The Move to Dallas

B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga Studio of Dallas

5539 Dyer St

Dallas, TX

The first time I entered this little yellow door with the big numbers 5539 on it I could feel the my soul being pulled there, like when I first started Yoga. I’ve been going to this studio for teacher trainings and workshops consistently over the last year and a half. I’ve realized This door didn’t just open to a studio. It opened a whole new world of knowledge, possibilities and opportunities.

I ‘ve lived in San Angelo,TX my whole life. This little magical place in West Texas has been my home. My family, my friends, my life is in San Angelo. BUT…. when I got asked (multiple times) to teach at BKS Dallas over a year ago, I knew my life in San Angelo wasn’t going to be much longer. I felt my life being pushed toward Dallas more and more with each teacher training. And after my getting my certification I knew my time in SA was even shorter.

Now that moving to Dallas is real ,we have a house and I already have multiple places I’m teaching, it almost seems unreal. I am extremely excited to learn and grow in Dallas. My dreams don’t include any kind of Kardashian lifestyle ( like so many people my age) but rather a Patricia Walden lifestyle. Everything I’m about to absorb in Dallas is one step closer to that.

This process of moving has really taught me a version of abhyasa & vairagya. I’ll be the first to admit I’m attached to not only my family, my friends, my Stacie, but also the studio and all the students I’ve taught in these 4 short years. I tell my students I’m moving to further my yoga studies and teaching. I need more knowledge, more yoga. My students encourage and support my move and they are already asking when I’m coming back for a workshop. “We love you and we are going to miss you” ….Which makes the detaching part ever so difficult.

My practice has helped me emotionally deal with detaching from SA and it’s people. In a way, instead of practicing and detaching from practicing, I’m using practice to cope with detaching. If that makes sense?! ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ

I’m a week out from moving , it’s my last week of classes in San Angelo. Ive already had my “New Adventure Party” because “going away” or “goodbye party” was just too sad. As emotional as it was to say bye, I had a great time with great people.

I don’t have all the words to express my gratitude for Stacie. (Thank you 1000 times) Even though I’m splitting from Stacie๐Ÿ˜ญ Im fortunate the transition from Concho Yoga to BKS Dallas has been very smooth. I am going from one very welcoming studio to the next. I couldn’t ask for more.

And now the magic of Dallas awaits.

With love, light and gratitude to all.

๐Ÿ™ Namaste

-Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

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Teacher training with Brian Hogencamp and Randy Just

” Belief is objective you may take it or leave it, but faith is subjective. You cannot throw it out.”

-B.K.S. Iyengar

I know I haven’t been blogging the last couple of months. I’ve had a series of life events happen, on top of back spasms, the hiccups, and the fact I’ve been home, maybe, six weekends this year. BUT… in this time, I have been training and going to workshops like crazy. (Seriously an overload of information).

Mr. Iyengar must have been one of the most incredible men to walk the planet. The linage of teachers he left us with are brilliant, encouraging, and many other things, but most of all, they are studied. You can tell these teachers not only teach yoga but they live it, and they are Yoga. This weekend I was fortunate enough to get to train with Brian Hogencamp and of course Randy Just.

Friday evening we watched the teachers do mock assessments. I now need a new notebook because mine is full from writing down all the information that not 1, but 2 senior teachers have provided. (Again an overload of information)

Saturday morning Brian taught pranayama with the intention of backing off to experience more. We also observed where the brahmari sound was coming from (top, bottom and either side of the voice box) and where the breath was coming from and going to in Kapalabhati. Along with making the breath touch the inner circumference of the nostrils evenly.

In Saturday mornings asana class we belted the calves in tadasana and referenced back to the belt in every pose, along with working but backing off and not over doing the pose.

In the afternoon we did neck and shoulder adjustments. We also worked with adjusting the arms in sarvangasana while on 7 blankets.

Sunday morning Randy taught a very Rajas back bending class.(I โค๏ธ backbends) Ironically he was telling us we needed to work more, do more, more effort. Between Brian and Randy’s teaching, it was nice to see both sides of the spectrum.

During our knee adjustment portion, Randy was saying that we needed faith in Iyengar Yoga. Last week I was teaching my beginner class the difference between faith and belief and why I had faith in Iyengar Yoga. And after researching different religious approaches to faith, I found this equation most helpful.

