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Yin Yoga

Monday, July 12, 2010

After an incredibly active weekend with 10 hours of Anusara yoga (very physical, taxing on body and brain as you work to inward spiral and pull back your thighs while outward spiraling and pulling your shins together while rooting down from your waist, lengthening your side body while putting your shoulder blades on your back to puff up your heart... all this before you even begin a pose), teaching yin yoga this morning was a blessing to me and my back. In yin all the poses are seated or supine and meant to stretch the connective tissue not the muscles. The poses are held for three to five minutes. Even so i did find myself adding some strategies from the weekend to the descriptions of the poses. I love teaching yin because everyone feels challenged and yet completely serene at the end. Try it sometime.

  
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KKLENNERT809 7/12/2010 8:49PM

    I would love to try it, I practice yoga but have not tried that kind.

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MOMOFEZRA 7/12/2010 8:47PM

    I love yin yoga, it's so soothing!

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RISSASPIECES 7/12/2010 8:15PM

    I am so lucky that I started my true yoga adventure at an Anusara studio. Inner and outer spiral are second nature to me. :-) I always pay attention to kidney loop too! LOL

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/12/2010 8:06PM

    I would love to try it, but am not sure of the style of yoga that is taught here in my town. It sounds like just what I need.
Hugs, Leslie

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JEN-TINK1 7/12/2010 7:48PM

    That is cool!

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Yoga Weekend

Sunday, July 11, 2010

When I signed up for the weekend of yoga with Desiree Rimbaugh, I noticed that each of the four sessions were 2. 5 hours long I figured, well, since these are called workshops, there would be a combination of instruction, discussion and practice. I would guess that practice took up 90-95% of the time That means I did close to 9-9.5 hours of yoga between Friday evening and Sunday morning It was work, hard work at times, almost always challenging. I am so glad I did it, but I am still integrating into my mind, body and spirit exactly all that I did and how it affected me and my practice. I am looking forward to teaching my quiet yin class tomorrow.

  
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LESLIEJEAN43 7/11/2010 7:15PM

    Sounds like a busy weekend, filled with yoga! I"m glad you're glad you did it!!
Enjoy your quiet class tomorrow.
Hugs, Leslie

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/11/2010 5:26PM

    Sounds like a yoga-filled weekend to me. Although challenging, it must have been a wonderful learning experience!

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HUGS
Pam

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Fear about something I love.

Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I love yoga. That's important to know. In fact this weekend I will be doing 10 hours of yoga. A nationally known teacher is coming to town to do 4 workshops 2 1/2 hrs. each- on on Friday evening, two on Saturday and one Sunday morning.
The titles are
Shift Happens: Hip Openers for all levels,
Love is Stronger than Fear: Standing Poses & Backbends, (this is the one I'm fearful about... I haven't figured out how to trust myself enough to let go.)
We are Part of Something Bigger: Forward Bends, Twists, & Pranayama(breath work),
Yoga Therapy: Everyday Miracles for all levels

I will blog about my experience on Sunday.

  
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2BHEALTHY46 7/9/2010 11:39PM

    Work to your edge. You may be surprised with your results!

Fran

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/8/2010 6:45PM

    Sounds like a wonderful way to spend the weekend! I'll be looking forward to hearing about it afterwards.

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LIVNFITNHAPPY 7/7/2010 6:13PM

    Wow! I could use some of all of those! Have a great weekend. I LOVE yoga too. Thanks for stopping by my Blog. :) Janet

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JEN-TINK1 7/6/2010 11:25PM

    I need some of that!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/6/2010 10:41PM

    Sounds GREAT! Let us know how all of this turns out for you. I would love to be there with you!
HUGS
Pam

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LINDABEAR3 7/6/2010 9:16PM

    I admire you for being able to do all that. whoo Hoo to you.

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Oh, how quickly it disappers

Saturday, July 03, 2010

I haven't been on my bike for two weeks since my DH took a spill and dislocated his ring finger. I had been away from it for a couple weeks before that. Did a little stationary bike last week, but it's not the same as being outside.
I have some usual routes I take and although it was in the 80's, I didn't expect the ride to tire me as much as it did. I am still sitting here in the AC sweating. What surprised was that my arms got sore. I ride a recumbent bike and my hands are slightly below shoulder level with my elbows slightly bent. I assume I will recover quickly and I need to get out more often.

  
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WORKOUTWITHPAM 7/4/2010 8:06AM

    Glad to hear that you are 'back on the bike' again. I hope your soreness goes away really soon!

HUGS
Pam

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/3/2010 6:49PM

    I'm surprised too that your arms got so sore, but, I do hope you recover quickly, and 'getting back in the saddle' sounds like what you need!


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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/3/2010 4:34PM

    I got rid of my bike just last summer. It was an old style 10-speed that I had really never mastered. So you're the second person today that has mentioned biking. Is Someone trying to tell me something. At this point it would be an expensive whim.

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Yoga for body and soul

Thursday, July 01, 2010

I hated exercise. I never found any physical activity I could do that I was any good at. I always felt awkward and unable to make my body do what I wanted. (Except swimming which was hard to do often growing up in a cold Midwestern state.) So for over 55 years I lived in my head, quite successfully I might say... graduating with honors and getting a MS for an Ivy League school. Eventually this behavior and a broken leg (from an awkward fall) led to a weight gain of 65 lbs. It took a long time to get to the place where I was ready to accept that weight loss for me had to be accompanied by exercise. So I used the bikes and machines at a weight loss center. But still didn't like it.... it was as if it were a bitter pill I had to swallow to get better.
Then I went to my first yoga class.... as the suggest of my massage therapist. I fell in love. Here was a physical activity that was not competitive, where perfection wasn't expected. where doing what you could at the time you were in class was what you were supposed to do. I begin to enjoy the classes and enjoy knowing where my body was in space and best of all reconnecting my brain and body.
All this hit me today in an anusara class where I am working to better my teaching skills. Yes, I loved yoga so much, that I completed the work to be a certified yoga instructor through the Yoga Alliance. Next week I will be doing 10 hours of continuing education trying some scary poses for me.... I can't wait.

  
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JEN-TINK1 7/3/2010 9:40PM

    I need to learn how to do yoga. living in my head
is the easy part for me. It's the relaxing
part I have a problem with.

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SHANTISHANTI 7/3/2010 4:25PM

    I also fell in love with yoga at my first class. Five years ago I completed my yoga teacher training at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health in Stockbridge, MA and became a certified yoga instructor. I actually left home for a month to live in what used to be an ashram. The peace, serenity, and love just radiated from the earth I walked on. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life. I can't wait to hear about your "scary poses" experience. Enjoy.

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WEBBIE7 7/3/2010 3:20PM

  Congratulations! I'm interested in doing yoga... would you recommend anything for a beginner to get started?

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LESLIEJEAN43 7/2/2010 12:38AM

    Good for you, Carol! I am planning to restart a yoga practice this month. I haven't done any for over 5 years.
Hugs, Leslie

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EPIPHANYANGEL 7/1/2010 5:40PM

    emoticonI've recently started doing yoga, still finding some of the moves difficult, but I'm loving it. emoticon

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LAURA9021 7/1/2010 3:43PM

  Congratulations on becoming a certified instructor! emoticon
I love yoga too, it is so relaxing, I really need to find time to do it, it has been a while. Way back when, in high school I took a class with a friend and the instructor had us so relaxed at the end we would fall asleep! emoticon

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