It’s incredible how a few deep breaths can drastically help you relax and decrease stress, anxiety, and fear. There has been lots of deep breathing over here as commitments and work hours pile up. Which is why it has been a while since I last posted! So, let’s take this time to catch up.
Yoga Teacher Training
Ah! The past 4 weeks we have gone through many of the postures from the ground up…from integration, through Sun A, Sun B, and standing postures. Learning the flow and figuring out the cueing and most importantly the breath. We are now getting ready to teach our 30 minute class in a week and a half. Which is pretty damn scary. I am slightly overwhelmed with it all and I am doing my best to juggle the classes, reading, and practicing as well as two jobs.
We have also been digging into the anatomy of Yoga, Pranayama, and discussing the philosophy and ethical practice of Yoga. Reading texts like The Eight Limbs of Yoga and The Yamas and Niyamas, which complement each other nicely.
My wonderful group of trainees has been getting me through though. I love each and every one of them and Terry, Alex, and Kristi Cole are simply the best. I am so grateful for this opportunity to study under YoYo Yogis. There is so much to learn and I am trying to absorb it all! But it is good to know that Yoga is a life long thing, and the learning is endless, and it is definitely not a race.
Back in the Saddle
A few weeks ago I hopped back on a bike (not mine) and rode around Oregon City, just southeast of Portland.
One of my clients let me borrow his cross trainer as he showed me around one of his favorite loops. 22 grueling miles with 1,516 feet elevation gain.
This ride kicked my butt. First time out since…Oct? Nov? of last year! It felt so flipping good though. My lungs were screaming, but I couldn’t get the grin off my face. The weather was perfect and the air was fresh. My client is training for an Ironman so I was thankful that he didn’t completely drop me. I had to constantly remind him that this Midwest girl is not used to hills!
The Portland Tri was a couple of weekends back and I had a handful of clients competing. I volunteered during the swim portion so I was able to give everyone a good luck and then cheer for them as they exited the water.
I had a good time, but after spectating the race, I’m not sure if I will do the race in the future. One main reason…the giant hill you have to climb on the run!
My recent weekly routine of workouts has been pretty low-key. No training plan, nothing laid out. I have just been doing what feels good on that day. A couple of days a week I have pretty long days and I move around a lot so I generally take those days off. But I have been mainly sticking with yoga and a pyrolates class once, maybe twice a week. Yoga has been the focus and will remain that way for a while.
I am hoping to get on the bike more. I had a friend strip down my bike so I dropped it off to get fixed yesterday!
It’s going. Here are all the things I am currently doing for my foot: taping, wearing custom orthotics, wearing stability shoes, ultrasound, deep massage, and icing. Let’s cross our fingers that one of these methods work.
I can’t believe we are already in October and Halloween is just around the corner. I am excited for all fall things: corn mazes, haunted houses, pumpkin patches, hiking, and my best friend is coming to visit at the end of the month!
Do you practice Yoga?
Have you gone through a teacher training? Advise!?