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Music is definitely one of the trickiest things about putting together a yoga class. It’s hard to find the right songs with the right tempos for the mood that you’re trying to get your students into. I’ve been listening to a lot of music lately, and I finally put together a playlist for an hour long class that I would like to move to.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLNsH5yWUPX4LKoi3c8FOhUYsrbdBfw3VN

This one’s definitely got a quick tempo to it, so I’d most likely save it for a vinyasa or other hot/quicker pace class. By default, it seems that these songs all kind of focus on relationships of some sort, so yay for getting it done for around Valentine’s Day! Some of the artists in this playlist are fun while other songs are a bit more serious. I think it’s a really good mix and I try to start and end a bit softer and slower than in the middle.

Hopefully, the songs get you moving and help to keep you focused to maybe push yourself just a bit farther, stay in plank just that much long, or keep your breath on track when things get going. I haven’t yet put a class together, but I’m thinking of making one that would go with this music. For now though, you can find some really great yogis on YouTube that have some great flows.

Don’t worry! I’m still planning on getting together more recipes, but I’m still getting back into that grove. I hope to have some delicious treats to go along with maybe a flow next week. Definitely taking some baby steps getting back into the regular schedule.

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Happy New Year

I know I was supposed to keep you updated regarding my yoga training, but before I knew it I had little time left for sleeping much less anything else. There is so much to tell you, and now I’m trying to get back into the swing of things and want to tell you about everything that’s happened! First things first, I got my yoga training certificate!! I can’t believe how much extra time this took up, and I thought I knew what I was getting into. If you feel called to go through the training, I highly recommend it. You definitely learn so much by taking such an intense look at yoga. However, there are a few things that you should do before hand and keep in mind. Definitely check out the program a head of time. If you haven’t gone to the studio before, go to classes at least a month ahead of time and make sure you like how the studio and teachers run their classes.

If there’s something that doesn’t resonate with you, keep looking for a program with at a studio that does! Trust me that you’ll enjoy it a whole lot more and it’ll be easier when the going gets tough to keep with it. I had been going to the studio that I got trained at for at least 6 months before I signed up. I was able to see what type of teachers came out of the program ahead of me and I really enjoyed the environment at the studio.

Just know that you will hit a wall and get to a point of burn out. You’re practicing every day, meditating every day, reading/sleeping/thinking about yoga for what feels like 24 hours/7days a week, which it pretty much is. I recommend just realizing that this happens to everyone and if you need to take it a bit slower for a few days, give yourself a small break. Don’t give up and quit practicing! You really need all those hours to really get comfortable. Along these same lines, I totally recommend giving yourself a break once you’re finished. Not only was I a bit burned out, but it was also Thanksgiving right when the program ended. I’ve given myself plenty of time off while occasionally going back to the studio. I wish I could say I was better about practicing at my house, but I’m not. I still need to go to a studio to really get a practice in.

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This yoga teacher training is both kicking my butt and making me feel all sorts of goodness. There is sooo much to learn, and the time that’s required to put into it crazy. I mean, on top of my job, this blog, and the 3-4 hours twice a week classes, there’s also meeting weekly with a small group for 3 hours, and then making sure we get an hour practice in on all the other days plus 20 minutes of meditation at the same time. On top of that, we have to journal about all of this while practicing a yoga meal (which is essentially taking a lot of time with your food to really experience it and no conversation). It was almost too overwhelming for the first couple of weeks. Here’s a picture on my way to the first class (if I had remembered I would’ve taken one after I got home).

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I always seem to go into the class nervous that I’ll forget everything and have to start from scratch, but the people in the class are incredibly supportive and amazing that I always leave feeling incredibly confident and just very positive about everything. Learning everything is exciting, and I am really looking forward to the day that I can begin to get paid to teach!

That being said, I’m sorry that once again I don’t have any deliciousness to share with you guys, but I hope to be back on track by Thursday. Thank you so much for your patience and understanding!

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San Diego

Ah! Sunny California. It’s always so much fun visiting, and right now I’m in San Diego with my family. It’s great being by the beach and being able to watch the waves while you eat breakfast. I’ve gone in the ocean a couple of times now, and the water has been really warm this year! Though the sand does get everywhere. I think I’m carrying about 5 pounds of sand in my bathing suit right now.

San Diego

We went thrift store shopping in Hillcrest, and it’s interesting to see how different the fashion is from back home. Everything is just a bit shorter and lighter…and a bit more boho/beachy. I did end up buying a couple of shirts that were just super soft and comfy. Our cousin actually found these awesome stores first, and we were able to meet up with her to check them out.

San Diego

She’s also been getting into surfing and got us to rent boards for an hour to try it out. I’m not so sure it’s my thing, but Bren really had a lot of fun. The board for me just felt a bit too large and awkward…my arms are just a tad too short it seems. Maybe if we were to get some lessons, I’d pick up a few tricks but I think I’ll just stick to swimming in the ocean.

San Diego

If I could live by the ocean, I probably would. There’s just something so soothing about looking outside and watching the waves. But at the end of this week, we’ll be flying out and going back to the grind. Hopefully, we’ll be able to come back next year but we may decide on a different place. So, time to make the most of this vacation!

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Japan (Asakusa, Tokyo)

I hope everyone is getting into the holiday spirit! As you probably know by now, I’ve been away these past couple of weeks in Japan. There are so many lights and decorations, it’s really hard to believe! They’ve even got a huge tree in the center of town that they light up at night…and of course Hello Kitty is everywhere. There’s even a Sanrio theme park nearby. I think my favorite thing to do in Japan is eat (is anyone even surprised at this??) and even with all the walking around I’ve been doing, my pants are becoming too tight.

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(Left: Illumination outside my hotel, Right: Puroland (Where Hello Kitty Lives))

For breakfast I’ve been having onigiri (rice balls) and an pan (bread filled with sweet red bean paste). It may sound a bit weird, but it’s actually quite satisfying! While there is a good Japanese bakery not too far from my home in Michigan, finding good onigiri is very difficult. I will definitely miss them when I return home. I will say for as expensive as everything is the price of food is very reasonable!

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(My usual breakfast, minus the onigiri)

The weather here is also much milder than it is in Michigan. No more down jackets for the past two weeks! I can’t explain the joy of being able to wear a different jacket. I know that as soon as I return home I’ll be back to my down until May, and while I do love my down jacket…there’s only so many times you can wear one thing before needing a change.

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(Rubbing the ox's head for smarts at Daizaifu Temple, Kyushu)

Please see the pictures below for a glimpse into my trip! Unfortunately I didn’t get any pictures of me at karaoke…luckily I still remembered some popular Japanese dramas’ theme songs so I was able to sing a few Japanese songs.

 

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MeHi! My name’s Alexis and I finally took the leap into blogging after reading so many fun posts by other food bloggers.  I’ve always had a passion for eating, but have never really felt comfortable in the kitchen.  There are so many drool-worthy recipes out there, that I wanted to document my musings in the kitchen both following others’ recipes and becoming brave enough to create my own.  Please take a look around! I really want to hear from you! If you make something, like something, don’t like something, please comment or use the contact form!  Reading your comments really makes my day!  If you’re looking for an easier way to get my recipes, you can sign up for my email and get them directly to your inbox.  I hope to hear from soon.

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