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A different kind of yoga

I went on a trip and while I was gone, I got injured.  I think I am going to be fine, but I must say doing yoga is different with an injury.

As I design classes, they may even be harder because there is less variety in the poses as I avoid whole body parts.  That focuses the work on the other body parts in a way that has my students giving me the stink eye.  I am used to the yoga teacher stink eye, so no worries.  But still.

One thing yoga is supposed to do as you go along through the years is get deeper and more internal.

Yoga brain

One of the fun things about working out with yoga is that afterward, you feel sort of... better.  There is a certain lightness and a feeling of bliss that sometimes accompanies the end of Savasana (Corpse Pose) and that final "Om".

In that few minutes of waking up from yoga practice, there is a lot of socializing that happens in the class.  People become friends at yoga and we want to talk and tell each other the news or just some yoga insights we have had. And yet, we have this yoga brain.

Music and animals

Just a disclaimer: this post has not a thing to do with yoga or meditation or massage. 

Among many other things, I pet sit.  I am pet sitting this week and I adore these animals.  They really like people, which is a pleasure.

I did not expect to find myself with a new band, though.

I just heard the beautiful song by Patti Casey, "It all comes down"


and I have been singing it all week long.  I was singing along with the acapella band and just belting it out for all I was worth a few days ago.

Yoga and the creative aspect of life

I have been noticing the ways in my life I have become more reliable since starting yoga.  I notice emotionally I am more available and vulnerable.  I notice I am better able to keep a steady pace with the rhythm of my life, instead of rushing around all the time as I did for years.  And I notice that I find it easier to be creative.

I spend a little bit of time every day writing or taking pictures or making something.  Mostly for me it is writing.  Sometimes it is just cooking and nothing else.

Women and Yoga

One thing I love about yoga is how it introduced me to my own strength.  I was in teacher training to be a yoga teacher and we were working on handstands.  I had been doing about 15 hours a week of yoga and yoga related activities for several months, so I was stronger physically than I had ever been in my life.  

I was at the wall, practicing handstand and I felt like I could stay there indefinitely.  As I was upside down there, for the first time in my life, I felt my own strength.

Little Things

One of the ways yoga and meditation and massage could be described would be that they are all conscious cultivation of a better relationship with your own nervous system. 

Get on your yoga mat, you will sweat and breathe and move and align your nervous system in that hour.  Sit on your meditation cushion and you will close your eyes and breathe and still your focus inside your own body at your center point for that hour.  Get on the massage table and you will relax and release hormones that are aimed at feeling better and repairing your system as a whole.

What Yoga Has Taught Me About Making Art

Today's guest post is from Lucy Curtis... The Amazing Lucy Curtis!  Lucy is a yoga teacher at the 500 hour level (an advanced certification).  She is a groovy DJ and she makes her yoga classes fascinating through the use of storytelling.  When I have attended Lucy's yoga classes, I have always learned some new things about the ancient roots of yoga and I have always laughed because of the way she phrases things.  I remember one time she told the class to hold our hands in front of our chests as if we were "holding something amazing in them, like a library card!

On the Passing of Robin Williams

Now that man spread a lot of light while he was here on earth.

I have laughed so hard at things Robin Williams said that I have had water come out my nose.  He made the Vietnam war a topic that could be approached through his healing gift of comedy and his great love for humanity.

He did some amazing things with the spotlight he had on his life.  Having a spotlight on your life all the time cannot be fun or easy. 

I do not know what his mental health status was.  But he seems bipolar to me.

Comments on this blog

Every time I get a comment on my blog, the website service sends me an email excitedly announcing that I have a comment on my blog.  And almost every time, I rush to see what someone wrote in response to my deep (or not so deep) thoughts about yoga or meditation or massage or just making the world a better place to live. And almost every time, I get to the comment and it is just some spam post from Russia or China trying to sell watches or to promote weight loss or maybe I do not even know what it says because it is written in a foreign language and I do not even know which one.

Yoga and Astrology

I sometimes get into astrology.  Every ten years or so, I start reexamining it.  This is one of those years. 

A week or two ago, I pulled up my natal chart showing the position of the planets in the sky overhead the moment I was born. There were the same patterns I have seen so many times in my life.  I got a book on the houses and I started reading about the placement of the planets in my chart.

One thing that was fascinating to me was that my chart said that a key elder would appear to me and help to guide me to become the person I want to be.
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