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My Yoga Crushes!

Hello lovelies!

Saturday morning. Another beautiful day. Good one ๐Ÿ˜‰

This week I got a new yoga crush. Don’t get me wrong, I love every student I meet…if someone has the gusto to challenge themselves to try this practice, then of course my heart is full for them! But, from time to time, I get a huge crush on a student who steals my admiration. I’m not talking a romantic crush, it has nothing to do with that…this crush is about an inspiration and admiration I feel from something I sense in a person. I try to allow myself to be inspired by everyone I meet (sometimes that can be harder than others, let’s be honest!!), but right now I have a couple yogis who have me yogi-smitten.

My first crush is Gwendolyn* (*of course, for purposes of this blog, names have been changed ๐Ÿ˜‰ ). Gwendolyn is probably in her early 50’s, she’s married and she loves practicing this yoga. Those are really the only details I know about Gwendolyn. When she comes in for yoga she is so unassuming, nice, smiling, polite, kind and always seems genuinely happy to be there. She then works hard in class, takes her relaxation savasana, changes her clothes and is out the door with a wave and a smile. Sounds like most yogis…but there is something about Gwendolyn’s spirit and essence that I sense and it makes me feel happy…and then there’s the secret part of my crush…she absolutely ROCKS her shakti/onzie/kDeer shorts and her GLITTER bandeaus!! Seriously, I can’t help myself, between her shy demeanor and her strong focussed yoga practice she had me…but the shorts and bandeau? Well, sealed the deal. I don’t know what it is about Gwendolyn exactly that makes me feel so elated and happy, but there is something. There is something she posesses that gives me joy. So, I crush on Gwendolyn. Every time I see her. She knows she’s my yoga crush…she said I’m her’s too. โค

My other yoga crush is Mike*…This week Mike secretly bragged to me about what a bad ass he is and that was the hook…I love a good proud self promoter with equal amounts of humility…seriously, best mix. It shows up in the yoga room as ultimate combination for yoga…a yogi who works hard but also knows his/her limits and at the same time is willing to exceed those limits…because we all know the truth about limits (what limits, we are yogis, we can do ANYTHING!!). Mike is older than Gwendolyn, he's got probably 15-20 years on her. He's been an athlete his whole life and has accomplished some really amazing things…and the amazing-ist part of it is HE IS STILL ACCOMPLISHING AMAZING THINGS…His longevity is AWESOME!!! The best part of Mike is, he's totally bad ass and he knows it…and I’m sure he's been bad ass for at least a decade before I was even born…so I have super duper high end respect for him…Mike inspires me to be Super Bad Ass Yogi Princess for years and years and years to come…. โค

I know it’s easy to say “oh, we all get inspired by eachother, blah blah blah”, and the truth is, sometimes some people totally annoy us or whatever else…but if we just allow ourselves to be ourselves and others to be themselves, and understand that we all teach eachother and learn from eachother, then we begin to see amazing things in every person. And isn’t seeing amazingness in everyone way better than seeing anything other than that?

I think so…so I remain smitten.

Love you, yogis, you are all amazing…
-Ida xox

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Be.The.Sun.

Good morning, yogis. Sigh, last evening I had to put on my hoodie. This morning when I got out of bed I had to put on sweat pants…the first time I’ve worn pants of any kind in a month it’s been THAT hot. So it’s a sign that the earth is still moving and we are still moving through time…but seriously, can’t summer last forever this year…?ย 

That’s not really what I’m posting about today. Today’s post is about this: Be.The.Sun.ย 

It was probably over a year ago now, maybe even close to two years, that an old friend of mine said to me, “be the Sun”. I was in some kind of turmoil about something in regards to someone else in my life (reason is insignificant, it was simply the catalyst), and she told me to be the Sun..the Sun remains the same…the Sun remains the same, no matter what. The Sun shines even when the clouds cover it up, the Sun comes up every single day even when bad things have happened around it, the Sun is bright and powerful and healing and uplifting in every single moment because it just keeps on shining…no matter what goes on around it.ย 

Be.The.Sun.

