So I didn’t have a whole lot of time yesterday to read my books about the Fascia, which I have decided is the target goal of my PTA career. Myofascial therapy is fascinating. I really hope that the clinic I work at will be give me the opportunity to hone my myofascial/manual therapy techniques.
The fascia is also most fascinating to me in terms of Yin Yoga. I *always* at least mention the effect Yin Yoga can influence the connective tissues, and thereby the body itself. There are so many yoga poses that in essence perform self-release technique! I want my students to have a deeper understanding of their own bodies. But since there is so much more to Yin – and I don’t want the students to get too left-brained during class. So I try to just pepper it in.
More and more research is being reported these days on what some call the “Cinderalla” tissue. I love these tensegrity models. These models can hold their shape, whereas bones in a skeleton model are held together with wire.
I intend to make the Fascia an important part of my blog. I think I’ve found my Niche. I intend to expound on current research and up to date findings – in a different blog.
Right now I’ll just say this. I know from a personal perspective that my range of motion improvements affect my every movement and I have a feeling of general ease. I see the students’ bodies change over time, much to their surprise. I see a lot of students come to love their Yin practice and its effects. So it isn’t just me that thinks we are onto something.
A major aspect to Yin Yoga is the fascia and other connective tissues. Our bones can’t hold us upright due to compressive forces – Our tissues are a crucial tying together of our form and dispersion of compressive forces. This is only one aspect of the Yin approach, and I will expound upon Yin philosophy but that is a big topic and there is . There is much to do today – 2 classes to teach – household crap – and preparing for my Lululemon class tomorrow in the Park tomorrow. This experience will broaden my teaching scope a lot. Park yoga is a lot different than controlled environment/flat floor of Vivify.
I am pre-grieving leaving Concentra at week’s end. I am learning so much and fun meeting so many people in the real life setting. With feedback from a very gifted PT.
Classroom is obviously important, but it is really hard to pretend to treat pretend injuries at school. I wasn’t good at play pretend games as a child, I’m terrible at storytelling, and apparently I’m bad at faux therapy physical competency tests that involve a whole lot of pretending…. ‘Nuf said.
I do know I’m good at teaching yoga….. I look forward to the day I can feel that way about being a PTA . I really adore helping someone get through their physical and/or mental block at *any level* . That is my Dharma.
Teaching Yoga FT, although it sounds great, well….. Let’s say I’d like to start making some bank, too. Not just Karma Points. As I turn 49 in a few weeks, I’ve got to get cracking on the paycheck, and if I have to scale back teaching, while it will kill me inside, I also have to think about me and *my future*.
his is a total generality, not pointing my finger at anyone, person, please. But I there are so many students that love the outcome of a good class yet wish the classes were cheaper. Well….. That would be nice all, but a studio has to not just survive, but THRIVE… and that involves keeping skilled instructors on the schedule. I want to ask them “aren’t you worth $10?”. Aren’t you interested in the financial well-being of all involved? I don’t want yoga to be a business. Yet it must be so, at least for me.
So how can I tactfully tell a student that “please complain to someone else, for it personally insults me you’d take this issue up with me”.? Please cyberspace, I could use some guidance on that.
Funny, I’d never have said that back in grad school. I’m that old. As I finished my last bit of grad school, I was just hearing about the “world wide web’. Seriously.
One of the things that has sucked the most about returning into school at my almost 49 year old status, is e-books and lectures. I have never been good with a computer, as many people will attest, over the years I’ve grown far more reliant my laptop. Love/Hate – big bang theory snippets versus KenHub….. But tday, at 4 a.m. I was assuming that I could do a bang up job on my Kinesi HW due at 1 p.m.
Bu the Universe decided that “WWW” access remained off-line until approaching 9:30 a.m. I dealt a lotta stuff, and that was cool, but it wasn’t the Prime Mover of the To Do list.
