Brunch Menu: Egg Braid, Muffins & Sangria!

This past weekend I had the privilege of hosting book club at my new place. And I had forgotten how much I missed and love entertaining! My last place was not really suitable for hosting larger groups, and I never made cooked or baked many interesting things just for myself. Now that I have a nice hosting space, I can’t wait to get back in the kitchen and have people over more often. For my book club group, I made an egg, cheese and veggie braid, coconut chocolate chip muffins and a sparkling sangria. They all turned out great! The recipes are below so you can try them for your own brunch gatherings ūüôā

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Egg, Cheese & Veggie Breakfast Braid

This is a great savory crowd-pleaser, as it caters to both meat eaters and vegetarians. As beautiful as it looks, it’s a very simple recipe that you can easily put together about an hour before your brunch event.

Ingredients:

  • 1 – 1 lb. pizza dough
  • Flour, as needed
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar jack cheese
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 cups raw spinach
  • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh herbs (I used basil and chives)
  • 3 eggs
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil + sea salt for the top

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425¬į. Grease a large baking sheet with cooking spray.
  2. Flour your pizza dough, then stretch/roll/spread it out to a large rectangle, almost filling the baking sheet. Spread half of the cheese longways down the center of the dough.
  3. In a saute pan over medium heat, saute the onions in the oil until softened. Add the garlic, spinach and herbs and cook until the spinach wilts. Add the eggs and scramble just until cooked, mixing the veggies into the eggs. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Spread the egg mixture over the cheese down the middle of the dough, then top with the remaining cheese.
  5. Using a knife, make diagonal cuts about 1-2″ apart on each side of the dough, starting your slices just before the mixture in the middle. Fold the strips over the mixture, alternating each side so the dough looks like a braid down the center. Tuck the last strips underneath. Brush the top with the olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt.
  6. Bake for 15 minutes. Let cool and then cut into slices. Serves 8. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge. They’ll keep for a couple of days.

 

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Coconut Chocolate Chip Muffins

No brunch is complete without something sweet! This is another super easy recipe, and who doesn’t love chocolate in the morning?

 

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup chocolate chips

 

Directions:

  1. Heat oven to 425¬į. Line a 12-cup muffin pan with paper liners, or grease with cooking spray.
  2. Beat together the butter, milk, eggs, sugar and vanilla until combined. Stir in the remaining ingredients until a batter forms. Divide the batter evenly between the 12 muffin cups.
  3. Bake for 5 minutes, then reduce the heat to 350¬į and bake for another 15 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean. Let cool. Store leftovers in an airtight container. They can also be stored longer in the freezer.

 

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Sparkling Red Sangria

While alcohol is not a necessity at brunch, it’s usually encouraged to get the party started (at least in the groups I’m part of). This sangria is light and fruity, so it’s easy enough to drink earlier in the day without wanting to take a nap afterwards.

 

Ingredients:

  • 1 750 ml bottle of sweet red wine
  • 2 small apples, chopped
  • 2 cups mixed berries
  • Fresh mint leaves from 1 large sprig
  • 2 – 1 liter bottles of flavored seltzer (I used blackberry and lemon)

 

Directions:

  1. Pour entire bottle of wine into a large pitcher. Add the fruit and let “marinate” for a couple of hours.
  2. When ready to serve, add the mint leaves and seltzer.
  3. Pour into glasses! Serves 8 (1 glass each)

 

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Yoga Teacher Training: Weekend 5

Writing “weekend 5” was so difficult, because it means I’m now more than halfway done with yoga teacher training! I’m so excited that I’m getting closer to my graduation, but I’m also really going to miss this program and the people in it. But I’ll save my waterworks until weekend 9, as I still have four more great weekends to go. And this past weekend was another fun, educational and transformative one.

 

FRIDAY

We started our evening with Carrie where we each shared our commitment for the weekend, and acknowledged each others. I have been so content lately, more than I have been in a long time, so my commitment for the weekend was to express love and compassion for myself and fellow yogis. This led right into a yoga practice centered around a book we were assigned to read called Living Your Yoga. Carrie structured the class to reflect several themes in the book, and because the book was so powerful, so was the class.

