Guinea Pigs Wanted

I’m taking my yoga reffing to new venues: Prego-Yoga Sports Yoga.

For the Prego-Yoga I’ve been introduced to a wonderful teacher. We met through my teacher training when we had a day talking about Future Mama Modifications. We’ve been emailing back and forth and I’m super excited to start working with her. I’ll make sure to keep you in the loop as that training gets underway… If there are any Minneapolis Mamas out there that are willing to be students please email me as well!

The second venture is Sports Yoga. Growing up I was a total jock and spent many hours working on my fitness. Personal trainers, weight lifting coaches, physical therapists… you name it and I’ve tried it! Well, all except one. Growing up yoga wasn’t talked about as much as it is today (or not at all in MN) so I never thought of trying it out. Sure we “stretched” to prevent injury but pulling your arm across your chest and counting to 10 really doesn’t do a whole lot. Flash forward to 2010 and yoga is in the news all the time and it’s word count in the Sports Section is increasing more than ever! Athletes are realizing the amazing benefits of yoga and are adding it into their workout regimen.

So where am I am going with this? Well, I’ll tell you. I was going to nab some lacrosse players but I’m a little late for that. So instead I’m switching to one of my new favorite summer sports: Golf. If you’re not a golfer I suggest you get out there and try it. It’s like yoga in a way. Your first time out there is completely frustrating because you don’t know what you’re doing and everyone around you is better at it. Then you have one good drive or chip it perfectly and BAM! You’re hooked. [Similar to yoga except there is typically beer involved with golf]

So back to what I’m doing: I want to try and find a few avid golfers that are either working with a golf-pro or have a pretty good idea of where their handicap should be. I want to start adding yoga into their weekly workouts and track how their golf game improves. I really think that the mental benefits of yoga (relaxation through breathing, mental focus) and the physical (arm strength, hip opening, and core strength) can greatly improve someone’s game!

Through my blog I’ll keep you up to date on the progress and some of the sequencing I’m doing, but for right now I’m looking for some guinea pigs.

TWIN CITY GOLFERS, EMAIL ME! I can’t do it without your help so give me a shout and I’ll hook you up with some FREE sessions! Heck, maybe I’ll even treat you to a round a golf!

-B

March 31, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , . Teaching, Wanted. Leave a comment.

Bumblebee

One of my very favorite quotes/piece of trivia is about the Bumblebee. I read it in one of Baron Baptiste’s books and it has stuck with me ever since. In fact it’s inspired the name of this blog (in case you were wondering where THAT came from).

Aerodynamically the bumblebee should not be able to fly but it doesn’t know this, so it flies!

How amazing of a life mantra is that? You can basically apply it to everything you do in life.

If you think you can’t do something you will never be able to. But if you just try it you will succeed. [note: in my book, which is VERY long, trying counts as succeeding]

Let me apply this in two ways for you. One is on the mat and the other is off.

First, on the mat:

Crow Pose. Wow do I struggle with this pose. From the first time I ever saw it done I was like “no way, no how”. Since most of you don’t know me offline I’ll give you a quick description. Tall. Not the lanky tall either. I’m the “she used to play basketball and really muscled her way around” tall. So to see some little yogi in the front of class just hop her knees on the back of her arms and balance there and then tell me to do… now way Jose! Needless to say, or drag this story on any farther, I struggled in crow for a VERY long time. Then one day in class I didn’t think about it. We were midway through and the yoga-ref threw it into the practice casually during one of our flow sequences. Before I had time to worry about not getting into it or falling because I couldn’t hold myself up, I was in it! I didn’t think about not being able to do it so I did it!

