Monday, January 16, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Big News & The Power of Words...

Good morning my loves! (big news is below)

Last week Mokshapriya (my teacher) asked me to come in to have a little chat about certain things. One on one time with her is special to me but to say that I wasn't nervous, is a lie ha.

I arrived to the Ashram and after a sweet embrace, it was down to business. Mokshapriya pulled up my website and pointed to my tag line "A NYC girl trying to find her Zen" and grunted "What is this? Why are trying to find your zen...why haven't you put into action what I have taught you?"

She explained, that me putting the word "trying" sets it up that I will never achieve my zen because I am putting this word into the Universe. She then proceeded to look at my post from last week in which I spoke about the all or nothing mentality and how "Lately I have been struggling with this way of thinking...".  She reminded me that using a powerful word such as "struggling" only invites more struggle into various aspects of my life. 

She is absolutely right (duh Mariette) and with that my tagline is now "A NYC Girl Enjoying Her Zen" which is a play on words since my kitty is named Zen ha.

That was just the beginning of our talk...

When we were approaching our final weeks of our 200 hours, a couple of my classmates asked Mokshapriya if she would consider doing a 500 hours program. Initially we were supposed to be her last class and she was going to retire from Yoga teacher teaching. After some convincing and sad puppy dog faces; she conceded. I wanted to participate but felt that right now, it perhaps would not occur. 

Last week we discussed my concerns & the reasons why I thought I wouldn't be able to participate. After some tears and smiles...I am ecstatic to say that starting next week, my 500 Yoga Teacher Training journey will begin. My sister is so sweet and already gifted me the additional text book that I will need for my classes!

This will be an intense and beautiful life changing year which scares and excites me at the same time...such is life. 

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Monday, January 9, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: All Or Nothing?

Good Morning my loves! I had planned to write about my 2017 goals today but during my meditation this morning, I was inspired to write about the "All or Nothing" Mentality. 

Lately I have been struggling with this way of thinking and I have a feeling that I'm not alone. Maybe my higher self knew that someone reading this, needed to hear this today as well. 

This morning after my workout; I sat down to meditate and for a quick second, I almost talked myself out of it because I only had 5 minutes. During my yoga teacher training, I learned that we should meditate for a minimum of 15 minutes.

I have been slacking on my meditation because I started to believe that I was wasting my time, if I didn't sit down for at least 15 minutes. But I have to remember that 5 minutes is better than nothing at least I believe so. Shoot if you can only sit down for 1 minute and focus on your pranayama, it will be beneficial throughout the day.

This goes for your fitness and nutrition goals as well. I know we would all like to spend over an hour at the gym at least 5 times a week but what about if you only have 20-30 minutes? Do it anyway and make the best use of your time. Maybe one day you eat clean and feel amazing but the next day you have a burger and fries...don't let that negate you. We are human and I believe that making small changes will have a lasting result. Don't deprive yourself, don't beat yourself up, and don't think it is ALL OR NOTHING.

Here are a few small changes that I have for 2017:
  • Going back to basics and putting pen to paper. I always find that I have greater success when I write down my food and exercise in a notebook. Even though I do log into the MyFitnessPal app I hit 1800 days this weekend); using a journal is what works best for me
  • Weekly weigh-ins with my friend, Sarah. Let's be honest...most of us added a little extra fluff during the holidays and it's time for it to go "bye bye bye".  Side note, it's always helpful to have an accountability partner to cheer you on and keep you motivated.
  • Enjoy 5 Green Monsters a week...I began to slack with the colder weather.
  • Meditate every morning

As the year progresses, I know that I will add more to my list. 

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Monday Morning Rambles: Be A Pioneer That Dares To Be Different...

I wish that I could take credit for the title of this post but this beautiful statement was one of the wisdom nuggets that Mokshapriya shared with us yesterday at Sunshine Lecture (which I will talk about below).

This weekend was amazing. I worked on Saturday and then I spent the rest of the weekend with Homefries. She came over Saturday afternoon and we got into comfy pajamas and had an old fashioned sleepover which consisted of fun snacks, scary movies, board games, and of course lots of laughter.

Sunday morning, I woke up before her and snuck in some meditation in the living room while her and Zen cuddled in bed.
She then woke up and joined me in my yoga practice which was amazing. It was great to share something that is so personal to me, with her. When she was younger, I would take her to kids yoga but it was an honor to be her teacher this time.

I then made us pancakes so we can fuel up to go to Sunshine Lecture. Honestly, I was a little surprised that she wanted to attend the class with me. Not only did she want to attend but she brought her notebook to take notes as well. I think she actually beat me in the note taking ha.

Yesterday in class, Mokshapriya asked everyone that graduated last weekend to raise their hands and then she told us that now we have a duty. We have to share our love of yoga.We have to be the lighthouses and the pioneers that dare to be different. We can NOT be bashful because we have the power inside of us and we need to know our worth. We must be strong in our convictions but be gentle in our approach  and always speak in a way that everyone can understand.

I had an aha moment in class yesterday about something that I am guilty of doing and I shared it on my vlog below (4:55 mark)...


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