during class. Funny thing was… After the first song played – the music stopped completely and I got a download error message. I tried to fix it when the class was in child’s pose, but even when I switched it off airplane mode it still didn’t work. So I had to do the rest of the class silent. YIKES. That was a little rough, but I did okay. Overall my confidence was a lot better. Also, someone came up to me at the end of class and told me he really, really liked it. That was kind of awesome. 12 people came last night as opposed to the original 20. I was a little disappointed that I lost 8 students, but I think with anything more people are gonna show up to the first one and then get lazy and not show up.

Oh yeah, and I did all this with crazy foot injuries. I never did update about my half marathon. But it was totally awesome and I’m glad I did it, but my feet are completely messed up now. I had my first session of physical therapy this morning and a lot more is wrong with my foot than I originally thought – including tendonitis. Ugh. I don’t know if I’ll ever really be able to run. I guess I’m not a runner. But at least I’m a yogi at heart. It’s more fun anyway :).

Fitness Updates

I think it’s clear I’m not going to update this thing weekly. I’m sorry I failed all of you. However I do have several things coming up…including… MY FIRST (REAL) PAID YOGA GIG!

One of my old co-workers got a new job at a different company – and they happen to have an after work fitness program. They were looking for a yoga teacher and he recommended me. :). I’m unsure if this is a one time thing or a weekly thing, but either way I’m stoked. Also a good networking opportunity as well, since my day job corresponds with what they do :).

In order to prepare for that, I’m hosting a yoga breakfast at our place Sunday morning. Yoga followed by some breakfast. Can you think of anything better than that?

In terms of running, my half marathon at Disneyland is in 2 weeks. Last time I updated, I talked about how I came down with plantar faciitis. Well, I stayed off my foot for about 4 weeks and then hit the ground running (literally) after that. Roughly 2 weeks ago, my plantar faciitis flared up again. I’ve been staying off it, icing, etc… But this week I just got scared and went out for 2 different 2 mile runs. (and I was ok, but I could still feel it). I had gotten up to 8 miles before I had to quit. I’m worried about losing my momentum. I am running this race no matter what. So I hope to be more prepared than not. Maybe I should go to cycling classes to keep my conditioning up. I don’t know. I’m scared.

I will say this. I may quit distance running once this half is over. Not only do I keep getting injured, but since I was training so much, I’ve been missing out on my yoga, barre, and piloxing classes. I feel in less good shape because I’m basically only working my legs.

Well see what happens.

Setbacks :(

Well I’ve had some setbacks in BOTH the running and diet change thing.

This weekend I injured my foot. I don’t know how. It actually started hurting on a “rest day.” All of a sudden it just hurt my foot to walk on it. Right where the heel met the arch. I did some research and found that my symptoms resembled those of ‘plantar fasciitis’ which sounds just as bad as actually breaking your foot. It hurts to walk and you’re not supposed to run.

And I’m super bummed because I was supposed to run my 10k this weekend for a proof of time for the Tinkerbell. I’m still holding onto to hope that I might be better by then. It might not be plantar fasciitis… I was talking to a friend of mine and she said when she had it, it felt like a knot in her foot. Mine doesn’t feel that way… so maybe… just maybe I can run on Saturday… right?

As if that wasn’t enough… this weekend Mr. Destination Yogi and I went out to dinner at a vegan restaurant. It was actually quite delicious. However, I think some of my food may have been mixed with or contaminated with seaweed or spirulina (my violent, violent food allergy). So last night was spent hovered over a toilet and now I’ve lost all appetite for anything… and especially vegan food. I remember one time I had a reaction after eating pizza and I didn’t eat pizza for two years. Somehow I managed to get over it… but it’s pizza… *shrug*. When you see stuff come back up, it makes you not want to have it back down.

So both of my goals which i JUST wrote about seem to have some obstacles in the way. I’m going to stay positive, though. Because… It makes me feel better to have hope.

New Goals!

Well, well, well… if it isn’t… me. I found that once I finished yoga teacher training and then failed to start a yoga business that it was quite difficult to continue updating this blog. However, I suppose the term “destination yogi” still applies. Because it’s still a destination, right?

I’m putting that attitude on hold for the moment. Because guess what? I’ve started training for a half marathon! What?! Yeah. Why would I ever do such a thing? Because they put the race at Disneyland. So… I’ll be running through the parks and wearing some cute little princess running outfit that I find on Esty. Or maybe make myself. Who knows? The race is in May, on Mother’s Day to be exact. So there’s plenty of time.

However, you have to submit a “proof of time” by February 1st if you don’t want to be placed in the last corral. For a “proof of time” to need to have run at least a 10k in a timed event. I was reminded of this just about a week ago. I frantically signed up for a 10k that will be taking place… NEXT WEEKEND. The past week and a half I’ve been running like crazy. I finally got up to 4 miles… and hopefully 5 miles this weekend… and then 6 miles for the race. OK, it doesn’t seem so bad now that I’m looking at it. I’m giving myself one rest day a week. On my other “off” days I’m doing yoga or barre.