This year on my birthday, my mom gave me some tarot cards. I think it’s the third set of cards I’ve had through my life. I’ve always loved playing with and studying my Tarot cards, it’s really something that you can spend years “learning” how to read and use, because readings will always change and your understanding of them will always change. So I have these Motherpeace Tarot cards, and I like to do readings for myself (haha, and for others too, believe it or not!!) as a way of hashing through things, calling spirit guides, tuning into my Higher Self, etc. (sometimes you have to use everything you can to get answers!!). The other night I was struggling with a drama I had going on in my head so I pulled out the cards…well, long story short, this is the card I pulled for the card that represented “me” in the reading:

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…haha. So, pretty well whenever anything has started to get to me the past few days, I just take a deep breath and remind myself, Be.The.Sun.

Have a happy Friday, my loves. Remember you get to be whatever you choose, all you have to do is see it in your mind’s eye.

Sending you lots of love…and, of course, lots of hot bright sun-shiny rays.

-Ida xx

(oh, and if you are reading this and you think the “friend” might be you, you are right, you know who you are, so thanks for that, LL ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

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if there is no CHALLENGE, then what’s keeping you moving forward…?

Gooood morning yogis!!!

Uh, can you believe it’s AUGUST FIRST already??! Wowee, time flies when you’re alive ๐Ÿ˜‰

So, as I mentioned yesterday, I am challenging myself to 30 days of writing. In the past, I have done much reading and researching about 30 day challenges (they say it takes 30 days to start a new habit) because of the popularity of doing yoga challenges. I like to choose a new challenge topic for myself whenever we do a yoga challenge because I am already pretty confident with my yoga habit, I feel like it’s not going anywhere. By creating new challenges for myself, I get to be committed along side of my yogis, I just use a different tool to achieve the same goal…I am writing myself a step closer and they are stretching themselves a step closer to the ultimate goal…Self Realization!

Ever since I can remember I have known how to read. I don’t remember learning how, I just always remember reading. Now I would not consider myself a big reader. Everyone in my family is a reader. Seriously, they usually read the same books in succession of each other, and often they are all reading the same series of books at the same time. They like to geek out and talk about all the characters and what’s happening in the books together, as though they are all there. They are currently reading the Game of Thrones, so there is a LOT of geeking out to be done with this series, it really helps when there is a worldwide mass hysteria over the book/series of books, and even better if there is a tv show and/or a movie!! It’s a real super geek fest if all those things are aligned ๐Ÿ˜‰ (NOTE to my readers, I LOVE geeks and I LOVE my family…and I LOVE to geek out with my family as well, so I too am reading Game of Thrones ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

So, with reading comes writing, and I’ve always just known how to do that as well. I know, sounds pompous, but it’s true. I was a smart kid. lol. As I grew up I didn’t really get into writing much…just the journal entries from teen-hood about my broken heart or my heavy crush on the new guy on the basketball team and what to do about it all. (Sigh, high school.) It was when I was in my early 20’s that I discovered how much I love to write. I was doing all sorts of self discovery and self expression workshops, taking acting classes and trying to figure out what my passion is and what is holding me back from being amazing and ridiculously fulfilled in all areas of my life (and, btw, what I learned through all these courses and workshops is that we are all capable of whatever we want to be capable of because we are perfect and powerful exactly in this moment, so start visualizing what you want to create and START CREATING IT!)…and I decided (remembered/realized?) that I was wanted to write and that I was going to write a book one day. I didn’t know what it was going to be about, I didn’t know if it was going to be fiction or true tale…I just knew I would do it. One day. I tried my hand at play writing and screen writing (uh, no). I wrote several monologues that were parts of larger pieces for a one woman show I would one day produce (and perform), and even have a bunch of stuff hidden away somewhere of the light hearted book I was compiling called “The Good Girl’s Guide To…”, a series of observations of a 20 something girl living in Vancouver…clearly I realized that this “Good Girl in the City” wasn’t the voice I was going to move through the rest of my life with…it’s still just in pieces stashed away with the rest of my young adult musings.

