What are your goals this year? How will you attain them?

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Jan 062017
 

retreatThe other day, I asked my husband if he had any New Years Resolutions. He answered in a way that is similar to how I feel. He said, “I feel like I’m continuously working on myself. Not just once a year.”

But, starting the calendar year, there are certainly goals (business, health, financial) I want to attain. I have plans. A lot of them. And from experience, I know that when I get those plans onto paper, something magical happens.

When I was studying Yoga Therapy at  Re:Source I took a workshop with Carina Raisman and Peter Lavoie called Move, Meditate, Manifest. We learned very simple ways to get our desires and goals … organized… so the Universe can help make those things happen. I came up with personal, professional and health goals for 10, 5, 1 years and the present moment. When I looked at my goals a year later, I’d reached all my short term goals and was even as far along as five years in the future with some stuff!

Was it magic? Partly. But as Melanie Richards, the owner of Happy Tree, says (or was it Lisa Lajoie?), “The Universe is not your bitch.” What does that mean? We can set goals, send them out into the ether, but most of the time we’re going to have to work towards bringing things to fruition.

retreat1For me, I like to use a simple chart to get organized, based on what I learned with Carina and Peter. Some people like to create a vision board. There are lots of examples on Pinterest, and my friend, Stephanie is hosting a workshop called CRAFTING YOUR VISION FOR 2017: Exploring Your Life Path through Creative Wisdom on Saturday, January 14, if you would enjoy being guided through the process.

I’ve written before about this subject… The Law of Attraction, as it’s sometimes called. But the thing I keep remembering is that this is a process of Co-creation. That a prayer for something is far less likely to manifest into something real, than if we take real and concrete steps toward attaining our goals.

For me, last year I was working hard to achieve a better work-life balance. I can tell you, that I just got to spend nearly two weeks off with my kids, who were off school for the holiday. Career choices my husband and I have made allow us to do this and I don’t take this for granted for a minute. I also set an intention to consolidate my schedule, minimizing the amount of time I spend running from studio to studio, and I decided I would no longer teach regular classes on the weekend. So that was 2016. What about 2017?

My vision board or my goal setting chart for the year, isn’t something I’m going to post here. It’s something I am putting together and will keep close by to remind myself of where I am, where I’m going, and how I need to get there.

What would you like to feel, create or experience this year? This month? Right now?

I’m hoping that by writing this, you will start to think about doing something similar if you haven’t already. And I’m hoping that if you’re a parent, you help your children understand that they really can do and be anything they want.

Happy New Year!

Namaste,

Jenny

 

Mom and baby yoga– it is what it is!

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May 012014
 

melanieThe other day, three year old Babe said to me, “It is what it is.” Where did you hear that? I asked her. She said she heard it in her yoga class! Ha! Babe doesn’t go to yoga class, but she’s got the right idea.

Mom and baby yoga is fun and sometimes stressful. It’s a place to relax and a place to get in shape. A place to meet other moms and feel normal. It’s a place to go to with zero expectations because things will NEVER go as planned! So when Babe said, “it is what it is,” I thought maybe she remembered the classes we did together when she was only a few months old. Maybe that’s the class she was talking about!

With mom and baby yoga we need to surrender to the possible chaos. We need to breathe through it. We need to accept the situation and our babies and our bodies and the bodies and babies of all the other mamas there on the mats with us! It’s the perfect way to practice yoga. Acceptance!

Since doing my Radiant Child Yoga certification I’ve really launched into yoga in a bigger way than ever. Especially mom and baby yoga. I have my own practice and teach children’s yoga, but on the mom and baby front I teach twice a week, am doing a special formation in it once a week and also attend weekly classes with Bug. At this very moment I see mom and baby yoga from all of the sides! (Except the baby’s side but I can’t figure out how I could make that work… I have to use my imagination!)

 I am more than half way through a 40 hour mom and baby training at Equilibrium with Jayme Hernandez, a remarkable woman who three years ago taught me all about yoga in birth which allowed me to have a glimmer of control during Babe’s hospital birth. I heard Jayme’s voice guiding me to use low voice vibration through my contractions. My best memory of that first birth was using this in the shower with Papa at St. Mary’s Hospital, the outside world blocked out. It was amazing.
And I now have the pleasure of taking part in Jayme’s first mom and baby teacher training and I am learning so much. Yes, I’m already teaching mom and baby yoga but the learning never stops. Jayme’s classes are inspiring me and getting me to the deeper spiritual level that I’ve felt like I was having a hard time invoking in my classes these past few months. I come out of the training buzzing with thoughts and ideas for the moms I teach. We learn things in theory, using our baby dolls. We imagine what teaching a class of eight moms and newborns would feel like. We observe moms and babies as Jayme teaches her beautiful classes. Next week we practice teach our classmates.
The classes that Bug and I take with Melanie Faucher at her studio, Espace Shanti are also huge learning for me. I’m IN the mom and baby class. MY baby is the one that is potentially “disrupting” the other students. MY baby is the one who might spend most of the class wanting to nurse. Maybe he’ll regurgitate on the mat. Maybe his diaper will explode. Maybe we’ll be late for class. Maybe I’ll be too tired from a sleepless night to “properly” participate. I need a pen and paper beside me throughout the class because it’s the class I’m in but I can’t help but take it on as further training. I don’t even have words to describe Melanie. She is my teacher, business associate and friend and I feel so grateful the universe brought us together.
And the classes I teach. This is where all my learning is put into motion. I currently teach two groups of mom and babies and I am in love. I was originally worried about teaching adults (because kids yoga is a whole different thing!) but the more I do it, the more I believe it’s what I’m supposed to be doing right now.
Mom and baby yoga– that’s what it is!