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8 March 2018 Definition of Feminism

There are many opinions running around about what feminism is and is not; whether it’s necessary or not; who can be a feminist or not; etc ad nauseum. Feminism is the support of and belief in the equal rights of every person on earth. Equality. Balance. That is the definition of feminism. And as to whether or not we need it and who can be a feminist or not – the answer is yes and everyone. Until there is no longer a question in all of humanity as to who “deserves” to be treated equally and who does not, there will be a need for feminism. A right is not something that you have to work to deserve. It is innate. You are born and you have rights. Period. That is feminism. That is what today, the 8th of March is all about. Today is a day of dialogue and demonstration of the fact of equal rights. No, it’s not a belief. It is a fact that every person on earth is born with rights. I hope that by the time my son is my age this fact will be reflected in the daily lives of everyone on the planet. If it is not, then I am here today to make sure that he, like his father and grandfathers before him, like his mother and grandmothers before him, will continue the conversation until the world accepts the most basic fact of life on this planet – all people are born with equal rights of value, equal rights to decide what to do with their own body and ONLY their OWN body, to walk down the street without fear, to do their part, to education, to their place on this planet. Feminism means equality. We ALL benefit.

Naked Spirit Alberto Sáiz

“Flor asombrada.
Tanta luz germina nieve y
amor. Sembremos.”
Éste es un breve verso de Alberto Sáiz, autor de “Yo Soy Diosa” y “Yo Soy Dios”, que va a venir a principios de marzo a Pamplona. Es un privilegio que nos visite de nuevo. No te lo pierdas, es puro gozo.
🌀“Devoción al cuerpo”. Performance. Viernes 2 de marzo, 19h30. Un espectáculo meditativo… (taquilla inversa) Lugar: Urban Yoga Studio
🌀 “Naked Spirit”. Taller. Domingo 4 de marzo. Danzar como florecer; movimiento espontáneo. Gozo vivo. (80€) Lugar: Poise Pamplona
Es un taller precioso y nutritivo.
Info y reservas: Noemí (652498667) o Poise (690083487)
🌀 Sanaciones. 1/2/3 marzo. Sonidos, palabras, vibraciones… para la evolución en el amor más puro. Aquí. Ahora.(50€) Reserva con tiempo pues hace un número limitado de sesiones y son magníficas. Info y reservas: Noemí (652498667)
Toda la información en las imágenes a continuación, y también en el enlace: https://albertosaiz.blogspot.com.es/2018/02/pamplona-marzo-2018.html
Más textos y audios de Alberto también aquí:

 

 

Kö estudio. Cursos de caligrafía.

Con mucha ilusión, os presento el próximo taller y colaboración en Poise, caligrafía con Kö Studio, Sonia Beroiz. Abajo una explicación del curso en sus propias palabras.

Los detalles concretos:

Primer Trimestre 2018. Escritura expresiva y personalizada.

Fechas:

Todos los días con el horario de 16:30 a 20:30h.

21 de enero – Itálica

18 de febrero – Inglesa o Copperplate

11 de marzo – Pincel

Precios:

1 taller – 70€

3 talleres – 180€

 

Kö estudio.
Cursos de caligrafía.

 

Resumen para los cursos de caligrafía.

Pack de tres cursos de iniciación a la caligrafía. Aprende las bases para gestualizar tu escritura mediante diferentes técnicas, herramientas y estilos caligráficos.
* Para el estudio de la Copperplate se recomienda tener conocimientos de itálica para una mayor comprensión de la técnica.

Este es un espacio que invita a la práctica, a la reflexión y a la experimentación de la caligrafía. Donde se puede aprender y disfrutar escribiendo, a partir de modelos históricos, mediante el aprendizaje y manejo de herramientas para crear composiciones con la letra o caligrafías como medio de expresión.
Si te gustan las letras, quieres profundizar en su historia, tienes curiosidad por entender sus formas y posibilidades este es tu sitio. Cursos prácticos donde aprenderemos distintas escrituras formales, diversas técnicas y materiales de escritura. Estudiaremos la interpretación formal de textos, composición, color y experimentación con diferentes familias caligráficas.