So, here we are. I have a lot going on right now professionally, and sometimes I feel like I’m not expressing my creativity enough. If I focus too much on the left side of my brain I get lop sided and the right creative is stagnant and I get grump-o-rama. I need to have some creative expression in order to have, you guessed it, BALANCE in my brain life body mind spirit. So I am choosing to write! I will write for the month and see how creative I feel at the end of it. (Feel free to read as much or as little as you like through the process ๐Ÿ˜‰ )

Do you have something that you have been wanting to do but putting off (gosh, what a cliche thing to write!! ha)? Well, maybe NOW is the time to do it…

That’s today’s post, my loves. Sometimes prolific ideas come in small offerings…and sometimes a simple post is just a simple post ๐Ÿ™‚

Have fun today,
Love,
Ida xx


yoga post…Front Row…go or no-go?

Hello good sunny morning my loves!!! It’s Wednesday morning, July 31st 2013 (seriously where is 2013 going??!!???!?! wowza) and I have been thinking about this for a while…my next challenge is writing. I have written about challenges many times before…from doing a 30 day yoga challenge (30 classes/30 days) to ways of creating challenges outside of the yoga room, such as green juice every day, more water every day, seated meditation every day…you get the idea. So, this challenge, starting August 1st, is to write every day. So get ready, read what you like, I will try to keep the uninspired ones short ๐Ÿ˜‰

BUT, the reason for today’s post is THIS….the FRONT ROW in yoga class (but really, isn’t that just a metaphor for Life…). Do you like to go there? Do you like to practice in the front row when you take class (as Bikram yogis, we know the front row to be the mirror, but being in the front row of ANY class has some stigma, no? Think about math class, or aerobics class or dance class or cooking class or whatever class…people often think only the “good ones” can go at the front of the class). If you practice at a studio where there is a mirror, the mirror is likely the front row, and the closer to the mirror you are, the better you can see your reflection. Simple. However, being in the front row also means that there are all sorts of people behind you who will inevitably be…dun dun duuuuu…looking at you!! Ha! Or so you think. Chances are everyone behind you is working just as hard to stay focussed on themselves, on their own practice. Of course, sometimes there are people in the room who are learning from watching…watching you in the front row…or a few people who just want to watch the beauty of the yoga postures. That’s when you are simply sharing your practice as a means to inspire the others around you.

Last week I got asked a couple times about the Front Row so I decided I would tell you MY opinion. ๐Ÿ˜‰

I think everyone should practice in the front row at least once in a while. I don’t believe for one second that the front row is reserved for the “good ones” or the teachers or what have you. I believe the Front Row is reserved for people who want to focus on themselves, for people who want to work hard and concentrate and be able to see their body!! The front row is there for people to go in it!! USE THE MIRROR! That’s why we have them, that’s why they are such a big part of this practice.

Ok, that being said, the front row does in some way “lead” the class. It doesn’t mean that if you are in the front row you need to do all the postures perfectly and not fall out or sit down or take a break…what it means is that you take care of yourself, you work hard, you challenge yourself and when you take a break, you take it mindfully, a couple breaths, then back into the posture. Sound familiar?…it’s because that’s yoga.

So, don’t be scared of the Front Row. Be mindful of how you feel when you get to class. If you are working through an injury and the likelihood of you needing extra breaks or extra savasanas, then maybe that is not the day for you to be in the front, but rather take it easy in the back. If you have never practiced in the Front Row, maybe today is the day. See what is different for you, see if you notice your practice in a different way when you can see your body in the mirror. See how you feel to be leading the class with your energy, your concentration, your determination, your breath and your focus.

AHhh! OK, yogis, it’s time to go out and be in love with this day!! Actually, I’m about to go take Bestest’s class, THEN outside…wonder where I’ll practice this morning…

Happy looking at your reflections, yogis.
Love,
Ida xx


Honesty trumps everything. Thoughts on my ten year anniversary!

Hello Kittens!

I am 5 days until the anniversary of teaching my very first yoga class. Bikram says it takes 10 years to become a teacher. On June 7th, it will be ten years since I taught my first class. May 31st was the ten year anniversary of my graduation. Whew. What a ride!!

If you asked me ten years ago today what I would be doing now…well, I’m sure teaching would be in the mix, as I was at teacher training, but I’m not sure I could have even fathomed where my job, my life, my yoga would have taken me, and all the things I would learn in the process.

