Spring on the Way!

Yesterday I took my first photos with the Sandia range backdrop in forever.  The Range is incredibly beautiful and inspiring.  It has been so f-ing cold I haven’t wanted to practice  asana out there!

“Heading to work.”

I guess it is not just being cold outside.  My practice is rather rusty. I love my job but at the end of the day I’m pooped!

I need to get on my mat far more than the time I’m currently devoting to it .  My asana is energizing.  I *know* I pep up and have increased clarity when I commit to it.  I hope with the return of spring that I will feel compelled to routinely practice.

 

 

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.

 

More on Trust Issues

I have been having so much fun messing around with Duo Yoga with my husband.  We have only just begun – and it would be a lot easier on my base if I would just have faith and relax.  We’ve still got to get smooth on a basic fly, but why not shoot for the stars and trying something else to dream about?

I share this knowing that we will be doing this pose again and pretty sure it will be a lot smoother.  This is one of the reasons I love my yoga photography.  Seeing what’s going on from the sidelines offers much to learn.  Stills are great – but can impart a false sense that I know what I am doing. I think that this proves otherwise.

One thing is clear – I gotta learn to trust in my base.  He is a whole lot steadier than I, in so many ways.  I hope I don’t crush his skull .

Potential end of Writer’s Block?

I *really* want to rearrange my blog.  I want to share my yoga pictures but i also want to provide a format for general info about yoga.  And Basenjis.  And New Mexico.  But I find that overwhelming, so I tend to just share pictures about what I’m up to and thinking about. Admittedly rather superficial!  Hopefully now that I can look at computer screens for more than a few minutes I will start to chip away and “church it up”, so to speak.

Five weeks of eye b.s. has pretty much up-ended my life.  It was simply terrifying to consider permanent loss of my vision.  It was really head-trippy to witness what I could see, it was like being on a hallucinogen without it wearing off…. It was very relieving when my vision started to improve….  But finding myself suddenly unemployed has definitely stung.  I understand, I really do, but holy heck it stings.  They couldn’t wait for me to come back to work when I had no idea when/whether  I could do so.  I’m relieved  that a few days ago I retrieved my state license, my belongings, turned in my key, and hugged many of my beloved co-workers.  Chapter officially closed.  Time to move on.  Glad I didn’t cry because Harlan accompanied me and he is my anchor..  After saying my good-byes we went and saw The Black Panther (big time recommendation). Great diversion.  The characters were all so bad-ass.

My vision is still fucked up in my left eye, but each day brings some improvement,.  It’s frustrating that my gains now are not nearly as marked as previous weeks.  Scares me but the eye doc assured me that it was going to be a long recuperation which might not be fully complete.  Thankfully I have been given the go-ahead to drive, work, and do my headstands.  Life is good.!

In retrospect, the Santa Fe job wasn’t the best fit anyways.  i really enjoyed my co-workers but the commute was simply an emotional drain.  No time for self-care at the end or the beginning of the day for the entire work week.  I love caring for others but we do need to find time for self-care.  I didn’t have the time to hydrate, eat, nor even go to the bathroom during my shifts.  That rather sucked. I’ not super surprised I had 2 UTIs and optic neuritis during my SF stint  The Gods Spoke that it wasn’t gonna happen and I’ve no choice but to move on

Ideally my new job will welcome my belief of appropriate yoga exercises coupled with therapeutic exercises personally designed for a given patient’s functional goals and always within their specific plan of care.  I don’t personally believe in modalities and I know I’m not alone.  I also yearn for a situation where I could continue to teach yoga with clients interested in doing so post PT discharge, with knowledge of any limitations they may still have.   I couldn’t do that in SF, since i don’t teach there.  But in RR/ABQ I could certainly offer such services.

In the interim, I know I need to take advantage of the extra time I have to get on my yoga mat.  I’ve definitely done more, but I really want to make it a daily event while I can.  I am sub teaching his morning, which is always my best motivation to go.  🙂

So here are a few pictures of Harlan and I dabbling in some Partner Yoga. super glad that we’ve started to practice together.  I’ll mull how to church the site up, but I first need to focus on getting my day underway and to walk my minions before I’m off to teach! And a few pictures of my Basenji Pile.

 

 

 

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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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!!!

 

 

 

Time Sure Flies.

Happy 2018 All.  I send the most warmest of wishes to cyberspace to my family, friends, other earthlings, and out to the Cosmos.  Wow!  2018….

I am inspired to get going on the Bucket List (and to clean my house) as time is clearly marching on at a rapid pace.

I have had such a lovely long weekend.  Filled with quality time with my family, friends, and some **much** needed time on my yoga mat.  I love my job as a Physical Therapist Assistant, but it bites into my Yoga Mode and all that that entails. I yearn to find a balance between my two worlds and be the best teacher/educator/clinician that I can be.  I know this is possible, it just takes time and a willingness to work hard for my dreams to manifest.  A cherry on the top of this dream sundae would be financially independence.

I plan to sit down and work on my 2018 Bucket List, and maybe to share it once I’ve given in some deep thought.  But I also want to attack my closet for awhile, because I know many treasures lie within its confines.  I’ve been threatening to do this for some time.  I’ve been in purge mode for a few days now and I don’t want to lose my momentum!

But I’ve got some pictures I just have to share from Vivify this weekend.  My husband and I have started practicing together, and I am ever so pleased!  Baby steps have been made in duo yoga and I have high hopes for what we will learn as we develop trust and have fun with it.  And I’ll have to stop being a chicken 🙂 🙂 🙂

Namaste

And maybe, just maybe, I’ll take on my fears of Blitz the Monster….. This could the the Year of Adrenaline and Adventure!!!

Merry X-mas All!!!!

We had the most lovely couple of days in Santa Fe.  I tried to post the pictures but the casita we stayed at offered internet that moved at glacial speed.  So here are the pictures.

If you look really close – I’m asana-ing under this charming purple tree – which was particularly striking when lit up at night.

We strolled the Plaza, which has absolutely incredible shops.  I did score on a purchase of a belt of epic sparkly-ness for 50$.  I just *Had* to have it and *MUST WEAR*.  And marveled at this Church. I even had to peek in.  The cathedral was amazing but I did not dare take a photo as the kiddos were preparing for their traditional Nativity Scene.  Adorable kiddos.

We also snuck up to a frightening dragon ( 🙂  ). It was really neat.  People come up with the most fantastic pieces.

We will definitely explore this very unique town that is not that far away from Rio Rancho.  Sure wish it was a heck of a lot closer however.  The commute of an hour does get cumbersome.  It is an hour – so 2 hr of my day is spent on I-25. Not so sure about doing said commute and feel I should contemplate convenient options,,,,,,Which is a bummer as I love working at Therapy Solutions.

I am super bummed that I’ve put on some weight again.  My commute is chewing up all my free time – and I’ve getting on my mat not nearly enough.  I’m on my feet all day, which I like in a job but it isn’t an aerobic.  I know a healthier lifestyle would get me back ship shape.

Namaste

Santa Fe Adventure

Although I’ve been driving to Santa Fe on the reg since I started working at Therapy Solutions.  But I pretty much drive to work and then head home to Rio Rancho.  So I know how to get the clinics, Meow Wolf, and Trader Joe’s.

But tonight is the TS holiday party and Harlan and I decided to take this as an opportunity to stay a couple of nights and to start to explore SF.  It is a delightful little town and we are def going to check out the Plaza and some art galleries before the party. Hooray!

I am betting that I’ll be doing some yoga photography later today. 🙂