Si se quiere decir algo muy especial se puede hacer con mucho estilo o si simplemente disfrutar escribiendo.

 

 

 

Artículo.

“La caligrafía es el arte de formar los signos de una manera expresiva, armoniosa y culta”.
Claude Mediavila, calígrafo francés.

La delicadeza y la trama del papel, la esencia de las tintas, la pluma, el pincel, los colores, el gusto por el trazo y el movimiento hacen de la caligrafía un medio de expresión rítmica que se utiliza como mensaje.

Es un medio de comunicación y por tanto de expresión. Un medio de comunicación tradicional que ha ido evolucionando hasta nuestros días. Lo que la hace especial es la expresión de sus rasgos, señal de identidad, de naturalidad y reflejo de nuestra personalidad.

Es una especialidad donde los proyectos se hacen a mano, no participa la tecnología y ayuda a mejorar las habilidades motoras y psicomotrices a la par que la percepción visual, capacidades que se van perfeccionando con la práctica. La caligrafía ayuda a la concentración y a la memorización, escribir más despacio permite organizar mejor las ideas. Ayuda a pensar, organizar y estructurar mejor el pensamiento debido a que nuestro cerebro, al escribir con la mano permite una mayor concentración. Un proceso manual y mental que ejercita otros valores como la relajación, la disciplina, la destreza y la sensibilidad. Es una disciplina que cuida los detalles y las formas, y que necesita una constancia, lo que ayuda a ser más metódico. Muy a tener en cuenta en la infancia y en la madurez.

La letra se puede educar, desde alguien que tiene mala letra a alguien que quiere conocer diferentes modelos para conseguir llegar a una forma de escritura personalizada y expresiva. Conseguimos la mejora de nuestra escritura a la par que conocer la arquitectura básica en el diseño de las letras. En una entrevista al periódico la Vanguardia, Oriol Miró, uno de mis grandes maestros y bellísima persona, explica la importancia de la caligrafía y todo lo que aporta a nuestras vidas.

Forma parte de nuestra cultura y de nuestro patrimonio, por tanto, es un conocimiento universal. Su práctica lleva al aprendizaje de las distintas técnicas de escritura, sus herramientas, el ritmo y la proyección en el espacio. Vamos adquiriendo destreza conforme la practicamos. No solo se trata de escribir bello, sino de conseguir un equilibrio entre todos los elementos que la conforman.

Muchas gracias!

Sonia Beroiz

 

 

Danza Yoga con Javier Goikoetxea en Poise

Este viernes el blog está escrito por Javier Goikoetxea. Es un resumen de que ofrece en su curso de Danza Yoga, una nueva colaboración aquí en Poise y un taller que ofrecemos el día 4 de noviembre 2017 a las 10:00 a 14:00 por solo 30€. Va a ser una experiencia única con un yogi bailarín singular. Abajo empiezan sus palabras sobre su curso y un poquito de su CV y experiencia (que envidia me da, la verdad, donde ha estudiado!).

 

Encuentro de Danza Yoga

  1. Descripción general del curso:

Elevando la consciencia a traves de la Danza.
El yoga de la danza es un sistema que ayuda acceder a estados más profundas del ser desarrollando formas de expresión que surgen en sincronía y autenticidad desde uno mismo.

Una magia que nos permite fluir desde nuestra inherente creatividad.

 

  1. Objetivos del curso.

Desarrollar y promover salud y desarrollo personal.

Expandir la consciencia y aumentar las posibilidades de movimiento para una mayor libertad de expresión

Despertar el cuerpo y la mente a los principios universales de movimiento

Estimular la creatividad.

Desarrollo de la atención, la percepción y la sensibilidad.

 

  1. Contenidos:

Una Practica rítmica y progresiva.

