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Are You Ready For Yoga Teacher Training?

The most frequently asked question I get about Transform NOLA's 200-hour yoga certification is this: “How do I know that I’m ready?”  If you’re wondering the same, consider these three things:   Have you experienced the benefits of yoga? I started practicing yoga with a vague idea that it would be a good fitness regime and might even help with my emotional and mental disposition. After getting started, I began feeling a lot better all-around and knew that it had to be the yoga. I couldn't say exactly what was going on. I just knew that it worked. If you've been practicing for at least one year and feel better because of it, then consider learning more about how yoga works...

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It's the Holidays!?!

Posted October 26, 2015
This is New Orleans... welcome to the holiday season which lasts from Halloween to Mardi Gras (and, for some, until Lent is over!) I hear over and over that people are too busy, too stressed, and don't have time to workout – too many parties and too much to do. Then, after a couple of months, they're not happy about being out of shape or gaining weight. Here are some strategies to help you stay on your fitness regime – or start a new one so that you're not facing January like it's Mount Everest. MAKE TIME: If it is truly important to you to maintain your level of fitness or prevent holiday spread, then make the time. Schedule your classes and workout times on your calendar for at least four days during the week...

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Going with the flow

Posted April 14, 2015
I think one of the most important things that I have had to learn (and am still learning) is to go with the flow. I spent plenty of time and effort fighting circumstances because they weren’t going according to my plan. After all, I knew the exact order in which events should happen and the exact way people should behave so that everything came out the way that it should be — which was MY way.    It took me a long time (and a couple of almost-nervous breakdowns) to learn that I am not in charge of the Universe. It was humbling and is still hard to accept at times — after all, who wants to admit that they are not in control? I was brought up by Montanans, generations of people who had immigrated to the West and scraped out a life for themselves, self-sufficient and independent...

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Faith. Gratitude. Love.

Posted March 10, 2015
Sometimes, (okay, quite a bit), I have to pinch myself to believe the life that I am living. If you had asked me ten years ago what my life would be like in 2015, I can guarantee that I would have totally missed the mark. Things that my past self would have not foreseen would include: being happy with being single; becoming a yoga instructor and personal trainer; business owner? forget it!; having a great relationship with my parents; and being a "good" (i.e. "not crazy) mother. My past self was looking through a telescope at a specific point in the sky and missed the full potential of the galaxy of possibility. I am grateful to my past self for her perseverance and faith – she took risks feeling that there was no safety net; she continued on despite fear and uncertainty...

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Retreat to start fresh

Posted October 23, 2014
My New Year begins every October, when the sky is clear blue with just a hint of fall. I get that first-day-of-school feeling of fresh beginnings and new discoveries.    I don’t get to go to school, but I do assist my teacher, Rolf Gates, with the Yoga, Meditation and Recovery Conference at Easlen in Big Sur, California.  This gathering of fellow yogis has become the touchstone of my year. Prior to leaving, I consider all that I have done and accomplished during the previous twelve months, as well as the things that I wasn't able to complete. I generally don't consider my successes very significant until I get to share them with my "tribe" at the conference. Only then is it apparent that I have made a difference in my life and in other people's lives...

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How I Escape Quicksand in Three Not-So-Easy Steps

Posted July 21, 2014
I haven’t written in a long time. It’s as if I’m in quicksand, afraid that if I move, I will get stuck further. What’s been holding me back from doing something I love?   I. Love. To. Write. Getting an idea, mulling it over… and mulling it over… (sometimes it takes me weeks to get the nerve to actually put words to paper), and then, finally, pulling my thoughts and feelings from that insubstantial form into something that can be seen, even touched. What’s really rewarding is to go back to my pieces, months and years later, and be able to say, “Wow, did I actually write that?!” My perspectives, both then and now, examined and clarified.   What’s been holding me back — my quicksand — is the perception that my life is ordinary, that what I experience or think is not good enough to be shared...

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