Baby Steps

Harlan and I are learning to better fly into basic duo partner postures and it is so fun!  I find myself checking out IG for ideas and goals. Will definitely be practicing before and/or after Lisa’s class today at

These are from our driveway. I usually shoot in front of our amazing view of the Sandia Mountain Range, but there is enough of an incline and it was breezy that day.  So my base wasn’t into that idea.  Kinda have to roll with what the base says when playing duo yoga.  🙂

learning to fly driveway

Totally struggling these days with attending to home management issues.  Need a plumber, need a handyman (we are not handy), never-ending dog duties (our Basenjis are amazingly spoiled.)

Our Minions are totally worth complying with their numerous expectations . However, walking them can be a total drag. Walking 3 Basenjis in jackrabbit country currently in windy season is not a cake walk.  The winds kick up sand and blow the tumbleweeds and grasses.  My sight hounds become quite naughty.  Pulling hard, extra tangles in their 3 leashes.  Argh!  Romeo, my very special doggie, has been his usual fun dog to walk with.  Lucien was just terrible yesterday.  It is good that he is so cute and I must remember that he is still very much a puppy in his brain.

I so wish I could spend more time on this blog.  To make it more informative/interesting first and foremost, and not just limited to my yoga photography. I am an ardent yogini, but I am also a fledgling Physical Therapist Assistant.

I am self-diagnosing myself with Blogging Block. I hope that it ends soon!

Namaste, Have a great Tuesday.



Potential end of Writer’s Block?

I *really* want to rearrange my blog.  I want to share my yoga pictures but i also want to provide a format for general info about yoga.  And Basenjis.  And New Mexico.  But I find that overwhelming, so I tend to just share pictures about what I’m up to and thinking about. Admittedly rather superficial!  Hopefully now that I can look at computer screens for more than a few minutes I will start to chip away and “church it up”, so to speak.

Five weeks of eye b.s. has pretty much up-ended my life.  It was simply terrifying to consider permanent loss of my vision.  It was really head-trippy to witness what I could see, it was like being on a hallucinogen without it wearing off…. It was very relieving when my vision started to improve….  But finding myself suddenly unemployed has definitely stung.  I understand, I really do, but holy heck it stings.  They couldn’t wait for me to come back to work when I had no idea when/whether  I could do so.  I’m relieved  that a few days ago I retrieved my state license, my belongings, turned in my key, and hugged many of my beloved co-workers.  Chapter officially closed.  Time to move on.  Glad I didn’t cry because Harlan accompanied me and he is my anchor..  After saying my good-byes we went and saw The Black Panther (big time recommendation). Great diversion.  The characters were all so bad-ass.

My vision is still fucked up in my left eye, but each day brings some improvement,.  It’s frustrating that my gains now are not nearly as marked as previous weeks.  Scares me but the eye doc assured me that it was going to be a long recuperation which might not be fully complete.  Thankfully I have been given the go-ahead to drive, work, and do my headstands.  Life is good.!

In retrospect, the Santa Fe job wasn’t the best fit anyways.  i really enjoyed my co-workers but the commute was simply an emotional drain.  No time for self-care at the end or the beginning of the day for the entire work week.  I love caring for others but we do need to find time for self-care.  I didn’t have the time to hydrate, eat, nor even go to the bathroom during my shifts.  That rather sucked. I’ not super surprised I had 2 UTIs and optic neuritis during my SF stint  The Gods Spoke that it wasn’t gonna happen and I’ve no choice but to move on

Ideally my new job will welcome my belief of appropriate yoga exercises coupled with therapeutic exercises personally designed for a given patient’s functional goals and always within their specific plan of care.  I don’t personally believe in modalities and I know I’m not alone.  I also yearn for a situation where I could continue to teach yoga with clients interested in doing so post PT discharge, with knowledge of any limitations they may still have.   I couldn’t do that in SF, since i don’t teach there.  But in RR/ABQ I could certainly offer such services.

