Spring Treasure, Bizarre Weather

Recent news from Trinity Yoga Spring 2015

Spring Treasure – Bizarre Weather
Spring Equinox Newsletter
Happy Spring! I wish this for everyone as I sit in my Vancouver home surrounded by the sweet newborn fragrance of hyacinths blooming on my deck. This is in current contrast to the four feet of snow and blowing blizzards in eastern Canada. (I feel for you!) At a certain point we all crave the promise of spring, no matter where we live. It’s feeling ready to be done with the thaw of too many snowfalls and darker days of winter. And indeed we need it!
Unknowingly and often unwittingly, we must surrender to the eternal life force of cycles and the changes of rebirth and death. Even in parts of the planet where there are less dramatic changes of season, there are noticeable differences in the four quarters of the year. This is particularly true when we take into account the spring and fall equinox and the summer and winter solstice. For the millions of years the planets have been turning, so too have the seasons been cycling and repeating their rhythmic beat to the earth’s constant evolution.

I often ponder how we as a species have adapted to the changing cycles of weather on this planet. We figured out how to go from living in a warm climate in Africa to sorting out what it would take to live in northern climates under many feet of snow. That adaptability is unique to our species.

 

Since becoming paralyzed, I have witnessed in myself and others in the differently-able world, remarkable adaptabilities of the human being and body. I’m amazed at what spectacular adaptogens we are. I feel like I’m in a living lab of adaptability and I see that in others. Against all odds, a person can find new pathways, utilize other parts of the brain to take over functions that are lost and recapitulate oneself emotionally and physically after losing all familiar functions. In truth, it has nothing to do with the individual (however, it will just happen.) This surrender to the powerful and omnipotent life force is so strong as to be unavoidable.

We may think we have all the control and all of the details of our lives figured out: my career, mate, investments, RRSPs, retirement fund, etc, and we can do a pretty good at that. But at some point life will take us by surprise. Whether the event is personal, social or environmental, we are called to on to discover and uncover that incredible capacity within ourselves to adapt. Like the bulbs and small seeds waiting to push through the earth, the most important piece of becoming is first the surrender of being.

Like all of life, the surrender happens not because we know what will come, but because we learn to trust in the ancient wisdom, constancy and intelligence of the life force. With time or experience (or both), we realize that we are that life force and are ultimately surrendering to that which is the best in ourselves.

There are many ways to learn more about adaptability in this seasons offerings. These include the classes listed below. We also have classes and events listed on our Facebook Events page.

As one of my favourite teachers would say: “We can’t argue with reality but we can learn how to master it.”

I am pleased to say that you have many opportunities to try on something new this spring and summer and stretch into your own adaptability. That is something we at Trinity Yoga have been doing and I am pleased to announce our new program of Advanced Teacher Training. This is an awesome opportunity to hone in your teaching skills if you’ve been teaching or feeling like you need inspiration or you want to stretch and specialize or develop your practice more. We have an awesome roster of Senior Teachers for the Level 2 slated for June 21-26 in Fairmont BC. We are thrilled to be joined by Trinity alumni, Brenda Cartier, Sophie Ann Dufresne, AND Jennifer Steed!! Also, the new Adaptive Yoga Training is being offered in Vancouver, Cranbrook and Kelowna, be sure to check out our website for details. This month Jennifer steed will be featured on our website www.trinityyoga.net with her new CD release Every Day Yoga.

Bountiful Spring Blessings,

Mary-Jo

“Destiny grants us our wishes, but in its own way, in order to give us something beyond our wishes.” – Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Upcoming
Adaptive Yoga Training – VANCOUVER
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends. All you need to know to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions and challenges. May 2nd and 3rd, Inner Evolution 16th & Heather $250, $200 before April 15th. Clients FREE www.trinityyoga.net, 604 754-4488