Off the mat:

Back in early July I was throwing around the idea of taking Yoga Teacher Training at Core Power. It was my home studio and I was hooked on it. I wanted to learn more. To deepen my practice and to become one of the yoga-refs that I adored. Every time I would open the application my mind would wander to amazing places filled with Lululemon yoga pants instead of suits, bare feet instead of high heels, and yummy smelling yoga studios instead of whatever smell was abusing the office kitchen. Then I would snap out of it and realize that I wasn’t good enough at yoga to become a teacher and that it was a silly idea. I thought of all the reasons I couldn’t do it. This went on for quite some time until a blunt friend finally got sick of me thinking/wanting to do it and said “shut up and stop saying you can’t – why can’t you?” I stopped and realized that there is no reason that I couldn’t do it. That if I just stopped thinking of all the reasons that I couldn’t do it I would see that I could. So I did it. I rocked it. I loved it. I’m now teaching and helping others tap into their inner yogis. I’m still learning about reffing yoga and still learning as a student.

Moral of these two stories: Be the Bee. Don’t think about why you can’t and just do it.

-B

March 17, 2010. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . musings, Teaching. Leave a comment.

Reffing Yoga (also known to some as Teaching Yoga)

I started reffing people through yoga practices Jan4, 2010. Yep, not that long ago. [sorry if you thought I was a 110 year old guru; should have read my “about me” page] I can’t put it into words how much I love it. It’s so very hard to describe the feeling you get after leading a group of yogis through a strenuous asana practice. You basically get high off their energy. Even better is the look in a beginners eyes when something “clicks”. When you can see it in their quirky smile that tells you they’ve just accomplished something that couldn’t do last week. You get that in seasoned yogis but something about a newbie’s look is just so fun! Probably because I was that yogi. Not that long ago either. Well, it doesn’t feel that long ago though it was probably 5 years now.

I guess that’s why I love yoga (since I know you were thinking that exact question); it’s an ever evolving, ever challenging, ever changing game. I call it a game because using the word practice brings up flashbacks of running sprints at basketball – working towards the BIG game at the end of the week. With yoga there is no end goal, no play-off. Every time you step onto your mat it’s THE show. And a show for yourself. I’m sure in the next couple of weeks I’ll write about my struggles with competition and how challenging it was (and still is) for me to overcome that. But not today. Nope, today I wanted to tell you about my love or yoga and leading yoga games. Leading yoga games = Reffing yoga.

Here are some things I’ve learned so far while referring yoga:

Go in with a plan but be ok with ditching it: I’ve gone into to lead a Level 2 class and had a room full of beginners. That series of going from Warrior 2, to standing cat, to half moon to standing splits just isn’t going to work.

It’s ok to mess up: My mind tends to run a few steps ahead of my verbal skills so I constantly trip up on cueing – ‘sokay! I laugh, I say “rather lift your LEFT leg”, I move on. The players aren’t there to judge me. They are there to move and groove – so don’t beat yourself up over it!

Tell it like it is: Don’t try and get fancy with cues. Not only will you get tongue tied (see above) but it won’t sound natural. It won’t sound genuine. It will also probably mess up people’s groove. “Glide your right appendage to the sun above you”? Really? How about “life your leg”!

Tell it like it is: This one refers to the “musings” throughout class. Again, people can tell when you’re speaking from your heart and when you’re verbally copying what someone else has said. You’ll never catch me taking about the peace within or shining your love out from every limb as you extend in wheel. Not that I don’t love hearing that out of one of my favorite refs, but because it’s not me.

Look and Listen: Stop focusing on your words and look around the room. How are the players doing? Are they out of sync with their breathe? Are they totally hunched over from that not-so-great cue you just gave? Well then adjust. Give them another cue. Bring them back into down-dog or child’s pose to reconnect with their breathe. Again, take a minute to go outside what YOU thought the class would be and make it what the players need it to be. Warning: This is hard for anyone, especially beginning refs. Hell, I’m still learning this one.

That brings me to my last “learning” for this post: It’s about THEM (the players), NOT YOU! All of the above comments lead into this and this is what I tell myself before I walk into any class. I guess it’s my reffing mantra. “It’s about them, not me”. If you teach for yourself then it’s not going to benefit anyone, not even you. If you teach for your players, then they will benefit. When you ref it’s to help someone else’s game. You can play your own game later, let them play this one.

Ok, that’s all for this one.  See ya yogis! -B

February 17, 2010. Tags: , , . Teaching. 2 comments.