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  • Rendering Grateful Service | Expanding Light
    class a few days prior to do some double breathing and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the anxiety dissipated and I was able to meditate At a couple of minutes past 6 00 I rang the gong and then started to set up the room I rolled out my yoga mat laid out my flash cards with the routine I had rehearsed the day before got my props adjusted the lighting opened more windows and refilled the water pitchers And then I waited I meditated briefly while sitting on the dais facing the empty room before me as a few karma yogis entered the room I wondered what was going through their minds They knew that I had just finished the program Did they realize what they were getting into as this newbie was being inflicted upon them It felt odd to be sitting there with my back to the photos of the masters of this lineage But then I realized they have my back A wave of relief swept over me and I knew that as long as I stayed centered everything would be okay I stepped off the dais and went outside to check out the lawn and the rising sun There were a few clouds on the horizon and it was a beautiful morning It would be a glorious sunrise and a perfect location to energize Well as they say the rest is history Thankfully the two hour sadhana flowed smoothly While I might have done a few things slightly differently there were no major flops or curve balls Although I was prepared to skip an asana or two if need be I ended up using the entire routine I d planned and I finished a couple of minutes earlier than I had anticipated I used the extra minutes for a longer deep relaxation and transitioning to meditation In the end the timing was excellent As I ended the sadhana with healing prayers the sunlight suddenly pierced through some clouds and the upper windows of the temple bathing my head and torso in its bright and warming light As I bowed before the photos of the masters I was filled with a sense of gratitude and satisfied with how things had gone overall Surprisingly my normally vocal inner critic was silent Hmm I thought yet another example of how yoga may be good for me This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Tracy says September 29 2014 at 3 54 am You go girl So glad to hear you took Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Ananda Boston and New England are so blessed and grateful to have you there Reply Chandi says September 29 2014 at 8 35 am Congratulations I wish I could have been there Thanks for sharing Michelle Reply Melody says October 6 2014 at 5 41 pm Beautiful job with everything Michelle Thank you Reply Rebekah Newton says January 10 2015 at 4 50 pm You are such

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  • Rendering Grateful Service | Expanding Light
    class a few days prior to do some double breathing and was pleasantly surprised to discover that the anxiety dissipated and I was able to meditate At a couple of minutes past 6 00 I rang the gong and then started to set up the room I rolled out my yoga mat laid out my flash cards with the routine I had rehearsed the day before got my props adjusted the lighting opened more windows and refilled the water pitchers And then I waited I meditated briefly while sitting on the dais facing the empty room before me as a few karma yogis entered the room I wondered what was going through their minds They knew that I had just finished the program Did they realize what they were getting into as this newbie was being inflicted upon them It felt odd to be sitting there with my back to the photos of the masters of this lineage But then I realized they have my back A wave of relief swept over me and I knew that as long as I stayed centered everything would be okay I stepped off the dais and went outside to check out the lawn and the rising sun There were a few clouds on the horizon and it was a beautiful morning It would be a glorious sunrise and a perfect location to energize Well as they say the rest is history Thankfully the two hour sadhana flowed smoothly While I might have done a few things slightly differently there were no major flops or curve balls Although I was prepared to skip an asana or two if need be I ended up using the entire routine I d planned and I finished a couple of minutes earlier than I had anticipated I used the extra minutes for a longer deep relaxation and transitioning to meditation In the end the timing was excellent As I ended the sadhana with healing prayers the sunlight suddenly pierced through some clouds and the upper windows of the temple bathing my head and torso in its bright and warming light As I bowed before the photos of the masters I was filled with a sense of gratitude and satisfied with how things had gone overall Surprisingly my normally vocal inner critic was silent Hmm I thought yet another example of how yoga may be good for me This entry was posted in Yoga Teacher Training Bookmark the permalink Comments Tracy says September 29 2014 at 3 54 am You go girl So glad to hear you took Ananda Yoga Teacher Training Ananda Boston and New England are so blessed and grateful to have you there Reply Chandi says September 29 2014 at 8 35 am Congratulations I wish I could have been there Thanks for sharing Michelle Reply Melody says October 6 2014 at 5 41 pm Beautiful job with everything Michelle Thank you Reply Rebekah Newton says January 10 2015 at 4 50 pm You are such

