Messing with WordPress Themes

I made the mistake of trying a new one. Now my page bar is missing. I wish I knew how to make side-bars, know what the fuck a wigdget anyway, etc.  I could go on and on about my computer ability wish-list…. I am bad at this stuff. I certainly never read manuals.  But I might contact tech support and see if they can help me because I am really lame and this site isn’t cheap.  I want to church it up dammit!

But hey, I try to be at peace with the fact that we all have our strengths and weaknesses.  It is getting easier to say that I’m a pretty damn good yoga instructor!!! I know that I change lives and that my students change me.  I am now a Physical Therapist Assistant!!! I am so excited to see where my associate degree will lead.

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CRABBY!!!

It seems that every time I get something off the to-do list these days, 6 other things jump to the top of the list.  Today, I was going to walk the pooches and then go study for a few hours without any distractions.

Instead, while on the walk, I innocently reached down to help little Lucien with a leash tangle,  when my phone fell out of my pocket.  Crunch crackle crackle goes the phone screen.  In the midst of soft sand, the one long rock has destroyed my screen. Hooray.  I have officially blown 100$ and off the Apple Store.  ARGHHHHHH.

I **know **there are far worse things that I could be enduring.  I really know that.  But I was hoping to be productive.  Was super grumpy, until I realized that during the hour I wait for it to be fixed, I can have a yummy salad at California Pizza Kitchen and do a little shopping.  ABQ Uptown is NOT Bellevue Square, not by a long shot…. But it a gorgeous day here in ABQ and I don’t need a climate controlled environment.

I have been meaning to share my farewell picture to Sassy Scarlett the Prius – to Silver Sparkle Fairy VW GTI – “Sparkles” for short.  This happened just a few days ago, this very big transition to my Baby, who transported me for 100K miles, with only one breakdown.  My stealth-mobile.  My Gas conscious vehicle….. Bye Scarlett. I will miss you, but I am sort of in love with Sparkles the GTI.

 

Happy Easter

My kids are grown now  – so there won’t be any egg hunts here.  It is making me sentimental for how much fun we used to have with EE hunts.  My kids were incredibly good at finding them!  I’d hide them in the most obscurest of places, but they rarely missed a single one.  I wish I could go back in time today and play that game with them.

But we all know dwelling on the past is just asking for some suffering.  I’ll do my best to remember those awesome times and just be grateful that they happened.

Totally unrelated, but time to change my mindset.  It is time to part with Scarlett the Prius and get a new car!  My beloved 2010 Scarlett just hit 100K and I graduated from Pima. So I get to get a new car.  Pretty sure it will be a silver VW GTI. I bet I will love it, but I will probably cry when I trade in my Scarlett.

Last firefly with my girl.

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Day 15 of #vivifyactiveapril- Firefly!!!

Tittibhasana – Firefly (Insect) Pose

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This pose is an incredible hip opener and wrist strengthener. Plus it is simply fun – if you let your ego go. It is an advanced pose, and as such, don’t expect to rock it straightaway, it is likely to require some diligence and practice. Poses that take some time to sort out can be the most empowering and gratifying.

I recommend a bit of time in malasana or in seated straddle stretch to open the hips prior to firefly. A lot of students find this pose to be more challenging on their tight wrists – so give your wrists some attention first too!

  • Bring feet wider than hip-width apart, with toes dialing outward. Bend the knees and slowly lower pelvis toward ground, while placing hands behind your feet, fingers facing forward and spread wide.
  • Hug your thighs toward mid-line around your arms as you bend your elbows to create a shelf for the backs of your thighs. Think of drawing your upper and lower body together as you straighten your knees.
  • An advancement is to continue to draw your upper and lower body together while straightening the elbows and lowering/hovering your buns above the ground.
  • Continue to hug your thighs around your arms and breathe! You are likely to wear you out pretty quickly if you are new to Firefly. Just keep at it!

Remember that if you fall on your butt, it isn’t going to hurt. It is more likely to make you laugh and that is a GOOD THING!

This pose is an incredible hip opener and wrist strengthener. Plus it is simply fun – if you let your ego go. It is an advanced pose, and as such, don’t expect to rock it straightaway, it is likely to require some diligence and practice. Poses that take some time to sort out can be the most empowering and gratifying.

I recommend a bit of time in malasana or in seated straddle stretch to open the hips prior to firefly. A lot of students find this pose to be more challenging on their tight wrists – so give your wrists some attention first too!

