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From Student To Teacher

My day of rest and meds helped. I feel much better today! I think that I’ll be able to avoid this turning into cold/sinus infection and I am so thankful for that. I mentioned this in my last post but I haven’t been sick in a very long time (knock on wood). I think that’s pretty noteworthy when you consider that I work in a gym and that I touch people every day when I’m training/teaching yoga. I actually used to get sick pretty frequently when I was in my late teens/early 20s (like my freshman year of college when I had step throat FOUR times) so I’m loving my grown up, stronger immune system! I definitely credit a lot of it to diet and exercise.

While yesterday was a rest day from exercise, it was a lonnnnng day at work. I came in and worked for about four hours in the morning before taking a midday break and then came back from 3 p.m. until close, which is 9 p.m. Mellow Mushroom is conveniently located directly underneath the gym (dangerous!) so I ordered a Lil’ Greek Salad with grilled chicken after I taught my evening yoga class.

I had a surprise waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home. My new hair dryer! Thanks for all of your suggestions. I decided to go with the FHI Pink Nano. It was a good middle ground for quality and cost. I used it for the first time today and it dried my hair quickly and my hair stayed relatively smooth. My only complaint would be that it’s a little heavy but overall I am pleased with it!

My overnight oats weren’t very pretty this morning but they tasted great. I even convinced my 25 year old front desk guy to try them and I think he liked it. This led to him asking me about quinoa and I enthusiastically offered to make some and bring it in for him to try. I love introducing people to new foods!

I trained a client and got some work done before heading out for a yoga class and lunch. One of my students who started her personal yoga journey when I first started teaching (she was one of my first “regulars” and a true “student) just finished teacher training. She’s been subbing a few classes and I was excited to take her class today. She did a great job although she told me after class that she wasn’t feeling it and she’s questioning whether or not she really wants to teach. I can totally relate. When I first started teaching yoga it felt like the most unnatural thing in the world. I didn’t feel like myself when I was teaching class and it was really freaking hard to get the lefts and rights down. It was a wake-up call because teaching group ex had always been so easy for me. Yoga requires you to give more of yourself, you have to dig deeper and your students feel it when you do.

I’m really amazed when I look back and remember how those first few months of teaching felt compared to today. I now feel completely comfortable walking into class and being totally honest with my class about what is going on with me. I am able to really speak from a true place and it feels so different than just walking in and teaching a good, challenging class. Don’t get me wrong, I still teach “up” to my students and push them but I feel like I am in it with them now instead of simply taking them through it. The experience is totally different and it is incredibly uplifting and inspiring for me. I feel honored each and every time I have the opportunity to lead someone through a practice.

I felt so happy and proud of her when I left the studio. I came home and made a quinoa bowl. I guess talking about it earlier made me crave it. I layered baby spinach, quinoa and leftover sauteed kale, mushrooms and chicken sausage. I topped it with avocado, goat cheese, hummus and greek yogurt.

I frequently eat afternoon snacks but rarely post them. Today I had a Pink Lady apple (the best!) with Costco almond butter, which I love because it’s so soupy.

Now I’m off to lift heavy things. On the agenda for today is push press, snatches, clean and jerks and front squats. I love strength training!

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  • Danielle @ clean food creative fitness August 8, 2012, 7:00 pm

    I love that your new hairdryer is pink! Glad you’re feeling better!

  • russg August 8, 2012, 7:27 pm

    I got step throat in the 3rd grade when a bully pushed me down and stepped on my throat.

  • Heather @ girlyeverafter August 8, 2012, 9:40 pm

    Besides the occasional allergy issue I never get sick either. I’m glad you’re feeling better!

  • Arianna Finnane August 8, 2012, 10:03 pm

    Hi there,
    How do you make “overnight oats”?

  • Meghan August 8, 2012, 10:56 pm

    I’ve been trying to simplify and pare down my afternoon snacks and your apple slices with almond butter just inspired me to try something new when 3:00 – and it’s attendant crazed hunger – rolls around.

  • Kimberly August 9, 2012, 6:21 am

    Yoga class last night was awesome! I loved all the plank work you had us do. 🙂

    • Jen August 9, 2012, 9:02 am

      thank you! i <3 planks! 🙂

  • Devon @ the food bitch blog August 9, 2012, 8:37 am

    Mellow Mushroom is under your gym? That’s just plain mean! They do have fantastic salads though.

  • SD August 9, 2012, 10:53 am

    I like those blue sneakers that you were wearing during a WOD workout a few days ago — are those special for crossfit or are they running sneakers? Cool color.

  • Jodi August 9, 2012, 11:16 am

    It’s nice to know that you felt that way when you finished your teacher training. I’m more then halfway thought mine and I already feel overwhelmed. I’m scared of messing up in front of the group and not being able to talk authentically in a class….esp when i’m focused on not screwing up the rights and lefts!!

  • Ali @ Around the VeggieTable August 9, 2012, 2:17 pm

    Glad you are feeling better! I quit the gym to save money about a year and a half ago and even though I miss the gym, I definitely don’t get sick as often! Gyms can definitely be germ magnets so it’s natural that you would get sick since you spend so much time there.

  • Caroline August 9, 2012, 7:01 pm

    Hey Jen, love the blog. I teach class (not yoga – Spinning) and know it is so different being on the other side of things! Your blog has inspired me to give yoga a more valiant effort and I’ve discovered styles I like and have stuck with it 6 months now! I get where my body craves it! You’ve also inspired me to try Crossfit! I do have a question that I thought you could answer better than me – what’s your take on students coming in to class late? As a Spin instructor, this happens to me all the time and I could care less- just happy they made it! But, I was going to get to a class at a relatively new to me studio (I try practicing various places depending on my schedule, which is crazy since I also work full time), but stuff happened and I got out of work later than planned and then got caught in traffic and by seemingly every red light, then being already 5 min late I couldn’t find a parking spot that wouldnt require a 5-10 minute walk. So I just gave up. I nearly cried because I had wanted to go practice all day, but I thought it might be rude to go into class nearly 15 min late when I didn’t know the teacher or owner well. Your thoughts? Does it bother you as an instructor? I think I’m still just so distraught and am questioning if I should’ve just walked in!

  • Katherine August 10, 2012, 4:27 pm

    Your snack looks so yummy!


  • Jen@HealthyFoodandFamily August 10, 2012, 4:45 pm

    We are going to a little greek restaurant tonight and I have been craving greek salads all day, they are the best!!!
    Have a great weekend 🙂

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