Yoga Teacher. Workshop leader. Writer. Speaker. It's what I love.

I share information for women who want fun and relevant information on health, wellness and local spots.
Yoga (Had me at Namaste.)
YYC (We really do have it all.)
Good Eats (Extra cheese please!)
Beauty (Say no to chemicals.)
Thriving (Cancer sucks.)
Meditation (Just sit and do it.)
Books (Tara Brach, Elizabeth Gilbert)

I've been through a major health crisis and heartbreaking loss. I've gained a perspective and learned enough that I want to share it with you! Because just maybe it's relevant in your life as well.

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Kind words

Christine was amazing! We had just the right combination of challenge and relaxation.
Anna W.

Once you meet her, your life will have been touched and changed for the better. She always teaches and speaks from the heart, with a combination of honesty, humour and intelligence. A rare gift.
Tara

She is a model of compassion, care and grace, and is a fierce lover of people and their potential. On her watch, you will not let yourself down.
Tanya

Her presentation delivery style is succinct yet personal and she can always be counted on for having infectious energy! She is a treasure.
Karla, Cancer Chic

How will you be in your life?

Yes Please! by Amy Poehler

Amy Poehler’s honesty feels refreshing and vulnerable all at the same time.  She talks about the hard stuff like avoided apologies, being a working mother, the fall out of divorce. In between she shares fun stories from her SNL days taking you backstage where you feel the crazy intensity and the loyalty of deep friendships.

I’m halfway through this book and just finished the chapter – Every Mother Needs a Wife.  Amy talks about her motto -“Good for you, not for me.”

– There is an unspoken pact that women are supposed to follow. I am supposed to act like I constantly feel guilty about being away from my kids. (I don’t.  I love my job.)  Mothers who stay at home are supposed to pretend they are bored and wish they were doing more corporate things.  (They don’t.  They love their job.)  If we all stick to the plan there will be less blood in the streets. 

Do Whatever You like

It’s so true.  It made me wonder why I ‘add’ historical resume details to my story when I first meet someone.   I’m a Yoga Teacher, but before that I…..or…I’m a manager at the Yoga Studio where I teach, I used to be in marketing and advertising, so….

I’ve realized that I continue to foster a story around my value.  And apparently it’s tied to my corporate resume.  That I’ve convinced myself that all my real contributions happened 6+ years ago before my daughter was born.

Recently, I was at a masquerade Gala with my husband.  Jason is a lawyer and he loves it.  He’s always known that’s what he wanted to do.  And he’s good at it.  Back to the gala where I’m surrounded by corporate people and lawyers.  We are approached by two women in their 30’s, laughing and sipping wine.  Our early conversation reveals that there are no children or spouses and wine is always loyal.  Eventually, one of them asks where I work.

I’m a Yoga teacher.

And this is where I wait for it.  The polite conversation that follows that makes me feel like I’m living a cliched life of a lawyer’s wife.

But instead…..Wow, you’re a yoga teacher?  You have the dream job.

I had a closer look into her eyes to see if there was any hint of judgement.  And there wasn’t.  She appeared so sincere, like maybe it was a dream job.  And well, yes, I think it is!  Give me an opening and I will tell you all about it, why I love it, why you will too and that you should attend a class as soon as you can.   There was  not even a word about what I used to do.

Clouds parted and some truth was revealed.

The truth that I’m still not fully stepping into my starring role…as my beautiful friend and coach Tanya Geisler would remind me.  I don’t need to defend or explain my life choices.  I continue to remind myself to let go of the ropes of what success looks like in any social circumstances – at a cocktail party of leaving my yoga class.  I’m in my mid-40’s now and I will observe my life through my own rose coloured classes and not anyone else’s.

Amy In Yoga Gear

Amy is right.  Speak up loud for what you love and why you chose it.   Don’t defend it.  There’s no need for a back story.    “Forget the facts and remember the feelings.”

I love teaching yoga and the next time we meet, I’m going to tell you all about it!

 

 

 

 

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