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After practice, we sat down to discuss the book at length. I can say without a doubt that this was one of the best books I’ve ever read. Each section of the book addresses a different part of life, including faith, contentment, attachment, love, empathy, truth and much more. And while the book is called “Living Your Yoga”, it also applies to daily life and provides great insights as to how to live fully, with meaning and intention.

 

We did a few exercises from the book together to facilitate more conversation about the themes. Our first one was to list all of the mind states we had experienced that day, and then pick one to focus on. While I had written down several different mind states, I chose contentment to focus on, because it has been so prominent in my life over the past couple of weeks. I’ve had this feeling that everything has fallen into place, which has allowed me to relax more and enjoy life. We discussed how contentment stems from gratitude, and it’s easier to find gratitude when you’re in a good place.

 

Our next exercise was to list what strikes us about the life we’ve been given. I listed all of my favorite things in my life, as well as what I’m most grateful for. But the one thing that strikes me most, and that I even wrote down first, is the fact that I feel like I’ve been given two lives to navigate. And I honestly feel like my 30th year has started that second life. I look back at even a couple of years ago and see it as such a different time. As hard as some of the times were, I’m proud of my growth and where I’m at right now.

 

SATURDAY

On Saturday morning, Jillian discussed mindfulness and meditation with us. We talked about what mindfulness is and how it affects life in a positive way, like increasing optimism, empathy and life satisfaction. From there, she led us through a short loving kindness meditation practice. In this practice, you focus on certain people in your life (both good and not so good) in your mind and wish them safety, happiness and health. It’s a great way to develop compassion and empathy for others. Other techniques for mindfulness include breath counting, thought labeling and walking meditation.

 

From there we watched a film called The Dhamma Brothers. This documentary followed the lives of prisoners in an Alabama penitentiary who took advantage of a program called Vipassana meditation. Vipassana is a 10-day program where you don’t talk…at all. You have scheduled meal, sleep and meditation times. What a powerful movie! The lives of these men, who were all in prison for life, changed so much for the better from this program that it has since been utilized in other prisons. It proved that meditation and mindfulness can work for everyone, regardless of their situation. After the movie we all colored mandalas as a meditation practice during our movie discussion.

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After lunch our guest instructor, Rachael Harper, taught us all about Ayurveda, which is a system of natural medicine focusing on food and lifestyle. Everything has connection to Ayurveda. The goal is to bring balance to the body, but most importantly, to listen to your body, as we’re all unique and need different things. One size doesn’t fit all in this regard. Prior to the weekend, we all completed a couple of quizzes to determine our Prakriti, or original constitution, and our Vikriti, our current state of balance. My original constitution was Vata-Kapha, but over time my Vata has skyrocketed and I’ve lost some of my Kapha. If this is confusing, I encourage you to take the quizzes so you can see what I’m referring to ūüôā

 

Our discussion led us into a 5Elements Earth Flow yoga practice. Rachael instructed us through this practice that focused on inner balance and centering. It was interesting to apply her teachings on Ayurveda to a yoga practice, and I could easily see how they all connected to each other. As I mentioned before, everything has connection to Ayurveda! We ended the day with some self-massage with coconut oil, which I’ve found is a really great habit to form on a daily basis.

 

Rachael’s discussion was so informative that after just a few hours I was really interested in the concepts of Ayurveda. It’s amazing when you can listen to what your body and mind need rather than relying on doctors, drug stores and pharmaceuticals. A lot of our ailments could be relieved, or even cured, if we just care for ourselves better with good daily habits. Since the weekend, I’ve already incorporated several Ayurvedic practices into my daily life, including oil pulling, self-massage, tongue scraping, diet adjustments and drinking hot water in the morning. I’m also a very structured person who loves routines, so this is working out splendidly for me ūüôā

 

SUNDAY

We were treated to another visit by Carey Sims Sunday morning, where we discussed Yoga Sutras. We began the day with a short, gentle practice to get our energy up and our bodies and minds calm. We were instructed to read Yoga: Discipline of Freedom to prepare us for our Sutra discussion. As a group, we talked about what yoga, suffering and liberation really mean, obstacles we must overcome as yoga practitioners, the understanding of Yamas (social ethics, or observances) and Niyamas (personal ethics, or restraints), and the 8 Limbs of Yoga. 

