In my next steps as a yoga instructor I, CC YOGA owner: Brittany, am grateful that I have to attend atleast 5 different styles of yoga classes and write a paper about them. Last week I went to my first Kundalini Yoga class where I made 3 new friends, who introduced me to a whole other style of yoga: Partner Yoga! I have two words for partner yoga: SO FUN! I’ve been grinning for days since our little class led by Aubree Walsh (she’s the one in the orange top).
Ava, the border collie was very very helpful!
I love going upside down for “regular” yoga inversions like headstand and handstand, but being held upside down is restorative and invigorating!
And then we got did airplane like we were kids, except I think we look a little more advanced now!
I’m also super stoked that my new BFF, Anne Talhelm, was there to capture the fun! She had an upcoming gig to shoot for Lululemon in the Lakewood Dance Academy (a.k.a. CC Yoga’s beautiful home until we find a property), here in Lakewood, CO, so she was getting a sense of the lighting in the space.
The grand finale pose was wild! To get into this hanging-bahhdo-konasana-like-thing you start in airplane, then you tuck yourself thru their legs to bring your body out the other side (it’s a hilarious process!). But the end result is super fun and is restorative to hang upside down like this!
After this session I went to teach my Wednesday night dance classes to 11 to 15 year olds. We didn’t dance that night. We did partner yoga and every single one of my students was able to to this last pose! With some help/spotting from their teacher, of course!
Stay tuned… CC YOGA will be hosting a partner yoga workshop in February. It’s waaaaay too fun not to share!!!!
We are saturated with written words, from the moment our eyes open in the morning when we reach over to check our phones to when we step out our door where words almost seem to slam into us as we travel past billboard signs, business with their names brightly displayed in a contest to attract our eye to the almost banal act of the names of streets posted. It is impossible to go even one day without reading something.
Take a moment to think about everything you read yesterday. Did you read something worthwhile? That is something different for you, for me, for the person you passed on the sidewalk. Didyou read something that made you think, that made you feel, that challenged you to look beyond the confines of daily life? Inspired you to look around you with an open mind, encouraged you to find more information on the subject, dared your mind to dance with happiness?
I love reading, I love words. They are magical and wonderful. They can also be cruel and nightmarish. The power of words, the power of reading, is given to the reader his or herself. Isn’t that amazing? You get to choose their effect! You get to choose how much to let it in, how much you let yourself be changed by them.
Not everything you read has to be deep or insightful to still allow that power. I read daily with my two girls and they each have their own books they are drawn to. My youngest loves a book called I’m a dirty dinosaur. It has a lot of action words like shake, stomp, and slide so that by the end of the book, we are all up and moving with those words. When my oldest is going to read to me, she pulls out any of the books from That’s Not My series. She is in kindergarten and just beginning to read. These books are similar enough to each other that she has confidence that she knows what the words that she vocalizing will be the correct words. Again, isn’t that amazing? She gains confidence in herself from reading a book.
As for me, reading is a bit like yoga class. Some books are difficult, some are challenging. Some are meant to be picked up and not put down until the end. Some I am not ready for, some transport you to a state of mental awareness, some are meant to simply be enjoyed. There are none that aren’t meant to be tried, to be worked toward, and to be a goal. You never finish reading, just continue to move forward, building upon what you have done so far.