Yin is In

I teach Yin Yoga at Vivify NM Yoga http://vivifynm.com

My training is primarily via teachers from afar (they don’t know that, but they are)

Erich Schiffmann.  He isn’t Yin per se, but I guess that is why I choose him first.  His style is Freedom Style, and I apply that to my approach to teaching, not just Yin but Yang. 

Bernie Clark is my primary “classic” if you will Yin teacher from afar.

There are tons of links that I will get around to adding here (or will I?)

My Yin-style is not traditional. There is no right Yin Way.   

I hold poses circa 2 min (with an occasional 5-10 min). I give out more anatomy snippets and biology bits than you might expect from a Trad YinSter. With my disparate training, I seek to blend  Yoga Instruction,  Anatomy, Biology, and Physical Therapy into what I guess is a ” Yoga Therapy”.

There are many of lovely blogs and podcasts I’m stumbling upon.  Look out there for Josh Summers and J.Brown 

Teaching Yin at Vivify today at 4 pm!

I am so stoked. Today WordPress is letting me insert pictures.  I’ve been having issues with photos in general on my laptop, so a Trip to the Apple Store is in my future.

Anyhoo, I have been filling my life with as much yoga as I can whilst looking for a job.  I need to ramp up my desire secure a new job . It’s just so fun to attend to errands and projects that have been back burner-ed for a long while.  But it is also nice to eat and have a roof over your head.  So I need to get serious.

 

 

 

Trust Issues

My husband and I have started to mess around with duo yoga. I think we will pull off some cool stuff.  I am really happy.  I am also a total chicken, so this will encourage me to get over it!  I would post a more recent shot – but WordPress is not letting me post my recent downloads.  Grrrrr!

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There are a lot of things I’d like to discourse.  I continue to procrastinate Churching Up my blog. I want to make it so much more, but I’m getting distracted with home nesting and spring cleaning right now I guess.  And my left eye still “wears out” during the day.  Naps are time consuming 🙂 Oh, and I’m getting to do a whole lot more asana.  Perhaps I should start balancing out my 8-limbed path.  🙂

Anyways.  my belated post…… Go Ladies!!!

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It’s raining in Rio Rancho. Thank you Universe!

OMG we are getting precipitation here in the High Desert. It will make for a very messy walk with the Basenjis this morning, but boy do we need precipitation.  Yes!!!!

I had the unexpected surprise of sub teaching a couple of yoga classes this week. Hooray!!!!

It totally sucks that I lost my PTA job and income recently due to forces beyond my control.  But a definite sliver of the silver lining is I’m getting on my mat a whole lot more than I was while working in Santa Fe. I’m going to grab every chance I get to teach or take class while I figure out what I’m going to do with my life now.

I am incredibly grateful to be getting back on my mat.  My practice has always help me withstand the rollercoaster of life.

I feel like a broken record talking about this.  I’ll try and keep it short. I’ll try to figure out a way to stop even telling the tale.  I have faith that soon it will fall into the category of blip on the life map of bullshit.  I continue to recognize how good my life is.  Charmed really.

Anyways,

My life was pretty much up-ended last month when my left eye’s vision unexpectedly tanked within a 3 day span.  I honestly feared I was going blind with no warning.  Terrifying and truly life altering.  MRIs/Emergency Room/3 eye doc visits later….. all data consistent with optic neuritis of viral or idiopathic nature.  Not multiple sclerosis, which I now know to be a common cause of this condition. So I’m exceedingly grateful it isn’t MS.

I’m elated that my vision has improved quite a bit after that first wretched week.  My left eye vision still sucks – like I can’t read what I’m typing at all with my left eye.  There really isn’t a treatment for this illness, it is a lengthy “wait and see” what amount of vision that I will regain.   I must accept I will likely suffer some permanent vision loss so that still is scary. I don’t know what I’ll do if I don’t have doctor blessing to drive. I feel so fucking dependent to go places.  My husband has been a rock-star in terms of taking me places as well as keeping my spirits up.

I grudgingly thank the Universe for forcing me out of a toxic work situation in Santa Fe.  It is a fine clinic, and I sure wanted to remain there for a few years.  I knew I couldn’t sustain it for 10 years, but I sure wanted to work there for a few years. But The Universe recognized that it was still a toxic situation for me – mainly the f-ing rough daily commute.  The Force decided for me that it was simply no longer an option. It’s been a really good change for my home-life to be sure.  Tip of the Positive Iceberg Hit.  I still feel horrid that I had to stop working with no warning at all. I know my co-workers really had to scramble since I couldn’t be there.  I’m glad that they found someone to replace me and therefore to know I should let go of the guilt.  I’m still processing this all honestly.  Harlan and I are journeying up to SF later today to turn in my keys and grab things I’ve brought to the clinic.  Glad he will be there to buffer my emotions whilst being there.

It is time to stop discussing my vision loss scare.  I will scream to cyberspace glee when I’m allowed to drive and when I find a cool PTA job.  But no more re-telling/re-visitng my sob story.  Things are going to work out.

We’re finding time to do a lot of stuff around the house since I’m rather homebound. Another silver lining.  New office furniture and 2 bookshelves for my little yoga studio now tucked in a closet.  I am stowing things nearby but out of sight so I can practice in a serene space. I am a double Virgo and messiness really drives me crazy.

I also think that my relationships have truly improved now that I have more time and energy to give.  So that is pretty cool.

It totally stinks to not have a decent income!  I sure hope that I will quickly score a great outpatient orthopedic position that is geographically far more desirable.  I would LOVE to be able to incorporate a whole lot more of yoga instruction into how I treat patients and students.   Focusing on the proper dynamics of a given PT  exercise such as straight leg raises has been incredibly instructional and I’m glad I have been imparted with that knowledge.  Now I yearn for a situation where I can blend such an exercise into a functional activity based on the needs of a particular client.  1:1 instruction is awesome.  But I would prefer to focus on Therapeutic Exercise with a whole lot less emphasis on singular exercises and the use of modalities such as ultrasound.  It is undeniably debatable whether modalities are beneficial in Physical Therapy.  I truly believe in my heart I’m meant to treat patients with yoga versus electricity.  Just saying.

Again changing the subject.  Here are some pictures taken yesterday at Vivify. I thought yoga pants with full of roses would be perfect for a Valentine’s Day Yoga class.  The anatomical interpretation of our lower extremities is more than debatable, but I still love these pants.

I haven’t been inspired to do much photography during my illness. Until this week I was supposed to keep activity to a minimum. But now I’m cleared to get sweaty and work my body.  Hooray!  I am sure I’ll be getting back to pictures as well.

Hasta la vista baby, it is time for me to ROCK and ROLL for the day.  Dropping off my keys and saying goodbye to people at TS is going to be difficult! But that will close a chapter and who know what now lies ahead!!!

 

 

 

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.

 

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.

 

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.

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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

Namaste

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!

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.