November 24, 2010

Time to quit my day job… again

This past June I attended my Level V as part of my RYT through YogaFit. An amazing thing happened that weekend when I realized something. What I’m doing (or was doing) just wasn’t working for me. I’ll say it again and feel free to admit this to yourself: What I’m doing just isn’t working.

I had wanted to pick up more classes, teach in a studio environment and just do more yoga. I can’t tell you how many months passed when I kept telling myself it would happen. It was as if I thought just because I wanted it to, classes would fall in my lap. But they never did. A lot of guilt and tension within myself was the result. If you are constantly reminding yourself that you haven’t done what you’ve set out to do, it can be very exhausting.

The night we drove home from this eye opening weekend, my dear yogi friend whom attended the conference with me, Joanne, told me she was moving out of state. She knew it would probably make me very sad so kept the news until the ride home. What this meant was that her 2 classes would be freed up for me to take over upon her departure. Sure enough, that’s exactly what happened a month later. More classes!

The following month a very inspirational yoga instructor in my area replied to an email I sent her (via facebook of all places!) 6 months prior about possibly teaching at her studio, YogAsylum. I booked a test class and got the position for a 6am weekly class within 2 weeks. I’ve been there ever since. And here we are, more classes!

Lastly, on a whim the mayor’s office in my city contacted me about coming for a half hour wellness session. My contact there found me on Wellness.com and realized I was right down the road! She expressed interest in booking a mid-winter session to keep morale and employees ‘moving’ during the brutal winter Midwestern months. Once again, more classes! More opportunities. 

It’s an incredible thing to realize how powerful the shift in our focus and thoughts can be. Just by acknowledging that I was in a rut and really thinking deeply about making a change almost seemed to align the stars overnight. Although it might not really be time to quit my day job, what these little spurts of activity and class opportunities mean for me is that there is demand, there is a way to fill my time teaching yoga. And maybe I could teach full time. It’s exciting to know that maybe one day, these participants will have Elysium Yoga Studio to go to. And in the meantime, I’ll keep sending out the vibe. Bring on more classes! 

"And at last I can see, life has been patiently waiting for me." — Movin On, Rascal Flatts

Listen to the body whisper so you never have to hear it scream. #yoga
August 26, 2010

Kristen Grace ~ Bio

Like many others, my body and mind have responded to Yoga in ways I didn’t think were possible. Yoga helps us to process our feelings, gain mental clarity in order to make better decisions and help us realize the strength we already possess.  That is because we are always healing. Every moment of every day, we are healing from something; physical or emotional. It is an amazing privilege to help others heal through yoga instruction. I have no idea what he or she is going through when they step into my class, but I’m given a window of opportunity to speak to them in some way that could make their day a little bit better, a decision a little bit clearer and strengthen their spirits to hang in there a little bit longer. My hope is to share, inspire and contribute to others in a meaningful and genuine way. I look forward to sharing my passion with you and for such a beautiful practice that is …Yoga.  

February 19, 2010
“We are always healing. Every moment of every day, we are healing from something. Yoga helps us to process our feelings, gain mental clarity in order to make better decisions and help us realize the strength we already possess.” ~ Kristen Grace
June 3, 2009
www.ElysiumYoga.com has a new logo!

www.ElysiumYoga.com has a new logo!

Yoga for Seniors and How to Use Props

This Friday, I’m taking another step closer to my RYT. Yoga for Seniors and How to Use Props, a full day of learning how to keep my participants safe, regardless of age. I think using props and getting a refresher on how to queue them will really enhance my Beginner’s Yoga class that I teach each week. Too often I think there is a stigma around yoga that using props or a block or a strap means you’re not as good or you’re not participating as thoroughly. This mentality in itself goes against everything yoga stands for; letting go of judgment, attachment to the ego, letting go of competition or expectations about oneself and others. For anyone who feels using props at any age is a bad thing, please don’t. Don’t sacrifice your body for the glory of the pose. Wrap yourself around each and every movement only to the point of feeling something in the pose, not pain or strain. Absolutely use props if it means being able to participate and nurture your body. ~Namaste

April 8, 2009
Loved, loved, loved my PreNatal certification. While I haven’t experienced motherhood on my own, I learned so much from the mothers there…not to mention we had to stuff our shirts with a towel or hoodie to ‘experience’ what it’s like to practice Yoga with a big belly. 

