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 vivifynm.com.

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.

-T

 

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…

 

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.

 

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

-T

 

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

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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!

Day #2 Internship

fullsizeoutput_193fI think I’m really going to enjoy this internship . Quite different than the outpatient orthopedic settings that I’m used to. Very welcoming staff and the patients that I worked with yesterday were dear.

But dear reader, yesterday’s experience made my love of the Kegel exercise grow stronger.  I am a great proponent, but I saw a whole l0t of diapers there yesterday and I would really like that to not happen to me.  I will remind students with renewed vigor about that one, that is for sure.

I knew it is important for men too.  But see below!  🙂

Stolen from Wikipedia

Pelvic floor exercise, also known as Kegel exercise, consists of repeatedly contracting and relaxing the muscles that form part of the pelvic floor, now sometimes colloquially referred to as the “Kegel muscles”. The exercise needs to be performed multiple times each day, for several minutes at a time, for one to three months, to begin to have an effect.[1][2]

Exercises are usually done to reduce urinary stress incontinence[2] (especially after childbirth)[3] and reduce premature ejaculatory occurrences in men,[4] as well as to increase the size and intensity of erections.[5]

Several tools exist to help with these exercises, although various studies debate the relative effectiveness of different tools versus traditional exercises.[6][7]

Ass Kick #1

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I didn’t have a clue to how **totally** de-conditioned to humidity I’ve become in NM. My student are definitely going to hear about it when they comment on the humidity in my NM classes. Punks!

Loved it.  I really needed to experience a **true** skin de-tox.  The Ashram is truly an exceptional place, I am so grateful to have practiced and trained there for so many years.  I thought about crying about a dozen times, but I guess my lacrimal glands knew that I needed to hold onto any amount of moisture that I could.  I had to punk out so many times, since I figured no one would appreciate if I puked in the room.  lol.

I went there knowing that school has kept me off my mat. Totally dehydrated and worn out from finals week.  I knew it was gonna be intense, and I was 100% correct.  But dang it, I’ll be back tomorrow, and I’m already looking forward to it.

I did have a lovely time in Kirkland today.  Had Pho with a dear friend.  Picked up ridiculously overpriced yummy food from Metropolitan Market.  Observed the the huge hole in the earth that was formerly Kirkland Park Place (where my favorite sushi restaurant WAS)… So lovely and weird as hell to be here!

I almost didn’t go to see Lake WA, cuz it was drizzly and I am a NM weeny… But I forced myself to go – and I’m glad that my inner warrior spirit got me there. It is so damn beautiful.

Here’s what I gots ‘fer ya.