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
In October of 2016 I traveled to Phoenix, Arizona to attend the wedding of the daughter of an old friend of mine. While the wedding was the purpose of the trip, it gave me the opportunity to travel to a part of the country that I have not seen.
I climbed Camelback Mountain with my partner early Saturday morning. Despite the signs suggesting that I have 32 oz. of water I figured I would be fine with my 12 oz. bottle. The incline and the dry air took its toll. We made it to the top of the mountain and after a brief rest on the rocky summit we descended down the mountain. About three quarters of the way down I had met my edge. I leaned into a shaded area of rocks and waited for my heart rate to subside. My partner waiting just a few yards below watching me and for rattle snakes. Regaining my composure I began to find a foot hold to scale down the mountain. All the while thinking the guide book stated that Lady Bird Johnson did this in heels!
My yoga practice helped me in two ways that morning. I knew that this climb was not a race. Everyone meets this trail differently. I hit my stopping point and rested. Not in child pose or savasana but I knew I needed to rest.
I had no where to go and nothing to do but to take care of myself.
Well.... there was a wedding at 5PM.
The wedding was a happy celebration of two young souls at a mountain resort in Scottsdale. The celebrating continued with dining and dancing. I was certain my legs would be mush by morning.
Once again the practice held me up. All those warriors and chair poses have strengthened my legs. They carried me through the climb and an evening of dancing.
And we were off the next morning for the next part of our Arizona Adventure.
Restorative Yoga Training
On Sunday May 17, 2016 I completed Level one of Restorative Yoga. I enrolled in a training taught by Kripalu faculty member Sudha Lundeen at All That Matters in Wakefield RI. It was an intensive three day study of the supportive postures of Restorative Yoga. I am certified to teach this relaxing form of yoga and will be subbing at the Island Heron in August.
Restorative Yoga is a practice that calms the body while inviting a gentle stretch. In this hurried life we lead it is a welcomed pause to reset the inner workings with this rejuvenating practice. I have implemented several of the postures during savasana after my vinyasa classes. My students do not want to leave the postures. One exclaimed she wanted me to train her husband so he could prop her up every evening!
While I do enjoy the active practice of a vigorous vinyasa flow at the end of a long week there is nothing better than Restorative Yoga. Try a class at your local studio or visit me at the Island Heron or in my home studio.
Slightly out of focus, there we are at 9AM last Wednesday practicing warrior 2 on a glorious autumn day. Eleven students ranging in age and ability, finding the grounding and strength in what they can do. Not what they cannot. Each week they see improvement. They are a happy bunch. I have been instructing this group since May and have seen them become more confindent in themselves and their practice.
Each student has seen changes in what yoga and breath work can do for them on and off the mat.
And that's what keeps me excited about teaching!