Sunday, June 23, 2013

A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum...

Never has that quote rung more true for me than this month.

Why?  I'll tell you...

 On my way to practice one day at YogaWorks,
I signed up for the 200-hour Teacher Training!

"What?"....  Yeah, that's how I felt.

Teacher Training was NOT on my radar.  I mean, it sort of was in a that-might-be-a-great-thing-to-do-someday kind of way.  The notion floated in and out of my head from time to time as I pondered ways to deepen my practice.  But it wasn't something I was currently aspiring to... at all.

Then a whole lot of things in The Universe just fell into place, opened up, and otherwise aligned themselves to make this a real possibility.  And I mean A.  LOT.  OF.  THINGS.  So many that I couldn't ignore them - my work schedule, our finances, our vacation plans for the remainder of the year, messages from friends, etc. etc.  I try really hard to listen when The Universe hits me over the head with a brick, so off I went to the informational meeting. 

Two hundred hours of anything is no small feat.  My commitment will be made up of weekends - all day Saturday and Sunday - every other weekend for the rest of the year.  Plus, there will be homework, exams, and 18 additional classes I'll need to be signed off on.  The more I learned about the program though, the more excited I became.  And after a final heart-to-heart with Steve, I signed up!

Now our first session begins in just under an hour!  I cannot believe I am doing this and I am over the moon with anticipation!  I wanted a really special notebook for this journey, so I doctored up a boring Martha Stewart version I found at Staples.  The front cover is above and below is a shot of the back.

What do you think?
I hope so!

Friday, June 7, 2013

This Week in Practice

Practice this week was a bit of a struggle.  I had a hard time being present on the mat, instead choosing to focus on the million and one other things I could be doing.  Yoga isn't always easy.  Facing what comes up on the mat isn't always a treat.  Not to mention the physical aspect of Ashtanga is just plain hard.

I managed to knock myself out of this rut this morning by taking a moment to quiet my mind before starting.  While I stood at the top of my mat with my hands together in prayer, I set the intention to just BE.  Be present for each and every moment without judgement or attachment.  Sure, the familiar refrain of "I really don't feel like doing this" came rushing to the surface.  This time, however, I acknowledged it and let it go.  Practice turned out to be 2 hours and 15 minutes of a joyful and sweaty flow - my favorite kind.  As I lay in savasana, I promised myself I'd work harder on making this attitude more of a permanent feature in my life.

A girl can dream, right?