Do you ever notice that parents always think their kids are the smartest kids? We have the opportunity, as adults, to actually witness small beings learning and experiencing new things pretty well every moment of their lives!! We, as adults, have learned it all, experienced it all, so we take the normal stuff for granted. Ever really allow yourself to experience the sourness of a lemon as though for the first time? How about looking at a flower, or a leaf, as though seeing the delicateness of the petals and the amazing seamlessness of how the colours blend into each other?…You get the picture. As we grow, we learn. Once we get to a certain age, we learn how to take care of ourselves, we have some life experiences, get into a bit of trouble and figure it out, have to make a couple choices, relationships, moving, living alone…etc…after we gain some life experience, we think we pretty well know…everything…right? So, our parents and other people around us continue to try to parent us and give us advice, without it seeming like advice, and take heed and charge forward and continue to gain life experience. Then, as we get this experience, we start to see things about ourselves, patterns, behaviours etc. We start to see how much we thought we knew “back then” and how much we really didn’t know…which means as much as we think we know now, it must mean that we still don’t actually know anything because we are only so little into our lives and development (but at least now we are wise enough to see that we still have so much more to learn and experience! Ha!). One of my favourite ideas that I heard way back in a different part of my life, is this…there are a bunch of things that we know we know (I know how to cook, do yoga, sing, teach, drive, etc etc), and then there are a bunch of things that we know we DON’T know (I don’t know how to fly a plane, play the guitar, tap dance, build a car, etc etc)…and then there is the category of the things you DON’T KNOW YOU DON’T KNOW…IMAGINE IT! There are so many things I don’t know I don’t know, so I don’t even know that I want to know them or am yet to even discover them!! So, you see, the learning and experiencing is endless!!

OK, so here I sit, 5 days from the ten year anniversary from teaching my first class and I have been having floods of emotion and memories. I have never done anything for TEN years in a row! I have been remembering classes taught and classes taken. I have been remembering times of loving what I was doing and times of not loving it. Times of feeling I was in the right place and times of wondering what the hell I was doing. I have had moments and hours of physical strength and physical weakness, emotional strength and emotional weakness. I remember times of true pure happiness and bliss standing on a podium leading students…and I have also felt completely sad, frustrated, fearful, nervous, excited, joyful, scared, inspired…I can quite honestly say, in my now ten years of teaching this yoga, I have experienced every part of who I am in that yoga room, on the podiums of all the many schools and beaches and grassy yards and living rooms and poolsides and dreams that I have had the opportunity to teach a class in.

I have had many people say many things about the way I teach class, and about me because of it. I have had a couple of brutally honest things said to me through this process, but that is for another post. I will say this…the other day a student revealed to me (when talking about me having taught for 10 years), that I open the door more now.

It’s true. I do open the door more. And it’s true all the things people have said to me and about me. It’s true I’m tough. It’s true my class is tough. It’s true you will work hard in my class…if you want to. And it’s true I’m loving and caring and honest. In fact, all I need to say is I’m honest. Right? Honest is all of those things wrapped up together! To honestly teach something to someone from an honest place…isn’t that pretty well all things we could be all wrapped up in one big ball of awesomeness that sometimes hurts your feelings or stings the Ego a little…and it also lifts you up and fills your bucket and maybe strokes your Ego just a little. But it’s real and it’s true and it’s all of us. The parts we like and love and admire as well as the parts we hate and despise and are embarrassed of.

So, in my ten years of teaching yoga, I can honestly say that I have learned
So, in the past ten years, the biggest thing I have learned is

Huh. Apparently I have learned too many things and had too many life lessons and character building experiences that I can’t narrow it down. That was the last 10 years…and now, I am so excited to see what I can get up to in the NEXT 10 years!!

Until then, thank you to everyone. Seriously. Thanks. We’re all here at the same time, we might as well help eachother out!!

Love,
Ida xx

5.31.03-6.2.13 Ten Years!

5.31.03-6.2.13 Ten Years!


Hello my loves!!

Last week I spent some time working on an email interview with a fab woman I know, and have known for some years now (she said since 2005!), Jennifer Lee, for (one of) her website, Peace and Hotness. Jen opened Bikram Yoga Whiterock (a studio that ranks up in my top 5 I’ve been to…it’s on the second floor, has an amazing view of the ocean in the distance, is almost all windows and catches some AH-MAZE-ING sun/sky shows!), back many years ago, but is constantly evolving (oh gosh I LOVE all the stuff Jen has been up to lately!! Go check out one of her OTHER projects…The Vegan Project) and now has so many other things on the go, she no longer owns the studio but has now given birth to some more relevant to her now passions!! Seriously, go check out her blog/action, she’s a total inspiration. Love you Jen xx

Jennifer Lee Boyle. Beauty.