A traves de suaves y fluidos movimientos coordinados con la respiración.

Mudra, Asanas, Vinyasas, Pranayama, Bailes, Relajación y Meditación.

 

Trabajaremos también la alineación a través de la Asana.

  1. Cima de la cabeza – coxis
  2. Zona dorsal – brazos
  3. Isquiones – talones (posturas de pie) e Isquiones – suelo (posturas sentadas)
  4. Radiación umbilical (conectando brazos, piernas, cabeza y coxis con el ombligo)

 

Aprenderemos a sincronizar el movimiento con la respiración, de modo que podamos ajustar cada Asana con nuestro propio movimiento corporal. Modular la intensidad que aplicamos a cada postura, de modo que seamos capaces de suprimir la tensión residual e innecesaria de nuestra práctica.

 

Apto para practicantes de yoga, bailarines e incluso quienes no hayan practicado ni yoga ni danza pero que sientan la musica y quieran indagar un poco más en sus posibilidades de movimiento e impulsar su evolución personal.

 

  • CV corto de Javier Goikoetxea
  • Desde el 1998 practica y estudia Danza y Yoga junto a otras practicas orientales.
  • Formado en ballet clásico, y danza contemporánea en las escuelas Martha Graham,
  • Jose Limón y Merce Cunningham de Nueva York.
  • Pedagogía de la Danza en el curriculum escolar, por la Trinity School de Londres.
  • Profesor de Yoga Integral y Yoga para niños por la escuela Mahashakti.
  • Ashtanga Yoga con Sarah Jois, Borja Romero y Govinda Kai.
  • Profesor Pilates por Stott Pilates.
  • Vive entre Pamplona y Barcelona y trabaja con un increíble equipo de colegas alrededor del mundo.

Open Dance Baile Libre – post bilingüe

First Edition of Open Dance 2017

Primera Edición de Baile Libre 2017

 When:

Friday 20 October 2017

8.00pm – 10.00pm (20.00 – 22.00)

Officially speaking it ends at 10, but the last time I did this we left later.

Cuando:

Viernes 20 de Octubre 2017

20.00 – 22.00

Oficialmente termina a las 22.00, pero la última vez terminó más tarde.

Where:

Poise Pamplona

Calle Bernardino Tirapu 29 bajo

Rotxapea, Pamplona

948 044 541

hello@poisepamplona.com

Donde:

Poise Pamplona

Calle Bernardino Tirapu 29 bajo

Rotxapea, Pamplona

948 044 541

hello@poisepamplona.com

 Who:

Open to all women age 18 and up

Quien:

Abierto a todas las mujeres 18+

 How much:

5€

Cuanto cuesta:

5€

 How to sign up:

Please call the number above, or send an email to hello@poisepamplona.com, or a whatsapp to 638 083 966 if you’re interested. I need an idea of how many people are coming in order to prepare the food and drinks.

Como Apuntarte:

Por favor, llame al número de arriba, o envía un email a hello@poisepamplona.com, o envía un whatsapp a 638 083 966 si estás interesada. Necesito tener una idea de la cantidad de personas interesadas para poder preparar la comida y la bebida.

 What:

