Monday, July 29, 2013

July 28th, 2013

Today, I completed my final requirements and tests and am now a certified yoga instructor! Details to follow (the paperwork isn't in my hands yet, but I did it!). It's been an amazing month, WHEW!

Now I can rest for a couple days, taking a good rest after such intense practice. My body is gently worn out, but in that good, strong sort of way I haven't felt in ages.

Thursday, July 18, 2013

July Update

In late June, I went to LA to visit several friends while I had the chance, and enjoyed the most amazing scenic drive back, stopping at the Hearst Castle on my return trip. Normally I prefer flying such a long distance, but the castle is too far from either San Francisco or LA that simply driving the trip made the most sense.

Hearst Castle

Hearst Castle is a strange, yet beautiful mix of purchased art pieces and architecture from all of the world, including many pieces from Europe, Egypt and the Middle East. Among the most gorgeous spectacles are the two pools—the Roman Pool and the Neptune Pool. Enjoy these shots and be sure to click to view them in their full resolution glory.

Roman Pool (panoramic)

Neptune Pool

One of the beautiful, massive fireplaces

 A lounging Roman

  A beautiful chandelier in the theater

  A gold nymph fountain

As for the update on my yoga teacher training, I'm nearing the end of my third week. I'm almost done! All the yoga posture study, philosophy, history and sequencing is starting to come together and make sense. I am feeling more alive than I have in years and feel stronger than ever too. Class has been surprisingly intense at times, and relaxing at other times. The fun part is that in this group, I happen to be the only guy, but the ladies are all very welcoming, and I learn from them every day. This was a great decision. Though I never planned to teach yoga, and only take the course to deepen my practice, I am getting far more out of it than I ever could have dreamed of.

On the sleep apnea issue, the overnight sleep test showed that I am an ideal candidate for a special dental device that will help open my air passage way. Unfortunately, like the rest of this ordeal, it'll be several more weeks to get it. Total time since initial diagnosis—about 3 months—but it'll be worth it.