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Before the weekend, we were all assigned either a Sutra, Yama or Niyama to research and structure a class around. I was assigned the Niyama Ishvara Pranidhana, which is surrendering to a higher power. My personal interpretation of this is letting the universe take over sometimes, where we don’t always have to be in control of everything. Sometimes we need to get out of our own way, and just release and let go. I also interpreted it to mean devotion and discipline to ourselves and our yoga practice. I believe that a lot can be learned by giving ourselves over to our practices.

 

I created a class around this theme that included some restorative and surrendering poses, heart openers and alternate nostril breathing. Little did we know arriving on Sunday that each of us would have to teach about 5 minutes of our personal class to others in the group! In the end we all did great, even after having to choose last minute what part of our sequences we wanted to teach. We ended the morning with a final meditative grounding practice to take in all that we learned.

 

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Teaching mindfulness meditation and yoga to each other

 

After lunch Jillian continued her mindfulness and meditation discussion from Saturday morning. She began by leading us through Yoga Nidra, which was simply WONDERFUL. Basically you get as comfortable as possible lying on your mat, using whatever props you want. The goal is to get you into a deep meditative state, which often results in falling asleep (which is okay, and what I totally did). What felt like 5 minutes was actually about 40 minutes, which none of us could believe because it went by so fast.

 

She then led us through a mindfulness meditation yoga practice, incorporating a lot of what we had learned thus far. This practice also included a “mountain meditation”, which is best done standing up. I thought I’d be wobbly standing up to meditate for a while, but I actually found I was really grounded, probably because I was relaxed and not overthinking it. Then came food meditation! We had the option of a piece of chocolate, zucchini bread or a blackberry. Of course, I chose the chocolate. We studied it, held it, tasted it, and then eventually chewed it. I personally love food meditation; I think it’s a neat way to get in touch with something that we likely take for granted on a daily basis.

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Our final task of the weekend was to break up into small groups and teach each other a short sequence incorporating a mindfulness technique. We were given 15 minutes to create a short class, and then had 10 minutes to teach it. I decided to focus on breath counting, Ujjayi breath, and guided grounding in Savasana. I was really happy with how mine turned out, and I realized how comfortable I’m already getting with teaching. I truly feel it is something I was called to do, and each time I practice it just confirms that. I absolutely love it, and can’t wait to see what the future holds in my teaching career.

 

And so ended another amazing weekend with some of my favorite people on this planet.

 

~Breathing in, I calm the body. Breathing out, I smile.

Dwelling in the present moment, I know that this is a wonderful moment.~

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Faux Meat Fo’ The Win!

I’ve been meat-free for about 4 years now, and while I still eat seafood occasionally, I mostly cook vegetarian at home. Most of my meals have consisted of pasta, grains, beans and veggies. Obviously these are all great, healthy foods, but there were times when I wanted a faster, filling protein source, especially on work nights when I just don’t feel like cooking much. I had ruled out fake meats, because, well, I always assumed it was something along these lines:

 

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Pretty gross…that was until, earlier this year, I tried chik’n nuggets at a vegetarian friend’s house and was instantly hooked. How it took me this long to try the wonder that is¬†modern-day faux meat is beyond me, but it instantly opened up my culinary world. I have since incorporated different kinds of vegetarian products into my meals.

 

The biggest reason I stopped eating meat was for ethical and health reasons. However, I never really loved meat growing up either. The taste and texture always turned me off, especially when I was eating something fatty (I’d usually end up gagging). Fortunately, even though faux meat resembles the real thing in appearance, the taste and texture are different enough that I’m not turned off by it at all. In fact, I’m glad that I can enjoy certain favorite dishes of my youth using my own substitutes now.

 

So here are some of the better faux meats I’ve tried and now use in various dishes. There are some faux meats that are made of pure crap ingredients; I don’t buy those. The brands below¬†are plant or soy-based and have recognizable ingredients in them. Are they all the healthiest options? No, as they are still considered processed. But there are also MANY worse foods you can eat. And I’ll take that over eating meat. The great¬†thing is a lot of these products are now found in almost all grocery stores, due to more people eating less meat. But even if you still eat meat, give some of these a try! You don’t need to eat meat every night, and this is a great way to expand your horizons into the vegetarian world.

