Not quite sure where June went, but I am loving the month of July. Summer allows me to do lots of things I just can't squeeze in during the school year....reading more than 1 book a a time, long walks, random photo shoots of my garden, and just being outside :) .
Here are some of my fave Summer Delights as of now.... Enjoy the day! xoxo Michelle :)
The 2011 summer garden is in full swing. Here are a few before/after shots of a couple areas. I think I am going to start harvesting some of the kale and collards to freeze today. It my be hot out, but I love kale soup :) .
Downloaded this one from amazon.com for the kindle app on the ipad. So far so good. Thanks to my friend/yoga teacher Courtney for the great recommendation.
Find more informatio about the book and auther at this link: http://www.kathrynstockett.com/
Tara Sophia Mohr - Wise Living
My new favorite blog this summer.
Tara's ideas and advice are truly inspirational and real.... especially for women and yoginis :) .
Check it out at http://www.taramohr.com/blog/
tonight i was called on to teach 1 round of Sun Salutation B to our class. my heart was pounding so hard at first. as we began to practice, i remembered to let my breath take over and some how the words flowed right out. yoga is teaching me who i am, who i want to be, and how my body works. it is a wonderful reminder to us all: we are perfect just the way we are right now :) and that is how i felt as i was teaching Sun Salutation B. i may have missed a couple of words, but deep down i know i gave my best effort and am proud of all of the studying and practice i have done.
i had never even heard of Ashtanga Yoga until about 7 weeks ago. since then, it is has found a dear place in my heart. Short Form Ashtanga (SFA) is such an invigorating and special practice. my heart is opening, my brain is moving, and i still have so much to learn. the past 5 weeks of Yoga Life Style/Teacher Training at Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills, MI have been absolutely fantastic. i am truly enjoying the journey, challenges, successes, and knowledge. the people are honest, real, and becoming like a family to me.
i am sad that i will have to end teacher training on june 16, but my heart tells me i need to take the summer off to travel, relax, rejuvenate, and spend time with my husband. i am confident i will start the training program up again on september 14 and continue this journey :)
there are many yoga studios in the metro-detroit area... i highly suggest checking them out. usually the 1st week is free :) many city recreation centers and gyms (like life time and LA fitness) also offer yoga classes.
there is no right or wrong class, just one that you enjoy.
here are some of the books i have been studying.
enjoy! peace, love, and namaste.
How Yoga Works
by Geshe Michael Roach & Christie McNally
The Tibetan Book of Meditation
by Lama Christie McNally
The Key Muscles of Yoga
by Dr. Ray Long
by David Swenson
been almost 2 weeks since the last update... time flies when are you havng fun! actually, i posted on my other blog (ed-tech) last week. feel free to check it out here. maybe i will alternate weeks between the 2 blogs?
Here are few quick delightful spring discoveries....
1. Trader Joe's Green Tea with Jasmine = :) it hasn't been warm enough to make iced tea, so this is a nice refreshing hot tea
2. hyacinths = smell so nice in my front yart, had to pull some and bring them indoors. and i finally see small signs of the lilac bushes blooming.
3. journaling = just bought a new personal journal as part of my yoga teacher training and have started using it. the main idea is to write down positive and negative thoughts/happenings for each day, things you are grateful for, and time spent meditating/practicing asanas (poses). really makes you think. i also need to update my art journals this week. i have posted a few of my old art journal pages. totally want to create a class on this someday for someone -moms, teens, anyone who wants to art journal
Must Do-s for the Week
1. repot the lettuce my mom gave me
2. learn the script for Sun Salutation A (not going to be easy)
3. make time to visit my sister
4. make an appointment for a massage (great early b'day gift from my sister)
5. go to Yin Yoga Class
Wonderful 4 mile jog w/my great friend Karen. After a rather frustrating MEA (Michigan Education Association) meeting, I ran back into school to repot more tomatoes. The plants in the greenhouse bring me peace and hope. On my drive home, I finally signed up for Yoga Lifestyle Class at Red Lotus Yoga in Rochester Hills, MI. All of the people I have met at Red Lotus are so kind and happy. I am confident this training will be a great experience. 1st class begins next week (April 8) and I am sure I will have lots to post throughout the journey. I am currently reading "How Yoga Works" by Roach and McNally. Fantastic book and recommended to read before the training starts. Must go squeeze in a few chapters before I retire for the evening. Namaste.
Finally settling in after a long day.... work, workout w/some friends, yoga, stop at Lowes to buy some soil & seeds. Feel really accomplished today :) Left overs for dinner were delish and the my 2 fave magazines came in the mail today. Won't spend much time blogging tonight, need to do some school work. Plan to post the extra credit for my biology students on this site tonight/tomorrow. Plus, I need to peruse through my new mags...
Magazine Links = Vegetarian Times and YogaJournal
Beginning of Crow Pose
Throughout the years I have turned to yoga for personal reassurance, confidence, and peace. Home practice is very important to me. It allows me to play and explore at my own time and pace. Although I have practiced for many hours, I am quite sure I have just skimmed the surface. Looking forwad to pursuing a teacher training program soon.
My two fave local studios = Red Lotus and the YogaShelter
My two fave podcasts = YogaJournal and YogaToday
Fave yoga book = How Yoga Works
Author - Michelle Reckling
- dedicated learner
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