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.

 

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!

Ready for New Season

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.