Monday, November 24, 2014

Weekly Update

The weeks are just flying by and I can't believe thanksgiving is this thursday!

Last week was of course very busy, I had a few papers due for school, worked my usual 3 12s, did a few things for my business, and wrote my third article for I also had yoga teacher training saturday and since I haven't been constantly practicing asana as much as I should (I've been focusing on meditation and pranayama) I was super sore from class saturday. Saturday was our 8th meeting so we are almost halfway through our training. Our director mentioned that after christmas break our schedule will be very busy, but I sooooo look forward to it. Our homework assignment was to create a sequence about 15 minutes long. This will be easy for me since Ive always made up my own sequences. This time however, I am gonna write it out, and be sure to include warm-ups that are appropriate for the postures I will include. I am also gonna write out the benefits, contraindications, and modifications for the postures. I just think doing so will help my learning and will help with my therapeutic focus.

Outside of yoga school, I have been job searching again. lol I miss home care and wish I didn't resign. I know I had to resign because I was way too busy, but a part of me wishes I would have just stuck with it.  My full-time job has been really, really busy and Im beginning to be reminded of the reasons I started looking for another job last year. Its not just my job, its the travel time and to be honest I am just tired of spending 14+hrs away from home 3 days a week. I actually started entertaining positions in nursing education, even though I am not halfway finished my program, I figure someone may hire me :) I won't be officially applying anytime soon however, maybe for fall 2015. I also plan on returning  to home care then.  I like to write and make my little plans because its always cool to look back and see where you came from.

I mentioned I have been meditating more, the great thing about meditation is that it can really clear your mind and help develop creative energy and inspiration to do anything you may want to do (at least for me this happens) Anyways, after a meditation last week, I got an idea to create an ebook. I have been trying to think of ways to offer something for my business outside of providing yoga because so far thats been a little slow. I felt like maybe people first needed to learn that it doesn't take much to practice yoga. I wanted  people to see how easy it is to practice yoga whenever and wherever and experience the benefits of yoga. So I started working on my ebook and I am almost finished! It will be short and sweet, but loaded with beneficial content. It is basically how I have been practicing yoga the past few years. I was never a studio yogi, but my home practice has been amazing and has and continues to influence my life is such a dramatic positive way. So without further due, heres my cover :) The actual book will be ready soon!

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Daily yoga

I was looking through my pictures from last year and found so many treasures. I am guilty of taking so many selfies but I, also still a little self conscious so I don't share too much. However, this blog doesn't see too much traffic and I feel this is a safe place to share pictures that are a little more "intimate". I also don't have to worry about who "likes" my pictures as often when I post to Instagram I get caught up in seeing who likes my pics. If it's someone I don't know then the stalker in me finds ther page and when it's all said and done I've spent a good hour or so on Instagram.

Anyways, these few pictures will just show a glimpse into my daily practice at home. I practice yoga everyday all day. Whether it's a few minutes of breathing exercises, or a sun salutation while cooking, meditation before bed, etc. it's incorporating into my daily life and this is how yoga has come to transform me, mind, body, and spirit. 

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Accepting what is and where you are

This is a lesson I am working on this weekend. My mind has been busy searching and researching trying to find my "next big thing" I've talked about it before, but I have so many things I want to accomplish and get started. Ive always had the "I want it right now" attitude as well as the "I need to do more" I don't know why I am feeling like this right now, but it is my reality. So how I am getting myself out of this messy little cloud????

1. I need to take a little break from social media, or just stop comparing where I am with everyone else. I follow a lot of yogis, holistic nurses, nurse entrepreneurs etc on social media. For the most part, i gain so much knowledge and inspiration from them. But on days like today where, i am obviously a little off balance, I get envious and wonder why I am not where they are. I know in my heart that I am where I am supposed to be right now and I also know that where I am is ok, I know my time is coming. But the mind likes to play these little games sometimes. Right now, my mind is trying to convince me that  " I need more and I need to do more" My higher self knows this is not true.

2. Focus on the present moment. If I could just step away from the computer for a few minutes and realize what is going on right now in my life, I would easily see that the present moment is beautiful. After all, I am completing my yoga teacher training program, having great success in my graduate classes and  Ive even been able to make time for a consistent home yoga practice of about 20-40 minutes a few times a week.

3. One thing at a time. I need to be more consistent with this. With all my searching and researching, Im already thinking about what my next class, certification, or project will be. I am promising myself today that I will accept where I am and finish what I am working on right now!

See even holistic nurses and yogis get out of whack! I am thankful for my yoga practice and holistic practices that help me to find my center when things get thrown off :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Nurse Author

In my last post I spoke a little bit about being a contributing author. A few months ago, I got the idea to inquire about nurse writing opportunities. Since taking graduate classes, blogging, writing, and sharing more I became inspired to go the extra mile. responded to my inquiry and was very excited to have someone write about holistic nursing and yoga! I couldn't believe what I was reading as again, I am always very critical of my work. Anyways, so far Ive written two articles, they are somewhat similar to what I have shared here on the blog. I am very excited  and thankful to spread holistic nursing and yoga to even more nurses than I could ever reach on my own.

Heres a link to my profile on the site :)