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Love, Love,Love

14 Feb

Today is a day to share your love! There are so many ways to express love to your loved ones, your pets, your neighbors and most importantly yourself! If you have no one to share it with do it for yourself! Here are some ways I shared love today.

Hubby left to go out of town yesterday so I stuck a card in his bag and this morning I called to tell him to look for it. This morning, I woke up early enough to make heart pancakes for my three boys. Chocolate chip for my middle son, blueberry for my oldest, and regular ones for the baby (well he is 5, not such a baby anymore).

heart-shaped blueberry pancakes; made with fresh blueberries

I made a “love” playlist for my cycle class. We had class this morning at 9:45am and what better way to love yourself than taking a class to improve your health. This is one of my FAVORITE love songs, which I played in class:

I also gave them dark chocolate heart-shaped pieces of goodness! I have never done that before;  we all need a treat sometimes. Not all 45 took it, but some did and appreciated it. I appreciate them for working so hard. Some of my students work harder than I do and I love them for always coming back to my class and working hard with me and inspiring me to be better ( a better teacher and better with my own work out routine)!

There are great things you can do today and everyday to show love. Today, I have a friend who is going to write a letter to God, and express her love for Him! WOW! I think that is beautiful. SO, see today need not be a downer day. Give love, give it to a friend, a neighbor, your family, yourself. No greater gift is there that love. As Stevie says:

“Did you know true love asks for nothing?

Her acceptance is the way we pay.

Did you know that life is giving love again

To last forever, another day?”

Leaving a Leagacy of Health to our Kids – Love

19 Oct

I love kids.  Having three boys helps me realize that daily.  Now, don’t get me wrong, I have my moments when I am not the most kid friendly person (only when I need “adult time” or “me” time), but all in all I do love kids. I really like teaching kids because they ultimately teach me something each and every time. These past two Tuesdays have been an example of that.

The past two Tuesdays I have volunteered to teach the “Fitness Club” at the Elementary school my boys attend. Well, one is in Middle school now and the other in Preschool, so that leaves one at the Elementary school…as ususal I digress. As I was saying,  last week I taught Yoga, and then this week I taught a ZUMBA class. We had fun. Initially, I think the kids were a little apprehensive…a few were giving me a side eyed glance…especially a few of the boys but afterwards all were smiles and all was great.

What I loved most was how excited the kids were when they discovered how capable they were of doing stuff. I had the kids do different poses, in yoga, and those pipsqueaks were darn near wrapping their legs around their heads. I loved it! They became excited about yoga and ultimately excited about exercise. They taught me that if I just keeping trying and I let go, I can do it (anything challenging me) too. They taught me that I can laugh and have fun while exercising, even when I feel skeptical about what it is I am doing.

I heard from some of the parents that the kids went home and showed their parents some of the poses. That excited me more than anything!

We talk about how obese our kids are and how lazy they are and how bad they eat, etc. I tend to feel that it isn’t the kids. It is our responsibility to expose them to what exercise, good food and life has to offer them. We need to exercise more. We need to eat better. As a society, as parents, we need to share the joy and benefits of good health to our kids.

There is such a deep joy and pleasure to be had by us when we sow into our kids lives. Showing them how to live fulfilled, free and healthy is the legacy we should leave our kids. What legacy you  want to leave them?

Breathe

15 Oct

This week was good. I taught three different yoga classes…well four actually. I realized how much I LOVE yoga and miss taking it and teaching it more often. I teach it just once a week right now. What I enjoyed most was just taking the time to breathe. There is a need for me to do more…I need to breathe.
I was reading an article, in my Yoga Journal magazine, about how powerful breath can be. It cleanses us, restores us and has the power to heal. What was most interesting in this article was an analogy. The writer said that like the wind, breath is invisible yet imagine how the wind moves trees. Imagine how powerful the wind is. An invisible force, like our breath…it is is invisible yet powerful. Powerful enough to calm us down. Powerful enough take us from anger to stillness. From a rapid heartbeat to a slower steady heart rate.

I personally was having a rough week and breathing each day with my classes helped me put things into perspective. I was alive, I was able to feel all of the emotions yet still stay relaxed and calm for the time being. It was the power of my breath.

My goal this weekend and next week is to find my breathe and use it when the stress of the weekly schedule comes up. When the duties of the day begin to envelop me. When the household responsibilities take up all of my personal time..I will find my personal time when I breath. Despite anything that happens I can find the time to inhale in deep, long breaths and exhale it all out. I love to breath, it is my life force. Thank God for breath!

“Smile,breathe and go slowly”  -Thich Nhat Hanh

Just Dance – love/peace/soul

6 Oct

Every Thursday I teach a Latin Fusion class. I LOVE my class. We have a BLAST every week. Me and usually 50-60+ students are grooving away.

Me on stage teaching a class

I have been teaching this particular class for about four years now. I love listening and choosing the music, I love choreographing the dances, and I love dancing.

That’s it! I LOVE TO DANCE. I have been dancing all of my life. Started out as a ballet dancer as a 5 year old and went on to college to dance, now I do it as an adult. It has always been the essence of who I am. No matter how tired I am, I get in there and something just takes over and I am a dancing machine. I forget about anything else going on and I am moving and grooving, yelling, throwing my hands up in the air and just going for it. It is such a relief.  I forget I am a wife, mother of three with dishes to do, laundry, housecleaning, errands, bills, pick-ups, practices, the list goes on and on. I forget that sadness of those who died, and the ails of  our country and world. I embrace the thing that connects all life music and dance.

What makes it even better is that I sweat like crazy and burn at least 500 calories each week. How sweet is that. Right afterwards I teach yoga and that completely calms me down. I just love Thursdays.

Me, in the center with my mic on, with some of my great students in the class

What do you like to do to relieve stress? Have you danced lately?