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Yoga, My Dependable Labrador
Brooke Nisbet, RYT
 

 

 

 

It feels so good! Like the most fulfilling morning stretch after a long night’s sleep. No, it feels better than that! It feels like a deep, cleansing inhale followed by the deepest and fullest exhale. No, that doesn’t describe the incredible feeling well enough either. When I have to take a long break from yoga, I feel stressed along with frustration that there’s a long break in my practice. But, the flip side is the amazing feeling of getting back to my practice.

Most recently I had surgery, so I wasn’t allowed to practice yoga for over 2 weeks. And this was on the tail of having done yoga everyday for one month straight (aside from one sick day)! The sudden halting of my practice was so frustrating and hard to handle, and came at a time when I needed the breathing and meditation most in my life. Not only was I not supposed to practice yoga (or do any exercise for that matter), but when I tried it out too soon, I was in pain and had to stop. I actually felt sad and a bit lonely without yoga by my side, as if my dependable pet Labrador had wandered off.

A few days ago, I was able to completd my first yoga practice after my 14 day break. Oh my goodness….how good it felt to do the first Surya Namaskar (Sun Salutation)!! It was as if I was waking up from a long hibernation. Involuntarily, a huge smile crossed my face and stayed there as my arms circled to the sky on an inhale and my hands landed at heart center on an exhale. The smile remained on my face for the entire 90 min. class. A few times I even giggled with joy at the amazing openings that took place throughout my joints and muscles. And, oh, the feeling of getting upside-down into a handstand! The energy was flowing again, my chakras were waking up again, and the deep breathing renewed my spirit again. How good it feels to come home to yoga after a long break!

I almost want to take a long break every few months, just to have that amazing feeling when I return to it. But, I don’t know if I can go without my dependable Labrador…

 

 

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 About the Author

 

Brooke Nisbet, MA is a 200 hour certified yoga instructor and has been studying and practicing yoga for over seven years. She has also spent over 15 years in a variety of other wellness roles such as: group fitness instructor and personal trainer. The study of natural healing, mind-body connection and “clean eating” has also been her personal pursuit. She has practiced a variety of yoga styles in Japan, the US and Bali. Vinyasa Flow is her style of choice, but she has a practice in Hatha, Power, Ashtanga, Restorative and Iyengar Yoga, as well. In addition to being a yoga instructor, she has also completed Reiki Energy Healing Levels I and II.

Brooke holds a BA in Psychology and a MA in Early Childhood Education. She has been living and working in Japan for the past eleven years as an educator for the Department of Defense Dependent Schools Overseas. She has recently become a curriculum specialist and trainer for the DoD Japan District Schools. With this brings the privilege of traveling to all of the U.S. military base elementary schools in Japan in order to provide training and support to teachers working with a very special population... the children of our service men and women. Namaste.

Contact:
peace.love.yoga@hotmail.com

 

 

 

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