 

Quorn Chik’n Nuggets

I figured I’d start with my introduction to faux meat. Quorn by far makes the best nuggets, in my opinion, and are one of the pioneers of the meat-free movement. These are so easy to make and help me when I’m in a pinch for a quick protein for lunch or dinner. I’ll pair these with some veggies and some ketchup for dipping and I feel like a 10-year old again! Quorn makes several other great products as well that are definitely worth checking out.
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Beyond Meat Feisty Beef Crumbles

I’m a big fan of cooking Mexican food at home, like nachos,¬†tacos, tostadas and quesadillas. These crumbles have really come in handy to add some protein to my dishes. I just saute them with veggies and add some spices, and they always add a nice texture and flavor. The “feisty” kind are pre-seasoned, but you can also buy them plain, which I’ve used in some Italian dishes that would normally call for ground beef. I would check out the Beyond Meat brand, because they are doing some seriously innovative work in the vegetarian protein department. I can’t wait to try these!

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365 Chickenless Patties

These were my next stop after the chik’n nuggets since they’re basically one large nugget. I started eating these for lunch a few months ago, and I now eat them every single day and haven’t gotten sick of them yet. In fact, several of my coworkers now know my exact daily lunch because I’m always in the kitchen at the same time every day making it. And I always get compliments on it! My sandwich consists of a patty with a slice of pepper jack cheese, mashed avocado, mustard and spinach on a sandwich thin. If you don’t happen to have a Whole Foods near you, check out the Quorn brand of chik’n patties.

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Lightlife Smart Patties & Smart Dogs

Lightlife is one of my favorite brands. I recently tried both of these items at a vegetarian BBQ and they are by far the best veggie burgers and dogs I’ve had. I’ve tried my fair share of veggie burgers; some great, some good and some downright awful. These were in the great category. As much as I like bean burgers, they just don’t always hold up on the grill. These tempeh burgers, on the other hand, grill up nice and crispy and have excellent flavor. Same goes for the smart dogs. Some veggie dogs are dry and feel like you’re chewing for days. These dogs actually have the snap of a real hot dog and don’t dry out. I highly recommend these the next time you’re grilling outside!

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Tofurky Deli Slices

These actually surprised me. The idea of plant-based deli meat seemed a little weird to me at first, but they ended up being really tasty and satisfying! I’ve tried several of the deli slice flavors, but I’m a big fan of the peppered slices. A few slices on toasted bread with lettuce, tomato, pickles, cheese and mayo, and it’s just like enjoying a deli sandwich. These are a great option for lunches on-the-go since they can stay cold and transport well.

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What are your favorite faux meat products that you’ve tried? Leave a comment!¬†

New Tattoo: A Dedication to My Cats, My Hero and Myself

This past Friday night I got my newest tattoo. I had been planning this one for a few months, refining my design to perfection week after week. Interestingly, my other two tattoos were done in May, so I figured I’d keep with tradition and get this one in May as well. Through word of mouth I discovered Haylo Healing Art Lounge and knew from the moment I walked in that I wanted my tattoo done here. Haylo is female-owned and staffed, and just emanates light, peace and love, so I felt really comfortable here. Catherine was my tattoo artist, and was so patient with me as I tweaked the design several times (as I tend to do). In the end she did a fantastic job, and it was exactly what I hoped it would be.

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I had been wanting a cat tattoo for a while, but couldn’t decide exactly what to get. For a while, I was planning to get paw prints on my foot, one for each cat in my life. But looking through other cat tattoo images online, I¬†discovered an idea for something else.¬†I found a semicolon design where the top was a cat head instead of a circle. From there, I began to draw out what I wanted, with the bottom of the semicolon becoming a flowing cat tail, and adding whiskers to the head. I actually went into the studio with the plan to get the tattoo on my left ankle, but realizing I have scrawny ankles, Shane suggested I get it on the back of my neck instead. My excitement skyrocketed once I saw how it would look. To me, the end result is a combination of love, fun, femininity and empowerment. And now I just want to wear my hair up all the time to show it off!

