Jenny Ravikumar

June 20th, 2015

May Ambassador: Olivia Nichols

Last year I was published in the Huffington Post with an article entitled “My Favorite Student.” I had only known Olivia for about 3 weeks prior to publishing it, but she already had such a huge space in my heart. Every time we’re together she melts my heart with her wisdom and innocence. She is beautiful inside and out and one of the kindest and sweetest souls I have ever encountered. I bow to her for teaching myself and our teachers as much as she does.

This past month Olivia was our second ambassador for Barefoot Yoga Shala and to say I am proud doesn’t even cover it. I am honored and humbled by her words. Her interview proves how mature she is and that beautiful wisdom in her heart.

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1) How did you find out about yoga? What made you want to try your first class?

I found out about yoga through word of mouth. Since I have major anxiety I heard that yoga was a great coping mechanism. To try it out I went online and watched many yoga videos and tried to follow along. I fell in love with it, and my dad signed me up!

2) You’re only 13!! How did you decide yoga was right for you?

I loved the idea of yoga. The deep breathing, connecting to yourself. I needed both of those things in my life. Yoga doesn’t have an age limit. At this very moment Jenny’s baby could be doing yoga in her belly, and an eighty year old could be doing yoga as well. Being thirteen is no limit, and I just love that.

3) What’s your favorite part of class?

My absolute favorite part of class is savasana. That’s when you can just lie there reflecting on your practice or life. It’s when you can quiet things down, or if you’re like me you can imagine a roomy spot in your house where you can show off your next headstand! Then it all ends with an assist from Jenny with lavender oil which is heaven on earth.

4) What’s your favorite pose?

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HEADSTAND!

5) Do you have any advice for other 13 year olds who want to try yoga?

To any other thirteen year old girls who are going through anxiety, depression or are just wanting to do yoga, I have two words for you: DO IT!!! Yoga has completely changed my life for the better in so many ways. Not just physically, but emotionally. Jenny is the perfect person. Although she may disagree and say “nobody’s perfect” in her calming Jenny voice, she could never do wrong in my eyes.

If anyone is like me and nervous to try new things, I just say try it and Jenny will make it an easy adjustment for you. “To get something you have never has, you have to try something that you have never done.”

Humbled and honored doesn’t even begin to cover it. I’m crying as I re-read her words. Crying with joy as she melts my heart (and no, I am not perfect, but to be viewed as such by Olivia is the perfect gift). Crying with sadness that not every child in this world gets the opportunity to calm their hearts and minds with yoga. And crying because she GETS IT. She truly understands what yoga means and is honestly my favorite student.

Love you Olivia! Thank you so much for being our May Ambassador alongside Sam.

Namaste

Jenny

June 15th, 2015

A Rainy Magical Monday

What a beautiful day! Okay, okay I know it’s raining and many of you may have the Monday blues, but I prefer to have a Magical Monday instead. Rainy days typically believe I get more done in terms of administrative work (typically) and it’s also the perfect excuse to read.

One of my 2015 goals was to read as many of the top 100 books as I could. I quickly realized after some research that I couldn’t find a “list” that I loved. I’ve read many of the classics and some of the newer lists just didn’t hit home. So I’ve modified it to be a slightly different goal: how many books can I read this year? With baby boy coming soon I want to get in as much as I can (especially some of our RYT books I want to re-read for my Barefoot Yoga Shala teacher training).

Today I’m working on Messages from the Masters which was gifted to me at the perfect time. I’m also finishing Do Your Om Thing by Rebecca Pacheco, which will be in our teacher training! I’m totally light up by it and picking which chapters we will read! The next book on my spiritual list is The Pilgrimage by Paulo Cohelo. And then it’s summer reading until baby arrives! If you have any suggestions please leave them in the comments below – I love me a good summer read.

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This Monday is magical for so many reasons. I’m finally writing again and reflecting on all the fun adventures I have had during my second trimester of this pregnancy. I’m excited to officially be 7.5 months pregnant next week (in my third trimester and one step closer to meeting the nugget). I know my adventures will start slowing down and I’ll be hanging out by the lake with my family, so this is the perfect time for me to reflect and begin writing to you about all these amazing places I’ve been.

The new moon is tomorrow which is another reason for all this magic. New moons represent an ideal time for us to set intentions and create wishes for the weeks and months ahead. This new moon I’ll be concentrating on what I want to create before baby boy is born. I have 2 months left of “me time” and I plan to spend it wisely: a mixture of working on our teacher training/teaching awesome classes this summer and spending time with my family at the lake! I would LOVE to know your wishes below.

The Little Things

Great cups of half caf lattes (my savior during pregnancy), a beautiful audition this morning by one of our new substitute teachers, everyone still being so light up about last weeks yoga retreat, having lead my VERY FIRST yoga retreat at 7 months pregnant, rainy admin days, good books, completing goals, working on our yoga teacher training manual, my two best friends being in town this week and next, dinner with one of my favorite sister sets tomorrow night, outdoor classes, the upcoming mini boho festival, Game of Thrones (!!), hubby and I finding the perfect binge TV (Homeland), the chakra series at BYS, Dave & Buster’s visits, great blog posts, laughter and lastly, my sister in laws graduation party: Indians dancing all night long, delicious food, my family loving every moment and everyone’s joyful celebration!!

I hope your Monday is just as magical!!! Please leave a comment below with book suggestions, your own blessings this week or the wishes you’re putting into the world for the new moon.

Love & Light

Namaste

Jenny