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. 🙂
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.
Lucien (aka Moose)
Ro and Z are sizing up the frontier ahead
Romeo can be so goofy
The first time Lucien saw me invert
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!
I am elated to say that I have been cleared by the optometrist to resume driving and inverting in yoga. I’m almost equally glad about the two! It was a super pain in ass and annoying to not drive since I live in the sticks. And I couldn’t participate in a huge portion of poses when teaching and taking class.
So I am back on the road. I found that it actually tired me out to do some errands after a kick ass yoga class. I believe it it because it was definitely the most active day I’ve had in a month. I ended up taking a super long nap in the afternoon. Or maybe it’s just getting old!
Some pix from the lovely Vivify studio.. It was a super challenging and fun class, but I realized that I have lost a LOT of strength in the past month of having to take it super easy…..So I have my work cut out for myself. The good things is that while I start to do my work search, I will have some time to get on my mat, hopefully on a daily basis!
It was CRAZY to see my depth perception tests from one month ago and two days ago. Black means you can’t detect anything in that field. Doc was really encouraged that my vision had improved as much as it had in a month. Optic neuritis typically takes a long time to resolve, and the extent to which it does can be limited. My fast recovery is a good indicator that I won’t have much permanent damage. My left eye vision is still pretty blurry. Electronics screens are really difficult to read. So I certainly hope for more
Follow-up with my optometrist on Tuesday. Eager. But what if he doesn’t think that my vision has improved enough to drive? I know it is getting better but also know that I read for shit with my left eye alone. My overall left field of vision remains in general dimmer than the right, but I can make out a lot of details and peripheral vision is back online
A month of not driving has been hard. A month of fretting about my vision overall has been stressful. One of my best stress relievers is my yoga mat, but I am really limitied in the poses that I can do without risk of increasing my ocular pressure which can interfere with the healing in optic neuritis.
I know I still have a charmed life. I have no idea the suffering others endure. And someday, no matter what, I won’t be driving. But right now, having a bit of a pity party, even though I know I shouldn’t. The heart does what it wants, right? Despite what hte brain tells it.
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.
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!
I 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.
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.
Bent standing knee drives me crazy. But love the clouds
Hanging out at Sunport, enjoying a Chile Pepper Bloody Mary while I wait to board for SeaTac. The past few weeks have been so crazy, and I was fairly convinced that I would screw up on the finals and they wouldn’t let me actually go!
But watch out Kirkland – I am on my way and I am going to seek out all my beloveds. 🙂
I did have to take a few last pix of the Sandia Mtn Range before i departed. It’s a gorgeous day in ABQ, almost hitting 70 with sunshine. I haven’t even looked at the weather report in Kirkland; I can only guess that it will drizzly and nasty. Bring it on, for a few weeks it will make me happy, and my skin will immediately appreciate it. It’s actually weird to experience your skin hydrate in front of your eyes.
BUT, I digress,
Here’s my farewell to the Rio Rancho Montage…. I miss you already 🙂
I am going to miss my Vivify family so darn much while I’m in Seattle. I had so much fun tonight. What a lovely bunch of yogis, working so hard and having some giggles. Life can be so amazingly stressful, what a wonderful way to de-stress. I realized before class that I hadn’t officially been on my mat since Sunday. That is unacceptable!
My quads will probably hate me tomorrow, but it is my own doing and I actually love when I feel the after effects of a good hour on the mat. But you know what they say – We do yoga because we Do Yoga. 🙂
Here’s today’s montage – I’m drinking in the beauty of the Sandia mountain range while I can. I have to admit, I’m not going to miss the tumbleweeds….