Hey there, blog friends!
♥Ahhh...the last weekend in May was beautiful around here. Mother Nature treated us right the whole month of May with unseasonably cool temps for Arizona. And now comes June and we're bracing ourselves for summer. Doug even started working summer hours this morning - up at 4:00 a.m. and out the door before 5:00.
I can sum up my weekend with two words: yoga and sunflowers. Oh yeah, and a side of baking. I attended my monthly yoga teacher training so that occupied a whole bunch of time, and when I did land at home I was outside snapping a few photos of our sunflowers in bloom. I managed to fit in some baking too - chocolate chip banana muffins for an upcoming road trip, and red velvet cupcakes to take to work today. :o) ♥
Saturday morning I taught my regular yoga class and then I lead my first private yoga session with a long-time friend of mine. I loved leading a private practice so much! My friend had been wanting to try yoga for a long time but was unsure of herself in a classroom setting - not sure what to expect or if she'd be able to follow along. I always feel so honored to introduce someone to yoga! I think my biggest challenge is dishing out yoga information in small bites - knowing what a student needs in that moment and what they are ready to grasp. There's so much information - SO much that I want to share - but I don't want to overwhelm with too much at a time.
Speaking of lots of information, my teacher training weekend was filled with all sorts of fantastic stuff to mull over and digest in the upcoming weeks. In a nutshell, we learned about planting the seed of affirmation when a student is in correct alignment on the premise that when the heart is open the mind is ripe for receiving. I loved that my teacher used the term "plant the seed" during this weekend's workshop. As a yoga teacher I plan to use this method with my students. And as a student, I plan to use this method myself whenever I find myself in a backbend/heart open pose. Good stuff!!!
I came home from the workshop on Saturday evening to catch some yummy sunlight in our backyard, capped off with a beautiful Arizona sunset. ~sigh~ If you follow me on Instagram you are probably in one of two categories: 1) loving all of my sunflowers posts or 2) slightly bored with them. #sorrynotsorry
And now it's June: Carrie's birth month and a time for celebration! Time to begin teaching a new yoga class for my local parks and recreation on Wednesday evenings. Time for Rinda's annual Summertime Photography Scavenger Hunt! Yes - it's back for the fifth year in a row! Time for a road trip to California for my nephew's high school graduation, then a trek to Disneyland for Carrie's birthday.
Time to hit my yoga mat and get this party started.
Happy first week in June, my friends!