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I’m actually becoming a yoga teacher!

It’s been a long, exhausting and amazing weekend. I just wrapped up weekend seven of eight of yoga teacher training and can’t believe that we only meet one more time. The past three months have been so focused on teacher training (thank you for hanging in there with me for it!) and the end seemed far away…and now it’s here. Two weeks from today I will be done!

I plan on writing a post dedicated to my reflections from training after it is over so I will spare you tonight! 😉

We focused a lot on actually teaching this weekend which was awesome for everyone. There is nothing like getting up there and actually practicing what you have learned. I was especially appreciative of this because I am teaching TWO yoga classes at the Y this week and I am nervous but excited. I was grateful for the opportunity to practice on my fellow trainees!

It went really well! I kind of just went into my normal “teaching mode” but used yoga words instead! 😛

I feel pretty good about my classes this week. I have my class plan and sequencing down, I just have to work on my playlist now. What type of music do you guys like to hear in power flow classes?

I’ll change gears to show you what I did outside of the studio this weekend! Brandon and I went out for dinner at one of our favorite restaurants last night.

We used a restaurant.com gift certificate to go to George’s. It’s a French Brasserie with delicious food. They have an amazing patio so we took advantage of the mild evening and sat outside to eat for the first time this year!

The bread bowl didn’t stand a chance against me after spending all day in training! I especially love their salty soft butter. Mmm…

We split a salad with apples, walnuts, blue cheese and lardons.

I ordered the salmon. Last night I ate meat for the first time in nine days! I didn’t quite make it 10 but I couldn’t pass this up. It is my favorite! Mashed English peas, beet vinaigrette, creme fraiche and a rosti potato.

A wonderful meal, as always.

I was at the studio this morning for an 8 a.m. ashtanga practice. For some reason, my energy levels were through the ROOF today. I struggled with channeling that energy during my practice and all I could think about was how much I wanted to be running! About an hour into my 1:45 minute practice, I finally got in a groove and ended up finishing really strong.

I packed overnight oats to eat for breakfast after practice. So cool and refreshing.

We had a long lunch break today so I came home and just couldn’t help myself.

I had to run. I just had this fire inside of me saying, “run, run, run!” I took Sullie out for a quick and speedy three miles. She was most appreciative of the exercise!

Lunch in the car on the way back to training was a green monster made with a big scoop of protein powder for calories and muscle recovery and half of an almond butter and honey sandwich.

And I’m off again…we have my father in law’s birthday celebration tonight and I am late getting over there. I am so ready to crash after this weekend but have to power through this first!

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  • Emma (Sweet Tooth Runner) March 20, 2011, 7:55 pm

    This is SO exciting!! You’re almost there!! You are going to make the BEST yoga teacher EVER!! 😀

    I can’t believe you did a 75 min ashtanga practise and then a speedy 3 mile run!! That yoga sesh would’ve caused me to collapse in an exhausted heap at the end!! You are AMAZING 🙂

    And I can’t wait to read your post on your thoughts on the teacher training!!

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:36 am

      Emma – I can’t even tell you how much I appreciate the encouragement and kind words. You are THE BEST!!!!

      I don’t know what is going on with me but I have had so much energy the last few days. I feel so happy! 🙂

  • Alaina March 20, 2011, 9:14 pm

    That is amazing, that you’re almost there!! I’ll bet it’s just been the best experience ever. 🙂

    Yeah for running! Sometimes you just have to listen to that little voice in your head.

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:37 am

      My little voice definitely misses running…especially now that the weather is nicer and the days are longer. My favorite time of year to run!

  • Katie R March 20, 2011, 11:04 pm

    For most of my yoga class, I really don’t hear the music. I’m too focused on listening to the instructor’s directions or focusing on my breathing or focusing on smiling (not grimacing 🙂 ). But when I DO hear the music, I love music with good lyrics…songs that make me think or inspire me or comfort me.

  • Maddie March 20, 2011, 11:23 pm

    When are your classes this week!!? I’d love to come to one 🙂

    When I practice ashtanga on my own, I have Glee on in the background haha–but i think it would translate really well to power flow!

    See you soon–

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:38 am

      Maddie – I’m teaching Tuesday at 5:45 p.m at the Dowd (power flow) and Friday at 6 a.m. at CK (that will be a less intense class).

