Anxiety was soothed when I opened my email and looked at the final exam. This is by far the best final I've ever taken and beautifully strings together everything from this beautiful year together. We watched Dr. Peterson's short video on speaking your truth during our class. As the Universe would have it, a scenario… Continue reading Reflections on our final
One weekend left. We are almost done. So much to complete. Breathe. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Breathe. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Breathe. Everything will get done. Everything will get done. Breathe. Everything will get… Continue reading Mental Yoga
My darkness is showing. And by darkness I don’t mean the color of my skin. And…real talk…what does it mean that we have associated darkness with the color of a human’s skin? And what does it mean that darkness is associated with night time? And night time is associated with the moon? And the moon… Continue reading Your Darkness is Showing.
Inhale. Exhale. Breathe into areas that you feel tension. Breathe into discomfort. Yoga teachers say this a lot. I hear it and breathe into it, send loving energy to my hip in a pigeon pose. I feel emotions come up and breathe into that too. I take this off the mat. I'm learning to breathe… Continue reading Breathe into it
This weekend I watched my fellow teacher trainees become yoga teachers. Each person teaching with their own style, their own personality, and truly stepping into the role as a teacher. It was an incredible and powerful thing to witness and be a part of. So much growth has happened over these months together. I am… Continue reading When the student becomes the teacher
One of the many ways our training is unique is that we also learn how to teach to ANYONE. Many people look at chair yoga like it's just for old folks or injured people, and as though there is something wrong with it. Today I have changed my mind. We did a full 45 minutes… Continue reading Chair Yoga
This weekend we are taking part in the People's Institute of Survival and Beyond Undoing Racism training. I took this training about for the first time about a year ago. I've sat through many "diversity" trainings as a social worker. We learned about systems theory and explored how that applies to racism. This training, however, is… Continue reading Virginia is for lovers?
EEEEK. It's teaching time. Hey, that's scary. I'm not ready. I'm scared. What if I'm not perfect? I don't want to do this. Too bad, said Felicia (in so many words...with love and compassion). What I've learned and love (and don't love) about Felicia is that she doesn't let you get away with your own… Continue reading On teaching and cozy blankets
In this most recent training we discussed compassion fatigue, also known as secondary trauma. So many of us in the room, including myself, expressed that we had many of the symptoms of this. It was a little jarring for me to see all of the symptoms listed on a piece of paper and go through… Continue reading Sympathy, Empathy, and Compassion
I was recently listening to a class by Abiola Abrams and she said, "Lift each other up and we rise together." Sitting here reflecting I realized that is what this training is. In three short months we have created a unique bond and gathering together on Friday felt like seeing old friends. We spent the evening… Continue reading Rising Together
The term integrative yoga took on a new meaning for me this weekend. Integrative yoga is about so much more than movement and breath on the mat. Yoga is about being aware of what it means to be a white woman in a racist society. Yoga is about integrating that knowledge of what it means… Continue reading Truly Integrative Yoga
Today we wrote out our obituaries. Though resistant at first, I found healing and acceptance in my words. While I didn't complete the "assignment," here is what I wrote: Carrie searched to find the lesson in everything; she hopes that her loved ones see this even in her passing. Intuitive and a deep feeler, she… Continue reading My Obituary
We learned about and experienced essential oils tonight and the one that chose me was frankincense. Just like this training and just like my yoga practice so often is, it was everything that I needed in the moment. Frankincense is grounding, considered more valuable than gold, and "healer of all things" (caution: do be wary… Continue reading My dear friend, Frankincense
It’s no surprise to me that even the first weekend of our journey together was amazing and impactful. From the moment we sat down and started talking on Friday night, it was clear to me that this was a group of over 30 incredible humans that Felicia has gathered for this journey together. The ability… Continue reading Grateful