Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Mind & Body by Samantha Nichole

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Mind, spirit, and...oh yeah...body.

It's been too long since I have posted, and for that I apologize! I haven't been neglecting my health, but I will admit that I have been paying more attention to my mind and spirit and less attention to my body. Although I have been studying intensely and working hard to make money, I Haven't had time to exercise my body; in fact, I feel hypocritical waking up at 4:30 in the morning and teaching fitness courses because I haven't had time to exercise my own body--why should I tell others how to exercise theirs if I can't exercise mine?

That is the rut I am finding myself in; no time to exercise, but just enough time to finish the homework that needs to be done. This is one of the many reasons I miss Energee!: a great excuse to workout, and a workout I didn't even realize I was getting.

On another note, I have put my current teaching schedule below; feel free to join a class at anytime.

Tuesdays; 5:30am Bodyworks (Wauwatosa, Wisconsin Athletic Club)
Every-other-Wednesday: 12:00 noon Bootcamp

More yoga to come after I have received my national certification.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Three Stupidly Simple Steps to Setting Goals

Do you want to set goals for yourself, but you don't know where to start? Here are three stupidly simple steps to setting goals. (Remember to set goals for yourself that are realistic yet challenging!)

#1) Do an assessment of your life.

Where am I spending my time and energy?
What area of my life needs attention? (Relationships, occupation, school, spirituality?)
How can I spend more time doing those things I am missing in my life?

#2) Do something about it.

Write down your goals in a book.
Write down HOW and WHEN you are going to achieve these goals.
Recruit friends to help you reach your goals.
If you're comfortable, publish those goals on social media in order to get support from family and friends.
Implement your plan of action. (Get off your bum and do it.)

#3) Remember the saying "birds of a feather flock together." If you want success, surround yourself by people who also want to succeed. Finding friends and family who share a common goal will only make you more likely to succeed. (Be careful, though. Sometimes when you put your mind to something you may drift away from good friends who don't share that same interest with you. Keep that in mind!)

Those three steps are all it takes, but sometimes setting goals for yourself can be the easy part. Achieving those goals is another story, so put your mind to it, and go to work!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Vision Board

This is my vision board. I created this vision board to help me stay motivated and positive during work; on the cover, there are many things that I want in life and images of things that make me happy. Strawberries, pools, home decor, tea, flowers, OM, and more. I even threw in a quote:

Practice Makes Perfect Yoga Sutra I.13 To achieve and remain stable in a state of yoga, or focused concentration (citta vrtti nirodhah), you must make the effort to give strength to your foundation through practice.

This yoga sutra reassures me of what I already know: the only way to achieve something is through practice. I like to think about my accomplishments as a dancer. How did I become good at what I love? I practiced non-stop. When I was young I would spend (literally) 2-3 hours per night in the basement practicing dance technique and working out. I would also work hard at Piggly Wiggly being a checker to pay for dance lessons at Mirror Image School of Dance. I showed up to dance team practices early and stayed late. I joined other sports such as Track and Field to become a well-rounded athlete. That's why I have become a good dancer, and I transfer that mentality into my everyday life.

Here is my vision board. These are things I want and things I love.