Version 50.0

This playlist is my birthday present to myself. I gave myself permission to get introspective and not feel like I should be doing something else.  This is what I wanted to do. I really enjoy picking the playlists for my classes.  It can be really time-consuming!  

  • I really love music.
  • Right up there with Yoga.
  • I listen to music in obsessive chunks. Done this my entire life.
  • The songs I’ve chosen are my favorites from my most Beloved Bands. I have listened to these songs thousands of times, perhaps more for some of them
  • In a sort of chronological order from childhood.

It may appear random, but it makes perfect personal sense to me. Still work in progress.

Version 50.0

  • Best of my love
  • Come sail away
  • Raspberry beret
  • TAINTED LOVE
  • Changes
  • Scarlet begonias
  • Pork and beans
  • What I got
  • Saw red
  • Aeroplane
  • brandy
  • Wish you were here
  • Come and get your love
  • Escape
  • Peace train
  • Riviera paradise
  • Suite bergamasque
  • Into the mystic
  • Tupelo honey

I feel love

I’m already getting a lot of love for turning the big 5-0. I really appreciate it y’All.  I have been REALLY grappling with this one.  I’ve been sorta berating myself to be this old and to be finally embarking on a new career…. Certainly feel like I should have figured out my life out some time ago. I thought I had for a long time…..even if it didn’t feed my soul, it was what I’d embarked on.

Graduating the PTA program and getting licensed was a big boost.  But starting to work in a most awesome PT clinic prior to the big day – well, let’s just say it was a big boost to my determination to follow my dharma.  I have so much to learn – but don’t we all?  I do know it makes my heart sing to help people get so much more stronger and capable than they thought possible.  I’m so inspired to learn more and more and more on how to do that!!!

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I’m a Gumby :)

Boy am I appreciative of my range of motion.  I try my best to inspire in my students the belief that they can gain huge amounts of range of motion if they are diligent and patient.  But I do feel for those that feel like this.  I wish I could sprinkle stretchy fairy dust on each and every student.  Alas, it is a step by step process.  Believe in your bendy potential!

Namaste.

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Towards that thought. I teach Yin Yoga classes at Vivify Hot Yoga NM.  vivifynm.com. I love Yin.  I  keep my classes meditative, laid back, safe, and effective.  Un-heated room by the way. No judgements, just amazement at all the things that even a tin man can currently do 🙂 while working on chipping away at tension.  Practicing being fully present.  I

My Yin schedule at Vivify:

  • Wednesdays 12 noon – but I’m going to transfer this class to another talented teacher as I am now working as a Physical Therapist Assistant.  
  • Saturdays 12:30 p.m.
  • Sundays 4 p.m.

I also teach 2 Hot Vibe Style Yoga classes:

  • Fridays 5:30 p.m.
  • Saturdays 9:30 a.m.

 

I GOT THE JOB!

After 2 years of being without a salary, changing careers entirely (meaning back to school as a “mature” student…. I am about to finally embark on my career as a Physical Therapist Assistant!  I have been blessed to find a wonderful outpatient PT clinic in Santa Fe to start at next week!

So grateful and inspired.

It will require changing my yoga teaching schedule just a bit, and I wish that wasn’t the case, but until I win the lottery or something, I really can’t rely on yoga instruction to pay for the roof over my head.  I don’t like to camp in general, so suffice to say I’m pretty attached to the idea of living indoors, replete with roof, heat, running water, electricity…. I respect those who go for the mini-house approach, but that ain’t happening either.

PLUS, I really love Physical Therapy!  I love the potential to blend PT and Yoga into some form of a Yoga Therapy Career.  I feel incredibly inspired with the next chapter of my life. This is the best turning 50 years old next week present I could hope for (ok, that lottery would be okay too…)

The Desert is pretty cool

I never in a billion years thought that I would end up living in the High Desert in NM.  That just wasn’t on my radar.  I *almost*/maybe possibly could have lived in AZ part time in at one point in my life part.  Man, I still regret that didn’t happen.  that was the end of a beautiful chapter of my life, one that I never wanted to end.  Karma probably intervened.  If we indeed experience sequential lives, with life loops of similar theme, until we learn differently and get to move on….. Well, I think one of mine might be PollyAnna. Maybe I should meditate on this 🙂

I’m clearly feeling philosophical (definitely relates to turning the big 5-0 in just a few weeks.  That is surreal. I don’t feel 50.  I can’t help but reflect back on the chapters of my life.  So many regrets along the way.  Past loves.  Past plans that didn’t materialize that sure would have been awesome.  I sure didn’t foresee some of the chapters!

