Mother Nature is so fickle and stubborn. She won’t give up on her tight hold on winter weather. And now I sit with patience, biding my time until spring erupts in a fury of color, sound and smells. Actually I don’t need to sit very long as I am departing on the second part of the first part of my yoga therapy training (confused yet?). The first leg of this journey is earning 300 credit hours of learning, study and practicum. The program was split into two segments of two weeks each, to make it manageable for life. So back to Austin I go.
I am so happy with the program with Inner Peace and look forward to the next two weeks with the various faculty, the facilitators, and of course, my colleagues in-training. We will be wrapped up in the study of Yoga for Depression, Yoga for Grief Relief, Yoga for Chronic Pain, and Yoga for Cancer. Intense study aside, we will have time for romping in the hill country of Austin and maybe a night or two out on the town.
Looking back on the past three months, I feel that I have been very much engrossed in my studies of yoga therapy. My case studies will make an excellent learning tool as I go forward. I am happy about my choice to pursue this certification and also proud of my accomplishments thus far. I am keen on learning more, applying that knowledge and getting more hands on experience. Finally, I am very grateful to Peter, Zoe, Holly and my parents for their support and love. My heart also goes out to my students and fellow yoga teachers and friends as well.
2 to 1 Breath or Extended Exhale
Supported Head to Knee Pose (Janu Sirasana)
Props: bolster, blankets, neck roll
Benefits: Stretches hamstring and back of leg, centering and calming to central nervous system, gently stretches back, mild hip opener.
In the variation that we practiced in class, we placed the bolster upright on short end on our thigh and draped the arms over it letting the fingers and hands relax. Use blanket support under knee and possibly to sit on to take pressure off of the low back. Add a neck pillow or other cushioning for the head to rest on. Stay for up to 5 minutes and switch sides mindfully. We warmed up some with a flowing Head to Knee pose prior. Try out the Mental Alternate Nostril Breathing.
Reclined Bound Angle