Today I’m sharing some highlights from the last month.
It’s been awhile since I last wrote a Life Lately post so I thought I’d write one for today. Even though things are from from being back to normal, it’s definitely feeling more like I’m in a routine these days than it has for months. I never would have thought that June 2020 would have looked like this back at the beginning of January. I don’t think that anyone did. In this post I’m sharing a few things that I’m most excited about and how things have shifted for me lately.
A few weeks ago I signed up for a month long free trial with the Peloton app. I’ve liked it so much since I started using it that I’ll be continuing with it. It’s less than $20 CAD and it’s a great deal in terms of value. I can do as many workouts as I want each month, including yoga, strength training, treadmill walks and runs, boot camps, meditations, and stretching.
My gym won’t be opening up until mid-July at the earliest. The emails that the gym have sent out have said that it’ll look quite different from before the pandemic started. I’m not feeling comfortable enough to head back to the gym this summer, so I’ll be cancelling my membership once I’m able to (all memberships are currently on hold and can’t be cancelled for another week or two) and instead sticking with just the Peloton app. Since the app is quite a bit less per month than my gym membership, I’ll be able to subscribe to the app and upgrade any dumbbells or other smaller pieces of equipment that I’ll need down the road for less than my gym membership. If you’re looking for a gym alternative be sure to check out the Peloton app.
I was able to spend Father’s Day this year with my dad and brother. My dad said he didn’t want anything in particular this year, so instead my brother and I spoiled him with his favorite foods. Breakfast was cinnamon buns from his favorite bakery, dips from his favorite vendor at the farmer’s market, barbecued burgers for dinner, and then Coffee Crisp ice cream from Village for dessert.
We ended up going for a walk that afternoon. It was great to spend some time together and make sure that my dad knows how much we appreciate him. My brother and I don’t tell him that enough.
Race, Gender, and Bias Workshop
Last week I participated in a race, gender, and bias workshop for yoga teachers and other fitness professionals. It was hosted by Rebby Kern of Rebby Kern Yoga. I learned a lot from both Rebby and the other participants about how to look at my own biases and how to make my yoga classes more inclusive and welcoming to everyone. It was an eye opening experience about how much work I have to do on my own biases. I also want to make the fitness space in Calgary in general more inclusive. I know that there’s a lot of people who don’t fit the yoga stereotype (young, thin, white, women) who would love to take yoga classes but either aren’t able to or don’t feel welcome in yoga studios.
Rebby will be offering a weekend long workshop about the same topics in July, so be sure to check out their website if you’re interested in participating. I wish I could take it!
I’m so grateful right now that it’s summertime. We get so much snow and cold here in Calgary that in the middle of winter it never feels like it’s going to warm up. Now that the warmer weather is here for awhile you can bet that I’ll be soaking in as much of the sunshine as I can. While I know that this summer will look very different from other summers, I’m still looking forward to spending more time outdoors. I’ve already spent plenty of time reading and working on the blog from my laptop in the backyard. I think it feels extra good for me to be out there because of how much time we have to spend indoors over the winter because it’s so cold.
My Etsy Shop
I don’t share about my Etsy shop as much as I should on here, but I recently added a new product that I wanted to share. When I made the decision to do my 200 hour yoga teacher training, I had so many questions. Thankfully I had a friend who had done her yoga teacher training a few years earlier than me who was willing to answer all of my questions. I had so many of them for her. Now that I’ve graduated my yoga teacher training and have started teaching yoga classes (which are currently on hold due to the pandemic), it’s clear to me that there were so many things that I should have factored into my decision that I didn’t. It’s one of those things where you don’t even know what you should be asking about until you’ve experienced it.
My Is Yoga Teacher Training For Me Workbook takes you through the decision making process from beginning to end. It starts off my getting you to figure out what you want to get out of your 200 hour teacher training to asking the right questions of your instructors to find out if it’s a good fit for you. It’s a digital product so you don’t have to wait for it to ship to you. You simply download the file once you’ve paid and can print it right away on your printer at home.
What have you been up to over the last month? Share something fun or exciting in the comments – I’d love to hear about it!