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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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.

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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 🙂

Last Friday night class… for awhile….

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….

One week…

If I don’t screw up, I will be arriving in Seattle next Friday evening for a 7 week externship. Rio Rancho feels like home now in many ways, but I’m still homesick for Seattle.  Maybe 7 weeks in drizzle will help me get over it 🙂

I am going to miss my family and kula here in ABQ so much.  Yet I can’t wait to see my son, my bestie, and as many WA friends as humanly possible… But I still have to kick ass on my last internship in Kirkland!!! I graduate mid April… TFG.

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Weary

They are kinda dragging us thru the mud at school right now. I am staying afloat, but I am getting so tired and today I have my last 2 skill competency tests and GOOD GOLLY they stress me out. I know my stuff, but in a phony situation with an instructor holding a clipboard, checking off whether I perform/say given words, it totally destroys my soul.  I feel quite competent in a real in environment, but these tests….they are a test to a person that beats herself up.

I’ve set up my screensaver to rotate through my pictures  Here is todays. I think the Universe is reminding me that however difficult going back to school has been, I don’t have to be a microbiologist anymore.

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I am so glad to be freed of those days.  So I’m gonna try and suck up this last little bit – graduation in mid April – which involves 7 weeks in my beloved old stomping grounds of Seattle…. I’m about to embark on an exciting journey if I just hang in there a little while longer.

2 week countdown

I head to Sunport (ABQ airport) 2 weeks from today, Seattle being my destination for 7 whole weeks.  I’m so excited and yet stressed beyond belief!  The next 2 weeks are going to be really trying. Between final testing until next Friday… and getting my ducks in a row for such a long trip is…. overwhelming….

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I’ll deal, I always do.. 🙂

The next thing I know I’ll be HOME, if but for a teensy bit of time.  It will bittersweet though, for my life has pretty much transitioned to NM. It’s been nearly 2 years we’ve been here and I’m part of a fabulous kula.  So I’ll be homesick for my husband, minions, (Romeo and Zena) and NM family.

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I won’t be staying in a drafty hotel room.  I loved Gallup externship, but the hotel above was most depresssing.

It’s going to be interesting to working with elderly people. I tend to get along with them well.  Their stories are pretty amazing if nothing else.  It will be fun to help them regain as much as former function as possible.  🙂

 

 

The Tweeter

Got sucked into watching the news last night. I really don’t like where this country is headed. I find it pretty damn scary and awfully f*ing frustrating. I hope to hell that Some of the Congressional Republicans grow a spine and stand up to Tweeter.  Surely they will realize that the people they represent will not re-elect them their next go around.  Hopefully their own selfish motivations will sway them into doing the right thing.  (wishful thinking?)

Anyways not much I can do about it apart from continue to share troubling articles.  I am not a phone-caller and I am not a demonstrator.. I have and will continue to sign petitions when I come across them.

Anyways, I gotta get out of this mindset, do a little HW. Get on my mat for a little while and get ready for a doctor exam.  Yippee.

Here’s my last set of pictures.  I am so grateful for my practice.