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Showing posts from May, 2016

May 24 Restore

My brain is fried. This blog post will be pictures taken in the past few months, that have inspired me.  Tapping into my inner photographer.

The Breath
Lions Breath (Simhasana)
Sit comfortably either in Sukhasana (Easy Seat) or on your heels. Take a deep inhalation through the nose. Then simultaneously open your mouth wide and stretch your tongue out, curling its tip down toward the chin, open your eyes wide, contract the muscles on the front of your throat, and exhale the breath slowly out through your mouth with a distinct "ha" sound. The breath should pass over the back of the throat.
Some texts instruct us to set our gaze (drishti) at the spot between the eyebrows. This is called "mid-brow gazing" (bhru-madhya-drishti; bhru = the brow; madhya = middle).Other texts direct the eyes to the tip of the nose (nasa-agra-drishti; nasa = nose; agra = foremost point or part, i.e., tip). You can roar two or three times. Then change the cross of the legs and repeat for the same…

May 17 Restore Series

Feeling the Waves of my Breath (literally)

I just had the most delicious, relaxing experience.  I floated for 90 minutes in a warm bath held up by over 800 pounds of Epsom salts and my breath.  This experience was brought to me by Halcyon Floats in Roxborough,, a sensory-deprivation float tank spa.   I seized upon this opportunity via a Groupon and it was well worth the drive and the numerous Groupon emails following my purchase.

Here are some of my experiences, and if at all intrigued, maybe someday, you will get your float on too.  First of all the 90 minutes flew by.  It really felt like 30 to 45 minutes. The end of the session was signaled by melodic, soothing music flowing into the tank, with its volume slowly increasing. I harbored a little fear going in as I am not keen on small spaces.  With only two tanks at this spa, the attendant was able to give us individual attention and instructions on how to float, which eased my anxiety.

I guided my body int…

May 10 Restore

Mountain Pose - Tadasana Alignment in Restoratives

You may have heard Carmen and I cue, from time to time, to bring your body into a Tadasana alignment for restoratives.  What does this mean and how is this beneficial?  Here is the low down on this alignment cue.

The benefits of Tadasana alignment are calming and clearing for your nervous system, supporting the circulation of your blood throughout the body, and in that joints and muscles are in position where optimal healing can occur. It is the foundation pose for all yoga poses creating stability. The body feels the least amount of stress so that the mind can become a calm, balanced setting for deeper healing and connection with the self.

The Tadasana alignment is where the joints, bones and muscles are in their natural alignment according to your own body's alignment.  This may not be the  textbook "perfect" alignment but it is exactly where your body is at the moment. If you come into a pose and it feels comfortable, an…

May 3 Restore

I had a entirely different topic to cover in this blog but I think it was weather-induced, so I ditched it.  Instead, I will share my musings of my attachment to my hip popping.  Following both pregnancies and subsequent days/weeks/months/years holding my babies on one hip, for some time, I have experienced a popping sound in my right hip.  It is not an alarming pop but a reassuring one in which I believe the hip is correcting itself.  I also had this one movement I do in bed where I squeeze all the leg and glut muscles together and I receive in return yet another reassuring pop of what I thought was a treatment.

I have come to discover through my own awareness of stress on my low back and intermittent pain running down my left leg and through the observations of my Yoga Therapy colleagues that I have an SI dysfunction (sacro-illiac).  It is where the joint of my illium (back crest at the top of your pelvis) and my sacrum should connect but don't all the time.  A gentle little sque…

April 26 Restore

I felt so welcomed by everyone in the class on Tuesday. It certainly made my transition home much easier.  The two weeks of yoga therapy training were much more intense than I could have ever predicted. Our subject matter consisted of Yoga for Depression and Anxiety, Grief, Pain, and Cancer.  I felt like I was dragged through the mud at times and lifted to the skies at other times. Balance was forthcoming from some of our 'out of classroom' romps; like feeding turtles, numerous hikes through the hills, river wading, chilling in Austin, countless opportunities to laugh and love one another, and of course, delicious vegetarian and vegan meals.

One of the main themes from the training, which I learned, was the idea of holding space.  Sacred space for our clients, our students, and ourselves. I recently came across this article which shares the author's story as well as 8 suggestions for holding space for somebody.  Read through and try it out at your own (s)pace and time.