Have you met Rachel Camero (aka Hot Rod)? Rachel lives in Folsom but is originally from Berkeley (that’s B-Town to the locals). She loves yoga (duh), painting, snowboarding, reading, and learning new things. Rachel’s husband Issac and two kids, Lorenzo and Naomi, all have a great sense of humor and the LOVE to watch funny movies together.
Rachel began practicing at SDY on our very FIRST day of business and tries to get her own practice in 5 times per week. Rachel keeps her practice consistent by looking at her schedule each night for the following day. She looks for space in her schedule to fit in a class and if there isn’t any, she FINDS time. Rachel is better at her job, parenting, and living when she prioritizes her yoga practice in her life. Currently, Rachel’s favorite AND most challenging pose is…press-up hand stand! It doesn’t matter if she ever gets it, she just likes to challenge herself to work on something new and feel the possibility! Rachel understands that coming to yoga over and over to create shifts in her poses in addition to expanding her practice through programs or workshops creates continuous shifts in her life.
Since she began teaching at Spotted Dog Yoga in February of 2015, Rachel has felt that the SDY Team and community is invested in her and her success as a teacher. This makes her feel like investing back into SDY and our community by working together to create a fun, challenging, and safe space for growth. On top of that, Rachel LOVES the people and the amazing connections she has made here! She calls it “a big old love fest that lights her up every time she walks through the door…”
We couldn’t agree more Rachel! Thank you for being such an amazing leader who contributes so much to our team and community!
Join Rachel Camero EVERY 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:15pm for “Wildcard Wednesday!”
Nick and Katie, assisted by Dawn, will be leading a new group of students through the “Light Up!” 200 Hour Teacher Training, starting on September 24th. I completed teacher training through Spotted Dog Yoga in April this year and it was one of the best things I’ve ever done. Here are a few thoughts on being prepared for teacher training.
Have a regular yoga practice. I hadn’t practiced yoga consistently in more than a year when I started teacher training. This was not ideal (sarcasm, understatement). A foundation of 3 to 5 classes per week will help you withstand the physical rigors of the training program.
Get comfortable with not knowing. Teacher training is designed to challenge you and to disrupt business as usual. So don’t be surprised when you find yourself out – way out – of your comfort zone.
Find deodorant that works. You’ll be sweating a lot in close proximity with other yogis. A great deodorant will make you smell, if not great, at least less bad.
Prep quick healthy snacks. Breaks are often short and have to be used for many purposes, and bringing snacks means you’ll never have to choose between a shower or food when you’re dying for both.
Trust the process. You’re in great hands at Spotted Dog and even when things feel tough and you don’t think you can go on, remember that you are stronger than you know, and that everybody guiding you through has been in your shoes.
I’ll never regret doing teacher training. If you’re considering it, just do it. Even if you don’t think you’ll ever teach. Even if you’re not sure you’re strong enough. You’ll be amazed at who you can become at the end of the journey.
My husband is incredibly competitive. He’s the youngest of three boys, with brothers who are seven and nine years older than he is. He’s a type A personality, which plays into it. And just being a guy could be a contributing factor too. When we started doing yoga together several years ago, he would tell me after each class if he won or not. I found the idea incredibly amusing, bordering on the absurd. And though he would say it with a smile, there was an element of seriousness to it. For Tim, winning meant never resting in Child’s pose, doing every single part of the flow full on, and basically kicking ass the entire class.
I’m not very competitive, but as I thought more about this idea I realized that I can let this win or lose attitude come into my own practice. I’m just a little sneakier about it. When I see another yogi in an advanced version of a pose I struggle with, I can let that suck away any joy I might have in my own practice. It shows up in forward fold poses when I’m scanning the room to see who’s more folded than I am. And because for my entire life I’ve wanted to be a dancer, full Hanuman (front splits in non-yoga speak) is oh so hard on my very fragile ego. Because to my eyes, everyone does it better than I do.
Ego is really what it comes back to. Of course yoga is not a competitive sport. But my ego really can turn it into one so easily. What’s the solution? As usual it’s simple and basic. I’ve never heard a teacher at Spotted Dog say, “scan the room to see who’s doing the pose better than you are,” but I’ve certainly heard, “focus your gaze.” I can also tap into my tapas (discipline) and like they used to say in school, keep my eyes on my own paper.
A change in perspective can make all the difference too. Seeing someone in an advanced pose can be inspirational, right? I’ve been told that the only valid comparison is where you used to be and where you are now. Truth is, if I’m on my yoga mat, I’m already winning and so are you!
SUMMER YOGA BODY will challenge and inspire you to incorporate health based choices into your life. When we take the time to connect to our bodies through physicality, we can make choices in our lives that are in line with what is true at our core. Our bodies do not need to be a certain size or shape for yoga to be beneficial. A consistent yoga practice allows you to tap into your deepest strengths and live in possibility and empowerment!
RULES OF THE GAME:
1) Enrollment is FREE! Make a commitment to your growth and sign up today!
2) To complete this challenge, you will practice 21 times in during the month of July. Your practices do NOT have to be consecutive.
3) To complete this challenge, you will do 21 leap frogs on EACH of your 21 practice days during the month of July. Come early or stay late after class if the teacher doesn’t incorporate leap frogs into the regular practice.
4) We will help you keep track of your challenge progress here at the studio. Everyone who successfully completes the challenge will receive a prize!
It sure has been great having the ability to teach yoga and connect our community over the last few months at El Dorado Hills Taekwondo. We are excited to announce that our studio in Folsom is getting ready to open! Make sure that you purchase your pre-opening membership specials by December 20th as this will be the last day that they are offered.