Certified Yoga Teacher

Done and dusted…

My long five months of Teacher training are done!! What a relief lol

It was hectic as I am a full time worker, planning a business, wife and mom too. I am doing everything by myself except for my husband and family’s support. At least I finished one goal and can move forward to the next.

I am also proud to say I started with my first paid client and she is happy with my workouts so far. I am focusing on outdoor yoga at the moment. Fresh out in nature and calming. I will be hosting a Yoga and picnic event tomorrow.(my first)

I wish I could leave my job, but yeah this is my path and I just have to work hard and smart. God is having my back 🙂

Yay to Fitness, Yoga, Wellness

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Don’t take life too seriously..

Everytime I find myself in my dark corner the words of my late grandpa comes up “my child, you’re taking life too serious” . I was only between the ages of fifteen and seventeen. Today I am a thirty one year old lady and I still find myself in that situation sometimes.

It is a tough journey but I have God by my side at all times.🙏

When I decided to start blogging in 2016, I did it because I love sharing. I am not shy to share my story, it takes a lot of courage and truth. I believe somewhere out there I might touch that one life..

But, (long pause)

I found God through my Health and fitness journey. I feel I’ve achieved a lot the past almost two years. I admit I feel I am struggling a bit with the slow progress on social media but that don’t put me down. I appreciate the people that come along to share and connect.

My Yoga

I am a proud and happy yogi, this past weekend we had an awesome session. Yoga for trauma. We’ve learned so much and it was helpful for many of us. I told our teacher I am still struggling to be still in savasana my mind is too busy and I get anxious. And I must say, I fell asleep after our trauma yoga session Sunday lol

I just love our teachers who teaches us the real value of yoga and how to become really good teachers for our students.

Along with my journey it’s like something just want to put me back all the time. I am getting sick frequently and I developed severe eczema around my underarm area and I got hives. It is actually so frustrating and painful.😢

This picture shows the marks

The one thing I know is that I am nit the girl who gives up. I went to a book review of my aunt’s friend last week and it was so motivating. It showed once again no matter when, what age or how but, your time will come!⏳

And that’s why I believe….

Believers are Achievers

Diagnosed with measles(still positive)

Hi all!

I hope you are doing all good. I’ve been in bed since Monday with measles. But I am still blessed and thankful God is by my side.

I’m just laying here thinking, it is almost December and I will be a qualified Yoga Teacher(exciting stuff).

I won’t be able to attend this weekend’s class but at least I can make up. I am using this time in bed to prep my page, website, research pricing, venues, and many more. Contacted my friends to book them, making sure they know I am getting started now. Good to start with friends so they can be the critics for now hehehe.

Even though I am laying here very worried that I won’t be better by Monday, I am still positive. This

weekend will be a wonderful weekend indoors with my family.

Stay positive what ever challenge you are facing, God never forsake us. Don’t give up on your hopes, dreams and beliefs.

Dream Believe Achieve

MJ

No Competition, No Haste, It’s Kind…( Yoga)

Be Mindful, Don’t force yourself, Prevent injuries, No one cares about how advanced or flexible you are… We are here to prevent injuries and learn.

These are the words of owner and founder of Wellness Connection. A awesome Yoga teacher along with her teachers at her studio. I feel so blessed to do my teacher training there.

To gain strength, patience, flexibility without pushing and forcing yourself into poses. To understand and listen to your body. Take it step by step and know you will improve. Understand your sequence and why you are doing certain poses, the muscles it targets and the benefits.

People do yoga for various reasons. I’m doing it for so many reasons too. It’s so different to the harshness of life and Vigorous exercises. Oh, and talk about ending with savasana. A beautiful way to end.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

Want a Lean and Toned body? Do Yoga

I am so Impressed and Excited about my transformation. Yoga was always something I had interest in from a young age. I didn’t understand it fully but, I loved the poses and doing it.

Right now, I am two months away from being a qualified yoga teacher. And I started 12 August 2017. I am stunned by the results.

