Much needed retreat at the beach, teaching my first ever yoga teacher training program, running a half marathon, teaching on Elm st. and the last gears and cheers ride all in the last 22 days. These special events all happening back to back did not pass in a blur because they were too important to go unnoticed. Each thing requiring unique amounts of time, energy and reflection. Blogging has always been a great way for me to process what's happened, but there hasn't been enough time for that. Blog posts were started and abandoned because the right feeling couldn't be conveyed in the short bursts of time I could tuck away.
A rare Saturday evening to my self I'm enjoying a quiet glass of proseco and touch of spicy dark chocolate. Max is whistling at my feet as he does when he is begging for a pet or more attention. There is finally time to process, to reflect, to share.
First things first! Retreats are necessary for personal development and reflection. Alone time, meditation, space are necessary to nourish yourself spiritually and personally. The Emerald Isle retreat with one of my favorite teachers Lisa Amani was helpful in helping me hit my reset button. I needed a sacred pause in my personal life. Work was feeling overwhelming, relationships were feeling neglected and I felt like I was neglecting myself. The beach retreat provided relaxation, space, nourishing activities and ample amounts of rest. If you have the opportunity I recommend a retreat. You can even come on the one I'm hosting this Fall.
Part of the reason I thought it was so vitally important for me to go on a retreat and get grounded was because I knew the following weekend was our first weekend for our first ever Teacher Training Program. A Yoga teacher training program is not something that a student takes on as a whim. It's a big life decision whether you are going through the program to deepen your own practice or to become a certified yoga teacher to teach others. Andra and I had been planning for months and we wanted to make sure we were teaching from a grounded present place. It's our intention to make sure that we are encouraging and fostering personal growth and learning in this program. I still haven't really wrapped my head around the enormity of what we are doing that that is probably for the better. For now I can say that this is big work for the participants, therefor it's big work to facilitate. It will take me a lot of time to fully be able to reflect on this program in a deeper way. Transformation of students and self is hard to put to words.
The anticipation building up to our first YTT weekend felt like it was forever, and then as quickly as it was here it was gone. The very next Friday not even 4 days latter I was boarding a plane to OH for my annually glass city half marathon run. I'm still not sure how that all happened so quickly. I'm not sure how one weekend it was an enormity of work and passion, then 4 days of work at the day job and then boarding a plane to OH. I did decided to treat myself to an upgrade to first class this go around (something I've never in my 32 years experienced, yes it was worth it). It feels like surely I must be missing days. Even as I look at the calendar I'm wondering to myself if that is right? Is the timing correct? How did it all happen in that short amount of time? I'm honestly not sure. What can I say about the half marathon this year? Well, I was sub 2 hours, not my best time, not my worst time. not enough time to train this go around so I'm not going to complain at sub 2 hours. I'm going to embrace that training time was a challenge this year, the race was hard and I really did ok. There will be another chance to run a half and seeing my family was good.
Last night was another big night. Elm st. was shut down and I was lucky enough to get to teach a 30 minute class. Honored, Lucky, and Wow. That is all I can say.
Today was Gears and Cheers. For 9 years Gears and Cheers has been a super fun supported charity ride to raise money for MS. This is the last year they will do the ride. My Friend Amy and I have ridden it the past three years straight. It's a blast and I'm really going to miss it. Not many rides can boast they have a beautiful route, great support, you finish at a vineyard are handed a wine glass (that you keep) with your wine or beverage of choice, can get in line for a big plate of salsarita's and then sit listening to a band under the sun next to a peaceful pond. I will greatly miss this ride, if my plate was not already full enough I would think about trying to be the organizer myself next year so that it can go on.
Big things. Still processing, but I wanted to loop you into the fun, because it's been a wild ride.
xoxox my friends, -Alisha