Holy mother of Ganesha, where in the world do I begin?? First off, I think I owe any avid readers I may have an apology…. I have posted nothing when I said I would start posting more. But I promise I’ve been doing things! For example, teaching. I finally grew some ovaries and got on my game. ABOUT DAMN TIME.

The first park where my friend Gina and I held the first class :)

While it’s only been two classes, I feel I’ve learned soooooo much more than I ever would have expected. Not to mention, the amount of students taught total between the two classes is 3 students when the expected about was 10 (hello life lessons on expectations). With what I’ve learned, I don’t think it just applies to teaching yoga. I think it can apply to just about every way you look at life. I might as well just dish out the deets:

1. Whatever epic scenario you’ve built up in your head…. the outcome most likely won’t be so epic.
This is coming from anxiety, nerves, and hardcore asana studying before both classes when none of it was necessary. You know what you know. No one is gonna laugh at you and no one is going to call you on your mistakes. You’re gonna do the best you can and that right there is enough. YOU are enough.

2. Expect the unexpected.
Both times I have gone into the class thinking things would turn out the way I had assumed they would turn out. Both times I was wrong. Not only was my assumption on the amount of students completely wrong but so was my idea on how the class would go. Don’t get me wrong, they both turned out great but not the way I expected. Which is exactly why I say expect the unexpected :)

3. Don’t let your nerves get the best of you.
I honestly have to pat myself on the back for handling everything so much better than I ever thought I would, but if I would have just taken a few deep breaths before, my sentence structure probably would have been more clear and understandable. Need I mention nerves will just give you anxiety you don’t need? Yeah. Exactly.

4. Everyone is different; everyone is going through their own struggles.
Going into my second class, I only had one student. And I thank my lucky stars it was just that one student. That one student ended up needing a lot of my attention and modifications I had never thought of before. Before each class, I didn’t really think of modifications at all. As if I had just subconsciously come to the conclusion any human, beginner to advanced could do the sequence I had to put together. But everyone is different. My perception on ‘different’ was very shallow. Not only that, but it gives you an alternate view. It’s humbling. It’s the universe telling you your problems are really just in your head and they’re not worth letting get to to you.

5. Most people don’t know what Savasana is.
I swear this can be seen metaphorically too. Here’s the thing: Both classes, Savasana was either misunderstood or not known at all and in life, in the bigger picture of things, we as a society need Savasana with unfortunately not knowing what it is. Sweet, beautiful Savasana. It is the purpose of yoga. It IS yoga. It’s what yoga is all about. it’s meditation. It’s self love. It’s rest. Three things most of the world’s population needs more of. Once again, I had gone into the classes with assumptions. I assumed everyone knew what savasana was. And of course I was way wrong (this means there’s probably gonna be a post all about Savasana).

6. Be open minded. Stay open minded.
Ask for suggestions. Ask for advice. Be vulnerable. This will allow others to open up to you and give you ideas you never would have come across yourself. I didn’t think about making signs to guide students to the right location or placing citronella candles around the group to ward off bugs. Obviously very logical ideas yet they weren’t ideas that came to me until the students suggested them.

7. Engage with others. Act like you care and mean it.
I have a tendency to shy away from people. At least I used to. I didn’t want to interact. I was scared I wouldn’t be liked and didn’t want there to be a chance of dealing with someone flaky or superficial. But that got me nowhere. Look at what happened to my teaching….It took me a year just to get started! When you continue to will yourself into something you tend to find uncomfortable, you eventually find the comfort in it. Since turning that behavior of mine around, I’ve made a significant amount of connections with others and surprisingly, it’s made me the happiest I’ve been in awhile. Nothing beats a sense of community and connection with others :)

I’m sure I could continue to go on and on, but I don’t need world’s longest blog post. What it comes down to is I’m glad I’m finally teaching. If you ever find yourself laying in bed, lost on what to do in life, go back to your beginning. When you were kid. I look back at my love for gymnastics. I look back at my intrigue for the outdoors. That brought me to the decisions I make today. I’m now teaching outdoor yoga for women. Go back to your beginning and search for what originally pulled your heart strings. That’s where you’ll build your passion for today :)

Love what you do and do what you love. Don’t listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life. ~ Ray Bradbury


Beachy Tresses

July 17, 2014 — Leave a comment

So here’s the deal: I’m a mousse kinda gal. I hate using heat on my hair (it’s dry naturally) so I usually resort to mousse because, well, I have amazon woman hair. If there were a real Tarzan & Jane, my hair is what would be on Jane’s head. Wild, curly, straight and wavy all at the same time. It has numerous textures. Mousse contains. Holds the mass of crazy together and gives it all the same texture to do what I want (I’m usually pretty lazy though). Thing is, I don’t like the thought that I’m just putting a bunch of chemicals on my head. It’s the only thing I haven’t changed about what I put on my body. I’ve changed my soaps, lotions, deodorant, shampoo, conditioner, chapstick. BUT I have not changed my hair styling product.

