I say many times in class to listen to your body. What is it trying to tell you? This is not a canned line that I learned in training, it is something I believe and I think many of us overlook at times. Not just on the mat, but off the mat as well.
Have you ever been in a situation where you felt uneasy or very agitated? Did you ignore those feelings or did you listen? Looking back I know there have been many occasions where I put my own intuitions aside for fear of hurting someone's feelings or appearing mean. Allowing myself to get placed in someone else's drama or chaos. Or worse yet, getting caught up in very bad energy all while ignoring the signs that were within me.
You are your best teacher! You know what feels right and what doesn't. I see it time and time again in class, where someone feels off in a pose maybe because of an injury or mobility issue, and when we make changes and adjustments that person feels better. But first they have to listen to their own body. I always give them a little "way to go" for honoring themselves. They feel better and move forward with grace and ease in practice.
If you have pushed yourself past the place of self-discovery into self-competition at the cost of your practice, take a moment right now to step back and without judging yourself let yourself know its OK and that you will refocus next time. If you are in a situation off the mat where you are caught in something that feels off, do the same. Forgive yourself for going against your best instinct, but stop right now giving yourself permission to focus on your internal peace and not someone or something else that's draining you.
NEW SCHEDULE ~ NEW PRICING!
Thank you for your continued commitment to your practice! I am so happy you have chosen Be the Journey Yoga. I appreciate you taking the time to take the survey that I sent out in June. It has given me some valuable insight to class times and locations. Starting August 3rd, Monday thru Friday morning classes will now be at 10:00. Also, beginning August 3rd, I will have a Pull Up A Chair class Mondays at 5:45 PM at the Wellness Wheel. This class will replace the current Wednesday evening class at the Islander. I am thankful for having the opportunity to teach at the Islander. Moving this class takes me to my goal of trimming my schedule to two locations; Holy Family Church and The Wellness Wheel.
Please see the schedule below for day and time changes!
New Pricing ~
EFFECTIVE AUGUST 1, 2015
MONTHLY UNLIMITED - $65 - (expires 30 days from purchase)
6 Class Yoga Pass - $42 - (expires 90 days from purchase)
12 Class Yoga Pass - $75 - (expires 90 days from purchase)
Drop In - $15
New Student - 2 weeks unlimited $20 (expires 2 weeks from purchase)
Which pass is right for you?
If you plan to come to 1 class per week, purchase the 6 Class Yoga Pass.
If you plan to come to 2 classes per week, purchase the 12 Class Yoga Pass.
If you plan to come to 3 or more classes per week, purchase the MONTHLY UNLIMITED
Welcome to the Wellness Wheel ~
Thank you for embracing our space. It is so peaceful and welcoming. If you haven't made it, I hope you will join us soon. The space is awesome and there are so many wonderful events and classes to take advantage of this summer! <<<CLICK HERE >>>
The Wellness Wheel is conveniently located at 5742 North Broadway in Kansas City, MO. Taking the Englewood exit from 169 Hwy, head east on Englewood Road to North Broadway. Take a left on North Broadway and turn left into the Northwoods Office Park. The Wellness Wheel is located in the very back building of the complex in the far left corner.
On the way home from yoga today I noticed I was feeling really good. Nothing new about that. I pretty much always leave feeling good.
But today it was a bit different. Some shift has occurred. A year ago, if someone had suggested yoga to me I would have said: I don’t have the time or money to do that. That’s what I would have said. But the things I would have actually believed were that I wasn’t flexible enough to do it. I would have been pretty sure someone of my size and age shouldn’t bother taking it up.
There is a saying (attributed to at least 5 different folks, I heard it first from my teacher Jeannine) that yoga isn’t about touching your toes, it’s about what you learn on the way down.
Today it dawned on me that none of the excuses I would have given were valid, not even my private ones. The real truth of why I couldn’t go to yoga was fear of shame.
I think shame is a great tool in my toolbox. I hope that I feel it whenever I fail to act with love. I hope the feeling causes me to treat people gently and with kindness.
There is some valid shame around my body. It shows evidence of being at least less-than-cared for and likely outright abuse. However, I think I was believing that trying to move my body in front of other people would make them judge me. I’m not sure why, maybe at some level I was telling myself that my flaws were somehow concealed in everyday life and they would suddenly become apparent if I tried to do yoga. Ridiculous. Perhaps I felt that by trying yoga, their critical judgments would be given validity. As if I didn’t “deserve” to start yoga at my age and size.
Of course, the first time I went, it was the right time and place. The right teacher and fellow participants. It was a perfect storm of bliss! I was not flexible, I was not strong, and my postures were not good. But I left feeling wonderful and knew I would be back.
When I think about failure, I know I fail all of the time. I have to pause a conversation to ask the meaning of a word. I botch a batch of mozzarella. I fail to use my time well. In each of these instances, I don’t beat myself up. I am not harsh with myself. I don’t avoid having others “discover” these things about me.
So what’s the difference? The difference is confidence. I know my vocabulary is decent, my cooking skills are up to par, and overall, I make good choices about using my time. I have none of that confidence around my physical body. BUT today I realized I really am feeling my body get stronger, I truly am becoming more flexible (most days), and I execute my poses better than I did in that first class.
Realizing that, it occurred to me that there are probably a ton of great experiences I’m missing out on. Things I have attached fear and shame to inappropriately. I’m going to be on the lookout for them for a while.
So today, while reaching for my toes, the thing I learned on the way down is: “Shift happens.” Sometimes when you reach for your toes you touch your spirit.
Riki Carter~ Yoga Student
Congratulations to our first four Yogis of the Week in July! They are Tim Carter, Terri Bourne, Stephanie Pifer-Stone and Lu Orlando! Each week we will honor our Yogi of the Week as someone who is committed to their practice and well being on and off the mat!
MEDITERRANEAN QUINOA SALAD
Quinoa salad filled with olives, red onion, tomatoes, and feta cheese.
· 2 cups water
· 1 cup uncooked quinoa
· ⅓ cup red wine vinegar
· ¼ cup olive oil
· 1 small red onion, diced
· 1 red pepper, diced
· 2 Roma tomatoes, seeded and diced
· ½ cup chopped Kalamata olives
· ½ cup crumbled feta cheese
· ½ cup chopped fresh cilantro
· 1 tsp salt
· ½ tsp freshly ground pepper
· Juice of one lemon
1. Bring quinoa and water to a boil over medium heat. Reduce to a simmer and cook for 15-20 minutes or until water is absorbed in quinoa. Fluff with a fork and cool for 5 minutes.
2. Add the oil and vinegar and let quinoa come to room temperature.
3. Add onion, tomatoes, pepper, olives, cilantro, and salt and pepper. Stir gently. Add feta cheese and gently combine. Chill for 2 hours to let flavors combine. Squeeze lemon juice over salad right before serving to brighten flavors.