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Merry X-mas All!!!!

We had the most lovely couple of days in Santa Fe.  I tried to post the pictures but the casita we stayed at offered internet that moved at glacial speed.  So here are the pictures.

If you look really close – I’m asana-ing under this charming purple tree – which was particularly striking when lit up at night.

We strolled the Plaza, which has absolutely incredible shops.  I did score on a purchase of a belt of epic sparkly-ness for 50$.  I just *Had* to have it and *MUST WEAR*.  And marveled at this Church. I even had to peek in.  The cathedral was amazing but I did not dare take a photo as the kiddos were preparing for their traditional Nativity Scene.  Adorable kiddos.

We also snuck up to a frightening dragon ( 🙂  ). It was really neat.  People come up with the most fantastic pieces.

We will definitely explore this very unique town that is not that far away from Rio Rancho.  Sure wish it was a heck of a lot closer however.  The commute of an hour does get cumbersome.  It is an hour – so 2 hr of my day is spent on I-25. Not so sure about doing said commute and feel I should contemplate convenient options,,,,,,Which is a bummer as I love working at Therapy Solutions.

I am super bummed that I’ve put on some weight again.  My commute is chewing up all my free time – and I’ve getting on my mat not nearly enough.  I’m on my feet all day, which I like in a job but it isn’t an aerobic.  I know a healthier lifestyle would get me back ship shape.

Namaste

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Holiday Preps

I have done very few.  My kiddos were always the inspiration to decorate (hell, Naomi was 100% in charge of the tree).  No kiddos coming to visit, so minimal decorations.  I’d love to have a big tree, but Lucien (Moose) would manage to topple it and eat every ornament on it in the blink of an eye.  We’ve gotten a couple of cute little trees embedded with LED lights that are sufficing quite nicely.

I miss blogging.  Procrastination; I really want to overhaul this site, sexy it up. Darn job that sucks my energy dry! (actually I am A.O.K. with my job.  It just takes up a lot of time!!!  But I would love to start focusing on Fusion of Yoga with Physical Therapy.  I need to get a whole lot more educated on how to effectively do so first! 🙂

I also miss getting on my mat on the reg.  I would probably just not practice asana at all these days if not for my classes.  At least I ever so now and then HAVE to take a few photos but I sure wish I’d get back into a semblance of a daily routine on my mat.

 

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Sometimes you gotta get dirty

It was **so* beautiful in the yard yesterday, We have some landscaping but a large majority of our acre is sand and desert plants.  I love walking barefoot in the sand, but tend to shy away from performing asana in the sand.

1) Asana in sand is a lot harder than on a mat

2) I was resist getting sandy.

But it was the kind of day, and of course it is almost November and days like this are numbered.  🙂  So I simply HAD to play in the sand.  I first worked on various arm balances, fun, and was soon very sandy.  (Oh well ). Then I decided that maybe a wheel drop back would be a nice change of pace.  Heart opening in the sunshine, rather delirious that a work review that was supposed to day has been postponed for a week.  I dread review, I have been emotionally scarred in the past. I won’t point fingers, but I HATED THOSE FUCKING MEETINGS WITH A PARTICULAR MANAGER.

But back to being deliriously happy to have dodged a bullet, at least for a week.

Once I got dirty, I just went nuts and had a lot of fun. The dogs were with me, wondering why I do the things that I do.

And of course the Basenjis…

 

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WordPress!!!! Dammit!!!

Man!!!  I just wrote the most amazing of manifestos, the most brilliant life philosophy from a yogini/PTA that possesses Ph.D in Bacteriology.. I assure you, you would have enjoyed my best essay on life; eloquent, concise, and fucking hilarious….But Google quit unsuspectedly, and said manifesto is trapped in a draft that I can’t access.

Oh Well

How I wanted to vent about how much the extraction of teeth is a painful process, even when it goes as straightforward.  But the humor in it  God I can be fucking hilarious sometimes!

Time to move on.

So, today will involve my first Adho Mukha Svanasana that I have done in a week.  How I adore DFD, but with healing sites of oral extraction, I have intuitively avoided inversions of any kind.  Boy, I need them.  So I’m seriously anticipating my first one, later today when I teach.  I sure wish I could FF to that period in time that I do.  But alas, I will do the Santa Fe Adventure first, and hope that I don’t have any moron moves.  Time will Tell. I know my performance is steadily improving. Many people whom I thoroughly respect have assured me that it takes time to fully integrate into a new job.

Giving my mouth time to heal is one justification that I haven’t taken a class (life in the way) nor simply getting on my mat and getting a groove on.  Hydrocodone make me so fucking tired.  I do enjoy some of the side effects.  But I’m back to work now.  Motrin will suffice.  And I will teach tonight and get back my mojo.

And on a Great Note, my sincere offering to Nataraj has improved quite a bit.  One of the most Beautiful of Poses.  Here is a snippet.  Namaste.

 

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Yin at Viv

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This flyer took me forever.  How to convey what Yin is (to me) and what you can expect from me.  I’m also inept with programs like Canva and the like, someone else might not thrash like I do.

