Yoga Teacher

I am now a licensed yoga teacher! I passed all the exams with maximum points. I graduated from Aura Wellness Center in the USA. My focus will be on fitness-boosting power yoga.

My yoga is calorie burning. It goes from toning to lengthening the muscles. My yoga leaves you feeling like you’ve pushed yourself, and can be proud. I focus on toning the abdominals.

I plan to teach yoga in the park. Fresh air is so soothing. I also plan to take private yoga students in my yoga room. These are the first steps. My lessons will also include elements from Pilates and ballet barre.

I can also teach other types of classes, more focused on relaxation and stretching. I will offer workout plans that guide you to a lean and happy body, including cardio training and food guidelines.

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.

 

Need to Chill

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.

Yoga and Teaching

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!

The Alamo – Peaceful Warrior

This is the Alamo. The number one battle of Texas. That’s how the Lone Star State got liberated from Mexico. Visiting the Alamo in San Antonio is a must experience. The Mission gardens are peaceful and majestic. You can find inner calmness and center there.

I love breaking into a yoga pose when the desire hits. My pink sneakers are perfect companions when out and about for extended times. We fueled ourselves with tacos and later on Starbucks. San Antonio treated us to some quality time together, regardless of that day’s somewhat gloomy weather.

Traveling boosts my life for many weeks and months to come. As I explore new places, I gather precious information about myself as well. I learn how to find my peaceful warrior wherever I go. I have kept my travel memories preciously stored and ready to be used, when need be. They are my toolbox to a balanced daily life.

Ballet and Yoga

It has been a while since I blogged. I felt a pull to other things. Nevertheless, this blog is a sweet place of mine so here I am, back and ready to let you in on novelties in my life. I’ll be back regularly now. I know. I feel it. The winter always does that to me. I crave for blogging creativity more than in the summer.

I trained ballet from the age of nine up to 22. It was my life. I wanted to be a ballerina. That was the strongest dream I’ve ever had. Since then nothing has lived up to that degree of intensity. In hindsight it was awesome to spend my youth in such a focused way. Recently I felt a draw back to ballet. I took action. I pulled out my old ballet shoes. I found ballet class music on Spotify. I’ve been training. It’s been awesome. My body remembers so many things. It’s incredible.

Yoga has also taken a bigger place in my life than before. I take a class almost daily. It happens here at home on my purple yoga mat. I’ve fallen in love with Boho Beautiful. She teaches yoga and Pilates on YouTube. Her videos inspire me. Her kind but firm guidance pleases me enough to want to include her in my intimate space. Her style brings you ballet like, long lean muscles.

With ballet and yoga on my side, plus cardio workout from running and stepper, I’m living my life to its fullest. November feels good. Surprisingly, it’s one of my favorite months in its rough beauty. When I’m happy in November, I feel like nothing can get me down. Nothing can tear you down or cut your groove if you can make it when your environment doesn’t help you. So to me November means power – strong, lean ballerina yogi power.