I was talking to a friend this week and she was expressing a lot of self-judgement. She told me that she goes to bed thinking about all of the things she hadn't completed on her to-do list for the day. She told me that she will try to "reward" herself by allowing herself to do something she enjoys, only after she does all the stuff she doesn't want to do.
I listened as she talked about how she doesn't feel good enough. I remember the book "The Four Agreements" by Miguel Ruiz. It was a game changer for me. Not that I don't struggle with these four agreements every single day myself, but it is nice to come back to.
I shared with her one of them: Always Do Your Best. Your best today may be very different than your best tomorrow. After a good nights sleep, a healthy breakfast and a cup of coffee, my best is going to be way better than if I am recovering from Covid (this happened) and am exhausted and healing. It is not fair to judge ourselves every day from one standard. If we wake each day and offer ourselves just a little grace and do our best (whatever that is on that particular day), then we can go to sleep at night without the self-judgement and self-abuse knowing that we did our best and there was nothing more than we could. Maybe we'd learn to be a little bit kinder and more forgiving to ourselves.
After completing my initial yoga pose deck of 55 beginner yoga poses, I knew without a doubt I would be making an advanced deck. I enjoyed hand-illustrating these poses as I studied and learned them. I created the advanced deck with 50 poses. There are some intermediate poses thrown in and definitely some poses that will take awhile for me to master. The deck was made so that it would blend seamlessly with the first deck.
You can find the new deck on my Shop page, and it will be available on Amazon within the next week!
Last time I shared about My Quarantine Project. Today I would like to mention where to find the tools I’ve created.
With a heart full of gratitude the reaction to the Yoga Art Card Deck has been overwhelming. I have set up a fulfillment service (to print/ship) the decks. I am currently working on additional Yoga tools and will come back with updates as soon as they are ready.
Today I would like to mention where to find the tools.Choose USA or International Delivery
For USA orders you can order from my website here: Yoga with Anastacia Yoga Art Cards
For International Orders you can order here: Anastacia Drake on Amazon
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It feels a little bit like the world has flipped upside down in the last few months. I thought I would share something positive that has come out of it for me.
After a few weeks of quarantine I got completely stir crazy (like many out there). I tried to find secluded trails to hike but they were closed. Camp grounds were closed. I found myself struggling with anxiety and feeling a bit trapped.
As serendipity would have it, an ad came across my computer advertising yoga teacher certification. It’s something I’ve always thought about doing but the time commitment away from home was always too much being a mom. Due to the quarantine they had moved teacher certification online for the first time ever. I promptly signed up.
As I worked through the poses I began sketching them all. I made flash cards so that I could memorize the Sanskrit and English name. I looked online for similar flash cards but couldn’t find what I wanted. I decided to just make my own. I added Sanskrit pronunciation, literal translation, anatomy, sequencing tips, and benefits to the card. It gave me something to focus on and I felt my body and mind getting stronger as I worked my way through the program.
With a heart full of gratitude I showed my new yoga art cards to my fellow classmates. The reaction was overwhelming. Everyone was asking to buy them! I had no idea that a project I did for myself would have such an amazing reaction. Within the first few days I sold over 100.
Now I’m super excited to announce that within a week they will be up on Amazon and within two they will be going into bookstores including Barnes & Noble! What started out as a project for myself has turned out to be a project that helps others!
If you’re interested in seeing them! Check them out here!