The training was very informative and comprehensive in scope. I will use this information to monitor my own mental landscape and assist other when appropriate and given permission. I thought about how I could immediately use this awareness and skills.
Appreciated review of graduation requirements. As a linear thinker; I was "stretched" in thinking about how I would manage everything. Am being more intentional about listening, processing and breathing during new situations...
Living in a distressed neighborhood with several mental health service sites ; daily sightings of folks in distress made me appreciate the opportunity to receive this training. I was not aware that this training existed. My thinking is that we all have neuroses of some type; by the grace of God go I.
Began study of Anatomy video, Unit Four-The Spine Introduced terms; Stira and Suka; protection and movement respectively Learned detailed overview of the evolution of the spine; is central nervous system of the human body which requires structure; operates in concave and convex manner; yet, flexibility allows peripheral nerves to emit and communicate to areas throughout… Continue reading Sunday, February 23, 2020
As follow-up from yesterday's anatomy discussion; revisited importance of learning and understanding the 8-limbed path of Raja Yoga- Niyamas (intra-personal,) Yamas (interpersonal), Asana (physical postures,) Pranayama (breathing.) Pratyhara (sensory,) Dharana (concentration,) Dhyana (mediation,) and Samadhi (self-realization). Viewed Rue Paul video segment about cultivating one's unique self What do you emphasize as a construct of self??… Continue reading Saturday, February 22, 2020
Opened February training by continuing Anatomy module Unit 3; Strength, Flexibility and Movement- very informative Revisited Asana; relevant Raja yoga terminology, physical posture Viewers asked to consider above as "coiling inward" for inquiry with self, while inhaling and exhaling - to be interested in self , "Live Your Life"-actively undoing; Discussed how flexible is enough?… Continue reading Friday, February 21, 2020
Final anatomical topic-Muscles Learned that there are three movements -concentric-muscle contracts -ecentric-muscle extends -and isometric-muscle stays the same. Learned importance of balance; not overstretching and avoiding rigidity As yogis we are to encourage people to "experience" their bodies as perception of self.
Continuing with Anatomy study Strength, flexibility and mobility As an elder citizen, I am acutely aware of the importance of these anatomical topics. The average 60+ individual regularly speaks of pain and general stiffness, say, upon awakening. I want to focus my practice on this age group and will work to retain this important information.
Anatomy-Unit 2 and 3 What struck me with today's training was how "a small amount of incorrect information can ultimately be dangerous." We are continuing with the formal study of anatomy which I now understand is critical for conducting safe and informed yoga classes. In module 2, I was intrigued by the point that "breathing… Continue reading Jan. 18, 2020
The continued anti-racism training provided me with a greatly expanded awareness, offered insightful exercises and allowed me to take ownership of my own biases. I plan to use this knowledge in being genuine with future yoga students. Being genuine means to speak out about racism, other "isms," confront as appropriate and recognize the humanity of… Continue reading November-Day 3
The anti-racism training was powerful; it reaffirmed some of my previous learnings; but I find that seeing the systematic context of racism opened my mind to a greater awareness. rb
In October, i was able to complete my extended, long-term mediation. The occasion presented itself in a "karmatic" way. I had to return to the household of a deceased friend (out -of-state) and arrived to find that all electronic equipment/media had been removed from the house!! Of course, I tried to watch tv on my… Continue reading November -Day 1
The exercise about "colorism" was "right on." Maintaining my mantra of listening; I intend to be more self-conscious and aware when I might be applying this concept unfairly. rb
Having Eddie ( physical therapist) speak reaffirmed the importance of listening for me. "How are you feeling" is often raised in conversation. But, I observe that many strain to find the words. Ever cognizant of students, I will identify language and strategies to assist students in this goal. One source is the list of feelings/… Continue reading October-Day 2
I continue to be in a "season" of loss in the deaths of several members of my family over a three month period. Forgive my delay in posting. I realize now that we need to respect the "voice" of our soul during the grieving process. I also strive see what life lessons can be learned… Continue reading October -Day 1
Now that we are forming a yoga community, I am enjoying getting to know my classmates. I am also staying aware of how folks commented about their preferred gender identity and comfort level with engaging in conversation. For the most part, I am practicing listening!!
After 15 years of practicing yoga, I recently decided to step out and complete "Yoga Roots on Location" teacher training after having several losses in my family, transitioning into post-retirement and seeking renewed purpose. My intent is to teach yoga to the elderly. The first weekend found me stepping out of my comfort zone; assessing… Continue reading First Saturday