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Enter Buti Yoga: Unleashing the Beast

I am officially a Buti Yoga instructor! I LOVED my training. The other buttisattvas were amazing, my trainer, Talen Lane, was special. I’ve already got my first class lined up an I still can’t believe I did this but I am so glad I did. So here’s my official review…

Day One

We started the day in a circle and went through introductions including “How Buti found me”. I loved this start. Most of the trainings I’ve been to haven’t even had simple introductions and this always bums me out because one of the best parts of a training is meeting new people so Buti gets started off immediately with community. Next is the master class. This was my first real live class. I had a mini class (about 30 minutes) at the Music City Yoga Festival in November. I didn’t enjoy the master class as much as I wanted to because I was a little (or a lot at times) lost. Idiotically, I picked a spot in the back corner of the class and I couldn’t hear anything Talen said and I certainly couldn’t see her either. Coincidentally, several of us in the back row moved up the next day so we could see. After the master class, we spent most of the day going through the manual page by page, pose by pose. About 4:30 pm we got to tribal dance, which for me was the most fun part of the day. After that was work in smaller groups to practice for our demos the next day. Finally, some sequencing guidance from Talen and then ended a long day about 6:30. 

Day Two

I wore a crop top. This alone is an amazing feat, I don’t show my belly in public. People will get a flash every now and then by accident while I’m teaching class but to purposely show up in a crop top says a lot about how comfortable, confident, and empowered I felt after Day 1. There were 21 people in our group which meant 21 demos. 21 demos x 10 minutes = 210 minutes = 3.5 hours…That’s a lot of buti! Strangely, two girls came down with flu like symptoms so we ended up with 19 demos, after about 15, we were DONE, like burnt toast. But we powered through and the energy was amazing!!! I’ve never experienced anything like it. I thoroughly enjoyed my demo and I got great feedback from Talen and my sisters. We ended the day in a circle and everyone shared what they learned from the weekend. We made all the way to last person and what she said made almost everyone cry. It was a beautiful end to an amazing weekend. 

Before I signed up for training I felt like I needed to get certified. I was drawn to it like a moth to a flame. Now, I feel like I need to teach this class. Talen ev n wrote on my feedback form “you need to teach!” So March 4, I will teach my first Buti Yoga Class. Whoo-eee!

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Week 1

Here are some pics from my food this week.

  1. Kite Hill cream cheese and yogurt – Really good. The chive cream cheese is insanely good.
  2. Siete Tortillas – I have both the almond flour tortillas and the cassava & coconut tortillas (which are not vegan because they have lard, but I’m not concerned about being 100% vegan). I like the almond flour ones just a little bit more but they are both good.
  3.  The Golden Ratio is good as advertised and pretty filling. I haven’t tried the vanilla flavor yet. It is also not vegan because it has collagen in it. It has 30g of protein per serving which is a great start to the day.

I did Buti workouts on Sunday and Monday, went to lifting class on Tuesday and ending up teaching a Zumba class unexpectedly, went to Hot 26 on Thursday. I forgot to work out last night which is silly on my part but I injured my neck on Thursday night doing headstands after class so it was probably for the best. My neck is doing better today.

Next week, I would like to get in another couple of Buti workouts during the week and make it to barre class at 5:30 am next Friday. I woke up in time yesterday but my neck was killing me so I decided to go back to sleep.

I have felt pretty good all week. I was really bloated most of the week but not so much the last two days. I was really hungry the first two days but my appetite has calmed way down and I am starting to notice the urge to eat out of boredom or craving but not hunger. I have failed miserably drinking 100 oz of water per the week one Buti plan. Most days I haven’t even gotten 50 oz of water, today included. That is really going to be the goal of week 2 .

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Let’s Do This!

2017 is here and I’m excited to start my new Paleo Vegan plan courtesy of Buti Yoga. I have a Tone subscription for a month so I have access to about 100 Buti workouts. I did my first workout Friday night, Tone 145 and I did Tone 156 tonight. My Golden Ratio protein won’t get here til Wednesday but so I’ll be using Bone broth protein powder to “wake and shake” until Thursday. 

The Paleo Vegan slim down is 40% fat, 30% protein, and 30% carbs. This is a great ratio for me, I’ve tried a vegan diet so many times unsuccessfully because I eat too many carbs, but since the plan is Paleo, I won’t be eating grains. I usually do my own thing when it comes to diet and that hasn’t worked so I’m going to follow this plan to the T. This package (Buti Yoga’s silver bundle -included the diet and the DVD, mala was separate) cost me $60. It may sound like a lot but it’s much less than a Beachbody workout. I plan to do Buti workouts five days a week, it’s just not realistic for me to do one on Wednesdays or Saturdays. And let’s be real, five days a week is a HUGE improvement over zero 🙃👍🏾 And I need to do the workouts to get myself ready for Buti certification…only 27 days away!!

