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happy Fall!

I am on my third week of my first ever “No Fear Yoga” session, which has confirmed my belief that beginners are definitely the most fun and most rewarding to teach. They are easily impressed, willing to try, and notice improvement almost immediately.

I have 13 people in my class (12 women, 1 men), ages ranging from early 20s to early 60s. About half of the class is friends/coworkers and half strangers who found me through the Parks and Rec catalogue. We do a lot of slow flow, gentle stretching, nothing too strenuous. My goal each time is to get them feeling good so they’ll come back. So far it’s working and I have two ladies in particular who stayed after class last time to ask me when my next session begins. : )

Private one-on-one lessons with K are going quite well. Two sessions ago we did headstands, last week we worked on shoulderstand. It’s lovely working with her!

Andy and I attended a community education class at the local community college on Saturday: “Massage Therapy for Friends and Family”. It was taught by a massage therapist/yoga instructor whose wife owns the fancy yoga studio in town (theirs is the 200 RYT I would be doing if you didn’t have to pay the thousands of dollars upfront!). For the first hour of class we discussed the background of massage and the instructor did a demonstration of his massage approach. Then we spent an hour giving and an hour receiving massage, playing around with approaches and techniques. It was really fun and relaxing.

There is so much overlap between massage and yoga. I’m sure Suburban Yogini could tell us more about it! His language and the overall principles he taught (breath deeply, move slowly, relax into every movement, follow your intuition) sounded awfully familiar.

Other than that we are keeping busy painting our bedroom, planning a Halloween party, and enjoying fall. : )

my view on a recent dog walk

Namaste,
Jamie

Happy Birthday to Andy

Happy birthday to my sweet husband Andy: my best friend and partner in crime.

Andy's birthday 2007

Chicago, 2010

Summer 2009

Here are some interesting facts about Andy:

  1. Andy loves popcorn above all snacks.
  2. He would do anything for our two dogs.
  3. He does not snore. This is very important and a fact I greatly appreciate about him.
  4. Andy has a brain like a sponge. He remembers any and all trivia he hears. You want him on your team on a game show.
  5. He wears flip flops until there is snow on the ground…and maybe for a few days after that.
  6. He likes watching Glee with me. He probably won’t admit this to you though.
  7. He loves to watch movies…especially when there’s popcorn involved (see number 1).
  8. He hates having his picture taken.
  9. He has a very vivid imagination and I have already assigned him the task of bedtime story teller for our future children.
  10. He hasn’t liked any new music in at least the past five years. That’s the first sign that he’s turning into a grouchy old man.

I could go on and on but that’s enough for now. Happy birthday to Andy!

Namaste,
Jamie

A field trip and some blanks

This week (on Wednesday) I organized a little “field trip” for one of my yoga classes.

This is the class that meets twice a week, with six women. One of them usually brings her 11-year-old daughter along. It’s a group of tightly-knit friends who have let me into their lives two hours a week, and I have very much enjoyed getting to know them.

I bought a newbie pass at the fancy yoga studio in town, which is good for three classes. I attended one of the Vinyasa Flow classes two weeks ago to scope it out, and decided it was appropriate for a field trip. Two of the ladies were able to go to class with me this week and more of them plan to attend in two weeks when I go again.

It was fun to be in the “student” role alongside my students, though hard to let go of my “teacher” half. At the fancy yoga studio she spoke almost exlusively in Sanskrit, and I was criticizing myself a bit for not teaching them more Sanskrit names. They would have had an easier time following along (but they ended up doing just fine anyway). The positioning of the room afforded me a view of both students and it was hard for me not to size them up and offer adjustments…it was great for me to practice turning that awareness inward.

Last night before class we had a good laugh about the trip. It’s common for this group to giggle during class, joke around, tease each other, and try things they wouldn’t in a studio — they’re not afraid to fail around their friends. The “church like” atmsophere of the studio class (look straight ahead, no whispering, this is serious stuff here) was majorly at odds with the way our classes generally go. Not to mention they got the “Rosetta Stone” experience of Sanskrit: full immersion!

If you ever get the opportunity to attend class with your students, I encourage you to go for it.  : )

On an unrelated note, Suburban Yogini has been doing blanks recently and I thought this would be a fun little thing right before the weekend.

