until my lovely friend Amanda invited me to go with her to a class in Austin. I was always somewhat skeptical about yoga..
“Do you actually work any muscles? Do you sweat? Is it really even a workout? Would I even be sore the next day?”
The answer is YES! Oh my gosh yes. I really loved it. It was a 45 minutes Power Yoga for advanced yogis. I recognize that I am not in any way advanced but I thought I’d take the challenge. It was quite a workout. I was sweating and I was feeling my body move in ways it never had before. We started with downward facing dog and I think we held it for about 5 minutes (maybe it was shorter, but it felt like a lifetime!!) and we repeated the position throughout class. I was really impressed with how much more flexible i was after the 45 minutes.
Also, I have been running 4-5 times a week lately and my right hip has been feeling really tight and sore. After the class it felt so relaxed and less strained.
My favorite part was the last 5 minutes when you lay and clear you mind and hold your body completely still. It was incredibly relaxing and I found myself enjoying just being still.
The studio is downtown Austin and it’s called Black Swan Yoga. It’s donation based so each person donates 7 to 15 dollars per class.
My friend also told me that on weekday nights they have Candle Light Yoga. It’s 60 minutes and the turn the temperature up in the yoga room as well. It sounds really peaceful and relaxing. I can’t wait to try it–
“The Texas sky is the biggest one I’ve seen“-Miranda Lambert”
July 1st, 2013
Just you, me, the bug, and the open road.
This was the first day we moved to Texas! We drove down, we were so determined to complete the drive in a straight shot. We had it all planned out, I drive six hours, you drive six hours, I drive four hours, you drive four hours, and we stop for breakfast and coffee.
–Yeah that didn’t happen as we planned- We ended up stopping in Tulsa, Oklahoma around 1am and then continuing on the next day. I enjoyed it because we got to drive into Texas with the warm sun shining breath in the dry Texas air.
We are so happy we moved here. You are so warm and we like that. Upon recently visiting Chicago I have also realized how much I enjoy the pace of life here in Texas. People are more friendly, they move a little bit slower, and they even talk slower. I think I’ll stay here for quite some time.
I always wanted to be a teacher. I wanted to be that teacher that connected with the students that were “rough around the edges”, “at-risk”, the students that most teachers said were “troubled”. I wanted to save those kids, make a positive connection, and help them be the best version of themselves. I wanted to make a difference.
My first two years of teaching went relatively well. There were (of course) many struggles for first year teachers. I taught 8th grade, which has it’s own set of challenges! However, what always kept me going was the students I was connecting with. Read the rest of this entry