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Well Hello, Old Friend!

After nearly 3 months of being MIA from the blog….I’M BACK!

That's me....but I'm blonde. Let's pretend she's blonde too!

Spinal twists, backbends, toppling trees – you better watch out! It’s all out on the mat now for an old fashioned yoga throwdown (a yoga throwdown doesn’t sound very yogi-like somehow does it?!). Hmmm…

Soooo much has happened in these past three months – I’m almost a different person and I can’t wait to share it all with you! I’ve followed some of my dreams and am living a life I am passionate about.

The yoga mat has been calling me and I have some exciting news to share on that front as well (as well as some updated goals!). I’ve got some great ideas for the blog, lots of stories to share and some great new trends in the yoga world to write about.

It’s gonna be a hoot!

So, with all of that being said (and my guilt pushed aside for the long absence) I thank you all for being patient in awaiting blog updates and invite you to hang on for the upcoming ride of The Yoga Girl.

Hang on to your Asana’s!


April 22, 2010 at 7:11 pm 2 comments

Good Bye 2009 & Hello 2010!

In these last few hours of 2009 I am wrapping up some of my 2009 goals and focusing on my exciting and fresh 2010 goals.

I have always been a goal setter. I find it very rewarding to have something that you are striving towards and love the idea of having a reason for going through all of the challenges, lessons and triumphs to achieve them.

Now while I don’t always achieve all of my goals (like the 5K  I signed up to run earlier this year – more about that in another post to come!) I absolutely adore the process of setting and planning my goals – especially for the New Year.

I am taking this ushering in of a New Year as an opportunity for renewal and to focus on what is truly important to me. I have big plans for Oh-Ten and am also looking forward to it as it is the perfect time to recommit myself to my yoga practice. I’m getting back to “me” and continuing on my journey of learning to be centered on and off the mat, and frankly, I can’t wait.

Without giving too much away just yet, I am also planning many exciting updates to the blog. I would like to give a shout-out to 2009 for being a great year and helping me achieve some of my goals, but am really looking forward to the start of a new year, and a new decade even, in 2010 with many exciting adventures and experiences to share.

And for those of you wondering, I did manage to make it to Yoga the other day.
1 for me; 0 for devil man on my shoulder! I’m off to a solid start for 2010!

I’d like to share one of my favourite sayings which I will be reminding myself of often in 2010, and think it’s something we should all try to remember when going about our busy lives:

Fear less, hope more; Eat less, chew more; Whine less, breathe more; Talk less, say more; Love more, and all good things will be yours.
– Swedish Proverb

I leave 2009 behind by wishing you all a Happy New Year and may 2010 bring much love, peace, happiness, health and joy to you and your loved ones.

See you in 2010!

– Namaste
The Yoga Girl

December 31, 2009 at 7:45 pm 1 comment

Getting back to Me

It’s been a while since I’ve written a blog entry. And sadly, even longer since I’ve been on the mat. Almost a month. It’s actually probably been the longest “vacation” away from my mat that I’ve taken since I’ve begun practicing over a year ago (vacation sounds much nicer than absence…which it clearly is). And while I definitely feel the effects of missing yoga on my body and my mind, I seem to be waging an internal war with myself to get back to the mat.

It’s funny how when you really seem to need something the most, it’s always the thing that you want to do the least. Like when you have a cold, the best thing you could do for yourself is fill your belly with fresh fruits and veggies and stay home and rest. However what usually ends up happening is that you get Swiss Chalet take-out on your way home from the office, pop a couple of Tylenol cold tablets, maybe a cup of Neo-Citran and pray to the get-better-gods that you’ll feel almost human again in the morning. A far cry from the nourish your body and soul kind of love you really need when you’re sick.

This lack of yoga at the moment is a form of self sabotage and I really have no idea why I do it. In general, I haven’t been treating myself very nicely lately (clearly my body has been trying to tell me this as well). I haven’t been drinking enough water, yet had you asked me four months ago what my drink of choice would have been, I would have definitely answered the beautiful free and clear beverage of water. I have not been eating properly and this is also clearly taking effect on my body and my mental clarity. Granted it’s the Holidays and there are plenty of indulgences at every turn (take these And You Thought Cookies Were Bad for You for example!), but I know that deep inside I’m torturing my body and myself for some reason. Pizza? Yup, let’s have that for breakfast. And lunch. Oh, and dinner too. With a side of fries.

