It’s almost April. I’m way overdue for reflection on 2013.
Soooo, what DID I do last year?
1. Took yoga teacher training
I became a yoga instructor. In researching yoga therapist training, I found Ananda. (One of the senior Ananda teachers is part of the accreditation board for the International Association of Yoga Therapists and from her bio I found Ananda.)
So, I spent April in California. Winter shuffled along in Saskatchewan and Ron is sure YTT is just my latest ruse for escaping the weather in Canada. It was wonderful. The students were a warm and interesting group of souls. The teachers were fabulous – experienced, funny, inspiring. Ananda is beautiful and unique. Everyone I met there was incredible – the meditation teachers, the community members, the karma yogis, the guests. I’m very grateful to have had the opportunity to be there and to have made these new friends.
A side note to self: Do not drive to California ever again. It was a VERY long way. Just take the damn plane even though you hate it.
2. Became Granny
I became step grandma to two little girls. I knew I would like this, but I really, really like this. I’m going with ‘Granny’ because that’s what my grandmother was to me.
3. Became an empty-nester
In September my son moved away to college. I really did not like this and most of the first month I was pretty unhappy about it. I’d rather have him close by where I can make sure he’s always happy, safe and well-fed. To give him the credit due, he picked a school that really suited him and he was immediately happy there. Really, I just want him to be happy and, now that I know he is, I feel way better. And, I’ve made his room into my office :)
4. Started yoga therapist training
In December I went back to Ananda for my first two yoga therapy classes: Yoga for Seniors and Osteoporosis and Restorative Yoga. Adri, Ann, Erin and Kate were all there too and it was wonderful to spend a few days with them again. It’s been almost a year since I finished teacher training, so I’ve had a year to dive into yoga therapy. My bookcase is filling up and I sometimes feel overwhelmed with how much I don’t know…On the other hand, I know a lot more than I did a year ago! I’ll be finished sometime in 2016–that’s two more years to learn something.