Have I told you lately that I love you, yoga? I really, truly do. My two most recent classes came with proud teaching moments.
One of my new students at Dancing Warrior Yoga has hyper-extended elbows. She puts a great deal of strain on those muscles and tendons when in table, downward dog, and plank, to name a few. I taught her to micro-bend her elbows to strengthen the support and relieve the strain. She’s been taking yoga for four years and said that no teacher had ever pointed that out before. She was grateful for that simple modification.
Last week, at Ocean Yoga Center, I worked on lengthening the spine, relaxing the shoulders, and opening the heart in mountain pose. We often round our shoulders and ‘slump’ in our daily lives. This can lead to back pain, digestive issues, and headaches. One of my students thanked me this week for showing her this method. She said that it makes a big difference and has enjoyed practicing her new lengthened and lifted spine.
Well, we had to scrap our camping trip. It has been raining up in these parts for days on end. The satellite shows a hug band of rain headed for West Jefferson, NC. The rain will start this afternoon and continue until tomorrow. Not the ideal camping weather. I don’t mind being cold, but I do mind being wet.
Big fat bummer.
But I had a great time yesterday visiting my old school. I spent two hours just wandering the halls, talking to colleagues, and being introduced to the students as “the very first dance teacher” at the school. I felt like a bit of a celebrity. I’ve been gone for 9 years, so of course, all the students I knew have been gone for a few years.
It felt nostalgic and sad, but inspiring at the same time. The school is still vibrant with color and sound. The students and staff seem happy. It’s just as I remembered.
It was obvious by my daughter’s behavior yesterday that a full moon was coming. She always gets a bit wacko around that time. Of course, the anticipation of Halloween doesn’t help.
But, thankfully, tonight’s full moon also provided for a really cool yoga class. I taught a nice meditative flow that I found on Yoga international. It was a slow, imagery enhanced moon salutation that my students and I really enjoyed. It left us feeling calm, nurtured, and quiet.
So, what’s the deal? Do we all need to do more moon salutations to avoid The Lunar Effect? I would be all for it! How about you?