I’ll say the book of my life is net good, but boy how I still yearn to re-write some of my chapters.  I can’t elaborate further.  Suffice to say I have had a myriad of experiences that could make for an interesting read.  Some situations are simply way way way too private.  Too sad for me to write about.  I reckon a lot of people feel that way.

20/20 Hindsight.  A strong desire to make better choices. To remember that where you go, there you are.

Anyways.  Enough being wistful.  I do feel better saying THAT much to cyberspace.

Yesterday Lucien lured me out into the yard next to our solar panels. The sand felt awesome on my feet and the majesty of the Sandias warmed my soul.  It took some time to fall in love with the desert. I  was very homesick for the PacNW.  Returning to NM made me realize that this IS my home now, and I think it is a beautiful place with the most amazing folks.  So although being here was never on my bucket list, I am at peace with where the wind has blown me.

 

Feeling very hopeful for a PTA opportunity to manifest very shortly. It will be so awesome to get back to what I’ve trained for 20 months. I am so glad to be out of school, but I long to get back to clinic before I get rusty.  Can’t wait for this chapter to begin.

Namaste All.  Be sure to honor your body and do a few stretches.  Adopt an unusual position, sink into it and let that creativity permeate all aspects of *your * book.  I’m convinced of the importance of constancy when it comes to stretching the body’s tissues effectively.  I promise you that I will too 🙂

 

It’s your journey, I only the suggestion box.

I have a 99%love of teaching Yoga. There is 1% sadness I can't sprinkle Yoga Uberasana poses on peeps from the straightaway. Just doesn't work that way. I'm always honored to be the tour guide, to be certain!!!

I love multi-level classes. But super important to me, as the teacher, that students feel free to do their advanced interpretation of each and every pose:

Fascial Geeking Out, Pt II

So I didn’t have a whole lot of time yesterday to read my books about the Fascia, which I have decided is the target goal of my PTA career.  Myofascial therapy is fascinating.  I really hope that the clinic I work at will be give me the opportunity to hone my myofascial/manual therapy techniques.

The fascia is also most fascinating to me in terms of Yin Yoga.  I *always* at least mention the effect Yin Yoga can influence the connective tissues, and thereby the body itself.  There are so many yoga poses that in essence perform self-release technique! I want my students to have a deeper understanding of their own bodies.  But since there is so much more to Yin – and I don’t want the students to get too left-brained during class. So I try to just pepper it in.

More and more research is being reported these days on what some call the “Cinderalla” tissue.  I love these tensegrity models.  These models can hold their shape, whereas bones in a skeleton model are held together with wire.

I intend to make the Fascia an important part of my blog. I think I’ve found my Niche.  I intend to expound on current research and up to date findings – in a different blog.

Right now I’ll just say this.  I know from a personal perspective that my range of motion improvements affect my every movement and I have a feeling of general ease.  I see the students’ bodies change over time, much to their surprise.  I see a lot of students come to love their Yin practice and its effects.  So it isn’t just me that thinks we are onto something.

A major aspect to Yin Yoga is the fascia and other connective tissues. Our bones can’t hold us upright due to compressive forces – Our tissues are a crucial tying together of our form and dispersion of compressive forces. This is only one aspect of the Yin approach, and I will expound upon Yin philosophy but that is a big topic and there is . There is much to do today – 2 classes to teach – household crap – and preparing for my Lululemon class tomorrow in the Park tomorrow.  This experience will broaden my teaching scope a lot. Park yoga is a lot different than controlled environment/flat floor of Vivify.

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