200 YTT – Day 10-13 – Week 3 Complete

Coming into Week 3, I seriously did not want to go back to work. Teacher training for 8 hours was a dream and I was surrounded lovely ladies with good vibes. It was tough to carry-on my teachers mantra this week, “everything is temporary.” I tried to tell myself that work eventually ends…that it’s only temporary. I rode my bike home and went to mat for practice. We have 4 weeks left of practice and I need to figure how to live yoga at work. THINKING CAPS ON!

With 4 weeks left of the training, I have attained sooooo much information. Muscles, sanskrit, directional cues, speaking with clarity, and just started hands-on adjustments. There is just so much to learn and I am loving it!

Day 12 we were introduced to the crystal bowl meditation workshop with Emma Kupu Mitchell. Meditations aren’t as still and focused as I would like to experiments them, but this time the vibrations of the crystal bowls took effect and I had a moment where I felt like floating.  The long mid-tone vibrations softened my ear drums and my body laid still. Unfortunately ,the pressure on my head from laying on the mat kept me from feeling elevated. Though, my body was relaxed.  I actually felt like I was sitting up right while I was simply laying on the ground. My mind was playing games with me as I tried to stay present! 

One of the special parts of this workshop was the practice of the crystal bowl vibrations energizing  our personal items and a bottle of water. Emma offered us to put items in the center of the room on a silk cloth. She mentioned silk heightens the vibrations. I placed my wedding ring and Tahitian pearl, two pieces of jewelry that I wear every day. The bottle of water is another reminder of the experience. In the beginning of class we wrote down an intention or a mantra. I chose to wrote “strength” on my bottle. It took me a long time to find a word to cover the emotional, physical and mental challenges that I’ve been facing and will face. Strength will cover all that. 

200 YTT – Day 6 – Walking Meditation

Kapilina Beach was my distraction today. Believe or not during a walking meditation you should only be focused on your breath and your step. So it was challenging to walk along the shoreline and not notice the ocean washing over my feet. The sand was like a foot massage so that slowly helped me to just focus on my step and enjoying the step. Looking down on my feet and breathing brought me to a meditative state but I was cautious about my timing (15 minutes). This was the fastest 15 minutes of all the meditative practices we did this week. 

The rest YTT today was open for modification because I wanted to take care of body especially my runners knee. By mid-practice I realized my knee was calm and relaxed. It could’ve been the ibuprofen that assisted but I like to think that I breathed into my knee and exhaled all the bad stuff. I’m expecting future uncomfortable joint and muscles but I’ll try not to get all wrapped up in it. The important thing, and it should be most important to everyone, is that we take care of our body. Realize what makes you stronger. Realize what’s makes you a less stronger. Continue making those realizations and you can love yourself. If you love yourself then you can love others. 

Relaxation from the SUN

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In our last week of August the Florida sun finally shows itself in bright form. It inspired me to open up the blinds and sit in gratitude. The warm rays massaged my neck, down to my shoulder blades, and then the bottom of my back. Even my tight bun loosened up to fall on my collarbones.

I can’t wait for our get together with the Hawaii gang and meet all who has made a living here along the emerald coast. Hopefully the weather is kind to us and the sun is soothing. Sunscreen, shades, and swimsuits. 😉

Moments after my sun appreciation I ate a salad and practiced my yoga. Good stuff!

Additional Stretch for splits

20130823-223823.jpgWhile evaluating my splits progress I tried to pinpoint which muscles needed a little more attention. I’ve stretched in pigeon pose, butterflies, and straddle, but I just felt like the stretches needed more help. So, I included the crescent lunge or anjaneyasana. Then, I felt I could take it deeper into the stretch and bent the back knee where I onto my ankle. I’ve mentioned before I have knee problems, but I guess with the shape of my knee it works out in this pose. The low lunge rolls to the top my knee I stead of under (which is where I usually feel pain).

Crescent lunge may look like a simple stretch but I still break a sweat. It opens up all my problem areas like my hips and hamstrings; as well as, quads, shoulders, back, and chest. Pretty much sounds like everything. You’d think that with a lower center of gravity it feel easy. Guess not!

I feel it will help me with strength, flexibility, and balance. Crescent lunge really get me thinking about those three things because right now my body feels stiff in the pose, like I’m truly sweating to reach stability. Hopefully, with persistence and dedication, I’ll fall deep into the pose with some new light.

Remember to believe in yourself.

Strive For Progress

For me, it’s motivational to follow yoga/cardio routines where the instructor assures you the practice is not about perfection. That way I don’t need to worry about moving or posing correctly. Instead I can just be in the moment, listen to my body, and adjust to rid of any pain. My knees have been the worst lately.

When I do a low lunge, like the one in the picture, my back knee is sore AND even when I lift that back knee off the ground the pain surges around my knee. I can’t even say where or what it is that’s tingling. To adjust I would put my small inflatable ball under my knee and rest it there OR just place my knee in a different position. And I feel the stretch as instructed.When you do these routines or go to a fitness class it’s really more about the trying than the doing.

Yoga is my low impact fitness routine because I just have sensitive joints all around. But even in my practice I can find injury. I tell myself to take a break or don’t push to hard. When I feel strong enough to get back into it I feel less fatigue. And that’s always great.

My hips don’t lie

For the first time in my practice I felt a twinge in my hips. And my hips are my weakness. My routine was the same, so I wasn’t expecting pain going into a straddle stretch. Though, many of the yoga vids I watched mentions that every day will be a little different, so just go with the flow. But no matter how much I adjusted my legs I couldn’t open my legs 90 degrees without pain. I wanted to get to the bottom of my hips. Why were they so tight?

I figure my hips weren’t warm enough. Maybe I just didn’t ignite the fire in my belly. So, I did a few light hip openers while being very cautious. Along with a few sun salutations I stretched in pigeon pose, downward dog splits, and deep lunge on my forearms. My body heated up, but to balance the body out I breathed in child’s pose.

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AND I WAS CURED!

Well, maybe it wasn’t a medical condition that needed to be cured, but I’m glad I found a solution for my pain. The twinge was no more. It amazed e how these extra poses, just a little more heat, helped open up my hips. That’s when I thought about my many hip episodes while surfing. I sure do miss the Pacific Ocean. Hopefully, my yoga practice will be a good supplement to my surfing and paddle surfing.