I found a great Chiropractor, Dr. Mandarino, who specializes in Sports Rehab/Therapy (see www.mandarinochiropractic.com). Dr. Mandarino uses manipulation, Active Release, Graston and Kinesiotaping techniques to decrease pain and increase mobility. I playfully say he "tenderizes the meat". But that is a topic for another blog entry.
I began taking yoga classes regularly again, 1-2 times per week. My strong, shortened muscle fibers started to relax and lengthen again. Ahhhhh! The asanas ring the toxins out of my body. I feel like I have a deep tissue massage after every class. Plus the meditation has helped me to quiet my mind and has helped me become more relaxed, focused and less reactive.
The training is intense. 28 hours a week on top of working a full time job is a little daunting. I don't know how people go to grad school while working full time. God bless them! I have been introduced to different types of yoga during class and shown that there are many paths a yogi may take. I tend to gravitate toward power vinyasa classes. So it is great to receive instruction on using props (1/19) and to learn about Iyengar and Hatha methods.
All posing aside, I am really enjoying the classroom time. I have always liked learning about history, philosophy and religion. So learning about the roots of yoga has been great. The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali has become a favorite text of mine and is definitely one I can read over and over again. Discussing the philosophy with my teachers and fellow students (everyone has been awesome) is very thought provoking. I may have started yoga for the asanas, but now I am more interested in the yogic philosophy and mind yoga. I think that I have always known deep down that I must control my senses to achieve true inner peace. Taking this course has confirmed this thought. I am just not sure how far one is to go in detaching and still be able to operate in today's world. Definitely something that I must meditate on
Over the last 2 years I have been meditating much more frequently. Authors Dr. Wayne Dyer, Louise Hay and Doreen Virtue have inspired me to meditate and get to know my true Self. So I am very happy with all the time this program has carved out for meditation. I know that the exercise in how to teach people to meditate based on their specific learning styles will be very helpful in the future. Also, the AUM class with Colleen has been my favorite part of this weekend. She has inspired me to take up AUM as my main mantra and to practice it whenever I can throughout the day.
For my Karma Yoga Project I have decided that to teach yoga to children. I am a School Nurse for Pre-K, K, and 1st grade students. I want to bring them yoga in their classrooms. I know that the students would enjoy it because they already want to try poses when they see my Yoga Cats calendar! I would like to adapt 15-20 minute classes (as that is probably as long as feasible in my school setting) that the students can do at or beside their desks. I believe it will help the students release some physical energy during the day. I have already implemented Nurse Marissa's Meditation Mondays where I lead the entire school through a guided meditation over the loud speaker accompanied with soothing music.
I am excited to continue this training and can't wait to see what is in store for next week.