Last month I was having loads of pain in my upper back, neck, and head. I had a Group-on coupon for a spinal exam and massage at a chiropractor in Tacoma that I decided it was time to use. I really just wanted the massage but the office insisted I do the full spinal exam (minus the x-ray of course). At the end of the exam, the chiropractor told me I was all sorts of messed up and I was in serious need of chiropractic care. Do I doubt that my back isn’t in great shape? No. Do I think that I might benefit from some holistic chiropractic, probably. But I was not about to dish out thousands of dollars to this quick talker to “fix me”.
I did some research, talked to my PT friend, and in the end decided that I would commit to doing 10-20 minutes of yoga in the mornings and see if I noticed a difference. For the last few weeks I’ve been religious about doing at least a few minutes of yoga in the mornings. This past week, I did about 20 minutes of yoga in the morning every day except Saturday. Saturday was the only day I had shoulder, neck, and head pain. The rest of the week I felt great!
Not only have I been feeling worlds better, it was free and in my own living room! I didn’t waste time or money traveling to and from and I felt empowered to be healing my own body! I’ve created a short (13 minute) video that combines a couple of the short practices I’ve been doing from myyogaonline.com. I’ve modified a little due to my baby bump (23 weeks tomorrow). The routine includes all 6 ranges of spinal movement and is a fabulous way to start your morning or wind down after a stressful day (or both)! I end each practice with 5 minutes of relaxation (I set my alarm clock but use a different ring tone than my regular alarm so I don’t feel irritated when it goes off). Sorry the lighting is poor and my voice might be a little scratchy. I recorded this at 5:30 this morning–fresh out of bed.
Coming to you this summer!
What: Free outdoor yoga in various parks in Tacoma and Puyallup
Why: Because northwest summers are the best and Yoga feels so dang good! And because my yoga certification program requires that I teach a minimum of 8 hours of free yoga.
Who: Come one, come all. No prior experience necessary.
Where: Point Defiance Park, Wright Park, Bradley Lake (Puyallup), and a special day in Ocean Shores.
When: Beginning mid-July and running through the end of August (See schedule for details). All yoga sessions are approximately 60 minutes.
Other Important Info:
We will also being group runs before some of the yoga sessions. Anyone is welcome to join, stay tuned for more details
I’ll designate a meeting spot in the park the week of the class
Please bring your own yoga mat, blanket or towel to use a a prop, and a plastic garbage bag to place under your mat if you are worried about it getting dirty/wet
In case of inclement weather, I will post a back up plan on cafemj the day of or worst case, reschedule!
Let’s get our yoga on! Yeah!
|Friday July 13
||Ocean Shores–Beach House or Jetty Beach if weather allows
|Thursday July 19
|Sunday July 22
||Point Defiance Park
|Sunday July 29
Saturday July 28
|Point Defiance Park
|Thursday August 2
|Sunday August 5
||Bradley Lake (Puyallup)
|Thursday August 9
|Sunday August 19
||Point Defiance Park
|Thursday August 23
Please RSVP to email@example.com or 253-370-3431…if you forget and want to come, come!
View from our roof top in Varanasi
Yesterday morning I had my first yoga session in India. The guesthouse we are staying at has a resident yoga instructor that offers classes on the rooftop every morning. Unfortunately, the roof top was locked up this morning so we moved our yoga class (I was the only one in class) to an indoor location.
I admit I was a little nervous about the one-on-one session, especially when it moved inside. I had read about creepster yoga instructors in India that made moves on their female students during one-on-one sessions. The instructor, Rajnish, was small though and I knew I could take him if he tried anything funny. Soon after the session began I was able to relax and found myself enjoying the practice.
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Waterfall in the jungle of Northern Thailand
“If you follow your bliss, you put yourself on a kind of track that had been there all along, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you.” –Joseph Campbell