November 21, 2015

ENFJ Steps Towards Career Integration

Found this statement on Truity and it resonates with me:

"The ideal work environment for an ENFJ is forward-thinking and people-centered, with a clear humanitarian mission and an emphasis on constructive action. The ideal job for an ENFJ allows them to develop and implement ideas that improve the circumstances and well-being of other people."

That pretty much captures what I'm about.

Plantar Fasciitis - Foot Mystery and Mythology

By Katy Bowman, MS
Over the past 6 months I have developed awful foot pain which I soon learned is called Plantar Fasciitis. Sounds like a disease and feels like torture. As a yoga teacher I have begun encountering many female students who currently or previously had this ailment. (Similarly, many students I encounter have experienced frozen shoulder and I want to develop yoga practices that address these common ailments.)

As we share the advice we have been given by various foot experts, I keep hearing conflicting information. Keep the foot fully wrapped and supported in a hard leather shoe, with a firm sole and no ankle movement was the most popular guidance. But then I mentioned my situation to Nancy Leigh-Smith, my yoga mentor and she told me about the book Every Woman's Guide to Foot Pain Relief: The New Science of Healthy Feet by Katy Bowman, MS.

Let me tell you that this book is beautifully written, logical, fun, informative, and just makes sense. If you have your feet wrapped up in hard leather all your life, you are restricting movement and eventually, you can end up with foot pain - as I have now. But if you begin to liberate and enliven your foot and toes you will have a happy foundation.

Instead of avoiding being barefoot, as so many experts advised me, I am now teaching my toes to work, collectively and on their own. The pain is dissipating and I am integrating many of these exercises into my yoga practice. Thank you, Katy and Nancy!

Getting Focused and Integrating

You might have noticed that I have not been posting to this blog very often over the past couple of years. Let's just say, I fully embraced 2015 Year of Creative Expression and my voice is all over the Internet. So, I'm thinking that 2016 will be the Year of Focus and Integration.

November 3, 2015

Inspire - To Breathe

I've noticed that I frequently use the word"inspire" to describe my intentions. This made me curious to explore the origins of the word. How appropriate that "inspire" has its origins from Latin "spirare" to breathe. That is exactly how I know if I am inspired - I am able to take a long, deep, smooth inhalation and exhalation. Then my heart feels full.