Guinea Pigs Wanted

I’m taking my yoga reffing to new venues: Prego-Yoga Sports Yoga.

For the Prego-Yoga I’ve been introduced to a wonderful teacher. We met through my teacher training when we had a day talking about Future Mama Modifications. We’ve been emailing back and forth and I’m super excited to start working with her. I’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as that training gets underway… If there are any Minneapolis Mamas out there that are willing to be students please email me as well!

The second venture is Sports Yoga. Growing up I was a total jock and spent many hours working on my fitness. Personal trainers, weight lifting coaches, physical therapists… you name it and I’ve tried it! Well, all except one. Growing up yoga wasn’t talked about as much as it is today (or not at all in MN) so I never thought of trying it out. Sure we “stretched” to prevent injury but pulling your arm across your chest and counting to 10 really doesn’t do a whole lot. Flash forward to 2010 and yoga is in the news all the time and it’s word count in the Sports Section is increasing more than ever! Athletes are realizing the amazing benefits of yoga and are adding it into their workout regimen.

So where am I am going with this? Well, I’ll tell you. I was going to nab some lacrosse players but I’m a little late for that. So instead I’m switching to one of my new favorite summer sports: Golf. If you’re not a golfer I suggest you get out there and try it. It’s like yoga in a way. Your first time out there is completely frustrating because you don’t know what you’re doing and everyone around you is better at it. Then you have one good drive or chip it perfectly and BAM! You’re hooked. [Similar to yoga except there is typically beer involved with golf]

So back to what I’m doing: I want to try and find a few avid golfers that are either working with a golf-pro or have a pretty good idea of where their handicap should be. I want to start adding yoga into their weekly workouts and track how their golf game improves. I really think that the mental benefits of yoga (relaxation through breathing, mental focus) and the physical (arm strength, hip opening, and core strength) can greatly improve someone’s game!

Through my blog I’ll keep you up to date on the progress and some of the sequencing I’m doing, but for right now I’m looking for some guinea pigs.

TWIN CITY GOLFERS, EMAIL ME! I can’t do it without your help so give me a shout and I’ll hook you up with some FREE sessions! Heck, maybe I’ll even treat you to a round a golf!

-B

March 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Teaching, Wanted. Leave a comment.

iMantra

Boy oh boy have I been slacking. Well, the opposite really. The non-Yogi job has been quite literally insane so my brain hasn’t been left with much added energy. With that said I felt I should at least get something on here so you fine yogis didn’t start to worry!

The one thing that I have learned from this week is how much a good mantra can help you in all situations. Since my yogi training I’ve loved keeping my mind in check with a simple “let go”. It works wonders throughout your asana practice and what I have recently discovered is the magic it does for “work” stress. I’m not the type that can leave work at the office so when I finally roll into bed my mind starts a fluttering with to-do lists, emails to write, ideas for a new campaign…To calm it down enough to get some shut-eye I simply start breathing and repeating my mantra in my head. Let go. Let go. Let go. Next thing I know I’m waking up (earlier then I would like) and well rested! I’ve even figured out how to channel it AT the office. Someone calls with the “ahhh! need this now” and before I can even think about stressing I look at my handy whiteboard and read “let go”. Smooth sailing from there. Stress reigned in, work accomplished, happy Brittney! All thanks to Mr. Mantra!

So my challenge (yes, challenge) is for you to think about what you love about being on your mat and try to apply it somewhere else this week. Whether it’s an actual pose (hey, rock on with some Gorilla Yoga) or some meditation… Maybe some Om’s in the elevator to calm you down. Whatever it is, just try and find that bliss off your mat in this crazy world of ours.

More to come soon – promise! -B

March 4, 2010. Tags: , , , , . Yogi Things. Leave a comment.