Until now.

I was ready for a change and I wanted to lighten my hair a little but naturally (roots are showing). So I googled diy beachy hair spray, checked out a few different websites and ideas, and came up with the PERFECT recipe for beachy waves. And yes, it’s replaced my mousse. I haven’t thrown it out but I’ve moved on….mentally. I digress. Here’s what you need!

a cup (8 oz) of warm to hot water
2 tablespoons epsom salts
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon aloe vera gel
1/2 teaspoon apricot or jajajoba oil
2 drops lavender oil
2 drops orange oil
2 drops tea tree oil
1 teaspoon lemon juice (optional- this is to lighten your hair. if you add lemon, this must be kept in the fridge)

in a spray bottle that can hold at least 10 ounces, add the salts to your hot water and let the them dissolve. Add remaining ingredients, shake for a couple minutes and you’re good to go!

1) A little goes a long way
2) Spray before dressing… it leaves white specks on dark clothes

Have fun with your new beachy tresses! ;-D

Bitches get shit done ~ Tina Fey


From Lamb to Lioness

July 5, 2014 — 1 Comment

Wow. It has been a minute since I’ve posted, that is FOR SURE. Well a lot has happened. Honestly I feel like a completely different person now. I’ll start at the beginning :)

Barbara! a new friend and stylishly stuffed raccoon…classy ;-)

First off, I am aware that my 100 Days of Self Love Challenge ended in the beginning of June. While I tried a lot of new things and a lot of old things I had forgotten involving loving myself more which I definitely do love myself more now, I don’t feel like I got everything I wanted out of it. I’ll be getting into that more at the end of this post though.

On to the next thing…

Freeman and Matthew in front of the World Trade Center

On June 11th just days after the Self Love Challenge ended, Matthew, Freeman and I hopped on a plane and flew to New York City for what the two of them call an “Unretreat” for two weeks. An unretreat to them is a loosely planned adventure in an unknown place where you talk about business and life (Personally I’d have to say a lot of it has to do with philosophizing as well). So we get to New York city and the first week we explore, walk, talk, explore, eat, walk, talk some more till 1 in the morning. Every night. Deep talks about facing fears, moving on, letting go, having no shame. We went HAM.

You ARE Beautiful

The second week, Freeman and I went our own separate way from Matthew and it was as if the unretreat stuck with us. I learned to forgive a lot of people I felt wronged by throughout my life. I forgave myself for holding grudges and being bitter and being self critical. I opened my heart and let go of all I had been holding onto. It resulted in the most magnificent and open yoga practice I’ve ever experienced. It gave me beautiful ideas (I’ll share more in another post later on down the road), it’s inspired me and motivated me. It’s given me a fresh new outlook on everything. I feel like I just cleaned a really, dirty window!

My new friend Gina (@relentless_dreaded_yogi) from instagram on the Manhattan Bridge!

I made new friends and had the time of my life. we came back and I got to spend some quality with Freeman’s sister Nanette and finally meet her boyfriend which I wish could have all lasted longer. It was all everything I’ve been needing for the past 7 months.

Me and Nanette doing yoga at Newport Beach while her boyfriend photobombs our flow :-P

With that being said, I’m breaking out of my josie shell! My goal is to go to a different beach or park 4-5 days out of a week (which I’ve already started working on…hello, sunburn). Every Saturday morning I’ll be doing donation based Sunrise yoga at a local park (I’ll have the details up on the schedule page shortly). ALSO, in regards to the Self Love Challenge not feeling complete, I’m doing 100 Days Gluten Free and 100 Days of Handstands starting TODAY. It all sounds like a lot but I’ve totally got this :)

I also plan on posting more. Not just here on Funky Soul Yoga but also on Divine Musings (my “etsy shop”). Be on the look out! Namaste :)

If you have a dream, don’t just sit there. Gather courage to believe that you can succeed and leave no stone unturned to make it a reality ~ Roopleen