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  • Nicole DeAvilla | Expanding Light
    knee it is said to be in flexion When the knee Continue reading Posted in Yoga Therapist Training Leave a comment Isometric Strengthening of the Vastus Medialis Posted on September 21 2007 by Nicole DeAvilla Start by sitting against a wall with legs extended in front and with a blanket or sticky mat rolled up under the knees see photo The roll under the knees is very important as it prevents hyperextension while contracting the Continue reading Posted in Yoga Therapist Training 2 Comments Prenatal Yoga Are You Ready for the Good News Part 2 Posted on June 21 2006 by Nicole DeAvilla In Part 1 of this article Nicole discussed how to handle three prenatal situations that you might encounter in your teaching 1 a new pregnant student drops into your general yoga class 2 a pregnant student and her pregnant friends Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged pregnancy prenatal yoga Yoga Students with Unique Needs 2 Comments Prenatal Yoga Are You Ready for the Good News Part 1 Posted on December 21 2005 by Nicole DeAvilla Read Part 2 It s in the news prenatal yoga is a great choice for mothers to be Researchers from Cincinnati Children s Hospital and Medical Center and Gunasheela Surgical and Maternity Hospital in Bangalore India collaborated on a research project published in The Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged pregnancy prenatal yoga Yoga Students with Unique Needs 2 Comments Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people About the Author Nicole DeAvilla a yoga teacher since 1984 with a background in sports medicine chiropractic psyiotherapy and teacher training She teaches Therapeutic Yoga Musculoskeletal Yoga Therapy and Prenatal Yoga Teacher Training at The Expanding Light She

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  • Yoga Students with Unique Needs | Expanding Light
    challenges of pregnancy but Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged pregnancy prenatal yoga Yoga Students with Unique Needs Leave a comment Prenatal Yoga Are You Ready for the Good News Part 2 Posted on June 21 2006 by Nicole DeAvilla In Part 1 of this article Nicole discussed how to handle three prenatal situations that you might encounter in your teaching 1 a new pregnant student drops into your general yoga class 2 a pregnant student and her pregnant friends Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged pregnancy prenatal yoga Yoga Students with Unique Needs 2 Comments Prenatal Yoga Are You Ready for the Good News Part 1 Posted on December 21 2005 by Nicole DeAvilla Read Part 2 It s in the news prenatal yoga is a great choice for mothers to be Researchers from Cincinnati Children s Hospital and Medical Center and Gunasheela Surgical and Maternity Hospital in Bangalore India collaborated on a research project published in The Continue reading Posted in Yoga Teacher Training Tagged pregnancy prenatal yoga Yoga Students with Unique Needs 2 Comments Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Categories About Expanding Light Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Nature and Spirit Spiritual Travel Superconscious Living Sustainable Living Uncategorized Yoga Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Recent Posts Adriana s Meditation Student Doctor s Experience Teaching Meditation Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers Changing One Woman Changed an Office Healing on All Levels Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March

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  • Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis | Expanding Light
    yoga poses standing and holding on to the chair for stability such as Trikonasana Triangle Pose and Natarajasana King of the Dance Pose However most standing poses are practiced at the wall or with a ballet bar not with a chair as the chair is too unstable Going to the Wall After we put the weights away and take a water break we move over to the wall which we use for steadiness while doing standing stretches and balance poses aimed at strengthening the bones of the legs and hips For example from Dr Loren Fishman s book Yoga for Osteoporosis we stand facing away from the wall place squishy half deflated rubber balls behind our necks and upper backs and press the balls into the wall holding them there for a few seconds before releasing This strengthens the muscles that keep the upper spine upright counteracting the tendency of this area to round forward as the bones soften Standing sideways one hand on the wall we practice side leg lifts standing spinal twists or balancing on one leg in Natarajasana Some students use straps as arm extensions to lift the foot behind for a quadriceps stretch while balancing on one leg fingers hovering near or placed on the wall Facing the wall we do the 90 degree angle bend calf stretches standing on tip toes or rocking back on heels and tight rope walking from Dr Fishman s book all with our hands either hovering near or resting on the wall for support Standing with our backs to the wall we practice sitting in the invisible chair Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose Vrikasana Tree Pose and Padahastasana Jackknife Pose We bring the buttocks away from the wall whenever we feel stable and lean back into the wall whenever necessary Coming to the Floor Here we do mostly weight bearing postures Tabletop pose on hands and knees is a great way to strengthen the bones by bearing weight on