Open Dance is simple. I provide the space, the sound system, the goodies (healthy snacks and homemade cake and some wine and tea and water), and a warm-up so that we can try to avoid pulling a muscle and being sore the next day. I have created a Spotify playlist called Open Dance and everyone in attendance can add a song or two to the list. Then I hit shuffle and we dance. If you haven’t ever been to Poise or seen our space, let me tell you about it. There’s an 80m2 dance space with a special floor to protect your feet and knees, mirrors and high ceilings and NO columns in the middle. There’s a long table and chairs for chatting and for the snacks and drinks. There’s a sofa and lounge chairs to take a breath and look through a magazine. There are two bathrooms, two dressing rooms, and even a shower, if you need it. Open Dance is simply a night for women to just let loose and dance or talk or whatever. No one is watching, there are no prerequisites of dance training or fashion, there is no bar atmosphere even though there will be wine, it is a moment to be alone together. It’s a moment to let off some steam and dance away your problems. Even if you think you can’t dance or it makes you terribly nervous, no one is there to judge you. Wear what you want, dance how you want, eat and drink what you like, give yourself two hours to just let your hair down (or put it up in a bun) and we’ll all be in a safe space, alone together. Open Dance is exactly what you make of it. Come alone or bring some friends. Make some new ones. And, actually, if you want me to help you practice a turn or figure out how to do isolations, let me know and I will. If not, I’ll be doing what you’re doing, dancing out whatever I’ve got going on in my life. Also, there will be no videos or anything; you won’t end up on YouTube, don’t worry. Oh, and I control the lights so that the dance space is darker and can’t be seen from outside. This is a private, women-only dance party. There’s nothing else to it.

Que:

Baile Libre es sencillo. Yo proveo el espacio, el equipo de música, los tentempiés (cosas saludables y bizcocho casero y vino y té y agua), y un calentamiento para prevenir lesiones y agujetas el día siguiente. He creado un playlist en Spotify que se llama Open Dance y cada persona puede añadir una canción o dos. Doy al “play” aleatorio y bailamos. Si nunca has estado en Poise o tampoco has visto fotos del espacio, déjame explicártelo. Hay 80m2 de espacio para bailar con un suelo especial para proteger los pies y rodillas, espejos, techos altos y NO tiene una columna en medio. Hay una mesa larga con sillas para charlar y tomar algo. Hay un sofa y sillones para tomar un descanso, respirar, y ojear una revista. Hay dos baños, dos vestuarios, e incluso una ducha, si te hace falta. Baile Libre es simplemente una noche para que las mujeres podamos dejar nuestras preocupaciones fuera y estar libres y bailar y hablar o lo que sea. No hay nadie mirando, no hay requisitos de formación en el baile ni código de vestimenta, no hay ambiente de bar aunque sí hay vino, es un momento para estar solas juntas. Es un momento para quitar el estrés de encima y bailar hasta que desaparezcan tus problemas. Incluso si piensas que no puedes bailar bien o te pone muy nerviosa, nadie esté allí para juzgarte. Ponte lo que te da la gana, baila como quieras, come y bebe lo que te apetezca, date dos horas para soltar el pelo (o ponerlo en un moño) y estaremos juntas en un espacio seguro, solas juntas. Baile Libre es exactamente lo que tú hagas con la experiencia. Ven sola o con amigas. Haz amigas nuevas. Y, de hecho, si quieres que te ayude a practicar un giro o enseñarte un paso, dime y lo haré. También, no habrá videos ni nada – no acabarás en YouTube, no te preocupes. Y pongo las luces para que el espacio de baile sea más oscuro y no se puede ver desde fuera. Esto es una fiesta de baile privada para mujeres. Así de simple.

Why:

This is what we all sometimes do in the privacy of our homes, dance and let go of whatever is in our minds. What makes this different is that the space is huge, so you don’t have to worry about stubbing your toe on the corner of your dresser, and it provides community as well as privacy. Dancing seems to make a lot of people nervous and vulnerable and so most don’t dance as much as they’d like. Dance happens to be one of the ONLY things that I do that doesn’t make me feel scared and vulnerable. It makes me feel empowered in the best possible way. I think humans have dance embedded in our DNA and that it is one of the most powerful forms of communication, how someone moves. I also think that there aren’t enough opportunities for people to just dance, without a class, just move our bodies however we feel in whatever moment. I wish it were more socially acceptable for people over the age of 8 to dance down the street. It would certainly make my day better if I felt I could. So, even I have my limits of where and when I feel comfortable dancing. So that’s why I created Open Dance, to have that safe space. And I must add, that while I’m sure many men would enjoy it or benefit from it as well, and I’m not a big fan of the division of the sexes, sometimes women just need to get together with women. We all know that it changes the atmosphere. So that’s why only women – so we have two hours of no pressure to be the slightly more polished versions of ourselves that we are everywhere else in our lives.

