So everyone tells me how hard it is for them to meditate. They say they just can’t quiet the mind or be still. Well that’s ok. Meditation is something that takes practice, you don’t just jump into being all zen and sitting in lotus position for hours on end just having a blank brain!

Just start with 2 minutes! Let your mind wander, let any thoughts that come to stay. Ponder on why that particular thought came to you. Maybe there is a reason it popped into your mind.

Increase your minutes every other day or less. Try using a guided meditation, start out with one of the 3 minute guided meditations on YouTube.

Meditation is truly a huge benefit, it allows you to reflect, become introspective and really get to the core of who you really are.

Now stop reading this and go try a quick guided mediation!

Final Yoga Project!

So last night I did my final project for yoga teacher training. I sequenced out a New Moon themed gentle yoga flow. We had some hip openers for feminity, some balance, lower back, and heart openers!

The theme of a New Moon is a wonderful time for self-reflection, relaxation, and enlightenment. It’s the perfect time to set new intentions, new goals, and prepare for new beginnings. During this lunar phase, take time for yourself and reconnect with your yoga practice and your deepest desires. Consciously bring your awareness inward and honor the changes occurring in your life.

So I had us all set an intention to think about and work on for the next 30 days of the lunar cycle. Here is how we did it through meditation, each person did this silently.

Set an Intention

Take a few breaths to set an intention for your practice. This can be a single word, a mantra, or perhaps sending the energy of your practice out to someone else. The purpose of this intention is to maintain focus throughout the flow, coming back to this intention as many times as needed during your practice.

I started my intention setting with an affirmation “I am body, breath, and wonderful exactly the way that I am” I then set my main intention on improving my personal yoga practice as well as my future professional yoga practice.

Each student was given around 5 minutes to set their intention. I asked that during the yoga flow they mentally would come back to their intention for a moment.

The energy from this flow was so beautiful, I’m positive the seeds I have planted for the next 30 days will be lovingly cultivated.

Now, I just have to turn in all my required work and I will be a certified yoga instructor. I appreciate everyone’s help during my journey. Photo creds to Angelina for letting #RatSkeleton attend and help us with downward dog, rat style!

Massage School Introspection

So I’m a massage student right now, on top of all the other crazy things I do! I started the hands on clinical portion in June of this year, we had 120 hands on hours to complete before our next semester starts in December. I will be finished October 7th at 845!!! Which means a month and a half off!! Break time!

But, (yes I know I’m not supposed to start a sentence with but,) but it’s my blog! It is a little bittersweet. I found myself worrying about who is going to take care of my clients now, and if they will listen to their needs. Granted they really aren’t my clients, they come to school often and have probably gone through many different classes, but as I told each of them our appointments were going to be their last with me, the each expressed sadness. They each told me all the good things I have done for them and their unique issues. They totally made me feel like I was on the right track, and massage school was a great choice for my future planned retirement adventure.

After the 7th, I plan on keeping my manual skills fresh, so I’m hoping my friends and family will let me have some table time on them. I’m hoping to get a jump start on my pathology as well!

If anyone is thinking of Massage as a career venture, and you enjoy people and helping with chronic pain I would so advise giving it a try!

Teaching Yoga

It’s crazy how when something resonates with you how easy it is to learn and devour every piece of information you can get your hands on.

Tomorrow I’m teaching my first real flow class. I normally teach a Yin or Hatha modality, but I wanted to do a new moon vinyasa for new beginnings and new adventures. I’m so excited actually, I have been looking forward to it for a week now.

Flying the Skies Today

So today I’m at my primary job. I’m working a 24 hour shift and get off to tomorrow morning. I love my job, I love flying, I love patient care. I hate flying though at the same time. If I’m flying, it means someone is having a very bad and it’s possibly life or death. So while I love to fly, I also don’t love to fly.

Tomorrow I have a night of massage school clinical and I have 3 clients I think. I’m a short 13.25 hours away from completing that portion. It’s funny I had been looking forward to the end of clinical since I started, we had to have 120 hands on hours. Now that it’s here, it’s kind of bittersweet. I have forged many professional friendships and know exactly what my client is wanting or needing. I’m very much going to miss the hands on learning and bonds that have been created with some really amazing people. I can’t say I’m not ready to get back in the classroom though, I’m eager to learn the business side of this whole new adventure as well.

I honestly have no idea what the future has in store for me but I have a feeling it’s going to be a crazy, fun ride.

Who Am I?

So a little bit about me, I’m old! Ok I’m not like super old, but I’m nearing that half a century mark. Yikes.

I have an amazing career in Emergency Medical Service. Right now I’m a flight paramedic flying our beautiful skies coming and going with one precious soul after the next.

January 2019 I started massage school, while contemplating pushing that 50 mark, and how I wanted to live the second part of my existence. While I still have the calling to help people, I decided I really wanted to de-stress my life and have more family time. So, massage therapy seemed like the perfect career change. I started reading about meditation and how to be more open and spiritual, that’s when I found the philosophy of yoga. I have done yoga as exercise before, but never did I study the actual philosophy of yoga. I fell in love. It’s beautiful, thought provoking, hard, makes you really look inward and take stoke of who you are and want to really be. Now I’m finishing my yoga teacher training to instruct yoga. It’s crazy how life changes so quickly.

Hope you guys come back soon to read my thoughts, words of encouragement, and whatever else I might be talking about!


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