OWN YOUR STORY
I’ve been thinking a lot about life and destiny lately. Thoughts like, “How much of our path is already determined for us at or before birth? In the end, how do our choices impact and determine the course of our lives?”
Funny enough, all of this started with a conversation I was recently having with my 3-year-old niece, Stella. She’s about the only little human who can wake me up in the morning before I’ve had my espresso and make me read a book called “Where’s Eleven?” By our third time reading it, she had other questions.
Stella: Are you a grown up?
Stella: But look how you big you are and how little I am.
Me: I’m a very big kid.
Stella: But do you make your own food? My mommy and daddy make my food.
This summer, I was thinking of taking the month of August off to paddle board, play on my mat, watch Netflix, and chill. But like always, life laughed at me and made other plans!
I’ve spent the last four months balancing my teaching schedule with recording audio fitness classes and developing them into specific programs—just me, a sound engineer and a recording booth! I never really imagined my career would take me in this direction— especially with my accent! It has been very challenging, but looking back at the last four months, I think it’s exactly what I needed. It has made me more precise in my teaching and allowed me to face more of my fears. If you wish to check out the finishing product and try any of the audio classes for FREE, download the ClassPassGo app here! and look for me, Ella under trainers. I’m a very visual person, so having to teach with only my voice and no visuals forced me to be as direct and efficient as possible.
Yoga Tutorial | How To Do Half Moon
This week we are focusing on a balancing pose called Half Moon. We are using the wall as it keeps us honest. Keep reading for key alignment tips!
1. Make sure the foot placed on the wall is hip level and not any higher than that. Actively push the foot into the wall.
2. Unlike Warrior 3 where the hips are squared, in Half Moon we want the hips stacked open.
3. Lift both kneecaps towards your quadriceps
4. If you’re just learning the pose, or are less flexible, place a block underneath the bottom hand. Remember that the block has three levels so use the one that is most appropriate.
5. The foundation and stability of this pose is coming from the big toe that is on the mat. Remember to push it down firmly or lift up all of your toes.
6. Top and bottom hands should be in one nice line. To help achieve this and open the chest, pull the shoulder blades together.
7. You can test your foundation by picking up the bottom hand and see if and where you collapse.
MOMENTS OF PEACE
I try to remind students (and myself) that we are much more alike than we are different. I ask them to breathe together, as you never know how much the reminder of breath is helping the student next to you get through a challenging life moment. I know what it’s like to “what if” yourself to death, to live in a state of fear and anxiety where it feels like making a decision will leave you paralyzed. But I’ve been grateful lately to also experience pure joy and bliss where the mind is empty and quiet and there is no desire to be anywhere other than the current place and moment.
LESSONS FROM A FOUR YEAR OLD
I recently went to Portland to see my family and in particular, all my nieces and nephews who vary in age, from the youngest currently in the belly to the oldest being 6. They are the cutest little beings and when we are all together sharing a meal, I like to call it controlled chaos. What I hear the most when the kids start to whine and cry leading to bigger fits, is my sisters’ asking them to “identify their needs” by saying, “Use your