Monthly Archives: January 2013

At What Age Does Age Become Sexy…?

Hello Everyone!! I just came up from taking class, and in Savasana I had two strong thoughts come to me that both seemed to warrant a blog post…I milled them both around for a few minutes…”all the sneezing and sick people that have been around sneezing and being sick all over the place”, or “at what age do people begin to understand how sexy age is”?….you can see which I picked…naturally. 😉

Tomorrow is my 39th birthday. Through the ages, AGE was never looked at as desirable. For one, most people didn’t live past a certain (young) age anyhow, so it didn’t much matter that as we age we aren’t seen as as useful as we were when we were younger, or as pretty or strong or smart…..etc. But now, now we live for soooo long!! People are living well into their 90’s and even over 100!! We are so much stronger than ever and are able to live for so many more years than before that now we are faced with age, and what to do as we age….and how we see aging in our society. 

I was talking with a friend of mine and we were talking about how at some point in your life, you have to realize that you just need to be your best self FOR your best self, not someone ELSE’s idea of best. Seriously, right? And you have to realize at some point that if you aren’t doing ALL of the things that make you happy and fulfilled then what the hell are you doing here in this life??!! So, you can see, as it is my birthday tomorrow, I have been having these kinds of thoughts and conversations!! ha.

I was standing in the kitchen making dinner and thinking about how I want to spend my birthday. I was thinking about all of my favourite things I like to do and how I should do all of those things! What better day than my birthday??!! So, I was going through the list of simple but extremely satisfying and favourite things. 

Well, it became clear (again) that in MY life, as I get older, things are just getting better and better…and I wouldn’t want to go back to my years gone by, but am SO happy and thankful that I did all the stupid and crazy things that I did back then…and that I felt unhappy for things that I did, and fell in love and was heartbroken, and all the other wonderful character building life creating things…because that is the beauty of us having such long lives now! We get the chance to experience SO many different ages and decades and stages of life! What a trip, huh?

So, what is it that you think is the turning point about age and acceptance or aging in your own life? 

Happy birthday to me, puppies. Hope you all have a super awesome day tomorrow, think of me when you do the Locust and Full Locust poses…they’re my favourties these days!!

Much love and glittery rainbow riding Unicorns 😉

-Ida xx

my potatoes have the right idea….*simply amazing* 

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New Year got you down…?

Hello everyone!!! 

I’m so energized today. Why, you ask? Don’t know exactly…could just be the super high test Yerba Maté I’m drinking this morning, laced with delicious high grade organic maple syrup…that always seems to give me a swing in my step and a palpitation in my heart!

Yesterday I taught a class in the morning. It was filled with (but not only with) people coming back to their practice after having a bit of a break…a holiday break, a been too busy break, an I needed a break break, an I have been gone so long now I can’t fathom going back break…you get the idea. So, I did the best I could at my job to give them the space they needed and the encouragement and sweet but tough love they desired in coming back into the room.  It got me to thinking…all the New Year’s resolutions that float around the air at this time of year. All the feelings of being not good enough are hanging heavy over people’s heads right now. All the food and drinks and celebrations now seem to be overkill, the joy has been removed from the occasions and now all that is left is the extra few pounds, the pants that don’t quite fit, and the feeling of the New Year’s resolutions that were made in an energized, perhaps slightly inebriated state of mind fog that now have to be maintained. 

MAINTENANCE. Ugh. It could be such a big oppressive word, don’t you think?! Making the goal and starting the new activity (eating/exercising/positivity/whatever else you have made for a NYResolution) is easy…you have the motivation for it, you told yourself you would and now you are…but then it turns to the reality of LIFE. It’s one thing to start something new when you are on vacation or with the kids out of school. But, yesterday the kids went back to school and everyone went back to work and suddenly it was like the realisation that it’s not that you changed something for a while or for fun or to try it out…you made a RESOLUTION and now you must stick to it or fail (again?) at your resolution….the MAINTENANCE of it is here again. 

