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Yoga Teacher Training Day 1

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Saturday, September 8, 2012, my 200 hour yoga teacher training started. I'm in the weekend part-time class, and luckily this class is small - 7 people on/around similar age group, so that is very comforting.

The class starts with actual yoga practice. The yoga practice is open for general public by small donation, so there were mixture of full-time and part-time students and non-student. This Saturday, the yoga class was taught by the master teacher (Shakti Mhi).

New concept (for me anyway) I learned about yoga is "gentleness" of each posture. Shakti says "In yoga, no posture should be painful. No pain no gain is the concept in the mind of western society."

I love the idea!

I tend to push myself really hard, and even other yoga instructors say "this is your own practice, never mind neighbours, listen to your body and don't push too hard, etc" I push myself anyway, because I'm talking to myself "I should be able to", and end up hurting my hip joint and hamstrings so many times.

"In yoga, no posture should be painful."

What she said has many layered meanings, and I felt like I, for the first time, practised actual yoga, of which I have been practising only the physical part.

I am so glad I chose this school.

Namaste
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KATHLEENGELDERT 9/12/2012 3:50PM

    I am happy for you. I am a yoga teacher on my way towards my 200 hour. I have 40 hours to left to go and hope to complete my training this summer, although I will always be learning new things. Namaste!
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I'm back, again, but this time for real!

Saturday, June 16, 2012

I got laid-off from my work, and had my surgery a month ago. I'm actually feeling great about lay-off. I rested well, and have done a lot of thinking. I think I know my answer, but making 180 degree (or may be 90 degree) career change at my age is not so easy. But, if I had a strong passion for it, I will be doing well..., I hope.

So, I signed up for 200 hour yoga teacher training, and also signed up for Leslie Kaminoff's Yoga Anatomy courses.

I'm going for what I originally wanted in my life, so no more hesitation, no turning back. My life as a recycled teenager starts right now.
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BLUE42DOWN 6/16/2012 9:19PM

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Hooray for going for your dreams!

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I'm back!

Sunday, November 27, 2011

I had a feeling that my new job would break my "good" habit of "a yoga class per day", and it did. I just couldn't make it back on time for my class. And, this week was horrible. My boss told me to complete four client companies' year-end by this Friday (yesterday) on Monday... I have other junk to deal with too, so I stayed until 10 pm to get something done everyday. And, instead of "thank you", I got an "not-so inefficient" comment. I know life is not fair but did I really deserve this? Or was I really inefficient?
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On Friday after 5:00 pm, my boss said "It's Friday after 5:00pm. Would you like some wine?" "There are some beer if you like." my co-worker said. So, I showed my big fat 0.5" x 0.25" cold sore in my mouth to my boss, and said, "cannot take anything irritates this". "Wow, stress!!!" my boss said. Men!
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I responded "It's because of you!"
"I didn't do anything." boss said.
"It's because of you!!" I continued.
"What did I do?" he smiles.
"IT'S BECAUSE OF YOU!!!" I smiled back.
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Yes, it is his fault. My stress solely comes from my work, and the stress that I kept missing my yoga class.
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So, today I made a decision, again. I am going to live my life, again. Whether I stay on this job or not, I am going to plan everything, keep what I planned, and just do what I planned.
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I just reset my Spark goals, signed up a TRX Suspension training at my yoga class, and planned my December activities.
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I feel better now.
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PEGGYANNSCH 11/28/2011 8:45PM

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LLF1020 11/27/2011 3:40PM

    You are back on track and you are right you are the only one that can take your life back! Good luck we are here for you!

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MARKSTIPANOVSKY 11/27/2011 5:14AM

    Thanks for sharing and good luck reaching your goals. Enjoy today as if it really matters ( because it does)...

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So the wedding day came and passed...

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

The initial purpose of my dieting was to lose weight for my brother-in-law's wedding. I did MC, joined a bootcamp, and started practising yoga. It was really just to lose weight so that I could wear the dress pants I bought and wore only once 7 years ago; however, my diet soon became a habit of healthy life. This time last year, I had 143 pounds. Now I am at 127 pounds. I feel great. I have noticed my attitude change too. I made a few good friends through SparkPeople and yoga class too.
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So, here is the interim result of the person I became for the bro-in-law's wedding. I know I'm not wearing the dress pants. Well, I didn't have to, as I was able to wear kimono!!!


Of course I have more to go, but I am happy.
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I just need to decide which job to take (as I have two offers now).
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HEATHER1969 9/4/2011 12:22PM

    You look absolutely beautiful! GREAT JOB!

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NTSOHLTHNT 8/27/2011 10:19AM

    Oh, you look so beautiful! Being able to wear a kimono is an awesome accomplishment. I am so happy for you!!!
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ZELLAZM 8/27/2011 7:21AM

    Wonderful - you must have looked lovely! Congrats on your great progress!

From a fellow Firecracker,
Michelle

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HICIM705 8/26/2011 6:24AM

    Great job - you should be so proud of yourself and your accomplishment!


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POLITICALJUNKIE 8/25/2011 2:18PM

    Beautiful!!!

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/25/2011 2:47AM

    Everything seems to be coming together for you. Well done!

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ISLANDREDBIRD 8/24/2011 10:09PM

    That's awesome! Good Luck on the job too!

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Doctor Stop

Thursday, August 18, 2011

So, I went to a physiotherapy to check on my hip joints, as I was worried that my pain may be coming from the hip socket due to hip dysplasia. The therapist did not find anything abnormal, except my right big toe has a mobility loss due to cartilage wear-out. So, I only need to give a full break to my hip muscle for one week, and heat that area up for 15 minutes before giving a light stretch exercise.
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The therapist will tackle on my toe after my hip joint is completely healed.
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I was really so worried that I might have to give up yoga too, after finally finding something I determined to continue through my life. I'm not giving up my yoga ever, so I have to take this little break as my lesson not to go beyond the equilibrium of my physical body and my emotional will.
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However, it's killing me. I can walk, do some light stretches, and test one leg balance, but nothing vigorous. I know I have to be a "patient" patient..., but it's killing me. I have to take my mind off from yoga, and shopping...
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At least I'm not thinking about food...
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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/25/2011 2:49AM

    Have you tried Feldenkrais? It is a very gentle movement session perfect for people with injuries or permanent disabilities.

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HEATHER1969 8/20/2011 1:47AM

    Good to know your healing and things are progressing towards good health, and NOT thinking about food... LOL

I love Yoga too, my regular yoga class has been temporarily cancelled because the instructor moved and they can't find anyone to replace him.. its almost been two months and I AM MISSING it big time! Doing it at home is just not the same .

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MELLABELLAS 8/18/2011 2:32AM

    I hope you continue to get better. It might seem hard now, but I know you will get through this. You have a very positive attitude!

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