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Looking towards 2017

I’ve got a busy year planned for myself next year already.

January

Start teaching yoga as adjunct faculty at local university

300 hour teacher training elective – Meditation

Buti Yoga certification

February

Start my YouTube channel?

300 hour teacher training elective – Yin Yoga

March

Yoga Festival I’m organizing

hopefully, 300 hour teacher training Core Module

May & July

hopefully, 300 hour teacher training core modules

August

attend Wanderlust Tremblant (near Montreal)

September & October

two more Core Modules for 300 hour training

As you can see, my year is revolving around yoga. Some might call me obsessed but I’m not yet posting yoga poses on Instagram or spreading yogic wisdom on Facebook so I certainly haven’t gone off the deep end. My #1 priority for 2017 is having a successful yoga festival in March. 

Priority #2 is getting off this excess weight. Part of my strategy for losing weight is Buti Yoga. After months of deliberation, I finally took the plunge and signed up for training next month. I plan on doing Buti workouts at home and strictly following a paleo diet, as well as getting back into my kettlebells. I might try Golden Ratio protein powder. It’s the protein powder that Buti Yoga sells, pea protein plus collagen peptides and sweetened with coconut sugar. It’s on sale the rest of the year, if I’m going to try it, now would be the time. And if I’m going to drink the kool-aid I might as well go all in. 

Speaking of protein powders…

We got Ancient Nutrition Bone Broth Protein at the store this week. I have tried out all four flavors we brought in and the chocolate flavor is actually really good. The vanilla is pretty decent, too. The Pure and Turmeric flavors I mixed with warm water and sipped like broth. They were both kind of bitter. I tried the Apple Cinnamon flavor at a trade show a few weeks ago and it was pretty good in warm water. I look forward to incorporating these in my daily diet as opposed to sipping Pacific’s organic bone broth. Bone broth is supposed to be great for leaky gut and goodness knows my gut is always needing healing. I react horribly these days to both tapioca and quinoa so of course, I managed to OD on both Against the Grain rolls and Food by George english muffins. Tapioca starch overload and I was MISERABLE. Carb addiction is rough. The struggle is real. I’m going to have to treat myself like an alcoholic, seriously. There is no such such thing as moderation for me. I was good Monday & Tuesday and then we got these Deland Bakery muffins on Wednesday. Had to try them, gotta be a good employee, customers might ask how they taste (even though I know, I tried them at the trade show). Today, it was Schaf croissants. They are made out of wheat starch, yet somehow they’re gluten free. And they are really, really good. 

Still speaking of protein powders…

Garden of Life’s new whey protein is due to come in any day. So many protein shakes, so little time, just a day in the life of a protein shake junkie. 

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Trying to Get Into a Routine

Before I was teaching as many classes a week as I am now, I would work out at night when I got home. These days, all I want to do when I finish teaching is go home and get ready for bed. I stuck with my kettle bell training plan for about a week and half and then I decided $1200 was too much for a certification I have no intention of using anytime soon so I stopped training. Now I am back to doing nothing. Sigh. I had been going to Body Pump class a couple of times a week but after a while I missed yoga. So I went to yoga class instead, then hubby was on vacation, and now I am back to teaching on Thursday nights again. And I can’t get up to work out in the mornings to save my life, unless I am teaching the class myself. This is what a rut looks like. I have no plans to go any difficult training, just walking on an incline on the treadmill or thirty minutes on the elliptical trainer. At this point, I am putting strength training on the back burner. I just need to burn some calories. I  am always a huge advocate of lifting weights but I really do not believe I need weights right now. I can tone later, I need to shrink. I am really disappointed in myself that I have let myself get this bad. Granted, exercise is not a panacea, my weight problem is 100% food, so the solution is diet, too. But I know some good cardio would help speed up the process. The key to a good routine is doing something that you enjoy, I enjoyed kettlebell class but I couldn’t justify the cost. I enjoy hot yoga but it’s so hard on my hair (okay as I type that, I see how vain that is). What do I enjoy these days? I love yoga but I have never been one to do it at home (hmm…as I type this I am seeing a plan form). I do have Travis Elliot’s Ultimate Yogi DVD. It is actually a 108-day program. I also have a 21-day yoga shred from Sadie Nardini and some buti yoga workouts (which I am seriously considering getting buti yoga certification). Yep, that is what I am going to do. After all, at some point, that home practice has to actually become a practice. I logged on to blog about my lack of a plan and I leave with just that…a plan 🙂

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