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 I am completely exhausted so this will be short. This was my Teacher training weekend! Yay! I love this time on the mat. Hours of intense and moderate physical asana followed by discussion of philosopy and practice teaching sessions.

I received great feedback from my hour of practice teach. The things to work on basically consist of offering more permission language and modicfications. This I can do! I will be sure to work on it with my students this week.

The things that my two “students” loved included my cadance and safety language.

All in all a wonderful weekend.

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This weekend was a forced break, for both my husband and myself. We played and talked. We visited the town where we were married, (Fernandina Beach,) and kicked it off with a great workshop from Alyson Foracre and Lululemon. Yoga for Runners Saturday at Lulu in St. John’s Town Center. We started with some breathing and side stretching, then a quick 1 mile run followed by about an hour and a half of postures and flow. We both learned a great deal!

Sunday, our long run, and then stretching using some of the techniques we learned from Alyson! And then, an idea was born. Why not host a daily run/yoga hour from 6:15-7:15? Perhaps this becomes part of Anjali Yoga’s offerings? Definitely worth exploring.

Great weekend, awesome yoga. Giving thanks to the universe for this blessing.

Exhilarated, exhausted, enlightened 🙂 That pretty much sums up my feelings as I roll out of bed this morning and prepare to try to make it into the office. Teacher Training this weekend stretched me and today I feel it! I also feel the wine I drank when I got home last night. It is funny that the healthier I get, the more deeply I feel indulgences.

We meditated, demonstrated our first flow, took a crazy yogalaties class that my abs are still talking to me about. Our homework this month includes mediating once a week and journaling about it. (I will use this blog as my journal.) We are also supposed to work up a 45 minute flow, including all the previous postures, and getting creative with including one asana from each element: supine, sitting, prone and standing.

Both challenges delight me and I am eager to begin. For today, I slowly warm into the morning and prepare to come down from the mountain. I will thank my body by eating nourishing food and trying to rest. I will try to carry the peace I felt on the mat into my day.

Getting ready to go to teacher training. Just wanted to update and record how excited I am. It really is wonderful to spend time with people just as excited about yoga as I am.

I showed up for our second teacher training weekend Saturday morning worried I would be late. Flying down 295 I kept checking the clock, “7:45,” ohhhhkay, “7:50,” gulp, then ” 7:55, oh but wait it’s 7 minutes fast which means I actually have 12, no 17 no, shoot, 12 that’s right 12 minutes. I’m good.”

I park, fly up the stairs and Alyson, zenned out behind the desk says “Oh Shae! You’re early! Are you going to do the power class too?” Ummm what? And that started the weekend. 90 minutes of intense power, that is a great class by the way, the 90 minute Sun Power on Saturday mornings. Those people like to sweat! Then a full Yogalates class with Wendy, who I secretly think with her amazing strength and stamina must be a super heroine of some kind. With her cape in the car for emergencies and her mat and Pilates ball she battles evil, weak abs and inflexibility all across Jacksonville. I stumbled out of class, soaking wet and kind of buzzed, and immediately changed clothes.

We did our circle and talked about the month, and it struck me how much people deal with on a day to day basis and why something like yoga is so important in life. In our society there is not room for mediation, quiet and self examination. We literally carve time from our busy day to make these things happen. For me, it has come in the form of waking up at 5:30 or 6 in the mornings on the weekdays for time to center. 

In our group we have had serious life changing events in the last 3 months, and these people are making time for yoga. And that is really the point of this post- making time. In my last post I made a commitment to increase my practice and work on diet in order to have a stronger practice. This post is about a commitment to carving the time out to meditate, study the history of this tradition, and build the karmic side of my yoga practice.

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