Friday, October 31, 2008

Tuesday, October 14, 2008

thanksgiving weekend
pumpkins at the market
pumpkin pie, 100% from scratch. ok, well i guess it didn't mill the flour, but...

i had a lovely thankgiving. my mom came up to celebrate. We spent saturday shopping at the market, doing yoga in th park, cooking (lentil tortier, pumpkin pies, cranberry salad), eating our hearts out with our guests, and taking a nice long walk.

Sunday afternoon it was at least 70 degrees, and i found a lovely spot in the park to read, nap and do yoga.

i'll post the recipe for the delicious tortier sometime soon!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

My dad just sent me this great video... if you care as deeply for sarah palin's health and well-being as i do, you might want to check it out.

Monday, October 06, 2008

October 5, 2008
Today was my first class of my 8-week series- it is full! I’ve got 13 signed up, and we fill the space. Its not too crowded though. I'm renting a nice room from Erb St Church. Good energy and lighting in the room, nice windows on one wall. No props though, so that makes teaching a bit harder, there's just some things, like shoulder stand, you can't do without props.

I was really happy with the way the class went. My theme was intention and I think I did the best I’ve ever done at integrating it throughout the whole class. I started with setting your seat with intention, then read a section from John about intention. Next, I invited everyone to bring to mind an intention for the class, and perhaps the whole session. I kept bringing people to their intention when we would come to the top of the mat or in the middle of poses I would invite people to embody there intention. Before savasana I brought the students into a brief meditation. I asked the students to chose one word that sums up their intention. And then hold it in your mind- like your mind is a laser beam pointing to this one point- your intention. I rang a bell once ever minute to bring students back, to their intention, and then ended with 3 rings after 4 minutes. I had a student come up after and said that this meditation and the way we then transitioned into savasana (reclined relaxation pose) was really meaningful for her.
One thing I want to keep working on is my hands on adjustments. I did a good job of stabilizing people in standing poses before adjusting them, but I need to work on them so I can go in and adjust a bit more quickly so I can get around to more people. I think I am getting better at giving verbal adjustments when I see a number of people that could improve on something.