The hand sparkles – my daughter made this some while back now.  How I wish I could invent flexibility fairy dust for my classes!

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One of my favorite yoga postures – Wheel Pose/Urdhva dhanurasana

I taught 3 yoga classes back to back yesterday. I  really had a lot of fun doing so. Especially as they were all different styles – Hot/Sweaty, Gentle Foundational and Yin.  I got to see so many of my tribe.  I met some new and cool people. I’m so grateful to teach at Vivify.  I was extremely exhausted afterwards, but in a really good way.

Teaching Yin again today at 4 p.m.  Really looking forward to it  🙂

 

I am also grateful to be working at Therapy Solutions in NM.  The commute to Santa Fe is a little long, but it is a gorgeous drive and it is cool to get to know more about Santa Fe.  I have much sight-seeing I want to do, but in good time. I’ve got a lot going on, and after work, I’m pretty tired after work, it is a super busy place and I feel like such a newbie it bums me out!  But I’ll get the hang of things and I love how Physical Therapy and my Yoga practice is fusing into where I want my career to go. I want to work with people of all ages, and help them to rehabilitate and hopefully catch the yoga bug.  Getting to know more about rehab makes me a much better yoga teacher.  I love where this is going in my life.

There is a rest area near Santa Fe that I have “had” to stop at en route to work. The sun is just rising over the mountain range and I’ve been cooped up in a car.  So of course I’m using this incredible backdrop for some yoga photography 🙂

 

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DOMS

Delayed onset muscle soreness. I’ve got a mild case of it, and I couldn’t be more pleased.  I have pushed myself physically over the weekend, after a week of being pushed mentally.  No complaints, but I need to find a blend each day of the two.

I really love my new job.  I have so much to learn, but I’m highly motivated to do just that!  I plan on studying up later today, and I teach Yin at 4 p.m. so looking for a pleasant and chill day.

I had a lovely time with some duo photos with Mya, who has been practicing now at Viv for only a few months. This girl puts my standing bow to shame! I love love love the yoga journey that she has embarked up, I honestly think her practice will become remarkable. More importantly, this woman has a heart of gold and she is smart as hell.  Grateful to have her in my life.

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This is BullS*ht

You are not alone! I see this all the time!  🙂

It’s easy to think of ourselves as static. It’s hard to not compare oneself to others.  But we are always growing and changing.  Change takes time and patience.  We all have our unique talents.  

I am fortunate to be one of the Gumby’s. I have to admit a good stretch feels fantastic.  One of my goals as an instructor is to help motivate and encourage.  I’m working on inventing magic fairy dust that imparts flexibility, but I’m not there yet.  I am happy help in any way I currently can.  It is step by step, day by day.  With patience, the sky is the limit.

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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 🙂

 

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Happily Geeking Out

I have discovered, much to my pleasant surprise, that I actually LOVE reading about the Fascial network and how it intertwines with the better recognized musculoskeletal system  It’s all Tensegrity baby.

Huh? What’s that?  Super awesome question.  Right now I’m still gathering my information to adequately verbalize it at the level I get it.

I *am* a scientist, even if I have sort of turned my back on my title, I DO have a doctorate in the biological sciences.  I worked really f-ing hard to pull that off!  And now I’ve got an Associate’s Degree in Physical Therapy Assistance (NOT TO MENTION I AM ACTUALLY LICENSED TO PRACTICE THAT UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF A PHYSICAL THERAPIST!).  Still getting used to that last phrase and feeling confident that I’ve spent countless hours considering how the human body function properly (or not!)

But back to Tensegrity Baby.  I’ve always had an appreciation for the power of a good long stretch, even as a youngster. And I am blessed with a naturally (extremely) flexible body that has gotten more flexible over the years thanks to 17 years of spending thousands (not kidding) hours on my Manduka yoga mat coupled with years of yoga teaching.

This is an incredibly exciting time to be a yoga instructor/yoga geek.  With notable Western Institutions publishing evidence based research on the powers of Yoga, mindfulness, and healthy fascia….. Wow. Western philosophy simply has to connect with the East, even if the naysayers will that I’m suggesting satanic worship, which is simply not the case.

There is a part of me that even feels compelled to write a research grant (not quite there yet, lemme heal from being in school). While I waffle on the grant writing idea AT THIS POINT, the more time I research connective tissues, the more confident I become on touting the findings of others and what I’ve just personally experienced in my own body and what I see happening with my fellow yogis.  In an increasingly insane world, reliant on the easy fixes… I am increasingly empowered.

Soooo

I’ll be revisiting these issues.  I 100% believe that a huge part of the study of the human body has been tossed into the biohazard bin, with the assumption that it (fascia/connective tissues) is simply the bubble wrap on the musculoskeletal system. And of course, the Msk system is an enormous component of our locomotion system.  But let’s not be that reductionist- and consider that the huge amount of tissue that’s historically been thrown into the biotrash bin warrants a WHOLE lot more thought.

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