New beginnings. My yoga teacher training this weekend was amazing! The best training I've ever had. I absolutely loved the lead instructor, Mary Comfort. She rocked! The group was great... and what I really loved about the training was that we had opportunities to practice teaching. This should be required in all trainings everywhere because it takes away the mystery and the fear that often comes from trying things out. We were allowed to make mistakes, we were in a supportive environment and were given helpful feedback, and saw that improvement comes in as little as one day when you spend time working on it. As a part of the YogaFit Level 1 teacher training program we are required to do 8 hours of teaching yoga in the community free of charge. I'm so excited to do get out there and do my volunteer teaching. I'm currently trying to work out the details of where and how this will look like (likely a free 8-week class). I don't have enough room in my house, though I wish I did because I would love to have a little yoga studio in here and teach classes from it. I've talked with a local yoga studio to see if they are interested in hosting it... so I'm also in the process of getting liability insurance so that I can teach there (most studios require it and I needed to get this for my personal training business too).
Flow. So this week has lots of business ideas floating around in my head - great stuff, exciting stuff... stuff that keeps me wide-eyed with energy at night even when I should be sleeping: thinking of a name of a company that can encompass all that I'd like to offer (in addition to personal training and yoga, I'd like to add a variety of healthy cooking classes and courses on building a healthy pantry that includes a trip to the grocery store to demystify foods there and their labels), thinking of web technology and what I'll need to put together to offer what I want (capability for my clients to get and keep their workouts online as well as record any pertinent information pertaining to their health).
Excess. As in excess germs. I'd like to get rid of this cold or whatever virus seems to have landed here now. I have my ride this weekend. The one that I missed last year because I got... um, sick (and last year I was much more prepared for the entire distance. 100 was possible last year.) This year 50 is possible. Rebuilding year, I remind myself again and again. It's okay I tell myself whispering this is where I am right now (and I am doing my best to accept it). The key to success next year? Find a cycling partner (and quarantining myself?). This first part is absolutely and positively essential. I didn't have one this season, which in addition to that little surgery, made this season a bit more challenging. I absolutely love riding by myself but it's so key to have someone that can go those longer distances. Once I get up to 40 or 50 regularly it's so much more fun to have someone else along for the ride. To talk with occasionally, to push each other farther or faster that we'd otherwise go on occasion, to help out if things should go bad (flat, other mechanical issue, accident, etc.). This goes to the top of my to-do list! If you are nearby and are interested please let me know. (And just for the record, I have no idea what my pace is.)
Off to get some Airborne and some art supplies that I want to paint on today for a project that's been on the back burner for far too long!