Tuesday, September 28, 2010

One intensive down, one to go

Hello, semi long lost blog!  It's been an absolute insane couple of weeks, with another crazy one to start on Thursday.

The day after I wrote my last entry announcing my departure from "survival job" land and into full time yoga-dom, I hopped a plane to Massachusetts for the next 5 days to attend the beautiful, beautiful wedding of my boyfriend's older brother to his long time love.

The happy couple!

After that, I took a couple of days to nurse my out of control allergies (going back and forth from the trees of New England to the mold of New York was intense!) and then jumped headfirst into Thai Yoga Massage Intensive, Level I.  This was the same course I took back in May, only this time I was attending as my teacher's assistant.  Jyothi, my teacher, is an absolute delight of a person and a phenomenal teacher.  The class was full of really special people and I just can't say enough good things about those five days.  I'm so blessed to have had the opportunity to be a part of it, and I am HOOKED on assisting! I learned just as much taking the course again as I did the first time.

So now I'm getting some life-stuff in order that has been put on the back burner in the midst of all this travelling and massaging (and being massaged!) and giving some love to my oft-neglected blog.

Starting Thursday, however, I'm diving back into the sea of intensive yoga training - this time for Karma Kids!  My excitement is growing every day to start in on this next part of my yogic journey, and I'm sure I'll have much to report!

In the meantime, I leave you with some pictures of the past week, courtesy of Kevin, Tama, and Dave, some of the wonderful souls in class with me.  Enjoy!

Jyothi shows the class how to do Hurricane Kick.  Note our awesome toe socks, one of the most fun things about the Intensive :)


Me performing Neck Massage for the lovely mom and yoga teacher Marianne.

 This is me blissed out after 90 minutes of Thai Yoga lovin' from Marianne.
 Our group!  Congratulations to all the students and THANK YOU to Jyothi and my fellow assistants, Dave and Renee!

Have a beautiful last couple days of September...can't wait to welcome October!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It's a new dawn, it's a new day, it's a new life...

...you know how the rest of the song goes.

Happy September!  I can't believe I haven't posted yet this month.  Time has been flying, full of wonderful family events and get-togethers (with a great one still ahead - the happy nuptials of my boyfriend's brother on Friday!).

I've also been busy crafting and shifting into a new chapter of my life.  Last week I left my office job that I've held since the day after I first moved to the city - I left it exactly one year ago to the day after I started!  It's quite nerdy how much that symmetry pleases me.  It was a wonderful company and I plan to stay in touch with the folks via the wonderful world of Thai Yoga Massage.

It wasn't my passion, however, so I'm really thrilled to be starting anew.  In two weeks, I'm going to start teacher training with Karma Kids Yoga to learn how to teach yoga ranging from Mom & Baby, toddlers, all the way up to teens.  I have two lovely friends who work and teach there already who are constantly singing its praises.  Kids yoga wasn't something I thought I'd be able to dive into so soon, given that this year has been packed with finding my way around my 200 hour Vinyasa certification and with getting my Thai Yoga Massage certification, but things rarely work out the way we think they will!

I've noticed over the last few years that my post-college life has been naturally dividing itself into semesters.  I tend to have a different job or set of friends or residence in the fall than I do in the spring than I do in the summer.  It's the funniest thing, and I find myself wanting to refer to last fall, when I was doing my teacher training, as "last fall semester."  Does that happen to anyone else or am I just subconsciously structuring my life that way for some reason?

Regardless - fall is possibly my favorite season, and I am so in love with fall in New York.  The weather is releasing us from its sweaty, humid grip and I have that "back to school" spirit and motivation.  I'm re-reading Eat, Pray, Love and devouring my new issue of Yoga Journal and my head is exploding with insights and inspiration - I need to pace myself!

I hope all who are reading this are feeling the same burst of energy and motivation...happy fall, everyone!

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