 

 

I also wanted this tattoo as part of my continued self-healing over the past couple of years. Similar to my last tattoo, this new one has a special meaning behind it. My two cats, Loki and Odin, have been literal lifesavers for me over the past year. It would have been a lot easier to end it all if they weren’t there, but I worried too much about what would happen to them if I wasn’t there. They are my kids and depend on me, so as much as I wanted my pain to end, I cared more about their well-being. But more than that, they are my ultimate source of comfort in my darkest times. They have some sort of kitty intuition and seem to know when I need them most. When I can’t move from bed or am having a panic attack, they both surround me, getting as close as possible. This has calmed me down and made me feel loved every single time. So it was only appropriate that I dedicate something to them.

 

 

 

The semicolon design also has special meaning. As many of you may know,¬†Project Semicolon began in 2013 and took the world by storm by raising awareness of mental health and suicide prevention. In a sentence, a semicolon indicates a pause, that there is more to be said afterwards. For those with mental health and suicide issues, this semicolon represents our stories not being over. That we have more to say and do before our lives end.¬†Now more than ever I realize that I have a lot more to say and do in this world. This has kept me going when I’ve wanted to give up so many times. While I don’t think any of us are particularly special, I do believe our purpose in life is to just live and see what happens. If we truly only have this one life, we might as well see what it’s all about and do as much good as possible.

 

 

Sadly, the founder of Project Semicolon, Amy Bleuel, lost her own mental health battle in March. It was a surprising blow to the community who came to know her by the hope and love she brought into the world with this one little punctuation mark. Her death was devastating, and it provided a glimpse into just how strong our minds are when they’re working against us. And this could happen to any of us with mental health issues; some of us can fight it, and some ultimately can’t. It takes all we have to fight it, which is why I can actually understand when someone takes their own life. Some call it selfish, but those are the people who have likely never had to deal with this level of depression and can’t possibly understand how painful living actually becomes. But she left a very important legacy, and hopefully passed on knowing that she saved the lives of so many; a true hero. I felt that getting this tattoo was even more important now, as it was my way of saying thank you to Amy for all of the mental health awareness¬†she brought to¬†the world.

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So if you see someone with a semicolon tattoo, or variation of, know that they may be fighting their own battle, or love somebody who is. And do your part to listen and have compassion, because we all have our own stories to continue to tell.

Yoga Teacher Training: Weekend 4

Oh how I love my yoga teacher training weekends! After each weekend I grow more comfortable with my future as a yoga instructor because of the amazing instruction I’m receiving. After the first weekend I truly believed I picked the best possible program for this, and each¬†completed weekend confirms that thought even more. Plus, I continue to grow closer with my fellow yogis, having formed some pretty incredible friendships so far. This past YTT weekend furthered our instruction with assists and practice teaching, encouraged group collaboration, and introduced us to the wonderful world of Sanskrit.

 

FRIDAY

We began our evening with a twist and hip opener practice led by Jillian. I’m a big fan of twists and hip openers, so this was one of my favorite practices so far. My back and hips are more flexible than other parts of my body, so I love being able to deepen these areas and experiment with new poses. It was a great way to start the weekend.

 

After practice, we focused on breaking down various twists and hip opener poses. We got into groups¬†and were given a pose to demo while we discussed different modifications and variations for that pose. My group was given pigeon and gomukhasana, or “cow face” pose based on the way your legs and feet are oriented (also a¬†name I only learned that night!). After each group demo’d their pose, Jillian showed us proper assists and let us practice them on each other. We did this quite a bit in our last weekend, and I enjoy it a lot. The best way to learn assists is by doing them, and I’m grateful that our instructors give us so much practice with this.

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SATURDAY

We began the next morning with a journaling exercise with Jillian. We had four questions to answer:

  1. Describe your favorite-ever adjustment that you received.
  2. Describe an adjustment you’ve received that you didn’t want.
  3. Under what circumstances might you refrain from adjusting?
  4. How does your personal history with touch influence your approach to assisting?

 

These were some interesting questions to answer. I won’t go into detail about all of my answers, but I will say the best adjustment I ever received was in pigeon (an assist I allowed and enjoyed because of specific student-teacher trust), the worst I received was when an instructor massaged my feet in savasana and then touched my face (AND I was one of the last people in the class to have this adjustment…ick!), and I enjoy touch, and therefore, enjoy giving and receiving assists. Our responses varied across the board, and each person’s response sort of gave a clue as to how they might eventually structure their own teaching practice.

