It’s almost time to Fall Back

Twice a year I write about time change. And we are upon that time once again.

For most of us in the U.S. we will Fall Back on Sunday at 2 a.m.

Many of my readers are from Arizona, so this post doesn’t apply to you as much. (And note to my family, starting Sunday I will be an hour behind for about four months.) But I think the suggestions I am going to make are great whenever you cross time zones or as we move into the cooler and darker (and in Oregon, wetter) season.

I am not a great sleeper. And time change for me is pretty difficult.

When you Spring Forward, you lose an hour. The light is different. It is more difficult to get to bed on time for your workweek.

When you Fall Back, you “gain” an hour. But that gain can still really mess you up.  If you normally get up at 5 a.m. then you are likely gonna start rousing at 4 a.m. Ugh! And the evenings get darker earlier, which has already been happening lately.

That “gained” hour can throw your day (or even the following week) off.

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A yoga breakthrough

Last night in yoga teacher training class Richard taught us about inversions and teaching beginners inversions.

At one point we practiced Salamba Sirsasana (Headstand) against the wall. (Which is not a beginner pose.)

I prepared myself to go into the pose. But I didn’t invert like most of the class did.

I have been practicing yoga for about six years and have never felt comfortable completely inverting. Frankly, I am scared. Sacred that I am gonna hurt myself, scared that I am gonna topple over, scared that my bum shoulder is gonna give out, scared that I am gonna break my neck.

As we were discussing the pose I told Richard that I did not go up because I am scared. He asked me what I am scared of. I told him pretty much everything in the paragraph above. He asked me if I would be willing to try something and he wouldn’t make me do anything I didn’t want to.

He asked me to go to the corner. I used the corner to support my hands and shoulders. And I almost got up. My fellow students cheered for me. Many told me how close I was. They were … Continue reading

Inverting during your period

The yoga instructors I have been taught by tell women not to do inversions during their period. Tonight in yoga we did shoulder stand.

If the instructor does not give an alternative pose I usually choose legs up the wall. Baxter gave us an alternative option tonight. It was almost like legs up the wall but without the wall. I chose to do that. It felt good. The bolster is an amazing tool to use during yoga practice.

In the Yoga Health Benefits article I found: “According to the traditional Yoga philosophy, menstruation is referred to as ‘apana.’ This refers to a downward flow of energy. Performing an inversion when one is experiencing ‘apana’ is thought to interfere with this natural flow of energy.” I have heard this before and I tend to follow this philosophy.

As I was researching for this blog post I found many articles, posts, etc. that said inverting during your period was fine. But all said the individual should decide what is best for her.

If you want to read more, you can go here, here and here. There are, of course, many more out there.