and came back as a certified Bikram Yoga Instructor!
You guys! Please accept my apology for the silence here on my blog. Training literally sucked the life out of me near the end of the nine weeks. Massive dialogue reviewing, trying to learn the pranayama breathing exercise, a few more late night Hindi movies, and the overall sheer exhaustion coupled with the mountain of emotions I felt left little time for a few blog entries.
But, I’m back in Falmouth, alive and well, happy, healthy, no more knee pain, caught up on my sleep, and I’m a TEACHER. I’ve taught five classes thus far at Bikram Yoga Falmouth, and I’m so grateful to have Lee as my mentor and friend. I’m thankful to all the students who have been in my beginning classes and stuck it out with me in the hot room. The entire yoga community here & all my instructors have been so encouraging, supportive, enthusiastic, and helpful. I am so so blessed.
We did it!!!
It feels weird to officially be out of the yoga bubble and I miss my fellow teachers like crazy. Here’s a little photo bomb of the last couple of weeks at training and especially of our graduation ceremony. Thank you to Matt for coming out to LA and being there on graduation day, taking many of these photos, packing my suitcases, putting up with me being an absentee girlfriend for nine weeks, and letting me “just do the yoga”. Attending Bikram Yoga Teacher Training was the best decision of my life. I feel so happy that I went and did it, and now, I can’t believe this is my job!
Oh those chandeliers…
Mats out to dry.
Book signing with Boss.
Sloopy’s Cafe, Manhattan Beach
Pre-grad breakfast of champions.
Demo Team at graduation
Jill, Emily, me, Lauren
Roommates! Stephanie and me.
Me, Jorge, & Lauren.
Thanks for reading, if you’ve made it this far : )
Hey hey! Here we are on the eve of Week 7…so crazy. I think I’m in denial. Or, maybe that’s just my joints talking.
Lauren, Emily, & I rented a car (INDEPENDENCE!) and spent Sunday in Santa Monica. Pier wasn’t that exciting, if I may be honest. I didn’t expect to see all those cars on the beach? The first half of the day we explored a farmer’s market while waiting for our laundry to wrap up and then had a kick ass brunch at Urth Caffe. Whoaaa I loved it, especially my Moroccan Mint Tea Latte.
All together now!
We only have four more postures to deliver in posture clinic this week! Fingers crossed my memory hasn’t failed me when it comes to recalling the previous ones I’ve learned : ) What else will we encounter this week? Blazing humidity in a class that’s over two hours long & makes ya wanna throw up? Epic dance scenes in Bollywood movies that go past 1 in the morning? A Halloween dance party? No idea…all we can do is trust the process.
What’s that? Is that the halfway point of BIkram Yoga Teacher Training Fall 2013?
YEP. Think of me on Wednesday, will ya? K thanks.
Obligatory weekend shots:
Manhattan Beach love.
Love that one in the middle.
Brunch at Uncle Bill’s House of Pancakes!
Necessary beverage overload for the week.
Week five is usually a tough one around here, from what I’ve heard from past trainees, but it makes sense. We’re feeling victorious about the halfway towards the end vision, but, at the same, we’re still getting killed in super hot classes, have dialogue swimming in the brain 24/7, and cannot seem to get enough sleep. Yes, it’s extremely draining and frustrating, but that’s all fleeting.
Five weeks in, I still can’t quite believe I’m here, doing this. Something I used to stay up and read about on the Internet, and now, I’m doing it. At the end of November, I’ll be standing up on the podium and teaching a ninety minute Bikram class to students. I can’t wait.
Here’s to all the beautiful people I’ve met here in LA who’ve been there with their smiles, jokes, notes to share, and coconut waters to barter with. You guys make the difference! I feel so so blessed.
And thanks to my readers, lurkers, family members, yoga crew in Falmouth, you have no idea how much all of your kind words and support keep me keepin’ on. I’m alive and doing well!
What’s the most important thing in your life?
(The answer is in the question…)
So please take care of yourself. That’s one thing I keep hearing while at teacher training, so I thought it was worth repeating. Sounds easy, right? Just a little thought from the yoga bubble… : )
We made it through week two! I wish my time at training wouldn’t go quite so fast; it’s true what everyone told me before coming out here. Well, weekend explorations certainly help me make the most of being in a new place, and are always a welcome light at the end of the yoga, eat, lecture, repeat, cycle. We seriously don’t leave the hotel M-F, so weekends are precious : ) We need our fresh air!
This weekend, we hopped on the Bikram shuttle bus to go to Whole Foods, H&M, and be amongst regular society members: kids, hipsters, and DOGS! Don’t ask me when hipsters became part of “regular society members”, but that’s what popped into my head, and I’m stickin’ to it. Lauren & I ate lunch at The Counter (lame name, better food). Customizable meals, easy & fun.
Today….Venice Beach day. I think I liked it. This sorta scene isn’t really my idea of paradise (the huge Whole Foods on the other hand…), but it was cool to check out anyway. I think I walked around the boardwalk in a daze of overstimulation. Of course, good coffee (Groundwork) and food (Figtree Cafe) were had. And sunshine. Please excuse the lame shot of me in my necessary sun hat purchase, I just love hats, okay?!
Avocados in everything. Life is good. Thanks California!
And feeling fine! A whole lot of yoga, water, electrolytes, showers, and Half-Moon recitations. Cannot believe I get to try each day among 314 other trainees from over 30 countries- what a blessing!
Here’s where I spend about 4 hours each day, an official pic, so I figured it was safe to share:
After one yoga session each Saturday morning we have free time, so it was refreshing to get out of the hotel, be among other humans, and not have to wear a bathrobe around : ) The necessary shopping was done, and many tasty meals were consumed. A trip to Manhattan Beach was very relaxing, but also quite distracting when it came to studying dialogue. Aw well!
Great addition to any meal.
Love the simple menu at In N Out!
Worth all 1,000 calories.
The Pier at Manhattan Beach.
A mountain of homes.
Ladies on a beautiful Sunday!
Thanks again to all my special people: your texts, emails, check-ins, LETTERS (any takers?)- really make me happy.
Radisson Hotel, c/o Laura Notarangelo, 6225 W. Century Blvd., Los Angeles, CA 90045
Hi friends! I made it out to LA, and am blogging from my “home” for the next nine weeks- fifth floor of the Radisson Hotel. I have a great view of LAX right out my front window. My roommate hasn’t arrived yet, so in true Laura Notarangelo fashion, I sort of unpacked by creating various piles all over the place. You would think I would at least try to act neat…but, I did hang stuff up, so that’s a win.
I think I’m just going to live out of my pantry on wheels bag Check out that coffee pot, or lack thereof. May be purchasing a french press soon…we’ll see how it goes.
Anyways, just getting settled today, the yoga starts tomorrow. We have registration today at 1pm, so hopefully I’ll learn more about what to expect each day. Let’s do this!!!
Thanks to everyone who was texting, emailing, sending me good vibes yesterday- I really appreciate each of you and can feel the love. Your support is going to keep me goin’ when I’m doing standing bow pulling pose in 120 degrees!