So last week I was invited to sub for one of my dear yoga friends Edwin Cruz. He had a bit of a cold, and needed a sub during his morning classes.
|Me being a bit goofy! |
That is one of my trademarks!
As you may or may not know, I put in my resignation to teach at Exygon back in April of 2013. I was getting ready to be super busy with my then 6 year old for summer activities, and it is really hard to find good yoga subs for all the 8 classes that I was teaching at that time. So I retired, with the intention of coming back the following fall.
If you've been a student of mine, you may have noticed, I didn't come back. Turns out I needed a pacemaker for my very very low beats per minute heart rate! So my retirement was really a retirement!
I continued to teach my chair yoga class at the church, as it seemed at the time, that was about all I could manage.
Teaching in a gym environment has its own set of challenges (cold rooms, lack of yoga props), but at all the places that I've have taught at here in Beaumont, Port Arthur, and Nederland, every place has gone out of their way to be very accommodating (WP Hebert Health and Wellness Center - St Elizabeth, Port Arthur YMCA, and both Nederland and Beaumont Exygon Health and Fitness Centers).
So back in the fall of 2013, I decided to try again to teach. I offered up my one time slot to teach at Exygon, but their schedule and my schedule didn't match up. So I went back to teaching Beginners Yoga at the church. Initially money that was donated went toward the Church Bus fund, and now the money goes toward the food ministries and/or our Childrens' Security fund.
So I taught all five days last week. Monday 6:15 pm Beginners Yoga, Tuesdays Hatha Yoga at 9 am, Wednesdays 6:05 pm Beginners Yoga, Thursdays Chair Fitness Yoga at 9:30 am, and to top it off Fridays 9 am Hatha Yoga again at Exygon in Beaumont at 9 am. A busy, busy week. Plus I hosted an online Essential Oils class on Facebook.
Since having the pacemaker, I've also become really serious about my health. So after being very minimal in movement (due to the surgery), I took Carolyn Bell's Nutrition Bingo class and along with simple exercise and using her nutrition techniques, lost 33 lbs since last March. I've been in maintenance mode since about October, but I hope to take some portion of her upcoming series, but maybe not be able to participate fully since it is hosted in Beaumont. We'll see. Maybe I can Skype/webinar with her....
Okay well that's about all for now. I'm going to post up some before and after yoga poses and weight lost pics now..
|My "Before" Photos.|
|My "After" Photos.|
|Before, During and After! Thanks Carolyn Bell!|