A Year In Reflection

My, how time flies when you’re having fun! It’s hard to believe it’s been more than a year since I embarked on the journey of a lifetime, my month-long YTT in Bali. So much has changed, and yet, at the same time, everything is the same. What have I learned about myself, yoga, and life, over the past year? What have I been up to? Well…lots!

Since returning from Bali last November, I’ve made a lot of personal changes. I quit my job, I started a new job, I went on lots of trips with lots of friends, I spent money, I focused on nothing else other than what I wanted to do; I made 2016 a year for me. Everyone should do this at least once. Be selfish. Take ALL your vacation days. Take a day off in the middle of the week, just because. Go on that trip you were contemplating. Take the long weekend. Life is short! Why not spend as much of it as you can doing the things you love? Work to live, don’t live to work. Yes, I work a lot, yes I like my job, and yes sometimes it’s stressful, overwhelming, and crazy. And other times it’s extremely rewarding, fulfilling and interesting. And sometimes it’s completely quiet, uneventful, and boring. So what do I do to fill the downtime between projects? I go to more yoga classes, I teach more yoga classes, I go shopping, I get a manicure. What do I do when I’m on a stressful project with a tight deadline?  I plan a trip, book a yoga workshop, or something else to look forward to once it’s done. Make the in-betweens the days you live for, rather than the other way around.

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I’ve been teaching sporadically at several studios in Chicago since I returned from my teacher training, and I am extremely grateful for the communities of yogis that I’ve become a part of over the past year. I am also excited to announce that starting in the new year, I will have two regular classes on Saturdays, one at each studio! I can’t wait to get to spread my yoga love every single week with you all, so come play with me!

8:30 am hot yoga at Yoga Six Gold Coast starts your Saturday off with a sweaty, bikram style class. If you like to start your weekend off with a routine and some heat, this is the class for you! The sequence is the same every week, so you’ll build strength and stability in your practice with these poses picked specifically for this. I spice things up with some fun playlists that change every week.

If you are a late riser on the weekends, or prefer unheated, vinyasa flow style classes, then come to my Noon-1pm class at Ohm Culture in the West Loop! We’ll move and grove to some fun beats and play with new poses each week. This flow class is less structured and will change week to week depending on the need and wants of the students in class, but is appropriate for yogis of all levels and will give you a well-rounded experience on your mat.

Check out both classes starting Saturday January 7th!

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The holiday season is always a time for reflection, so take this time to look at what you’ve done over the past year. What worked for you? What didn’t? What small changes can you make to your life or to your routine that might make 2017 your year? Keep these in mind. Don’t reach too high with a new year’s resolution. Keep it simple, and easy to stick to. (Meditate 5 minutes a day? Easy, doable. Meditate 30 minutes every morning and night? …Not so much.) In a time of the year that’s focused on giving to others, don’t forget to give some love to yourself, too. Happy holidays, and Happy New Year, yogis!