Jennifer Lee Boyle. Beauty.

So, anyhow, here is the interview. Jennifer had been specific with me not to answer as the yoga teacher, not answering what my students need to hear but simply and from my heart. Well, I realised that my integrity is strong, the answers I gave happen to be the things I would (and do!) say to my students. I liked that I thought about it as I wrote my answers, and I like that I am who I am…with anyone and everyone.

Have a read, it’s a good one ๐Ÿ˜‰
How Ida Ripley Lives With Pleasure + Ease โ€“ MuseDays

Love and giggles, have a wonderful day, yogis!!
-Ida xx


in this day and age, do women still really have to CHOOSE? I choose happiness.

Good morning, Yogis!! I have so many things on my mind these days, I actually have several blog posts half written because every time I want to write something I start the post but feel like I still have more to say!! Alas, eventually they will all get written…truth is, I think half of the stuff I write is for my own pure learning and growth! I find writing very theraputic, and often blogging and or/emailing a select few people is more like journalling for me than the actual outcome of sharing it….although, as I go though my life, I see more and more how sharing is as powerful to other people as the writing is to me. So, there you go.

I got up this morning and checked my mail and messages as I do most mornings. I came across a blog post of a young woman I know in Australia. I don’t know Ash very well, I originally met her a few years ago and have been friends on FB…so, as it goes, we comment on eachother’s photos, posts etc. Ash has an uber flexi spine and just graduated from chiropractic school…so, it’s fun to see what she’s up to. This morning, Ash had posted a link to her latest blog post, so I clicked over to see what she is up to these days. The blog post is titled “Twenty-Something Girls vs. Thirty-Something Women”. Well, as I am a thirty something woman and was once a twenty something girl, it piqued my interest…

As you can see, it inspired me to write my own post about the subject. Let me say this, and I say it with the knowledge that I am only 39, so there are all sorts of women who are older than I am who probably think the same thing I am about to write to the younger women of the world right now, but I will say it anyways because if my life continues to get better and better as I get older (as it has been until now) then I will gladly listen to the women who are my senior because I understand that aging is about knowledge and growth and moving forward. Aging is not about growing old and withering up until your time here is done.

(I will get back to Ash’s blog in a minute, stay with me…)

I often look around at people (people who live right here and I know, as well as people like movie stars and musicians-people who are in the lime light and have their lives spread all over the media), and I find it interesting to see which people live life to it’s fullest for themselves and then as they age, they do other things, more things, new things…and some stay rooted in the old things they did, but maybe not doing said things as well as they once did and yet still trying to hold on to how they once were. Isn’t life about growth and new exploration? If we are constantly holding on to the things we did in the years gone by, then we are constantly living in the past, in the what once was, not living in the possibility of what else is to come!! I will admit I have tried to hold on to things that felt good in the past but don’t feel as good now in the hopes that by holding on tight and forcing things to be a certain way, said things would make me happy again. Not the case. It is only in my embracing the experiences of the past that I feel so much more empowered and inspired to do other more awesome things moving forward!! By aknowledging my accomplishments and having them be a part of what has built up who I am TODAY, I can feel strong and confident to create even more amazing things than I have already done! By holding on to the past and the things that I accomplished back then only seems to lead me down a dark path of disappointment. Living in the past puts a set of expectations on me, which only leads to feeling inadequate or not good enough, not as I once was. pffff, who would want to feel like that??!!

I will use my yoga practice as an example (of course). I worked very very hard at my yoga practice. I trained and yoga-ed for hours every day. I ate specific things at specific times and everything in my life was about my yoga practice (or so I thought). I accomplished high ranking in the competitive yoga world and taught myself sooooo much about who I am and how I operate and how I want to be in this world. I am ever great-ful for my time spent in that mind frame and arena…and now I am ever great-ful for NOT being in that place anymore!! I have spent many moments wishing I could perform the yoga postures as I once did, wishing my body was a lean and flexible as it once was, thinking I should start practicing like I did before, prove it’s never too late, blah blah blah. Fortunately, the work I have been doing on my spiritual self has brought me to a different place. I no longer look at my past as something that I will never accomplish again, I hold that part of my life as a massive learning time! I cherish what I learned from that experience and am so happy to be moving forward with other things, with new things, with more amazing things in my life!! Life is not about moving backwards, life is about moving forwards!! Good one, huh?

