Highlights of the Week, Yoga 500 Hour Graduation, PB Cup Brownie Cupcakes
Posted Feb 20 2010 3:45pm
So what's going on in your world today? Hopefully you had a fun day today and that it was mellow and relaxing, the way Saturdays should be! My out of town guests that I mentioned were coming for a few days are still here and they've been enjoying Skylar's company and she's been keeping them entertained! I snuck off to Target and did some grocery shopping, cleaned 3 bathrooms and my kitchen, and whipped up a rocking dessert for my guests, while moving in warp speed since Skylar was being kept occupied.
Even though it's Saturday, I didn't jet off on a 3 hour yoga kind of morning like I usually do for my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Program that I've been working on. For new readers, I've been a yoga teacher since 2001 at the 200 Hour Level, but have recently been pursing the highest level of yoga certification. I needed to add 300 more hours to what I already had. I mentioned in last week's Highlights and Recaps Post that I would be graduating from my teacher training program this week. And I did Now I have my 500 Hours of teacher training completed, I have my certificate from an accredited yoga school, and can register with Yoga Alliance as a Yoga Teacher the Highest Level, a RYT-500! If anyone missed my mega Yoga FAQ Post and you're curious what this means or what you should be looking for in a teacher, I covered it there.
This has been nearly 10 years in the making. It's the culmination of a decade of dedication to the practice, to the yoga community, to students, to yoga being a lifelong path for me, both on and off the mat. Yoga transcends all aspects of my life and it's a gift I was fortunate enough to discover it a decade ago! I am really proud of myself for this major life milestone and accomplishment. For my regular readers you know how passionate I am about yoga and knowing that I have accomplished this goal, the highest level of certification, makes me really happy inside! Not trying to brag, but I am just really happy! And of course, doing it as a busy wife and mom makes the reward just that much sweeter!
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And Skylar Dressing Up Skylar took it upon herself to dress up in a headband (she calls herself Pocahantas in it), her pink & purple wristband (which she calls herself a Ballerina in), and her Valentine's Day red beads.
Thank goodness she doesn't know about Mardi Gras beads yet!
...Or the Dark Chocolate Caramel Ones Better. Hmmm....
....What a problem to have, right! Which would you pick: PB Cup or Dark Chocolate Caramel?
Today's PB Cup Brownie Cupcakes Involved Taking Non-Vegan, less-than-perfect raw materials... Chocolate Chip Brownie Dough, Dove Dark Chocolate Caramels, and Reese's PB Cups I Put a golf ball sized amount of dough into each muffin liner and Baked for for 5 Minutes at 350F Insert either a PB Cup or a Dove Dark Choc Carmamel into the Center Bake for 8-9 more minutes or til you think they're done. For me this is usually on under-done, totally gooey, barely held together side of things!And this is a Perfect Dessert!Wait. It could be improved upon though... Melt White Chocolate And Drizzle it Over the Top of the Brownie Cupcakes! I slightly underbaked them so they were totally gooey and chocolate was everywhere.A great problem to have! They smelled ridic good. And Skylar thought they were pretty good and had one very messy bite and then told me she was done. Hey cool, that self-moderating thing. It works in my 3 year old!
And Parivrtta Trikonasana (Revolved Triangle) Both of these asanas are great for opening up the hips, hamstrings, and lower back. Runners especially, take note. Many people are tight in the hips, hamstrings, or lower back, so most everyone can benefit from these poses. In our bodies, everything is connected and when one aspect is tight or out of balance, it affects other things, which forces the body to compensate, which can lead to injury. So stay loose, open things up, stretch it out! Tip of the Day: MyTropical Traditions Coconut Peanut Butter Give Away!
Questions: What's something that you've accomplished that you are extremely proud of or happy about? Is there something that you embarked upon that was a long-winded or more complex goal that you finally accomplished? Or is there something that you really had to stretch yourself to do or overcome, but that you did it and now you're soooo happy and proud of yourself? Tell me about it!
For me, my 500 Hour Yoga Teacher Credential takes the cake right about now, but tell me about what you're proud of accomplishing or a long, drawn-out goal that you're glad you stuck with!
What's something you'd like to work towards accomplishing in the future? Do you set formal goals for things or do you just kind of wing it? I don't plot my goals on paper, I don't make vision boards, I don't write things down in my planner or even set New Year's Intentions. But I always have a mental checklist of things I want to accomplish. For instance, right now I'd like to look into become a personal trainer with more of a natural or holistic-style bend to it. Somehow I'd like to incorporate my yoga and vegan lifestyle and help others. Maybe more along the lines of Life Coaching.Not sure exactly, but I'd like to use my skills and knowledge to help people in multiple aspects of their lives, not just in yoga class, but in other aspects of life, too.
What's a Goal or Two that you're Working Towards?
Are you productive when it's rainy? Today it's been rainy and blah here and since I knew I couldn't be outside, I've been super productive with tasks, errands, cooking but sometimes the rain un-motivates. How bout you? Do you just want to curl up on the couch or do you bust a move when it's rainy and dreary?