The Benefit of Saying No


I learned how to say no.

The hard way.

Well, maybe not that dramatic, but I used to have my planner filled up to the max, and I was always overwhelmed.  I had to always leave home with it.  It was always in my bag.  if I had a digital invite to something, I always wrote it down in my trusty planner.

I lived according to my calendar, and if I had an open spot, I’d throw something in there to fill it up.  I wondered why I couldn’t be creative, why I couldn’t set time aside to sew, design or write. I did cook.  It was mostly for survival, and not as a creative outlet.

I really needed to create more blank space in my head, the first target was my calendar.

So I started leaving my planner at home.

I only book in schedules that excite me, fulfill me, and only with people I want to truely meet with.  People who I adore spending time with.

I’d like to report, that it worked!  When I started doing this, and really sticking to the deal, I felt more space in my head, and more room in my heart to write.

I have days where I write for a few hours straight.  Sometimes, I’m frantically writing a weird dream I had.. Just to see if I can use words to recreate the images I saw inside my own head. (Mostly comes out as a fail lol) Other days, there’s one or two topics I want to get out of my head, and I do.

Sometimes, it doesn’t really make sense.  Sometimes, it makes too much sense, I shock myself.  Every time I write, I leave it at least a day.  Some times weeks before I go back and read/edit it.  (Most of the stuff I share is written way before the day I hit publish/printed copies.)

Most of the time, I don’t feel it’s good enough to share.. and I started to share anyway.  When I share it, I feel a bit more confident.  And freedom.  Like my heart cracks open a little more each time, becoming more vulnerable.. and at the same time, it expands, growing bigger and bigger.

And if I can help even one person (well, besides myself), it’s worth sharing.

June 2016 Schedule

2016June1Welcome June!

We’re entering rainy season.

You know my favourite part of this season?

Making Ume-boshi! I guess the best translation would be ‘pickled plums’. It’s my third year making it this year. Hoping it’ll be better than the last two years! 😀

And for this month’s schedule:

11:30-12:30 Yoga for Shoulders and Lower Back ♡
13:00-14:00 Gentle Vinyasa ♡♡

11:30-12:30 Stretch Yoga ♡♡♡
13:00-14:00 Breathing and Meditation ♡

Izumi will sub for me on these dates:

June 7th Tuesday
11:30-12:30 Yoga for Shoulders and Lower Back ♡
13:00-14:00 Gentle Vinyasa ♡♡

I will be subbing these classes:

June 1st Wednesday
19:30-20:30 Yoga for Shoulders and Lower Back ♡

June 2nd Thursday
10:00-11:00 Yoga Basics

June 3rd Friday
19:00-20:00 Yoga Basics
20:30-21:30 Restorative Yoga

Looking forward to seeing you there ♡

5 Reasons Why I Teach Yoga

May12_blogWhen I was 24, I knew I couldn’t continue doing my corporate job forever.  It was a high-stress, high-pressure kind of environment.  I did enjoy my job.  I had a lot of fun.  I met a lot of good people, people who I will be friends with forever.  Joining the company was one of the best decisions I’ve made during my 20s.  Another one of my best decisions I made was to start thinking of an exit plan.

I started thinking about the different career paths, and one of them was yoga.  I took my first 200 HR Yoga Teacher’s Training Course in 2010.  I decided to attend a course where I go to class during weekends and holidays, so I can keep my day job. I often get asked why I decided to teach yoga.  These are five reasons why I decided to teach yoga as a career.

1) A Job I can do at any age & life stage 

I knew at some point in time, I would get married and start my own family.  Having small children, keeping a full-time job, commuting, and praying the daycare won’t call you up to say your child has a fever is not my ideal work situation.  I know a lot of people do this, and they seem to be doing it very well.  But for me, it’s not something that I want to put up with.  It is also important to me that I continue working at any age.  I hope to be able to work even after a ‘retirement age’.  Teaching yoga fits the bill.

2) A Job I can do anywhere in the world 

I have not lived in one place for more than 4 years my entire life.  Picking a place to live in ‘for the rest of my life’ sounds impossible.  Maybe a family situation will come up that I will have to move closer to home.  Maybe my husband will be transferred to another country.  Maybe I’ll get sick of where I’m living and move somewhere completely random.  You never know, I’ll never know.  Being able to work anywhere in the world, having location freedom was a very important factor for me.  If I have a myself, and a student, I can teach anywhere in the world.

3) A Job that gives me time freedom

Honestly, it was cool for a while… but I started to hate having a Outlook calendar tied to my phone, and living by that calendar.  Most of the events flying in where not in my control.  I dreamed of being able to have a lunch date with a good friend on a random Wednesday over Mimosas.  Being able to have a 3 day weekend, every weekend.  Teaching yoga means I can create my own schedule, and have more flexibility in my working hours.

4) Do What I Love for a Living 

If I want to continue working at any age, and through any stage of life, I better love what I do.  If I hate my job, I would not want to be working at the age of 70 when I could be singing songs and dancing with my grandchild.  I knew what I do needs to be something that I love to do myself, and love to share with other people.  Something that I enjoy so much, that it actually energies me when I work.  Teaching yoga is exactly that for me.

5) A Job that does good for the world 

We live in a super crazy high-tech world these days.  It’s hard to unplug and simply live in the moment.  Yoga teaches you this.   It teaches you that peace begins with yourself.  It has saved me on more than one occasion, and I hope it can help others too.  I have big visions of being able to contribute to being a positive change in the world.  If I can teach something that would give a little bit of peace to the lives of my students, it means the world to me.  It makes me feel like it was worth teaching.

I hope sharing why I decided to teach yoga can inspire you to practice more, and share yoga with more people around you.

Love and light,