FAITH= Belief + Action + Confidence

Belief- an opinion or judgment in which a person is fully persuaded

Action- (in the words of Mr. Iyengar) “Action is movement with intelligence. The world is full of movement. What the world needs is more conscious movement, more action.”

Confidence- trust that is based on knowledge or past experience.

From my own personal experience, The practice of Yoga has absolutely changed my mind, body, spirit and life. Leading to the confidence and trust I have for Iyengar Yoga.

Each day my faith in Iyengar Yoga only gets stronger and stronger. I didn’t know it was possible, but your faith can and will continue to grow when action is applied.

Over the weekend, Brian was talking about how in the sutras there are all these gems of knowledge if we would just read it. It really made me think about how these teachers leave little gems behind as well. (Even if they don’t see them as that, as a beginner I do.)

I’d have to say I had a wonderful, brain overloading weekend. (Although I did miss Anne). Dallas Yoga weekends are full of great Yoga, a great studio, and beyond great teachers. Which I am incredibly grateful for. I feel I left with a treasure chest full of gems.

On the way home I heard this song and it really applied to how much knowledge I want to know verses how much I can retain. Just when I feel I’ve learned something there is so much more to be discovered.

” Whatever you do, I’ll do it too. Show me everything and tell me how. It all means something and yet nothing to me. I can see there is so much to learn, it’s all so close and yet so far.”

-Strangers like me, Phil Collins (Tarzan soundtrack)

With love and light,

Namaste ๐Ÿ™

-Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

๐Ÿ“ธ: Stacie Jones๐Ÿ™

Colorado/ New Mexico

A few hours into our ride towards CO, I started working on my home work for teacher training. I didn’t know what my target poses were so I had no idea where to start for a sequence. I came up with about 10 different sequences. Finally I decided on one and sent it in. After that was done I felt free to look around and be a normal human again. So this blog is mostly nature pictures.

Elida, New Mexico

Tesuque, New Mexico it was the same temperature as Elida. I was very greatful for the spring like weather on the way up to Colorado. It was fine until we go to Pagosa Springs. And then a blizzard hit.

This is off of the back porch of the house. I was up way early every morning so I practiced and did my home work in right here.

Off of the side of the house, the porch wraps all the way around the house. It’s really beautiful!

The front of the house. It had an icecicle about 4 1/2- 5ft long.

This is basically what it looked like all the way around the house.

My sister and I on our way to Durango, CO.

I got carried away with Snapchat filters because they are fun and I’ve been sick this whole trip. They made me look way better! Another thing I’m not use to having to dress in this many clothes. I enjoy the snow… but from afar. I prefer the warm weather. In Bayfield, it was 10-28 degrees. It’s just too cold for me.

This is the thai food restaurant we ate at in Durango. It was good(they didn’t have jasmine rice.)๐Ÿ™

Dulce, New Mexico. This is probably one of my favorite pictures from the trip.

Earth ship village outside of Taos, New Mexico. I could live in a house like this. I think they are awesome. I found out that you can actually rent these earth ships over night. The website is earthship.com/visit-us.

Rio Grande Gorge outside of Taos. This is the best picture I could get.

At the house we are staying at in Red River, New Mexico. Red river is a little enchanted place with shops and food. And the ski lift is right in front of the house we are at.

While everyone is in bed late at night or early in the morning I worked on Yoga. I’ve been up at 4 and 5 am with this 1 hour time change. I’ve had plenty of time to practice and read. It’s nice getting up with the sun in such a beautiful area.

Here is what is in front of the house.

The back of the house had a porch that lead straight to the river.

This is the tiny town of Red River. There is one street with everything on it. Not much variety of food, but it’s a really pretty place.

Lift ticket!!

Before we went skiing I took this picture because I was excited! Here is a word of advice…. if you ski here go on the other side of the mountain. This is my second time skiing and we accidentally went up the black diamond first. I ended up having a panic attack. I just laid on the side of the mountain telling my dad ” I want to go to the beach, I miss Texas, I hate the f-ing snow”.(some few other explicit words) I took off my skis and walked down the mountain. When we got to the green part I put my skis back on. It was horrible and now I really do want to go to the beach, far away from the snow.

This picture has the sun, the moon, winter and fall all in one photo.