Anyways, ended up being pretty darn fun and informative. But I am SOOOOO screwed tomorrow. So much to do. I’m depending on my 6 a.m. Sub at Hot/Not to propel through a sort of scary day!
Been dying to post something – I realized I was just testing the new phone in my last post.
I almost posted my attempt at grokking gait analysis. But that would be so nerdy of me. But that is the sorta shtuff that my pee-brain is filled with. Way too Left-Brained for me!
So here are a few pictures, just to prove I am sneaking in little bits of practice – before school. And picking the Basenji babies up from Doggy Day Care. I have so many more I’d like to share. But I’ve run out of allotted time. 30 minutes now allotted for planning tomorrow’s strategy for not flunking out of school.
I taught the 9:30 and 11 a.m. classes this morning at Vivify. How I love that studio. 🙂
Class night was so much fun and today was a continuation. 🙂 Sooooo cool to see people progress in their journey. Wonderful to get to know the students. I actually don’t like to think of so many as “students”, just dear friends that share a growing fascination with Yoga :). I love you all so much, you have helped my transition to NM so much, and touched my heart in so many ways…
But ****MAN**** I felt SOOOOOOO stinky after class. I was incredibly grateful to get in the shower and I apologize to the 11 a.m. class that I didn’t at least have the time to change into fresh clothes!!!
A few yoga shots, of course. I have a few favorites I took yesterday at Hot or Not. Both Hot or Not and Vivify are very inspiring for picture-taking.
Here’s some pictures from the past few days. The pups have been exceptionally cute.
Taking a break from studying (and it is 5 in the morning, mind you). Yesterday was Groundhog Day, one of my favorite holidays. You don’t have to buy anyone anything, rather it is a day of questioning when Spring will come…. I’ve been pretty dang sick this week and I’m rather liking the thought of re-birth, stat! But the fucking cold is lingering and I’m feeling emotionally drained. School is dumping info and assignments on a very weary me. I am partially through an assignment due today. But I’m far more worried about a skill comp tomorrow that is really important. I feel extremely unprepared. So that is the Bad Shit.
But I am far more interested in the Good Stuff – and that is Hot or Not. 🙂
I’ve been given the Tuesday 6 a.m. and Friday 9 a.m. classes at Hot or Not! I am most pleased. I taught my first class yesterday and had a lovely time (apart from having a very froggy voice). The studio just opened but it already has a great vibe and I look forward to building my classes and getting to meet lots of ABQ yogis.
I took a few pictures after class. I offer you my favorites. I’ll say I can do better, but I hadn’t inverted for a few days, lest the congestion in my head cause a TBI or something. It felt great to get upside down. I will definitely be doing more of that later. Once the coffee has kicked in
Just got home from a delightful sushi lunch with a dear friend. She is such a lovely lady and the fish was Good! We were finished with lunch by 2 but visited well past that. But I am FULL. I hope that this feeling has gone away before I teach at 6:15 at Vivify or I’m doomed (actually, it just means that I won’t participate as much as I’d like, I’ll walk around and pick on form)! But I really want to join in and get nice and sweaty!
I did practice a little bit this morning anyways. My top pictures are….
I love when Romey gets involved. Zena she’s always interested in my yoga mat antics. Romey, not so much but he indulges me from time to time.
For whatever reason today, I got wondering if there are applications to make photos look like Warhol paintings. Had to look. Guess what? Indeed there are and I’m sure this won’t be the last one I post
Today has been a really awesome day thus far. I taught my usual 6:15 a.m. class and then subbed the 10 a.m. class at Vivify. Came home/cleaned up/ate/took a nap with two cuddly Basenjis. Yup, that *is* my idea of a good day. Oooo!!! I shouldn’t forget starting on laundry and dishes. Yup, that’s the truth, my idea of fun. (I probably should dream bigger, but whatever)…..
