Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Final blog post

20 time was an awesome project.  I like that we were able to choose something that was unrelated to the traditional English, social studies, math, and science.  Being able to work on something that was legitamently enjoyable was a great change from my ordinary schedule. 

Some parts of 20 time that should be changed is the amount of time students were given to choose the topic of their project.  I think we should be able to try out a few topics so we can truly focus in on what which project we are most interested in. 

Some things about 20 time that should stay the same are the blog posts being due on Mondays.  The blog post really motivated me to work on my project because I needed to be able to write something for my blog.  Also, the talk at the end of the year should still be required. Even though it was really scary to talk on stage, it helps to build public speaking skills which are valuable in life.  Also, the speech made me reflect on what I truly learned from my project over the course of the year. 

Yes, I think more students should have 20 time as a required project.  I think the project builds character because it makes students step out of their comfort zones to try things they have never done before. 

Advice I give to future students doing 20 time is that it is important to choose a topic that you are passionate about.  If you dread every Friday because you know you'll have to work on a project that is not important to you, it will just suck.  

Before the tedx event I was very scared of speaking in front of large groups.  I am still a little nervous in front of audiences, but overall I feel more confident in my public speaking skills.  No, it was not as scary as I thought. Once I began talking, I was okay.  However, the moments right before I had to walk on stage were horrible.  

Sunday, April 27, 2014

More speech ideas

Last week was spring break and I have made lots of progress with my speech ideas.  I know that the main topic of my talk is going to be on individualism.  I'm going to go into detail about how yoga made me realize the importance of individualism and how being an individual is how people realize what their calling in life is-calling as in what someone wants to do/accomplish throughout their lifetime.  
Also, in my talk I'm going to include some quotes.  Some that I have found that embody the idea of individualism include:
 “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” 
“Always be a first rate version of yourself and not a second rate version of someone else.” 
― Judy Garland
“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It's still my symbol of rebellion -- against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others' ideas.” 
― Johnny Cash

I might use one of these quotes or I might find another; quote suggestions are welcome! 

In addition, I have been thinking about giving my talk and i'm starting to get nervous.  I don't have much experience in giving speeches and I don't want to mess up.  The part of giving my speech that i'm most nervous for is blanking.  I don't want to be up there on stage and then just completely blank and forget my train of thought. 

Friday, March 28, 2014

Ted talk ideas and lacrosse

Lacrosse started about three  weeks ago and I have only gone to one yoga class!  I really miss it but I just don't have enough time in my day.  Spring break is coming up soon so I'll have more time for yoga.  Also, there are only a few more months of school left and in the summer I'll be able to get back to my usual yoga routine so I'm pretty excited.
I've been brainstorming on what I'm going to talk about in my speech and I have some ideas.  My first idea is to talk about individualism.  I got this idea because in yoga your practice isn't supposed to look like someone else's.  Yoga is all about how you express yourself through each pose.  My headstand might not look like your headstand and that's okay.  This can be related to life.  My life is not yours so of course we are different in more ways than one.  It's okay to not be the same as other people in your life because your not supposed to be.  And it's okay if our warrior poses aren't identical, they shouldn't be.  Instead of trying to make my warrior pose look like yours, I should just embrace my individual expression of the pose.  In life we should embrace our differences because they are there for a reason.

Friday, February 28, 2014

Reflection on 20 time

What I have most liked about 20 time is the idea I chose to do my project on.  I'm really glad I decided to do yoga because it really fun and I've always wanted to try it.  In the beginning of the year when first started going to yoga I was really intimidated by other people.  Everyone knew what they were doing and I was really confused.  I wish I would have gone to more classes when I first started my project because yoga's really fun.  Something that Makes my project difficult is trying to get rides to yoga. I don't get my license until august So it's going to be a struggle getting rides until then.  It may not seem like that big of a problem but it's really difficult.  I definitely think I'm going to continue yoga throughtout the year and through the summer.  
Something about the project that fustrated me is the the fact that I had to choose a goal that was very out of reach.  I like being able to accomplish things and not being able to become a yoga instructor by the end of the year is just annoying.  
Also, I'm starting lacrosse so I won't be able to go to as many classes.  I'll definetly be trying to make it to yoga on the weekends. 

Monday, February 17, 2014

Punta Cana

The past week I was in Punta Cana!  I had a fantastic trip and the beach and ocean were absolutely beautiful! 
  I didn't bring my mat with me but I was able to do yoga in the sand on the beach and it was such a fun experience!  In the sand it's a lot more difficult to hold balancing poses that are usually simple.  For example, tree pose.  I thought my balance was on point but the sand quickly made me change my mind.  When the ground is squishing and moving beneath your toes, it's hard to not wobble.
I tried some inversions and backbends too.  Headstands were surprisingly easier to do in the sand.  The soft ground formed around my head and forearms and my headstand was overall more supported and stable.  Also, the soft ground made me more confident because I wasn't afraid of falling.  I tried new forms of headstands and I tried out some handstands too.  I fell a few times trying out handstands and I'll definetly be working on improving.  Even though my handstand isn't as bad as I thought it would be, it's far from ideal. I'll add a 'before picture' of a handstand, mid fall.  I need to be more confident in my ability to try new inversions and trust my strength.  Backbends like bridge pose were also fun on the beach. 
I woke up early in the morning before the sun rose and got some really cool pictures of poses.  I'll include them below.  My trip was an amazing experience but I am glad to be back.  I miss yoga classes at the yoga shelter and I'll definitely be catching up on some lost yoga time.  Till next time, namaste.  

Bridge pose- backbend 
 A very bad beginning handstand- mid falling over ('before') 

Supported headstand 

Monday, February 3, 2014

Post 15

Not that much happened this week, I've just been going to classes like usual.  In two weeks we have midwinter break but I am going to Punta Cana the week before break for vacation.  I don't know if i will be able to do yoga there.  Maybe there will be classes at the resort, hopefully.  

Monday, January 27, 2014

Headstands and handstands

I've mostly been trying to improve my supported headstand.  It's getting easier to balance and I can stay on my head for longer.  My next goal is to do a handstand.  It's pretty difficult but I really want to accomplish it.  I thought it was going to take forever to be able to do a supported headstand but it actually didn't take that long.  Hopefully I'll be just as successful with handstands.  This is a picture of a modified supported headstand.