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Old 09-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #1276
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ok atakdevi, i guess im on my own with this yoga place.
She apologizes and promises to respond soon, with your question first on the list. (She does intend to give specific advice, which is appropriate as just a few days ago she was talking extensively about yoga certification).

Edit to add: We remain insanely busy — I've never done a move this big, but it's not just that, it's stunning what else comes up every day. Things with the younger daughter have devolved into utter chaos (catalyzed by my presence, but it's clear that they were highly unstable beforehand), and that eats up hours per day. It seems every day flies by with devi saying some time in the evening that she really needs to get in here and answer some questions, but then realizing there just isn't time or energy.

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Old 09-10-2012, 07:19 AM   #1277
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Meanwhile, we have a sighting in Pub!

Edit: Never mind, I'll repost it here:
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After hearing so much ado about Five Guys burgers (hai reno, wyman, et al), I've finally tried one myself. Definitely an experience worth repeating.

Video proof:





And, far more excitingly, after much cajoling atakdevi consented to make her first appearance:



Of course she wanted to think through what she'd say first (and brush her hair and other girl stuff), but once she said yes I just turned thecamera on, resulting in this trial-by-immersion ... which somehow came out as an instructional video on eating at a Five Guys while eschewing meat (and, as far as I can tell, just about everything else worth eating, but that's a conversation for another day).

Devi's appearances will probably be mostly confined to my well, and in fact I doubt she'll read this thread (yes, she's OK with me posting this), but I thought her first post belonged in the Pub.

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Old 09-10-2012, 08:50 AM   #1278
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sooooo on a side note. i just applied for a job looking for a yoga instructor. they responded by asking if i was certified. how hard is it to get certified? are you able to do that? i live pretttty close to boston. thanks
Hello there! First - thank you so very much for your kind wishes and thoughts.....Never, ever, ever cease believing in magic and that, perhaps, thoughts become things....so choose the good ones and choose them wisely! :-)
Re: YTT ('Yoga Teacher Training')......soooooo many options. Fewer than 25% of all 'yoga teachers' in the US have ANY type of formal training (let alone what might be deemed traditionally relevant and pertinent training, that incorporates ALL of the (eight) limbs of the 5000 year old yogic philosophy and tradition, and not simply 'yoga aerobics' (aka the asanas)), so it is with relief that I hear of 'certifications' being required. Embarking upon and becoming certified (and subsequently registered) will set you apart, render you tremendously marketable (particularly as a male instructor!) AND further invite and enrich your own personal journey and transformation.
My recommendations are obviously coloured by my own (transformational, delectable and shockingly enriching) experience. With that in mind, however, I offer the following to you:

In the Boston area, www.FRAYOGA.com (FRA= Fitness Resource Associates) offers an alternative to the 'typical' (and indeed wonderful, yet sometimes financially and time prohibitive) Kripalu (www.kripalu.org)type, 4 week 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training. FRAYOGA offers an 80 hour 'certification' program, steeped in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar/Kripalu lineage. Over a period of 12 weeks (one night each week) or 2 weekends, set 6 weeks apart, you will be offered an intensive immersion in theory, anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, practice teachings etc etc. Assuming successfully passing the written and practical 'tests', you would then be 'certified' (aka, an 80 hour training). This commences your journey, and 'counts' as 80 hours towards the RYT200 level of 'Registration', should you choose to proceed further with your trainings. It is a beginning, and was, in my experience, enough to invite more requests for my teaching at various venues than I could possible accomodate. The remaining 120 (of the 200hours) can then be completed on a rather a la carte basis, as your time and finances permit.

Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.com) controls the RYT200 (and subsequent RYT500, RYTedu levels and beyond) standards. While the 80 hour certification 'gets you going', and certainly worked for me, it IS, typically, the 200 hour registration that studios will be looking for, IF they are looking for any formal training at all. Simply 'googling' RYT200 trainings for your area will yield more offerings than you will know what to do with! Intensive multiple weekend and/or month long programs will 'register' you in shorter order than the FRAYOGA path, and with the greater immediate demand on both $ and time dedication.

Your path will find itself directed by which programs accommodate your schedule, fit your desired speed of training, finances available and, frankly, those programs that seem most to spark your inner passions and leanings.

