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“Mindfulness” (period)~ Emmy Cleaves

Hello hi hi!!

Whew, where to start where to start. I just got back from Austin, Tx, where I was attending the Bikram Yoga Women’s Retreat as well as judging the Texas Regional yoga competition. I am sure I have written on here somewhere how much I love the city of Austin. I always knew I wanted to go to Texas, I didn’t know what was drawing me there but I always knew I had to visit. I found Austin and have since named it as one of my favourite places I’ve visited! So, I was so happy to be back in Austin even if only for a few days.

At the women’s retreat, we got to take class from Rajashree (bikram’s wife) as well as from Emmy (the principal of Bikram’s school…and his long time friend and yoga teacher). Over the years I have probably learned the most tidbits of posture information from Emmy. I always learn a few great amazing things when I take her class, so I always feel so fortunate when I get to spend time with her. This was a special circumstance event as well because she was around for discussion, posture clinic, meals, etc, so there was so much invaluable time with her. I won’t get into all the details of the weekend, you’d be bored and I’d be here writing all night!!….but I will tell you this: Karma is ALWAYS a circle, so what goes around, comes around…if you know what I mean…

On Saturday I was asked to be a demonstrator for the advanced class we did. This meant that I, as well as another woman and amazing yogi I know, were to do the class on the podium with Emmy. No problem, I’ve done it before for Bikram as well as have done advanced demonstration at the teacher trainings, so I was happy to do it…knowing full well it meant Emmy would be beside me for 2 hours and was bound to find at least a few things to correct!! Of course, I was so looking forward to it…I needed a tune up! 😉 I learned a couple of gems, a few things I didn’t know and was able to ask a few questions about postures which I had been wondering about. All in all a great great practice.

So, then on Sunday I was to ensure Emmy got back to her room, got lunch, and made it to the competition. So, I put my mat right up at the front, beside the podium, so I would be there for her when the class finished. Emmy has, presumably, taught for her whole career from a chair at the back of the room. She usually walks around, very stealthily, during the floor series if she is spotting some things she doesn’t like, and then has a seat for the floor series. This day, this Sunday morning in Austin, Texas, Emmy taught the ENTIRE class from the podium! Yup, she stayed up close the whole time…and once her eyes spotted me in my set in my ways (?) practice, she was all over me like a dirty shirt (is that even a saying??!!). I got some much needed help with a few of my postures (in addition to the corrections in the advanced class), and chalk it up to my karma of the extra attention I’ve been known to give when I’m teaching ;).

So, this now brings me back to the topic….Mindfulness. (Period). Emmy said a few good gems this past weekend, I can only hope to remember them as I am living my life…but the one that stuck with me, the simplest and yet perhaps the most challenging thing…Mindfulness. (Period). She talked about mindfulness as being the most important element of any yoga practice…the ability to try and not give up as well as know when to sit down or take it easy…

Well my loves, it’s time for bed. I taught a double yesterday, a double today and teach another double tomorrow…SIX classes in THREE days….I am not sure when the last time I taught so many classes in a row was!! It’s fun but at the same time, it’s a lot of energy to give…so time for me to rest up for tomorrow. It makes me think of another blog post…about yoga and the gas station…but that’s going to have to wait… 😉

Love you,

Back in Victoria…overview for my next few posts…

Hello!!!!! Oh boy, oh boy. I know, I have this constant issue with being regular in my posts, but as you all know I am on the road often and often I don’t post when I’m on the road…I think I’ll try to get better at it though as it’s hard to re-kindle all the things I think or want to write about when I get home. Plus it becomes a lump sum of blog posts all at one time!

OK….so, I just got back from 3 weeks away. I started in Calgary for the Western Canada Hatha Yoga Competition. I had an amazing weekend there, the competition was amazing, I did a demo (first one in 3 years!), and I felt so in love with my community. I will write specifically about that weekend (and post the video!) soon.

Next I was off to LA to visit the teacher training at the Radisson LAX. I was there for week 6, which is later than I am usually at TT, but it was nice to be there at a time where it seems that most of the students (about 420 of them in this one!) are over the “hump” and beginning to feel the forward motion of what they are doing and going to do…teach!!

Then I was off to Truckee. My second home. I went to visit with Bestest and hang in the mountains for a couple weeks. The weather was beautiful (cept for the one day it DUMPED with snow…dumped for JUNE!!), we sat outside, we did lots of yoga, we made yummy food and generally got re-energized.

Then I was back to LA for the International Yoga Championships. Yup…here we go again. No, I did not compete and no I did not judge. I was there as a coach and spectator and support for the competitors if they needed it (french braid, anyone?)…as well as to visit and see so many friends I only get to see at events like this.

OK…..so, there is lots to cover, I will try to get to all of it through this week…I am in the process of building a new website so I have that to handle as well as the rest of my life that piled up while I was gone…

I am planning on being home for several weeks (or at least in the vicinity) so am hoping to pick up some classes to teach. I miss my Victoria yogis…hope to see you all soon.

Stay tuned, I’ve got some interesting things bubbling away in my blog brain…


End of TT, Yoga Comp, Advanced Seminar, oh my!

Hey Yogis~

I’m still in LA…just finishing up my visit here. I fly home Friday.

I was here for the end of Teacher Training (week 9). It was a great week to be here, all the “work” was done and the days (and nights!) were filled with amazing lectures…and yoga classes of course.

Last weekend was the International Yoga Championships . This year I served only as a coach, not a judge or a competitor, so was able to be there for the competitors and enjoy watching the event. And what an event it was!! I think Bikram said there were 33 countries represented this year! Saturday everyone competed and Sunday was the finals (top 10 men and women) and the youth division.

Joseph Encinia from USA won the wen’s division, and Yukari Miwa won the women’s. They were both absolutely stunning. They have both competed before-Joseph for 4 or maybe 5 years and Yukari for a few as well. There was plenty of “upset” on the first day of the comp. Many of the people who were thought to place high had problems with balance or timing and didn’t finish where they had expected…..oh, Expectation, why must you be such a good lesson? (I had many conversations with unset competitors about expectation and attachment…lessons that I had to learn in my years of competing!).

Monday started the Advanced Seminar. So…this week has been beginner’s class followed by advanced class..followed by anything and everything I could get my hands on to drink and then eat!!

I fly home Friday and am looking forward to sleeping in my bed…for a few days anyhow…

International Champions 2011