Have had a very interesting and quite fun few days. We're nearing the end of the dialogue - in fact, I have only one more pose to go, whew!!! and have done fairly well on the recent postures. Joni, our coach from today (who lives in Houston with her husband, awesome couple), said that she had a hell of a time with dialogue when she went to training and used a hypnotherapist to help her solidify the words. Might try that.
We also had a really terrific speaker on Wednesday and Thursday. Jon the fascia guy they call him. He's from SoCal and is NOT a certified Bikram instructor, but he does practice and teach yoga and is also a body worker specializing in the fascia, which is the connective tissue all over the body. Consider the white stuff in an orange. it separates the different chambers and also serves as the sac for the juice. In our bodies, fascia does the same thing. He is a proponent that the fascia is one of the 12 rivers in the body and it holds the "memory" of physical or emotional trauma. Stretching and flexing out the fascia through yoga or body work helps to keep the body healthy. And because it is one contiguous organ, it can affect a number of things in different places. When I was a kid, my mom got acupuncture in her ear to help her stop smoking, and she did. The needle in the ear penetrated the fascia river that affects the physical desire to smoke! He said a lot of things that many people found controversial, but I found it mostly sensible and all interesting! He also said that getting a hard inner core (like 6-pack abs) is not a good thing --- hard muscles in effect dam up the fascia river and block the energy flow in the body. Maybe that's why so many people here have little budda bellies. I have to say I'm one of those people now. That hard little body I owned 25 years ago is gone. But I'm healthier now in many ways.
Today being Halloween, included a lovely pan dulce in our rooms to celebrate el Dia de los
Muertos, we also all wore orange and black in the yoga studio and that was fun to see, AND this evening we were taught by Wren, a senior instructor from headquarters. Wren is quite flamboyant and put on a very hilarious show for us! And that made the 90 minutes fly by.
So a lecture tonight, and one more class tomorrow and that wraps up week 7 of this adventure. In some ways this has been like groundhog day and in others it's different every day. Earlier in the week, I was ready to go home, but today, I am already getting a little wistful. Yup, I'm treasuring my remaining days.