Trust in the process, remain open and resist, if possible, imposing or demanding too, too much left-brained logic as your path becomes obvious to you. And indeed, please continue to ask of me whatever you wish. I am delighted, and honored, to share my thoughts and experiences with you.

Namaste, and Brightest of blessings,
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Old 09-10-2012, 08:58 AM   #1279
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Never, ever, ever cease believing in magic
Quoted for hoya.

Good morning atakdevi.

See hoya, atakdevi quit the corporate world and now she's happy (I'm assuming, certainly happier, right?). YOU CAN DO IT TOO.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:33 AM   #1280
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seeing other people happy and newly in love restores my faith in humanity

congrats, atakpeeps
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Old 09-10-2012, 11:01 AM   #1281
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Why does devi's avatar say "BJ?"

Also, not that I expected a troll or anything, but wd atak. And good luck, best wishes, n'all'dat. I'm happy for you.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:08 PM   #1282
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Lol. That's a stylized "Om", I think, with a hint of Ganesh, a Hindu god who is supposed to have the head of an elephant. Or something like that - she can tell you.

Re a very elaborate troll: Really not part of my range, not this far. She and all of this is hard to believe, right at the edge of too good to be true, but nevertheless quite real. And in fact, I'll expect any Boston-area POGgers to drop by at some point (preferably after the moving in... Unless you want to help )

For cross et al who want more tales of romance: it's still ridiculously good, but I don't know what to say that wouldn't be repetitive. Last night we were going through our original emails and texts, with an eye to compiling it so we'll never forget the details, and it was stunning to each of us how early we knew. There's no revisionist history of selective memory at work; we each knew before we had even met that this was something we'd never encountered before.

I don't understand how that can be, but that's ok too.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:09 PM   #1283
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Oh, and we changed the avatar because it seemed somehow imprudent to have it be GIS-able (which it was).
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:12 PM   #1284
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Nice videos. You both look younger than I expect.

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:00 PM   #1285
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Five Guys is awesome. Atak you look a bit like Huck Seed with your hair like that. Go try your luck at high stakes video poker.

Devi looks a bit like Courtney Cox. Try her luck at sit-coms?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:14 PM   #1286
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judging by atakdevi's yoga post I'd say this was a match made in heaven
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:27 PM   #1287
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Re a very elaborate troll: Really not part of my range, not this far.
Maybe I should have said "Not that I was expecting devi to look like a troll or anything, but wd atak." Was just attempting to point out that she's attractive. Sorry for the confusion.
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Old 09-10-2012, 03:05 PM   #1288
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Maybe I should have said "Not that I was expecting devi to look like a troll or anything, but wd atak." Was just attempting to point out that she's attractive. Sorry for the confusion.
Ah, gotcha. (And ftr, though I readily admit to bias I'll still say that that video does not come near to doing her justice ... and that's before she starts into a yoga routine...)

But I do suspect there are some who wondered whether this could be real, coming from me, so it was cool that the question was raised.
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:00 PM   #1289
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Hello there! First - thank you so very much for your kind wishes and thoughts.....Never, ever, ever cease believing in magic and that, perhaps, thoughts become things....so choose the good ones and choose them wisely! :-)
Re: YTT ('Yoga Teacher Training')......soooooo many options. Fewer than 25% of all 'yoga teachers' in the US have ANY type of formal training (let alone what might be deemed traditionally relevant and pertinent training, that incorporates ALL of the (eight) limbs of the 5000 year old yogic philosophy and tradition, and not simply 'yoga aerobics' (aka the asanas)), so it is with relief that I hear of 'certifications' being required. Embarking upon and becoming certified (and subsequently registered) will set you apart, render you tremendously marketable (particularly as a male instructor!) AND further invite and enrich your own personal journey and transformation.
My recommendations are obviously coloured by my own (transformational, delectable and shockingly enriching) experience. With that in mind, however, I offer the following to you:

