Monday, August 22, 2011

Good Friends, Yoga, & Squash

This weekend, my best friend Christin and her boyfriend, Mike, came into town to visit. We did a lot of yoga, a lot of walking, and lots of site seeing! Christin and Mike and the hubs attended my first yoga class ever - part of my Seva project - at Qi Edgewater. This was incredibly exciting and comforting to have them in town for this first-time type of weekend.

For my first class, I had my students donate oatmeal to the charity of my choice. I had 8 friends attend the event, and I was super psyched about this because the studio was truly filled!! Being my first class, I was most definitely a bit nervous so I went a lot faster than I thought I was going. I ended up teaching class with 20 minutes to spare! Holy Cow!! My friends who attended gave me wonderful criticism that was super helpful for my class I taught this morning. I really enjoyed having my friends as well as fellow teacher-trainers in my class!!

The rest of the weekend, we focused on Colorado beer for Mike and fun times downtown for all. Saturday evening, we walked Lodo and grabbed pizza at Buenos Aires. Later, we ended up meeting Mike's friends at Rock Bottom. From there, we went to Wynkoop and goofed around. Christin ordered a soda and I ordered a Shirley Temple.

Sunday morning, we cooked breakfast and drank coffee as needed! We hiked around the lake by our house with Baci and then walked back to my house to get ready for the Rockies vs. Dodgers game. This game was a lot of fun  - especially went we started walking around (innings 3 and on). Justin ran into a friend and we had a blast checking out the rock pile and just being silly...

Later on, we walked around downtown, took photos, and then decided to head home for a bit of a rest!! We all became super hungry at some point and headed to the Highlands for tons of SUSHI!! I ate as though I had never eaten before and we had a blast :) After returning home, we hung out in the basement and decided to play Dance Dance Revolution. We formed teams and became super competitive - but kept it fun!! What a fun workout!!! After playing till midnight, we called it night...

This morning I woke up thinking "I get to teach today!". Today, I had 3 students and I actually didn't mind it. I made a strong effort to show a lot of the alignment to my students, but I avoided chataranga dandasana as my wrist was feeling a little tender. This time around, I slowed my pace - especially during Sun B. I really allowed the students to inhale their leg high from the inner thigh - to really feel the extension from the inner thigh the to the heel. I themed off of the breath and how we can do ANYTHING we want to do in this world as long as we continue to breathe through it!! I chose this as my theme because during Saturday's class, I didn't feel as though many of the students were breathing or were guiding their bodies with inhales and exhales. From this, I knew I needed to accentuate this essential part of the yoga practice. Class went really well I thought. We ended with a five minute savasanah and I was told my class was 100% improved from Saturday's class!!


Today we goofed around and I took Christin and Mike to Great Divide Brewing Co. for a beer tasting. Before we knew it, it was time to head to the airport!! I miss them all ready - what a blast we have had all weekend :)

This evening.... Justin and I decided it was time to start working with our 6+ huge squash... Justin sauteed veggies while I baked the squash... Summer Squash Bread and Summer Squash Choc Chip Muffins and mini loaves!! We still have more squash to cook - so this week should be super interesting and fun!!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


I am really excited this evening as I am embarking on a new segment of my yoga journey! This weekend will mark my first class where I will be the teacher. The first 6-8 classes I teach will be donation-based Seva classes where we practice yoga together while also contributing to those who need a lift in their hearts.

I went through the flow once this evening as my husband scurried about the house... He must think I am crazy by now saying all of this stuff out loud ... but this is just the beginning!!

Light & Love,

Saturday, August 13, 2011

The Beauty...

Today is my second to last day of yoga teacher training workshop!! It is both sad and exciting but I am also looking forward to the next steps - where am I going next and what does life have in store for me now ?

I slept incredibly well last night which doesn't happen all the time... I think it has something to do with the theme I kept going back to in my current practice. Finding the beauty within and all around us. How do you react to the beauty and the simplicity that you see in this world ? Mary Oliver's poetry always catches a piece of my heart... Here is some of the loveliness that is Mary Oliver that I studied last night...

The Swan
Did you too see it, drifting, all night, on the black river?
Did you see it in the morning, rising into the silvery air -
An armful of white blossoms,
A perfect commotion of silk and linen as it leaned
into the bondage of its wings; a snowbank, a bank of lilies,
Biting the air with its black beak?
Did you hear it, fluting and whistling
A shrill dark music - like the rain pelting the trees - like a waterfall
Knifing down the black ledges?
And did you see it, finally, just under the clouds -
A white cross Streaming across the sky, its feet
Like black leaves, its wings Like the stretching light of the river?
And did you feel it, in your heart, how it pertained to everything?
And have you too finally figured out what beauty is for?
And have you changed your life?

poem via, photography via

Sunday, August 7, 2011

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Lighting Obsessions...

Axo Light out of Italy is offering a very new distinct design that I adore... Spillray Pendants ... I cannot wait to specify this in a future project!! These pendants are reminiscent of glassware... perfect for a kitchen, restaurant, etc...

Not a Word...

"Not a word passes between us, not because we have nothing to say, but because we don't have to say anything"

-Khaled Hosseini (Kite Runner) 

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