Springer, New Mexico. If I’m Being genuinely honest, this is all that is there…for many, many miles absolutely nothing.

wagon mound, New Mexico Roy, New Mexico

Goodbye New Mexico, you’ve been fun…. but I missed my home and my dogs!

Aaaaah to be back in 70 degree weather! When we got into Lubbock we ate at Thai Thai(One of my favorite Thai food places in Texas.) then we headed the rest of the way to paint rock.

We made it I’m home safely and now I’m ready to teach my sequence for teacher training. That’s all I have for now! Until next time.

With love and light

๐Ÿ™Namaste,

Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

Manouso Manos and more!

There are 1000 words for a picture, but for Iyengar Yoga there aren’t enough words in the English language to describe how fantastic, brilliant, or wise the subject is.

Manouso is intense… enlightening, inspiring and his teaching is very deep. I have the sequences written down for my own personal use, but I’m not near equipped to even try to convey that depth of knowledge to my students or even myself. So, I will not be sharing on here. I will say his 4 hour practices are incredibly freeing and ingraining. He helped me with my hiccups, and Randy gave me a great setup that I should do every morning. It dramatically changed my hiccups from intensely aggressive and loud to very mild and soft.

When Manouso talks of Mr. Iyengar you can tell that he has spent a great amount of time with him. The respect and trust in Mr. Iyengar radiates off Manouso, and the stories he shares are amazing to me. The year I stared Iyengar Yoga was the same year Mr. Iyengar passed. These stories that are all I will ever know of him, and I cherish them. My appreciation to the teachers that share the stories and execute his method to you I say namaskar. You are shedding light, inspiration and wisdom on the next generation of teachers and practitioners. This weekend was drastically humbling and I felt like a brand new student.

I have a personal testimony I discovered this weekend. I woke up this morning feeling like Pretty bad even though I felt great until last night. Stacie asked me if I wanted to just go home. I did want to go home but I knew I would be missing out on an ocean of knowledge, so we went anyway. Luckily it was pranayama. I knew having to lay down was going to aggravate my coughing but I laid there and focused on the breathe. After we got done with pranayama I felt significantly better and I could fully breathe into my chest. My voice was even better afterwards. I should be practicing more pranayama than I do.

It’s crazy to think how much Yoga has had an impact on my life in 4 years. (February is my yogaversary) Since the beginning of the year I have been home 1 weekend. Hence why I haven’t been blogging very much, any extra minute I get I want to nap! My last few weekends consist of:

Austin- Laurie Blakney workshop

Dallas- for Randy’s teacher training- brilliant as always

Dallas- dog slave, I’m mean sitting!

Midland- because my sister won’t drive

San Antonio- some kind of welcoming party

Austin- for Manouso

Next week I’ll be outside of Durango, Colorado for 3 days and in Red River, New Mexico for 3 days. And when I get back I have another teacher training in Dallas.

In other news I got my certificate from Pune, India. I showed my dad and he said “That’s great! I’m proud of you, Now I want to see 13 of them on my wall.” ๐Ÿ™„ To which I said “give me 80 years, you’ll only be 124!” I’ll teach him Maha Mudra so he can make it that old.๐Ÿ˜

As always the light in me honors the light in you.

Namaste ๐Ÿ™

-Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

A weekend with Laurie Blakney

We got into Austin around 11. We wanted to go to Anne’s 10 am class but we didn’t make it in time so we went to a group practice at a different studio. Which was very nice because after being in the car for 3 hours I needed to open up before the workshop.

Friday nights class was great. We did a bunch of foot work, and part of the virasana cycle from LOY and then some standing poses. I realized how much I’m not using the inner thighs to lift the kneecaps. Then we went to bharadvajasana 1 and this is where I learned how much I’m turning elbow out vs actually turning my shoulder. Which I’ll work on more now that I know. We went into sirsasana with a rolled head wrap in our hands (very very lightly holding the head wrap and lengthening the thumbs) I feel like this is where I improved the most. Headstand is not my strong pose, my arm goes numb, and it makes me sweat more than any one human ever should. But softening the lengthening the thumbs and softening the palms and fingertips, really seemed to improve the hardness in my brain I have toward the pose. It was nice to actually enjoy headstand for once.

