My Scandinavian vacation was wonderful. I got to go to the beach and do yoga to my heart’s content. The balmy summer temperatures bordered that of Florida. At times the heat even got to us, in a country where air-conditioning is rarely needed, there really isn’t much of it. But that taught me useful lessons about my strength. I’m resistant and stronger than I sometimes believe to be. This realization will carry its beneficial aftermath long into the new season.
Now I’m back home in Canada and trying to beat the beast that is jetlag. I’ll soon head out to teach my this season’s first power yoga class. Hopefully that’ll boost my body and mind.
I’m excited to jump back into work on Monday. My head is rested and my heart is full. Let’s start the new chapter together.
Our vacation in Finland and Sweden has been sunny to the max. We’ve been to three different beaches. I’ve done beach yoga, garden yoga and indoor yoga. I’ve practiced in the morning as well as the night. I’ve jogged, walked, biked and swam.
My heart feels full. Full of gratitude for life, as it is here and now.
Summer vacation has started, and oh boy does it feel good! Lazy mornings when you can get up at your own pace and decide whether it’ll be a run, yoga or just chilling with a cup of Joe. I’m taking the time to plan some new things professionally for the next season. There’ll be some exciting news to announce soon. I’m continuing with my English teaching business, yet adding something new into the mix.
Summertime is the perfect opportunity to tune in with your core. Find out what it is that you need at this time of your life. I realize that I crave yoga’s toning yet lengthening power. I long for walks in the forest and time to sit in the sun and read or write down my thoughts.
I also stop to smell the flowers. I appreciate their beauty, here and now. They remind me of the fleetingness of life. This realization should not make us sad but to encourage us to live fully in the moment. It should also boost us in loving the people who love us back. Knowing that they’re there now – and that’s a gift.
Blowing rosy kisses your way!
Summer is an excellent time for dreaming. We have space for taking it easy, wandering in parks, forests and waterfronts. What if you consciously focused on dreaming dreams that will give you the boost and motivation for the winter to come? You know, like stocking up on nuts and other goodies for the needy day, just like squirrels do.
What if you looked at your life and did a status report, an audit of where you are now and most importantly, where you still wish to go. Great heroes of history didn’t wait for things to fall upon them, they made things move with their own actions. You can be blessed and guided by God, I choose to believe you are, but you still need to do your part. You need to ensure that you are the best version of yourself.
So, let’s take some time to set our goals for the upcoming year. How do I wish my work-life to be? What about my English studying goals? How about my other goals such as fitness and mental wellbeing? Write a list down in a cute notebook, on your phone or anywhere that works for you. Make it simple. Make it clear. Then take a deep breath – and feel the motivation take you over, little by little, day by day. Practice, and you’ll shine.
As the lesson year is drawing closer to its end, I’m reflecting on the importance of taking it easy. We labor hard all thru September to June. We get up early, brave the chilling winter temperatures, work for our buck (or Starbucks, ha ha) – giving our hearts and energy to our employer. We’re good people who want the best for our loved ones. So, we also deserve a break. We deserve to get up in the morning and have nothing of obligation to do. For once. For a brief moment.
As July ushers in, I challenge you to make time just for you. Celebrating the year gone by. All those moments when the going got tough, but you pulled it thru. You were tougher than you thought you could ever be. You made magic happen in your own, unique way. Pamper yourself with things, people and places you like. Smell the flowers. Sit under the tree. Most of all, grant yourself the permission to chill.
I’ve been thinking recently about the parallels between yoga and learning English. Both actions need patience and willpower. Both teach you things you never thought you’d be learning. Yoga seems to be a disciple hoisting you closer to a lean and stretchy body, yet you soon find yourself digging deeper into self love and acceptance. Studying English appears to turn around memorizing grammar and words, and nevertheless you’ll also be discovering your strength in unexpected situations.
When I first tried yoga more than ten years ago, I wasn’t a big fan. It took time to find the type of yoga that appeals to me. I like power yoga because I like to challenge my body and mind. Learning English is the same – it may take a moment or two to find what makes you tick. Inspiring coaches are life’s salt. I definitely strive to be one for my students – on the yoga mat and in the classroom. Namaste!