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.

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!