Archive for October, 2011

Starting and quitting… by Janet

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011
Purple FlowerI realize it was almost 3 months, not two since my last yoga lesson.  I start things and quit things.  Not really a “quitter” but I get diverted and attached to so many things that I just get tuckered out.  I was so ready to dismiss yoga when my doctor advised me on it.  I wasn’t thrilled about it.  I figured I’d be the “fat lady”.  But what I’ve learned in such a short time is that yoga is not really about my body but about my health and my mind.  It’s about allowing myself a time to reflect and reach out.  It’s not about what I look like but more about my need to heal, not just physically either.  And I’m not about my body either.  I’m overweight.  For now.  I’m not dieting, I’m healing.  We’ve gone through so much these past few years.  Death and illness and huge change.  I stored my pain and stress.  And now I’m taking care of my body, mind and spirit.  I’m not the “fat lady”, I’m the “work in progress”.
I have never looked forward to anything or wanted anything that was related to exercise. I love rollerskating but it was always a bit of a chore.
But yoga… I miss it when I can’t attend.  I looked at my mat and cried one night because I wanted to continue to feel good.  Like all the strides I had made were just melting away.. I know they didn’t though.  And now I’m more healthy and will get more benefit from it.  I didn’t realize how sick I was.
I thought I had TFO Syndrome.  Tired, Fat and Old.  I tolerated pains that most wouldn’t.  Maybe that’s a Mom affliction… But I needed to have my gallbladder removed and due to the arthritis medicines they had started me on just when I started yoga, it made me bleed horribly.  Which put me in a weak state.  Then stuff didn’t work otu well after surgery.  Did the whole colonoscopy scare and tests, which last week came out find.  I have a hernia from the surgery incision that is a bit of a bummer but I hope to have that taken care of.
 It was a great return class to yoga.  Bhakti was very giving and I like her.  She says, “yummy spot” like you [Todd].

Shaina’s Chakra workshop is coming up! Starts 10/30/11

Thursday, October 13th, 2011


The first time I taught a Chakra workshop, was in Peru to a group of 15 men and women who were on a spiritual retreat. I was supposed to be assisting my friend and yoga teacher Chaitanya. Knowing that I was knowledgeable on the subject, he asked me to accompany him in place of his wife Saranagati. The workshop was held at some of the most famous Incan ruins in the Sacred Valley.

Above the terraced mountainside, about 15 of us gathered, looking down upon the valley below. It was just before sunset and we were all nestled alongside a small stream, amongst the crumbling remains of an Incan empire. The scenery was breathtaking.
Chaitanya took his time diligently setting up crystals, singing bowls, paulo santo and chimes. Finally, it was time to begin. Everyone was seated in a circle, eyes beaming with anticipation. Chaitanya turned to me, leaned over and whispered in my ear, “You teach it”. “What!??”, I exclaimed. “You teach the workshop”, and he smiled. I grimaced back at him, and hesitantly nodded my head in acceptance. Shit, I thought, how did I get myself into this predicament? There was no time for hesitation, everyone was looking to me for an experience, one that I had not in any way prepared for. I prompted everyone to close their eyes and begin connecting with their breath and their reason for being there, at which time I did the same. I asked for guidance and to pretty please not be humiliated.