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Tender Mercies and miracles

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Today was an amazing day to be a mom. Seriously, I felt like I had a glimpse of what I want my family to be.

It started with a brief explanation of tithing, followed by my son's desire to set aside the tithing money now.

While he could not find his wallet he searched... and I mean searched (not typical) I asked him what we could do to help in our search, and he answered "pray" we knelt down and he offered a simple, humble prayer of hope.

We then discussed for a minute how to feel inspirations of the Holy Ghost. I told him to follow those promptings.

After a while of continually searching the house I was ready to give it a break, but he told me, "I keep thinking about the kitchen" so we both went into the kitchen again. Maybe the 3rd or 4th time. I lifted some cupcakes that I placed earlier, and I had uncovered his wallet.

I asked him what we should do next, and told him we need to pray to Heavenly Father to thank him for this blessing. He stopped what he was doi…

Injured during yoga?

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Yoga has amazing health benefits that have been documented over the years. To see some of the researched benefits head to https://www.ashleysiyengaryoga.com/research,

But as with any activity there is a chance of injury. What I love about Iyengar yoga is that risk of injury is reduced due to the teaching of the body what movements need to be made, and the high level of training from certified teachers (IYCT). The higher up they are certified there is a lot more knowledge and practice to guide you through learning yoga.

But what happens if that injury happens? This last 2 months I have been healing from a back pain that I received from attempting my standing back bend. I did them, but there were a few times I fell (like 20) and other times I contorted my body to "get out of the pose easier". It was completely wrong and most likely where I injured my back.

So now I am injured what do I do? I do not do back bends, I give my body a chance to heal. I have been doing a restorative…

Can you yoga in a store?

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So I saw this meme today...



It reminded me of a few months ago a trip to Target with my husband.

We were looking for a new board/ card game and ended up striking up a conversation with a female next to us. As we were talking yoga got brought up, and I mentioned I am a teacher. My husband, so ready to support me suggested I show her a few poses right then and there. I looked at him, and he was completely serious. So I did downward dog in the middle of Target.

We chatted some more, yes I got lots of stares, we exchanged numbers, and I have yet to hear from this person. HAHA.

So yes you can yoga in a store.

Patience is a virtue

Patience, a Christlike attribute that is a talent for some, and not present in others. I am in the  former category. One of my OCD's is "need to know" which means I get anxious when I do not know the answer to something.

Think I broke my toe? At the Dr's in about 3- minutes. Oh a kid's fever is really high? Urgent care stat. New blog post went up, did anyone read it? Check it a few times a day. Maybe a vacation? Look up destinations, dates, and prices that day. Alarm system may reduce cost of insurance? Look up cost to set one up stat.  It may not seem like that big of a problem, and really compared to my other OCD symptoms it is not too bad. More entertaining than anything. But I know my poor husband has had to learn to deal with it. 
These past few months I have been forced to work on my patience. 
I am trying to prepare to go to PhD school. I had to wait till August to take some pre- requisite courses, and then learned I need to wait about a year so I can get so…

Understanding

As many know I have had a rough time medically. Changing medicine has had different impacts on me. One annoying thing I have been dealing with is weight. In about 4 months I gained 35 pounds. This is a lot for me, and something I have really struggled with mentally, because there is nothing I can do to lose the weight. As my psychiatrist told me, this may be where my body is happy. That statement was hard to take.

As I have continued to deal with my weight gain, and desire to not buy new clothes- because that admits I really weigh this now, I have had some other awkward moments. Like yoga students and random people at the gym asking how far along I am.... I’ve had 3 or 4 people in 1 month asking if I was pregnant. Not the happiest days, but I took it and kindly told them I was not pregnant. 
Learning to love my body as it is, and not what it was has been a struggle. But today, while listening to General Conference and doing yoga (great combination by the way) I had a little personal …

Patience

It has been 3 months since I submitted my Siblings Yoga poem to a publisher. It should only be one more month till I hear back from them. I won't lie, I was hoping it would be closer to two months, not four, but as I religiously check my email to see if I have a letter from them I just know to wait a little longer, and work on my current poems- and read new picture books to get ideas on how to write different books.

 I don't necessarily want to write a lot of children's books, but I would like to write at least two or three, then later on after I get my PhD write a book about the benefits of adding yoga to counseling. I think that would be a fun book to write as well. But I have a long way to go before I have enough knowledge to do that.

So for know I will stick to what I know, children and yoga. And learn more about what I don't know- Psychology.

Emma' s poem

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So Emma evidently enjoys that I write  yoga poems, and told me yesterday that she wrote her own and I had to record it. She is so cute . It reminds me why I teach them yoga and why I have been sharing my poems- so my kids can learn in a creative environment and learn how to express themselves in healthy ways.



Then Michael got in on the action. He was enjoying Emma's poem too.