In The Middle

Life, Family, Yoga, Stuff


Leave a comment

Shrug Your Shoulders

tti-shoulders-4I had a total blast leading this Shoulder Workshop last Saturday at Teach to Inspire.  There were 6 or so from the training program, then another 6 or so from other places like the studio or the YMCA.  Beth’s new place is warm and inviting and I love being there.  The floor is soft bamboo and the walls are bran muffin with wine colored accent walls at either end.  It’s just the right size and glows with warm energy!  I must make it there this Sunday, to take a class, just for me!

I was worried I wouldn’t have enough stuff to fill three hours.  Think again.  I could’ve went on and on.  I left one whole idea out (it was using therabands for strengthening the shoulders) and I do not regret that one bit.  I did think of several other things we could’ve put to good use afterwards of course.  So we put them to good use today in my noon class.  I had someone show up with a tight neck and shoulders, so the class turned out to be “pretty workshoppy” and it was fun!

The next class I’ll be doing over there is the Psoas Muscle Workshop.  I really like that muscle, it’s cool and has a lot going on.  I did this class once before and was extremely well attended, so I’m excited to put it together once again.  I can’t believe this is work, it’s so much fun!!!

tti-shoulders-3Thanks to everyone that showed up and made this class so much fun.  I really had a blast!


3 Comments

A Full Week of Yoga

kirstenboundangleI’m excited for this week!  This is the week we will not have ice and snow and classes will not be canceled.  This is the week I can start my new class for MSU downtown, since it was canceled last week due to weather.  I will have 10 classes a week now, with a wonderful schedule of 9:00 to 1:00 every day (with the exception of mornings only on Fridays) and only one evening class per week.  Perfect when you have kids in school, out in time to pick them up!

Last Tuesday night, I didn’t teach at the Y, classes were canceled.  But none the less I heard some yogis showed up, those that were close enough to walk over.  Turns out, someone that’s interested in teaching took over and led the class!  I love to see that happen.  I’d just loaned him a bunch of great books and hooked him up with some resources so I’m glad he jumped in.

We really worked our legs today in some strong standing postures.  Lots of us had been inactive last week due to the weather, so I cranked up the heat with warrior I and II.  Instead of flowing today, we took longer holds.  We used our heels, pressing against the wall, felt the power of the legs, the stretching of the upper body and the firing of the hamstrings.  Needless to say, internal dialogue became not so internal with moans and groans coming to the surface.  I will say my legs are feeling it, even from the little that I did when I wasn’t walking and talking.  I’m sure that trekking up and down 38 stairs (twice) carrying a backpack and yoga mat had nothing to do with it all after walking a mile from a parking lot.  I shall not complain as I love what I do.

Today was also the beginning of a new month and I realized I had not sent out an e-newsletter to the yoga community since the New Year’s Day Mala.  February is heart month, so I did a quick search for info, made up something pink and pretty with plugs for the workshops at Teach to Inspire and hit send.  I’m doing a Freeing of the Shoulder Girdle this Saturday from 3:00-6:00.  I need to whip out my anatomy books, brush up on what moves what in what position and make some great handouts.  I love these classes and I’m always afraid I won’t have enough material, but low and behold, I can usually go on for hours.

Today was also a day where I would find out if an article I submitted for a yoga book would be chosen or not.  There were to be 25 articles picked from out of a couple hundred or so.   My article was not chosen, but I am really excited to see the ones that were.  This was the first time I’d submitted something that I’ve written.  I’ve never really considered myself a writer, but I do enjoy it very much so I’m sure I’ll try again at another time.

Speaking of writing, I need to check on my child and make sure she has those thank you notes written for her party gifts!  It’s getting close to bed time, hers and mine.

“Wake up and realize, you are surrounded my amazing friends” – not sure who said it, but I like it!


Leave a comment

Teach to Inspire

It was a relief to see the kids return to school.  I was scheduled to lead a class of three hours yesterday and I needed some time without kids to plan.  The class was at the new Yoga and Education Training Centerlingams in our town.  My good friend and teacher, has a very dedicated group working on their RYT (Registered Yoga Teacher) certification.  I of course, was flattered that she asked me to be a part of the training.  I’m scheduled for one Saturday a month, for three months for three hour workshops.  Cool.

