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Take Control of You

Sometimes, I seem to so easily forget what is important and lose track of my goals.  To some others I may sometimes seem as though I am all over the place and am always changing my mind about what I want to do and where I want to be. The truth is, I am just trying to find my way and my place. I just want to be happy and enjoy this short life on this earth as much as humanly possible. If that doesn't correspond with what others want from me, then that is their problem, not mine. My problem has been that I take on everyone else's issues as my own and they end up bogging me down and cluttering my path to realization. Simply put, I am just totally uninterested in particapating in the status quo. Fortunately, I have supportive friends and family who realize that my plans, while seemingly flighty at times, are important to me. I am still finding my way. I don't think that I will ever quit this endeavor to remain blissful and complete at all times. While, I know that where I am

Cinnamon Shopping Obsession

This month is only a few days in, and already I've exhausted both my credit card and calorie budgets with  shopping and Cinnamon spiced treats. I should seriously consider purchasing shares in LuluLemon, Anthropologie, and DSW as well as the Indiana KettleCorn Company because their Cinnamon Sugar Popcorn is SINFUL! and I love it! :) Last night I taught a paid yoga class for the very first time. I felt so silly because I was nervous again, for the first time since my very first intern class. I have been fortunate enough to be hired by Joy to teach two classes a week and one is an intermediate. I'm not sure if I was nervous because it was intermediate level, because I am being paid now and there is a certain additional level of expectation in that situation, or maybe both. But it was super exciting and I tried to twist in some extra arm balances and invesions in the flow. It was so much fun! :) I love teaching. It just feels so beautiful and natural to share the grace and love

Life is Short, Enjoy the Ride!

I noticed recently that working a great full time job, teaching my passion (yoga) five days a week, training for a half-marathon, and spending time with my beautiful friends has introduced a little bit of a hectic element to my life. I have begun to trapse back down that spooky dark corridor that I would prefer to refrain from coming close to... stress. I took a step back to think, "Why are you letting these fantastic aspects of your splendid life create a negative feeling inside you?" I realized that I was reverting temporarily to my old means of life management rather than appreciating this wonderful journey on which I have embarked.  I am so grateful to see this and feel enlightened at the fact that I can choose my reactions and reflect on the beauty of life and enjoy the ride rather than turn it into something negative by looking at it negatively, as stress. There is absolutely no reason to stress over anything EVER. Everything happens for a reason and it all works out in

S. Padre Surf for Labor Day

As a preface... I am one of those people who prefer to stay "blissfully ignorant" of world affairs, politics and current events because they are generally depressing and I would just rather be removed from having to worry about them.  I realize that that may be a naive way of looking at the world but I just personally tend to appreciate this ignorance. My world is all butterflies, flowers and lollipops and I prefer it this way for the time being. That being said, when Nathan invited me to go surfing with him in S. Padre last weekend because there was a "storm in the gulf creating some swells", I had absolutely no idea that it was in fact a pretty severe storm that was in the gulf.  I just find that to be pretty humorous that I had absolutely no idea. Christina said to me "I know you don't watch the news, but you should AT LEAST watch the Weather Channel" hehe Anyway, the surf was choppy! We missed the good clean waves on Saturday morning since we c

Embrace Change

The last few weeks have been quite a whirlwind. The physical exhaustion of a full time job supplemented with weekends filled with yoga and the mental, spiritual and sometimes emotional exhaustion of tapping into our higher selves has been amazing.  The profundity of this whole experience has been the the learned ability to tap into something higher than just myself. With all of this exhaustion, comes the necessity for this new way of circumventing old habit patterns of stress reaction and leads to the ability to become aware of these and let them go. Since stress is not helpful to us and has been linked to physical disease, why not let it go since it does not serve us? This returns to the discussion that our reality is what we make of it. If you are not happy with your life, then be the change that you want NOW. I can personally attest to the positively radiant changes that can be made in your life, and you, when you make the decision to be happy. It  IS  that easy. Life is so funny 

Become Aware and Go to Americas

I went to an amazing yoga class yesterday after work taught by one of my faves, Kim :) As I arrived at the studio I realized that I had forgotten a hair-tie as well as my mat. As I began to experience what turned out to be about ten seconds of reaction, I realized that it was OK! I could practice with my hair down if nobody had an extra hair tie and I could definitely borrow a studio mat. These material things are not what make up our yoga practice, it is our mind, body and spirit. Mats are not even actually necessary for a practice so it is not at all a big deal to go without. Sometimes it is good for us to experience these situations in order for us to revisit where we are in our daily lives and begin to create that space between our reactions and our emotions, that space is awareness. We become aware of our reaction patterns, noticing what comes up, and instead of letting these reactions become emotions that govern our behavior, we maybe just become aware of them.  Maybe we reali

