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4 a.m. musings

Sipping on my coffee, watching youtube videos on the  pulmonary system.  I’ve got a quiz tommorow on the cardiovascular system – and another in Disease Pathology class to boot (haven’t even started studying for that one ).

Khan Academy is awesome in general. I really enjoyed their tutorials.  But I stumbled upon this one and I really like it.  So much that I gotta share.

I am teaching two yoga classes this afternoon and I am really looking forward to them. One is a Yin class – and I haven’t taught a Yin class in a long time.  It is funny insofar as that was the majority of what I taught at the Ashram.  How I I loved that experience.  Yin helped me get over a lot of public speaking fear.  I had a lot of consistent students and ity was so much fun to see them get bendier.  It made me so happy to hear they found me calming.  I dunno about that – but I know I saw a lot of blissed-out people after class 🙂  I also taught Gary’s brand of Power Yoga which is a great sequence that I’ve performed over 1000 classes.  But my favorite style of yoga is far more freeform.  I found that taking Yang classes at the Ashram and all the years working with Brian Bales.  I love getting upside down.  I love arm balancing.

I have been given a lot of freedom in the classes I teach at Vivify and Hot or Not NM.  At Vivify I teach their Hot Flow and Vibe classes (but my classes always go vibe-y).  I have to really project over music and encourage people to push it to their safe limit. Consequently I use a very different voice now. I have really enjoyed finding my Power-y Voice. Hot or Not NM  is a gently heated room.  It’s lovely in a different way – I have to really be mindful to get the students warmed up before ramping it up.  Also very Vibe-y.

Later in the afternoon I’ll be teaching my first Empower Class – 4 p.m. at Vivify. Here is the description of the class

This is an ever-evolving and multi level class practiced in a comfortable 85-90 degree environment. Expect stretching, twists, and flow sequences to prepare your body for arm balancing and inversions. Don’t fret if you are new to arm balancing and inversions! Let go of your self-limiting thoughts and start surprising yourself. If you are already familiar with arm balancing and inversions then join us to hone your alignment and experiment with advanced variations and sequencing of postures. The yoga journey is truly a step-by-step process with no final destination.

I am thrilled to be given the freedom to build this class. I always throw in an arm balance and an inversion in my classes – but I keep it at that.  But I personally crave a class that really explores these poses.  I know a lot of students ready to fly in these poses.  And selfishly I NEED a Kick in the Pants to get back to Inversions and Arm-balances.  This class will serve as great incentive!




So I had better get back to studying. I would rather work on playlists, but I don’t really want to flunk my quizzes!

Namaste All



By theresalom

I am a licensed Physical Therapist Assistant and Yoga Instructor in Rio Rancho New Mexico. My family consists of 1 Husband, 2 Kids (grown), and 3 Basenjis (spoiled).

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