I really struggled with the stubborn fat around my waist and thighs. When I started Yoga it changed in just 7days. I could feel and see the change. I am trying to do atleast three hours of Yoga every week. When I am not doing Yoga I am doing weight training at home and a few cardio and bodyweight exercises.

I can’t wait to start my Yoga Teacher career fully.

So, please do incorporate Yoga into your fitness program. It is not only good for the physical but also mentally and spiritualy. I love the fact that I can overcome so many fears.

Come and join the Yoga side of life

Chaturanga Dandasana(Asana Analysis2)

Doing this every month is so helpful. I can truly say I am getting stronger. I love how I am learning everyday.

Yay to Yoga!!

I am sharing my analysis and show how I am doing and how I am feeling during the process. I hope it is helpful and that you’ll enjoy reading it.

Chaturanga Dandasana
I chose this pose because it came to light how weak I am in my shoulders and wrists. I Love arm balances and inversions, but my weakness and fear don’t allow me to do it. I feel it make more sense to start with this pose to start building the strength and it is one of the poses used in the Sun Salutations. I couldn’t even get into this pose in class 2weeks ago.

Benefits:

Arm,wrist,pectoral strength/ Abdominal,Quad Strength

Muscles Targeted:

Chest(pectoralismajor); Shoulders/arms(deltoids, triceps); Backmuscles(latissimus dorsi,rhomboids,tripezius);lower body(abdominals,quads,hamstrings)
Joint Movement: elbow flexed,wrist,spine&knee extended,scapula retracted,dorsiflex feet

Demonstration:

Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana and come to plank. Hands underneath shoulders and feet hip distance apart. Extend chest forward as you press heels back. Release tailbone to the heels and keep gaze on the floor, look slightly forward. On your exhale bend your elbows keeping it in at the edges of your body(90°angle) and slowly lower yourself to the floor. Keep your body straight, not sagging in center of body and no buttocks sticking up.

Chaturanga Dandasana (on Knees)
The pictures below will demonstrate the weakness in my shoulders and alignment of my body. In this pose I feel completely disoriented between my lower and upper body. Drawing tailbone to heels, engage belly and quads, shoulder blades tucked down and away from each other. My alignment needs a lot of work too. I feel I’m not in a good knee position but, I do see a straight back and the 3rd picture demonstrate that my shoulders collapsed, chest down and butt stick up. I feel picture Nr.4 show improvement, straight back, neck aligned with spine, arms parallel to floor.

Chaturanga Dandasana (full pose)
I struggle with the same challenges as on my knees. Keeping my chest lifted forward, keeping elbows drawn towards body and keeping a straight back. Picture Nr.3 demonstrate complete failure and risk of shoulder injury. I am putting so much energy into drawing chest forward to press back into my heels. It even shows in the picture. In picture Nr.4 I still see not pressing back into heels fully.The shortening in my neck shows tension in my shoulders. I managed to keep a straight back, neck aligned with spine and keeping elbows close to sides of body.

The props that can be used: Straps, blocks, bolsters and even a chair. I liked this info on YogaJournalTipsJason Crandell’s Hover-Honing Chaturanga Tips Other sources used: Sarvyoga.com , DoYouYoga , International yoga, and Yoga&Pilates book by: JudySmith,Emily Kelly and Jonathan Monks,TheWellnessConnection Manual

My first Sequencing task (peakpose parivritta Ardha Chandrasana

Hi everyone! As you know by now I am Yoga Crazy hehehe.

My first Asana analysis was marked “Superb” I am so humbled, anticipated, nervous, and excited about all of this. I feel myself, at home and at peace when I do yoga. It just makes much more sense. I still love my fitness journey doing strength and cardio training sometimes, just dont have much time for that these days.

Yoga is helping me with building strength, flexibility, balance and you can also get your heart rate up with yoga. So, no need to just run and jump around hehehe. You can also incorporate weights.

