Becoming a better yogini by working through frustration

When I started the yoga teacher training program at Piedmont one thing that was reminded to my classmates and me by the teachers and in the paperwork we had to review and sign before the program started was that students in the program can go through many emotions.

I have felt overwhelmed at times and even anxious on how I can possibly fit all of this into my already busy and hectic life.

My most recent emotion has been frustration.

We are learning so much, some new, some old and some different. No teacher or class is the same. Teachers have different styles. Sometimes one teacher will tell you something and then you will hear the complete opposite from another teacher.

Our job as yoga students is to take that information in and decide what is best for our own bodies. I am more than OK with taking information in and then making a decision for myself and my body on any given day or practice.

But there are times when I find out I have been doing a pose “wrong.” Such as anatomically unhealthy for my body.

After class on Thursday night I felt really frustrated with how I … Continue reading

Being OK with this week’s challenges

I was in Vegas for a long weekend with The Husband and our good friends.

As I said in yesterday’s post I gave myself permission to eat and drink whatever I wanted.

That being said I didn’t go super nuts. Many of my meals were decent in the calorie department, in fact, some were actually healthy.

I told myself that starting today I would get back to healthy living. And today I did. In fact, I was so busy at work that I didn’t even want to snack. And I hit the gym after work for my usual Monday night body conditioning class.

This week is going to be interesting and challenging with some added emotions.

This week is my boss’ last week. He is about to retire. I have worked with him for almost eight years. He has been my only boss while at Onyx. He is my boss, my mentor and my friend.

So besides the emotions associated with my boss retiring and the craziness going on at work with added projects and playing catch up for being out a whole TWO days there will be eating and drinking fests with a major challenge to my regular exercise … Continue reading

Being OK with change while taking care of No. 1

You may have noticed that my posts are not as frequent lately.

It’s not that I don’t want to share my wealth of research with you or that I don’t want to share the posts I already have written and I just need to hit the publish button or that I don’t still love writing for Go Fit Girl! That is all still true.

There are some big changes happening at work and in my life. And it is taking an emotional drain on me, besides the regular silly things that happen in life …

When stressed I normally ditch the exercise and go nuts with the food and alcohol intake. I am really focusing on my health right now.

So the regular gym classes and yoga classes are being attended. I am tracking my food and trying to avoid alcohol during the week, even though a beer, glass of wine or swig of marshmallow vodka sounds good most evenings.

And a big part of health is mental health. And I am doing the best I can to keep myself level and balanced. I try to remember the things to be appreciative of to not take things for granted.

Some … Continue reading

A much needed break

This week has been rough for me. Emotionally draining.

Monday I didn’t work and went to a very inspiring and emotionally uplifting yoga class. The energy I felt afterward was amazing. I was almost giddy.

Then Tuesday happened. I came home from work exhausted. I still went to yoga. And I never regret dragging myself to practice.

When I got home from class I told myself there was no need to go online. I didn’t need to post anything on Go Fit Girl! and I didn’t need to look at Facebook. So I just showered, made and ate dinner, drank a beer and vegged in front of the TV before bed.

Last night was pretty much the same, minus the beer.

Don’t get me wrong, I can’t go long without the Internets, my blogging and research, Facebook, Twitter, etc. But it was definitely a nice and much needed break. It was refreshing actually.

I worked from home today because I need to go into the office tomorrow.

Because my schedule was flexible I was able to make a massage appointment. Thanh always make me feel better. And as she was working my back and shoulders I could feel how tight … Continue reading

Holiday weekend full of emotions and some yoga

I started my Thanksgiving holiday weekend with a Wednesday night Hatha yoga class with Baxter. I love his energy and humor. And he gave the class a Thanksgiving theme, which made it even more fun.

Thanksgiving morning Namaste Grand Lake hosted a 2-hour Day of Thanks workshop. Seventy-five people signed up. The workshop was $25 and all the proceeds went to the Alameda County Food Bank. It was a great way to start the day and weekend.

After class there were free chair massages offered with donated tips going to the food bank as well.

Friday morning my plan was to take Joey to his 8 a.m. fluids appointment and then take the 10 a.m. yoga class. At the vet’s office they got very concerned with Joey’s continued weight loss. They gave him an appetite supplement and special food. I was told if he didn’t eat by the end of the day I needed to check in with Dr. Miller. I came home very upset and just wanting to keep the furbaby safe, warm and comfy. I decided to skip the 10 a.m. class.

Dr. Miller and I chatted mid-afternoon. There was no improvement in Joey’s eating. So Dr. … Continue reading