Cool thing about being on a high-rise building where I can be roaming all the way up to 30th and 31st floors (lovely yoga class there!) is that I can appreciate all kinds of weather patterns and lighting both natural and man-made. Iphone camera is pretty good but could not capture the big white moon shining by the red glowing tower … a juxtaposition of super-metropolis and the beauty of nature in one shot as you walk between the the Tokyo skyscrapers. Then on and off elevators like a yoyo. Being grounded is more important than ever when your life revolves around elevators to get to places – what? Take the stairs for health? Ummm, C’mon, not to 31st floor … break a leg.
Yoga and Addiction is such a grim dark subject (NOT!), I had to counter it by upping my happiness quotient through good deeds – meaningful actions. Got the above for a teen who accompanied me to assist an Adaptive Yoga class at UC Berkeley Friday.
So a little reward for spending 2+ hours on campus just observing yoga teachers aiding an Adaptive Yoga class. To assist one must be min 18 years old so – unfortunately he could not help. I worked with 30-something young lady and her caretaker – This thirty-something, why don’t we call her “Anna” is normally wheelchair bound and has a conputer monitor to convey her words as Anna cannot speak. Yet she squeals in joy when some movement or touch feels good to her – I learned a lot from Anna.Thank you Anna for allowing me to figure things out about our body and mind; what’s normal, what’s the new normal … what is it like to not have freedom and control over one’s motor functions.
After the class – went to North Berkeley and stumbled into a French bakery. Treated this well-meaning teen to a Raspberry Dark Chocolate Cake – ahhh could not resist taking a little bite – ouuuuu – so sweet. Anyone addicted to sugar? That’s an addiction – food addiction, alcohol addiction, screen-addiction, hedonistic addictions, prescription drugs addictions … there are many kinds of addictions us weak mortals exhibit destructive behaviors with – why is that? How would a yoga practice help ? It’s an interesting module full of surprises. How does a mindfulness practice inherent in a yoga practice help heal?
*** Next months’s module is “Adaptive Yoga” and here we are, doing our homework before that actual intensive …
When Cal students come back, then these yoga students are in for a real treat as there will be such high ratio of assistants. Yeah hooray they get to get out of that wheelchair and move their limbs! You will be lifted out of immobility !!!
Experience that freedom to feel alive ! That we all take for granted.
Thank you for a valuable experience.
To come, to come:)
Returned to teaching, assisting and taking few classes -and to my Yoga Therapist Teacher Training with Niroga – it’s lovely to see the regulars and some new faces. Thank goodness, so fortunate to accumulate so much in my toolbox to serve me when I’m feeling out of balance, I am here to share! Here are some of the things that I find yoga to serve ME quite well with … let me count the ways and teach by living it:
– jet lag (battled it? No befriend the body’s internal clock – resist sleep, why? get up 3am? why not?)
– sleep issues, insomnia (Here comes the Sun, the morning sun … and the mooon, ahhh, the moon – sun and the moon practices – love ’cause it … works)
– fatigue (REST then get moving you all)
– weight loss/gain (my weight has bottomed to 118lb and then up to 135lbs, all in the last 3 years – stop the yo-yo)
– anxieties (gone!)
– headaches (gone)
– heat stroke (it’s not only about hydration, it’s about the pores you guys – our pores, our entire skin, the organ, needs to breathe:)
– digestive issues (gone)
– hypertension (gone)
– injury recovery (yes, it’s that:)
– resiliency in stress management (on-going:)
All the while, in heaps I’ve gained in flexibility, strength, and mindfulness – living with gratitude in joy, yet at all times aware of grief, loss and struggles we all face. And overcome:)
We are divine and made to find the homeostasis when we live in clear, full awareness. Namaste:)