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Christine Feely
Sep 04, 2022
In General Discussion
Just thinking of you all this morning and missing YTT a little as we move into fall. Hope you all are well. My contact info: patchris1023@yahoo.com ; Synergytburg.com; cell (607)279-7007
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Christine Feely
Apr 19, 2022
In General Discussion
synergytburg.com is the link to the Synergy website and you are welcome to observe a class. There is a yoga studio link in the drop-down menu in the top right corner that will get you an up-to-date list of classes. Generally, they are Mon and Wed at 6 PM, Saturday at 9 AM and for a couple more Sundays at 4 pm.
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Christine Feely
Feb 04, 2022
In General Discussion
I would say that most days I feel aligned with my dharma. I would identify myself as a caregiver and feel that caregiving is simply my nature. Family fills this need of course, but my work as a PT always has me in this role. Beyond that even random situations in life that arise, I seem to fill that caregiver role. One situation comes to mind years ago at school when I was watching the little kid relay races outside. Standing in a sea of parents this sweet but very upset 3rd grader runs directly to me. I had never seen this child before. She chose my lap to bury her head and sob. She immediately opened up about not feeling like she was good at anything. I had no idea who she was but after a few kind words of encouragement and a big hug she was off to rejoin the event. I remember this event for many reasons. How could this fun even be so stressful, what must she be going through everyday, how could she open up to a stranger so quickly, does she get enough support at home, is it wrong to hug a child I do not know on school grounds, how many more kids feel this way, how do children who are so young have to bear such burdens? My friends standing near me just laughed saying...."Of course she would find you. You're a magnet for people who need support." I felt a lot of empathy for her that day. I still try to cultivate that same empathy to this day.
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Christine Feely
Jan 07, 2022
In General Discussion
Ahhh..... Had lofty plans to work through many of these sequences over the holiday.... maybe that is a better January resolution:-) I did try #18 the Quick hip opener... Quick is right. It jumps right into one of the hardest things for me the low lunge. It is tough on the knees. A longer warmup and ease into that is needed for me. I think mission was quick and for that this sequence delivers. For a standing posture I chose the revolved triangle series. I liked this series. It builds slowly and has a lot of twisting options to lead up to revolved triangle. I like starting supine. I wouldn't change anything here. The last sequence I chose was Sun B. I wasn't as familiar with it. I liked the added lunges and the chair pose. A full forward fold is tough and I might offer some lighter variations here to warm up the LB to tolerate that full fold. Slowing down the first time through and mabe several breaths in each pose might be nice and them repeating with the inhale and exhale after the body wakes up is nicer for me. Overall, I love these ideas all put together to give a starting spot for my novice mind to build from.
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Christine Feely
Jan 07, 2022
In General Discussion
I always find that gentle motion can be so effective in changing the tone or stress in the body. These motions are so simple and I feel better able to take that deep breath and recognize how it moves in the body. I will say though that even without all the waking postures doing the movement through just the shoulders really helps improve posture. Filling the lungs with air simply improves your posture. Perfect case of chicken or egg...... posture can improve breath and breath can improve posture.
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Christine Feely
Nov 07, 2021
In General Discussion
I only wish that I would have understood the possibility of controlling or managing the mind and thoughts earlier in life. I was in my 30’s before I realized this was possible and helpful. Now I am finding it so interesting how Yoga explains the mind so well. I can easily default to a pessimistic mindset. It can make you a good scientist because you can see problems coming a mile away, but isn’t a recipe for happiness. Thankfully in the past two decades I have learned to think more positively. This yoga practice is such a great way to keep that work fresh and active!
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Christine Feely
Nov 07, 2021
In General Discussion
I was feeling congestion from allergies after doing yard work and it seems that this tapping technique was helpful in clearing some of that and relaxing my shoulders. I think that many people simply don’t think of yoga for all of the benefits beyond flexibility. Yoga‘s benefits are so far reaching…. I certainly didn’t know how far…. and can’t wait to learn more.
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Christine Feely
Sep 15, 2021
In General Discussion
In Warrior 1, I enjoy the cocontraction in the quad and the hamstring. Getting into the lunge always feels like a welcome change from the walking and sitting of the day. This tension and holding in the quad always feels strong and the lengthening of the opposite hip sits in juxtaposition to that power with the deep lengthening in the hip flexors. I also love this pose because it is so easy to modify and make accessible to everyone.
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