Practice, Power, Purpose – Tantra and Healing Power of Yoga – CRANBROOK
The ancient science of Yoga offers volumes of knowledge on how to live your best life possible. Tantra yoga is the system of tools and techniques that guides practitioners progressively toward this exalted state. Understanding and being able to access the potency and limitless-ness of Prana, to have more freedom, more health, a greater sense of knowingness & intuition and spontaneous creativity, with less fear and more joy- is the promise of Tantra yoga. 3 hour Mini-Workshop on Friday May 29, 6 to 9 PM. Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $45 Contact Brenda at Exhale Yoga or 1-250-489-9210
Adaptive Yoga Training – CRANBROOK
Come and learn the life-giving techniques and theories of Adaptive Yoga from one who knows. Mary-Jo Fetterly ERYT-500 will conduct a 15 hour training for yoga teachers, healthcare professionals, family and friends on all you need to know, to safely and creatively use yoga for different physical conditions abilities or challenges. May 29th 30th, Exhale Yoga Studio 14A 201 13th Ave So. $287or $225 before April 30. Clients FREE Contact Brenda at brendacartier@shaw.ca or 1-250-489-9210
Trinity Yoga Teacher Training – Level 2
Prepare yourself to advance your teaching to the next level. The continuation of Trinity Yoga 3 tier training. June 21st-26th, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. Must book by April 30. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com.
Teachers Advanced Yoga – Trinity Mastery Training at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort
A opportunity for current teachers to study in greater depth the advanced techniques and theories with Senior Teachers. Learn techniques from experienced teachers in a broad range of subject areas. You will learn more about the business of yoga and how to make it work for you, about sequencing and the Art of composition, the theory behind the Doshas and the Gunas relating to a student’s practice and physical & mental health. We will delve further into the chakras and the energy systems as well as offer specialized classes and theory on: restorative, adaptive and therapeutic yoga. June 22nd-25th, 9-5 PM, Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in the Columbia Valley of BC. $125/day or $300 for all 4. Details at www.trinityyoga.net/events or maryjoyogo@gmail.com
2 Offices for Rent in Beautiful Yoga Studio
HOT SPRINGS YOGA STUDIO is nestled in the Columbia Valley between the magnificent Rocky & Purcell Mountain Ranges, just a few minutes away from the therapeutic natural mineral pools!!! A great location to capture the attention of the annual tourist market located in the Fairmont Village Mall, Fairmont Hot Springs, BC. We currently offer Yoga, Qi Gong, Zumba, Holistic Bodywork, Coaching, Workshops & Retreats! There are 2 offices available to rent within the studio. Contact Pamela 778-525-0022 www.hotspringsstudio.ca

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Chronic Pain and Yoga

It is important with all inflammatory pain to avoid vigorous movement during times when the condition is flared up. An inflammation in its acute stage needs time to rest and time to heal. Once the flare up is over or subsided then gentle range of motion and weight bearing exercises with a strong focus on proper alignment can be very helpful.

Generally, then rule of thumb with pain is: if it still hurts 24 hours and beyond after you exercise then it was probably to much. Explore restorative yoga as it can be very beneficial for chronic aliments.

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Joint Pain

Joint pain is generally the result of tight muscles that surround the joint and not a result of something within the joint itself.

For knee pain depending on where it is localized you may need to stretch out your quads more. If you feel pain or a strong pulling at the top of the knee or on either side when your knee is in a deep bend such as in virasana then it is most likely your quads that are tight and pulling on the patella tendon that attaches onto the bottom of the quad muscle. If you feel pain under the knee cap when you bend then it may be something else like patella femoral syndrome, where the underside of the knee cap becomes rough from an imbalance in the strength of the quads and improper tracking of the knee cap.

In regards to the ankle joint it is important to strengthen and support the ankle and always keep it in a neutral position during all asanas. This means that the toes are drawn back towards the shin slightly and there is no sickling from side to side. Muscle pain can be from a number of different things. A good rule of thumb is if you have pain 24 hours or longer after your practice, not soreness but pain, then there has been misalignment during your asana practice. Begin to pay close attention to your alignment in every posture, attend a class that focuses on alignment and ask questions of your instructor if anything does not feel right during or after a class.

