Magical Mondays: Thai, Anatomy & Hinduism

This weekend was incredible! I said to my husband last night “whenever I teach a yoga teacher training weekend, I know I’m exactly where I’m supposed to be…it feels so perfect.” He laughed and told me I say that every single day, and it’s true. Every day I get the opportunity to go to work, to care for our baby and generally create and spread love into the world. What could be better than that?

We studied anatomy this weekend with one of my trainees as the teacher. JoAnn is a nurse who taught nursing students for years and took on the challenge of teaching yoga teacher trainees about anatomy. My friend Patty and I have both taken anatomy multiple times within many yoga teacher trainings and we both learned even more! I have never been taught this way before and it was challenging and inspiring. I loved taking a moment to sit back and be a student as well as take a weekend to be at yoga teacher training without talking for 20 hours straight. It was a really neat experience and I loved every second of it. Oh, and I have a new muscle I am in love with: sternocleidomastoid (the major muscle in the neck). I also love the erector spinae (spine), which I learned a few anatomy trainings ago. I always come out with a better understanding of how our body works and somehow a new fun word to use!

While we were at yoga teacher training, my hip decided it didn’t want to stay where it should. I got up and couldn’t walk, stand or even move my right leg. It’s happened a time or two before and I’m starting to think it has to do with my body finally coming back to normal after pregnancy (hips closing back up, losing my hair and finding more creativity .. the joys and lows of a post pregnancy body). Patty saw me and immediately told me to lie down so she could do Thai massage on my legs. I slowly started to move my leg and after she was done my range of motion was back and the pain had drastically reduced. Last night it still hurt a tiny bit so I put Pan Away on my hip and drifted off to sleep. When I awoke it felt as though nothing had happened. I¬†loved my massage and am so grateful to have such healing practices around me, always. Le sigh.

To round off my weekend I had the honor to go to my church with my mother in law to teach the confirmands and their mentors about Hinduism. It was a privilege to watch and assist her as she spoke for the very first time in public, I was so proud of her! They were so very young (8th/9th graders) and yet I remember so vividly my own journey in the church and how wonderful it was. I am honored to have been a part of it.

As we speak I am finalizing this article on Tuesday morning as I watch Zyan spin in circles on my living room floor. I had started this article on Sunday evening and it just proves how perfect this is. It will get done. It will be wonderful. And it will take its own timing and shape. Always.

The Little Things

Zyan trying to crawl, learning peek-a-boo and giggling, lots of family time, yoga teacher training, anatomy, Thai massage, oils in the diffuser, writing my monthly newsletter, sticking with my sadhana the entire month, having a morning routine and trying to create a nighttime routine, having a specific evening scent in the diffuser, March book (Happier at Home), packing and organizing, house hunting, our second anniversary at the shala, coconut milk lattes, beach walks, our baby carrier, walks with new friends, a bright blue pedicure, the amount I can accomplish with one hour of childcare, my students and so much more!!

Remember to count your own blessings today and ALWAYS.

Get out there, do yoga & make life sparkle!

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