“No Mud No Lotus” @ Vancouver

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Lotus covering the mud but …no flowers? In time, in time – it’s not the season. Lots of mud; Lots of roots, green lotus – but no flowers? Wrong season – the right season will come. Lotus will blossom again.

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Native American beauty at the botanical garden… carved out of wood. So woodsy here in Vancouver. This land is rich with Native American peoples – many tribes represented at First Nations in British Columbia. A reminder of what true beauty means…

Gratitude for the miracles taking place all around us.

Don’t ask me what’s next ? It’s all about what’s now. This very precious moment – Now is the time.

Namaste.

 

“Keep Tahoe Blue”

Lake Tahoe beyond the trees …

Harvested some sage and used for Lemon Sage Cream sauce… they just grow wildly around the cabin.  Walked around to harvest some edible herbs that gets overlooked as just shrubs … Sage is a find:)

A nice cove … crystal clear water … hope that stays.  It’s beautiful. My photo taking does not do justice but far yonder, you see the snow capped Sierra mountains in the backdrop which seems to surround the lake and the clear blue waters shimmering …

The Independence Day fireworks at Incline – hard to capture the sights and sound with this phone camera but here it is… an attempt … a bit hidden by the tress as we could not get to the waterfront with all the people.

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Yoga after a 5 hour drive is so very helpful.  (usually about 3.5 hours? but quite the traffic, taking 5-7 hours due to the holiday).

Introducing “Yoga after a Long Drive”, lol:)

Actually – One of my former teachers from my SRI Yoga School, Jean Mezzei (gone on to even bigger things – teaching to reach wider audience – churning out online teaching with Yoga International is a … wow, impressive … proud that she was my 200 hrs. teacher when she was not so famous, lol:) has a good one on Yoga International.  Please look up her “Yoga for Travelers”.  Let’s share this in a class – in a community.  Practicing solo is nice but … a group vibe is another kind of nice.  We need both.

“Yoga as Medicine”

is a book authored by Timothy McCall MD and an interesting compilation of yogic techniques.  It has a sub-title “the yogic prescription for health and healing”.

When I first read this book, I remember how it changed my perspective as I was practicing at a place where there was no concept of that – that idea that yoga is medicinal.

While inspiring and beautiful to see what a well trained body is capable of, most of us do not have hours a day to train our body to perform beyond the norm – or willing to, opting rather to take up multitudes of other disciplines (Pilates and Dance comes to mind) … It’s understandable as most of us, instead of spending hours on a yoga mat are working 8+ hours a day using our brain and in postures that may not be the best for our spine nor our internal organs.  We are working as teachers, fire fighters, peace officers, health care providers, builders and contractors, architects, coders, programmers, parenting or studying and training as students – whatever you do off-the-mat, we are trying to find our purpose and make a difference.  While nailing an advance pose gives one a certain high – called ego – especially because as a teacher noted, ah , maybe 3% of the population could do this to the spine, etc, I know the allure as I have experienced it –  our drive to do something difficult and challenging in spite of the pain or costs. We want to achieve a goal in spite of the suffering.  Sometimes, in fact, maybe we want to suffer. Then what you achieve seems so much sweeter.  We are complicated, yes.

Some of these full expression of the pose, can be accomplished by maybe 3, at most 6% of the population ???!!!   This was said by this one yoga master as one of his students took her hands up then back bended all the way for those hands to land to the floor behind her into a “Chakrasana” – a wheel pose.  A teacher is saying this jokingly.  No joke. So I let go.  That ego, I let go.I humbly want the caring yoga for the rest of us – that 97%.

SO jump forward – Yoga for me, is all about the therapeutics.  It’s a physical exercise of course as well …but it’s more.  It’s about …

FILL IN THE BLANK AFTER TAKING SOME CLASSES, OKAY?

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Yoga Book Club?  Here’s a recommendation 🙂

One of my Yoga Therapist Teacher Training Program’s faculty member, Baxter Bell MD published a book called: Yoga for Healthy Aging.  Subtitled “Guide for Lifelong Well-Being” – Highly recommended for those who seek Yoga from a perspective of therapeutics and REAL fitness.

So I am thrilled to be assisting this master teacher Monday nights !  Not only is he trained in Western Medicine as a Medical Doctor, he’s also trained in the Eastern Medicine as an Acupuncturist and … brings tools of yoga intelligently as a Yoga Therapist. Here’s someone who has studied both Western and Eastern medicine and thus capable of bridging the two and integrating both understanding into a Yoga Therapy protocol – practice – then an offering of this  – group class !. Just the idea of him as a yoga teacher is, to me a representation of this whole yogic philosophy of seeming dualism vs. oneness. East West – Yin Yang – Moon – Sun … we can go on and on about opposites or polar divides and how they come together for that wholeness and balance we all seek.

He teaches a wide range of classes but the particular class I assist is called “Yoga for Back Care” and located right by Kaiser Medical Center off Piedmont Avenue.  It’s a class where teacher knows “everyone’s name”.  Not so big as you’d get lost in the crowd, not so small that communal vibe is amiss.  Quite the teacher (& 2-3 assistants) student ratio for optimal learning and care.

What a honor to get to learn by assisting and observing.  In this day and age – not really surprised to see a teenager and her dad ( in his 30’s? 40’s) in this very class.  A real mixed aged group all seeking spinal health:)  In this age of intense competition in sports and expectations to perform athletically or on the job  – if you drive a lot; sit in front of a screen a lot; travel by air a lot; had a baby and been carrying that baby a lot; many many causes in our modern life style, Yoga for Back Care is probably needed for all generations.  It’s needed if not for specific care (Scoliosis, Spondylosis, Slipped Disc and other more specific conditions require a medical approval and/or advice before starting yoga) for everyone’s spinal pain prevention and maintenance.  We are blessed to have this amazing teacher in the Bay Area.

Have a wonderful 4th of July holiday and for the lucky ones – a vacation week – everyone with postural and breath awareness 🙂