Life is beautiful, especially when you’re able to make
the sweetest lemonade out of a bunch of sour lemons. My abode is in complete disarray as the contractors move slower than snails to lay the hardwood floors,
allergies are in full swing due to the removal of the carpet and all the rain, topping things off I had two papers due for school. I ask the universe for help and help comes, I by chance run into two of my former yoga teachers whom I’ve been thinking of. One as I walk home from the grocery store and the other as I tap away on my keyboard in a coffee shop, only to find out both live less than ½ mile from me. I can’t wait to practice again with both, they are two of four teachers who inspired me to become a yoga teacher. I’ve been working on so many cool things and now I look forward to getting started.
So to say my weekend was amazing is really an
understatement, even though my body gave out before I completed everything. Waking up Friday could feel love, fun and laughter around the bend, after
receiving some great news on Thursday, Friday was a celebration. Saturday I head out to spend time getting to know my community members. Puptown Dog Park is where I did my volunteer community clean up, not only did I meet my fabulous neighbors but I got to love on some of the best doggies. I’m in the VERY early stages of getting a dog, just feeling things out right now, and after talking with my neighbors I’m invited to be a doggie aunt so I can get an idea of the responsibilities required, they also give me an official Puptown hat…….I’m so lovin’ my community!
Sunday was dedicated to the kids, starting off with
Random Acts of Kindness at the Adler Planetarium, I feel so honored to have been selected to participate in this wonderful event for these beautiful children. I was required to develop a challenge for my kids, I challenged them to come up with a mindfulness break for kids, and they knocked it out of the park!!
The day was long, but seem to pass quickly, first each
organization did a 3-5min presentation introducing who we were and what our challenge was, after hearing the presentations each student chose which challenge they wanted. To my delight I ended up with nine kids, two girls and six boys, I was happy to see mindfulness was a hit with the kids!! Our team created a power point presentation of who we were what our challenge was, we also created an app with yoga music selections and an actual five minute mindful sequence. Each team presented their creations in the Star room at the
Adler, every group created amazing things using today’s technology. I learned so much from all these kids today, my group left me with a full heart and very inspired! It’s always a blessing to work with the youth and watch them create for the future, their dedication, commitment and energy was beautiful to be around. They called me Miss Toni, and expressed how wonderful they felt after practicing yoga, breathing and meditation. Some of the statements from the team “oh, I feel sooooo relaxed” and “I can’t wait to tell my mom”, “can you come to my school” and the priceless answer from several boys when asked what made them choose the mindfulness challenge, “I wanted to try something different” followed up with “and I’m glad I did”…..my heart melted on the spot! This is just the first step to Yogatones bringing preventative mindful based wellness to schools/communities in Chicago ! I’ve spent over 15 years caring for sick kids, it’s nice to now provide them preventative care, I LOVE being a pediatric nurse/yoga teacher!
I was completely mentally, emotionally and physically
full and tired when the day was over, I came home to take a quick rest before my evening event only to pass out for 3.5 hours, missing my last event of the day……..it was all worth it!
To quote my students “every day is a good day when you say NAMASTE~Yogatones team 4
YOGATONES was recently contacted, by Loyola University Freshmen and asked to participate in
their project, which was to find community assets to help bridge opportunity gaps in our schools. With YOGATONES is a community asset I developed a
proposal and they presented it to the university, school, and public. I attended the presentation, they did a great job! I'm focused on fostering my community
relationships, improving youth & senior health & wellness. I'm currently taking two classes focused on evidence-based practice and health promotion & disease prevention in the community, which I absolutely love, so this was perfect timing!!
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