“ Hope is important because it can make the present moment less difficult to bear. If we believe that tomorrow will be better, we can bear a hardship today. ”― Thich Nhat Hanh
"To be beautiful mean to be yourself. You don't need to be accepted by others. You need to accept yourself." - Thich Naht Hanh
"Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love." -Lao Tzu
“ Never continue in a job you don't enjoy. If you're happy in what you're doing, you'll like yourself, you'll have inner peace. And if you have that, along with physical health, you will have had more success than you could possibly have imagined
“It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye.”― Antoine de Saint-Exupery
“Never underestimate the power of dreams and the influence of the human spirit. We are all the same in this notion: The potential for greatness lives within each of us.”― Wilma Rudolph
“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice. It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.”― William Jennings Bryan
“To make no mistakes is not in the power of man; but from their errors and mistakes the wise and good learn wisdom for the future.”- Plutarch
As the last session approaches I had the request to teach recovery techniques.
My obstacles: Most of the restorative Yoga asanas I know all involve props, none of which the facility has, nor can I provide props for 40 individuals. My other concern: I just got the group interested in Dynamic Stretching (*cough, Yoga, cough*). I have no idea how receptive the group, as a whole, will be to long holds, little movement, relaxation, etc, and during the second to last session I began with Sukhasana, Siddhasana, or any similar variation that the boys could access without straining. Within one minute they were fidgeting, shifting or just got out of their variation entirely. They may not be quite ready to sit, lie, or be still in deep stretches, especially for 5 to 10 minutes per asana.
Solution: Write up.
You can lead a horse to water, but not you can make him drink.
I collected some articles about restorative Yoga, sports related recovery techniques, etc. I condensed much of the information so the group would not lose interest with information about case studies, statistical finding, etc.
I printed copies for each of them to have; it will be up to them if they want to try different techniques, do further research, etc.
I learned a long time ago, "Just because you care about something/are interested in something, does not mean that the other person is too.
I'm very interested to find out what happens. I may ever know; I'll just pretend that at some point the articles helped each of them.
I'm posting the information here because maybe someone reading may benefit from it too.
For those who read my Feb 15, 2016 Post, "CAN YOU TEACH A NON-YOGA, YOGA CLASS?" this is a continuation...
For the second Dynamic Stretch Class I brought in an article; something that the players could relate to and assist in opening up there perceptions to stretching (Yoga).
Me: Are you guys good with sports trivia?
Me: Okay raise your hand when you know who I'm talking about.
Played college football for Auburn University.... Started in the NFL for the Cincinnati Bengals.... Followed by the Buffalo Bills, Philadelphia Eagles, San Francisco 49ers ans the San Diego Chargers...
Guys: *Shouting random names*
Me: Co-host for SiriusXM NFL Radio's Saturday Night "The End Zone"...
Me: Okay. Does anyone know who this guys is? I showed them the magazine article:
I had one of them read the article.
Relating to the group with their personal interests; hopefully will spark their interests.
Thank you to Wikipedia, Yoga Journal and EasyBib.com.
"Takeo Gerard Spikes." Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 06 Feb. 2016. Web. 05 Mar. 2016.
Zepeda, Dana Meltzer. "I'M A YOGI." YOGA JOURNAL Feb.280 (2016): 124. Print.
"EasyBib: The Free Automatic Bibliography Composer." EasyBib. N.p., n.d. Web. 06 Mar. 2016.
(Please keep in my I have not had to cite anything since college, a long time ago, if there is a typo/mistake in the above citations, apologies in advance. Please feel free to contact me if citations need updating/correcting. Namaste.)
“I promise you nothing is as chaotic as it seems. Nothing is worth your health. Nothing is worth poisoning yourself into stress, anxiety, and fear.”― Steve Maraboli
“I do not think that there is any other quality so essential to success of any kind as the quality of perseverance. It overcomes almost everything, even nature.”― John D. Rockefeller
“A good teacher can inspire hope, ignite the imagination, and instill a love of learning.”― Brad Henry
One of the companies I work for schedules private Yoga sessions for its clients. I was requested to teach a Dynamic Stretching Class for a group of young athletes who train at an establishment focused on preparing young athletes for careers as pro-athletes. The establishment wanted a non-Yoga 30 minute class for deep stretching.
Interesting situation; the Dynamic Stretching portion would be prior to the athletic training segment. I had to make sure they were partially, somewhat warmed up before actually stretching so they would not incur injuries stretching a cold body, get them somewhat stretched out and ready to workout hard. Keeping this all in mind with the whole non-Yoga class in mind.
Instead of speaking about quieting the mind, going inwards, connecting with the body itself, etc etc. I did my best to have fun with the athletes, let them laugh, let them goof off and make jokes with each other. I met them were they were at, opening them up to the Dynamic Stretching concept (*cough, cough, Yoga, cough*) :)
Hopefully this group will keep up with there Dynamic Stretching (*cough, Yoga*) throughout their lives whether they go-pro or not. Maybe only day they will take an actual Yoga class. We'll see.
First time this has ever happened...
While moving towards the close of Tuesday night's class I gave students another opportunity to do supta balasana. Before I explained the asana again, I began with, "One more opportunity to give yourself a hug." Most of the class went straight into the asana; to my astonishment, I had four students who actually gave themselves a hug, wrapping their arms around themselves, opposite arm to opposite shoulder. It was pretty adorable.
For the past two Friday mornings I've been helping out another teacher; subbing for him while he was out of town. I chatted with the students before class; the usual, injuries, concerns...
A gentleman in the back said, "What can a do about a broken heart?"
This was the second time a student posed this question. The class responded with a sentimental, "Awww" and the gentleman chuckled it off.
However, in truth, it's not so much time healing a broken heart, but more so the person making a conscious effort to.
My thought, focus less on your current situation whether it be emotionally, physically, spiritually, etc. Focus more on where you want to be.
“We live in a wonderful world that is full of beauty, charm and adventure. There is no end to the adventures that we can have if only we seek them with our eyes open.”― Jawaharlal Nehru
I started the New Year teaching an awesome group of students then took a two hour restorative class. A wonderful way for me to start off the New Year.
Reflecting back on this past year there a so many things I am grateful for. Looking ahead to 2016, I am excited about the upcoming changes, activities planned and possibilities.
Thanks and peace from me to so many.
Happy New Year, Namaste
“ There's a big, wonderful world out there for you. It belongs to you. It's exciting and stimulating and rewarding. Don't cheat yourselves out of this promise. ”― Nancy Reagan
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