Porque:

Esto es lo que hacemos todas (y todos) a veces en la intimidad de nuestras casas, bailar y dejar ir lo que está en la mente. Lo que hace esto diferente es que el espacio es enorme, así que no tienes que preocuparte de romper un dedo en una esquina de la cómoda, y provee comunidad además de intimidad. A mi me parece que el baile pone nerviosa y vulnerable a mucha gente y la mayoría no baila cuanto les gustaría. Bailar resulta ser una de las ÚNICAS cosas que hago que no me da miedo ni me hace sentir vulnerable. Me hace sentir poderosa de la mejor manera posible. Pienso que los seres humanos tenemos el baile en nuestra ADN y que es una de las formas más poderosas de comunicar, como se mueve alguien.También pienso que no hay oportunidades suficientes para que la gente simplemente pueda bailar, sin una clase, simplemente movernos exactamente como nos apetezca en cualquier momento. Ojalá que sea más aceptable socialmente para personas mayores a 8 años bailar andando por la calle. Haría mi día mejor si pudiera, sin duda. Pues entonces, también tengo mis limites de donde y cuando me siento cómoda bailando. Por eso he creado Baile Libre, para tener ese espacio seguro. Y tengo que añadir, que aunque estoy segura de que muchos hombres lo disfrutarían o beneficiarían de esto también, y no soy muy fan de segregar las actividades por género, a veces las mujeres necesitamos estar con solo mujeres. Sabemos todas que cambia el ambiente. Por eso, solo mujeres – para que tengamos dos horas sin presión de ser la versión un poco más refinada que sentimos en cualquier otro lugar de la vida.

 

Yes, the space is mine and the idea came from some of my friends and me, but the time that you spend at Open Dance is yours to do with what you like. I hope you come and join me. I hope you feel at home and comfortable. I hope you shake it off for a couple hours and leave lighter in spirit and at least a little bit sweaty. See you Friday at 8pm!!

 

Sí, el espacio es mío y la idea vino de unas amigas y mí, pero el tiempo que pases en Baile Libre es tuyo para hacer lo que más te convenga. Espero que te animes y te unas. Espero que te sientas en casa y cómoda. Espero que te quites la tensión de encima y salgas más ligera de espíritu y al menos un poquito sudada. Nos vemos el viernes a las 20.00!!

Bienvenido al Curso 2017 2018

We are about to start our second full course year here at Poise! I need to take a moment to clap for this because it isn’t an easy thing to start and maintain a new business and it is absolutely essential to growth and peace of mind to recognize the small successes that we have along the way. That being said, a new year is always a moment of nerves for any teacher or business owner. No matter how many classes you’ve taught in the past or how many people inicially sign up, there’s always the tension of wanting everything to turn out perfectly. So, I’ll do what I talk about at the start of every yoga class, take a long, deep breath in through my nose and slowly let it out, over and over again until the nerves have calmed down and the inner peace returns enough to begin again. And what a beginning and a year we’re going to have this course year! We have new classes and teachers and collaborations and I have no doubt that this year will be better than the last and we’ll all learn and grow and have a great time doing it! Having a great time is one of the most important parts of growing and one of the fundamental principles of Poise!

 

Here are some of the exciting things we’re going to be doing this year:

 

Abdominales Hipopresivos – This year we have a specific class for this type of absolutely essential exercise. I am going to be a student myself! It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in recovering from childbirth or because you need to strengthen your pelvic floor to protect your back, this is a class that anyone can benefit from, man or woman. The teacher is an excellent physiotherapist and one of the most cheerful people I know. It’s an honor to have him teaching at Poise (he does our evening Pilates class, too) and I always learn something every time I talk to him. It’s important to have someone who really understands how the body works teaching this course because it makes it that much more effective and prevents injuries. He is an absolute gem and I can’t give him enough praise.

