|My new-found lab partners, Michelle and Jill,|
back in high school days, circa 1985/6.
But Michelle is the topic, today. There's so much to say, but I'll start with 'her mama raised her right.' This is a woman who doesn't see color, only human beings. Kind and generous to a fault and beautiful to boot. And this girl got skillz, too! She's an amazing seamstress, a belly dancer, and a certified yoga instructor with a thriving and growing business. She tirelessly takes care of her family and her 86 year old grandmother too. I really don't know where she gets the energy, or the patience. Must be that Libra influence in her that's balancing the scales (although, she is a "Virtuous Virgo").
She's the happiest yoga instructor in the world. Here's an example... Just imagine you're doing ab work, sitting upright, with your legs extended in front of you with your knees bent 90 degrees and your're twisting your torso to the left. Hold it for 20 seconds as she counts to 20 with a smile in her voice. Next, without dropping your legs, twist to the right and hold for 20 more seconds, again she counts with a smile in her voice. Lastly, turn your torso forward and raise the legs so you look like a V now, and hold for 20 more seconds. Again that smile in her voice while she counts to 20, and do I hear laughter in her voice this time?!? While the rest of us are moaning and groaning, huffing and puffing and passing out from the strain of weak abdominal muscles, she gracefully lowers her legs and adjusts into 1/2 lotus position, not even breathing hard, beams the brightest smile out over her devotees, then mercifully lets us relax our backs into a forward bend. People think yoga is such a gentle practice... and it is in so many ways, namely it is not rough on your body such as running is, but it is definitely a workout, make no mistake. When you're done, and she's wrung every last effort out of you - but never overstressing the body - and you think you just can't take any more, you get to relax in shavasana pose to end the night's practice. Then you sleep like a baby that night, and you're hooked, just like that.
|Just in case you didn't quite visualize the last |
position I described above...here's the
tortuous ab work position. Ugh.
|Yoga retreat in Vail Colorado - Michelle in scorpion pose|
|Yoga retreat in Vail Colorado - not sure of this pose, |
but it looks really tricky.
|She made a World of Warcraft costume for a friend of hers|
who wanted to wear it to a costume contest. In here you can't
see the LED lights that were added into the shoulder pads, making
them glow, just like an Elf costume would.
|Just this past Christmas, she made me an awesome purse with|
a sci-fi chicks theme. I love it!
|She makes customized yoga mat bags too!|
|In tribal gear, doing a split during her sword dance|
|Boy that yoga really helps with the bellydance moves!|
|TAKE THE PICTURE ALEADY!!!|
All kidding aside, I really love this picture.
|With son Taylor, taken a couple years ago, but I love this one.|
|With hubby Scott during a winter trip to Michigan to vist Jill.|
Remember Jill in the 1st picture?
|The 3 Musketeers in Colorado December 2009|