Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

Happy National Physical Therapy Month!

October is National Physical Therapy Month here in the United States. There are some mixed feelings in the yoga community surrounding physical therapy. Personally, I’ve had physical therapy multiple times over the years for various injuries, and it’s helped me each time. I am not saying that any particular healing technique is “better” than the other, but I do think that physical therapy (under the trained guidance of a certified therapist or doctor) can go hand-in-hand with yoga, tai chi, massage and other healing arts. As someone who is hypermobile, I am prone to injuries myself. Physical therapists have helped me heal and I wanted to share some wrist exercises that have been helpful for me in releasing tension, improving flexibility, and reducing pain and popping. Disclaimer, y’all: Now… as always… The complimentary advice provided here is based on my personal experience and is definitely NOT a substitute for working with a doctor, physical therapist, or other trained medical professional. Therefore, I cannot guarantee the outcome of following the advice. My statements about any potential outcomes from performing the following list of recommendations are simply expressions of my personal opinion only — and are NOT the equivalent or substitute for any medical advice. Again, by reading this article, you are agreeing that the act of following any of this advice is completely at your own risk. I highly recommend that you consider hiring a doctor, physical therapist or other medical professional to assist you with any injury or medical issue you might be having. Folks who actually have yoga-related injuries: The same disclaimer above still applies. If you’re looking...
My First Yoga Teaching Experience

My First Yoga Teaching Experience

I did it! I did it! On Thursday, I taught my first-ever full yoga class, a 1.5 hour Ashtanga-inspired Vinyasa flow. I taught in Boca Raton, Florida, USA, where I’ve spent the past month studying yoga as part of an intense, 200-hour yoga teacher training immersion. By the end of October, I’ll be certified through Yoga Alliance — and, sadly, departing the gorgeous tropical beach climate to head back to Kentucky, just in time for winter. I am usually a very comfortable public speaker, but I have to admit I found myself nervous as I stepped on that mat in the front of the room and prepared to teach a class of nearly two dozen gorgeous women from around the world. Guatemala, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Florida, Tennessee, Mexico, New Jersey, Kentucky and Canada were all represented in that room. I couldn’t be happier with how my first class went. After a few minutes, I began to find my inner peace. A sense of calm confidence took over, and about halfway through the class I really found my flow. It didn’t hurt that I had included some empowering Beyonce jams in my yoga playlist, of course. Luckily, the ladies in the class were REALLY into it.. possibly even more than I was. We were laughing, joking, posing, dancing, shaking our hips, feeling our bodies, releasing feminine energy. The energy of the class, the positive feedback I received and the atmosphere in the room were so beautiful. One student told me, “I think I just fell in love with you.” Several others gave me warm hugs after the class, thanking me...