Yoga for Stress

I’m back in Blog World. I was working on my yoga teacher studies these past months. Now I am done. I am excited to share my knowledge.

Stress is something that I know well. I hate that I know it, but I do. I have to accept that this is my personality. I get things done quickly and well, but on the other hand, I get too wound up at times. That’s when yoga comes in.

Yoga practice looks very different depending on your goals. You can focus on calorie burning and weight loss thru intense muscle work. You can also do a calm, restorative yoga practice centered around stretching and breath work. You can also take elements from both.

Before you step on your yoga mat, take a mental body scan. What do you need today – calming down or boosting your energy?

Here is a flow that calms you:

Mountain pose – standing forward bend – low lunges with both legs – warrior 1 and 2 – tree pose – seated forward bend – puppy pose

Here is a flow that stimulates your energy:

Chair pose – twisted chair pose – plank – side plank – triangle pose – half moon moon pose – warrior 1 and 2

Here is a link to an awesome stress relieving yoga class.

 

Teaching English with My Heart

I’ve taught English since 2005. I’ve done it in Paris and Quebec City. I’ve taught big groups, small groups, privates, adults, teens and kids. I’ve loved every kind of format. They all have something different to them. Something sweet and uplifting. Something to make it new every single time.

I teach with my heart. I am who I am, in class and outside. I am known to dress up in a certain, somewhat fashion-forward yet funky way, to tell funny, at times surprising jokes or to get up and demonstrate a move. I can be very deep or relaxedly humoristic in my conversation classes. With kids, I love to break out a dance or just get off of our seats and get moving. I can often sense the specific need that there is for that particular lesson. Call it intuition if you will!

My teaching is about focusing on you, my student, but nevertheless, I bring my whole being into it. I take inspiration and wisdom from my rational and tangible university education as well as my emotional life experience. These all weave into a package that often touches deeper than just a mere grammar or vocabulary lesson. We spend moments together that leave us upliftef even after the lesson is long gone and done.

I’m glad I chose this job. I feel like when I’m teaching, I am doing what I know the best. It feels good and right. It feels fulfilling. I have a passion for English and connecting with others, and I get to spread that sweet scent day after day.

Stockholm Sparkles and Fall Fairy Dust

Here’s what happened in Stockholm, Sweden. I happily rode the sphinx in front of the Nobel Museum. It was a sparkling summer morning. We had just docked the cruise ship and walked over to the old city. The breakfast coffee was delicious and the cinnamon rolls melted in our mouths.

Here’s a Swedish troubadour statue with the Stockholm city hall in the background. The view was peace-inducing. We then walked over a few bridges to the city hall.

These summer memories warm up my heart. They continue to pump energy into my being. I’m grateful I can hop back for a moment. A quick splurge – and then I’m back in here and now.

This fall has been pretty amazing. My work schedule has filled up. I’m now a fully-booked entrepreneur. I take every student with utmost gratitude. I’m honored that they choose to share a moment of their journey with me. I generously share my knowledge of English, and encourage them to be the best version of themselves.

Cruising the Baltic Sea

This summer I took a cruise from Finland to Sweden with the two favorite boys in my life, my dad and husband. It was a memorable moment. We went onto the deck to admire the Finnish archipelago. The midnight sun was there. The air was warm but brought some much appreciated coolness after the scorching hot, endless summer days. After that we descended down to the restaurant and enjoyed a yummy dinner overlooking the sea.

Taking the cruise was a dream I had had. It was one of my summer vacation goals. I planned it, reserved it and lived every moment of it. This is comparable to many situations in life. First you need to define what you want. This can be amazingly tricky since there are many things that can be worthy of your time, yet you cannot do them all. Focusing carefully is the key. Once your goal is set, you have to find out how to get there. You make a plan. Break it into precise steps. Don’t underestimate the importance of detail. And then you go for it. It may take time and effort but in the end you will be contented.

What is the one goal you want to achieve this fall? What is “your cruise”?

Power Yoga Teacher

I’m making my dream come true. I started my power yoga teacher training this week. I’ll be a certified yoga teacher thru Aura Wellness, a well-reputated yoga teacher training school in Massachusetts, USA. I’ve trained and taught ballet. I’ve trained and taught aerobics in its many forms, e.g. Les Mills, fatburn and zumba. I’ve trained and taught power yoga. And now I will make it official.

I will continue my main business which is teaching English. I love it and wouldn’t want to change that by all means. Alongside, there will be an opportunity to learn power yoga with me. I will offer private lessons as well as group lessons. I’m excited to be putting my entire passion and capacity to good use. I have the intellectual side to me. And then there’s the yoga girl, the dancer and the eternal “mover of my body”.

New season and a new opening. My gratitude towards life is as large as the ocean.

Birthday Girl

August 9th has always been a special date for me – it’s the day when I was born. Summer heat baby! A zealous lion with a passionate, big heart. A personality that can be hard-working and ambitious at its best, and addicted and easily convinced (maybe even taken advantage of) at its worst. Today I celebrate my 44th birthday. I feel much younger though. I feel energetic and excited for life. I have lots of good things as it is, and an excitng new work perspective coming up.

In my forty some years, I have lived in four different countries. That is something I am proud of. Finland, USA, France and Canada have all left their mark on me. I feel connected to all of them on some level. Yet in each, there are also things that I do not adhere so much to. But that is wisdom that my 44 years have taught me: nothing is perfect, yet there’s beauty and enjoyment in imperfection and giving grace, to ourselves and others. I am the unique mosaik of my experiences. So are you. We each have value and a story to tell. We just have to pause and listen. Listening is so important. That is where we learn and are changed, from the inside out.

Below are some pictures of my past year. I wanted to share these highlight with you.

Camping on Cape Cod.

Camping trip continued to Connecticut.

Summertime glamour where we live, in the old town of Quebec City.

Yoga in the fall.

Taking a walk and enjoying the cooling temps and the beautiful Quebec foliage.

Exploring Austin, Texas, at Christmas.

Striking a dancer’s yoga pose in front of the Alamo in San Antonio, Texas.

Celebrating the arrival of spring at the Ottawa Tulip Festival.

That’s been my year. Thank you for having been a part of it, in person or thru here! I value each person who pops in to read my posts. This blog is my creative outlet and it’s been my faithful companion since the start of it in Paris in 2007.

Cheers to the new year and our continuing adventures together!