From time to time I like to share stories from your fellow students for yoga and their experiences with yoga.
Today, Janet shared that she had a dental appointment recently during which she found herself using Jana mudra. It was a relaxing dental appointment!!
Tim shared that as he waited to compete during the recent Special Olympics, he practiced the breathing we do in Chair Yoga. The breathing helped keep away his usual nervousness and prepare him for 2 gold metals!
Neely Da Kat snoozing on his "Throne" in the window.
Savasana or Shavasana translated as sava (corpse) asana (pose). We all know it as the resting pose. Usually we do this at the end of our practice but can be done anytime to relax. Savasana is a time to tune out, breath, and relax. It can be done laying on your back, side or with feet up the wall. During chair yoga class we do savasana in the chair. When doing chair yoga at home, savasana can be done with your head rested on a table.
If you click on Neely's picture, you will be connect to a page of Wikihow that has a 7 step series of pictures with instructions for savasana.
Today I was asked to name a good book on Chair Yoga.
I use "Chair Yoga for You: A Practical Guide" by Clarissa C. Adkins, and all.
Amazon.com sells it for $10.54. Click on picture of book to connect to the book on Amazon.com. This book has good pictures and descriptions of each move. It does not contain the mudras and breathing techniques we use in class.
As I traveled on Memorial Day, I was listening to news radio. In between the news they were having little clips about what people were doing on that day. During one clip they shared about some families who were spending the day helping people who had been effected by a tornado. They gave their day over to helping others instead spending time with friends. A boy who sounded about 9 or 10 was interviewed. He said that helping others was better than playing games with his friends!! It is amazing how happy the boy seemed. It was good to hear that kids are being taught to help/serve others.
When we help others, we encourage healing and joy in a situation that may not be so good. We are God's hands reaching out to those in need when we reach out and help others. In turn, we feel joy and maybe healing from our work.
Have you ever experienced joy or healing from helping others? Please share your stories.
The Wednesday Chair Yoga class at Gleason Y is privileged to have a Special Olympian in it's midst. Tim will be traveling to Boston this Friday for the opening ceremonies. Tim will be competing in 2 swimming events on Sunday. Yesterday, I had the privilege of training with Tim. He looked sharp! Please keep Tim in your prayers!
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.