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10 Day Yoga Journey

Join me in a personal yoga journal shared over ten consecutive days of the physical and emotional changes that came when I simply made the choice to do it.

Why Do It?

I entered into this because I have wanted to make yoga a bigger a part of my life.

Ever since volunteering at a 4-Day yoga, music and outdoor festival in Vermont called Wanderlust in June 2011 for my 50th birthday, I have known yoga speaks to me. Massage therapy is about the physical body; exploring connection between its deep wisdom to heal itself with the mind and spirit.

Yoga means “union” of body and mind. To think of them both as merely a series of poses to gain flexibility and manipulation of the soft tissues, is missing the great gifts they truly are!

Each is considered a “practice” meaning, if done with conscious commitment, non-judgment and an open mind, many lessons and gifts of your self will be revealed. They are about re-connecting with the sacred within us.  Not so easy in this busy life but the returns are rich and lasting.

Following My Curiosity

I exercise each day at Shoreline Health in Clinton using weights, stretching and cardio-vascular equipment. I consider myself fit and understand its importance to me personally but especially as a health and well being advocate and massage therapist. Practicing yoga for ten consecutive days is a gift for me; to see what it will feel like and quite possibly, release some of the heavy emotional bags I have been carrying for like, years.

I have chosen Inner Strength Yoga (www.innerstrength-yoga.com) on Wall Street in Madison and Petra Axlund Stegman because I trust her to safely teach and lead me so I might re-connect with parts of myself I have lost.

Her physical strength, unyielding commitment to the role of breath over posture with a deep reservoir of spirituality is expressed in her yoga and quite a unique combination to me. I introduced myself to her two weeks ago after seeing an Inner Strength Yoga article on Patch.com.

My massage practice (www.handsonexpressions.com) at the Scranton Seahorse Inn is literally a 2-minute walk from her location on Wall Street! After taking two of her classes and having her experience my approach to therapeutic massage, I felt she was the right teacher for me to do this journey.

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Cheryl Roby May 02, 2012 at 05:10 PM
Great post, Bob. I see you as someone open to what life/spirit has to offer. Enjoy the moments!
Petra Axlund Stegman May 02, 2012 at 06:18 PM
I am so grateful to be able to serve you! The yoga community at Inner Strength Yoga is growing! OM SHANTI! ˜”*°•♥•°*”˜
Bob McCandlish May 02, 2012 at 11:47 PM
Thanks Cheryl! This is new ground for me. Another surprise: I thought the better I got at being more present and aware each moment, life would slow some. However, It is flying! I have far to go! I see you.:)
Bob McCandlish May 02, 2012 at 11:49 PM
You gave me a great gift Petra. In our realms, you never know how influential a kind word or favor can be. Onward with eyes and heart wide open. Namaste!
Cheryl Roby May 03, 2012 at 04:54 PM
That's the funny thing about expectations :)
Curtis Washburn May 09, 2012 at 07:14 AM
Bob, I just came across your blog today. I'll be following with great interest. I've been thinking of doing something like this myself - maybe after the Ph.D. is done, or who knows, maybe I need to before that. Anyway - you have all my support and prayers. I've been involved in Iyengar Yoga on and off since 2004. More off than on lately, but I'm inspired to jump back in. Aloha, Curtis W.
Bob McCandlish May 09, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Curtis! My old friend! I have to look up Iyenger yoga. Vinyasa is appealing to me because of its flow and physicality. Altho, I have also been practicing a gentle form from Kripalu "Gentle" is misleading! It should be called "mindful" as its meditational aspects and slower pace reveal huge new worlds traveling in and thru postures...anything that quiets my mind is a good thing. I hope you have good teachers and positive, loving support too. Thanks for saying hello and contributing. Want these offerings to create community.
Curtis Washburn May 10, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Bob - This is the place Eva and I go when we can: http://honoluluyoga.com/ The teachers are great. I haven't been since before March - had a bout with "walking pneumonia" that knocked me on my rear for awhile. Eva and I are hoping to go again this weekend to get "re-started".

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