Fitness, Life, Music, Pain, Quotes

The Meaning of Easter Through Dance

What is the meaning of Easter? To me, Easter is love, sacrifice, and hope. It is a love that we receive regardless how many times we make mistakes, hurt others, or criticize ourselves.  It is a love that never leaves our side.  It is a love so deep that we were worth dying for. It… Continue reading The Meaning of Easter Through Dance

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Everything Is OK”

I am a huge worrywart.  My husband can fall asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow, whereas I stay up tossing and turning replaying events from the present day or stressing over my to-do list for the next day.  I worry about big things, like whether I am raising my daughter "right," or… Continue reading Power Yoga Playlist – “Everything Is OK”

Life, Pain, Quotes

The Grateful Habit

"For each new morning with its light, For rest and shelter of the night.  For health and food, For love and friends, For everything Thy goodness sends." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson Today I celebrate another birthday.  Yes, some things are different today.  I might hear from more people than a usual day.  I might receive… Continue reading The Grateful Habit

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

March is here, and we begin to say goodbye to winter and hello to spring.  One of my favorite things about March is seeing all the spring blossoms that begin appearing everywhere.  A normal commute along the usual roads, or a regular walking path around the neighborhood, can be brightened by the beautiful colors and… Continue reading Power Yoga Playlist – “Spring”

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Power Yoga Playlist – “President Style”

When I prepare for my yoga classes each week, I first decide on a theme for the week such as gratitude, fear, or perseverance.  Then I search for inspirational quotes to share with my classes that fit the theme.  Finally, I try to make a playlist that has at least a couple, if not all,… Continue reading Power Yoga Playlist – “President Style”

Life, Pain, Quotes

Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

Valentine's Day isn't always just about romance and relationships.  It is about love.  And oftentimes we overlook the one person that deserves the most love: yourself. What does loving yourself mean?  On the tangible side, it means honoring your body and eating right, exercising, and avoiding anything that would be hurtful or unhealthy to your… Continue reading Love Yourself This Valentine’s Day

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Power Yoga Playlist – “Brand New Day”

Today is Chinese New Years and one of the traditions leading up to the New Year is to clean the house and cut your hair as an act of getting rid of any misfortune from the previous year and to prepare for good luck to arrive.  On New Years Day, new clothes and shoes are… Continue reading Power Yoga Playlist – “Brand New Day”

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Happy New Year 2014: Being Present

Last week I took a yoga class from a teacher I met for the first time.  During class, she had us do a pose, and then proceeded to give more "advanced" options.  This is a pretty normal teaching practice to provide students modifications, however, what stuck with me was what she said, "Don't feel like… Continue reading Happy New Year 2014: Being Present

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Simple Thanksgivings

Every year in my Kindergarten classroom, we spent the days before Thanksgiving talking about what "giving thanks" meant.  At first, most of the kids were only appreciative of the toys and physical belongings they had.  After more discussions, the students began to look deeper into their daily lives and into their surroundings, and then every… Continue reading Simple Thanksgivings