Friday, February 27, 2015

A Little Update Post

I actually have time and energy to blog a little tonight, so I figured in addition to promoting myself (hehe) I will also get personal. First, my sweet butterfly baby is sick :(. We have been so blessed to have a rarely sick child. In her 18 months on earth, she has had 2 colds (that lasted roughly 3 days each) and 2 diaper rashes. Well, I knew tonight something was different, she has been SO clingly, uncomfortable, coughing, feverish, and just miserable. I took her into urgent care and sure enough, she has her first ear infection and the start of pneumonia! How scary! She was able to take a dose of medicine tonight, so I hope she starts feeling better in the morning.

I stopped babysitting full time this week. It was a scary step, but I have had so many opportunities for my yoga career, that I couldn't devote to because I was just so busy during the day. Many people don't realize just how much planning goes into 1 yoga class. I like to offer different things with each class. Whether it is sequencing, themes, etc. I couldn't properly prepare for my classes in the way I liked because I had way too much going on. Now that I am adding 6 extra weekly classes this month, that will bring the total number of classes to 12! I am seriously blown away! I never would have thought I would be able to teach yoga as a living, let along teach pregnant mothers and moms and babies! I am sad though, I will miss my adopted little squish baby every week! Leia will miss having someone to "play" with haha!

To keep myself from getting stressed out, I've been really honing in on my personal practice. With the addition of Toddler Yoga and Family Yoga this month, I have decided I need to start practicing more around Leia, and gauging how involved she wants to be. So far, she is pretty happy playing with the yoga blocks and my yoga towel haha! She does do an adorable down dog and forward fold!! I will try to get pictures next time!

I have been saying these little mantras to myself over and over lately. First, I struggle with comparison. A lot. The two most important aspects in my life are being a mother and being a yoga teacher. These are two subjects that also have a ton of different perspectives and opinions on. It's easy to get caught up on comparing yourself to other people, some of which you only know through Instagram or Facebook. While I love having the use of social media at my finger tips, I hate how sometimes scrolling through my feed will make me like I'm less than that person. I see skinny, toned, Lululemon wearing women getting into gorgeous arm balances with such ease. Here I am in my Walmart $12 pants and I hurt my back, so I am only doing Restorative poses. While I am still losing weight, it's at a much slower pace then I am happy with and I will always have the mommy pooch. Then I see the mommas that do creative home schooling or take their babes on sweet outdoor adventures. Sometimes, I just wish I could get Leia to watch tv so I can have a break! All this comparison really begins to ware me down. It's been hard trying to talk myself up when there are times I feel like I am such a failure! I know I'm not: I've got a smart, healthy, laid back babe. I've got 12 yoga classes a week that I teach. I've reached my pre-pregnancy weight (not that it should matter, but it's an accomplishment to me). I am healing my body so that I can practice deeper and get into those beautiful balancing poses. I have everything going for me, and yet I still feel like it isn't enough. Our minds are tricky aren't they?

Trying to find balance amongst life is not easy. No matter whether you seek it in work, personal life, family life, with can be an uphill battle just to feel like everything is running smoothly! Just because I teach 12 classes a week doesn't mean I am a better yoga teacher than one that teaches once a week. Just because someone can get into Handstand like it's a joke, doesn't mean that they are more enlightened. Just because my class may not have resonated with the students, doesn't mean I am a bad teacher. All these things I've attached myself to could all leave at any moment. I am working on letting those attachments go and just focusing on the HERE and NOW. Because I don't have any control over anything, except for how I show up in this world.

Phew, enough of that! Hopefully there are still some people reading so that they can see my updated schedule for the month of March (thank you if you are).
Here it is:

March 2015

Prenatal Yoga 9am - 10:15am at Modern Milk
Mommy and Me Yoga 10:30am - 11:30am  Modern Milk

Prenatal Yoga 4:30pm - 5:30pm at Ha Yoga 

Prenatal Yoga 9am - 10:15am at Modern Milk
Mommy and Me Yoga 10:30am - 11:30am at Modern Milk
Yin Restorative Yoga 7pm - 8pm at Aloha Yoga and Hula

Toddler Yoga 3pm-4pm at Aloha Yoga and Hula (STARTS MARCH 20TH)

Restorative Bliss Yoga 10:45am - 11:45am at Aloha Yoga and Hula

Prenatal Yoga 10am - 11:15am at Modern Milk
Mommy and Me Yoga 11:30am - 12:30pm at Modern Milk
Prenatal Yoga at 1pm - 2:15pm (MARCH 8TH & 22ND) or Mommy and Me Yoga at 1pm - 2pm (MARCH 1ST, 15TH, & 29TH) at Spa Lamar.
Family Yoga 3:30pm - 4:30pm at Aloha Yoga and Hula (STARTS MARCH 22ND)

I am looking forward to seeing you at these classes! Remember, Mommy and Me classes are for babies 6 weeks up to a year! Prenatal is for all trimesters, as long as you are cleared by your doctor to exercise. Yin and Restorative are classes for every body! Toddler yoga will be for babes 18 months up to 4 years. Family yoga will be for everyone 6 years old and up!

I hope you guys have a fabulous weekend!! Talk to you soon!

Monday, February 23, 2015

Where I Am Teaching This Week and Other Big News

Good Monday Morning friends!

While Leia is running around "brushing" her teeth (any one else have a kid obsessed with tooth brushes???) and chasing the puppies, I figured I would take a second to check in and let you know of some cool developments!

First, here is where you can find me this week:

Wednesday 4:30pm, Prenatal Yoga at Ha Yoga Tempe, Az

Thursday 7:00pm, Yin Restorative at Aloha Yoga and Hula, Chandler, Az

 Saturday 10:45am, Restorative Bliss at Aloha Yoga and Hula, Chandler, Az

Sunday Prenatal 10am and Mommy and Me 11:30am at Modern Milk. Scottsdale, Az

Mommy and Me 1pm at Spa Lamar, Scottsdale, Az

I have linked my yoga facebook page, please like the page to receive updates and schedules!

Now for even more exciting news!!
Starting March 20th, I will be teaching Toddler and Momma Yoga at Aloha Yoga! I am SO excited to be able to incorporate Leia into my teaching, and to get her little friends and mommas involved!!! So keep posted for updates on that!

I have to go, Leia is letting the puppies lick her gross.