 

Bootybarre – This class is not pole dancing, even though it sounds that way! It is a combination of Ballet Barre, Pilates, and Yoga exercises that are meant to thoroughly sculpt and tone every inch of your body. Our teacher is licensed to teach the class and is an absolute ray of sunshine. Already popular in many countries around the world, this class is sure to be the next big thing here in Pamplona, too!

 

Posture Correction and Stretching – This class has a small and dedicated group already, but there are a couple places available. It’s the perfect way to start the morning; toning, stretching, getting your heart rate up and leaving the class walking taller and stronger to tackle your day with your head held high. Taught by our lively ballet teacher, it’s the perfect wake up class – after your coffe or tea, of course!

 

Vinyasa Flow Yoga in English – We have the honor of having a lovely British Rose of a teacher join us this year! (Yes, that’s a cliché, I know, but she is!) Vinyasa is a smooth and flowing style of Yoga that allows you to unite your movement and breath and really get into the moment of just being. Available in both the morning and evening, it’s a great way to start the day or let go of stress after work! And don’t worry, she speaks clearly and is easy to understand in English. All you have to do is listen and follow along.

 

Ballet for Adults – We are repeating ballet for adults again this course year. We’ve added a group for people without previous experience and will continue with our experinced group as well. It’s time to let go of your fear of this classical style of dance and come enjoy the benefits of this discipline. It improves posture, flexibility, coordination, musicality, and rhythm, among other things. It also helps your brain stay sharp for all the things you do in your day-to-day routine. The toning and slimming aspects of ballet are an added bonus, if that’s your goal.

 

Modern for Adults and Teenagers without previous experience – This is, I must confess, my favorite class at Poise. I’m the teacher, so it had better be! This is my favorite form of dance and it really is a bit of a mix of styles and techniques. You’ll learn to turn and stretch and move your body in ways you’ve maybe never tried. Don’t be shy and come give it a try!!

 

Hatha Yoga – This year I am only teaching this class in the morning. (You know, family planning with a four-year-old.) I usually teach it in Spanish, but sometimes I do a bilingual or English class. This is my preferred style of Yoga. It is slower and presents different challenges from Vinyasa. Breathing slowly is the keystone and patience always comes with this practice. Perhaps I prefer this style because those are my own areas of need or work in life, breathing slowly and having patience. But don’t mistake slower with easier. All postures can be modified on an individual basis for any level of fitness, making this style a truly personal journey.

 

Pilates – Either in the morning or evening, there is still no other method proven to provide better results to change your body tone than this classic class. Our groups are small and you’ll receive individual attention and corrections, preventing injuries and improving results.

 

Of course, there are also English classes, but this is something we organize with small groups and individuals to provide a highly specialized service. If this is what you’re looking for, please give us a call and we’ll examine your specific needs.

 

To be announced: Open Dance Fridays and Wine&Words Book Club!!! Two exciting possibilities for this course year!

 

 

Be sure to check out our schedule for all the times and prices and other information. And don’t forget to sign up for our newsletter, which will come straight to your email with new blog entries and updates of workshops that are coming up. Don’t worry, we won’t fill up your inbox with too many messages. I hate that as much as you do.

 

Thanks for reading and welcome to our new year!!

The WHY.

Are there better dancers than me? Yes. Better yogis? Yes. Better English teachers? Yes. Better mothers? Yes. Is there anyone on this planet that is exactly like me? No. And that, right there, is enough reason to do what I do; to enjoy the doing; to keep making connections between my passions and pursuing my pleasures. It is the same answer for each of us. This is what I’ve learned by doing yoga and what I want to transmit in the teaching of it. I chose the word Poise as the name of my business because it, the word itself, reflects these values and the gift that a yoga practice can give each of us – personal balance.

