Seasons change

Tucson’s hot summer comes to a theoretical close as we step into August.  Last night a student asked me how my summer was and I giggled and said something about how it’s still blazing.  She explained that she was a teacher, so for them the summer is sort of over…

My neck alerted me it was time to visit the chiropractor this morning, so before my classes I went to The Joint and got fixed up by Dr. Eric.  He’s such a gem.  My neck muscles still spasm, but I’m getting a massage tomorrow, so I’m looking forward to ease.  Perfect inspiration for my classes, as I tend to overwork myself, and therefore to bring balance, I aim to rest more, to give myself nurturing time to heal, to practice what I preach.

I taught Yogahour at the central Yoga Oasis today 11-12 and Expanding at 1215-145.  I themed on balance.  In Yogahour I taught a lot of one-legged balancing poses, which I love to play with anyway, and handbalancings like Sage Prep and Crane.

In Expanding we did the first part of our practice using a block as a helpful teaching guide to find the midline of our bodies and to practice drawing into it, for our ease, peace, comfort, balance lies in the middle.  The Buddhists call it ‘The Middle Path.’  When we practice not identifying with either extreme and instead reside in the middle we know peace.  This is a step-by-step practice, a daily, moment-by-moment practice of detaching from when things are awesome and exactly as we’d wish them to be and from when things are horrible and we feel like we cannot go on.  Neither will last forever.  “This too shall pass.”  ForMG9883-M our asana practice we did a Surya Namaskar A with a block between our shins, Surya B with a block except for Warrior 1, which was kinda funky and awkward, then handstand hops with a block between the shins, one with bent legs and one with straight legs.  oooh, good stuff!  We did some abs with the block (inspired by Desiree’s Practice back in the Scottsdale days), a variety of one-legged standing poses on a block, (inspired by Noah from many years ago, he taught an intermediate/advanced workshop with all the standing poses on a block)  I love getting inspired by other teacher’s great ideas!  It was a perfect way to embody the theme of balance.  Then we brought our warm bodies to the floor for some grounding work:  Some good ol’ “Yummy Thigh Stretch,” as Ulla used to call it, Runner’s Stretch, Hanuman work, Pigeon, Pigeon Thigh Stretch, twisting, more Hanuman, Parsva Upavistha Konasana, Upavistha Konasona, Marichiasana 3, Marichiasana 1, Ardhva Matseyendrasana, Triangmukaikapada Paschimottanasana, Krounchasana, Marichiasana 5, Bharadvadjasana 2, Paschimottanasana with a block between our belly and thighs to ground the femurs.

It was Sam’s last class for the summer, I’ll miss having her in class.  Ronni said it was her 2nd to last class too!  Seasons change, students change… the practice continues.