This morning I awoke feeling rather, stiff and stuck, concerned about all that had to be done. I had made plans with my neighbor earlier this week and was feeling it was a mistake. Barbara and I did get together, I in charge of picking up donuts and Barbara making the coffee. We had a great time catching up. I even helped Barbara plan an outfit for an outing tomorrow. I left Barbara's feeling great and revived and did not care about all that had to be done. I took the time to "watch the leaves turn" and was rewarded. Then to my surprise, tonight I discovered my paramedic continuing education classes scheduled for all day tomorrow were cancelled! Now I can work on stuff tomorrow....and take more time to "watch the leaves turn."
As I work at the Gleason Family YMCA, I see many types of families. Lately I have seen more and more grandparents bringing their grandchildren to the pool. Watching these grandparents with their grandchildren warms my heart. They lovingly guide, love and care for the new generation. There is one Grandmother, who still works, that brings her grand daughter every Monday. They have such a great bond. Another grandmother has also been bringing her grand daughter on Monday's. The grand daughter was afraid of the water at first, but now is in lessons because her grandmother encouraged and loved her. There is a couple who brings their 2 grandchildren for lessons one day a week. The grandmother sits with the baby in the bleachers lovingly talking to, feeding, and generally caring for him. The grandfather often swims with the preschooler before lessons and then sits near and watches him swim in lessons. I so love seeing the compassion of the grandparents. It is and example of ahimsa in yoga. It is an example of the YMCA core values - caring, respect, responsibility. It is an example of God's grace. I live the quote from the Dalai Lama shown in the picture above...compassion is a necessity to life. Let's share compassion with everyone we touch this week and be an example to the world of what living life with compassion is like.
This video by Ekhart Video is instruction for Warrior II and Exalted Warrior. "Francesca" does a great job on giving positioning tips. During the video Francesca uses the Sanskrit word for Warrior II - Virabradrasana.
Please let me know if this video is helpful.
Tuesday nights I have been taking a class on anatomy and yoga. This week our teacher, Michelle, taught a class and had us join her. At the end, we did savasana. I positioned myself with feet up the wall and arms out to the sides. Michelle played a great CD (I need it's title!). At the end of savasana, Michelle asked us to bend our knees and then wrap our arms around our legs. I tried to get my arm around my legs....they were so relaxed, they would not move. I finally wrapped my arms, but they flopped back down to the floor! That's when I realized how well I had relaxed. It felt sooooo good!
Have you had a relaxing moment(s) while practicing yoga that you would like to share?
October is Breast Cancer awareness month. I post this video of Mandisa performing "Overcomer" for my fellow survivors, especially those experiencing treatment now. I also share this video for my yoga and water aerobic students who are feeling challenged today. I pray that this video give all of you inspiration!
I enjoy yoga as it brings peace to my life. Teaching yoga has brought joy to my life and given me a chance to encourage others in learning yoga.