The Art of Starting All Over Again.

happinessBy Paulina Julien

The day starts with the startling alarm clock. I meet it with the familiar resistance. All I want is to stay in bed, but that ring is a sign that it absolutely has to happen—now.

Coffee becomes the crutch to help me jumpstart the day (no offense my dear, you know I love you); the undeniable necessity to clear out the mental cobwebs. Automatic pilot is on: ready to take on the busy day. The breath tries to catch up, like a kid holding on to the adult’s hand, who abruptly walks along the fast track shopping spree aisles.

The busy workday, another challenge to survive. Third time today, I’ve glared at the stack of insurmountable to-do’s on my desk, and then directly at the wall clock hoping lunch time will come soon. Hoping there’ll be a bit of reminiscence of our last Hawaii vacation: a sense of the lost art of ease.

Only two more years until (fill in the blank) retirement, school ends, I switch jobs, etc.

When did I mount this fast train, again? And, not that it matters just now but, where was I going, I said?

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IMG_1699Originally from Guadalajara, Mexico, Paulina is a certified yoga instructor, a former professional ballet dancer, and a Masters in Education graduate. Her passion for yoga, art and learning, make her an avid student, and an enthusiastic teacher.

Paulina completed a 500hr Iyengar TT in Mexico in an IYNAUS certified school. When she moved to San Francisco in 2010, she continued her studies and certification at Yoga Garden’s 200hr Yoga Alliance TT, and 85hr Prenatal TT certification program.

Paulina has taught Multi-level, Prenatal and Senior Yoga since 2003 in various places in Mexico, including schools, yoga studios and private home settings. Now in SF, she teaches at Yoga Garden, University of California SF, and YMCA Embarcadero.

She continues her studies with senior Iyengar yoga instructors Ramanand Patel, Barbara Wiechmann and many other wonderful instructors. Paulina is passionate and committed to her studies and teaching of yoga for life! You can find her writing on yoga at paulinajulian.wordpress.com