Monday, March 20, 2017

Monday Morning Rambles: Spring "Awakening"...

I had another other blog post planned for today but last night, I was inspired to write about something new.

(Below, I discuss the other topic; but first I want to speak about something that has been on my mind.)

Today is the first day of Spring, which to me signifies rebirth and change. People tend to shy away from the word "change" because it can stir up feelings of fear. But I am here to tell you that change can be good thing, especially when it comes to YOU evolving.

People who have known me for many years sometimes tell me "You have changed so much" as if it is a bad thing or perhaps they bring up something from the past "You used to have such a bad attitude".  I have come to the conclusion that sometimes people don't like when you change because it reminds them that they are stuck in the same place and they want to keep you in a box.  They want you to remain the same because it makes them feel safe.

Screw those people! Change. Evolve. Grow.

We were put here to find what makes us happy and sometimes we need to shake things up to find it. Who you are, does not determine who you will be. On this first day of Spring you have a choice...stay the same or join the rest of nature and begin to grow into the magnificent creature that you were meant to become.

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Speaking of evolving, I don't know if you've noticed this but people are starting to live much longer lives and the best part is that most of them are staying active. I see this every day since I am in the health and fitness industry.

This weekend we had a Senior Yoga workshop at the Ashram which really intrigued me. The class was taught by Pat, who graduated from my school as well. Fun fact, this morning I discovered that my neighbor attends her classes at her senior center. We are all connected.

When working with seniors you need to take into account some issues that they may suffer from such as, Osteoporosis, Joint issues (example flexibility or arthritis), Center of Gravity, Loss of Balance, just to name a few...

On Saturday we did various Asanas. First we executed them without any modifications so that we can sense what we feel in the poses. We then performed the Asana with some adjustments to make it suitable for the senior population and we tried to recreate the same feelings that we felt prior.  We also did two vinyasa flows on the chair, the first was a warrior flow and the second was a balance flow. I currently have a couple of clients that are seniors and I know first hand that balance is definitely something that they struggle with.

One more thing that I loved was when we incorporated Tai Chi into our practice. I have always been fascinated by Tai Chi; it's mind blowing, how you can feel this ball of energy between your hands when you shift your body from one side to another.

We also did "tapping" which is something that I have been doing for a few years to cope with my anxiety.

I am not sure if I will be teaching seniors any time soon but I do know that I will be teaching for a loooooong time so all these will be very useful in the future.


Namaste...
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