2018 is kicking off with a Bang!

Hi All! Beauties, handsomes hehehe

I just want to say hello and how are you??

I’m doing great! Very busy as most of you already know. I am so excited, stressed, happy, frustrated, patient, impatient, doubt, fear..  All the emotions a person go through when planning and working towards your goals and dreams.

I’m proud to say I do have a photographer now! @mondrevelensky

I’m also starting my classes 27 January as I found a studio to rent!

My website will be up and running hoping from next week ( just have to) 

Exciting stuff!! God is so good to me!

Not giving up, pushing through, believing, planning, striving all of that is Key!!

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New Yogi, full of ideas

Everything is going so well with the start of my business. I am busy getting all small nits and grits out of the way first. As I do not have any extra money or capital things are going a bit slower than the usual. But I am happy with how things are falling in to place.

I’m done with my first client and I am happy with what I achieved. Her goal was to shrink her waist and tone. Hoping she will continue working hard and follow my advice.

My first outdoor yoga event was successful too. We had a nice picnic too πŸ™‚

So yes (sigh), after the holidays it’s hard work again. Getting a studio, photographer, building a client base..

I’ve found my purpose, I feel confident and content.

Yoga is just Amazing!!

Feedback from my client

Hi all!! 

I am sharing something my first client has written. I am so humbled and proud. God is so good! 

Most of you know my Journey by now. My dream is to help others, for them to become the person they want to be, to reach their fitness and health goals.

I am also happy to share with you that I have found a studio to rent to start my Yoga and Fitness business properly yay!!!

So here it goes, read my client’s feedback:

Since i started training with Mandy I immediately saw instant change in my body – this awesome change has brought a new found love and interest in fitness – I now train 3 to 5 days a week. I was the Lady that believed in strictly cardio classes at gym in order to lose weight and to see the actual number on the scale decrease. Mandy has came into my life and showed me that building lean muscle sculpts your body even though the scale is not really moving – just in two weeks of intense strength training with Mandy my old jeans fits well. She has taught me that fitness is calculated of a nutritionist diet and a well planned work out with a slight percentage of cardio. 
Most ladies neglect strength training at their own peril….Ladies muscle mass allows us to move !!! People tend to forget that muscle helps us with our day-to-day parts of life that requires strength – guys sedentary lifestyle means people are gradually becoming weaker, being with Mandy has taught me just that. 
Strength training has sculpted my arms and core – which I enjoy targeting – this was easily done by simply adding a dumbel to my crunches,once again compliments to Mandy. 
I can continue and talk all day and night long about my experience and what I have learnt thus far – to conclude all I can say is that Mandy is a excellent trainer. She is proffessional and knows what she is doing. She is motivates you and pushes you to your limits. Her advice is life changing guys …. don’t forget to check her out πŸ€—βœ”πŸ˜Ž

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 πŸ™‚

Yay to Fitness, Yoga, Wellness

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.πŸ™

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(90Β°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