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!

Smell the Summer Roses

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!

So British

My district’s, the gorgeous Old Quebec City, Business Owners Association SDC Vieux Quebec organized an evening of all things British. This comes to show that the English language and culture is well alive in this Francophone city.

  • There was an introduction lesson to swing dancing, David’s Tea and delicious Queen Elizabeth cake from Quebec City’s best French bakery Paillard. I often takes students to Paillard for a fun lesson around a cup of steaming coffee.

Quehec City’s heart, the Old City is well alive and a fun playground both for tourists and locals alike. When you take lessons with me, we tour the intriguing streets and learn hands on. Whether it’s with me or not, come check out the summery glow. Dress up and be “so British”!

Hugs, Kisses and Ballet Misses

This week has been so intense. My business is running so smoothly that I had work up to the point of going thru a couple of days of not having time for anythng else than work. Literally, I didn’t even get out of the house. But I made it, and everyone seemed happy with my services. That’s entepreneur life right there, you’ve got to show up when you’re called. Slower times shall follow. They always do.

Today we had friends over for lunch, after which us girls headed out to the Grand Theater of Quebec City to see Cinderella. The National Ballet of Ukraine was in town. The show was magical. We had seats in the box. First time for me. I loved the ambiance. Following the ballet, we went to Starbucks. Our rosebud tea and Americano were just what we needed to top off the awesome day.

Pink Sneakers Dancing

Spring is slowly venturing in. To be honest, April is my least favorite month in Canada. But if I can be happy then, I can be happy at any time. I ditched all winter gear and pulled out this bag that I got from a client. She totally hit my style spot.

The honey and I had a nice day going to the local fashion sale. Then we checked out the indoor market place since they had an event going on as well. The outing ended with coffee and cool buddy time in the afternoon pink light. Now we’re getting ready for a movie and sushi. 🍣