Ebb & Flow

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Getting your Masters in Public Health.

I’ve always known I wanted to go to college-always. It was not an option. I never thought I’d like it so much that I would want to stay in this alternate world known as academia. You feel as thought time has stood still and you are at it’s mercy. Is it different than undergraduate yes and no. Here is what I wish they would’ve told me before I went to grad school.
#1 Remember cramming for tests and putting things off and not learning just kind of letting air seep between your ears-that ain’t gonna fly. This is important stuff, you need learn the methods, know the methods and live the methods. My best advice, type them furiously on a laptop in lecture and every night after class-rewrite them. Trust me, it’s way easier to look back and read a cute journal than it is a laptop.
#2 Take care of yourself. Have a group of friends in your department, and have some outside of your department, it is healthy and necessary to collaborate and meet new people outside of your department. Also it is likely they have common and different hobbies that will be a great way for you to get out there and rock climb and bike and run new trails with cool people.
#3 You have a job. Yes you are in school, your school is your job. Take it seriously, set work hours for yourself-set an alarm-whatever it takes. The harder you work in your hours, the more fun and the happier you will be after a good solid day of good work during healthy hours. If you are a night owl–sleep all day, work all night, just be sure there is a balance, that you are getting some sun, and that your meals subsist on more than a bowl of cereal in the lab…ergh I mean outside the “lab”.
#4 Save money on going out and learn to love pasta, oatmeal, and Winco!
#5 Make connections with your professors, they have incredible stories and they will be your allies and your coworkers someday. Don’t be afraid to ask them to coffee or have them join a group after class for a beer, the worst that can happend is they will smile and say no.
#6 Have hobbies outside of classwork and research. I am a strong believer every human should have atleast one bike (I have three and they are all babied and loved like pets)
#7 If you have a bicycle, always have a bike rack, panniers, bike lights, a spare tube, pump and patch kit. These should always be in your bag, for you or a fellow man down.
#8 Grocery shop atleast once a week, veggies and fruits are cheap in bulk and great to have around the office. I always have peanut butter, granola, yogurts and coffee around the office just in case time runs out between classes for a bite to eat.
#9 Download the app Wunderlist, it is a lifesaver. It connects to your phone and computer. It lets you make easy checklists (saves stickie notes) and it lets you save on going lists so you can plan out codes for classes and your running groucery and tasks lists for the weekdays and weekend.
#10 Make friends with the second year students if you’re a first year and the first years if you’re further in your degree, it’s great to share what you have learned and to mentor other students and it’s great to meet those that have gone through all of the crazy trials you are going through. Hang in there, you’re doing great. You are so lucky and this is such an amazing experience-cherish it, every last literature review…


Yoga bags




Hey peeps 🙂 here’s my first yoga mat bag.

Sewing itself is a practice of patience, I appreciate clothes, bags and shoes (the skill to make shoes!) So much more


Teaching Marathon

After my first experienced I was a little worried to step out again. I did not have a bad experience at all! However I was so conscious of the students (all 30 of them!) I was worried that by not helping each person understand it, I had not given them the complete class as it should be. This is of course negative to hold myself to such high standards, but it is good to recognize that I really do care about each person in that room. I want to make sure they enjoy their yoga experience and come back and fall in love with it!

I have a little voice, just like my mother, we are blessed and cursed. We are little people, many mistake us for 3/4 of our age but we still have an honest and brave disposition, we like to help others and we will tell the truth to a T. We have little voices, we have the tendency to get stepped on sometimes because we look sweet, but we will stand up for ourselves and others, even if it is just a squeak of protest :]

Starting out at a small studio with my own routine was just what I needed. I loved it there, it became my home, my little place where I had control of the room and I was able to forget the script and let the movements I had practiced and the ones from class that I really loved and had remembered from our training. Forgetting about memorizing the entire script allowed me to connect and adjust the students and help them grow. I love adjustments! They are what brought me to where I am today, they made me feel like my teacher was my friend, to this day I still stay connected to my college yoga teacher. She’s so down to earth and she always asked me at the beginning of class what my favorite pose of the week was (she knew it always changed based on how we feel.)

So yes! I am in love with teaching, I love making a comfortable small studio a space where it is not just people moving about, it’s growing, learning, moving with intention of learning something new every day from myself and the students. I am studying up for my next classes already, building playlists that are new, fresh and lighthearted and looking up postures for the requested hip and shoulder openers. Oh what fun 😀 This is truly the life.

Stay happy, stay warm, stay healthy!



You are beautiful.

You are interesting.

You are you.

Don’t let society define what is and isn’t beautiful.

Don’t let yourself be brainwashed and judge yourself or others


I was sick last week and had a tough time getting it all back together. I was tired, and nothing much appealed to me but sleep and no food was very tantalizing without taste buds except for the crunch of rice cakes. It took a few days for me to get over my Flu2013 stoop but I’m glad I’m out!

For anyone in a rut this is a great writing exercise that I found to be very beneficial.

