Where I teach, we have other fitness classes as well. So I am currently also teaching Senior Fit classes. Which is an aerobic/weight based class that stays on the feet the whole time. No floor work and no jumping. I pretty much love it. And I am impressed and inspired daily by the lovely ladies and gentlemen in my classes. I strive to be just like them in another twenty years!
Planning my classes is just another way for me to come back to center with my ideal of simplifying my life. Of course there are hundreds of ways to plan a class, moves to perform, crazy things to do. BUT I like to come at both of my class types the same way. FLOW from form to form in the easiest and simplest way possible. Do what seems to come instinctually instead of fighting to remember the next transition. Enjoy the process and slow down into it. You WILL work out just as hard if you slow - it - down. Usually harder. ;)
So next time you are doing something - anything - slow down into the process. Really think about what you are doing. Enjoy the moment. I know sometimes that seems silly. But even rinsing dishes can be a meditative thing if you slow your mind and focus on the moment. Talk about stress melting away when you do manage to make it happen!
And I will need to remember that in the fall.... because I will be adding substitute teaching into my schedule. PLUS I have promised to help a friend with her AMAZING little shop. It's my ideal shop to own - yarn, knitted goods, locally made foods and beauty products, and sweet little vintage finds. WHAT?!? BEST - SHOP - EVER! And she needed someone to work very, very part time. As in just a few hours on only a few days a month. And I was happy to hop on that one! Luckily for me, she knows that I design for a living and is happy for me to bring my work with me to fill quiet time at the shop! YEA! That is a real win-win and I'm pretty excited for the opportunity.
Add those two things in with 3 yoga classes and 2 senior fit classes a week... and I'll be a busy little lady. But how amazing?? I love my life. I get to see both of my children off to school, do all of these little, fun, amazing jobs during the day and be home again to get them off the bus. I cannot believe how lucky I am. And I do know this. I never take it for granted!
Life gets busy, crazy, rushed, hectic. It does for all of us. Bring yourself back to center by slowing down. Take 15 min a day to sit quietly (even if it's before everyone wakes up or after everyone is asleep!). Close your eyes, breathe deeply and literally count your blessings! NO negative thoughts here. Think about all the cute things your children did that day, that compliment your hubby paid you, or a fun coffee break with your bestie. Even if it was three great things to a hundred crazy things.... think about, remember and cherish those three great things. After awhile of doing this daily, you will see your perspective change. And those around you will notice too!
Good Luck! And keep it SLOW!