the arms and legs It is also a stable position from which to stretch and balance the limbs and it is the gateway to many weight bearing yoga postures such as Cat Cow Balancing Table photo at right Plank Rajakapotanasana Royal Pigeon Pose and Adho Mukha Shvanasana Downward Dog However I recently experienced my first student injury in 15 years of teaching yoga The woman Vivian now in her mid 70 s had a hysterectomy in her 30 s and developed osteoporosis shortly thereafter She cracked a rib in my class while doing Cobra pose on the floor She yelped and said I think I just cracked a rib clutching her right side She knew that the rib was broken because she had cracked several ribs over the four decades since she had developed osteoporosis and knew exactly how it felt Sure enough an x ray the following day confirmed the cracked rib I don t know if there is anything that Vivian or I could have done to prevent the incident and I still believe that for most people weight bearing poses on the floor are safe to practice Vivian is fine now and she reported last week that her most recent bone density test shows that she no longer has osteoporosis although there is still some thinning of the bones For supine poses lying on our backs on the floor people with excess curvature of the upper spine kyphosis need to use folded blankets to support their necks and heads as the spinal curvature makes it difficult for their heads to reach the floor Blankets also come in handy to elevate the heads of those students who have difficulty hearing or seeing what is happening in the front of the room while they are supine Many students also like to rest their heads on the folded blankets or to spread the blankets over their bodies in Savasana People with osteoporosis need to straighten and strengthen their upper spines Students can do many inversions and backbends on the floor some of which can also be weight bearing such as Bandhasana Bridge Pose Eye of the Needle Matsyasana Fish Pose and Jathara Parivartanasana Supine Twist I have even taught seniors and people with osteoporosis that they can do Chakrasana Wheel Pose on an exercise ball Although full of trepidation at first they have successfully lowered themselves onto the exercise balls and experienced a version of Wheel Pose that they might never have thought they could do We also do some standing Wheel Pose prep when standing at the wall Facing away from the wall we raise our arms up overhead and place our hands on the wall behind our backs elbows pointing up Then we walk our feet 6 12 inches away from wall arching the back and looking up toward the ceiling Prone postures consist mostly of backward bends such as Sphinx Cobra Dhanurasana Bow Pose and Salabhasana Locust Pose Students should be guided very gently through these challenging but extremely beneficial postures with lots of resting in between Some students particularly those with spinal stenosis or scoliosis might have been told by their doctors not to practice any backward bends at all In such a case you must respect the doctors orders no matter what your own personal beliefs might be While on the floor those who need help getting up and down from their mats keep their chairs nearby and everyone uses a chair during a restorative Savasana at the end of the class with the lower legs elevated comfortably on the chair seat Conclusion Seniors and people with osteoporosis are eager to improve their posture their balance and their agility They want to strengthen their bones without using potentially harmful medications if possible I have seen and taken photographs during class to show students that it is possible for students to lose some roundedness in their upper spines stand straighter and steadier and get up and down from the floor without any help for the first time

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  • Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis | Expanding Light
    poses standing and holding on to the chair for stability such as Trikonasana Triangle Pose and Natarajasana King of the Dance Pose However most standing poses are practiced at the wall or with a ballet bar not with a chair as the chair is too unstable Going to the Wall After we put the weights away and take a water break we move over to the wall which we use for steadiness while doing standing stretches and balance poses aimed at strengthening the bones of the legs and hips For example from Dr Loren Fishman s book Yoga for Osteoporosis we stand facing away from the wall place squishy half deflated rubber balls behind our necks and upper backs and press the balls into the wall holding them there for a few seconds before releasing This strengthens the muscles that keep the upper spine upright counteracting the tendency of this area to round forward as the bones soften Standing sideways one hand on the wall we practice side leg lifts standing spinal twists or balancing on one leg in Natarajasana Some students use straps as arm extensions to lift the foot behind for a quadriceps stretch while balancing on one leg fingers hovering near or placed on the wall Facing the wall we do the 90 degree angle bend calf stretches standing on tip toes or rocking back on heels and tight rope walking from Dr Fishman s book all with our hands either hovering near or resting on the wall for support Standing with our backs to the wall we practice sitting in the invisible chair Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose Vrikasana Tree Pose and Padahastasana Jackknife Pose We