ElysiumYoga will definitely offer PreNatal and Postpartum classes. Can’t wait!

Loved, loved, loved my PreNatal certification. While I haven’t experienced motherhood on my own, I learned so much from the mothers there…not to mention we had to stuff our shirts with a towel or hoodie to ‘experience’ what it’s like to practice Yoga with a big belly. ElysiumYoga will definitely offer PreNatal and Postpartum classes. Can’t wait!

November 12, 2008

Journey towards my RYT - update!

Below are the requirments for the 200 hour RYT - Registered Yoga Teacher certification through YogaFit, Inc. www.yogafit.com

Trainings complete:

  • Level I
  • Level I - Integration
  • Level II
  • Level II - Integration
  • Prenatal/Postnatal
  • Seniors/Props
  • Anatomy & Physiology
  • Level III
  • Level IV - completing in 2011
  • Level V

The countdown is in full effect to obtaining my R Y T !

July 28, 2008

Time to teach corporate Yoga

During the busiest season each year, it’s hard to truly believe that there is anything to life other than work. On my journey towards realizing that there is more to what defines me than my job, I’ve decided to offer Yoga at my place of work free of charge during those busy months. Not only do I need to realize that there is more to life than my job, but the people around me need to realize this too. Class will be offered one day per week, right at 5pm.

I think the experience I’ll have in teaching Yoga in a corporate environment will be a good one. It will further my knowledge and teaching experience and will better prepare me for my own studio sessions someday.

Below is a sample waiver for Yoga that I’ve used to protect myself and my participants, as well as the company who is providing the studio / space.

Yoga

Offered at XYZ Company, Inc.

  

Participant

WAIVER AGREEMENT

  

I _________________________________(print name) understand that Yoga includes physical movements and as is the case with any physical activity, the risk of injury, even serious or disabling, is always present and cannot be entirely eliminated. If I experience any pain or discomfort, I will listen to my body, ask for modifications from the instructor and make the necessary adjustments within the pose.

Yoga is not a substitute for medical attention, examination, diagnosis or treatment. Yoga is not recommended and is not safe under certain medical conditions. I understand that I should discuss with my physician my plans to begin participation in Yoga classes.

I hereby agree to irrevocably release and waive any claims that I have now or hereafter against Instructor Name or XYZ Company.

________________________________
Signature of Participant

________________________________
Date

July 8, 2008
I’m on a lotus flower kick right now. I want candle holders, framed photographs of lotus flowers, wall decor for my bathroom, etc… all inspired by the Lotus Flower.
Enter Wikipedia:
From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty, for example Vishnu is often described as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise. 
Apparently the flower’s roots grow and extend into the muddy waters of ponds and river bottoms. The leaves and flowers, however, grow well above the surface. In fact the petals never touch the water’s surface.
He who proceeds in this life and performs to the very best of ability, yearning to be one with God is unaffected by sin and will find peace in his heart. Just as the lotus flower grows beyond and expands away from the water’s surface, we too must grow beyond and expand our minds and bodies toward deeper truths and experiences.
Yoga is therefore not an activity or sport, but rather a way of life. Through mindful and physical movements, we are able to realize truths. Truths about ourself, our beliefs in God, our desires toward enlightenment and a way to become more peaceful beings.

I’m on a lotus flower kick right now. I want candle holders, framed photographs of lotus flowers, wall decor for my bathroom, etc… all inspired by the Lotus Flower.

Enter Wikipedia:

From ancient times the lotus has been a divine symbol in Hindu tradition. It is often used as an example of divine beauty, for example Vishnu is often described as the ‘Lotus-Eyed One’. Its unfolding petals suggest the expansion of the soul. The growth of its pure beauty from the mud of its origin holds a benign spiritual promise.

Apparently the flower’s roots grow and extend into the muddy waters of ponds and river bottoms. The leaves and flowers, however, grow well above the surface. In fact the petals never touch the water’s surface.

He who proceeds in this life and performs to the very best of ability, yearning to be one with God is unaffected by sin and will find peace in his heart. Just as the lotus flower grows beyond and expands away from the water’s surface, we too must grow beyond and expand our minds and bodies toward deeper truths and experiences.

Yoga is therefore not an activity or sport, but rather a way of life. Through mindful and physical movements, we are able to realize truths. Truths about ourself, our beliefs in God, our desires toward enlightenment and a way to become more peaceful beings.