Her theme for this month was Leela, which basically translates to playfulness and fun!  The workshop I headed up yesterday at her place, was fun.  It was on teaching yoga to children, of all ages.  I don’t have any experience with teaching a yoga class to children with physical disabilities, but I have taught a few to kids with mental, or behavior oriented disorders.  What a challenge with a big reward.

When I have to teach a workshop, I like to plan, plan and plan some more.  I like to spend lots of time planning and organizing and preparing.  This week, it just didn’t work out that way.  Though the kids were in school there were other demands.  A yearbook planning meeting at WOLF School, kids coming over to play and a breakfast meeting at the YMCA yesterday morning.  I had in my head what I wanted to do, I just needed it on paper.  I got my handouts on the computer and printed them out.  Some day, I will put all the Sanskrit words in my spell check!  How annoying to have every other word you type show up as a typo. 

I always worry if I will run short, that I won’t have enough information for the duration.  Low and behold that never happens.  I can usually go on for hours, and for that, I am thankful, except I almost forgot to take a break yesterday!  I was able to teach this class without too much stressful planning.  I offered what I knew very well with confidence.  I feel thankful, to be at a place where it feels so natural to share what I know.

I chose not to bring kids to the training class.  #1 they would’ve been a distraction #2 that would’ve been a good idea, as they would have total true experience of a kids yoga class #3 focusing on teaching to kids while being distracted…..not such a good idea.  We played with asana for about an hour, bringing in animal sounds and creative names for poses.  We sang a few Native American Indian songs, we counted to 10 in Sanskrit and named some different body parts in Sanskrit as well.  We looked through the books that I brought in.  I passed around my Lingams (pictured above) as a touch and feel philosophical part of the training.

The new center is beautiful.  I haven’t even been able to squeeze a class in over there for myself yet!   Though yesterday went very well and was well received, I was exhausted.  I slept in this morning, taking care of myself in a restful way.  I know that the exhaustion I was experiencing was in a positive light and that it too soon, will pass.


Leave a comment

The Yoga of Moving Forward and Letting Go

Today, I made it to Sunday yoga.  I even made it to the 8:30 meditation, barely.  I started my car, but forgot to turn on the defrost, so scraping was in serious order.  I do not like to enter the yoga room two minutes prior to class.  Heck, I don’t even like to enter the yoga room five minutes prior to class!  But it was OK, I made it and I needed it.

pdrm6910

Today was a special day.  One of my favorite local teachers (Beth) is opening a Yoga Education and Training Center (here in town) and I’m excited for her!  I’m also excited to help teach some of the training workshops as well.  Today was her last Sunday morning at our studio downtown.  We had a large crowd of fourteen.  Some of the regulars were not there this morning, so it had potential to have been a much larger class. 

Beth is a chanter and a good one.  So we opened up class with the 12 mantras for Surya Namaskar.  This was joyful and energetic and prepared some of us (including yours truly) for chanting on New Year’s Day at the Yoga Mala for charity.  We did a variety of sun salutations and I always dig the Jivamukti style salutes that she sometimes throws in.  The locking of the thumbs always makes me feel as though I’m in water.  Something that I truly love, being the avid swimmer that I once was!  And still am, when I get the chance, I’m just not on a team!

In celebration of moving forward to 2009, we focused on forward bends and some back bends.  Soft back bends, nothing too explosive.  She mentioned the back bending as a way of leaving stuff behind, because we all know if we don’t leave stuff behind, it’s hard to move (bend) forward.  So true.  I tend to carry around a lot of totally energy draining and useless information from my past at times, so I totally appreciated this class, on this very day!  Thankfully for yoga, I’ve been able to let go of a LOT of stuff that I’ve carried with me.  Even some of the stuff that I wanted to keep, but didn’t need to!

I will miss Beth’s Sunday class at our little studio.  She offered her teaching position to me.  It’s a great gig, good crowd, decent money, nice time slot.  But, I like attending the class on Sunday mornings, not teaching it.  As much as I could always use the money, I turned it down.   My friend Amanda, that took her first yoga class with me at the YMCA will be leading it.  I’m excited for her to have a studio class!  Beth will continue to teach on Sunday mornings at her new place and I’m sure I’ll drop in.  I will also be there to support Amanda, as a new studio teacher.  It’s nice to have cheerleaders (in a silent energy yoga code kind of way) in the room!

I left the yoga room today feeling much better about 2009.  Not that I was feeling necessarily bad about 2009 when I arrived, but………..yoga’s cool like that!