Vivify – my Sanctuary

I am so fortunate to be part of the Vivify Yoga Family.  I found this studio about a month after moving to NM.  I wasn’t terribly happy about this move.  I knew no one, I had to leave my friends and family in WA behind.  Just me and me husband.  I knew it was the right choice.  But it was still a difficult transition – a new chapter in my life.

Finding Viv – I immediately made dear friends of like-minded interests.  Shortly thereafter I started teaching at this lovely studio.  I have grown a lot teaching at Viv.  Ditto for taking classes there.

I have been too busy to take yoga “selfies” of late.  I had the treat of having a long lunch at ATI – and I went to Viv to enjoy a little personal practice time. I felt so much more alive after taking time for my passion.

I hope you enjoy this smattering of shots.  I hope if you live in ABQ or RR that I can talk you into coming to one of my classes at Vivify Hot Yoga NM.  There are a ton of class options by a lot of other gifted instructors and a spectrum of Yoga Classes, many that aren’t Hot. Like my Yin classes and a class called “Genesis”, a foundational classes.

Upon the “Anniversary” of my Father’s Death

I can’t not cry watching the opening scene of Guardian’s of the Galaxy. We watched it last night for the billionth time.  I love GOG so much.  There is some solace, and the movie is so fucking awesome.

I relate to ever so much.  The things that I wish I would have said.  But hey, I was 12.  So I really should forgive myself.

I hate May 8th.  Words cannot express how I love and miss my Dad.  This year I attended a class on Yoga and Therapeutic Rehabilitation.  It was a really good day, I learned a lot. I am glad that I was able to distract myself all day with a topic I find interesting and exciting.

On that note, I am going to watch GOG2 for the 2nd time. I really liked it the first time I saw it.

Love to Cyberspace and my beloveds extra Love.

Give you love ones a hug!  🙂

 

I’m in love with my car

(To quote Queen)

 

 

I’ve always formed a special relationship with my cars.  Except the Tercel, I was stupid enough to buy a car with no A/C.  But every other car I’ve had was pretty awesome.  I’m currently driving a VW GTI. Her name’s Silver Sparkles (or Sparks for short).

I have been remiss in writing in my blog of late.  Mostly it is just that I am really busy.  Writer’s Block is to blame as well.  It’s cathartic to send thoughts into cyberspace. But I wish my blog was much substantive. I’ve resolved to quit WordPress if I don’t get back to using it . It’s money down the sink.

My physical yoga practice is suffering a lot currently.  I teach 3 classes now, which I love dearly.  But I took a class a few days ago and couldn’t recall when I had personally taken a class.  It was a great class.  I know I need to take a class on the regular.  One’s yoga teaching becomes stale if one has no personal practice.  So I’ve got to figure this out. I feel so much better emotionally and physically.

My teaching style is baffling me these days. Becoming a PTA, becoming intrigued with Fascia and Yin Yoga. Listening to J.Brown Yoga talks as well (this Podcast is the best). But I’ve realized there are so many things I’ve said and done in my classes over the years.  I wish I could go back in time and edit them!

So I’m in a weird transition of sorts as I sort out all the new information I’ve been taking in.  I love working in an Outpatient Orthopedic PT clinic. I have worked with some really cool people and to watch their transformation as they recover.  It’s awesome.  It is as rewarding as witnessing my students transform.  I have so much to learn about Physical Therapy and my 8-limbed tree.  How to un-baffle? How to become great at both my careers?IMG_8832

Can’t wait to teach my 9:30/12:30 classes today.  On that note, it has been fun to send off a missive.

Technology Hates Me (and vice versa!)

I do not know what the “aside” settings mean in WordPress, so this is a test of WTF.  if only I would read WP instructions.   This is a test. I thought maybe if I went from standard to “When I add a picture, like my Romeo below, I cannot figure out how to write text below the picture.  I swear, WP has grown more complicated than it used to be.   I am computer challenged and I end up avoiding posting due to all the issues I have now.  Meh.  It might be time to chat with tech support…

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My Dearest Basenji, Romeo.

 

 

Ok, I guess I figure out that. But selecting new pictures has gotten wonky. I can easily post pictures already in my library, as per below. But going into my pictures on my Mac Photo program is simply fucked up.

