So I took some yoga teacher training recently through YogaFit. And it was interesting. This was not what I would consider “traditional yoga” training. It was definitely geared to teaching yoga at in a gym environment.
I don’t know if I would call it a waste of my time, but I will say it was not what I was really expecting. I was hoping to learn something beyond 8 yoga poses for 18 hours of yoga.
The instructor was okay. I feel that there could have been more productive uses of time, since it was just reading out of the manual.
I will say it was an interesting experience, but if I continue in yoga teacher training I will probably go with a more traditional school.
Well…it is official…I have had this blog for 1 year! I know that it is 10 days into the new year already, but I have really been trying to figure out what I want to do for a “new year resolution”. In fact, it has stumped me. Then in a training class at work, the trainer said something interesting, instead of calling them new year resolutions call them a new year focus. I really liked that, so that got me thinking and I was able to decide what I want to focus on this next year for the long and short term.
After all that Crossfit last year it was both challenging and empowering. I got SO strong! The downside was I felt like I was beating up my body. So I really started to focus on my yoga practice. In fact, I want to focus on getting a yoga certification this year. It would be exciting to see how my practice can grow. I find so much challenge in the practice. I am so flexible and strong in some positions and feel the drive to improve in MANY others. The body awareness I gained from yoga and pilates has been priceless.
But don’t get me wrong, I still want to Crossfit. My focus for Crossfit this year are: to be able to do a strict pull-up and 25 double-unders in a row. And with that I am sure my overall goal of losing fat and gaining muscle will improve. This summer I still hope to do a competition to keep my motivation going.
Another focus that I want is to be able to run a marathon this year. I would LOVE to be able to run the Nike’s Women’s Marathon in San Francisco and run my first marathon there! If I don’t get in, I guess I should figure out an option b. But I will start with a half marathon in March that I will be doing with my boyfriend, cousin, and friend. I am excited, if anything it will be a good time!
When it is cold outside, I always want something warm for breakfast, like oatmeal. But sometimes it gets boring and I like to switch it up a bit. My boss recently told me about this chia seed parfait. It is DELICIOUS! It will work in the winter and in the summer. Right now I microwave the apple jam part a bit in the microwave first to heat it up a little. Then I add it to the chia seed parfait with some nuts for a crunch and it is a very delicious and satisfying breakfast. I have included the recipe below.
Apple Pie Chia Seed Jam + Parfait
Vegan, gluten-free, soy-free, no added sugar. The jam can be used on oatmeal or toast. And it is another great way to use chia seeds.
For the jam: Add the first 6 ingredients into a medium pot and stir to combine. Bring the mixture to a low boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 15-20 minutes, stirring every 5 minutes of so. When the apples are fork tender, remove from heat and mash 50% of the mixture to thicken. Set aside to cool.
For the vegan overnight oats: Combine the oats, chia seeds, almond milk, vanilla, and cinnamon in a small bowl. Whisk to combine. Place in the fridge overnight, or for at least 1-2 hours to thicken. Once the oats are softened and the liquid is mostly absorbed, it's ready. You can thin it out with more milk or thicken it with more chia seeds.
To make each parfait: Layer the vegan overnight oats with the apple pie jam, a few spoonfuls of each per layer. Add toasted walnuts on top of each layer if desired.
Store leftover jam in an air-tight container or jar in the fridge. Should last for at least 1-2 weeks.