December 10th, 2018
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Patience, Practice, & Love

Healthy outlets are essential. What I admire most about a yoga pose is the transition to get in and out of it. Now is a transition period in my life and at times I feel lost. Everyone experiences this at some point or another. There are so many beautiful things I want to experience, feel, and share while alive. Legendary coach Phil Jackson says that “love is the force that ignites the spirit and binds teams together.” It’s intriguing how successful people attribute love to their eminence. Vulnerability is what allows you to feel emotion. It’s a soft spot that each of us have. I’m always honest. Sometimes it’s misinterpreted but I don’t know how to be anything but forthright. Now I need to communicate more with myself. I couldn’t have found yoga at a better time.
 
I’m a creature of habit and loyal like a dog. In fact I was born in 1982, the year of the dog in the Chinese calendar. Everyday I seem to naturally wake up 5 minutes before my 5:45am alarm goes off; and is it strange that I always seem to coincidentally look at my phone at 11:11 and 1:43? While those habits are unmindful I consciously choose to eat egg whites, fish, fruit, and vegetables everyday at Roasters’ n Toasters. I also continue to master the art of the kettlebell at Newton’s Method. I remember at first being afraid of kettlebells but now I embrace them. Besides improving your body, they will also help you fall asleep faster at night.
 
Many of my clients purchase 20 hour packages to spread out in a 10 week span. This week I spent 20 hours with a brother and sister from Puerto Rico. It was intense both mentally and physically. Their determination to cover every detail of each drill, move, and exercise, was remarkable. It’s a coach’s dream to work with anyone who is as humble, receptive, and sedulous as Eric and Sari Anglero. They also extended my spanish vocabulary.
 
My world literally spun upside down this week. I took more yoga classes than ever before in such a short amount of time. It’s good because I look like a yogi. If anyone knows of a casting opportunity in a movie for a yoga instructor please let me know! I want prosperity in yoga because it’s success doesn’t lie in the ability to perform postures but in how it positively changes the way we live our life and our relationships. Lululemon hosted a fun island yoga flow event on South Beach. Fellow yogis and ambassadors kayaked to Monument Island where Amy Steiner instructed one of the coolest yoga classes ever! Even our ambassador program manager, Rob, was there all the way from Vancouver! Later that night I went to The Standard for h2om for another one of Amy’s classes. We flowed to the sounds of old school hip hop like Biggie, Dr. Dre, Luniz, and more. Very cool vibe! Saturday I went to Green Monkey for an inversions workshop with Carlos Sanchez. I saw things from a different perspective as I did my first ever headstand, forearm stand, and best ever handstand! The more you practice the better you get so Sunday I did more yoga. Ingrid Benzaquen taught a class to raise money for St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. Now that’s a win win!
 
I was supposed to celebrate two birthdays Sunday. Who has two thumbs and is turning 44? Nick Lopez-Jenkins, that’s who! This man is one of my role models. I’ve had the privilege of training with him at Newton’s and seen him set major goals and crush them every time. He’s also one of the funniest and spirited people I’ve ever met. Happy Birthday Nick! The other birthday is one of my dearest friends, Melanie Ervin. Unfortunately she is in the hospital with complications. What a sad place to spend a birthday. When I went to visit her she still had the same bright smile as always. Regardless of Mel’s circumstances she always finds a way to shine a positive light. I can’t wait to celebrate your birthday for real! TBH I love seeing the people who I care most about happy on their birthday. Everyone deserves to get what they wish for on their special day. You just gotta have hope.
 
With all my heart,
 
Doc

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