Taurus: You’re going to be so busy this week, busy just building the best life you can, busy growing older, busy growing up. There might be hints of magic and there might be signs of a glowing future somewhere up ahead, but this will mostly be a week for keeping your head, for keeping your feet on the ground, for staying honest. Try to keep believing in your own life. Try to keep believing that all this work matters. Try to get enough sleep. It’s going to be a very good week.
I’ll take it
- in which I pretend to understand economic theory
Do you guys know The Apron Shop? It’s a delightful Etsy shop run by the Apron Babe herself, Carmen who hand-makes yoga bags, yoga slings and of course, aprons. (How much more nom nom namaste does it get? …We are at peak-nomnomnamaste I think.)
The Apron Babe wants you to sling your mat on your back in style, so we’re giving away a few of them this month. Om Weekly readers, sign up here if you want a chance to win.
Furthermore if you like what you see, use promo code NAMASTE1 for 10% off orders of $20+. More importantly, please look at this yoga bag which has unicorns on it. I literally squee-d.
This month marks one year that I’ve been teaching yoga. One year that there have been people who actually pay me so I can share a bit about this thing that brings me profound joy.
I have a distinct memory from my teacher training when our instructor asked, “Raise your hand if you’re here because you want to go on to teach yoga.” I looked around before moving a muscle, of course. Why the hell do we always look around like the answer is somewhere in the looks on other people’s faces? Half the room raised their hands and I raised half a thumb and scrunched up my face like, “iunno…maybe?” There was no wrong answer to the question of course. But if I’d shot my hand up I would have been volunteering for a burden I wasn’t confident I could carry.
Also on the first day, we had to go to the front of the room and lead the class through one single sun salutation. My heart still races when I think back to that moment. I was so nervous. I was more nervous than the time I read the class ode at my high school’s graduation, more nervous than any job interview or first date I’d ever been on. I had done thousands of sun salutations up to that point, and I botched that sun salutation so hard. Nerves through the roof, voice cracking, saying things weirdly, skipping flat back. Literally everything one could possibly get wrong leading a class through a sun salutation I got wrong. I think I sort of blacked it out near the end, I just know it was ugly. And I’d wanted it to be perfect.
I’ve been teaching for a year, part-time, generally 2-3 classes a week, sometimes less/more. And if time travel were a thing and I could go back a year and throw some wisdom on former me, here’s what I’d say:
Would things be easier if there was a right way? /
Honey there is no right way.
hi beauties! to celebrate national yoga month, which is september, i’m going to be sending out little gifts to a handful of om weekly readers. you can be one of these people! subscribe + then sign up here. more details to come once I know them myself!
Oh hi good morning my oral surgeon sent the honest to god most depressing piece of direct mail I can possibly imagine.