Saturday morning was all about straight legs. By the end of it I noticed how much more my legs could straighten. I think what I really noticed how much my mind holds me back from doing certain things. Whether it’s thinking I’m doing it and I’m really not, or thinking I can’t do it. I feel a slight fog removed from my mind and fresh.

Saturday afternoon we opened up the quads and then continued with the straight leg theme. I didn’t write all of this down during class so I don’t want to miss interpret anything that was taught.

Saturday evening a group of 20 maybe a few more than that, went to eat tapas. I had a really great time talking about Yoga, and life in general. But as I sat there I could help but think of how many years of Yoga all these people have done. 200+ years of yoga knowledge at the table is incredibly inspiring and humbling compared to the almost 4 years I’ve been doing it. Getting to be a sponge in the middle of a Yoga ocean is what I live for. And after 4 short hours of conversing, we were waiting for the checks Laurie came over and talked to stacie and I and she said “Anne is your mentor. I’m her, mentor now we are family”. The more I do Yoga the more incredible people I meet and look up to.

Sunday morning we worked on maha mudra for over an hour which was really nice because I always feel like I’m doing to the pose wrong. Then we did a bunch of wrist work which freed up my forearm and shoulder.

Overall I had a very pleasant experience and I didn’t retain near as much as I would have liked too. Laurie is a very incredible teacher with a great sense of humor. I will be attending her when she returns to Austin next year.

It was nice to get out of my hibernation mode. I’ve feel like I’ve hoarded myself at home since my assessment. I’m glad to be out in the world again. And now 4 days until teacher training in Dallas. ๐Ÿ™Œ โค๏ธ

With love and light,

Namaste

Sky โ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

2018๐ŸŽ‰๐ŸŽ‰Iโ€™ve been waiting for you!

With the roads frozen yesterday I didn’t get to go to Dallas. I miss my -what Anne calls- Dallas Yoga family. ๐Ÿ˜ž Just one more way 2017 said “I’m not done being a shitty year, here’s one more thing… on the last day.” So instead I watched all 6 episode of black mirror, the office, and a couple movies. Starry Eyes is about selling your soul for Hollywood. I believe it’s a very accurate representation of the abuse in the industry. ( Harvey Weinstein type producer, illuminati cult rituals, human sacrifice, it really opens your eyes to what happens in Hollywood)….That’s how brought in the new year. A “scary” movie and tall glass of… apple juice.

2017 is gone, and I am more than happy to tell it goodbye (GTFO). In the Yoga part of my life, I couldn’t have asked for a better year. Although I did fear failing my assessment the whole year, which resulted in aggressive hiccups. As for my personal life, I’ve been challenged, defeated, and tested in the hardest possible ways. I’ve learned ALOT of lessons this year. In all honesty, I have to say 2016-17 were the worst years of my life.( even my star/birth chart reader told me that.) Yes, it’s really been that bad. But in all this bad I did find some good, and good people. Without Yoga, my teachers and family, I think I wouldn’t have survived this last year. Yoga has changed from something I enjoy and love doing into something I also need for emotional and mental stability.

As the year was closing I didn’t want to see the last Jedi because I didn’t want to be disappointed, and I was more than wrong. The Last Jedi, was a super excellent movie! ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ If you haven’t seen it I highly recommend it, especially if you do yoga. There are so many and comparisons between the Jedi path and Yoga path. (Ancient texts, meditation, knowing you don’t own the force it’s in everything, and Master Yoda says the most brilliant things) I don’t want to give any spoilers. I’ve wanted to be a Jedi since I first saw Star Wars at the age of 4 so it’s kind of interesting to compare the 2 paths, and see how much George Lucas incorporated philosophy into the whole saga.

I’m welcoming 2018 the open arms and an open mind. I feel a ton of changes happening this year. As for a New Years resolution, I do have goals that I would like to reach throughout the year. ๐Ÿคž

Such as:

– I would like to think before I react.

– Micro dread my hair.( I’m slowly dying on the inside without dreads)((I haven’t brushed it in 3 months so it’s already dreading ๐Ÿ™Œ))

-Improve my teaching and understanding of yoga. ( 25 days until Teacher training)

-Move to Dallas.

-I would like to balance in the middle of the room in handstand.

It seems like a lot, and some impossible but I’m content with what ever the outcome.

