Making Space for Silence

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There’s so much external noise, sometimes it’s hard to hear myself think.  Lately, I’ve been trying to make some space.

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A weekend with Betsey Downing

What does it take to get to the next level, in yoga or in life?

I picked up some how-to tips by attending a sold-out weekend of workshops at Eastside Yoga Studio, featuring Betsey Downing.  She is a certified Anusara teacher and has her PhD in Sport Psychology.  Dianne was so excited to host one of her teachers and to share the experience with others at the studio.

Here’s a snippet of some of the things I learned from Betsey…

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Yoga school completed!

Yeah!

Dianne gave me the official certificate from Eastside Yoga School this week.  I wasted no time in logging into the Yoga Alliance website and signing up as a Registered Yoga Teacher (RYT).

So why did I decide to do yoga school/shala?

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Downward Dog DVM celebrates 1 year!

Don’t you ever wonder where the time goes?

It’s been one year since I started this blog.  Wow!  I’m so happy to be able to write that down.  Here are some of my musings on this auspicious occasion…

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The spaces in between

As part of yoga teacher training, I taught my 5th karma community class on a rainy Sunday afternoon.  I was glad to have a chance to be at the studio again but it was a few weeks since I’d done it.  For my 4th karma class, I assisted by demonstrating the poses as my classmate led the practice.  I liked observing someone else’s style.  However, it was time for me to get back into the groove again.

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I taught my first yoga class

Do you remember how it felt to ride a bike for the first time?  The training wheels.  The wobbliness as you tried to travel in a straight line.  Falling over and getting a bruise from the handlebars.  It was all forgotten when you made that first solo ride down the driveway and either managed to stop by yourself or had someone waiting for you at the end.  You did it.

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Final Class for Yoga School

Yoga shala started earlier than usual and Dianne was determined that we stay on schedule.  We needed to take a group photo, write a test, practice yoga, do some kirtan chanting and share in a final feast.  Seemed like an overwhelming to-do list but it all worked out.  I think that time stood still for us that day…or a least we hoped it would.  This was our last class together.

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Yoga therapy with Lynn Medow

One of the many things that I enjoy about yoga school is learning from the teachers who had trained Dianne.  They’ve been extremely supportive in the development of the shala at Eastside Yoga.  They’ve had experience with yoga, in how it affects them and others.  And although they profess otherwise, these women seem to know themselves based on the stories that they tell during workshops at the studio.  They’ve studied many styles of yoga and assimilated the information discerningly.  Like true yoginis, they graciously share their knowledge with us.

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