“It’s time you started living accordingly.
We think failure is forever. Wrong.
We think embarrassment can’t be recovered from. We think losing is the end of the world. Reprogram yourself.
You can cover up a bad tattoo. You can heal a broken bone. You can get into another relationship. You can move to a new city. Nothing is forever. You can recover from anything. No mistake is forever and most are easier to recover from than you think they are. Do this now. Below, write down the first act you will take as your new self – the one that cannot die and for which failure is insignificant. Have it be something you are seriously afraid of. Something that makes your heart beat fast. Then, after you’ve written it down, do it.”

– by Julien Smith. You can read the whole blog post here.






The most interesting aspect of meridian energy I found was how consistent Chinese Medicine is with ailments that we experience ourselves all the time. Western medicine is focused on disease, and many times there is no direct answer for why there is something wrong-if there is no medical test to prove it.

Chinese Medicine is an accumulation of knowledge that can track down a system or multiple body systems that are unbalanced and prescribe behaviors, foods and herbs to alter this. When we mentioned kidney energy and how excess could lead to the urge to urinate, could be an issue with courage and willpower I could see how this would also apply to Western Medicine and proves correct, just in different words.

In anatomy class we conducted a lab which included drinking 16 oz of water, salt water and coffee per half hour. I was assigned the coffee and we looked at the amount of urine and the concentration of salts in the urine.

I would’ve been the most dehydrated by the end because the caffeine inhibits our ability to create diluted urine to conserve salts. I excreted a large amount of urine, but the solute value remained relatively low. I was very thirsty, dizzy and hyper by the end of class and after going twice every hour, on the hour I still felt thirsty and like I had to go again! Kidney energy and caffeine is powerful stuff.


Here’s a video from OSHO that I found hilarious. If I ever have a situation where I’m being asked aggressive questions I want to use this one.

[3 mins]”I want you…..to come to my bathroom”

“I have never asked anyone to my bathroom before….but I have never like any man as I like you .”





Kumare was very amusing, in a very subtle way. I enjoyed that he was not trying to hurt anyone’s feelings. He did not point out flaws or benefits of following a guru and changing their lives so drastically. He allowed that to be up for interpretation, and the entire time he told his followers, “I’m an illusion, you are the real guru, do not believe the eye.”

His outfits, contagious laughter and outrageous behavior were spot-on. You started to see the change in him, he seemed melancholy at the start, but the more he pretended to be Kumare, the more happy and easy-going he became. His job was to be happy all the time, if that were everyone’s job-boy would the world be another place.

It’s fun to toy with the idea that maybe we would all be happy if we let ourselves believe that we are doing and we are-exactly where we want to be. No one likes to be at work 5 minutes to close, but if we convince ourselves that it’s fun and we wouldn’t rather be anywhere else-maybe we can fool ourselves (and those around us) that we are having fun-and we wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. You would definitely make their night more fun too, no one wants to be with someone who’s somewhere else (they don’t care a lick about you!)

So that’s what I got from Kumare, don’t pretend to be someone you’re not. But don’t sell yourself short and always wish you were somewhere else. Be happy and be present and be happy with the world around you, you decide how to treat the day and others.

Yin homework


The parasympathetic systems assists with “rest and digest” in the body. This system conserves energy by slowing the heart rate. 

The sympathetic system is part of the autonomic nervous system. It’s primary function is the fight or flight response. When this response is activated by a stressor (say being chased by a cougar) the pupils dilate, sweating increases, blood pressure and heart rate increase to prepare the body to run (flight) or to fight back (fight.)


These systems are important to understand for yoga because in modern society our sympathetic nervous system is overworked, being late for work, social conflict or road rage could illicit an unexpected “fight or flight” response and we have no way to distinguish between a true and a socially accepted as true-fear.

Yoga calms the mind, slows the heart rate and creates a calming effect via the parasympathetic nervous system. The body can now heal from the damage caused by the excess adrenaline released during stress. Focusing on your breath, forgetting negative thoughts from your busy day and focusing on what you are doing when you practice can greatly benefit the body and the mind.

Vinyasa Sequencing

Hello :] for all who were unable to make it to this weekends class here are some snapshots at what we worked on. We practiced inversions and created our own Vinyasa sequence for fun. Don talked about the importance of Self practice, to help us remember and test what feels right in the body.

Outline of a Vinyasa Class

Sun Salutations (5a:5b) 15 minutes

Flow and standing

Cool down (seated)-last 15 minutes


Cue the breath: Inhale fill the balloon exhale deflate

-Use the wall to practice hip rotation in warrior 1 and 2 (back foot flush with the wall.

warrior 1=closed

warrior 2=open

Key phrases: “Toes forward-knees follow toes” this helps keep knees from collapsing in. Another good one-“knees point to the pinky toe”

Set yourself according to the classroom you are in. Are there windows, maybe set up in different ways to keep it fresh.

Inversions to try: headstands, scorpion and maybe handstands