To all who have impacted my life in 2017 for good or bad, I thank you! I’ve learned and grown so much from this year. Here are some of the highlights of my year:

I went in fine and came out dying! To new beginnings ๐Ÿฅ‚with love, light, and gratitude.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

Namaste,

-Sky โ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

Holiday weekend!

I was going to teach Saturday but we decided to close the studio early so I could go to Stacie’s family’s Christmas! We got up and did our normal morning ritual, coffee, Facebook and then she said “we will start getting dressed at 8.” I said ” ok , what time are we leaving?” Her response…”8″ ๐Ÿ™„…. so we left at 9 and had to get white elephant gifts and wrapping paper. ” sky, you can just wrap them on the way.” “Yea sure” after conversing and talking Yoga, I didn’t get to wrap them on the way.

We got to Stacie’s moms house and I went to the room to wrap the presents and I had grabbed a red see-through wrapping paper.๐Ÿคฏ so after some make-shift wrapping and food, we did the white elephant.

I’m #20 and there is 21 of us so I got an awesome number and I had my eye on 1 gift the whole time. #19 was a 8 year old girl,she picked the gift I wanted, a gift card with candy. I didn’t want to make her cry so I just grabbed another gift. It was a gift card with candy. In my head I’m thinking “see sky, the universe has blessed you for being such a good human being.” Then #21 was the little girls mom… took my gift…๐Ÿคฌ so I got a different gift. I got Bass Christmas lights. Bass Christmas lights. Christmas lights in the shape of bass. Keep in mind I’m terrified of fish and birds. So this was super ironic and Stacie was laughing hard, 1) because I hate fish. 2) because I’m NOT a redneck!! Needless to say I thought this was the worst, most humorous part of my day!

So after we were there for a couple of hours we went to Stacie’s daughter, Crystal’s house. I really like her she’s funny, and She is a baker. When we walked in she gotout 7-8 containers from the fridge. fudge, peanut butter balls, and a whole bunch of other stuff I just ate and don’t remember. ๐Ÿ˜โค๏ธ๐Ÿ™Œ …it made up for the fish lights! And after we were there for a little bit we drove from Clyde to De Leon.

On the way, Stacie and I were talking about manuso in February. We have been on each other about paying for it for a month or two now. come to find out we both paid for the workshop on the same day an hour apart. We drove along the road. Then it hit me, “Stacie I can’t believe we are a little over an hour away from Dallas, There is a 10am class tomorrow, and we don’t have Yoga clothes!” My pants were stretchy enough I would have suffered through it. We did think about it for a little bit, but it was too much. When we got to their land, Wally got off the giant tractor and showed us all he had done, trails, trees, hills, and where they were putting the house and yoga studio. It’s was such a beautiful sunset and the temperature was perfect. Then we decided to leave and get food with Wally.

As we were leaving I said ” Stacie look out for that tractor ru- never mind we’re stuck.” Almost an hour later we are freed from the tractor rutt. (Thank you Wally) We got to the restaurant, had some good food from the only cafe in De Leon. As we were eating my mom had told me my grandma went to the ER. She’s is ok and home luckily. At this point I’m hoping this is the last thing that’s going to happen…one can hope. NOT! We were fixing to leave the cafe and Wally flagged us down because Stacie’s bumper was almost all the way off. So Wally fixed the bumper and we made our way home. Now I’m praying we don’t hit a deer and get stranded on the dark highway.

When I got to my room at Stacie’s, I texted my mom I was home and she told me bear was gone and had been gone for hours… these f-ing dogs… so I couldn’t sleep until she texted me around midnight that he came home. And that was just Saturday.

Sunday Stacie and I did a timed practice together. Then I met with my Friends ๐Ÿ˜ƒAshlie and Alan. We sat at Starbucks for 2 1/2 hours. Which wasn’t near enough time, but we can catch up later because Im staying with her this year for teacher training. ๐Ÿ™Œโค๏ธ ( which is in 31 days๐Ÿ˜)

After meeting with Ashlie I came home to find out my brother had a party in my room! ๐Ÿคฌ yes… that happened. No one knew he was doing this, people just showed up during the night. Luckily he had cleaned up.( to the best of my brothers ability).

