I’m in love with my car

(To quote Queen)

 

 

I’ve always formed a special relationship with my cars.  Except the Tercel, I was stupid enough to buy a car with no A/C.  But every other car I’ve had was pretty awesome.  I’m currently driving a VW GTI. Her name’s Silver Sparkles (or Sparks for short).

I have been remiss in writing in my blog of late.  Mostly it is just that I am really busy.  Writer’s Block is to blame as well.  It’s cathartic to send thoughts into cyberspace. But I wish my blog was much substantive. I’ve resolved to quit WordPress if I don’t get back to using it . It’s money down the sink.

My physical yoga practice is suffering a lot currently.  I teach 3 classes now, which I love dearly.  But I took a class a few days ago and couldn’t recall when I had personally taken a class.  It was a great class.  I know I need to take a class on the regular.  One’s yoga teaching becomes stale if one has no personal practice.  So I’ve got to figure this out. I feel so much better emotionally and physically.

My teaching style is baffling me these days. Becoming a PTA, becoming intrigued with Fascia and Yin Yoga. Listening to J.Brown Yoga talks as well (this Podcast is the best). But I’ve realized there are so many things I’ve said and done in my classes over the years.  I wish I could go back in time and edit them!

So I’m in a weird transition of sorts as I sort out all the new information I’ve been taking in.  I love working in an Outpatient Orthopedic PT clinic. I have worked with some really cool people and to watch their transformation as they recover.  It’s awesome.  It is as rewarding as witnessing my students transform.  I have so much to learn about Physical Therapy and my 8-limbed tree.  How to un-baffle? How to become great at both my careers?IMG_8832

Can’t wait to teach my 9:30/12:30 classes today.  On that note, it has been fun to send off a missive.

Getting Old Blows

Of course, the option to getting old is a bummer too.

Been fighting insomnia again.  Shoulder pain pretty consistently wakes me up around 3 am.  Once ya get it a weird sleep cycle, it is hard to break. I lay in bed, overwhelmed by all the things that I’d like to be doing.  So I get up, do a few chores functioning like a zombie.

Thank God for my yoga practice. I might be a zombie now, but after I finish my thrash on writing this and send it to cyberspace, I’m gonna do me a little Yin.  Mid-morning I will  take a hot yoga class.  I’ll rally and I’ll have a great day.  Hopefully I will officially clinch a PTA position today. We’re in negotiations right now. I really want this job and the wait is rather interminable.

I’ve embarked on furthering my Yin practice/teaching.  I am largely self-taught as a Yin teacher.  My formal training is in Raja-style yoga, which is quite athletic and decidedly Yang.  I taught a Yin sequence back in my Ashram days that is heavily influenced by Brian Kest’s take on Yin Yoga.  I’ve read books by Bernie Clark and Paul Grilley which have further deepened my understanding of Yin.

I find learning from Bernie in video forum is far deeper than reading a book.  He possesses great wisdom and humor.  His suggestions on props and pose modifications are fantastic.  I love to stretch,  But being quite bendy I have to go pretty deep in most poses in order to feel the target stresses.  So it is super important that I learn to modify for a given student.  I want to be the best freaking Yin teacher that I can be!

Bernie also holds poses incredibly long.  I have my students hold most poses for a minute or so. A few for 3-5 minutes.  But Bernie holds for about 5 min and the experience becomes extremely intense.  I want to scream sometimes.  One must also release fro a pose extremely slowly to let tissues safely rebound.  Time is far more important than depth. The wisdom Bernie is imparting has already affected my own teaching style and I’m sure this will continue to be the case.

With that being said, I’m gonna do me some studying!

P.S.  Harlan and I continue to play with duo yoga and boy is it fun. 🙂 I am enormously grateful that we are starting to geek out and have a lot of fun

We’ve been looking at more pictures of basic duo poses.  Geeking out a bit, actually.  It is a lot of fun.

 

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.  🙂

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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

 

On The Road Again

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

I miss inversions

I miss driving too.

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.

Namaste and Blessings, T.

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Crabby!!!

Things that currently piss me off (in random order)

  • The sound of Shot-Clocks and Squeaking Tennis Shoes.  (which will become more relevant in very near future, holy hell….)
  • Having to chose between walking dogs and going to yoga this morning (of course the annoyingly cute Basenjis won out)
  • Missing house keys – that turn up on someone else.  Case of mistaken identity.  It happens.  I recognize I should shut the F*ck up and be grateful that they were found after an hour of looking (which gets back to why no yoga class today).
  • Being reliant on other people for transportation.  I feel so !#$!@$!@$ helpless.  I live in the !@#@$# sticks, so public transportation is not an option.  Walking on back roads with 50 mph speed limit seems unwise and unpleasant.
  • Walgreen’s.  I don’t trust their automated line for a second anymore, so I waited for 23 minutes listening to their dreadful on-hold music loop of 15 seconds.  Ears are still ringing.  Was I a really bad person in a previous life or something?
  • The necessity to find a new PTA job thanks to stupid neuritis.

 

What I am GLAD about is that WordPress seems willing to let me post pictures today.  After several days of failed attempts.  I was almost prepared to cancel my subscription.  But for whatever reason, the CyberGods smile upon me.

So I will leave my bitchfest there, for now.  I have someone willing to take me to Walgreen’s.  I will try and remember that mine is a charmed life.

Namaste.

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Yin Yoga

I’m teaching Yin at 4 pm today at Vivify and I’m trying to get mentally prepared. I have a lot of studying that I’d like to be doing regarding Yin Yoga.  The problem is, life is getting in my way.  I’ve been on a major cleaning purge, so shredding documents from 10 years ago seems necessary to tackle right now.

My shredder has over-heated so I thought I’d pen a thought or two and share a few pictures, of course.

I came across of these 4 Tenets of Yin in a Yoga Journal Article.  There are so many more, IMHO, and but I agree wholeheartedly with them.

  • Find an appropriate edge
  • Be still
  • Hold for awhile
  • release with care

I am trying to come up with a new flyer for my Yin classes.  And a new business card.  I have so many pictures to sort through, debating on bullet points I want to make regarding both.  It seems easier to just shred 10 year old documents. Which I want to get back to, I believe my machine has cooled sufficiently to finish said task.  Then I will turn my focus to changing into my yoga togs and contemplating what poses I’d like to possibly do. I never really know where the sequence will go.  My Yin is pretty much a Vibe-style Yin and I try to consider who is there, not be married to some sort of sequence.  So time to get going!

I have discovered the beauty of parallel bars at work. I look forward to playing with them again this coming week!

Namaste