Hey, hey!

I’m dropping in for my monthly post :)  I probably say this every time, but I can’t believe it’s been a month since I last checked in.  I have less than two weeks left of yoga teacher training–the last eight weeks have been the fastest and at times the most challenging weeks of my life!  I definitely have mixed emotions that the end is in sight.  I’ll be sad not to see my yoga friends for 15-hours a week, but I’ll be happy to have some time back in my life!

The last few weeks of curriculum has been intense.  We are talking about finding connection with students and exploring the emotions that are common to everyone.  When we can look at these feelings/emotions and expose our vulnerability to others, we find the deepest human connection.  Last night’s session was all based on Brene Brown’s work on shame and I found it so fascinating.  Email or message me if you want some specifics, I think some of the work and exercises can be truly life changing.

The final weeks will involve a workshop on assisting and a ton of practice teaching and I’m really excited to see what’s in store!

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In other news, we welcomed a new family member into our home…IVY!

Ivy 1She is equal parts sweetheart and hellion!  It just so happened that she sort of fell into our laps and I have to say that it’s been great.  There’s definitely some “second child syndrome” going on–I realized that I’ve only taken four (yes, FOUR!) pictures of her in the three weeks we’ve had her-gotta work on that.

Ivy 2

Ivy 3

And I’ll leave you with a few of my favorite things of late:

hot pantsHot Pants!!  These were a birthday present from my Mom and they’re awesome–super comfortable and breathable.

peoniesColin surprised me with peonies (my favorite flower!) and they’re only in season for a short time.  These were gorgeous and smelled amazing.

And since this is a fitness blog, I’ll leave you with a workout that I put my FITC-ers through a few weeks ago and just did myself last week.  This one was a doozy!

Workout 4.24[Complete as many rounds as possible in 30-min]

Have a fabulous day and catch up with you soon!

*TIP TIME*
Taking time to truly care for yourself will enable you to better care for others.  This can be as simple as taking a bath, going for a walk/run, buying yourself flowers, or going to a yoga class.  Make sure you are doing it just for you!

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Yowza!  First of all, I can’t even believe that I’ve only been in teacher training for three weeks.  In all honesty, it feels like months.  While that sounds like a bad thing, it’s really not!

I started this journey with seven other people and I already know that these individuals will be friends for life.  In the three short weeks, I feel closer to some of my fellow trainees than I do with some friends I’ve had for many years.  It kind of reminds me of summer camp when I was younger…if anyone can relate to that :D

We’ve done a LOT of yoga and a LOT of introspection, both of which are exhausting and invigorating and intense.  Today is day three of a current 30-day challenge (30 yoga classes in 30 days).  What I’ve noticed is that it’s been hard to keep up my “normal” workout routine and add 60-75 minutes of yoga daily.  My muscles just feel too fatigued and I know I’m compromising both…I’ll probably put lifting on the back burner for at least these 30 days so I can show up to my mat feeling strong and powerful.

I have been trying to get in some cardio most mornings, just to get my blood flowing and start the day off on the right foot.  Last week I got in two good runs, a rowing workout, and taught a Tabata class.  It was a good week in terms of workouts, that’s for sure!

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Fueling for teacher training has definitely taken some getting used to.  I usually have an iron stomach and can go running after eating nearly anything, no problem.  Yoga is a whole different animal!  I usually have to have a little something in my stomach so I don’t feel dizzy or lightheaded during practice, but too much gives me major indigestion (heartburn!) especially when inverted in down dog or head/hand stand.

I’ve honestly been living off of raw almonds, little packets of nut butter and smoothies!

I think the most challenging thing for me thus far is the time commitment.  All of the assigned readings, meditations, and additional yoga assignments are a lot and that combined with a full-time job and trying to keep up a household has been quite a juggling act.  I also have more of a “one track” personality, where if I’m doing something I like to fully do it!  This has definitely been a lesson in keeping many plates spinning even if they’re spinning a bit slower than the once were.

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With that, I think I’m off!  Hopefully I’ll be back soon.

I hope you have a lovely day.

*TIP TIME*
Meditation can be extremely therapeutic and does not have to be complicated.  By simply sitting still and calming the mind or focusing on one or two choice phrases and repeating them, we activate the parasympathetic nervous system which aids in digestive function, lowering heart rate, and regulating sleep.

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The Greenest Smoothie

by Natalie on April 1, 2014

Hello!

I hope your week is off to a good start.

After a really poor night’s sleep (one of those wake up at 1am…2am..2:45am…3:30am…etc.), I got up and headed to FITC to train.  I recently picked up my first (!) client here and I remember how much I love training.  I hurried from there to CAC for a meeting and a full day of work.  For a little mid-day break, I popped into a BodyPump class to evaluate one of the instructors and it was fun to take instead of teach for a change.

After work, I ran home to gather a few things before the evening yoga practice and teacher training.  I left a little later than I had hoped and ran into traffic, but somehow I still made it with 10-minutes to spare.  Phew!

The class was hot and hard, but I’m sure some of that is because my body was feeling pretty tired out.  I just did the best I could and tried to listen to my body.  It still really felt good to sweat.

Post-yoga green smoothie:

photo(30)In the mix:
1 cup coconut water
2 tbsp. hemp seeds
3/4 cup frozen pineapple
2 huge handfuls of spinach

I loved this combo!  The hemp seeds gave it a sort of “earthy” taste-if I were drinking it immediately, I would use chia seeds-and it was super refreshing.  Best part, it was a gorgeous bright green color and full of nutrients.

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In our evening YTT session we talked about the eight sutras of yoga it was really interesting to learn about the history and philosophy behind yoga.  The actual practice is only one part (asanas) and the other seven have more to do with life as a whole.  I liked this session a lot.  During the second half we practiced teaching in a small group setting; the first time through a series of poses vocally and the second time through without using any verbal cues, which was quite challenging.

I think the long day and bad night’s sleep caught up with me because I felt a bit like a zombie when I left the studio.  I was ready to come home and crash!

Tomorrow is a full day–run+work+teach at FITC+yoga practice–but I get to sleep in a bit :D

Night!

*TIP TIME*
To keep green smoothies a vibrant green color, use a neutral fruit (mango, pineapple, banana) that will allow the greenness to come through.  Strawberries and blueberries are tasty, but will give your smoothie a brown hue!

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