So, let me now get back to the blog post that started this whole thing this am…

In Ash’s blog she says,ย 

In modern day times, women are now procrastinating in seeking marital status. The priorities have changed. The modern day woman is more career driven and is prepared to put on hold love, marriage and kids in order to achieve financial stability, security and status all on their own!

The fall back? Well, that is plainly obvious; by the time these women are ready, the men and partnership they seek may no longer be available. They have missed the train!! Men want young nubile women. Not women in their 30s as their counterparts. This is rather discerning for the generation of women who are in the third or fourth decade of their lives who find themselves still single. This is not a joke, and not one to be apologizing for. It simply and sadly is a fact.

uh…..really? We’ve “missed the train”? There is absolutely no part of me, as a 39 year old woman, that feels that I have “missed the train” when it comes to men and relationships. This is one of the things I was talking about when I said that I will happily listen to women who are older than I am because I have learned so much about myself in this world in the past few years that I finally understand why all women say the same thing….”wait til you’re 40″. Seriously, the past few years I have said countless number of times that I am excited for 40 because if it is any better than it already has been at 37, 38, 39, then the doors are about to be blown off with magnificence and amazingness!!ย 

The original post is about men and dating and how it changes in your 20’s and then into your 30’s. She talks about the men who are interested in the women, how as younger women we seek older men for stability and the older men like the younger women because of their…well, youth…and then as women get older (their 30’s), the men are either all taken or scared of the confident woman who has “chosen her career over romance” (my words not hers) and then we (the women) are left with the young men who see us as a sugar mama, or else we are left alone… (this is not exactly what Ash is saying, but it was the catalyst for me and my thoughts).ย 

So here’s the thing…dating can be weird at any age. I have the good fortune to have some really awesome kids in my life. I am currently witnessing the growth and development of puberty and intimacy and seeing how confidence can be found and lost in other people…from such a young age…in the arena of romantic relationships. It’s fun and interesting to re-live some memories of myself in my teenage years as I watch “my” kids grow and develop. I have never really been a “dater”. I have been on several dates, but for the most part my relationships have always jumped to relationships pretty quickly and I have never really been a casual dater. So, as my lifestyle has changed over the years, I have spent most of the past few years on the road, travelling and not spending much time in one place. Because I have chosen this, ย my dating and relationship life has been more challengingย interesting than it has been before. Do I feel like my time has passed? Nope. Do I feel that the pool of men is too small now? Nope. Do I feel like I chose my career over having a family? Nope. DO WOMEN REALLY STILL HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN HAVING A CAREER AND HAVING A FAMILY??!! Seriously?

Your life is at your fingertips. Your life is what you make it. Your life, your love, your relationships, your money, your confidence, your intimacy, your family, your friends, your outlook, your career…your everything is how you make it. The world is like an energy fountain, energy flows freely and is infinite! It is what you do with this energy that determines your happiness and how you see yourself as happy and successful. So, if having a career is important to you then go out and do it and when/if a family and relationship become important to you then go out and do that too. Be open to anything and everything. If love is what you seek then love yourself. If health and well being is what you seek then send out health and well being into the Universe. If peace is what you seek, then create peace around you and set your intention to share peace with everyone around you.ย 

Get it?I love my life. I am confident in myself as a 39 year old woman. I am single. For now…and I never, ever, feel that I have missed ANY train…and if I did, guess what, there is always another one on the way. Remember the Law of Attraction, give out what you want to get. Louise Hay puts it simply and beautifully here, “The law of attraction is that our thinking creates and brings to us whatever we think about,” she says. “It’s as though every time we think a thought, every time we speak a word, the universe is listening and responding to us.

It’s that simple…living in fear of what you don’t have will only keep you focused and rooted in lack…in this world, we are all abundant-whether it’s in love, career, money, family etc.ย 

Thank you Universe for this abundance.ย 

Now, go out and be awesome!!!

Love,

Ida

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