Almost a month ago I took a leap of faith and boarded a plane to Sivananda Yoga Retreat Center. Well, maybe not so much a leap, my teacher would be there and it was in the Bahamas. It was time for me to refill my well. Five days at the Ashram offered me the time to practice, meditate and chant. Days began at 5:30 with the ring of the temple bell. Two delicious vegetarian meals were served daily all prepared at the Ashram. I was close enough to the kitchen to smell the scrumptious aromas as the joyous kitchen staff prepared meals yet my room windows faced the Caribbean Sea. This was a gift to myself and my students. Practice was offered twice daily and I attended a special class with seven other beautiful souls from around the country. Loving kindness was the mantra of the week and was practiced by all who were at the ashram.
Feeling recharged and refreshed helps me to bring new ideas and a clean slate to my practice and to my teaching. It was wonderful to be the student again. To listen and to be guided to be fed in many ways. Do make the time in your schedule to give yourself this break. It can be a daily walk, a workshop of any sort really - just something that brings you joy and can transport you away from the daily routine. Breath deep and love yourself- you are your own best friend!
A requirement of the Newport County YMCA is that all instructors are Red Cross First Aid Certified. I received my initial training in 1977 at the Fairview Heights High School pool in Fairview Ohio. Two years ago I took the full class again at the Middletown police department. I found it interesting that the training all those years ago returned. I guess you don't forget the life saving stuff. Or maybe it never leaves especially if you are a mom!
This week I took a refresher course to keep my certification up to date. There were a few changes and modifications that we practiced. I know where the AED devices are located at the Y and most importantly I know how to dial 911.
Here's to continuing healthy habits and hoping never to have to use my refreshed first aid skills!
The practice of yoga has been my steadfast companion for more than a decade.
Sometimes I cannot imagine where I was without it. It has carried me through
many changes and opened opportunities and invited new friends along the way.
A brisk morning bike ride gets me to the Island Heron to enjoy a practice
or to gratefully lead one. A drive over Narragansett Bay connects me to bustling Newport
and the local YMCA. There I have met yogis of many ages and abilities and watched them
evolve into their own practice. After class yogis often want to share an experience or have a question.
I have met yogi students that attend classes taught by friends in other states, a yogi who grew up next
door to an old family friend and most recently the sister of my sisters friend. Everyday there is a new
opportunity to learn from my students and to know the world is very small.
Or is it that like minds always find their way to each other?
Continue to practice- it keeps you grounded and healthy.
If you don't practice - create some time to allow this into your schedule. Our senses are over stimulated all day long.
A practice will invite the stillness your mind so needs.
And remember a little yoga is better than no yoga at all!