Yoga is One of My Favorite Things

Hi, friends. I'm super excited for this weekend filled with friends and family but I wanted to sneak in and work on one of my blog posts for my Yoga Teacher Training (YTT) certification while Kira is napping and Joe is getting some stuff done.

So, the question of the day is "what is your favorite thing about yoga since beginning yoga teacher training?"

For me personally, it's the fact that I can keep coming back and working on my certification and I still have all the tools I need to be successful and every time I dig into my studies I learn something new about yoga and/or myself. Here are a few of my favorite things:
When I looked at the different teacher training options around I chose Bodhi Yoga not only because a dear friend of mine had completed her training there and I LOVED her style of teaching but also because of the resources you get as part of the certification process. I have access to video recordings of all the in-person training we completed, videos and…

My 2018 Theme

In my last post I hinted about finishing my goal setting process and identifying my 2018 theme. My theme isn't just an arbitrary word or idea but more of a lens I can look through as I make decisions about what to say yes to, what makes it to the top of the priority list, and what is truly important in my life. For 2018 my theme is Abundance!

Abundance isn't just about being rich or having it all. Abundance to me is being in flow with my life's purpose, being surrounded by love and friendship, and having gratitude for all that I have in my life. Abundance is about trusting that the things we need will come our way and that by expressing gratitude for what we do have we can expand our ability to love and serve others and receive the same in return. I want to make choices that bring me abundance or that allow me to share abundance with others.

Through my goal setting process I also make note of things I want to cultivate. This prompt is from the 5-Part Goal Setting Series fr…

A Room With a View

In my last post I talked about my favorite place in our home being the floor of our master bedroom looking out the window so I'm back to deliver some photos of the view.

I simply adore the view and maybe because of the elevation change on our property (under our room is the walkout basement so it makes our first floor room feel like a second floor room) it feels like we're way up high in there.

I think another reason I love it is because it feels so open and expansive. Like there's no boundaries to what's possible. Literally the sky is the limit. It's like my personal connection to nature watching birds of all sizes, deer with their young, and even the local neighborhood cats (no really I see the same orange cat on our security footage at least once a week - ha ha ha).

I love that I can see the mountains, watch the sunrise, and when it's a day like the 4th of July it's like my own personal fireworks show watching every fireworks display in the Salt Lake val…

Getting Back to Work

Well it's definitely been a while but if you're one of a handful of folks who has been here before you'll notice some things have changed. I've updated the layout and have refreshed the About Motovated Wellness page. I'm super excited to get back to work on my goals around Yoga Teacher Training in 2018!

My setup at home is simple and I don't even have a real office. I just have a collection of things in the corner of my bedroom that I can grab and access anytime. I am typically the person who wants everything to be just right before I get started but I've come to realize that if you wait for the right conditions it will NEVER be right. That goes for getting married, buying a house, having a baby, having a second baby, changing jobs, losing weight... It goes on and on! This year I'm committing to jumping in and just moving forward. I don't need to know it all and it won't be perfect and that's ok.

As you can see I have quite the collection of…

Vparita Karani - Legs Up the Wall

I truly believe yoga can be for everyone and every body so I want to start a series of blog posts that can help you activate each yoga asana (poses) in a way that's accessible and meaningful for you. My favorite part of my Yoga Teacher Training was learning modifications for each pose and gaining a deeper understanding of what each pose can bring to your life.

I am hopeful this series will help when you attend a class or practice along with a video at home so you can understand what each pose does for your body and make the proper adjustments that still allow you to get the most out of each pose. I will also share easy ways to modify your poses with what you have at home so you don't have to go out and buy expensive yoga props until you're ready to make that investment (or at all).

The first pose I want to help you understand is a favorite of mine. It's easy and one that most people will be able to safely and easily practice. Even if you think you're too busy to p…

Developing My Personal Practice

As I work through the requirements for my Yoga Teacher Training I have the opportunity to dive into my own practice. I have tried some free flow practicing where I just do whatever feels right at the time and sometimes that is all I can fit into my day with kids and work. Other days I can squeeze in a Bodhi Yoga online class where I can practice what I have been studying. I have access to free yoga videos on TV so I've been trying a few of those out in the early mornings when only Russell and I are up. The nice thing about those is I can try other styles of yoga and different teachers so I can experience what else is out there.

Through the last few weeks of practicing I have learned that if you've tried yoga and didn't like it it's totally possible you either tried a style, class, studio, or a teacher that wasn't a good fit for you. When I'm in shape I can keep up with pretty much any yoga class but that doesn't mean I want to. I have found I prefer a slowe…

BodhiYin, Ahh-mazing

BodhiYin! How do I love thee, let me count the ways...

If you caught my recent post about the BodhiFlow, this is another type of yoga we learned at the Bodhi Yoga Yoga Teacher Training. BodhiYin allows the body, mind, and spirit to recharge with supportive restorative postures using stillness, breath, and subtle intrinsic movements. This practices uses bolsters, blankets, and other props to help the body and mind let go and relax. The poses are held for longer periods of time allowing the body to fully relax into the poses.

I love BodhiYin because it helps me to slow down and decompress. This practice is great if you're dealing with anxiety, burnout, stress, chronic pain, and so much more.

I also love BodhiYin because it moves slowly enough to allow you to really feel your body and get comfortable with your range of motion and how things feel in YOUR body. Sometimes yoga can move so fast and you can feel the pressure to keep up with others in a class but with BodhiYin you can ma…