Monday I gave my brother the fish lights as a re-gift for our family’s white elephant Christmas. It’s cut back on the greed during Christmas time and it also teaches you contentment, because you have to be fine with whatever you get. Poor Blake (my sisters boyfriend) got the bass lights! ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

Then we had to take pictures…every year my grandma has to have a picture of ALL of us with Santa. If we can’t all make it she will wait and make my grandpa dress up like Santa. That’s what happened this year. (We have had Christmas in February before) There are 10 of us from ages 14-27, so you can imagine how long it took to get everyone to coordinate to get one picture.

Overall it’s been a very entertaining holiday. I’m off work until the 2nd so I plan on practicing and reading. I’m going to a Hall and Oates concert at the Winstar on the 31st. I begged to stop in Dallas on the way which means, I’ll be at Randy’s 10-12 class on the 31st. I plan to blog his amazing, wonderful sequence. ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ If I remember correctly he is doing his Senior 2 poses so if I don’t blog, his class killed me.

Happy holidays and merry Christmas to all.

With love and light,

Namaste ๐Ÿ™

-Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

Weekend adventures!

MONDAY(4th)-(8th)FRIDAY The dogs ran off at least once every morning. ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ๐Ÿคฌ sometimes twice.

My weekend was full of all kinds of activities, which is odd because it’s usually only yoga. I taught my 10:30 class on Saturday and we specifically worked on Adho Mukha Svanasana. They did it with hands to wall, heels to wall, head on support, with a rope wall, strapping the upper thighs with a partner (2ways), strapping the shoulders, hands on blocks and some other ways I can’t remember right off the top of my head. Needless to say they know AMS.(and probably hate it now.)

Then after my class, my friends Brooke and Steven had a baby shower I went to. My mom got a baby shower gift and since she is awesome and mom of the year, she also got Steven a gift because “the mom and baby always get the gifts”. He got some beer, kit-kats, and beef jerky. My mom ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ๐Ÿ™Œ

SUNDAY

My brother works at a ranch close to our house. While they were out of town, my brother took me out there to see the turtles. I’ve been asking him for months to see them. I was super happy to see these land tortoises. They are very large and share an area with goats. Here is a picture of them with a whole piece of celery.

note: I had to keep pushing the goats away from the celery to get this picture.๐Ÿ‘Š๐Ÿ๐Ÿคบ ๐ŸŒฑ๐Ÿข๐Ÿ“ธ This ranch hosts weddings and huntings and it’s had some really cool places to take pictures. I unfortunately didn’t get them but here is one that I had time for.

After my brother and I left the ranch, we went to San Angelo to see Stacie who had been gone FOREVER! I will say It’s such a joy it is to have my friend home!!! Not to mention she brought me back some wonderful gifts. A hand carved mortar and pestal, which is absolutely๐Ÿ‘Œ๐Ÿ‘Œ 2 coffee bean necklaces and bracelets because she knows how much I love both. I also got a hand-carved elephant, shells from different beaches and I got to pick the shirt I wanted. Thank you Stacie. ๐Ÿ™โค๏ธ๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜ Now I know in the sutras it says you aren’t suppose to accept gifts but, I tried being non accepting of gifts a couple of years ago…. I Don’t recommend it in western culture, it doesn’t go over well. I have found it causes harm to the other person if you don’t accept the gift. So to make us both feel better I was told ” this isn’t a gift, you owe me nothing, this is a blessing… so just take the blessing and remember this conversation.” I haven’t brought it up since, I just accept all my blessings. So I decided I will work on ahimsa in this life and in the next I’ll work on not accepting gifts while still practicing ahimsa. Thank you Stacie for all my “blessings”.

MONDAY

Stacie taught a chair and rope class that was very nice and much needed. I’ve been teaching so much last week, it was lovely to GO to a class.

As of today, there are 45 days until Teacher Training. I’m more than excited to start this next year. It’s so far away yet, I know it’ll be over so fast. Or in the words of John Mayer “By the time I recognize this moment, this moment will be gone.” Along with TT There are so many great workshops coming to Texas in 2018. I plan to keep record of as much as I can this next year by blogging ๐Ÿคžhopefully with more pictures.

With love and light

Namaste,

Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

Georgeโ€™s baddha konasana

After passing my test I came back home and immediately went right into teaching, since stacie left and I had to watch the studio (no I didn’t get to rest). We were off last week for thanksgiving, and I’m thankful because I was sick all thanksgiving weekend. I was happy to see my sister and Blake and she brought me the glass mushroom I made when I was in midland ( instead of jawahar, I know I’m horrible, trust me I hear about it.)