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Bone Spurs

I had a question from another teacher asking “I have a student who has a heel spur on her right foot and when doing warrior I & II and south-side stretch feels pain into her achilles. Can you advise how to offer alternatives for relief?”

I’m assuming that your student experiences pain in her rear foot. Planting the rear foot during these postures can over-strain the plantar fascia and achilles tendon. You can modify this by coming up on the ball of the back foot (base roots of the toes). While the back heel is no longer “pressing” against the floor, it is still engaged.

You can help her to engage the inner and outer edge of her back heel by cupping her heel and asking her to press into your hands. She can also experiment with pressing the fleshy part of her heel against a wall. Using the wall in this way prevents the achilles from being over stretched and creates a stable base of support.

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Tight Feet

I came across a curious question today – “what is the symbolic meaning of tight feet”? This individual was also looking for a modification to Janu Sirsasana C.

In my experience, tight feet are unable to receive support from the earth. This tight holding blocks the feminine, magnetic, “earth” energy (which provides a sense of grounding) from flowing up and enlivening your legs and core. Your lower body is associated with the root chakra located at the base of your spine. Energy in this centre relates to physical survival and represents your connection with the earth and the magnetic essence.

Modification for Janu C (care of David Swenson): With grounding leg extended in front, “sit up straight and rotate the (bent knee) foot in a preparatory phase without placing it on the floor. If this is too extreme then repeat Janu Sirsasana A or B”.

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Tight Feet

I came across a curious question today – “what is the symbolic meaning of tight feet”? This individual was also looking for a modification to Janu Sirsasana C.

In my experience, tight feet are unable to receive support from the earth. This tight holding blocks the feminine, magnetic, “earth” energy (which provides a sense of grounding) from flowing up and enlivening your legs and core. Your lower body is associated with the root chakra located at the base of your spine. Energy in this centre relates to physical survival and represents your connection with the earth and the magnetic essence.

Modification for Janu C (care of David Swenson): With grounding leg extended in front, “sit up straight and rotate the (bent knee) foot in a preparatory phase without placing it on the floor. If this is too extreme then repeat Janu Sirsasana A or B”.

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Stretching Hamstrings

A great way to stretch your hamstrings safely and avoid your belly at the same time is in a supine or reclined position. Lay on your back with your left leg stretched out long on the floor and your right leg straight up toward the ceiling.

Place a strap around the ball of you right foot. With your arms straight and your shoulders coming down toward the floor slowly bring your leg toward your chest.

Work your hands up the the strap as your leg gets closer to your torso so that you can keep your arms straight and your shoulders relaxed.

If you find that your belly is inhibiting your ability to bring your leg in close focus on bringing it along the side of your body.

Encourage your lower belly to sink into the floor as your leg comes in to your chest creating a hollow belly and more space to stretch your hamstrings.

Once you have reached your maximum press the sitting bone on your right leg down into the floor to increase the length in the right leg a bit more. Switch sides after several deep breaths.

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Stretching Hamstrings

A great way to stretch your hamstrings safely and avoid your belly at the same time is in a supine or reclined position. Lay on your back with your left leg stretched out long on the floor and your right leg straight up toward the ceiling.

Place a strap around the ball of you right foot. With your arms straight and your shoulders coming down toward the floor slowly bring your leg toward your chest.

Work your hands up the the strap as your leg gets closer to your torso so that you can keep your arms straight and your shoulders relaxed.

If you find that your belly is inhibiting your ability to bring your leg in close focus on bringing it along the side of your body.

Encourage your lower belly to sink into the floor as your leg comes in to your chest creating a hollow belly and more space to stretch your hamstrings.

Once you have reached your maximum press the sitting bone on your right leg down into the floor to increase the length in the right leg a bit more. Switch sides after several deep breaths.

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Joints Cracking Too Much?

The sounds emitted from the joints are in my understanding a change in the pressure thus releasing the inherent pockets of gases and recalibrating. I understand through chiropractors that if there is no associated pain there is likely nothing negative however, your practice ought to be generating as much integrity and strength alongside flexibility as possible.

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