I am nearing the end of my 500 hr yoga certification, which is 300 hours this time. Having taken the 200 hr a couple of years ago. The one thing I am learning is that their is so much to learn. Not just the poses but the language we use as instructors, we ask the student to focus on the breath and if we are not careful we will then tell them how it is supposed to feel and if the student doesn’t feel the same way as we have TOLD them they should, are we creating conflict in the student and drawing them away from what we asked them to focus on? We have to write a paper for the class and this one question is one I hope to ponder here for a while.
“Notice how the shoulder feels in that stretch?”
“Notice how good the shoulder feels in that stretch.”
“I invite you raise your arms over your head?”
“Raise your arms over your head, drawing your collar bones apart and softening the shoulder blades onto your back?” (if this is hard for the student are we creating conflict during the class?)
They say just start typing and let it roll. First I have to say I just finished a book “f**k It the ultimate spiritual way” by John Parkin. The book makes life appear so easy, maybe my new favorite term is going to be “f**K It” and let it flow. He talks about religion, relationships, health, diet, work and how to de-stress. The eyes were open to how much stress is caused by just the smallest things which can lead to some very large bad things happening to us and those around us. For example: I decide to have a real sandwich with that god awful wheat in it, I begin to stress what have i done to myself, I then stress, is Wanda going to find out, now I start to really feeling guilty my stomach starts to react is it the wheat or is it stress! LO, “F**K IT.” Just tell myself enjoy the sandwich, tell Wanda about it and laugh together. Small item but profound concept of letting go and bringing balance to life.
Maybe it’s time to stop dieting and just start eating better, I have and what a load off.
Maybe It’s ok to look in the mirror and instead of beating yourself up, you say “hello good looking”.
Maybe laying on the ground and looking up and viewing the clouds and seeing objects or not, is just the right thing to do, right now. Feeling that breeze raise goose bumps at 55 is outstanding.
Thanks for reading,
PS My 18 Month old Grandson just had his first haircut and it was the coolest thing to watch what a little man you are Moose!
Last weekend Wanda and I passed our 200 hour Yoga Teacher Training, in fact I subbed for my first regularly scheduled class last night and had 10 students.
I look forward to incorporating DDP yoga into my daily routine. I feel really good about the support we get after joining and purchasing the system. I just finished the DDP’s book Yoga for Regular Guys. I Am now tracking my food consumption daily and finding it keeps you from taking that bite here or maybe just one more of those and I changed which hand I eat with I am natural lefty so eating with my right hand is an experience.
This weekend we go on our first Yoga Retreat, not sure what to expect but we are going to Gray Bear Lodge in Tennessee, will have more information for you when we get back. I have talked to several people who have gone before and they say it is great and it changes you just a little.
Here is the website: http://graybear.org/index.html
I have been listening to a great Audio Book by Caroline Myss Energy Anatomy. Near the end of the book she talks about theses 7 Truths and she ties them in with the 7 Power Centers or Chakra’s, and they are starting with the Muladhara, or root chakra.
1. All is One.
2. Honor One Another.
3. Honor oneself.
4. Love is Divine Power.
5. Surrender personal Will to Divine Will.
6. Seek only the Truth.
7. Live in the present moment.
For us, no wheat, no grains that might have been grown with wheat (incidental contamination), no Splenda, and no aspartame. We sweeten our coffee with saccharine. We rarely try substitute flours which are not worth the calories (NWTC). Everything else is fair game.
Here is a recipe for a fast, hardy stew. You will note, we are not vegetarian.
Chicken Butternut Squash Stew
4boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite size pieces
1 small sweet yellow onion chopped
“Better than bullion” chicken stock
1.5 cups of diced butternut squash
1/4tsp white pepper
1 tsp dry basil
3 cups water
Optional: garlic, 2 eggs, 3 tablespoons of heavy cream
In a large skillet or pot, sauté chicken in a small amount of olive oil. When lightly brown, remove the chicken from the pot and set aside. Sauté the onions and remove from the pot and set aside with the chicken. Add a little oil to the pot to deglaze. Sauté the squash until it is lightly caramelized but still firm. Add 1 tablespoon of bullion paste, the chicken, onions, pepper, basil and water to the pot. Heat on medium, stirring occasionally until bubbling. Make sure the chicken is done. Add garlic and 2 tablespoons of heavy cream. whisk 1 tablespoon of cream with the 2 eggs. Stir the pot to make a small whirlpool and drizzle the egg in a circular motion.