Oh yeah… I’m also going mostly vegetarian. Or “flexitarian.” Or “reducatarian.” WTF is that? Ever since the new year started I think I’ve had less than 10 meals total with meat in them. That’s pretty good for me. Honestly, it would be about 30 meals if I was eating my ‘normal’ way. Basically the school of thought is to reduce your intake of meat, eat more vegetables, and make sure the meat that you do eat is high quality. The hubby has been cooking vegetarian meals almost every night. Though last night I was so sick of beans that we had some chicken.

Do I feel better exercising and eating healthier? Maybe it’s too soon to tell. I’ve actually been having MORE trouble sleeping the past couple weeks. Is it a weird side effect? Also I’ve lost like 5 pounds. Should I be concerned or is it just water weight?

Moving on Up

I love how I posted something in the middle of AUGUST about how I was slacking and need to be better about updating this thing. And now it’s the middle of October.

And re-reading that post just makes me seem like a huge douchebag. Let me complain about how good things are going.

Anyway, back to yoga. About a month ago I inquired with my HR department about teaching yoga classes at my company. She thought it was a great idea, sent out an email, and 27 people responded with interest. Wooo. However, there’s been a bunch of red tape with the building and so far they haven’t gotten back to us. Boo.

I decided to take the matter into my own hands, and starting on Monday I will be teaching classes at the park, which is in walking distance from my building. I sent out an email to those 27 people who were interested last night and so far only 2 people have gotten back to me. I’m not expecting 27 people to show up every time, but I’m hope more than 2 will.

Right now I’m struggling a bit with charging my friends for classes. There are a few people at work who I’m super tight with that I would feel bad taking money from. (And also friends of mine that I will convince to come). But I guess it’s a business, right? Though, if 27 people come, I wouldn’t have to charge as much. I suppose this is what the ‘bleeding heart’ yoga teachers have to deal with every day huh?


Ugh, I’m a slacker. And not just on updating this thing. I’ve become comfortable and I think that might be the biggest reason for falling back into my old habits.

My last class of teacher training was a little over a month ago, I found salvation, learned a lot of things about myself, and then just slipped back into everything. I’ve only taught two classes since and even my yoga practice has fallen to 1-2 times per week. I specifically went to get my certification so I wouldn’t slack! Shame on me. My 3 hour written test is next week. I have a lot of material to cover. And requirements to meet.

I’m just too comfortable. Maybe I like my new job too much that I no longer desire much else. I don’t care if I have to work until 9:30 at night because I like doing it. I no longer go home with a desire to do something else. Which is good and bad, I think. I need to get uncomfortable again. I’ve been complaining the past few years about how I’ve been so unsatisfied with everything. Maybe that was a good thing for me. I need a challenge. At my job everyone likes me, I do a great job, and for the very first time in my life I’m not “learning on the job” or feel that I’m not qualified. It’s too good. I’m not scared of my job security, I’m not looking for a second job, I’m not desiring to be somewhere else. Which is great, right? Except I have no motivation! Motivate me! Haha. Wow I feel like such a bitch for writing that.

My diet has slipped a bit too. Or maybe without being constantly lectured about being a vegetarian I’ve just pushed everything out of my mind again. Ignorance is bliss. It’s also about fitting in as well. I’m making friends at work and going out to lunch and I don’t want to have people have to accommodate and I don’t want to have to explain myself. It’s hard. But I’m still the same weight and still feel good and now I can eat chicken nuggets without wanting to die, so that’s a plus.

Anyway, I’m going to try to be better. Some of the girls are having a study session this weekend for the yoga test, so I’ll go to that and perhaps my mindset will change.

Self Reflection

It’s interesting to think where I was before I started the whole teacher training thing and where I am now. It could be the training, it could be other factors in my life, but as of right now, I’m just completely happy and content.

When I started training in late April / early May I was in a much different place. I had actually decided to go through with the yoga training because I felt like I needed something to “get back into life.” I was beaten down, relationships with friends were kind of falling apart, and I just didn’t feel good emotionally. And I guess that’s how I’ve been for the last year and a half (since my brother died).

Now, I feel like I have a lot of things together. I realize how much positivity can really affect not only you, but others around you. I’ve let go a lot of the negative energy around me. I’m eating healthier. I’m exercising more.

I started a new job where I don’t know anyone. It’s a fresh start. It’s like starting college where you can be whoever you want to be. You don’t have to be the person you were in high school. I’ve let go of everything that’s brought me down in the past. And it’s only been about two weeks and I’m starting to meet people that I think I can be really good friends with even outside of work.

What was really amazing is how much my friends have noticed my change. One of my good friends told me the other day, “It’s nice to see you so happy.” And I was just thinking… yeah… it is. 🙂

Class Training Completed

It’s been eleven days since I updated. Booo. Shame on me. I started a new job, but more on that later.

I completed my last physical class for Yoga Teacher Training a week ago on Sunday. Over the course of the weekend everyone in my class (eight girls) each taught a class. So… I basically took 6 classes (with me teaching one and me being the assistant on another) over the weekend. I was tiiiired.

