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Waking up

I slept like a ROCK last night, which is a pleasant surprise for me, I usually wake up several times during the night.  So I am most grateful – yet still having trouble waking up.  So I did a little personal practice and here are my favorite stills.  I’m going to attempt to add the video clips, but I’ll be at the mercy of youtube.




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National Board Exam

Next Thursday, freaking out

I will be so grateful to get my license and find the perfect job. Which WILL include teaching yoga classes.

Much to do.  Glad I have Vibe and Yin to balance out my current stressors.  I love my Sat classes.


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What Would I Do?

PTA Board Exam is Next Thursday.  I lament my study habits! I’ve been pretty darn motivated this week to make up for 3 months of dealing with Life Live – the iceberg of To-Do that built up whilst in school.  Very stressed.

Ok, and there has been a lot of yoga going on (This gets to the What Would I do query).  About what exactly you may ask).   I’m using that as my punch line.

I was really burnt out when school finished and I needed to get back on my mat and lick my wounds, in addition to tackling above-mentioned iceberg.  3 months seemed like plenty of time to get back to it…. But a whole lot of stuff – a lot of it having to do with the sweetest and biggest love-sponge puppy. Puppies are a lot like babies in their need to be watched!  And so much fun to boot!  I have been steadily ramping up the studying, but I’ve also gotten very sucked into the news and watching with horror.

I really miss my lame creative blogging and I do look forward to getting back to it – but I’ve been not allowing myself the luxury.  Not with my being so far behnd

Until now. I have too many pictures – of my favorite moments of Asana shots piling up and I simply gotta share a few that I’ve taken the past few days.

Because my photos are my “art” if I have one.  So here are some fun ones.

Oh, and the answer to the question is be Very Sad.  Because the full title of today’s subject is actually “What would I do without my Yoga Practice” 

Love and Light Peeps



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Stale Items on a To-Do List

I managed to cross one off my list, and I’m grateful.  It was turning on the irrigation system.  I’ve been meaning to do it for a few weeks now.  But today, many plants were essentially BEGGING for water. I am grateful that the husband taught me how to do it. Lucien the Basenji puppy thinks that the irrigation sprayers are a game.  So Bonus – anything to amuse the puppy, he has more energy than any of his Basenji and human room-mates!


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Orange Tweeter is such an AssHat!

Ok, got that off my chest.

I had the best day teaching yoga at Vivify today.  So many dear friends, devoted yogi, students I’m getting to know and love, and yogis that I’ve just now met.  For the yogis I know – to see your progress is so very inspiring.  I love getting to know you better, trying out how I can best help you attain a pose, and watching you blossom in your personal practice.

For example, these lovely ladies.  I am so glad to have met you all. You really are a-f’ing-amazing


Here are a few pictures that I took yesterday before the 5:30 pm class.  I better leave it there…. It is dinner time!  Namaste!

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Dog Day Afternoon

[Let’s just say this straightaway- another day of not studying for the PTA boards whatsoever]

Sooooo…. A kazillion (hyperbole) of house-hold to-do items have accrued during my time as a PTA student. In general from our move to NM two years ago.  I have been plugging away at this list since wrapping up school.  Chipping away at the iceberg from hell (back to hyperbole). I’d sure like to have more to show for my efforts, but I am a teensy bit pleased with what I’m getting done, albeit at glacial speed.  Up until now, I have been able to justify lack of studying based on said accomplishments.  But the list now getting down to items involving power tools 🙁 🙁 🙁

So, the thing is…. I am absolutely utterly useless when it comes to power tools. Comparatively speaking, I am a self professed computer whiz-geek-genius.   (To those of you who truly know me, please stop laughing too hard lest you choke!).  We all have our natural talents, and mine assuredly involve my yoga mat and not home fixits.  Not to throw anyone under the bus here, but I’m unaware of any of the occupants of this house being so inclined.

Here is what I got from the Basenjis regarding home improvement.