 

After journaling, we partnered up and had the opportunity to provide assists through an entire class sequence that included standing, seated and lying down postures. I’ve found that I’m already becoming more comfortable with giving assists in terms of pressure, effectiveness, and overall confidence. And my partner gave me some excellent feedback as we went along. It was definitely some of the best assisting experience of the program yet.

 

Carrie led us through a twist and backbend practice after lunch (fortunately I did not eat a heavy lunch beforehand). While I love twists, there are some backbends that I need to work on, so I was happy to focus on those. From there we circled up to share how we were feeling and what need we were longing to have fulfilled. For me, it had been a stressful few weeks, so I have¬†really been longing for peace and serenity in my life. As I write this, I’m already feeling less stressed.

 

We spent the afternoon diving deeper into sequencing. There is a rhyme and reason to most yoga classes, which can often go unnoticed by students. When planning a class, it’s important to incorporate intention, progression, patterns, symmetry and counter/neutralizing/deepening poses, as all of these combined make for a very effective practice. For example, both sides of the body need to be equally focused on, otherwise you create imbalance in the body. It’s also important to take into account external factors, like time of day or year, when structuring the type of class to offer.

 

So we took this knowledge and broke out into groups to come up with our own mini sequence. Each group needed to come up with a peak pose and class theme, and then include a warm-up, sun salutation, flow and cool-down. My group offered a “power balance” theme with our peak pose being crow (we also joked about playing power ballads to our power balance class). Our collaboration was really fun and we came up with an effective practice, even while being shortened.

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SUNDAY

We were treated to a special guest instructor Sunday morning as we learned the beautiful language of Sanskrit. Marcy Braverman Goldstein, who founded Sanskrit Revolution, is a master of the Sanskrit language. She has a wealth of knowledge, and was able to convey the beauty and art of Sanskrit to us in just a few hours. The interesting thing about Sanskrit is that there is literally only one way to speak it; there are no dialects, accents or variations of it. And this is because it was originally created with specific intention, so speaking it incorrectly was believed to disrupt the order of the universe. It is also a phonetic and very intricate language, and the sound of every word describes the essence of what it is naming. What you say in Sanskrit has an effect on how you feel, and therefore, you should choose what you say carefully.

 

Marcy taught us all of the Sanskrit syllables, and some words pertaining to yoga, which we practiced speaking aloud. She even broke down where in the mouth these sounds are coming from. To help us continue our studies, she recorded us speaking each syllable so that we had something to practice from. I found Sanskrit incredibly fascinating, mainly because it has so many parallels to Korean, which I have also been learning over the last few months. The Korean language was also created with specific intention, and some of the letter combinations were very similar, which made Sanskrit a bit easier to understand. I can see myself diving deeper into learning Sanskrit in the future.

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After lunch we further discussed backbends with Carrie. There are so many benefits to backbends, but they take some work to perfect so as not to injure yourself, or depending on the person’s condition, should not be done at all (or at least with some modification). All backbends really need neutralizing and counter poses as well, and should always be offered as part of a practice. I personally crave one of these poses after a backbend because they are so intense at times.

 

From this discussion, Carrie had something really neat in store for us. We worked as a group to put together an entire backbend practice. We chose a peak pose of extended leg bridge and a theme of “letting go and experiencing freedom.” From there we worked together to include breathwork, a warm-up, sun salutation, standing flow and neutralizing/counter poses. What she didn’t tell us as we were putting this together was¬†that we would actually be teaching this sequence as a group! Each of us was assigned a pose within the practice, and so we were all speaking and teaching at some point throughout. I was assigned to teach a low lunge (both sides, of course). We were all really happy with how it turned out, and it flowed a lot smoother than we anticipated. We seemed to all have an intuition of how to transition to our assigned pose, likely from our experience with teaching and sequencing so far. It was such an empowering¬†experience that literally brought us all together.

 

Our weekend ended with more focus on breaking down backbends. We targeted¬†poses like bridge, wheel, lotus, bow, fish and camel. For each pose, we discussed modifications and variations, and then Carrie taught us all proper assists for these poses, which we then practiced on each other. I absolutely loved how much assisting and sequencing we experienced this weekend, and I am in awe of how much we have already learned only a third of the way into the program. I¬†can’t wait to see how we continue to progress through our training.¬†Look out, Charlotte,¬†there are some awesome new yoga instructors¬†coming your way soon!