So this is frustrating. And so is trying to remember how an image was created in the first place. I love this pix of yours truly but I cannot remember what program I was using.

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I don’t expect anyone to even read this, consider it my rant to cyberspace.

Have a beautiful day cyberspace

Warming up before class

I teach Yin at Vivify Hot Yoga at 4 pm today.

I haven’t been practicing much of late and so it was fun to get on my mat. I realized I have become pretty weak! I really need to get serious again. I love being a PTA, but I also love my yoga 🧘‍♀️ practice and instructing.

So I’d better get going!

Spring on the Way!

Yesterday I took my first photos with the Sandia range backdrop in forever.  The Range is incredibly beautiful and inspiring.  It has been so f-ing cold I haven’t wanted to practice  asana out there!

“Heading to work.”

I guess it is not just being cold outside.  My practice is rather rusty. I love my job but at the end of the day I’m pooped!

I need to get on my mat far more than the time I’m currently devoting to it .  My asana is energizing.  I *know* I pep up and have increased clarity when I commit to it.  I hope with the return of spring that I will feel compelled to routinely practice.

 

 

Continuing Education

I just signed up for a seminar on “Yoga for Therapeutic Rehabilitation”.  May 8th in ABQ.  Super convenient, the other location is in Phoenix.  Super right up my alley.

I love my job as a Physical Therapist Assistant at ATI Physical Therapy. I also love instructing yoga at Vivify Hot Yoga New Mexico.  There is much potential for blending these aspects of my life.  I truly believe that is my Dharma.  I have much to learn to be the best Mindbody Fitness Professional that I can be.  This event will be enlightening!

May 8th is incidentally the anniversary of my Father’s death. It is a day that I usually dread, usually filled with a lot of tears.  I think for once I won’t dread that date.

 

Procrastination

I excel at procrastination. Too many things pile up on my To Do List. I try to prioritize, but I tend to take on the little easy tasks instead. I particularly don’t like making phone calls, so appointments Ito make really build up. Then I get into the positive feedback loop of feeling negative about myself and consequently I avoid the list entirely.

Contemplating my Navel. Certainly not taking on my
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So, I am super pleased with self for completing one of the big tasks yesterday. My first colonoscopy :(. The dreading started when I turned 40. I was grateful that I had 10 years. Then suddenly, I was 50 and I knew I needed to deal. It took me over a year to bite the bullet.

I accomplished this task yesterday. I suppose the dreaded procedure itself was not a that big of a deal. All looks good so I am reassured. But MAN the solution you have to drink is NASTY. You have to drink a ton of it and plan to live in the bathroom for a day (and night). I also got pretty nauseated. and stressed.

So this biggie is done and am good for 5 years. A true sense of accomplishment to have finally dealt with it. Perhaps this will encourage me to make 3 other medical appointments. Perhaps….

I think of someone that I pestered about the procedure for quite some time. I assume he would have done the same for me.

Snow = Hell IMHO

I grew up dealing with a lot of cold and snow. I didn’t like it then, and I certainly do not like it now. Snow is meant for the mountains, where you can visit. Otherwise, snow is just a pain in the butt, IMHO. Especially now that I recognize that I am not invincible (which as a youngster I did not yet realize)

We’ve had a bit of a snowstorm hit ABQ in the past few days. Pretty when you don’t have to be anywhere I suppose. (I still hate to be sidelined unless I wish to stay home). Today, I needed to be at work. I watched the traffic reports and got super stressed about having to venture out. I love my job, but I had serious misgivings about whether it would be wise to attempt it. My dear husband and myself walked down our rural road, and I ultimately determined that I could do it, even though it was going to be scary. In the end, I made it to work, on time, and only slightly white-knuckled. Once there ’twas a lovely day.

I haven’t taken much time for practicing inversions of late. So I had a bit of fun over my lunch hour doing just that. I have to say, I had a bit of a headache when I was done, and I take that as a big sign to get back to it.

Heading home, the roads were a lot nicer, but I am glad I am snug at home now, as the temps dip down again. I am glad I didn’t punk out. And I will be pleased with myself when I get back to my inversion practice. I am way too young to give up on it. 🙂