So I have acquired the assistance of professionals to knock a crap-load of stuff off the list. With any luck, I’ll have a dozen of items off the house to-do list in short order!  I will have even less of an excuse to not study. 🙂

The weather has truly been awesome the past few days.  Have been pretty circumspect about taking yoga shots – but I did just get a new tripod which virtually guarantees an increase in photos. But today, I’ll just leave it at this.  Now it is time to refine the home to do list, I am expecting someone to install a ceiling fan shortly (something that NO ONE WOULD EVER WANT ME TO DO!)








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A loss for words

I miss blogging.  Most of my thoughts of late have been of classified material.  Not for the government, but nothing I feel like sharing with cyberspace.  Plus, I’ve been pretty busy catching up with boring sh*t around the house, things that have piled up since I started school.

God, I’m glad to be done with school.

I’m also having issues with my new blog style on WordPress.  There are a lot of things I’d like to change about it.  My goal is to make this more about How-To Asanas – the Hows and Whys. How I’m masterminding a plan to fuse my Physical Therapy Assistant Training with being the Best Yoga Instructor I can be. I will try and chip away at that, time permitting.

Oh, and there is that pesky puppy issue.  Now that there are 3 Basenjis ruling my life, and one is a adorable and cuddle-bug puppy…. I’ve got a baby in the house and much less gets done when that happens, right?

Here are a few pictures of Lucien’s first photobomb of my yoga shots. I really haven’t felt inspired to practice much in the house of late, so he really hasn’t seen me get upside down.  Romeo and Zena are rather bored by it at this point.  But I need to make more of a point of practicing in my little studio, it always makes me happy to do so!

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Live Music at my class today!

I am teaching Yin at 2 p.m. today at Vivify instead of usual 4 pm this week.  We are having a benefit class for Autism Awareness Month – with proceeds going to Pathways Academy. I know many families that are affected by Autism – it is incredibly sad.  So if I can be a part of Awareness in even the teeniest of bits….. I am most honored!

We are going to be blessed with live chill music today for both classes.  I have never taught with live vibration, I know it will be a great experience.   And a real treat for the students, cuz Dean is supposed to be AWESOME.


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Messing with WordPress Themes

I made the mistake of trying a new one. Now my page bar is missing. I wish I knew how to make side-bars, know what the fuck a wigdget anyway, etc.  I could go on and on about my computer ability wish-list…. I am bad at this stuff. I certainly never read manuals.  But I might contact tech support and see if they can help me because I am really lame and this site isn’t cheap.  I want to church it up dammit!

But hey, I try to be at peace with the fact that we all have our strengths and weaknesses.  It is getting easier to say that I’m a pretty damn good yoga instructor!!! I know that I change lives and that my students change me.  I am now a Physical Therapist Assistant!!! I am so excited to see where my associate degree will lead.


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Back to Life, Live.

I’ve been emotionally slammed this past 7 weeks.  The Externship was a great learning experience, but overall…. so depressing.  This past week…. Felt like shit from a head cold. I had to give my in-service, I broadened my PTA experiences into Wound Care.  I’m not squeamish, but to hear people scream with dressing changes plus seeing decaying human flesh…. It was really hard to start that right away in the morning, take a full caseload of some complex cases while feeling nauseated….. I felt like a shell of myself as I walked out the doors for the last time.

I wanted to feel elated, but I didn’t get stellar ratings on every category i was being evaluated upon.  Almost entry level, but just a little shy.  I should focus on that I am deemed entry level for the majority of the categories.  But I gave it my all, and really felt under the circumstances that I deserved all Entry Level.  Whatever.  A fews of sleep has helped me process.

  1. I’m not meant to work in a SNF, retirement center (but I could totally see learning more about geriatric yoga, teaching a class gratis at a senior citizen’s center at some point.
  2. I need an environment that is far quieter if I am to flourish. I could hardly think sometimes, with all the chaos around me.
  3. I would prefer to never live in the Pac NW full-time again in this lifetime.  I can’t deal with the relentless gloom and drizzle. I need my NM Sun.

That being said, I sure have enjoyed being around friends, family, big pine trees, and Lake Washington.  Tonight, gonna hang with bestie Downtown Seattle, which I haven’t done in years. I’m sure it will be a blast.

Last trip to Juanita Beach