30 Days of Gratitude–Day 24

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


A short one today…

Today I am thankful for my yoga mentors.

I encountered each of them at different points in my yoga journey. I’ve had the great fortune to take classes with each of them and I learned a lot. I feel like I’ve incorporated something from each of them in my own teaching style.

I am lucky to have such a wealth of mentors to learn from.

What are you thankful for today?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 19

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for the opportunity to teach yoga.

I’ve turned to yoga a number of times over the years when life just got out of control or bordered on it. Sometimes that meant doing a video at home. Other times that meant finding a class to attend regularly.

Somewhere along the way, the idea of getting certified to teach implanted itself in my brain. But it was always labeled “someday.”

Interestingly, back in May, I was asked where I saw myself in five years. I had no idea. I’ve learned that life is just too unpredictable to have any sort of idea that far out. As I grasped for any sort of answer, only one thing came strongly to mind–I want to get my yoga teaching certification at some point.

A month later, I found an online program to get certified.

Prior to enrolling, because I live in a small town and the yoga community it small, I asked around a bit to make sure I’d have places to teach if I got certified. I found two: the local studio and at my friend’s venue.

I love it.

I love everything about the opportunity to teach yoga, from researching and planning sequences to learning more about yoga philosophy and how to teach to getting to the studio early to get set up. Not to mention the actual act of leading students through asanas.

I know I still have a lot to learn about teaching, but I can feel myself improving. I learn from my students just as much as I do from outside reading on how to teach.

This is the first job that I’ve ever had where I felt a sense of fulfillment and completion. I enjoy what I do, so it doesn’t feel like work, which means I’m willing to spend more time on it. I am so happy that I am able to add this blog as an extension of my yoga teaching.

What are you thankful for today?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 15

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am grateful for sore muscles because it means I challenged myself. Yesterday I taught two yoga classes and I did a short video on my own. I feel it today.

I am not trying to glorify “pain is weakness leaving your body.”

That’s absolutely not what yoga is to me.

For me, being sore like I am today reminds me that I did something kind for myself yesterday. I believe an important component of self-care is physical exercise. To be sure, I know I gained physically from the yoga I did. I also know that I gained mentally and spiritually, which are other parts of self-care and also represent what yoga means to me.

There is a huge difference between going so hard that you develop an injury and feeling a little sore from working muscles you usually don’t. I’m explicitly talking about the second type of sore. Yoga is not about pushing yourself to the point of injury.

What are you thankful for?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 13

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for yoga poses that I love. I wrote the other day about the poses that I hate, so I wanted to counter that with a little love.

Let’s see… some of the poses I love…pigeon, wide legged forward fold, lizard, child’s pose, and tree.

I love the stretch that comes with the first three. Especially wide legged forward fold. I could clasp opposite elbows and just hang for quite a while. It’s the best way to get my back to relax and uncrick.

Child’s pose is a great way to rest and a great way for me to connect to my breath. It’s a reset button for me. It’s like making a little cave with just me in it. I can be alone with my thoughts or alone with no thoughts. It’s a comforting posture for me.

What I love about tree is that every day is different and each side is different. Some days I can balance like a rock star, other days I’m can’t stay vertical. And sometimes my left side is better than my right, other times they’re roughly even. I also love that you can put your arms in so many different positions. I usually prefer heart center, but sometimes I’ll mix it up. I like to remind my students that every tree is unique, so we all have our own expression of tree.

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What are you thankful for today?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 10

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for the yoga poses that I hate. Namely chair, any variety of plank, and core work.

This means that I work them into almost all of my classes.

As one of my students mentioned, the poses we want to avoid are the ones we need to do the most.

I am thankful for these poses because they mean that I have pushed my body and have found its limits, even if they’re “just” mental aversions to discomfort. (I put “just” in quote marks because nothing is rarely ever just anything)

These poses mean I have something to work on.

And I think it’s important for me to be open with my students about my own struggles with yoga because makes me more relatable, less intimidating.

My students agree. They’re happy when I’m unable to balance in Tree or Warrior 3. Not necessarily because they like to see me fall. But because they say it makes me one of them.

I think this is an issue in yoga. I think as students we have certain expectations of our teachers that are really unrealistic and kind of unfair to both parties. But that’s another post for another time.

Today I am thankful that I am still a student.

What are you thankful for today?

30 Days of Gratitude–Day 8

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As a personal challenge to be more aware of all of my blessings in life, I am writing a post about one of those blessings every day for the 30 days prior to Thanksgiving. Some will be serious. Some will be silly. But they will all mean something to me personally. I invite you to join in, in the comments, in your own writing space, or simply in your head. So often we take for granted how much we have to be thankful for. It’s good to stop, reflect, and remember.


Today I am thankful for the peace I cultivate during my yoga practice. I’ve turned to yoga a number of times when my life has been in turmoil. I recently became a teacher in order to give back what yoga has given me–and that’s inner peace.

When I step on my mat, I’m able to let go of my to-do list for a while. I don’t think about what went wrong earlier in the day or what needs to be fixed later. I go into a zone, where all that exists is in that very room. That doesn’t mean that I don’t have love for my life. But I’m able to focus on myself for that time so that I can give more later.

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When I step off of my mat, I feel a bit of lightness, even as everything else hits me. I am able to approach any madness with a bit of calm. This lightness was extremely important to me several years ago when I hated my job and began attending a lunchtime yoga class. That yoga class quite possibly saved the lives of anyone who encountered me for the next day or two.

What are you thankful for today?