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I’VE MOVED!

Hey all!  

Guess what? I’ve moved!

Head on over to http://abby-thompson.com for recipes, healthy tips, and yoga fun!

See you over there!

Love,

Abby 

Goal Setting

Goal setting is a lot like creating a budget: one of those  things you know you should do, because all well-organized, type A and successful people do, and yet you never seem to get around to it.  Mostly this is because my goals are “Get into the shower before your time slot is up”, which can be challenging when living with three other people.  Budgeting tends to be “don’t bounce a check.”

However, with 2010 being The Year of Awesome, I decided some goal setting would be in order.  This weekend I attended the Yoga Journal Conference in Boston and l0 and behold, the fabulous women of lululemon athletica were there doing goal coaching!  I had a lovely conversation with Michaelene who was very inspiring.

When I finally had some down time on Monday morning, I read over their helpful hints on writing goals and took some time to think about what my top three goals for 2010/2011 are.

Since sharing goals makes you more accountable for them, here are my top three goals for 2010/2011:

  • By January 2011, I teach at least four year-round permanent yoga classes.
  • December 2010 is the month I make my final credit card payment.
  • In 2011, I travel outside the US twice.

So there you have it folks!  Three goals for 2010/2011.  And now that their public I better get working on them!

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Power Yoga – 3/17/2010

Power Yoga
3/17/2010
HBS, Shad Hall
75 minutes
12 peeps
Music: Yoga Pop mix on my iPod

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Power Yoga – 3/6/2010

Power Yoga
Prana Power Yoga, Cambridge MA
3/6/10
90 minutes (!!)
28 peeps
Music: Prana playlist by Ray Mucci

child’s pose with shoulder opener (via Claudia)
downward facing dog
down dog to plank
broken vinyasa
tadasana
intention setting
3 oms
4 Sun As
4 Sun Bs (humble warrior in final sun B)
three-legged dog
hip opener/flip dog
vastistasana

three-legged ab work
crescent lunge twist
warrior II
side angle lunge
half/full bind
warrior II

utkatasana twist right
padangustasana
utkataska twist left
padahastasana

warrior II
triangle
prasritta A/horse
gratitude pose
halfway lift with arms outstretched
revolved triangle

vinyasa to down dog
walk hands to back of mat
eagle
airplane
dancer

2 locust
1 bow
bridge
wheel
supta baddha konasana
ab work with block

vinyasa to down dog
half pigeon/reclined pigeon
inversion
spinal twist
savasana

WHEE!  Taught my first Prana class!  I was surprised by the number of people, but was glad we had the small studio.  It holds the energy well, even though with 28 it was crowded to the point of dodging flying legs and arms. 🙂

My greatest fear as a teacher was overcome, thanks to some great advice by Pat Donaher.  I was petrified of having to “om.”  Singing, especially in front of strangers (or anyone)!  Om-ing in front of 20+ strangers wearing tight clothes is the stuff of nightmares.  Then Pat gave me some great advice: “Start quiet and let the class take over.”  Sure enough that’s exactly what happened.  So thank you Pat and my students for sounding some truly excellent Oms!

I was also a litter nervous about not having enough material to fill 90 minutes.  HA – that’s a laugh.  I nearly ran OUT of time and there were so many things (crow, frog, more prasrittas) that I wanted to do.  Oh well – hopefully there will be more chances to teach 90 minute classes.

The Prana group was great and I feel so grateful to all who came for my first Prana class!  Love ya, Prana Peeps!

Vacation with love

Things are going to be a little quiet here on Perusals for the next few days as I’m on vacation!  Hooray!!

I flew out yesterday to Seattle to spend five amazing days with my best girl Tess, her sweetie Ryan and the beautiful city of Seattle.  We’ll head up to Orcas Island for the weekend, but beyond that trip, most of the time will be spent eating good food, going to yoga classes, and hanging out.

There’s a lot to be said for spending time with people you love — and it’s made infinitely better when those people love you.

Donation Button for Saluting the Spirit

Oooh – fancy web coding 😉  Check out the “Sponsor Me” button in the right-side of the screen.  Now there’s a fast, easy way to support me in May 16th’s big event: Saluting the Spirit.

The yoga equivalent of running the Boston Marathon, Saluting the Spirit is a three hour yoga class team-taught by nine amazing instructors.  The money raised goes to support Pathways to Wellness and yogaHOPE.

All donations are welcome, from $1 to $1,000,000!

Vinyasa II/III – 2/10/09

dolphin pose

Vinyasa II/III
2/10/09
MAC, Harvard University
75 minutes
32 peeps (!!!)
Music: Portishead “Wandering Star”, Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack “O Saya” and closed with Rusted Root “Send me on my Way”  [kick ass selection if I do say so myself!]

Child’s pose with side stretch
downward facing dog
down dog to plank
rag doll
tadasana
intention setting
3 Sun As
3 Sun Bs
three-legged dog
hip open/flip dog
vastistasana
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