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Loyola Marymount University- Yoga Studies #MuseMondays

Two weeks ago, Josh and I had the pleasure of driving to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles, CA, to attend their Graduate Program Open House. I recently finished (and submitted, yahoo!) my application to their Yoga Studies Graduate Program and was curious to find out more.

LMU offers a low-residency option for their Yoga Studies program, meaning that 78% of your education is accessible virtually. This is ideal for a San Diegan that is not looking to leave!

Takeaways- the cohort is small. I was the only attendant at the event who had applied to the program, and one of 4 total people that came with curiosities regarding Yoga. I have goals of becoming a Yoga Therapist, and this cannot be accessed with their low-residency format. Food for thought as I make continuing steps with my career!

I do feel disheartened about the lack of communication. I have emailed twice since my attendance of this event and my application, and have yet to hear a response back. I live by a motto of quick draw-McGraw meets gung-ho superhero- I move quickly! I don’t expect the same, but I do respond well to it! 🙂

The campus is gorgeous, and the program is well-structured. While initially sold, I have lost my luster for the program since applying and am curious to hear back from them. However, Josh and I had an amazing day date! This campus and program was my muse from November til February of this year, and I am excited to share the written pieces I crafted for their admissions. This application prompted us to get a new laptop, start daily writing rituals, and seek counsel from friends that I respect the most. What a gift!After giving ourselves our own tour of the campus, we left for Plant Power at their Long Beach location. First timers, we were thrilled to eat our favorite fast food before sitting in the dreaded LA to SD traffic. Only 13 parking spaces at our burger joint made me anxious, but the gods guided us into a skinny spot! Burgers, Yoga, and babe- it was a great Saturday.

I think I saved $40K!

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Measured Ingredients for the Perfect Spell- #ThankfulThursdays

What a busy week! I asked Josh, what should I be thankful for on Thankful Thursday? He replied, ‘your self-determination’. Insert- CRYING! Thanks for the support, babe. I have had an impending due date hanging over my head for 3 months, and I have successfully sent in my application to my MA program TODAY. With infinite abundance to be grateful for today, I really couldn’t go wrong with what I am writing about- NO ONE regrets gratitude.

With self determination comes great self care. I have had a checklist posted on the back of our office door for MONTHS, listing all of the tasks I slowly needed to enjoy checking off. I love setting myself up for success!  I knew that I needed to supplement with feelings of success, pampering and motivation to work as hard as I do.

 

I love writing thank you’s! However, I am terribly poor at mailing them. 1 month ago, I wrote all of my heartfelt thank-yous to loved ones for Christmas, Yuletide, and Birthday blessings in December. After much procrastination, I finally pulled out the ole address book and put these magical stamps as a morning meditation exercise. When I am feeling dull, I grab 3-5 blank notebook cards and write thank yous to the first few people that come to mind. This is a great act of SEVA to yourself, and others. Angel cards- I love letting the divine lead. As an avid card puller, both angel and tarot, I enjoy reading messages through the eyes of others. Every few months, I budget for us to buy a deck or two. They really inspire the collective and add an element of affirmation to my life. Here is a link to a similar deck, same illustrator, different theme.

Interested in having your cards pulled? I offer card readings, both in written form and in personal hOMe spreads. Feel free to reach out to me at cordercollective@yahoo.com.Runes- another way to get to know yourself and your partner! To keep myself grounded, I like to pull a rune. This one will serve us for many moons and I likely will not pull another one for myself for months. This one has truly guided Josh and I with answers to long-asked questions; I am excited to share more about this particular RUNE PULL in the future.  Yoga therapy- I booked an appointment and met with my Yoga Therapist! This is one of my favorite new forms of self care. In the past, I used to budget about $100/month for my yoga membership. Now that I teach asana, I have the privilege of infinite access and have been looking for mentorship in both student and teacher capacities. My Yoga Therapist, Susana Jones, is also the leader of the teacher training program that I graduated from and a guiding light on my path! In this week’s appointment, we discussed my future Yoga Nidra practices, the absence of demonstration in my teaching, and shoulder awareness as I bring my body back to a state of BLISS. No wonder I feel so determined and magical this week!

 

Having a mentor that you can turn to on a professional and spiritual level is an incredibly powerful business tool that I will never take for granted. Just appreciate when you feel divinely guided to study under another! Thanks for taking me under your wing, Urban Yogi. Chanting, chimes, calories, cheesy bread in bed- what more can a girl want? In order to conjure magic, you need a little bit of all the right ingredients. Cook’s rosemary sourdough bread and daiya cheese have made my VEGAN fantasies come true! If you have a busy week coming up, pamper yourself with pre-scheduled self care. Whether spiritual, monetary, or physical, find pleasure in the journey and appreciate how hard you are able to work. I will never take this mind for granted!