Today I’m sharing some of my favorite things from the past week.

I hope you all had a great week and you’re looking forward to your weekend – I know I am. I have my car back from the autobody shop and it’s looking as good as new now. Someone hit my car in the gym parking lot a few weeks ago and it’s taken awhile to get it fixed. Apparently it’s not the first time people haven’t left their info after causing damage to someone else’s car in that parking lot. It’s even happened to gym staff.

Tonight I’m looking forward to date night and Sunday I’m signed up to take a puppy karma yoga class. I’m pretty sure my focus will be on the adoptable puppies and less so on the actual yoga, but I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.

Lindt chocolates

I was at Costco earlier this week and I couldn’t pass up a huge box of Lindt chocolates. Lindt truffles are my absolute favorite kind of chocolate. The box came with a couple different kinds for flavors including dark chocolate, almond, white chocolate, and of course their original milk chocolate.

Whisper Network

I started reading Whisper Network (affiliate link) this week and I’m really enjoying it so far. I’m only 100 pages or so in so far but it’s sucked me in. It was recommended to me by someone (I can’t remember who), and I finally got to the front my the hold list at the library.

Here’s the synopsis from Good Reads:

Sloane, Ardie, Grace, and Rosalita are four women who have worked at Truviv, Inc., for years. The sudden death of Truviv’s CEO means their boss, Ames, will likely take over the entire company. Ames is a complicated man, a man they’ve all known for a long time, a man who’s always been surrounded by…whispers. Whispers that have always been ignored by those in charge. But the world has changed, and the women are watching Ames’s latest promotion differently. This time, they’ve decided enough is enough.

Sloane and her colleagues set in motion a catastrophic shift within every floor and department of the Truviv offices. All four women’s lives—as women, colleagues, mothers, wives, friends, even adversaries—will change dramatically as a result.

“If only you had listened to us,” they tell us on page one, “none of this would have happened.

Planning yoga classes

This past weekend I attended the Sunday session of the yoga teacher training that I graduated from last year. The morning was devoted to sequencing and learning to put together good classes. We followed it up by spending the afternoon discussing yoga philosophy, specifically the kleshas (5 afflictions or poisons) and the 5 vrittis (patterns).

We started off the day by talking about some of the different lineages of yoga including Desikachar’s viniyoga, Iyengar, and Pathabi Jois’s ashtanga yoga. Some of them have a set sequence, and others don’t.

There’s a couple different ways to plan a yoga class and we spent some time on Sunday morning talking about them. From having a theme that you weave throughout the class (like gratitude or hip openers) to having a peak pose (like crow or bird of paradise).

After talking about sequencing we took some time to get into small groups to create our own hour long yoga class and practice sequencing. It was so good to be able to do it in groups because everyone has their favorite poses and it was good to get out of my comfort zone.

Once we had out class planned out we then took an hour to go through it. We split the class up into three parts so each one of us in our group could have a chance to teach it. It was so great for me to hear and experience how my group members taught the class everything from describing where you should be feeling the pose to hearing different cuing.

This week I’ve been spending more time than usual coming up with new yoga classes and sequences that I’ll be including in upcoming classes. It was really great to get a refresher on the basics of class creation and spend some extra time doing it this week.

What was a favorite of yours from the past week? Share about it in the comments below.

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Friday Favorites: Lindt Chocolates + Planning Yoga Classes
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