It’s almost like I’m seeing how “bad” I can get before I start down my path of feeling good and treating myself well again. I’ve lost myself in this bad-ness and know that I don’t like it, I don’t feel like “me”. Little devil man on my shoulder, your voice is totally drowning out the little angel on the other shoulder at the moment!

I’ve come up with all kinds of excuses in my head why I haven’t made it to Yoga: I’m too tired. I didn’t drink enough water today. The car is happy to stay in the garage. It’s been so long since I’ve been, they won’t recognize me at the studio anymore (side note: I did manage to make it to the studios Holiday Pot-Luck however! hmmm…). My throat is sore and I don’t want to get myself sicker. I’ve got too much to do. I’ll start again tomorrow. I need to bake more Christmas cookies. It’s too cold out. The cats want me to stay home. I’m not sure where all of my gear is and that would involve finding it. The list goes on and on. 

I totally thought I was ahead of the game today when I actually checked out the studio schedule of classes online. However despite my pro-activeness, I still didn’t make it to any classes.

The worst part though is knowing that this is getting me further away from achieving my goals and dreams of becoming certified to teach yoga, and one day opening my own yoga studio. I’m getting further away from what I want to achieve. If I can’t even keep a regular practice now, how do I expect to teach others to do the same? How do I demonstrate a beautiful Triangle Pose when I can’t even touch my toes?

But through all of this I know that deep down I just need to set my intention to get back into class and do it! My body and mind will thank me.

So tomorrow I am ensuring that I am going to flick that little noisy devil man off my shoulder and go to class and spend some quality re-connecting time with my mat. Get back to being “me”.

But that’s tomorrow. Pass those Christmas cookies please!

December 28, 2009 at 7:23 pm 1 comment

Body, meet Mind. Now be BFF’s.

So yesterday I was home from work and in quite a bit of pain. Over the past few days I have been getting a muscle pain that has been increasing in the left upper side of my back. Stretching from the base of my ribs up to about my shoulder-ish area (clearly I am not well educated in anatomy!). While I just kept thinking it must be stress and potentially a bad nights sleep in an awkward position, the pain kept getting worse. I woke up the other day almost unable to breathe and hardly able to move.  Eek.

Clearly this seemed to be more than just a bad nights sleep.

In an effort to get some relief for my pain and maybe a little insight into why my body was reacting the way it was, I went for a massage with my massage therapist. Terri-Lee is this fantastic lady who is kind, warm and very into the body, mind, spirituality and taking care of oneself through natural means and our own devices. I absolutely adore her. She’s the kind of person you want to put in your pocket and take home with you so she can tell you all these insights and lessons she has learned and you feel all warm and fuzzy inside!

I not only get amazing massages with Terri-Lee, but also some fantastic counseling time while I confess everything that is happening in my life, my thoughts, my feelings, my insecurities, what I said, what others said, how work is going, what I have been eating, all while my face is mushed down into the massage table.

Terri-Lee reminded me how important it is to listen to your mind and allow yourself to feel the various emotions that too often many of us bottle up or push aside (guilty!). If you ignore the thoughts that you are thinking and experiencing, they will manifest themselves in your body eventually debilitating you so that you get the message and address what your mind is telling you.

I admit that I have been having some very large internal battles lately with the whole “what should I do with my life” thoughts and the internal discussions on doing what makes you happy versus making other people happy or doing what others feel you should be doing (yes…deep stuff!). This pain in my back I was experiencing really did seem like my body was giving me the big ol’ middle finger!

I realized that this was my also likely my body’s way of rebelling against me for not keeping up my regular yoga practice. While doing yoga I really do notice that my mind is clearer; I am more aware of my thoughts, my actions, my emotions. Yoga also gives me confidence in myself (likely because I am getting to know myself better!), and this confidence shifts into my life off of the mat and into the “real world” as well.

Without all of this, it’s no wonder I have been struggling with my heavy thoughts and emotions, and my body was just letting me know. Thanks body!

My body, mind and I definitely need to go for tea and a good yoga class and become friends again.

So, through all of that, I have definitely learned the valuable (although painful) lesson and importance of listening to yourself, whether it be body, mind, heart or spirit.  I have also had the realization that I need to stay focused, centered and committed to my practice, my awareness and ultimately myself so that I can continue to be healthy in body, mind and spirit. Isn’t that the true definition of healthy anyhow?

I need to get continue on this path of getting to know myself better and ensure everyone is playing nicely together in the same sandbox.

Body, meet Mind. Mind, meet Body. Now you need to become BFF’s.

December 10, 2009 at 4:42 pm 5 comments

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