01/27/2015, Tempe, AZ
We had such fun in our class today as we worked our way through advanced postures and adjustments, no hint of yesterday's wall lingering :)
Christy did an amazing handstand and then worked towards a one handed stand...
Margarita moved her body into a great Eka pads Koundinyasana ll that is as complicated and difficult as the word is to pronounce!
Ali got into Lotus in her headstand...
Jan mastered the toe roll into chataranga before any of us got the hang of it...
and I wrapped myself into a version of Birds of Paradise that tickled me pink like a flamingo!!
We anointed each other with essential oils as we learned more about their healing properties...
and we laughed at silly things...
like putting our feet on each others pelvis's, and more fun poses Courtney cued us into with such ease and trust!!
It was a good day :)
Final teach is on Thursday...
the mood is getting quieter as we take time to prepare our Bible readings, our sequences, our music and our closing prayers.
And we are ever so grateful for the three women (tres mujeres) so important in our journey to this point: DeAnna, Courtney and Lindsay...
you are angels.
PS The pic is of Margarita (L), me (center) and Courtney (R) :)
01/26/2015, Tempe, AZ
Today, DAY 11, I hit my wall.
My groin hurt from an injury...
my head ached...
and my soul searched!
I questioned everything about everything other than my faith and my family...
Nev, my patient honey, my dear mum and my sweet Margarita (room mate) listened to me so graciously as I sorted things out in my mind, all the while attached to the powered muscle stimulator my friend Debbie had loaned me, and breathing in the wonderful essence of "Panaway", an essentials oil Trev and Star had gifted me for Christmas!
And then came my quiet time of connection and meditation...
the true essence...
the peace of God that passes all understanding...
my groin softened,
my mind stilled,
and my soul opened to receive it all.
Thanks to all my sweet yoga soul sisters for your love and prayers too... couldn't be doing this without you.
Together, and in Him, we shall endure!
01/26/2015, Chandler, AZ
Cornerstone Church is where we started our teaching today, listening to a sermon on honoring those in authority over us. That role can be filled by so many different people in so many different ways: husbands, Presidents, parents, bosses, teachers! We learned about good leadership based on the role model of David in the Bible who was on the run from King Saul. Saul wanted to kill him so that he would not become the next King. David was presented with an opportunity to kill Saul but chose, instead, to humble himself and honor the authority of his King! And he was rewarded 10 fold.
The sermon was so appropriate as we prepare ourselves to head back home and into the world in whichever way God has planned for each us!
"We're down to the final five contestants", we laughed, as we placed our mats back on the floor for another day of learning. We started with 12 of us 10 days ago, and we feel as though this could be a "Survivor" series except that the others didn't get voted off (they're just following a different program) and we are feeling more convinced that our "final teach" will flow smoothly!
Our focus this afternoon, under the gracious guidance of DeAnna, was on business and marketing and all the steps we should take to establish a safe and happy practice... we learned about LLC's, insurance, ethics of practice, social media, the laws governing practice and a whole lot more from the experiences of Yahweh Yoga over the years they have been both an accredited teacher training school and a place of daily practice...
and for once I didn't cry when she called us teachers!!!!
We are down to the final five yoginis testing this week and the final five days of our training!
Please pray for us: Jan, Christy, Ali, Margarita and me.
We each have our unique God-given styles and dreams...
and they are equally wonderful.
PS. The big breaths and butterflies have reappeared in me ever so gently today:)
01/24/2015, Chandler, AZ
Our morning started before the sun came up to greet us... and we were ready for the new day to dawn.
Courtney and Justin, her honey, led us on a hike up the north side of South Mountain in Chandler, AZ. It was heavenly to be out in the desert with its crisp fresh air and the sounds of the gravel crunching under our soles as the sun peeked over the distant mountains to greet us!
Thanks for a delicious break from our mats :)
And then the day disappeared as we did two yoga classes and studied under Doctor Heather, a highly qualified and totally delightful naturopathic doctor with whom I would still be chatting if my endless questions were to be answered!!
She was soooooo interesting and we learned much from her about living a healthy life... it was an inspiring and eye opening time for most of us as we patted ourselves on our backs for all we are doing, and were inspired to make the changes we haven't yet included on this journey to total health of mind, body and soul!
What I learned, what really sank into my cells and my soul, is how, ultimately, the practice of peace and the power of forgiveness play such a huge role in this process and I was left with much to think about in my quiet time alone with God....
Christy, Margarita and I reflected and introspected on the day and the lessons of the day while sitting around the jacuzzi of our hotel, nibbling on yummy mediterranean food and sipping a glass of wine.
And then we dragged our exhausted, happy little selves off to bed, thanking our God for yet another delightful day.
Amen. Amen. Amen :)
01/23/2015, Tempe, AZ
Day 8 of our training is complete.
With that came some goodbyes as two of our tribe, Stacy and Melodee, left for home and their families. They will be back in in April to complete their training... I'm sure tomorrow is going to feel really strange without them there.
I hate sweating...
I loved our hot yoga class with Dianne Hastings!
What an amazingly beautiful lady in every sense of the word... thank you for your time and your input into our lives.
This afternoon was great fun with Christy and Moonshadow and the next section of anatomy... we learned about bones and postures and then walked through Tempe observing the people casually walking by totally unaware of our keen observations of their postures, hand positions, shoulders, necks, foot placement etc!
Followed by a walk in the park.
Crew members were setting up for a 5K marathon happening in the town tomorrow - and so we took advantage of the moment, dancing together to the beat of the reggae music blasting out of the speakers nearby.
It was just what we needed before we ended our day learning about our own walking postures and the slight adjustments we could make to our own bodies...
it was eye, hip, shoulder, thigh, and everything in-between opening!!
Thanks for the walk in the park Christy :)
01/23/2015, Tempe, AZ
I am tired tonight!
Have I already said that?
Yesterday was too emotional a day to write about in the raw when I got home.
We reached down deep inside our hearts and souls, with Judy Salinas, our Yolates instructor, guiding us through surrendering...
many tears were shed by many of us for as many different reasons...
it was safe and it was good.
DeAnna led us through more postures and prompting cues, so patiently preparing us of four final 30 minutes of teaching here before we all head out into the world, ready to take it by storm in whichever way God leads us!
And every time DeAnna addressed us as teachers I cried!
It was like a Pavlov experiment being demo'd for the group!!
And so we're focusing on tucking our tailbones in, dropping our shoulders away from our ears, pulling in our abs, pulling up our Kegels...
and breathing in more great big gulps of grace.
As a bonus we're also picking up really useful tips on how to use our straps, as demo'd here, for reaalllly, reeaaallly comfy camping chairs!