      I LOVE that you practice ashtanga to Glee! So fun!

  • Claudie March 21, 2011, 12:31 am

    Congratulations on your excellent work! Now tell me you’ll be visiting San Fran soon so I can have you as yoga teacher for a day 🙂

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:39 am

      Maybe one day I will achieve “renowned yoga teacher” status and travel the world teaching…haha…one can dream! 😉

  • Becky March 21, 2011, 6:50 am

    If I’m ever in Charlotte, I desperately need to come to a PBR yoga class! I’m so excited for you! During yoga, I really like listening to more contemporary music. The studio I go to often plays New Age stuff that I’m not really a fan of.

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:40 am

      YES! Come visit us in CLT and we’ll yoga and run!

      I agree…I much prefer more contemporary music. There will be no new age music playing in my classes!

  • Brittney March 21, 2011, 7:45 am

    So cool that you are almost done with teacher training Jen! I can’t wait to try your class! I like the stuff Tanner plays at Power Flow, it’s fun and so different from what you usually hear in a yoga class, but mellow is also good. You have good taste in music so maybe you can play around with your playlists and come up with something unique 🙂

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:43 am

      Brittney – thanks so much for the feedback! I am so exciting to get in the teaching groove and can’t wait to have all you girls in my classes!

      I will definitely be playing more “regular” music (as opposed to “yoga” music) in my classes and leaning on some of my favorite bands that I know you enjoy too! Hopefully I can create some fun playlists!

  • Angie March 21, 2011, 8:56 am

    You are going to be a great yoga teacher! I cannot wait to take your class! Play some Avett Brothers! Good luck this week! (:

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:47 am

      You are too sweet! Thanks, Angie! Yes, I will have to figure out how to work the Avett’s in there!

  • Lelia March 21, 2011, 9:29 am

    Can’t wait to take one of your yoga classes! I feel like the past few weeks have flown by. What an accomplishment Jen!

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:48 am

      Thanks Lelia! I can’t wait to have familiar faces in my classes. So much fun!

      Let’s catch up soon. I want to hear all about your trip!!!

  • Cate March 21, 2011, 9:30 am

    So exciting that you’re that close to being a yoga teacher! I wish I could take one of your classes!

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:50 am

      Thanks Cate! Are you going to be doing any prenatal yoga?

  • Jessica March 21, 2011, 11:30 am

    Agree w/above! I would love if a teacher played avett brothers, mumford and sons, or the Arcade Fire (but its harder to make it flow maybe). The modern music is my favorite part of Charlotte Yoga. Intrigued by the green monster, they are all over the blogsphere lately. I’ll hopefully see you at least one of your classes this week-I’ll ask you then about the gm.

    • Jen March 21, 2011, 11:53 am

      Thanks for the feedback Jessica! That’s definitely the kind of music that I listen to so I will be incorporating it in my playlists for sure!

      Green monsters are delicious and you can’t taste the greens. My basic recipe is…
      1/2 banana
      5 crushed ice cubes
      Milk (regular, almond or soy), maybe like 1/2 cup
      Big handful of spinach, maybe like 1-2 cups

      I often times add in a scoop of protein powder when I’m using them as meal replacements. You can also mix in stuff like frozen berries, nut butters, ground flax, etc.

      Hope that helps!

  • natalie March 21, 2011, 12:19 pm

    OH awesome!! Yoga then running? DANG!! Great job lady! 🙂

    • Jen March 22, 2011, 11:25 am

      I have no idea where that energy was coming from but I just went with it!!! 😛

  • Jen March 21, 2011, 2:56 pm

    I love visiting your blog! You are always so upbeat, positive, inspiring and motivating!! I’m so excited for you with finishing the yoga training and can’t wait to hear all about it when you are done!

    Have a great day!!!

    • Jen March 22, 2011, 11:26 am

      Jen – thank you SO much for your comment. It brought a smile to my face!

  • Tara March 21, 2011, 5:08 pm

    I work at the Lake Norman Y. Maybe you can come sub sometime! The yoga room is all windows and looks out at the lake. If you ever come we can run in Davidson after. Sounds like a great workout!

    Glad you are so happy!

    • Jen March 22, 2011, 11:27 am

      That would be so much fun!!! We should definitely plan that. 😛

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