bring the buttocks away from the wall whenever we feel stable and lean back into the wall whenever necessary Coming to the Floor Here we do mostly weight bearing postures Tabletop pose on hands and knees is a great way to strengthen the bones by bearing weight on the arms and legs It is also a stable position from which to stretch and balance the limbs and it is the gateway to many weight bearing yoga postures such as Cat Cow Balancing Table photo at right Plank Rajakapotanasana Royal Pigeon Pose and Adho Mukha Shvanasana Downward Dog However I recently experienced my first student injury in 15 years of teaching yoga The woman Vivian now in her mid 70 s had a hysterectomy in her 30 s and developed osteoporosis shortly thereafter She cracked a rib in my class while doing Cobra pose on the floor She yelped and said I think I just cracked a rib clutching her right side She knew that the rib was broken because she had cracked several ribs over the four decades since she had developed osteoporosis and knew exactly how it felt Sure enough an x ray the following day confirmed the cracked rib I don t know if there is anything that Vivian or I could have done to prevent the incident and I still believe that for most people weight bearing poses on the floor are safe to practice Vivian is fine now and she reported last week that her most recent bone density test shows that she no longer has osteoporosis although there is still some thinning of the bones For supine poses lying on our backs on the floor people with excess curvature of the upper spine kyphosis need to use folded blankets to support their necks and heads as the spinal curvature makes it difficult for their heads to reach the floor Blankets also come in handy to elevate the heads of those students who have difficulty hearing or seeing what is happening in the front of the room while they are supine Many students also like to rest their heads on the folded blankets or to spread the blankets over their bodies in Savasana People with osteoporosis need to straighten and strengthen their upper spines Students can do many inversions and backbends on the floor some of which can also be weight bearing such as Bandhasana Bridge Pose Eye of the Needle Matsyasana Fish Pose and Jathara Parivartanasana Supine Twist I have even taught seniors and people with osteoporosis that they can do Chakrasana Wheel Pose on an exercise ball Although full of trepidation at first they have successfully lowered themselves onto the exercise balls and experienced a version of Wheel Pose that they might never have thought they could do We also do some standing Wheel Pose prep when standing at the wall Facing away from the wall we raise our arms up overhead and place our hands on the wall behind our backs elbows pointing up Then we walk our feet 6 12 inches away from wall arching the back and looking up toward the ceiling Prone postures consist mostly of backward bends such as Sphinx Cobra Dhanurasana Bow Pose and Salabhasana Locust Pose Students should be guided very gently through these challenging but extremely beneficial postures with lots of resting in between Some students particularly those with spinal stenosis or scoliosis might have been told by their doctors not to practice any backward bends at all In such a case you must respect the doctors orders no matter what your own personal beliefs might be While on the floor those who need help getting up and down from their mats keep their chairs nearby and everyone uses a chair during a restorative Savasana at the end of the class with the lower legs elevated comfortably on the chair seat Conclusion Seniors and people with osteoporosis are eager to improve their posture their balance and their agility They want to strengthen their bones without using potentially harmful medications if possible I have seen and taken photographs during class to show students that it is possible for students to lose some roundedness in their upper spines stand straighter and steadier and get up and down from the floor without any help for the first time in

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  • Teaching Yoga to Seniors & People with Osteoporosis | Expanding Light
    yoga poses standing and holding on to the chair for stability such as Trikonasana Triangle Pose and Natarajasana King of the Dance Pose However most standing poses are practiced at the wall or with a ballet bar not with a chair as the chair is too unstable Going to the Wall After we put the weights away and take a water break we move over to the wall which we use for steadiness while doing standing stretches and balance poses aimed at strengthening the bones of the legs and hips For example from Dr Loren Fishman s book Yoga for Osteoporosis we stand facing away from the wall place squishy half deflated rubber balls behind our necks and upper backs and press the balls into the wall holding them there for a few seconds before releasing This strengthens the muscles that keep the upper spine upright counteracting the tendency of this area to round forward as the bones soften Standing sideways one hand on the wall we practice side leg lifts standing spinal twists or balancing on one leg in Natarajasana Some students use straps as arm extensions to lift the foot behind for a quadriceps stretch while balancing on one leg fingers hovering near or placed on the wall Facing the wall we do the 90 degree angle bend calf stretches standing on tip toes or rocking back on heels and tight rope walking from Dr Fishman s