Yoga at the Lexington Park Library
Join Lisa Clow for yoga at the Lexington Park Library
Saturday May 4 @ 9:30 am-10:30 am Room B
Saturday May 11 @ 9:30 am-10:30 am Room B
Saturday May 18 @ 9:30 am-10:30 am Room B
Saturday June 1 @ 9:30 am-10:30 am Room B
This Yoga Basics class is appropriate for all levels of experience. Participants connect with the inner-self and the power of the body's self-healing mechanism. Come and learn how to align the mind, body, and breath as you move your joints through the appropriate range of motion. A yoga practice develops the ability to stay calm during stressful situations as well as re-patterning the body's programmed responses. This Yoga Basics class is offered in a relaxed learning environment. Open to all levels of interest and ability
A Yoga Basics class that is appropriate for all levels of experience. Participants connect with the inner-self and the power of the body’s self-healing mechanism. Come and learn how to align the mind, body, and breath as you move your joints through the appropriate range of motion. A yoga practice develops the ability to stay calm during stressful situations as well as re-patterning the body’s programmed responses. This Yoga Basics class is offered in a relaxed learning environment. Open to all levels of interest and ability. Please bring a yoga mat or a towel. Registration required.
Saturday, January 19, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Saturday, February 2, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Saturday, February 9, 2019 – 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Where: Lexington Park Library in Lexington Park Library Meeting Room B
Everything and everyone has a purpose, but most have more than one. My Orpington hen just went broody- she wants to hatch some eggs. But her eggs aren’t fertile, so I have been sliding my duck’s eggs under her. She’ll hatch and raise them like they were her own and after that, she'll continue to lay eggs that we eat for breakfast. You could consider activity in the same way, multipurpose. In my 20’s and 30’s, I would spend hours at the gym on the elliptical and lifting weights- mostly for my physique. My exercise regimen was purposeful- build muscle and burn calories. Now, my activity has purposes that serves the mind, body, and community in a permaculture way. Gardening puts food on the table and connects me with nature, taking care of my mini-farm of chickens, ducks, rabbits, and turkey also fills the plate with nutritious food and is a stress reliever. Yoga aligns my mind, body, and breath, getting me ready for a great day or releasing tension from work, and helps me connect with others. Walking my dog gets me out and about, connecting with nature, neighbors, and my furry companion. Here’s my point. Pick activities that serve more than one purpose, especially ones that relieve stress and connect you with nature.
Researchers show that the obesity epidemic is related to a few things:
Gumption isn’t a commonly used word anymore, and I’m not sure why. It’s what helped me get to where I am and to create my mantra, “I make shit happen” (pardon the swear word). The first time I realized that I could make something happen was way back in the early 80’s as a 14 yr old. I wanted to be a kayaker, and despite my terror of being upside down in raging water, rocks, and other things, I did it! From there, I built up my gumption to change my major in college, compete in bodybuilding shows, and complete my student teaching in a foreign country and so on. Gumption is what kept me going and moving on from every low point in life. I think one can develop gumption through baby steps of accomplishing goals. Try this:
I recently had a discussion with some scholars about scholarly things. As the conversation progressed, we talked about not just surviving but thriving. How much would you invest to thrive in your life? If put into the measure of hours spent, how many hours would you devote to learning how to thrive? The National Board for Teachers recommends that one must complete about 200 to 400 hrs. of work on the process of earning the master teacher certification. The 200 hr. Yoga Teacher Training takes, well... 200 hrs. A Ph.D. in something takes as long as the time it takes. All of the previously mentioned are commitments I’ve made in my life to thrive. I didn’t think about the time it took to get to where I can thrive until last night but considering everything it has been worth it. What does thriving mean to you and how much time are you willing to invest in the process?
Try this activity:
Raise your hand if you walk for exercise every day. If you do, what keeps you walking? As I work at my desk, I look out my window and see people walking at all hours of the day and evening. We have some joggers too. Research points to why people walk more and the neighborhood characteristics that help. Safety, lighting and beautiful things to look at are a few components that encourage physical activity. Walking paths, parks, and access to facilities also impact activity level. Did you ever have your dog stare into your eyes when you miss the regular walking time? Yes, having a dog could get you up and move too! Walking doesn't require much equipment, just a good pair of shoes and a coat depending on the weather. Check out Dr. Mike Evans 23 1/2 hr. video for all of the health benefits of walking for 30 minutes every day. Finish your "to do" list during the other 23 1/2 hrs.
When I graduated from college, I worked for a motivational speaker as the warm-up for a crowd of participants during a fire walking seminar. I led the participants in some aerobic activity to get them ready for the exciting event of walking on hot coals. With the flames blazing in the hotel parking lot, we were in one of the conference rooms being inspired by the speaker. After pumping everyone up with some motivational encouragement, the speaker had the crowd of people practice the technique of marching across the room chanting YES YES YES YES YES and wiping our feet off on the other side of the room. This process went on for an excruciating amount of time and then the crowd was ready to face the coals. As we walked outside, the fire was blazing stronger than ever with a walkway of coals spread out, similar to the picture posted. One at a time, the participants marched across the coals chanting YES! YES! YES!
If you know anything about the science of fire walking, you know that the coals that are for walking are not nearly as hot as the blazing fire, but if you don't master the technique, you could get burned.
I think the experience changed how I approach goals or aspirations that seem insurmountable or unattainable. I master the skills needed and in my minds eye repeatedly chant YES YES YES when envisioning the future achievement. Sometimes daily tasks can seem like walking over the hot coals, but with some positive thoughts and a firm foundation, You can do it!
If you know me, you know that my passion is supporting teacher health through joining together as a community to discuss issues and take action to protect our national treasure, our teachers. Violence toward teachers has reached epidemic proportions, and in 2012, about 95% of teachers in the US experienced a violent act perpetrated by a student (Espelege et al., 2013).
You may be wondering how this impacts your health. Raise your hand if you are reading this, and you are a teacher, you know someone who is a teacher, your child has a teacher, you had a teacher sometime in your life. Hmmm, I see that everyone has a hand raised. Teachers raise the children of our society that they see 170 to 180 days each year, 8 hours each day for five days each week, and for 18 years of their lives. How many of you learned a valuable lesson from a teacher? OK, I see all hands are up again. How many of you care about a teacher? Teachers are in crisis. Maybe not every moment of the day but perhaps many moments in a day.
If you know a teacher, care about a teacher, have a child that has a teacher, or care about the education of our society, please reach out to them today and direct them to www.daily4ahealthylife.com or Genius Breaks website to get help in learning self-care methods for a healthier life.
Espelage, D., Anderman, E. M., Evanell Brown, V., Jones, A., Lane, K. L., McMahon, S. D., Reddy, L. A., & Reynolds, C. R. (2013). Understanding and Preventing Violence Directed Against Teachers: Recommendations for a National Research, Practice, and Policy Agenda. American Psychologist, 68(2), 75-87. doi:10.1037/a00301307
Below is a link to Self-Awakening Yoga movement inquiries that you could try today and slow your mind down to your body's time zone. Awaken your inner wisdom today and I promise you'll like it. Just copy and paste the link into your web browser.
January is a time of reflection and new beginnings. As we set goals, we should be able to envision what the future looks like after the accomplishment. I participated in a goals meditation yesterday and when I tried to envision what I wanted to get from sharing information and movement videos on this blog, the view was cloudy at first. I quieted my mind to listen to my inner wisdom and my vision cleared to the words "help family and friends live well". I want to share what I have learned through study and practice to help others reach optimum well-being. When you sit at your mountain top and look out toward your future, what does it look like. If you can envision the end point, you can find the path to get there.