Serve in soup bowls. 4 servings.
Wanda and Larry May 2013
It’s been awhile and I told you I started this blog to help get you off the sofa, like I have, I told you I had stopped eating wheat and that I would keep you up to date, I am sorry I will do better.
Well in August last year I started practicing yoga, since then I have been practicing 3 to 4 times a week, it’s now been 9 months, and I am starting to get the gist of what it has done for me. First I feel better my body feels like it can move again when reaching to the floor to pick something up it’s easy I don’t have to think about it. When tying my shoes I just bend my knee and tie them. I am doing hand stands and head stands or in yoga terms inverting. We are doing back bends and all the other poses and it feels good. I have gone from a 42” waist to a 38” waist and they are starting to fit loose and the wheat belly is going away, the XXL are too big. OH YEA! We are going into our 4th month of Teacher Training at Dragonfly Yoga, it’s a lot of studying but as we get deeper into the studies the more I want to understand. I cannot yet define Yoga it’s more than movement, it’s more than breathing, it’s more than quieting the mind, it’s more than. As I get closer to the”What” I will share my thoughts.
As for the Wheat Belly life style i.e. No Wheat, we are doing it. It’s working my Dr. on the last visit said I “if I was only looking at your blood work I would say you are not a diabetic”, that day he stopped my Janumet and changed me back to Metformin we dropped my Niacin and Fenofibrate, lowered my Aspirin to the teeny tiny ones 88mg I think and I am still getting a shot of insulin a day but we have dropped that from 44units to 36 units. And my weights is below 250lbs for the first time in about 10 years. OH YEA.
We are swimming a minimum of twice a week and will pump it up to 4 times a week as soon as it warms up a bit more. We swim for an hour doing a minimum of 2,000 meters per swim.
Have a great Memorial Day and Tell your Mom you Love HER.
I have been Wheat free since 12/26/12 I was taking 44 units of Lantis (insulin) a day plus metfomin I have dropped to 25 units as of today and am feeling great I will keep you updated, I hope to be off Lantis within 3 months. My morning sugar test has been between 100-125 this AM 117 used to average 135-170
We found the Bridge over the New River Gorge as one finds most things of rare beauty; serendipitously.
Meandering is our preferred mode of navigation. Thus, we left the Interstate in search of an adventurers’ route from Michigan to any point along the Appalachian Trail. An early-fall drizzling rain was just cold enough to dampen our curiosity as we traveled though God’s Country West Virginia along limited access Route 19 near Fayetteville. “If you see some place you want to stop” became “Hey babe, as soon as you find a place to pull over…”
The Visitor Center at the Bridge over New River offered a short respite but after hours in the car, we needed a walk. Drizzle turned to sporadic showers as we debated the advisability of descending the wet wooden stairs that lead to the nature trail or return to the heated seats of our truck. Use-it-or-lose-it mentality kicked in and we slip-slid our way down 8 flights to a fog shrouded platform.
A shrug, a kiss, a last disappointed look over the platform and then the mist dissolved into elation, amazement, awe— the apogee of industrial architecture in juxtaposition to nature’s bountiful beauty.
Wheat free! Since the 26th of December we have been Wheat free, no wheat means things like licorice, cereal, toast, muffins, and of course Pizza! That means if it says Gluten free it’s ok to eat, so Saturday the 19th we went to Pensacola for a grocery trip to pick up some great cheese from Four Winds fine food market, and we decided to go to lunch at Mellow Mushroom for a gluten free pizza, we are anticipating the carb rush we’re about to have. What we discovered is the gluten free dough tasted ok but there was no carb rush, you get full faster and are not interested in taking the leftovers home. With the wheat dough we would have cleaned all of the 14 inch pizza and would want to hungry again when we came off the carb rush or sugar rush of the wheat. The wheat today is a drug and the Government with there healthy food suggestions to eat more whole grains and American Diabetes Association that says whole grains are good are supporting the wheat drug trade. Tomorrow I will be one month wheat free and I will tell you what that has meant to me.