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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.

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?

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.

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.

Actually Teaching

We’ve been learning a certain sequence to teach in our training, which makes it a little easier when it comes time to actually teach. I definitively plan on making it my own when I graduate though – a lot of my favorite poses are missing from the sequence. 🙂

We’ve been taking turns teaching different parts of the sequence in class. Everyone says I’m doing really well, but I’m also so nervous – so I feel like I’m not really doing as well as they say.

The first time I had to teach in front of the class – I practiced teaching the sequence to my friend. I wasn’t that nervous and everything went fine. But them moment I actually stood up in front of my fellow classmates I got extreme stage fright. But I guess I did okay since everyone seemed to like it.

Last week my yoga instructor was subbing a class and invited the girls in my class to come. I was the only one that went and he asked me if I wanted to teach the warm up. He asked me in a text as I was running out the door to the class… so I said no. I felt bad about it, but I had nothing prepared – I didn’t know it that well and I didn’t think I was ready. He tried to coax me, but I chickened out. I told him if he had asked me the night before then I probably would have done it. Though he responded by saying that sometimes you get called to teach classes out of the blue. Fair enough.

Tomorrow, we’re having people over for a 4th of July BBQ. Before we start cooking, I’m going to teach a full practice yoga class to my friends. Woo. Next weekend is the final weekend of teacher training where we have to teach a full class under observation from our instructor. I thought getting a practice class in would definitely help. I’ve been trying to create the perfect music playlist.. though maybe I should start focusing on the routine…

Life Updates

Well, I’ve already fallen behind on my goal to post a few times per week. Can’t believe it’s almost been 3 weeks since I last had an update. That being said, I’ve have a very, very, very busy last couple of weeks. After my last post, I was finishing up my last week of work. I work in post on a TV show and the season wrapped up. I actually left 3 days earlier than I was supposed to due to previous plans of my family visiting. So I worked really hard to get everything done on time. Then, on my last day of work I picked up Mr. DestinationYogi and we drove to Disneyland to meet up with our nieces and nephew from Alaska. We did the whole Southern California tour and they were here for 8 days. Probably some of the best 8 days of my life (I’ll write a post about that later). Then when they left, I immediately picked up a freelance editing job and have been working on that nonstop (other than teacher training).

Oh and I also ran a 5k on Saturday morning. It was the color run, which meant you volunteers sprayed you with colors as you ran. Here’s my team:

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I’m on the far right. Did I mention it was a bachelorette party? My friend in the middle with the flowers decided her ideal bachelorette party was running a 5k followed by a brunch. It was fun!

I don’t know if I would do a color run again – the color blue still hasn’t washed out of my skin. That was certainly fun going from this to brunch to teacher training and explaining to everyone why I was blue!

Getting back into the groove of exercising and teacher training has been a little difficult. We had training on Saturday and Sunday and I definitely wasn’t there mentally on Saturday. I think I actually fell asleep a couple of times during the meditation… oops!

But Sunday I was definitely there – I did my first headstand all by myself!!! (usually I can hold it, but need someone to spot me and lift my legs.) Check it out –

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I’m in the blue on the right.

They call headstand the king of yoga poses because of all the benefits. It stimulates the blood flow and gives your organs a rest from being pulled down by gravity.

My diet hasn’t been the greatest because of the vacation thing, but I’m getting back on track. Whole Foods is one of my new favorite places – you don’t have to check the labels, everything is organic and the animal products are all antibiotic free and humanely treated. It’s more expensive but overall it’s better for your health (saving money in the long run) and is also a good lesson in conserving and not wasting food.

I’ve also discovered zucchini pasta! I got a spirailzer (http://smile.amazon.com/Spiralizer-Tri-Blade-Vegetable-Strongest–Replacement/dp/B00GRIR87M/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403544739&sr=8-1&keywords=vegetable+spiralizer). You just throw in a zucchini, turn the crank, and out comes zucchini pasta. It’s so easy to make. The “noodles” hold a sauce really well and you can eat tons of it and IT’S GOOD FOR YOU. Of course it’s not as good as regular pasta, but it’s still good. I would also recommend making a half spaghetti half zucchini spaghetti dish for a good transition.

This post was a little random, but I have some more focused posts coming up this week.

 

JOURNEY THROUGH YOGA

After practicing yoga for about four years, I have decided to go deeper and become a certified yoga instructor. Why? I’m not looking to change careers or anything, but I feel like it is a journey that I need to take. I feel as though with my current line of work (working in the entertainment industry) it’s important to take a step back from all the chaos and do something to help yourself and other people – something to strengthen your own self worth. It’s not a secret that there are many tyrants that run the entertainment industry and there are definitely days in which many people, including myself, feel so small and insignificant. There’s a huge list of people that are fighting for and waiting for your job to be open and are willing to work for less pay than you are, and that just makes you one of many. Someone easily replaced. It kind of reminds me of learning about the industrial revolution in history class and how they worked people to the bone until they were beaten down and could no longer work – and how easy it was to find new fresh blood to replace the ones they got rid of. 

But I’m getting off topic here. I’m grateful to be where I am right now. It’s just sometimes it’s nice to take a step back and see the world truly for what it is. That one person can make a difference. I know so many people who are afraid to try yoga because they are inflexible. But because they are inflexible is the reason they need yoga. I certainly started off that way. When I started yoga I could barely touch my knees let alone my toes. That’s why I wanted to do it. Did I get snickers from others in my first yoga classes? Yes I did. It was hard. I want to teach yoga to inflexible people like I once was and show them that’s it okay. I can touch my toes now pretty easily. I have significantly less back pain. I have more energy. I want to share this with other people, but I need the training to show them properly.

Why did I decide to blog about it? Because I’ve found the training to be much more than just physical. I’m changing mentally as well. I’m learning to balance my life a little better and even after just two classes I’m fascinated with the change. I can’t wait to document everything and share my thoughts with you all. The support I’ve gotten from my friends has been overwhelming. You all are amazing.

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