There are no two ways to be in balance that are alike. The search for and finding of and maintenance of balance is as individual as each one of us. That is its beauty. When we calm the unnecessary chatter that often consumes our thoughts and we can sit comfortably with our own divine spark, the universe of possibilities that we each possess expands and blooms.

I’m easily bored by philosophical musings that often quickly turn cheesy. I may have already passed that point here myself. And why is this often the case? It is because all human existence attempts to explain these questions – through the arts, yoga, math, science, religion, gardening, language – and the description always falls short of the experience. But we will keep trying to explain the mystery.

I invite you to join me in these yoga sessions and give it a try. Who knows? You may get your head out of your ass and tighten it at the same time. And don’t forget to smile. You’re beautiful.

A Forced Rest and Its Gifts

For the past week, I’ve been in bed sick. I have cancelled an entire week of classes. I have relied heavily on my husband to take over absolutely everything and on my mother and brother-in-law to help out with my son even more than they already do so that I could just try to rest. I’ve actually been fighting something, the flu, a cough, fatigue, headaches, etc. for about a month now – mostly because I just wouldn’t rest. Well, my body, my husband, and my doctor finally said, “Enough! Stay in bed!”

So I listened.

The first couple days were feverish and spent coughing incessantly and all the other fun things that come with the flu that turned into a respiratory infection.

Lovely.

And after those couple days, that’s when I normally would’ve gone back to work, taking medication to keep my cough calm while pushing through my classes, nervous about if I looked healthy enough or if I’d have enough energy to get through the day. And that would’ve been disasterous.

This time, I’ve stayed home for a week. I’ve left the house to go to the doctor and the pharmacy – that’s it. And here’s what has happened…

1) I haven’t infected anyone else. Bravo me.

2) I’ve slept (as much as the coughing would let me) according to my own natural rhythms.

3) My anxieties about all the work that I have on my plate have disappeared; not because I have less work, but because even work that lights your soul on fire takes a distant second when you don’t feel well. And that helps put it all into perspective. Why do I let myself worry so much about being perfect at everything all the time?! It literally makes me sick. That’s why the flu/repiratory infection has had me laid up for so long. I let all my fears about how well I’m doing what I do turn me into a bundle of anxiety – and get this! – unconsciously!! My conscious mind can talk me into calm and control my breathing and do all those other cool yoga benefits we read about breathing exercises, physical exercise, meditation, etc. But guess what? I’ve learned that it didn’t cross over to the subconscious side, which held onto its favorite fear through every single breath, the fear that if I’m not perfect all the time, I’ll lose it all. Yes, you read that right. I know I’m not perfect, but I still seem to hold myself to an impossible standard and expect a certain type of result from myself with every single activity, large or small, important or insignificant. No wonder I’m exhausted and sick. I’m a bundle of nerves about getting the new dream company I’ve created off the ground. I’m focusing on expectations – something yoga tells us not to do – and I’m getting so attached to some persona I’ve invented in my head about who I have to be in order to do all of that – yet another thing yoga tells us not to do – that I’ve forgotten to enjoy it as a whole. I don’t mean to say that I’m like this every moment, but overall, I’m so worried about “making it work” that I forgot about what makes me “work.”

4) With the free time that lying in bed offers, I’ve been reading. A lot. A couple books. Dozens of articles. And in that time I came across one that is (finally) the point of today’s blog. “How your personality type affects your parenting style.” I thought that looked interesting. So I read it and then took the link to the test that is a modified version of the Myers-Briggs Personality Test, which is based on theories of C. G. Jung. Here are the links to two more sites that offer free tests, require no personal information, and aren’t too obnoxious when trying to sell you their pay-for products.

www.16personalities.com (They have the test in 25 languages!!)

www.truity.com (Test only in English, but it’s cool to take both and see if you get the same results.)

5) No, I’m not going to tell you which I am. But I will tell you that when I read through some of the traits that were listed for my type, I laughed out loud at how spot on they were, and my anxiety about work and life and parenting and being enough disappeared.

