It’s been quite a while since I’ve posted but I’m happy to have some time this morning to sit down and collect my thoughts.  I have a mental list of topics to cover but these two are top of the list.

First of all, I want to share an incredible and free yoga app called “Down Dog.”  I have been using Down Dog consistently for a few weeks now.  Alex at Astound Dance Academy first turned me on to the app last year, but it really didn’t fit into my life at that time since I was running the studio and teaching.  However, since I am now alone and not currently teaching, I have found it to be pretty awesome!

Down Dog offers a variety of levels, background music, voice cues and pictures of the poses throughout the practice.  I am currently fond of jumping on my mat for about 15 minutes in the morning just to get my blood flowing.  I highly recommend Down Dog for anyone who wants to develop a regular practice or who finds it difficult to make it to a class.  You can opt to purchase an upgraded version, but I have found the free app to be more than sufficient for my needs.

Down Dog has been incredibly helpful since our move because I have been challenged to complete my training sessions.  Having a completely new schedule has affected more than just my time, it has affected my attitude.  I find myself unmotivated to do anything that normally excites me – like kettlebell and yoga. To help me get back on track, I have decided to hire an online kettebell coach for three months since my recertification for StrongFirst is coming up at the end of April.  Recertification means that I have to pass again all of the original certification skills which includes the snatch test (100 snatches with a 16 kg (35 lb) kettlebell).  I have always said that every teacher needs a teacher, and I need some extra guidance at this point in my life.

I plan to share my results with you at the end.  I’m also planning to use his expertise as an opportunity to enhance my own coaching skills.  My three main goals are to increase my strength, increase my cardio and finally nail my handstand.  I’m pretty excited and yet nervous at the same time as he is a tough professor!

As an aside, we moved to southern Indiana in hopes that the weather would be a little more cooperative, but it seems that we brought the weather with us!  Natives tell us it has been a strange winter and spring and that normally we can expect much more sunshine.  I do hope so!

Until next time.