So, yesterday, as I saw all these people come back to the mat with a slight bit of fear and trepidation, they also brought with them a feeling of knowing…knowing they would feel great in a few short classes, a feeling of triumph of getting back in the room and knowing they just needed to get through 90 minutes and they would have bliss at the end of the road. The thing about making resolutions (or any kind of change at any time of the year) is that once you get through the first month, it then becomes part of your life, not just something you do. They say it takes 30 days to create a new habit. It’s one day at a time, one choice at a time, but after 30 days, you are over the hump and hopefully you have created this new habit for yourself. (I’m not saying you have to do a “30 day challenge”, but just maintain your goals for a month however you need to to be able to do them, and with some luck you will feel in the groove to keep going!).

So, all that being said…my goal for my yoga practice for this year is to enjoy the feelings I get IN the yoga room. A couple years ago I decided I would not ever go into a yoga class with the feeling of “ugh, I so don’t want to go to class”…why would I? I didn’t want to bring in any negative thoughts or feelings into my yoga practice with me, so I have created a wonderful relationship to my practice that has taken me…oh, 12.5 years to cultivate!! So, I decided this year I want to focus on the wonderful feelings I feel INSIDE the yoga room, not just the hard work in the yoga room to reap the feelings OUTSIDE the yoga room. As a teacher I look at my students in the postures and feel elated for them! I look a the bodies in the postures and think how much is going on in the body…the blood flow and the oxygen saturation and the heart pounding and the lungs expanding and the skin stretching and everything getting a tune up!! (makes me excited to get into the yoga room just typing it!!…I’m such a yoga geek). So, now my goal is to bring more mindfulness and presence to my own practice this year. LIsten, I have been doing this yoga for over 12 years, if you think this series cannot be practiced for fear of boredom…think again! I have learned more from this one series than from anything else in my life. But it is my job for myself to figure out all the things it has to offer me. My job right now is to bring this mindfulness and presence to my own practice so that I can help my students find it as well. 

Whatever it is that you gave to yourself for this year, whatever goals or thoughts you gifted to yourself for 2013, they are here for you. They are here for you when you want them and for when you don’t. Be generous with yourself but give yourself some sweet tough love. Set yourself up for success and be generous every day with yourself. Some days are going to look how  you want them and some won’t. Some days you get what you want and some days you get what you need. And…if you’re really lucky, some days what you want and what you need are the same thing.

Happy life, my puppies. Whether your goals and resolutions involve something physical or spiritual, something tangible or not…happy life…that’s all there is to it.

Love and sweet unicorn kisses,

Ida xx


the L.O.V.E. post…

Love what you do and do what you love.
Love what you see and see what you love.
Be with who you love and love who you are with.
Go where you love and love where you go.
Be where you love and love where you are.
Hear what you love and love what you hear.
Smell what you love and love what you smell.
Say what you love and love what you say.
Wear what you love and loe what you wear.
Eat what you love and love what you eat.

Surround yourself with love…

…are you getting what I’m laying down?

I love you.
xx

2013 is all for love and love for all. Yeah, sounds good.


What would you think if you stood alone…?

Hello everyone!! Ah, happy New Year!! What a great new start. I am pretty wishy washy about Christmas (Chanukah) and Thanks Giving, but the New Year???!!! I loooooove the New Year. Yeah!I love that it’s like tearing a page off and having a clean surface. We get to leave behind what isn’t working for us and create new and wonderful things and situations for what we desire. It’s an excuse to change the way we dress, drink, eat, think and behave. We don’t need a reason to make these changes, the reason is built in…it’s a New Year!!

Today in my yoga practice, I had the thought, “if we all always stood alone, what would we think of ourselves?”. If you only ever saw yourself single, as one entity, no one around…if you only ever had yourself to compare yourself to, if you only ever saw how you were rather than how you are in relation to anyone or everyone else, then what would you think about yourself? Think of it…so much of what we think about ourselves is based on a comparison of us to other people. We compare our looks, how we dress, what we have accomplished, job, money, hair, car, voice….I could go on…are you getting what I’m laying down? You see, if I take only what I am, only what I have done or said or have, then I am perfect! There is nothing else, there is no better or worse, there only IS. There only IS what IS. That’s all. Just IS.

Stand alone, my friends. Not alone, as in a “loner”. Surround yourself with people and love and joy…but stand without judgement or comparison. When you start to see yourself as whole and perfect then imagine what is possible.

Go ahead, try it…I bet you’ll like it 😉

Love and clog dancing rainbow coloured unicorn kisses,
Ida