“Name a weakness”

Since I’m officially “separated” from ATI, it is tantamount to find a job! I leave in good standing, it is COVID related “separation”. So honing up on my interviewing skills and meditating on what it is that I truly desire. And get ready to answer questions such as the dreaded weakness Q.

Desire = My ideal job involves freely using Yoga-based physical therapy.

Weaknesses

High anxiety is arguably my #1 weakness and nemesis. Years of psychotherapy has helped me keep it in better perspective and not cave as much.. Not really sure why I’m even bringing it up with you, Cyberspace crickets. 🙂 I guess I’m just want to send it out there, maybe someone will perchance upon it and “get it”.

#2 weakness -caring way too much about what others think.

#3 is temporary. It is left upper extremity weakness and pain. Underwent left rotator repair a week ago, and it has been very emotional and painful. I’m in for a long recovery. Trying to view as a learning experience from clinician point of view. This is of little consolation in the middle of the night when my biceps/brachialis start to spasm.

Being in a sling on one’s dominant arm complicates everything I do. I miss my downward dog therapy so much! My mat is my tether; trying to not to feel too much of a shell of me.

Looking for a Yoga therapy-heavy job is definitely complicated by not being able to do any weight-bearing on left shoulder and drive myself places. I know how to teach without getting on my own mat. I do not need to demo – there are plenty of amazing teachers that don’t. But I am left-handed. Everything I do takes way too long. Meh.

One nice thing it that I’m learning how to use my iPHONE11. Perfect example of something that I would typically procrastinate, but being laid up in many ways – I am getting a few things done 🙂

My resume…

Yoga Instruction Work Experience

Vivify Hot Yoga – Albuquerque, NM July 2014 to Present

Instructed yoga to students of diverse ages and physical abilities in a wide spectrum of yoga styles, ranging from restorative yoga through Hot Power yoga. Taught both private classes, semi-privates, and group classes. Educated students on breath work for management of pain and anxiety. Participated with teacher trainings and anatomy instruction. Experienced with teaching in both live and remote class formats.

The Ashram – Kirkland, WA January 2013 to May 2014

Instructed yoga to students of diverse ages and physical abilities in a wide spectrum of yoga styles, ranging from restorative yoga to hot yoga. Educated students on breath work for management of pain and anxiety.

Physical Therapist Assistant Work Experience

ATI Physical Therapy – Albuquerque, NM July 2018 to September 2020

Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic
Therapeutic Exercise and Skilled Manual Therapy

Maintained full patient load consisting of a spectrum of physical injuries, ages, and abilities. Provided individualized manual therapy techniques (joint mobilizations I-III, MET, myofascial release). Provided techniques to recruit core strength (abdominal bracing, pelvic floor strengthening, and proper diaphragmatic breath control). Taught visualization exercises to facilitate pain and anxiety management and to motivate the meeting of goals. Guided and progressed patients through individualized therapeutic exercises. Integrated basic yoga poses with emphasis on alignment and breath control. Instructed proper postural alignment, body mechanics, individualized exercises, and performed gait training.

Therapy Solutions – Santa Fe, NM August 2017 to February 2018

Outpatient Orthopedic Clinic
Therapeutic Exercise and Skilled Manual Therapy

Maintained a full load of patients with a spectrum of physical injuries and ages. Observed and progressed patients with their unique home exercise programs and personal goals. Performed manual therapy and therapeutic modalities (ultrasound, electric stimulation, and thermotherapy). Maintained a show-ready clinic that is extremely productive and busy.

EDUCATION

Associate in Physical Therapist Assistant Program

Pima Medical Institute – Albuquerque, NM September 2014 to April 2017

Ph.D. in Microbiology

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI September 1989 to May 1995

B.S. in Biology

University of Wisconsin-Madison – Madison, WI September 1985 to May 1989

  • Anatomy Knowledge
  • Medical Scheduling
  • Physiology Knowledge
  • Group Fitness
  • Yoga
  • Microbiology

Getting Better

Been on mat a whole lot more lately and it shows. Much work to do and CONTINUE. I’m determined to get by Dancer’s Pose and Forearm Balance postures back. Two poses I’ve always loved. Two poses that I’ve sulked about. But every day I’m working on them and I definitely feel improvement. Also feeling more inspired to take pictures again. I learn a lot from photos. I realize ways that I need to change my alignment.

I’m teaching more these days too; open studio has inspired big time! So much fun to be around my OM’ies. We are at 50% capacity and wear masks during open studio. Wearing a mask has been a learning experiencing in breath work. Conscious breathing is a huge part of the yoga path.

I took these pictures after open studio – just saying.

Blessings All.

sulking

I’ve struggled with my yoga practice for awhile now. Partially relates to L shoulder and R ankle pain. The rest is my ego; she says why bother anymore.

That is bullshit. I may have plateaued in terms of my doing gnarly yoga-asana. I have been doing a whole lotta yin.

Time to f-ing stop sulking and try. I’m aiming for standing bow. It is high in the dozen poses I regard as favorites. Yesterday it took me a bazillion tries to pull it off. Having a lot of intrusive thoughts to look past.

Today, still not great, but definitely better than yesterday. I have a long way to go, but at least I’m back on my mat any trying again.

Vivify is now offering open studio options. It is lovely to practice in small groups after so much time in full distancing mode.

We must wear our masks at all times, including your mat. Granted, it isn’t the best to wear a mask in the hot room, but it is right thing to do IMHO. It is the breath we should be focusing on anyway.

Dancer’s pose/natarasana is definitely a favorite that I’ve largely ignored of late. Goal of the week – to rock the pose like I used to.

It might not be possible, but I gotta get of my but.

Day 2.
Yesterday

The History Eraser button

I have to admit, I really don’t care for this animation. But holy fuck, Ren and Stimpy are most astute. I appreciate you two for your part in my getting my Ph.D. Gotta need some levity, eh?

In retrospect, I wrote a genetics test quiz back in the day relating to them. Again, Levity.

Whilst not watching Ren&Stimpy, I am working on getting 0.1% of Manic Monday

I can’t dance anymore. This is troublesome in a furlough world. I need goals, right?

Online Yin tonight at 7:30 pm

Looking forward to teaching online Yin for Vivify Yoga NM. My Yin is a gentle multi-level class and it is a wonderful way to wind down for a great night’s slumber 🙂

You do not have to be flexible to practice yoga. Just willing to let the process unfold step by step. 🙂

Online is a great way to check out Yoga if you have been interested but intimidated by going to your first class. I get it, I was there once. With a regular practice Yoga is a life-changer. If you have any questions – make a comment and we can correspond.