In the Boston area, www.FRAYOGA.com (FRA= Fitness Resource Associates) offers an alternative to the 'typical' (and indeed wonderful, yet sometimes financially and time prohibitive) Kripalu (www.kripalu.org)type, 4 week 200 hour RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) training. FRAYOGA offers an 80 hour 'certification' program, steeped in the Krishnamacharya/Desikachar/Kripalu lineage. Over a period of 12 weeks (one night each week) or 2 weekends, set 6 weeks apart, you will be offered an intensive immersion in theory, anatomy, philosophy, sequencing, practice teachings etc etc. Assuming successfully passing the written and practical 'tests', you would then be 'certified' (aka, an 80 hour training). This commences your journey, and 'counts' as 80 hours towards the RYT200 level of 'Registration', should you choose to proceed further with your trainings. It is a beginning, and was, in my experience, enough to invite more requests for my teaching at various venues than I could possible accomodate. The remaining 120 (of the 200hours) can then be completed on a rather a la carte basis, as your time and finances permit.

Yoga Alliance (www.yogaalliance.com) controls the RYT200 (and subsequent RYT500, RYTedu levels and beyond) standards. While the 80 hour certification 'gets you going', and certainly worked for me, it IS, typically, the 200 hour registration that studios will be looking for, IF they are looking for any formal training at all. Simply 'googling' RYT200 trainings for your area will yield more offerings than you will know what to do with! Intensive multiple weekend and/or month long programs will 'register' you in shorter order than the FRAYOGA path, and with the greater immediate demand on both $ and time dedication.

Your path will find itself directed by which programs accommodate your schedule, fit your desired speed of training, finances available and, frankly, those programs that seem most to spark your inner passions and leanings.

Trust in the process, remain open and resist, if possible, imposing or demanding too, too much left-brained logic as your path becomes obvious to you. And indeed, please continue to ask of me whatever you wish. I am delighted, and honored, to share my thoughts and experiences with you.

Namaste, and Brightest of blessings,
Devi
thank you so much for the response. i will check out those sites. it is unlikely that i actually go through with the all this training to become yoga trainer.

i was sort of hoping i could pop down to your studio and you could give me a piece of paper

i will say that attakdogs posting has made me feel motivated to put myself out there more and just go for whatever i want.

you guys both look great in the toasts. congrats again
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on second thought it would be pretty sweet to be a certified yoga instructor. hmmmmmm

research will be done, thanks
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Old 09-10-2012, 07:07 PM   #1291
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on second thought it would be pretty sweet to be a certified yoga instructor. hmmmmmm

research will be done, thanks
aside from employment and the pros of being in shape, think of all the [redacted] you'll get when you teach the classes.
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you don't have to redact "pussy"
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Old 09-10-2012, 09:57 PM   #1293
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Atak you look a bit like Scott Niedermayer with your hair like that.
Devi confirmed Devils fan.
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Old 09-10-2012, 10:26 PM   #1294
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good story

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Old 09-11-2012, 11:47 AM   #1295
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i feel like people wouldn't want a male yoga instructor
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:03 PM   #1296
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i feel like people wouldn't want a male yoga instructor
That's what I'd have thought too - straight men want eye candy and women want someone non-threatening, pretty much leaving gay men as the market ... but Devi was clear that there really is a demand for male teachers. Dunno why.
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:08 PM   #1297
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going to take a guess that it is because women want eye candy
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Old 09-11-2012, 04:13 PM   #1298
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Maybe. That doesn't jibe with my impression of most yoga classes, but since I've never been to one, I readily acknowledge that I'm talking out of my ass.
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For cross et al who want more tales of romance: it's still ridiculously good, but I don't know what to say that wouldn't be repetitive. Last night we were going through our original emails and texts, with an eye to compiling it so we'll never forget the details, and it was stunning to each of us how early we knew. There's no revisionist history of selective memory at work; we each knew before we had even met that this was something we'd never encountered before.

I don't understand how that can be, but that's ok too.
I do want this, more more! I feel like I'm involved in the good part of a book.

Devi, are you at all interested in telling us your side of the love story? What drew you to atak's profile? How excited were you to finally meet? Is he all you hoped for? (Yes, leading the witness, but *sigh* I love these things..)
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going to take a guess that it is because women want eye candy
**** eye candy, a bit of sexual tension makes the world go round. Like coffee.
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