It’s almost the end of of the year, and I thought it might be nice to do a little 2017 year in review. I’ve had quite the journey this year with my yoga practice, and it’s fun to look back and see how far I’ve come. There’s also some great stuff coming up on the horizon that I’m really looking forward to. So, indulge me a little, and take a look with me at the year that was, and the future that will be.
YogaBalanced Was Born!
What better place to start my 2017 year in review than the birth of the very blog you’re reading right now? When I started this blog, I wasn’t sure exactly where it would end up. I knew I wanted to mainly chronicle my experiences during my 200-hour YTT program. Other than that, I really didn’t have any other plans for it.
However, I quickly realized how much I enjoy just sharing about yoga in general. My posts aren’t generally planned weeks in advance, and I’m not going to be the next great yoga lifestyle personality. That’s okay, though, because that never was the point. If even one person who reads this blog decides to give yoga a try, I’ve accomplished my goal. I want to continue sharing what I’ve learned and am continuing to learn in the hopes that just one person gets something out of it.
I Completed 200-Hour Yoga Teacher Training
Our next stop on the 2017 year in review has to be my teacher training journey. Obviously, my YTT journey was a huge part of my year. I had a pretty good idea of what I was getting into, but nothing could have prepared me for how profound the experience ended up being. The experience had two amazing advantages: a tremendous teacher, and a fantastic group of women.
Heidi’s Moonbow Yoga & Wellness program is a well-rounded, solid yoga teacher training program. Heidi takes her training responsibilities seriously. That’s not to say she doesn’t have fun, because we had a blast. She simply makes sure that you leave her program with a solid foundation for teaching and continuing to learn and grow as a teacher. I have so much gratitude for Heidi and her program, and I hope to continue to learn and grow from her teaching.
I also have so much gratitude to the women who went on this journey with me. Whether they made it partway through the training or hung in there with me until the end, each of them have left their mark on my heart. I carry the love, encouragement, and wisdom of this group into every class I teach.
I Started Teaching Yoga
The 2017 year in review continues with me stretching my new teacher wings. With my certification complete, I’ve started teaching my own yoga classes. Teaching core strength every Monday at Main Street Yoga is such a joy. Last night, I even had the privilege of teaching two of MSY’s other instructors. I’m still working out some new teacher nervousness and bugs, to be sure, but I feel like I’m improving every week. I’m finding my cues and my rhythm, and taking the time to really enjoy teaching.
My Ayurvedic Experiments Continue
Our last stop on the 2017 year in review brings us to yoga’s sister science. During YTT, I took a keen interest in Ayurveda, and I’ve been working some of those principles into my daily life. I’m trying to pay more attention to how my bedtime and waking routines impact my day. I am making adjustments in my diet to make myself more in tune with the weather. Pampering myself a little, like with abhyanga, is also helping me feel more at ease with this winter weather.
I’m lucky to have met Molly of Turiya Holistic Health, who has become a friend. I’m hoping to be able to schedule some sessions with her next year to take an even deeper dive into the ways Ayurveda can help improve my well-being. You can be sure that I’ll be keeping you updated as I continue to learn and grow with yoga’s sister science.
Heading Into 2018
I have a few things on the horizon for next year as well. As I just mentioned, I’m hoping to schedule some Ayurvedic consults. I really do find the subject fascinating, and the few adjustments I have made so far have made a difference. When I stick to my schedules and routines, I really do sleep more soundly and feel better throughout my day.
I’ll also be taking part in a Body Wisdom group that Angela is running at MSY. It also follows Ayurvedic principles, and simplifies some of it to make it more accessible. It’s shaping up to be another great group of women! I’m looking forward to doing more for my health and well-being, as well as making more new friends!
I’m taking a New Year’s Intention Workshop on New Year’s Day at MSY, and I’m looking forward to that as well! I didn’t get to attend last year, so I made it a priority this year. Setting intentions can be powerful. It’s not the same as a resolution. It’s not about creating new habits, but rather opening yourself to new possibilities.
Last but not least, I’m taking a handstand workshop with my all-time favorite yoga personality, Kino MacGregor. Heidi alerted our YTT group to the opportunity, and I signed myself up at once. The combination of handstands (my favorite!) and Kino (my favorite!) was something I couldn’t pass up. The workshop is in February, and I’m practically counting down the days already!
2017 Year in Review: A Year of Gratitude
2017 filled me with so much gratitude. I’m grateful to my teacher, Angela, for encouraging me to undertake teacher training. To Heidi, for being a wonderful mentor and teacher-trainer. To my fellow YTTers, for sharing the journey. I’m also grateful to those of you who simply read this blog. Whether you are here every week, or just read a post or two when it strikes your interest. I thank you for sharing this journey with me.
I’m looking forward to all that 2018 has to offer. Namaste!