book all with our hands either hovering near or resting on the wall for support Standing with our backs to the wall we practice sitting in the invisible chair Ardha Chandrasana Half Moon Pose Vrikasana Tree Pose and Padahastasana Jackknife Pose We bring the buttocks away from the wall whenever we feel stable and lean back into the wall whenever necessary Coming to the Floor Here we do mostly weight bearing postures Tabletop pose on hands and knees is a great way to strengthen the bones by bearing weight on the arms and legs It is also a stable position from which to stretch and balance the limbs and it is the gateway to many weight bearing yoga postures such as Cat Cow Balancing Table photo at right Plank Rajakapotanasana Royal Pigeon Pose and Adho Mukha Shvanasana Downward Dog However I recently experienced my first student injury in 15 years of teaching yoga The woman Vivian now in her mid 70 s had a hysterectomy in her 30 s and developed osteoporosis shortly thereafter She cracked a rib in my class while doing Cobra pose on the floor She yelped and said I think I just cracked a rib clutching her right side She knew that the rib was broken because she had cracked several ribs over the four decades since she had developed osteoporosis and knew exactly how it felt Sure enough an x ray the following day confirmed the cracked rib I don t know if there is anything that Vivian or I could have done to prevent the incident and I still believe that for most people weight bearing poses on the floor are safe to practice Vivian is fine now and she reported last week that her most recent bone density test shows that she no longer has osteoporosis although there is still some thinning of the bones For supine poses lying on our backs on the floor people with excess curvature of the upper spine kyphosis need to use folded blankets to support their necks and heads as the spinal curvature makes it difficult for their heads to reach the floor Blankets also come in handy to elevate the heads of those students who have difficulty hearing or seeing what is happening in the front of the room while they are supine Many students also like to rest their heads on the folded blankets or to spread the blankets over their bodies in Savasana People with osteoporosis need to straighten and strengthen their upper spines Students can do many inversions and backbends on the floor some of which can also be weight bearing such as Bandhasana Bridge Pose Eye of the Needle Matsyasana Fish Pose and Jathara Parivartanasana Supine Twist I have even taught seniors and people with osteoporosis that they can do Chakrasana Wheel Pose on an exercise ball Although full of trepidation at first they have successfully lowered themselves onto the exercise balls and experienced a version of Wheel Pose that they might never have thought they could do We also do some standing Wheel Pose prep when standing at the wall Facing away from the wall we raise our arms up overhead and place our hands on the wall behind our backs elbows pointing up Then we walk our feet 6 12 inches away from wall arching the back and looking up toward the ceiling Prone postures consist mostly of backward bends such as Sphinx Cobra Dhanurasana Bow Pose and Salabhasana Locust Pose Students should be guided very gently through these challenging but extremely beneficial postures with lots of resting in between Some students particularly those with spinal stenosis or scoliosis might have been told by their doctors not to practice any backward bends at all In such a case you must respect the doctors orders no matter what your own personal beliefs might be While on the floor those who need help getting up and down from their mats keep their chairs nearby and everyone uses a chair during a restorative Savasana at the end of the class with the lower legs elevated comfortably on the chair seat Conclusion Seniors and people with osteoporosis are eager to improve their posture their balance and their agility They want to strengthen their bones without using potentially harmful medications if possible I have seen and taken photographs during class to show students that it is possible for students to lose some roundedness in their upper spines stand straighter and steadier and get up and down from the floor without any help for the first time

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    Christmas meditation at Ananda Village After 4 hours of meditation I was inspired to recite mentally the Gayatri mantra The Gayatri mantra is considered to be the most sacred mantra of the Vedas It is chanted as Continue reading Posted in Meditation Tagged About Meditation blog Leave a comment Have posts you are interested in sent to you when they are published Help the Expanding Light better serve people Categories About Expanding Light Meditation Meditation Teacher Training Nature and Spirit Spiritual Travel Superconscious Living Sustainable Living Uncategorized Yoga Yoga Teacher Training Yoga Therapist Training Recent Posts Adriana s Meditation Student Doctor s Experience Teaching Meditation Testimonials for one of our Meditation Teachers Changing One Woman Changed an Office Healing on All Levels Archives January 2016 December 2015 November 2015 October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 December 2013 November 2013 August 2013 June 2013 May 2013 February 2013 January 2013 January 2012 September 2007 March 2007 June 2006 December 2005 March 2004 October 2003 March

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