  • Bring feet wider than hip-width apart, with toes dialing outward. Bend the knees and slowly lower pelvis toward ground, while placing hands behind your feet, fingers facing forward and spread wide.
  • Hug your thighs toward mid-line around your arms as you bend your elbows to create a shelf for the backs of your thighs. Think of drawing your upper and lower body together as you straighten your knees.
  • An advancement is to continue to draw your upper and lower body together while straightening the elbows and lowering/hovering your buns above the ground.
  • Continue to hug your thighs around your arms and breathe! You are likely to wear you out pretty quickly if you are new to Firefly. Just keep at it!

Remember that if you fall on your butt, it isn’t going to hurt. It is more likely to make you laugh and that is a GOOD THING!

 

 

WHEW. THIS IS IS IT.

Today is the day. One one more practice test then I am a free bird. I can say that I am a PTA, not a student PTA.  The pressure of school is more or less off now; I already completed the requirement of passing one practice exam.   But we take a second one today and I sure want to perform better! But I am not full of dread today, like I was Monday morning. My soul has some emotional healing to do, but I’m betting my yoga mat can accelerate the process.  
Speaking of yoga, today is my day to be the studio rep for our #vivifyactiveapril challenge at Vivify.  Malasana.  Here are some of the shots that I took.  And the benefits of this pose.

Malasana (Garland Pose)

Benefits of Malasana

  • Powerful grounding and calming pose
  • Effective hip/groin opener
  • Promotes pelvic and hip joint health
  • Excellent for digestion/tones abdominals
  • Promotes flexibility in lower extremity joints and neutral spine
  • Ideal prenatal yoga posture

Western existence involves a lot of sitting in chairs – and our bodies suffer in a myriad of ways. Recognize that Garland pose is a common resting posture elsewhere!

How:

  • Bring feet to the outer edges of the yoga mat, with toes pointing outward
  • Slowly bend separated knees, descending pelvis to the ground, while pressing heels to the floor
  • Bring hands to heart center and use your elbows to gently separate the knees

It’s quite common for the heels to lift off the floor in Malasana. In this case, bring the earth to meet your beautiful body by placing a towel roll under the heels. As always, be patient, honor YOUR body, and let the journey unfold in due time.

Contraindications are low back or knee injuries.

Baddha konasana offers many benefits with less stress on the knee joints.

Ok, back to my PTA musings.
I am determined to stay on track to study study study in order to kick it on the real boards in July. I will continue to take lots of practice tests until then to be sure!  But I won’t have to wear that dratted polo shirt and chinos any more.   I dislike polo shirts( (and being told what to wear)  Yoga pants and jeans suit me and I hate being told what to do.   I won’t have to drive to ABQ every day in order to sit in a classroom all afternoon.  I do much better at Starbucks on the library.  (I am totally willing to drive to ABQ if that is where I find an awesome PT outpatient clinic to work at).
I’m very excited that I will have more time to get on my yoga mat and hopefully beef up my teaching schedule while I prepare for the boards.  My instructors have emphasized that a part-time job is the best thing for us to do until July and I agree.  I’ll start looking next week. It would be really cool to alternatively find some clients interested in private or semi-private yoga classes.  I need to make some bank somehow!’
 

Back to Life, Live.

I’ve been emotionally slammed this past 7 weeks.  The Externship was a great learning experience, but overall…. so depressing.  This past week…. Felt like shit from a head cold. I had to give my in-service, I broadened my PTA experiences into Wound Care.  I’m not squeamish, but to hear people scream with dressing changes plus seeing decaying human flesh…. It was really hard to start that right away in the morning, take a full caseload of some complex cases while feeling nauseated….. I felt like a shell of myself as I walked out the doors for the last time.

I wanted to feel elated, but I didn’t get stellar ratings on every category i was being evaluated upon.  Almost entry level, but just a little shy.  I should focus on that I am deemed entry level for the majority of the categories.  But I gave it my all, and really felt under the circumstances that I deserved all Entry Level.  Whatever.  A fews of sleep has helped me process.

  1. I’m not meant to work in a SNF, retirement center (but I could totally see learning more about geriatric yoga, teaching a class gratis at a senior citizen’s center at some point.
  2. I need an environment that is far quieter if I am to flourish. I could hardly think sometimes, with all the chaos around me.
  3. I would prefer to never live in the Pac NW full-time again in this lifetime.  I can’t deal with the relentless gloom and drizzle. I need my NM Sun.

That being said, I sure have enjoyed being around friends, family, big pine trees, and Lake Washington.  Tonight, gonna hang with bestie Downtown Seattle, which I haven’t done in years. I’m sure it will be a blast.

Last trip to Juanita Beach