But hey, I taught a class in front of my teacher! And my class! The hubby came as well as 5 of my dearest friends. I can’t even put in words how much in meant to me that soooo many people I love came to the class. It helped my nerves seeing people that I loved.

I messed up a couple of times, but the feedback was actually 100% positive. I felt kind of weird and almost wanted to critique myself… Is that weird? I guess I can be a bit of a perfectionist sometimes, but I also feel like I didn’t deserve to necessarily get that good of feedback.

So now we have a 3 hour written test coming up at the end of August and graduation right before Labor Day weekend. Before then, I have to do my volunteer hours and read a shit ton of stuff. (Oh yeah, and I’m also taking an online class).

But yeah, I started a new job a week ago on Monday. And I have to say, I am really enjoying myself. It’s longer hours and less pay, but I’m much happier and the people are great. My editor is so awesome and I am so lucky to work with him. And everyone else has been AWESOME and appreciative. AND since I started I haven’t been sexually harassed ONCE! Not once! It’s kinda cool.

Anyway, off topic here. But that’s why I’ve been quiet. I’m working at an animation company now and I feel like a lot of those people can use some yoga ;p. I’m hoping that one I get my certification I could start a class before or after work or something. But I do worry a little bit about being all in gym clothes with people I work with. However, since I have yet to be sexually harassed it could potentially be OK.

Changes? Good or Bad?

The last several weeks I’ve basically cut my meat consumption in half (and been trying really hard to only consume grass fed / free range products). I’ve also been incorporating a lot more vegetables in my diet. I’m adding them in wherever I can with nearly every meal.

This past Wednesday I taught another practice yoga class from 8-9pm. I got home from work after 7 so I wasn’t going to eat a meal before I worked out. Anyway, poor planning came to bite me in butt as it became 9pm and soon 9:15pm and I was starving and not wanting to cook. So I took to “convenience foods” and made some chicken nuggets that I had got from Costco a while back. They were just your regular Tyson “all white meat” etc… frozen nuggets. I didn’t go overboard – I must have at 8 or so (sometimes I would have 10 in a single serving). I knew I shouldn’t be eating that shit, but I did anyway because it was late and I was hungry.

Let’s just say an hour late my stomach gave me a big FU and I felt like crap the rest of the night.

WTF? I’ve eating those nuggets hundreds of times. I know they’re bad for you and I know I shouldn’t be eating them… but I would think it would be okay to eat once in a while, right? Part of me is now wondering if I should be eating shit every now and then so that I won’t get sick when I do. Fresh veggies and fresh foods aren’t always an option 100% of the time…

I had a discussion with the hubby about having a once-a-month-pizza-indulgence time. (I think I could give up dairy 100% if it weren’t for pizza. Vegan cheese makes me gag and I literally cannot swallow it). Now I’m worried if I’m eating healthy all the time that I’ll have the same issues with that.

On the other hand I do feel better and I’m not as tired as often. Heck, I haven’t had coffee in over a week and I haven’t deprived myself either. I haven’t needed it.

It’s a double edged sword.

First Hour Class Taught

The last weekend of yoga teacher training is this weekend. During this final weekend we all need to teach a class in front of our instructor. In this case, since there are 8 of us, we’re each teaching a 45 minute class over the course of 2 days. It’s gonna be an interesting weekend to say the least.

Anyway, to get ready for this weekend I taught a full length hour class from my house on the 4th of July. We were having a BBQ in the late afternoon and I invited our friends to come by an hour and a half early to get a free yoga class taught by me – an in exchange I would get feedback / practice for when I have to do it “for real.” I had 6 friends come to the class.

I wasn’t as nervous as I thought I would be – but more things went wrong than I thought. First – I couldn’t figure out how to get the music playlist I put together off of “shuffle.” I had careful designed a playlist with slow music for the warm-up, up-tempo music for the flow, and slow music for the cool-down. Since it was on shuffle, this was not always the case – leaving a few bouncy songs for the cool-down. Oh well. Apparently I need to learn the computer skills that every eleven-year-old already knows how to do.

The second thing was… I totally forgot the sequence in our manual when trying to teach it. I think I got through the warm-up, then went to warrior one and then start started making up everything as I went along. In general, I’m not very good at memorizing… But I can use logic to come up with my own stuff. Once I threw out trying to go step by step on paper, it was easier. I used past experience in yoga classes that I have attended to try to come up with something that everyone can enjoy. No one seemed to notice.

The most difficult part of teaching was finding the line behind “no student left behind” and moving on with the class. I wanted to make sure that everyone was getting it, but trying to work with someone one-on-one and the rest of the class holding Warrior 2 while I was instructing someone was challenging. I think there were a few times where I left the classes in poses longer than I should have because I was helping someone. I suppose it all comes with practice.

My feedback was generally positive. I think the main ones were there were times I went too fast and there were other times that I could have done a better job explaining the pose. Which I appreciated, because in general I do want to teach beginners.

I plan on teaching one more class on a weeknight this week before the big day. Hopefully I can spend some more time memorizing the sequence I’m actually supposed to be teaching.

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