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!
I have had several students ask me about newsletters and magazines I read to help support my practice and my teaching.
Here is a list of things I read and listen to for inspiration for classes and to keep my own practice fresh.
Zen Habits by Leo Babauta
The Chopra Center Newsletter
I listen to a few podcasts too.
The Robcast is my favorite
Ted Radio Hour of course
Anything with Pema Chodron
And in Hard Copy
Pema Chodron books