The past 6 months have been a bit of a whirlwind! My sweetheart was offered a job in Seattle, WA and we decided to go for it, which meant moving from Victoria, Canada. Then it rained paperwork! Eventually we ended up living here in Kirkland (east Seattle) and are slowly settling in.
The lifestyle change has been huge – moving from a small walkable city to a gigantic car- and accident-laden metropolis. For me personally, was a fascinating learning experience to have a car for 2 months and experience what that did to my body (*spoiler alert – it was painful and involved my lower back!) Thankfully we are car-free again!
I’m still waiting for my work permit to come through so I’m not legally allowed to work here until probably the beginning of February. Luckily I started my Stott Pilates certification and have found lots of opportunities to learn and do practice teaching at some great studios in town. As usual, Pilates teachers are friendly and welcoming!
P.S. I’m looking for more students to practice on so if you’re interested in learning Pilates – contact me!
The view from my new…Reformer!
Since the travel distances to other reformers are quite far and my sweetheart also does Pilates, we decided to invest in a home reformer. Ain’t she pretty?
Thanksgiving and Black Friday are coming up so in the spirit of cultural integration I’m going to spend all of Friday shopping!! HA HA just kidding! I hate shopping.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving and even if life isn’t ‘going exactly how you want it to, be grateful that you have people in your life to love and be loved by. If that doesn’t cheer you up, just watch the news to get a little perspective.
Much gratitude, peace and love,
Bye, bye 2014, welcome 2015!
2014 was a busy and challenging year for me. I completed my mat Pilates training and started teaching at a few new studios. I also had to deal with slowly letting go of the yoga teaching to focus more on Pilates. I wanted to continue doing both but found it was just burning me out and I had to give myself permission to focus on the Pilates. Yoga will always be there and in fact I’m hoping to start teaching a yoga class for chronic pain in the near future. I also completed a 10-day Vipassana meditation course – one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences of my long life!
2015 is looking good because I have 3 classes to teach at Shelbourne Physiotherapy and Pilates on Saturdays. Starting at 9am and going to 12pm, I’ll be teaching Level 1, 2 and 1-2! I’m super-excited!!! The classes are small which means I can keep my eagle eye on students and it’s wonderful to have everyone at the same level in a class so no one feels bored or left behind. I’m also continuing my clinical Pilates sessions at Diversified Health. There is lots to learn when working with physiotherapists and chiropractors, and it’s also extremely rewarding when client pain is reduced!
I’m also doing a biomechanics self-study course from the Restorative Exercise Institute over the next few months. I’m a huge fan of Katy Bowman, the founder – her blog and books on biomechanics and alignment are excellent. They’re full of not only science-based information but also practical exercises that encourage optimal health through proper alignment.
January tends to be a time of reflection and dreaming so here are some questions to get you started:
1.) When did FEAR hold you back in 2014?
2.) When did you practice BRAVERY in 2014?
3.) What self-care practices are you going to do in 2015 to support your bravery and let go of your fears?
This year I’d like to focus on keeping a perspective that having or doing less is a freedom rather than a deprivation. I tend to gravitate towards the mindset that if I am denied something or I missed something, that my life is less for that. But I have finally learned that so-called ‘deprivation’ is really just a freeing up of space for some other valuable ‘thing’ (which includes no’thing’). This year I will continue to work on changing the negative patterns of my mind.
I’d love to hear your thoughts!
Pilates, Pilates, Pilates! These days my focus is on Pilates (In case you can’t tell!) I’m excited to be teaching Pilates at Health for Life and Diversified Health and occasionally at Fix Healthcare in gorgeous Victoria, BC. Stay tuned for more posts about Pilates, yoga and health science. I might post a recipe or two as well – I’m a firm believer that healthy food can be tasty too. I’m fascinated by the science behind exercise so I’ll be sharing what I learn. Yoga is still a mainstay in my life so you can always head over to Blissful Dragon Yoga to check out what’s happening on the yoga side of things too. I am so blessed to surrounded by amazing teachers here – thank you especially Meg, Mira and Joan – I’m looking forward to learning and growing with you even more!
If Facebook is more your thing – I’m over there too at Nicole Sheldrake Pilates, Yoga & Health.
Thanks for reading! Namaste.