During the first module of our teacher training, my co-trainees and I had a pretty long discussion about one of the most useful poses ever: the pose for a photo. Haha We were goofing around with my camera and all the shots that whoever took for that day captured me looking significantly slimmer than I really am. Seriously.
I explained that it was all about angles and the way you tilt yourself to the camera. I cued them into moving into a good position for a photo and viola, beautiful photographs! Before long, we called it the Riasana. Haha More »
Last night it hit me that I had just crossed the two year mark from the first day I stepped on the mat. Funny how I thought it would be a date I would never forget, but for some reason, I didn’t realize it until two days later. My body, however, celebrated the milestone even if cognitively I did not realize it until after it had happened. On the afternoon of the 20th, two years to the day my yoga journey began, I set myself up in one of my most favorite poses, urdvha dhanurasana (or wheel) and challenged the kids I was teaching to try lifting their leg up for eka pada urdvha dhanurasana, or one legged wheel pose. It was something I had longed to be able to do for the longest time. I said, as I tried to demonstrate it, that I can’t get my leg up yet but maybe you can. As I said those words, my leg just shot up. OMG.
I left the class without really giving much thought to what had just happened. I was glad about it, for sure, but it was just another pose, right? Two days later, I was hanging out with a friend and asked her to take a photo of my latest new favorite pose. As I got ready to Instagram it, the date hit me And so yes, I may have forgotten my yoga birthday, but my body didn’t. And it gave me a gift that day
It’s amazing how far this practice has taken me. Sometimes I feel like I just started yesterday, other days I feel like it’s been forever ago. Nonetheless for each and every step that I have taken, I am grateful.
The past two weeks have been quite trying on the home, what with needing to consider issues surrounding my second four-legged son. Joe, my one and a half year old Lab-Rottweiler mix, has been getting in to trouble lately because of his overprotective and aggressive nature. Because he is a quite nervous and anxious dog, when people come to the house, he really gets agitated. He growls and barks like all hell has broken loose. When he was little, it wasn’t too frightening, but now that he’s bigger, I will admit that he does look scary. He is a large dog, after all. He never really connected to other people, besides me and our helpers. It takes a lot of time for him to feel comfortable with others, but over time, he does form these bonds, especially to those who are kind to him. It is hard to be kind to him though, because, well, he can be unlikable. Anyway, because of these problems, I made a choice to work on giving him the attention and training he needs so as to help him adjust to home life better. It may have come a little late, considering that he is over a year old, but I wanted to give him the best possible options. Anyway, I am digressing a bit. What I was getting at is that because of the tensions of the past two weeks, I haven’t really been able to give my yoga practice the attention it deserves. I did still get to practice daily, but often times those were quick self-practices, mainly sun salutations and some heart opening poses but not really a full practice, so to speak. Yesterday, I finally got to attend class again in Beyond Yoga and it was lovely. More »
I haven’t finished reading Bo Forbes’ book on Yoga and Emotional Balance, but because Sarah Powers is coming this February, I thought it best to pause from the first book and pick this one first In any case, both Sarah Powers and Bo Forbes seem to be quite inspirational teachers and I am looking forward to learning from them both Will post a review of this book when I am done
Yesterday after my kids yoga class, one of the parents asked me whether she should try AntiGravity Yoga. She was worried she might not be able to do the poses or have a hard time because she gets motion sickness from time to time. My advice for her was: if you do decide to give it a try, do inform the teacher before class about your concerns and he/she will make sure to give you the best possible experience. Granted that some conditions, such as glaucoma, are contraindicated in the practice, it is generally safe. I am not an AGY instructor, so I cannot give complete details. One thing I know for sure is that it sure is worth giving it a try at the very least For those concerned about whether or not the hammock is strong enough to hold their weight, I was told that the fabric and the special riggings (I don’t know what exactly it is made of. It looks like two very strong and large u bolts mounted on the ceiling that hold the daisy chains where the hammock is hooked) can hold up to a thousand pounds each. The weight of a baby elephant, I was told! Also, ALL AGY teachers are duly certified by master teachers from the AGY headquarters (the first batch of teachers being trained under creator Christopher Harrison no less). They have to undergo rigorous training and apprenticeship hours before earning their certificates. So yeah, give it a try. I’m almost sure you’ll fall in love with first flight