As the cold set in today, I found that I needed to nap even more than I needed to practice, but still, I eked one out after a huge nap! It's hard to not shovel carbs when it is so cold, but a little pasta is ok :-)
getting there, people, getting there! I have officially finished my Xmas shopping & have not acquired any plastic bags. The only bag I acquired at all was a tiny green paper one that held a necklace for my niece. I did a little victory dance (in my heart...).
Two fabulous practices today - the 1st led by some of the Virayoga Teacher Trainees I'm mentoring - our last mentor session & they did beautifully! The second was after my Sat 4:15 class - I stayed for Eric Stoneberg's 6pm class, which was as inspiring as always. It is the only time that someone teaches class AFTER me, so it my favorite way of finishing my teaching week.
Both Eric & I have been teaching about different goddesses this week - me on Bhairavi, the ferocious one & Eric on Bhuvaneshwari, the divine mother. If you want to find out a bit more about them, either check out Eric's blog on tumblr: http://easnyc.tumblr.com/ , where he's writing about the 16 Lakshmis, 1 day at a time, or my SocialWorkout blog this week! - http://blog.socialworkout.com/2010/12/08/fierce-goddess
Almost finished with my Xmas shopping & no plastic bags yet!
Satsumas by the bucketful at Wholefoods (wish i could say that I found them at a Mom & Pop place, but not the case)...Tonight I crammed more than I have ever crammed before into my reusable nylon bag (a gift from Virayoga two years ago!). Interestingly, each time I say, "No thanks, I've decided not to acquire any disposable plastic bags this month," the cashier inevitably nods in approval & says something positive - amazing, considering they have to mound up a bunch of my unbagged oranges or avocados or apples on the scale. It is giving me hopes for the future of recycling!
I did MAJOR Xmas shopping today & not one disposable bag - it is pretty amazing how easy it is when you just get into the habit. I was good about carrying a reusable bag with me before, but now it is clear how much better still I can be about it! yay!!!
I had a fabulous practice taught by my Teacher Trainees that I'm mentoring at Virayoga - Catherine, Dawn, Kevin, & Hannah - yay, guys - you did beautifully! They dove into the deep end & created a strong practice all about new beginnings, thresholds, newness & stepping into the unknown. So inspiring. Thanks for the practice!!!
"do your practice and all is coming" (sri pattabhi jois)
I just had the most deliciously fun home practice of twists and hip openers...with a looooooong forearm stand until my upper arms were about to give out! Here's what inspired me: listening to Orlando Cachaito Lopez and knowing that an amazing healthy meal awaits later.
When I teach or take a friend's class, I prefer that there is no music to distract from the practice, but when I practice at home, it depends on my mood. One day Krishna Das, the next day Hector Lavoe, then maybe Erykah Badu, another day silence. How about you? Do you practice with music? If so, what? Share!!!