So by the time Tuesday hit I was ready to work my students with a junior 1 sequence (I actually came up with this sequence while I was dreaming (yes I dream of yoga)).

Here is the problem with good students… they listen. I asked how everyone’s weekend was and that I was ready to teach and active class. ” But Sky it’s the last week of the month…it is restorative.” Said almost every student this week. ๐Ÿ™„ “you know I think stacie and I share too much information with you guys ” I said jokingly. So I stuck with the restorative theme(as they wished) and changed my class plans. In this spontaneity I did George Purvis’ baddha konasana block melody. Then we did supta baddha konasana with the block melody. While here they observed the 3 dimensions of the breath from Peggy Kelley.

Here is Britni modeling it! She’s only been practicing 2-3 months, and is a very fiery and always excited to practice. I enjoy teaching her. ( thank you and sorry I didn’t tell you you were going in my blog.) ๐Ÿค— oops My own personal testimony from practicing this is: when I came out of this and did baddha konasana my knees and thighs touched the floor. For the first time EVER!๐ŸŽ‰ So I highly recommend it. Thank you George!! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ™

After teaching 3 classes this morning I came to Stacie’s to tell her and Wally bon voyage! (And make sure she properly packed for a cruise) Another week (actually 10 days) without my friend๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜ซ! She won’t have phone service๐Ÿ˜ญ Can you believe they left me with the demon thing that spawned out of stacie?!? They call him by his human name, Seth. ๐Ÿ‘น ๐Ÿ™„

And now off to practice before demon tests my patience, I mean the beginner class at 7:30!

With love and light

Namaste ๐Ÿ™

Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ

P.s. seriously do the supta baddha konasana melody!

We can breathe!

This morning.

6:30am *knock knock* voice singing loudly “my friend…are you up!?” “Yea” the door opened and stacie jumped on my bed! “It’s over! We can breathe…I only have 21 poses on my junior 2 and I only have to wait a year!”…. what seems to be the relief of passing one test, is just the anticipation of the next level up the Iyengar ladder. I’ve looked over the junior 1 syllabus a ton helping stacie this last year, but now I get to look at it for me. (I have had enough of a break, I’m already dying for teacher training!)

So I want to start off by congratulating Stacie for passing her Junior 1 Iyengar assessment. When she left for Florida last Wednesday morning, she was so nervous, she took a shower got completely dressed, (made me read off her study guide) and then realized she forgot to wash out the shampoo. So, she was on all fours (half in the shower half out) and I was standing, hovering over her holding the shower handle for her while she rinsed out her hair. Needless to say I was worried for her when she left. So I told her ” Please call me when you land and when you get to the hotel and before you go to bed and before you start testing and when you find out, And when your leaving! I just want to make sure your alive!” She was good and sent me some pictures of her trip!

She called me Thursday evening “I went shopping for 3-4 hours Sky!”

๐Ÿ™„”This is why I always set a timer on my phone” ( 1 hr that’s all she gets, ugh Steinmart how do you magnetize her in?)

“No it was nice. Do you want to know what I got you?”

” No because it’s going to be more torture on you waiting to give it to me, DONT TELL ME!”

“Ok well I’ll just wear it while I test”

My thought: What the hell did she get me?

She went through her testing process. Almost missed her flight home but didn’t! And I met her at her house Sunday night with cookies,๐Ÿคค my lovely sister made!

She handed me my gift. She brought me back a chakra bracelet handmade by a gypsy! And it has stones that hold oils on it. It’s lovely and perfect.

I’ve been waiting and working so hard on this certification it’s almost surreal that it’s done! As for Stacie I know she thought she was going to fail. And she had me so worried, I was prepared to console her this whole week. Luckily that didn’t happen, her extra hard work paid off. ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘ When we hung out all day today, we kept saying to each other “it’s over” ” I can breathe, can you breathe?” The answer is yes we can both breathe!

Congratulations to everyone who passed their assessment this year! It was well deserved and earned.

Now that we have 2 energetic Iyengar teachers at our studio, we have some really great things coming next year. Stay tuned for more adventures!

With love and light

Namaste,

Skyโ˜€๏ธโ˜๏ธ