I'm highly self-critical and have been since I was a small child. While I've gotten better with age at learning to loosen up on the reins, I still get blindsided by my own critical thoughts. I'll be standing in line at the post office, and I'll hear my mind say, "OMG. I can't believe you … Continue reading More Than a Feeling
"Well, there's a rose in a fisted glove..." - Stephen Stills From the age 19 until about 27, I lived alone, and I liked it. I didn't particularly like being around people for long periods of time, and I was perfectly okay with that. Around 2011, when my then-boyfriend, now-husband and I decided we should try … Continue reading Love the One You’re With
I do not look like your typical power yoga teacher/fitness professional. There is no one that knows that more than me. I put off taking a teacher training for years because I was waiting for the day when my body looked acceptable enough. I waited for the day when I would feel comfortable wearing spandex … Continue reading …and I Became Fearless
So, my teaching schedule has recently taken on a life of it's own. I am teaching about 12 hours of yoga a week which I thought might take all the heart out of my instruction. I find that it has actually been pretty amazing. I am teaching such a broad range of ages and backgrounds, … Continue reading Don’t Believe Everything You Hear
Today, I had the opportunity to have my photo taken for the Seacoast Power Yoga website. I say it's an opportunity for a reason. Having my picture taken used to be a great source of anxiety for me. Over the years, I had learned all the hand and arm positions, body postures, clothing, and props … Continue reading There You Are
I have been struggling the past few weeks with my upcoming move. Half of my possessions are in boxes. It seems like many decisions cannot be made until I have arrived, and other decisions must be made before I go. There's pressure, deadlines, to-do lists, and the overwhelming feeling that I just cannot do it. How … Continue reading Death of a Cheerleader
It's Day 5, and I didn't follow directions. I got a few pose pictures "in the bag" so to speak yesterday at the park. She doesn't announce the actual name of the pose until the night before so I was judging the actual pose by the silhouette posted here. To me, it looked like a … Continue reading Day 5: Revolved Triangle
We are about to embark on an exciting journey in May. It's Momma's first Instagram challenge! I used to hate these. In the past, I felt like the people who participated were just very bendy people showing off. There aren't usually a lot of people posting in these challenges that looked like me. When I found the … Continue reading May I Begin?
I've recently cut ties with some Facebook groups that were at one point motivational. Anytime, I would feel down on myself or my weight loss I could look at pictures of fit women maintaining difficult postures, a picture of someone's fridge (to see how a healthy person eats), or an inspirational quote. For a time, … Continue reading So, What Did You Say?
I am an aspiring yogini. I have wanted to take a yoga teacher training for years, but I never have. I was too scared to ask off work. I didn't think I was fit enough. I didn't think I was thin enough. I was afraid people would think I was crazy, a hippie, unrealistic, or … Continue reading What Do You Use Your Body For?