Teacher Training has begun. Once again it is wonderful and exciting. Jamie and I are impressed with the 5 students who are attending. They are all capable and responsible women. Good luck ladies, you are going to be awesome teachers one day soon.
The yoga poses and movements that we practice feel good. It is healthy to move and stretch. Joints get lubricated and open for better movement and comfort. Yoga helps the muscles lengthen, get limber, and become stronger. It also helps build bone density and reduces stress. There are many benefits to the physical practice of yoga. However there's much more to yoga than the physical. The 8 Limbs of Yoga present a comprehensive philosophy for a healthy life. They cover proper breathing, responsibility to self and others, service to the community, mediation, and contentment. I discuss, Ahimsa, an important part of the First Limb below.
Some changes have come to Wise Mountain Yoga.
1. Restorative Yoga (Tuesday at 7PM) has been put on hold for now because attendance has been very low. I am incorporating a few Restorative poses into the Thursday 7PM Gentle Class, renaming it “Restorative Yoga Flow for Everyone.” We have been doing this in the Wednesday class with great success. Most of you know that I discontinued Saturday class. Karri Ogle is offering a Saturday class in Seymour. (Karri is a great teacher with a fun approach to traditional yoga). Click here for her schedule and location.
2. The fees for the “Modified Month” have increased to $40.00 per month and it's now unlimited. You are welcome to attend any class on my schedule. These happen at the Mountain View Chiropractic Clinic and at my Home Studio. Please speak to me with any questions or concerns that you have about these changes.
Namaste', Sandy Palmer, ERYT200
While practicing yoga in the Ocala National Forest my class was surrounded by dragonflies. We named the class, “Dragonfly Yoga.” One landed on the hand of a yogini practicing "Triangle Pose." Dragonflies and Triangle Pose are symbols of transformation and light. They help us see beyond our limitations with honesty.
We tell you repeatedly to take care of yourself, keeping your pose comfortable and pleasant. It is your practice, modify it to meed your body's needs. It is wonderful to watch students do this. Ahimsa applies to your everyday life as well. This includes honoring physical, mental, and emotional needs. Of course it is perfectly alright to challenge yourself and work to a comfortable edge. Just be honest, keeping yourself safe in your practice and your life.
It's hot out there. Try cooling off with the “Sitali Breath”. Cooling, it's helpful in hot weather. It's good for cooling hot flashes and tempers too. Look up a little, curl your tongue and pull the air into it, almost like drinking through a straw. Exhale through your nose. If you cannot curl your tongue, place it behind your top teeth and breathe.