1.  In the story of my life the actor who would play me would be Laura Linney. I think she’s so pretty in a wholesome, realistic way. She’s older than I am though so we’d have to get the timing just right.

2.  If I could change one thing about the world it would be more tolerance, less hate. More acceptance, less judgment.

3.  Yesterday I took a big step towards a future goal, and was reminded of just how much I love my hubby.

4.  My favourite comfort food is sweets. Things that are terrible for you but taste yummy.

5.  My new favourite blog find is A Little Pregnant. Julie has an amazing story.

6.  If I could meet any blog friend (who I haven’t met yet) in real life, I’d choose to meet Hmmm this is hard. Probably Y is for Yogini, because she’s just so sassy. But I think I’d have so much in common with all of you that it’s really tough to pick.

7. My favourite breakfast food is twofold: on workdays it has to be something sensible like granola or some healthy cereal, otherwise, it’s a long morning until lunch. But on the weekends I like to indulge with muffins or pancakes or big breakfast scrambles. So I guess I can’t really pick!

Namaste,
Jamie

Three day weekend!

Happy Labor Day weekend, everyone! An extra work day off is such a lovely gift, and only happens a handful of times in the working world of Corporate America. I feel so decadent right now, lying in bed, with three whole days wide open in front of me.

I have a bit of housework to do, but I also intend to do a lot of relaxing. The hubs and I are currently obsessed with Netflix on-demand episodes of Arrested Development, I have books to read, dogs to walk, and plans with friends tonight. I also got a hold of boxes of yearbooks, photos, and school-related things from my dear mom, and I have been indulging my current retrospective tendencies.

So when I saw Suburban Yogini post this little “survey”, as I used to call them in junior high when I would email them out to all my friends, I figured why not?

1) What is your favourite time of day?

The hour that leads up to going to sleep. Everything is done, or as done as it’s going to be, so I feel peaceful. The dogs hop up into bed and snuggle in and I have the luxury of sleeping for hours on end. It’s a lovely feeling.

2) Where and when did you meet the love of your life?

We met in a Semantics class in the English program at Illinois State University. Andy sat behind me. It was a 9 am class – not my best time of day, especially in college. He worked diligently to get to know me. : )

3) What three words would your friends outside the blogging world use to describe you?

Hmm. I’m not sure – why doesn’t someone answer this for me in the comments? : )

4) What country would you like to visit and why?

I have all sorts of countries I’d like to visit, but honestly there are a lot of places within my own country I’d like to see first. I’ve never been to the east coast and only had three precious days in California!

5) What is your favourite dish to cook?

I don’t really enjoy cooking, but I do like to bake. Gooey coffee cake is probably my favorite.

6) Salt or sweet?

Sweet, all the way. Especially as ice cream.

7) What are your must have make-up or beauty items?

Mary Kay tinted moisturizer, and that’s really all.

8 ) What are your favourite flowers?

Lilacs. Nothing smells better. I also think tulips are beautiful.

9) What do you think are your worst vices, honestly?

I am very impatient!

10) At what time of your life were you happiest and why?

I was very happy my sophomore year of college, because I always had something fun going on and I really enjoyed my classes. See, here I am riding someone’s bike in my pajamas in the halls of my dorm.

But I am pretty happy with the way life is now, too.

Namaste,
Jamie


Confessions of a very real yogini (footnotes version)

It’s been a while since I did a confessions post. Rachel over at Suburban Yogini did one recently, and it reminded me of some things I need to get off my chest and confess ; )

  • I am a very bendy person, but I can’t credit it all to my hard work in yoga. Yoga has greatly increased my flexibility, but I have been bendy my whole life.
  • Ironically, I have also been un-athletic my whole life.*
  • I don’t get on the mat every day. I don’t even want to.**
  • I strongly believe in yoga and all it has to offer, but I also have feet firmly rooted in the non-yoga world. Sometime I crack jokes about unleashing my kundalini on Andy. You’ve got to have a sense of humor about life.
  • I know yoga is not about the asana and the ego, but there is a certain joyful pride I feel when I reach a new milestone in my practice. It’s an incredible feeling and I don’t ever want it to go away.
  • I am not a vegetarian. I very rarely eat red meat but I eat a lot of chicken.***
  • I love refined sugar. Cookies, ice cream, all of it. Yum.
  • I spent all of middle school, high school, and college with extremely low self-esteem and body image. I still have bad days now and then but I’m finally pulling out of that funk. Thank you yoga!
  • I do not have that calm, inner peace glow that I see in a lot of yogis. I am sarcastic and often biting in my humor. I can’t decide if I want to work on this or not.
  • I am someone who is, by nature, very tightly wound. I’m trying desparately to find a balance between lightening up a bit and accepting myself.
  • I have a lot to learn.

