Sunday, May 10, 2015

Reflection Post

Reflecting on my project as a whole, I think that it was a success for many reasons. I accomplished most of my goals and learned a lot in the process. Over the course of this past year, I have learned a lot of lessons that are all very different from each other. I learned a lot about commitment, stress, and health. I still do not know which angle I am going to take for my 20 time talk because there are multiple directions that I could go with it.

I am proud to say that I have accomplished the majority of my goals for this project. I dedicated myself to yoga this year. Every week I went to yoga classes almost everyday and when I did not have the time, I tried my best to do yoga at home. I became more flexible and in shape. I was inspired to become a healthier eater because of yoga. If I got the chance to go back and do anything differently with my project, I would have been less lazy and put more effort into it. I would have tried to accomplish more. I am planning on still doing yoga and continuing my project after the school year is over. I will have a lot of time to work on it in the summer. I still want to become a community ambassedor for the yoga shelter and I still need to do aerial yoga. Those are the two main goals that I still need to accomplish, but other than that and over all my project was a success.

By doing this project, I realized that I do not like to commit to anything no matter how much I like it or enjoy doing it. I was quit a lot of things in my life and I think that it is because I do not like commitment. During this project, there were many times when I felt tired and wanted to skip yoga. I think that when I let myself skip one day, it turns into a domino effect and I start wanting to skip multiple days in a row. Since I have never stuck with anything for a long time in the past, I learned with this project that they only way to improve at something is to commit to it. I think that no matter how bad you are at something, you can always improve at it  as long as you commit to it. Commitment is the key to accomplishing any goal.

Yoga is all about synchronizing the body and the breath. Yoga breaths are long deep breaths in through the nose and out either through the nose or mouth. If a pose is hard to hold, the breaths are supposed to help you get through them. This relates to real life and how if you are stressed, it helps to stop what you are doing and take a deep  breath. I think that most people forget to do this and that it would make a big difference in people's lives if they would take the time to stop every once in a while and take a deep breath.

Another important lesson that I learned by doing this project is that it is really important to try to live a healthy lifestyle. Not just yoga, but all exercise helps people feel good and look good. When you exercise, you are more motivated to eat healthy and make healthy choices. Many people do not realize this and do not take care of them selves. If they knew about the benefits of exercise and yoga, then more people would be healthy and in shape.

Commitment, stress, and health are the three different topics that I am thinking about writing my talk on. Once I figure out which one is the best option, I am hoping that the 20 time talk will come easy to me. I have learned a lot this past year by doing my project, so I think that I will definitely have a lot to talk about. I am really happy that I chose to do this as my project. I will never forget it and it changed my life because I am going to do yoga for the rest of my life!

Monday, April 20, 2015

Blog Post 11

I am starting to think less about my project and more about my 20 time speech. I am very nervous to give my speech because I so not think I will be able to memorize an eight minute speech. I am excited to do the writing part of my speech because I have learned so much this past year. There are things that I have learned from doing yoga, but there are also things that I have learned just from doing a 20 time project. I learned that as much as I love to doing something, I still do not like commitment. Commitment could possibly be something that my speech will focus on. I have to start organizing my thoughts about everything that I have learned and narrow it down to what exactly my speech will focus on. I am happy to say that my 20 time project was very sucessful.

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Blog Post 10

This past week has been an off week for me with my project. I have had a lot of homework, so I haven't had the time to go to yoga as much as I would like to. I have been very overwhelmed with a lot of big assignments and tests in all of my classes. I still have been doing yoga as much as possible, but there were a couple of days where I did homework from the moment I came home from school to the moment that I went to bed. I only went to the Yoga Shelter about three or four times this week. I hope that school will start to become less stressful soon, so that I can go to yoga whenever I want! I am not going anywhere for spring break, so I will be able to go to yoga almost everyday during that time. The only thing holding me back is all of my school work. I think that I will be less busy with homework once third quarter ends. I am looking forward to it!

