yoga workshop week end

I am just recuperating from a fantastic yoga workshop. The workshop took place over 3 days with a total of 11 hours of instruction. Most workshops have at least 25 participants, and some go as high as 100. We get a lot of individual attention at our workshop, with 10 or 11 people in attendance. That attention translates into “no slacking off,” not even for a minute. There is nowhere to hide in a group of fewer than a dozen people! Here are a few shots of the work we did.

yoga pose

yoga pose

yoga assist

yoga pose

This is a very special workshop as an excellent instructor from eastern Canada comes to instruct at a small, private yoga studio for 3 days each fall. This is the 6th year that we have had the good fortune to work together. For anyone familiar with yoga workshops, you will understand that this is not a common occurence. And one of the other perks of a small workshop? We have dinner together at my house! Here’s the table all set before my friends arrived.

ready for dinnerWe ordered a great dinner and had a delightful evening. The workshop was fabulous. There is always so much to learn and the camaraderie within our group is outstanding. Right now every muscle in my body is just a little sore and it feels so good!

take a break

Sometimes I am a slow learner. Not always, but sometimes. I have been learning how to use WordPress since I started blogging last May. One of the reasons I started the blog was so that I could learn how to do it. While searching the internet, I found numerous blogs that are great to read – entertaining or educational or humorous or all of the above. I figured it would be fun to give it a whirl.

First I had to think of something to write about – it started out slowly and rather sporadically. Almost immediately I realized that I had to add some photos to add interest, besides I love taking pictures and what better way to share them? (Never quite got the hang of online photo galleries, except for .Mac gallery, which shuts down in June.) So – I read and played and figured out inserting photos. The method I use to insert photos is slow and tedious, but that just means there’s room for improvement, right? This is me taking a break in a supported shoulder stand. I’m not sure which yoga pose the cat is doing.

doing yoga with the cat

I also decided I should try to post on some sort of schedule. This would give me a regular deadline (and who doesn’t work better with a good deadline?). Twice a week. That seemed

surgery scheduled!

It’s been 28 weeks since I had surgery on my right thumb (carpo-metacarpal arthoplasty, but you probably remembered that). Progress has been slow and steady and absolutely amazing. The most astounding effect of the surgery has been the difference it has made to my right arm, right shoulder and the right side of my back. The right side feels normal and my left side feels knotted and twisted by comparison. This is noticeable because for years my back has felt knotted and twisted and I couldn’t figure out what I was doing to cause it. Who could imagine that it could be because the joint at the base of my thumb was fused? I know that body parts are not isolated – everything is connected, but this is an extreme example as far as I’m concerned. The week before Christmas I met with my surgeon, and together we booked a surgery date for my left thumb – February 1. And yes, I’m nervous and

studio sign

My yoga practice takes place at a small private studio in my neighborhood. I like to help out with organizing the studio and our equipment because I like things organized. My teacher, Valerie, is a terrific Iyengar yoga instructor. I feel that anything I can do to help with the studio helps to simplify life for Valerie, for me and for my fellow yogis. I am lucky to practice with an exceptionally lovely group of women.

Over the summer the studio gets a super cleaning and all the props are washed and repaired. (This is in addition to all the year long maintenance.) It’s always a challenge to find ways to improve our prop storage system, as we continually improve the variety and quantity of props available. I have been meaning to make a sign to hang over the straps for the past year, and finally I got it done. The biggest stumbling block was getting a piece of cardboard cut the right size for the base. I’m sure that sounds silly, but cutting something 27″ long is just beyond the capability of working with one hand in a splint. Thankfully Susan Fae helped me out and I was out of excuses. This sign hangs just inside the storage room above our straps. I probably didn’t need to say that. The sign is fairly self explanatory.

sign that hangs over yoga straps in the studio

I love working in what I refer to as “ransom note” font, cutting letters from magazines, mail and anything else I can get my hands on with good text. I collect great letters and sort them into plastic sushi trays which stack together and don’t take up much space. And I wonder where my time goes…