Yoga teacher training is over. This is bittersweet — I’m burned out on yoga, given that I was often practicing for up to 5 consecutive hours each day. But I was also incredibly energized by all the learning, growth and physical activity that happened during my program.
Here are some of the things I learned:
- Yoga is about more than poses. There are 8 limbs of traditional yoga and asana (the poses) is only one limb! Yoga literally means “to yolk” or to connect your mind to your body. And this is what I have learned: to read my body for signs of how I’m feeling, to be less attached to other people’s opinions and needs, and to find my own unique power.
- Being vulnerable with people is THE thing of life. Saying hard things, spending time in the places of your life where you don’t feel balanced, and asking for tough conversations is rewarding beyond belief.
- Being fire-y and type A is a gift, not a flaw.
- Perfectionism — trying to do everything right, all the time — is armor. It only blocks us off from other people, from ourselves, and from a life of ease.
- Failing doesn’t mean we’re not enough. It just means we get to try again.
- When you respond to something differently for the first time in a long time, you’ve changed.
- Nothing anyone else says or does is about me.
- Food affects my body directly and presently. When I listen to my body and eat food that makes my stomach feel good, I feel more mentally stable.
- Play. Sing. Dance. Laugh. Kids laugh 150 times per day, adults only laugh 5 times per day. We don’t need more corporate workers — we need people who are alive and playful!
- Remember how much our bodies like to move.
- Remember meditation — taking a moment to pause can change your whole day.
- Listen to your body. It will tell you when its anxious, passionate, angry, stressed out, exhausted.
- Daily routines are the way you change your life.
- Karma is not revenge. Karma is the small, intentional steps we make toward our dharma, or greatest purpose.
- When you love people, tell them.
- Between stimulus and response, there is always a moment to pause.
- I. Love. Yoga. Yoga of all kinds. Vinyasa and kundalini and hatha and yin and restorative and acro and partner. All yoga is good yoga.
Sweet Potato Honey Lime Tacos
Makes enough filling for 8-10 tacos. You’ll want leftovers.
- 2 sweet potatoes, peeled and diced into 1/4 inch chunks
- 1/2 t cumin
- 1 pinch cayenne pepper, or more to taste
- 1/2 yellow onion, diced
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 cup corn (frozen is fine, just make sure to dethaw it)
- 1 jalapeno, minced, seeds removed
- 1 can black beans (drained)
- juice of 1 lime
- 1 T honey
- 10 small corn tortillas
- Optional: Avocado chunks, minced cilantro, mexican cheese, sour cream, salsa, shredded lettuce
Preheat your oven to 400. Peel and dice your sweet potatoes, sprinkle them with cumin, cayenne, salt, pepper and olive oil. Stir to combine, then bake for 20-30 minutes, turning once at the 10 minute point, until the potatoes are soft on the inside and crispy on the outside.
Meanwhile, in a saute pan, combine onion and garlic with a splash of olive oil. Cook on medium high for 3 minutes, then add the jalapeno and corn and cook for 5 minutes more, until all the veggies are softened. Add a can of black beans (drained of liquid), lime juice, honey, and a pinch of salt and pepper — then turn the heat to low and let the mixture simmer.
Remove the sweet potatoes from the oven and add them to the corn and black bean mixture. Turn the oven heat off, but add the tortillas to the oven for 2-4 minutes — place them directly on the rack if you like a bit of crispy char, or wrap them in foil for soft tortillas.
To assemble the tacos, add a heaping scoop of sweet potato corn filling to each tortilla. Top with whatever you desire — we prefer cilantro, another squeeze of lime, mexican cheese, and occasionally a dollop of sour cream. Enjoy!