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Blog Post 9

I have sort of hit a road block in my project. A while ago I was asked to be a community ambassedor for the Yoga Shelter. I have been waiting for the Yoga Shelter to get the class passes that I would have to give to people as a community ambassador. I asked them about it a few days ago and they said that they are still waiting to get them made. I am going to just keep going to the Yoga Shelter almost everyday, so that I will be ready to give out the passes as soon as they give them to me. Other than that, everything is still going really well.
I want to try the aerial yoga class at the yoga shelter before my project is over. Aerial yoga is done with ropes that hang from the ceiling. The class has a limited number of spots and you have to pay extra, but it is something that I am really interested in. It will be a fun new challenge. I am planning on signing up for it within the next few weeks.

Monday, February 23, 2015


Every morning and night I have been doing yoga. In the morning I go out on the beach to do yoga before I go swimming and tanning. Every night I go to the gym in the hotel to workout and do yoga on the yoga mats I found. I miss going to yoga class and I can not wait until I start going to the Yoga Shelter again in a couple of days. Cancun has been so warm and relaxing. Every night I have fallen asleep to the sound of the ocean's waves. That sound makes it very easy for me to clear my mind and try to meditate. This trip has been a much needed vacation, but I am ready to come home and work hard on pushing my myself farther and getting better. I am going to work on getting myself ready for spring break.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Blog Post 7

Over mid-winter break I am going to Cancun, Mexico, so I will not be able to attend any yoga classes for about a week. My membership at the Yoga Shelter expires in a few days, so I cannot buy another one until i get back from my trip. Even taking just a few days off from yoga can cause you to lose some of your strength and flexibility, so while I am in Mexico I am going to try to do a lot of yoga everyday on my own. It will be so fun and relaxing to do yoga on the beach! I need to make sure that I stay in shape while I am there and also to continue eating healthy. I am so excited to see how I do without going to an actual yoga class everyday. I would like to learn meditate while I am there because I think that Cancun will be a really peaceful and relaxing environment. I also can't wait to go on this trip because along with doing yoga, it will help me relieve all my stress from school. I get stressed out very easily, so I am happy that I don't have to worry about anything while I am on vacation, and yoga will be the perfect addition to this break.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Blog Post 6

I am still waiting to hear what is happening with the community ambassador program. All I know is that it has not started up yet. I have still been going to yoga classes as usual and everything has been pretty much the same these past few weeks. Yoga helped keep my stress level down during midterm week, which can be a very stressful time. When I get stressed before taking tests, I usually do not live up to my full potential. Going to yoga and keeping calm helped me to do very well on all of my midterms. Hopefully next week I will hear more news on the community ambassador program.

Sunday, January 11, 2015

Blog Post 5

I have made a lot of progress with my project this past month! I have gone to classes almost everyday. I have greatly improved my yoga practice since my last blog post.

Over this holiday season I have noticed a change in my body. I am so much stronger than I was before I started doing yoga religiously. I literally used to have no muscle on my arms, and now they are so much bigger. I feel like I actually am in shape. I have accomplished one of my goals of doing a headstand, so now I want to learn to do a forearm stand and a handstand. Also, my yoga lifestyle has inspired me to start eating extremely healthy.

Since I am at the Yoga Shelter so often, I was asked to be one of their community ambassadors. I filled out an application and I am waiting to hear back from them about what exactly I will be doing. The community ambassador program has not started up yet because the Yoga Shelter is still working out all of the details of it. As a community ambassador I would have to do things involving promoting the Yoga Shelter and bringing in new members. I hope that the program starts up soon and that everything works out.

The lotus flower is a symbol often used in yoga. I just recently found out the meaning behind it. Lotus flowers start their lives underneath the surface of the water, surrounded by mud and dirt. Despite the terrible conditions, lotus flowers remain strong and eventually blossom into beautiful flowers above the surface of the water that get bigger and better each day. The flowers are a symbol for potential and growth. It reminds me of how in yoga and in life, there is always room for you to get better no matter what, even if you start out in a bad place.

I am so happy that I picked to do this for my project. I am still excited about it and I love working on it. My future plans are basically just to keep improving all around and to accomplish my goals. Tomorrow I am going to two yoga classes in one day, which I have never done before. I hope that everything continues to go as well as it has been going so far! Namasté!!