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Stand Up and Get Started: navasana to utkatasana

Getting up and out of it. Let go of your resolution and just get started. What is your dream project? What if the only thing holding you back was laziness and fear? Describe your project in 500 words or less, send me a two-minute video about the project and be entered to win a scholarship to Yoga Teacher Training, starting July 6, 2020. 

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There’s a sequence that I teach in my power yoga classes that students laugh at. They giggle and chuckle when I demonstrate and I get the impression they are saying to themselves “I can’t do that….”

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From boat pose…

Navasana (boat pose) to Utkatasana (chair pose). Also known as up and off your butt and into action. The first step to achieving your dreams is getting up and off the couch. Boat pose to chair pose is a metaphor for getting started. Getting up and off the couch, in turn, is a metaphor for getting started on your dream project. 

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…to chair pose

It’s late March. Winter officially ended on March 21. Good-intentioned New Years resolutions have fallen by the wayside and here you are, slouched on the couch. You’re certain there is something you should be doing, but unsure how to get there.

The first step is to put both feet on the floor and stand up.

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get up off the couch and get started

The next step is to forget about your new years resolution. The premise behind new years resolutions is flawed and doesn’t offer the positive reinforcement required for fulfilling a dream. Resolutions imply that there is something wrong with you that needs to change. That’s a poor foundation for fulfilling goals.

Goals and dream projects are based on personal experience. Success is predicated on a fundamental belief that they are possible.

What is  your dream project? Did you scheme it up with the belief that you have to change who you are in order to see it through? Likely not. You know it exists in the realm of possibility and you are capable of doing the work required to achieve it. So, forget your new years resolution that you’ll change something about yourself. Reframe your goals in terms of projects that exist within your ability. Rather than focusing on what you need to change about yourself, focus on what you have done thus far and why you envisioned a particular dream. The dream is an extension of something you’ve already achieved and is within your ability.

Boat pose to chair pose. Plant your feet firmly on the ground, fire up your core strength and stand up! If it doesn’t work, try it again. Then try again. Do something, right now, that contributes to your dream. What is it? Do you want to run a marathon? Put on your running shoes. Do you want to finish your Masters thesis? Edit one paragraph. Do you want to find a partner? Leave your house and interact with someone new. Do you want to start a company? Draft a business proposal. Do you want to swim across Georgia Straight? Get to the pool. Do you want to get out of debt? Make a budget. Whatever you want, the first step is to stand up and get started. 

Get off your butt and step into the heat. The magic is in the hard work and if you can imagine your project, then you can do it. Stand up and get started. 

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stand up and get started

Yoga Teacher Training starts July 6, 2020 in Yellowknife

One scholarship available

What’s you dream project? What if the only thing holding you back was fear?

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Scholarship Information

Scholarship Application – Taiga Yoga School: Land and Heart Practice

I am pleased to award one 80% scholarship to a 200-hour Yoga Teacher Training applicant. The application process has two components:

  • A 500 word essay
  • A two-minute video or slideshow

I love essays! They have a beginning, a middle and an end. They have a clear thesis statement and each section has a topic sentence. They clearly define themselves in terms of who, what, where and why.

Please write a short (less than 500 words) essay in answer to this question:

What is your dream project? Imagine that you can abandon all your responsibilities (and maybe even the life that you’re currently living) and start something new. Nothing is holding you back except your own fear. If courage is the only catalyst you need to get what you want, what would that be?

Describe your dream project in terms of:

  • Where? Location! Where do you need to be?
  • What? Resources! What do you need to get started?
  • Who? Contribution! Who are you helping with this project? Who do you want to benefit the most from your work?
  • Why? Reason! What inspired this project?

The project doesn’t have to include anything about yoga, but it can if you want it to. The intention is to start thinking creatively about your situation and how you see yourself contributing to the world around you. What does freedom and contribution mean to you?

I also love photos and videos! They illustrate the creative process. Include in this application a two-minute (or shorter) video or slideshow to illustrate the inspiration behind your project.

Please send essay and video or slideshow to

katecovelloyoga@gmail.com

Deadline: One month before program start date. 

Scholarship winner will be notified three weeks prior to program start date.

  

Loka Samasta Sukhino Bhavantu

May all beings everywhere be happy and free and may the thoughts words and actions of my own life contribute in some way.