I am busy with intelligent sequencing, setting up a yoga class. It is quite stressful but also fun. It is only a 15 minute sequence to peak pose and I know I am overthinking this as usual LOL

This weekend we had so much fun. We did Philosophy and Meditation on Saturday and Sunday was the best because our teaching skills was tested hehehe

A pic with my fellow students

Wellness Connection Houtbay

Dream Believe Achieve

My First Asana Analysis

Ardha Chandrasana (Open hip pose)

Ardha Chandrasana has always been a pose I struggle with. My hip and Shoulder alignment is always out, and I think that is why I struggle to balance in this pose. My issues of fear, impatience also plays a role.

Proper preparation poses that will help with the pose; Virabhadrasana 2, Uttanasana, Utthita Parsvottanasana, Utthita Parsvakonasana.

Joint movements:
Standing hip in flexion, knees extended, external rotation of raised hip, lateral extension in spine, shoulders abduct

Muscles used:

hamstrings, quadriceps, gluteus medius,gluteus maximus, calfs

Benefits:
Strengthen quadriceps, lengthen hamstrings, strengthen gluteus medius, gluteus maximus, calf muscles.

Demonstration and Instruction:

The entry pose is Utthita Trikonasana to the right side, with left hand resting on left hip. Exhale and press right hand to the side of right foot beyond little toe. Straighten the right leg and simultaneously lift leg leg parallel to the floor. Extend through the left leg to the heel to keep raised leg strong. Rotate upper torso to the left. Utthita Trikonasana is both starting pose and exit pose for Ardha Chandrasana.

In the 2nd picture my alignment of spine is out, my chest is not open and I seem to lean forward with my upper body.

I tried entering from Virabhadrasana2, back leg too far to lift properly

Making use of props as a beginner, using wall for stability and to prevent tilting anteriorly with pelvis. I find it more stabilized and the alignment of my pelvis and spine is more natural. Doing the pose against the wall gives a chance to feel the shape without the challenge of balancing, allowing you to work on proper alignment.Using the kettlebell for placement of my hand rather than floor. Prevent hyper extending elbows and knees. In the 3rd picture I am over extending my elbow probably because I am holding on to the kettlebell and my hand is suppose to be placed firmly on a block or object not grabbing.

Using a higher block is also useful for beginners to help with balancing.

A variation I find useful is when I start in Ardha Uttanasana, spine long pressing hands onto blocks. Extend and lift back leg behind you(like warrior3).Put left hand on hip and open to half moon, if comfortable lift arm on hip to extend shoulders aligned.

Sources I used: International yoga, yoga journal. And Wellness Connection Manuel

I’m just sharing this as it is my first time and I think I did quite well hehehe

Will I ever be Happy with my body

I can’t understand why I always find fault with my body. I always feel the need to judge myself. If it’s not my tummy, it’s my thighs and butt.

Through all the self judging and dissatisfaction, I am proud of my progress. I must say the journey goes up and down but, I keep moving forward slowly but surely.

I am learning everyday and make it a point to improve. I believe I still need alot of work on my diet. Because I am toning and build muscle but this small layer fat is so tuff to get rid of.

I took this photo without pre-exercise(activated muscles) Lol

To get perfect ab pics I Normally exercise before hand hehehe

Starting the yoga practicing and following a proper exercise plan is working so far. I can’t wait to start with the Nutrition part of my studies as I did not have time yet… Too busy becoming a yogi hehehe

But Yay to Will power and Determination

Let’s Do Health Peeps

My Progress (physically) and my Yoga Teacher training

I’m so happy and excited about this journey. 

Call me crazy but ever since I started with my yoga teacher training, doing yoga fully… I could see a difference in my body in one week.

I never use to practice yoga fully, I only added poses to my exercise routine. But now, hehehe I need to practice 3hours per week as part of my homework and I love it!!! 

I am moving much closer to my goals for my legs and tummy. Yay to yoga!!

Let’s do Health Peeps!!