Theming is an integral part of the class-planning process if you are a yoga teacher, whether it is done consciously or not. Some people prefer to prepare a short story or inspirational reading, others choose a word or anecdote to share. However, even if you’re not intentionally putting forth the effort to plan a theme for class, theming still occurs.
A conversation that came up during my…
After six plus years of vegetarian/pescatarianism I am very seriously contemplating adding chicken and turkey back into my diet. My workout and activity routines have changed drastically over the past year or two and it feels like my old patterns of eating aren’t quite working for me. I have no idea if adding more meat to my diet will help but it feels like it’s worth a shot because the days I feel best are the days where fish plays a significant role in at least one of my meals.
It’s weird, deciding to stop eating meat (and then deciding to add fish back in) didn’t feel like that big of decisions for me. I very easily could explain to people why those were the right choices for my body and outlook even when they adamantly disagreed. Contemplating this addition of poultry makes me feel guilty and like I’m letting myself down somehow, not because I feel guilt over actually eating the meat but because I’d be letting go of something that felt like an important part of my identity for so many years. Aren’t relationships with food weird??
New ink. New chapter in my life. I’ve lost a friend and gained a husband but I really haven’t lost anything at all. Energy cannot be lost. Nothing is ever lost; it’s simply transformed. Love has shifted and changed and transformed from one shape to another but in the end it’s all the same because we are all here and we are not. I believe in the good things coming. I believe we can make it through anything. I believe in love. I believe in loss. I believe that life brings us thunderstorms but also sunshine and this is how we break and mend and learn and plant seeds for new life that needs rain and sun to grow.
I believe in the good things coming. For me. For you. For all of us.
For years I’ve kicked around the idea of trying to form a group of women to serve as a professional learning community for life. I’m part of PLC’s at work but what I really crave is a steady group of women (and not necessarily my closest friends) to bounce challenges and decisions off both related to my personal and professional life (and let’s be real, balancing the two). After a few particularly stressful weeks (errr… months…) at work and then reading this post this morning I’ve been reinvigorated to actually get this going.
So, all my Chicago ladies on Tumblr, anyone interested in getting together for coffee or drinks and talking about how we might get this going?