In the interim, I know I need to take advantage of the extra time I have to get on my yoga mat.  I’ve definitely done more, but I really want to make it a daily event while I can.  I am sub teaching his morning, which is always my best motivation to go.  🙂

So here are a few pictures of Harlan and I dabbling in some Partner Yoga. super glad that we’ve started to practice together.  I’ll mull how to church the site up, but I first need to focus on getting my day underway and to walk my minions before I’m off to teach! And a few pictures of my Basenji Pile.




Getting Sick Sucks

I had a bit of a sore throat yesterday.  I wasn’t feeling 100% but I taught two classes, helped move a sofa, etc…. But overnight the Virus from Hell attacked me.  I was supposed to work today.  I was tried very hard to rally myself to go,  But I just **couldn’t** find the energy to stand up. Harlan said he thought I should stay home.  He’s pretty smart when it comes to illness, being an M.D., so I do try to listen.

Man, I am glad that I listened to him.  I might have made it to SF by the time the worst of it hit, but I know I wouldn’t been capable of working nor driving today and I definitely wouldn’t have been able to drive.  I’m a bit better now, but standing up makes me dizzy and writing this has made me want to shut my eyes.  🙁

Yesterday was far more fun.  New furniture and Super Fun yoga classes.  What a difference 24 h makes.  So I’m hoping that also holds for tomorrow and that I can return to regularly schedule program of My Life.  Not cool to be getting sick as a new employee.

On a Happier Note,  we got a new comfy living room chair.  I love our Basenjis so much, but I will really want to throttle them if they mess with it. All of them are amazing. I love each and every one for their very unique personalities.  But our Minions get into trouble when they are left alone.  Here is their Intro to the chair, and the ever elusive husband.

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…


Monday Monday DOMS

Delayed Onset Muscle Soreness

I really paid for a week of not getting on my mat much lately. I got back to business Friday night/Sat/Sun, which were all fantastic days of yoga.

But now, Monday morning, I am feeling it!  I welcome DOMS, it means that I have been asking my body to change, to be strong enough to get on my mat and get grounded.

I took a lot of pictures over the weekend. Our Boy Besinjis escaped the yard and totally freaked me out in the process.   We’ve had a lot of rain and never considered that the topology of our yard had changed quite a bit

It took some time to locate and bring the Wild Boys back Home.  I was honestly freaking out, for it made me head trip to back when we lost our Quesito, our Beutiful Sweet Brindle Boy. That was such a horrible loss – of a 2 year old sweetheart. I would be devastated if either Romeo or Lucien was injured. But all is good, and in the process, my husband and I patched up the hole and got to enjoy the beauty of the Balloon Fiesta.  I think that was the silver lining of the experience

I took a few yoga pictures over the weekend, but here is my favorite.  I don’t have the time to sort that others, it is time to begin the ritual of getting ready for work.


I hope everyone has a lovely day. Monday, Monday, I am grateful that I am alive to enjoy mine.  I am blessed. I know that, but man, Monday Monday Blues until the coffee kicks in


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 🙂


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!


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!)








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!

Lucien the Tricolor Lukuru

We met Lucien for the first time today and we are pretty damn enamored with this little guy.  This little guy is 1/4 African Basenji which is a very good thing for the Basenji lineage.  American Basenjis are largely descended from a very small number of dogs brought from the Congo. Lucien has some fresh Congo Blood in him, if you will, and that makes him a special Basenji indeed!  (Please do not think that my Romeo nor Zena is less!)  It is just very good for the breed to have some fresh genes added to the mix.

We’ve been dying to meet this little guy for some time now.  He was born/raised very near Portland (same wonderful family that brought Romeo and Zena into our lives).  Since we live in NM, my being up in PacNW for my final internship finally gave us the chance to meet this little sweetheart and OMG I am in love.

I have to share the pictures, then crash.. Tomorrow is my Monday.  Starting week 5/7.  This is going really fast!!! I will be back in The Land of Enchantment before I know it!!!