On teaching yoga: I think I hit a milestone this weekend. I felt comfortable teaching in front of 10 people this past Sunday. I didn’t realize it until after I finished teaching my 5 poses, but I actually didn’t feel nervous while I was up there. I think what helped me was not standing in the front of the classroom awkwardly half-demoing poses, and instead, walking around, staying behind the students, and doing hands on assists. I’ll talk more about this in my YTT weekly update!
On Acupuncture: I haven’t talked about this for a while because I stopped going after 5 sessions. I got one needle in my hand that caused my nerve to become aggravated and it was very painful and disruptive to my job and my yoga practice. The acupuncturist didn’t hit the nerve, he just hit a sensitive area that became inflamed and caused the nerve to be unhappy. I was getting a zap, or jolt, when I moved my wrist in a certain direction. I couldn’t do certain things at work, and I couldn’t do arm balances (!!!!), so I called the acupuncturist to talk about it. He explained what had happened, and he told me that since yoga involves some much pressure on the wrists that I might need to take a break from yoga (!!!!). This was obviously not something I wanted to hear, so I decided to stop going until it got better (it’s fine now) but I realized it might not be worth the risk. I think my case is rare, and I know acupuncture helps so many people, but it’s just not for me right now. I would rather deal with weird stomach issues than have to deal with a painful zap sensation on my wrist.
On Learning to Drive a Standard: Still working on this one, but I am getting a lot more comfortable. I drove all the way to Charlestown this weekend, and I only stalled once, and only got beeped at twice. Vast improvement! CJ’s aunt suggested hanging a sign in the car that says “learning to drive a standard” and I’m thinking that’s not a bad idea!
On my Job: Still loving it! I still can’t believe how lucky I am sometimes. Developing new ice cream flavors is a dream job I never even dreamed of! I wish I could share more, but everything is confidential. Nerd Alert!
On Blogging: Can I blog about blogging?? Thanks so much for sticking with me through the changes my blog content has been going through. In order to stay authentic, I have to blog about what I am doing currently, and that so happens to be lots of yoga, and not so much running, races, cooking, or baking. I appreciative everyone who has continued to read MCP, and I hope you stick around for more exciting things in the future! Running might not return, but recipes definitely will!
On CJ: My Mom once asked me if everything was ok with me and CJ because she hadn’t seen much of him on the blog! Ha! So I feel like I should update you, and let you know what we are still doing good! Just signed our lease for another year! We are both super busy, but we make time for each other when we can, and I have a fun (for me) date planned for us later this month. It’s surprisingly hard to keep up the once monthly special dates! Sometimes It’s easier to have homemade pizza on the couch date night.
On life in general: I’ve been having the best year, and it’s only May! I’ve made my health and happiness a main priority. I still have bad days (we all do!) , and get into funks (like this past Saturday when I couldn’t peel myself off the couch), but I feel like I’ve found the tools to get myself back to center. One of those tools is…yoga! I believe that happiness is a choice, and health is definitely worth the extra effort. I’ve also realized the importance of mental health, spiritual health, and emotional health this year. In the past, my measure of health was my current jeans size and how I looked in a bathing suit. Now I care more about maintaining life balance, and emotional wellbeing. I read this blog and this blog for inspiration.