When I was coming home, I realized I had to take a yoga shot, the view was so spectacular. Here you go. It wasn’t as cold as the other day but today I was utterly exhausted from teaching.
It is nearly time to take the needy yet beautiful Basenjis out on their afternoon walk. I still have a little bit, not much. They don’t wear watches but trust me, they somehow know exactly what time it is. Usually within 5 minutes of their various rituals. It is rather uncanny.
I am pretty sure without my yoga practice (which I consider teaching to be a big part of) I would slide into depression pretty fast. I adore teaching, it alone gets me through a lot…. But a personal practice is also pretty dang important. So although I really “should”spend every waking moment until Wed studying, well… that sounds good in theory, but in practice I know that I start to perform as a shell of a human being.
So, I studied really hard from 4 a.m. til about 7:30 a.m., when the Basenjis began circling me. I took them on a lovely walk and then headed to Vivify. I was feeling slightly guilty, but at the same time…. what is the point of life if your physical body cries for attention?
So here are a few pictures I took getting ready for class. It was a really lovely class. I’ve since cleaned up and gotten a fair amount accomplished. I stand by my choice of taking time for spirit, mind, and body.
Next week I get to look forward to giving a presentation presentation of the Endocrine System for Medical Terminology. I like languages, and Med Term is no exception. I really like working on my weekly workbook assignment. I have a lot of fun with my flash cards. I’ve done well on my quizzes. But every Monday there has been a student led presentation on the week’s topic and honestly I HATE this aspect of the class. I am so bad, I don’t relish listening to my fellow students butcher the words. They just regurgitate painfully boring slides of root root and prefixes/suffixes. How i wish there was an online version of this class, even if it was more challenging. Thankfully the final is next week and we can move on to Law/Ethics. I can only hope that it won’t be student led format.
Let’s take a break from bitching, I would like to share some shots I took yesterday. Zena decided to get involved. The rest were taken at Desert Forge.
Of course, with all this bitching, I will go and make an ass of myself on *My Part* of this group led presentation. I like the people that I’m working with. I just dislike group projects so fucking much. I‘m not saying I’m an expert. On the contrary. I guess the point I’m trying to make is that I want the teacher to be doing the teaching. That is my idea of a good educational experience I have been having fun preparing my powerpoint slide show, looking for a cool youtube introduction video has been fun. The more I contemplate the endocrine system the more I want to understand how asana practice affects it.
The endocirine system is is a pretty cool system that I want to grok. I’m not exactly sure if I want to be a PTA as this point. I continue to aspire to be the best yoga instructor I can be, that much I know. It is my dharma, the little grasshopper that I am. Yet with my scientific training, plus years as a yoga practitioner/teacher plus training at PMI, I really hope that I will morph into a knowledgeable bodywork educator. I want to excel at it!
Ok, time to take the Basenjis on a walk – it i a gorgeous day. Then I need to focus on this stupid presentation and do my homework assignment for physics. Yipee.
I really had fun leading class this morning – and am thrilled to say I’ll be teaching the noon Tues and Thurs classes starting next week. Incredibly grateful, it is a lovely studio with dedicated/kind students. I am SO EXCITED!
Here arre a few pictures of the studio ( a little dark with the blinds drawn, but warm and inviting, trust me!)
Came home to two Basenjis terrified to go out in the yard. We are having a privacy stucco wall built and the first step yesterday was pouring a concrete footing/bringing in cinderblocks. Pups were not allowed outdoors during the process. Today I could let them roam free but BOY they were reluctant with all these cinderblocks/new smells.. Eventually they warmed up and ran around but i don’t really blame them, it really is messed up out there right now!
It is a MESS right now, especially a we had a major downpour yesterday late aftenoon :(.
But like everything, it is worth it in the end. The Basenjis will be able to run down stairs from the house in order to chase rabbits/quail. I won’t have to slide down sand inclines to enjoy the lower yard. (the Basenjis are far less bothered than this Biped. 🙂