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NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG

NEW WORK AND HOLIDAYS MAKES BEAUTY REPORT A DULL BLOG


But I’m back to blogging! There’s been a lot of changes for me in the past few months.

To back up a bit, a little over a year ago, I left a full-time job as an online community manager. I wanted to focus on teaching yoga, but was fairly sure yoga teaching wasn’t the only thing I wanted to do career-wise.

It’s been a great experience as far as deepening my teaching and growing a base of amazing students. Still, I also missed doing the online community work that I used to do and quickly discovered that I like having the structure and regularity that comes with a full-time, salaried job.

I was in the middle of the interviewing for a couple of non-yoga jobs when my husband and I left on Thanksgiving for a two-week cruise through the Panama Canal. There’s much more to be said about this fabulous vacation, but one wonderful part about it was that we were offline for the most part, with no cell access nor internet access (well, except for 75-cents-a-minute for what access might be there in the middle of the ocean). Unplugging is important to do from time to time.  But I digress.

I had an second interview mid-trip on one of the days we were in port. When our boat docked in Floria early on a Friday morning and I had internet access again, I came online to a job offer and was on a plane to Portland for training the next week. So it was quite the whirlwind. The universe can have a wonderful sense of humor when it comes to bringing you change.

Thus far, I am loving the work. I work for a nonprofit organization I’ve long admired and respected. I’m back working with a similar group of constituents and have been blown away by the warm welcome I’ve had from many people I know in this network. Best of all, I get to work remotely and have some flexibility with my hours which means I’m able to keep teaching away.

Right now, I’m still teaching a lot with a number of privates and group classes a week, so it’s busy and I’m juggling a bit to get into a routine with it all. That said, I’m loving it. Perhaps what I love most of all is teaching. I’ve re-discovered the joy teaching brings me. Now that it’s not the only thing I’m doing, I find myself excited again about coming up with juicy sequencing and exploring new assists. It feels like the best of both careers.

It took me a long time to get to writing this blog post. To be honest, I’ve been scared to talk about my new job and situation because I’m afraid: “What if it doesn’t work out? What if I blog about being happy about things are coming together so well and it all goes to hell?”

Ironically enough, as much as my fear makes me want to hide and not make a big deal out of things, I have two careers that are very public and require that I put myself out there, be it online or in front of a class of people. I can’t be hiding behind a curtain waiting for the other shoe to drop. What is a blog for if I can’t also be honest and put my truth out in words?

There’s a lot of stories out there about yoga teachers finding their path to teaching from another job. It may seem odd to find one’s path by taking a step back away from teaching, but that’s the way I’m finding my way and weaving my two careers together.

AND…I’m happy to be back to blogging and bringing in the beauty reports to come in 2013!

My Top 10 Yoga Blogs

Yoga blogs with resources and doses of humor
Asana, mindfulness, yoga news and rumors
Interesting insights and phrases with zing
These are a few of my favorite (blog) things

My Top 10 Yoga Blogs

10. A Grateful Yogi
Abbie is a dedicated Forrest yogi student newly located to the bay area who shares on how the Forrest yoga practice adds to her life on and off the mat. [Side note: she’s a terrific person to have in your class, whether you’re teaching the class or just practicing alongside her]

9. Yoga Dork
The latest yoga news and developments with a terrific dose of snark and humor.

8. Yoga in My School
A terrific resource for any kids yoga teacher as it’s packed with lots of curriculum ideas. Yoga in My School also offers several webinar series as well as a free podcast that features interviews with both adult and kids yoga instructors.

7. The Sacred Cow
Pranamaya’s blog challenges those touchy topics around yoga tradition and practice and how these play out in modern life.

6. Y is for Yogini
Proof that you can be serious about your yoga practice AND have a terrific sense of humor.

5. Young Yoga Masters
Lots of tips for teaching yoga to teens and kids, including class activities, classroom management, and teaching strategies.

4. Stuff I Learned at Yoga
Yoga has some lessons to teach beyond the mat. In this vblog, Erica Mather, a Forrest Yoga teacher in New York, shares ways yoga can be transformational.

3. Suburban Yogini
A former Londoner yogini living in Cambridge, UK, Rachel shares her latest life adventures, intentions, peppered with a yoga sequence or two.

2. Elephant Journal
While not specifically a yoga blog, Elephant Journal is a former print magazine turned online publication about living a mindful life. The posts are constant, however, the free version is limited to three articles a day and front page content. For a mere $1 a month you can have access to any of their content.

1. Ana Forrest
The Huffington Post blog of my wonderful teacher and creatrix of Forrest Yoga, Ana Forrest. Ana’s posts are occasional, but they are so packed with wisdom that each one will keep you something to chew on till the next installment.

Got a favorite that I haven’t listed here? Tell me about it in the comments.