All posts filed under: Yoga Practice

When they don’t sleep

I must’ve blocked the challenging parts of this 2-3 age with the Big Kid because I was so focused on Baby Bear Shark. We weren’t sleeping then anyway, but it’s different with a newborn who can be nursed back to sleep. These days, we’re dealing with negotiation, refusal, ignoring requests, being scared of the dark and working themselves into such a tizzy that they can’t catch their breath. The no sleep thing is amplified when both are fighting it. I have no control over how much sleep I get at night. That was a hard pill to swallow, entering into parenthood. I’ve crashed at 8 along with the kids, but sleep is too choppy to feel functional the next day. I’ve been on this up and down cycle of coffee and melatonin to survive. This can’t be healthy. We’ve moved their bedtime up to get ahead of the meltdown (and daylight savings has helped a little on the front end but not so much with staying asleep or sleeping past… gulp… 5:30), and we’ve gotten more rigid about bedtime …

Raising boys in “wussified” America

I remember when my husband and I first started talking about having kids. We had been married a few years, and the pressure from family and friends was mounting all around us. Whether it was a realization of my age or our succumbing to pressure, we had a “sh*t or get off the pot” conversation before I turned 30. When we did get pregnant with our first, we talked about how we wanted to raise our kid(s) and how we would feel about having a boy or a girl. I knew immediately how I wanted to raise a girl. As a minority woman, I felt like everything was stacked against me. I had to fight so many stereotypes (and still do!),  and I knew how much harder I’d have to work at everything to achieve equality. So of course, I’d want a girl to feel empowered, equal, strong, smart, capable, self-motivated, etc. I would teach her sports and math and science and engineering and building and creating and to feel embodied. I was not going …

There’s so much free yoga. Why pay?

Yoga is everywhere, especially in cities like Austin. Everyone is hosting free yoga – Whole Foods, Toms Coffee, Punch Bowl Social Club, Lululemon, etc. Great for those of us who are cheap (and I fully admit to being one of them) and in need of any amount of yoga. HOWEVER, like many things in life, I’ve found that you get what you pay for. Before this gets taken the wrong way, I want to be clear that I’m not criticizing the teachers AT ALL. These teachers are donating their time and energy AND likely teaching for free as a way to get more visibility. What all of this free yoga really does, though, is water down the experience to the lowest common denominator for both the teacher and the students. From the teacher’s end, he or she cannot plan for and watch all of the bodies that come to a free event, many of whom are beginners because they are trying free yoga as a first step. The teacher also has no idea what injuries …

Class prep: Music Playlists

Creating a yoga sequence is becoming second nature to me. I’m seeing the relationship between poses much more clearly now, and I feel like I’m able to put together a pretty well balanced class (at least my students tell me that!). What I was feeling nervous about when it came to teaching classes was actually the music. My taste in music can sometimes be described as annoying pop. I’m still a fan of Britney Spears, love her or hate her. And damn if those Taylor Swift songs don’t get stuck in my head when they come on the radio. There’s also a side of me that likes “nerd rock,” which is how the band Guster has described itself. Indie rock, anything that can be heard at Austin City Limits and really sad ballads seem to be my jam. While I can shake my booty plenty to hip hop, I’m definitely not well versed in that genre, although the soundtrack to Hamilton is special and dear to my heart. I’m so thankful for doing my teacher training …

Intro to Yoga Series at ABP

This being National Yoga Month and all, September is proving to be a great month to kickstart or reacquaint yourself with your yoga practice. If you’re here on my site because I’ve been asking you (begging, nudging, hinting, demanding nicely) for years to come TRY some yoga with me, then clear your Sunday mornings. I’m leading an Intro to Yoga series at Austin Bouldering Project the next four Sundays (that’s September 11, 18, 25 and October 2). You don’t need any prior experience. You don’t even need a yoga mat as there will be some available in the studio. This is a true 101 series, where we start from the basics. These are 75 minute sessions with discussion, instruction/demonstration, workshopping of poses and plenty of laughter on the mat. If you have questions that begin with, “What does ____ mean?” or “Why do we ____?” or “How do I ____?,” then this is a perfect place to start. Hop in to one of these classes or come to all 4. No prior registration is required. Class starts promptly …

September is National Yoga Month

I love this time of year when the heat of summer starts to dissipate, and schedules become a bit more structured. As a child, I loved getting ready for school again, having my new class schedule and all of my supplies neatly organized. Even though I’m well past back-to-school for myself, September is still a great time to get back to learning, to start in a blank notebook, to push yourself out of the comfortable and begin anew. With September being National Yoga Month, I want to expose yoga to friends, family, pets, neighbors, Legos, anyone with moving parts! To kick this off,  I’m partnering with Adriana of Jack’s Mom in Austin for two exciting events that I hope you’ll join. September Instagram Yoga Challenge Every 5 days, we’ll post a different pose on our Instagram accounts. Join in by sharing your pose, tagging us both (@findingdrishti and @jacks_mom_in_austin) and including the hashtag #ATXYogaChallenge so we can see. Get others to join and make it a group effort! Here’s where the fun gets kicked up a notch. Every pose you share and …

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