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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.

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.

 

To Vegetarian or not To Vegetarian?

One thing that I’ve been seeing a lot of and hearing about during yoga teacher training is how vegetarianism is related to yoga. Yoga is all about non-violence and some believe that eating meat is going against those morals. Now I wouldn’t say that eating meat would make someone a violent person at all but it has been brought to my attention the way in which we get meat is very, very violent.

Before I go any further I’ll take a brief detour and discuss my history with vegetarianism. I was actually a vegetarian for a few months of my freshman year of high school. My reasoning was that if I had to do the actual slaughtering of the animal myself then I would never eat meat. (In fact, I still feel this way. Heck, I can’t even bring myself to kill a spider or a bug in the house). Of course this upset the meal-maker of the house (my mother) who did not want to make an extra meal for me. And me, being 14, did not want to cook my own meals. I think I mostly just ate pizza and ice cream and was really unhealthy about it. Shortly after I became a vegetarian I switched over to semi-vegetarian and did not eat red meat for the next 3 and a half years. During my freshman year of college was when I broke my no beef rule. And it was for a guy. Haha. I was dating this stupid horrible mess of a human being and he finally convinced me to eat a burger again. Well, if I was going to break it, I was going to go all out. We went to TGI Fridays and I got a bacon cheeseburger. I still to this day remember how delicious that burger was. I’m sure it wasn’t the best burger ever, but to me it tasted like the best burger because I hadn’t had one in nearly 4 years. Well, I never recovered from that. Meat and more meat please. I joke that I like to wrap my bacon in bacon. And with the new health discoveries in diets like the Paleo diet, well that has just added more meat into my diet. 

But then we were assigned this book to read in Teacher Training called “Yoga and Vegetarianism.” I was afraid to read it because I knew it could convince me to change.  And I warned my husband about it. And he said no matter what I did he would support me (cue – ‘awwwww’). The first couple of chapters actually ended up really pissing me off. Her arguments were a little harsh like comparing eating meat to raping a woman. (OK – it wasn’t that bad but it was along those lines. Her point was more that a meat eaters excuse was that we’ve been doing it for so many years so it must be right. And she pointed out that men have been raping women for years but that doesn’t make it right). She also described the difference between vegetarians and what she called “ethical vegetarians” – which basically meant “to be vegan.” It really rubbed me the wrong way because she was implying that unless you were vegan then you weren’t ethical. 

Then I got to the chapter on factory farming. And I have to say, this chapter basically destroyed me. I still haven’t been able to sleep soundly reading about how all the animals are tortured. For years of their life. And just recently have there been laws put into place that an animal has to have enough room to lay down in it’s cage. She also talked about some horrific incidents of how some farmers sexually abused the animals, which actually ended up making me cry – though I feel that was an unfair shot on the author’s part since that doesn’t have anything to do with eating meat, but whatever…

But after all of this I do know one fact. Whether or not you eat meat – factory farming needs to stop. The abuse to the animals can’t continue. Buy grass-fed beef if you buy beef. Buy cage-free (or even better – free range) eggs if you eat eggs. Buy organic. I know it costs more, but I’d rather spend a few extra bucks to support farmers who are trying to do right. I understand that eating meat is a part of the food chain, but abusing animals and confining them to horrific conditions and quarters is not. I don’t know if I will become a vegetarian – maybe I will by the end of this. But until then I’m going to be more conscious of where I get my meat from. Go to farmer’s markets more. Maybe I’ll even try to have a “Meatless Monday” or something like that. I don’t know. I want to make a difference somehow. Maybe I can.

 

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