*In school we always had to do the presidential fitness test which included lots of torture like running a mile, sit ups, pull ups on a bar, etc. The only one I ever met the “president’s” standards on was the “sit and reach”.

**Sometimes it feels like yoga to just lie on the floor and snuggle my dogs, or spend quality time with my hubby.

***I entertain hopes of someday being a vegetarian, but I think it would put a big strain on my marriage — especially since I want no part of cooking, ever. So for now we try to buy meat that is antibiotic and hormone-free as much as possible. I have yet to find a non-hypocritical way to reconcile the animal lover inside my heart (who can hardly watch her cousins catch a fish) with the chicken lover inside my stomach (who is often drooling).

Some of my other confessions posts:
Confessions of a Yogini with Multiple Personalities
Confessions of an Absent Yogini
Confessions of a Grouchy Yogini

Need to make a confession? The comments section is ready for you. Come on, you’ll feel better afterwards. : )

Namaste,
Jamie

Giveaway winner + celebrations

The winner of the Ultima giveaway is my dear friend Namaste-Heather! Heather is also having a giveaway that sounds amazing, so head on over to her blog and enter! Heather, send me an email with your address and I’ll pass it on to the Ultima folks.

Also, sometime in the whirlwind that was last week, I had my 100th post and didn’t even realize it. I also celebrated my second wedding anniversary with my hubby on Monday. Happy Anniversary to us, and Happy belated 100th post to my blog.

summer in Central IL

Happy Anniversary to us

Have a wonderful week and enjoy what is left of summer!

Namaste,
Jamie

My life in photos

Today is my birthday and I decided to celebrate with you by sharing a LOT of photos! Here goes.

It all started with my mom and dad


then I was born, and I was a quite charming toddler/child. At least I think so – you can decide for yourself.


Then my sister, Jenna, was born.


I loved school and always got good grades.


I broke my wrist in second grade and had to bathe myself in this manner, and I went to Disney World the same year.


I went through a bit of an awkward stage towards the end of elementary school, and then entered a vortex of the junior high years where I successfully avoided cameras.


I started high school, and went to lots of dances. Apparently, judging by the expression on my face, I barely tolerated my sister.


My two best friends in school were Emily and Amy, here I am with them (I’m in the middle)

Then I started college (I’m on the left)


I had lots of fun with friends at home on college breaks,


and lots of fun with college friends while at school.


Then…dun dun duh…I got together with a wonderful man named Andy, my last year of college. Here we are at a toga party.


And one night, he proposed!


We graduated college the next month.


then we had a beautiful wedding and went on a fabulous honeymoon together


We moved out of our apartment and into our first home together.


Along the way we added two furry family members, Izzy and Rocky.


Two years later, we are still going strong.


I still have those friends from school (here we are at Amy’s wedding last weekend). All three of us are married and living in three separate states.


And I have made more great friends along the way (and if any of them dislike their picture, they can ask me to take it down).

and life is good. : )

Also, in honor of my birthday, I did a little research on my astrological sign, Cancer. I never gave much thought to astrology, but I have to say that some of it sounds right:

Cancer is the fourth sign of the astrological year and is known by its astrological symbol, the Crab. Cancer individuals are intelligent, organized, generous, home-loving, and tenacious. They are also devoted to family members and provide enormous emotional support.

The Cancer woman has a strong maternal instinct and the desire to make her home a place of domestic bliss. They have great loyalty to family members and close ties to their mothers. They also have a large circle of friends and associates. The typical Cancer woman looks beyond her career or home-centered activities to find interests through which she can contribute to others.

With their gentle and caring spirit, Cancerians are the ones to whom others turn with problems, worries, and life-choice concerns. Despite their ability to support and nurture their pals, they do not make friends easily. This may be because they take friendship seriously and don’t bother to indulge superficial associations. They are often shy people who wait for friendships to develop instead of actively pursuing them. (source)

Happy Birthday to me!

Namaste,
Jamie