6) These tests don’t hold the key to being perfect or instantly being forever happy or anything even close. But sometimes it is nice to have a bit of external insight on what’s going on internally. It’s somewhere in between the type of ice-cold-water slap in the face that wakes you right up and a soft, tender voice in your ear telling you, “Honey, of course you’re all right just as you are.”

So, what’s my point? As my mother-in-law says, being sick is good for you – it makes you stronger. I’m not any closer to perfect today than I was a week ago, but being sick and completely disconnected has given me back my own poise, something I lost a bit of in the whirlwind of creating Poise. It’s given me insight on how to practice what I preach and reminded me that all the sides of who I am deserve time and attention and care.

Just take a Nap

This morning/midday, I did something I almost never get to do anymore. I got a few hours to myself and I watched some new TED videos, Dean Ornish’s Healing through Diet talk from 2004, read part of a book, Michael Pollan’s In Defense of Food, that’s taking me a long time to read even though I’ve read it before and I read very fast (a few pages a night before bed is all I get these days), and then I took a nap.

It is Wednesday.

The universe kind of organized things for me so that I could have this time. Normally, I do not. I am self-employed, have a crazy schedule that covers the entire day, have just opened a new business, and I have a two-and-a-half-year-old bundle of joy that I often lovingly call my “tiny life terrorist” for his ability to disrupt sleep patterns and turn everything upside down from what it was just a few short years ago.

I’ll tell you what, sometimes deciding to not immediately reply to all the emails or return the phone calls (I’m sorry if you are someone waiting on a response from me, I’ll get to it very soon and in a much more positive mood!) and make your brain slow down on a Wednesday morning for a nap is absolutely the best health and happiness tonic in the world. And the world is not going to end if you turn off your phone for a while. It doesn’t have to be a Wednesday, but sometimes you just have to decide that you’re going to take a moment back from a busy, happy life and treat yourself to nothing other than a nap.

Now, here in Pamplona, in most of Spain, I’d say this is common wisdom that is an ingrained part of the culture. The Spanish word for nap is universally understood. But I’m American, and we don’t nap nearly as much or as well. So, all the things that I had to do before the nap are still there, but now they feel manageable and interesting (because I really do love my job, which is something that fascinates me every single day), and I somehow meditated in my sleep on how to best handle what needs deciding. This blog is certainly not scientific proof of the benefits of a siesta, as there were a million uncontrolled variables in my Wednesday Experiment, but if how much better I feel now than I did at 10 am is any proof at all, then I’m sold on the conclusion. Just go take a nap.

A bit of Vocabulary

Para tod@s que venís a danza, yoga, o sexy back, pensé en poner algunas palabras del cuerpo y el movimiento en el blog para ayudaros a aprender las bases.

Movement/Movimiento verbs:

stretch – estirar

lengthen – elongar

bend – doblar (en ballet en francés, plié)

jump – saltar

point (your toes) – apuntar (los dedos de los pies)

flex – flexionar

lift – levantar

support – apoyar

inhale – inhalar

exhale – exhalar

Body/Cuerpo Vocab:

head – cabeza

neck – cuello

chin – barbilla

shoulders – hombros

arms – brazos

elbows – codos

wrist – muñeca

hand – mano

fingers – dedos de la mano

chest – pecho

center – centro (Este concepto es muy importante y repito muchas veces, “Use your center,” que significa usar tu centro. Es imprescindible para todo en yoga o danza, para la aliniación, para proteger tu espalda, para tener equilibrio en una postura o mientras bailas, el centro es el comienzo del movimiento. Y, por supuesto, la respiración.)

hips – cadera

butt – culo

thighs – muslos

knee – rodilla

calves – gemelos

ankle – tobillo

foot – pie

toes – dedos de los pies

 

Obviamente, esta lista no está completa. Pero repito estas palabras muchas veces en clase. Poco a poco. Pongo más vocabulario en una semana o dos.

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