Her Simple but Powerful Request

By | September 13, 2015

Her simple but powerful request- was borne of great pain. She felt vulnerable, unprotected.

She asked me to “help create a safe, warm love place within and around her heart”– And we did!

She had been through several emotional separations. Her caregiver could not be away from her teenage children for months at a time, so my client was alone  between their travels together. Her husband worked across the ocean.
She was between medical doctors with disparate opinions.

We sat for a few minutes and talked softly.
She inhaled deeply from her lower belly and exhaled out the back of her heart.
She listened to her heartbeat.
She visualized her heart expanding and sending out golden spirals of light.
She smiled.

She held onto the railing at the foot of her bed and stretched her spine with bent knees, feet parallel on 5 corners (the mound of the big toe to the outer heel, the mound of the little toe to the inner heel and the center of the heel). She breathed.

Kneeling, still holding the railing at the foot of her bed, she inhaled and rounded her back, relaxing her neck, assuming a cat posture and then exhaled and gently sat up tall– like a queen. She breathed. She smiled.

We sat back to back, on soft blankets, breathing the sound of “yam”.

She lay on her back for a few minutes with the soles of her feet together, squishy balls underneath her thighs for support, and a pillow across her groin while I covered her feet and torso with silk shawls.
She breathed the sound of “yam sa”.

She extended her legs. She breathed.

She sat up and smiled, drank some water, and we hugged.

Help your clients. Touch hearts. Change lives.

Need training? Get started with The Art and Science of Teaching Older Adults
An Introduction designed to enrich the lives of seniors and those who help them. Class is September 26, from Noon until 5 p.m. at Dave’s Astanga Yoga, 7950 E Redfield Rd, STE 170 here in  Scottsdale, AZ. Even though it’s an introductory class, I’ll still be doing a lot of teaching on:

Breathing techniques for older adults
Therapeutic techniques and their application for specific health issues
Exercises and practices for daily living
Yoga postures with supports and adjustments
Call me if you have any questions- 406-546-6922; come join us and learn how to help your clients help themselves. That’s really all we do- we give our clients the tools they need to find alignment, balance and stability. In doing so, they reap the rewards of graceful living.
For a more advanced class, come to the Chair Yoga Teacher Training Workshop I’m doing with Chair Yoga expert, Janet Rae Humphrey, in October. With the number of Boomers in this country and their desire to stay young minded and active throughout life, this program gives you a solid understanding of their issues and the skills you need to help them. Chair Yoga Workshop. This program happens October 23-25 at Andara Senior Living here in Scottsdale. Follow the link for more information. Janet and I look forward to seeing you there.
I’d love to hear your story. Tell us how yoga has helped you find balance in your life.
Here’s the link to my my video featuring my 93 year young mom doing her daily yoga and fitness practice: “Better Balance for Daily Living”    You can get the full video in the web site store.

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