Love and Light

What an amazingly beautiful world we all live in.... I could not be more grateful to the Universe for all of the blessings and gifts of which I have the pleasure of receiving every day. This week I taught two separate classes to small groups of  my friends in order to help find my footing and personal style as a vinyasa yoga instructor. I am so thankful to have so many friends who are willing to be my "guinea pigs" as I begin to explore my unique approach to facilitating yoga. I have to believe that if it feels so natural and beautiful to teach to my friends and peers, then it must be even more amazing to spread the light and love that is yoga to perfect strangers. Last weekend at our teacher training at JYC, we were lucky enough to have MCL come in to teach us some Emotional Freedom Techniques to release any fears that we had regarding teaching yoga (check out the website http://www.eftuniverse.com/ ).  I love that this tapping method allowed me to release any fears of r

Cause You're Amazing Just the Way You Are

Being the last day of a 10 day yoga intensive immersion I am quite frankly exhausted, physically, mentally, spiritually, and emotionally. However, I can not help but actively reflect on all of the amazing things to which I have been introduced in the last ten days. Not only new topics, friendships, areas of study, concepts etc. but an intense array of reflections about myself, both good and maybe not so good. Moments ago, as I was relaxing in my bubble bath with an exquisite glass of Cantena Malbec, I had a revelation. I realized just how much society actually governs what we think we want. I feel that I have begun the process of transcendence past this "worldly material good" mind-set that I seem to have been wrapped up in for far too long, but there are so many other societally based projections with which we have been ingrained from birth. I realized that my last post about manifesting your reality only holds true if you can be satisfied with where you are now. If you are

Just Make a List of What You Would Like to Order from The Universe

Today was day 6 of the fabulous 10 day yoga immersion 2011 at Joy Yoga Center here in Houston.  I could not ask for a lovelier group of women with whom to share this amazing experience. Our phenomenal teacher and fearless leader Joy Winkler has such a fantastic and enlightening approach to yoga. It is not simply teaching poses here people! it is SO SO much more. More than I had ever thought or dreamed would have been included in my yoga teacher training. THANK YOU JOY! Yesterday was our marathon day where we spent 13 hours at the yoga studio. It was a fabulously enlightening day which ended with me performing my very first hands-on adjustments in a class. I feel my strength and confidence growing more and more every day. Such a great and fantastic thing to see such transformation in so many and in so many ways. If any of you have not seen "The Secret", please do so... NOW! It is so amazing when you are enlightened to the fact that our reality is what we make of it. What we

Catching Up

I have been quite busy for the last 2 months enjoying my "go-to" weaknesses. I bet you can guess what they are :) After graduation in May I spent a couple weeks indulging perhaps a little too much in my love for wine. Let's just say that it was a celebratory time. After six years at UST, I was ready to let loose!! My first week of June was spent practicing yoga and surfing in the amazing-ness that is Costa Rica.  I was fortunate enough to find the amazing Pura Vida Adventures in Mal Pais, CR. The owner Tierza Eichner was truly inspiring to me.  She just decided as she was there traveling almost a decade ago that she was going to start a girl's surf camp. Lucky for me that she did because the retreat brought me back to myself.  It is funny how sometimes we let life and society influence or dictate our goals and aspirations. I have known for a few years now what I want to do but Pura Vida and CR helped me realize that I was letting what everyone else wanted for me, or

Case of the Mondays

Usually I find Mondays to be quite exciting cause I love new weeks. However, today I am feeling a little less than excited. I had a little bit too much of the god's nectar with my lovely neighbor Jahaira yesterday afternoon. We went to winetopia on the bottom floor of our apartment building (which might I say is dangerous in itself). It was a great Sunday Funday though!! And it was a fantastic weekend as well. I am so blessed to have such great friends. I love them all!

Darla's Garden is HOT

Well the hot vinyasa class was not exactly what I thought it would be but I really enjoyed it regardless! It was sorta like an awesome bikram class with some sun salutations thrown in for giggles. It has been such a long time since I experienced such heat! I love how flexible the heat makes my muscles and how great I feel afterwards. I am highly excited because I am currently enjoying a glass of Sparrow Hawk chardonnay before I head to the good ol' Bush Intercontinental Airport to pick up one of my oldest and dear friends, Adam. I met him eleven years ago on a family vacation in Lake George, NY and we have kept in close touch ever since. He lives in Albany and coming down this weekend. I am going to try and show him the good side of Houston... wish me luck people :) I want to move away from this city so desperately sometimes I think it hard to show people something fun. I will try though... you have my word. Scout's honor. ;)

First Post :)

So first I would like to say hello and introduce myself. My name is Ashleigh and in 2 weeks from tomorrow I will be graduating with an MBA in Finance. I decided shortly after choosing to pursue the degree that my heart doesn't lie in business but rather in being adventurous and having fun. Anyway, last weekend we had some kind of system in the gulf and we had 4-5 ft. waves in Surfside, TX! I drove out there with my friend Aarti and my pink 8ft. Walden. I managed to catch a couple waves when the chop wasn't bashing me over the head. It was a great time! Please remember your sunscreen people! REAPPLY! I am still peeling... Tonight Aarti and I are going to a hot vinyasa class at Darla's Yoga Garden here in Houston. I am really excited to check it out. I will let you know how it goes :)