Warrior 2 and stress relieving poses

Warrior 2

The warrior 2 pose is a great pose for balance and building up heat during your practice. Here are the steps to performing a great warrior two pose:

  1. Starting in mountain pose, take an exhale and move your left foot behind your right foot about 3 and a half feet apart.
  2. Turn your left foot outwards left and your right foot outwards right
  3. Raise your arms parallel to your feet so your right arm ahead of you and your left pointing behind you
  4. Exhale and bend your right knee and lean slightly forwards into your right foot
  5. Hold this pose for about 30 second to a minute
  6. Re-do on the left foot

 

Poses to help you cope with anxiety and panic attacks

 

During this extremely stressful time of the semester I thought it would be beneficial to list some poses that can help reduce your stress and anxiety. Some calming poses to relax you are:

Big toe pose- do your regular forward fold but hook your hands on around your big toe

Bridge pose- lay on your back and elevate your hips off the ground towards the ceiling

Cow pose- starting on all fours, push your hip bones up towards the floor and let your stomach lower towards the floor

Cat pose- after cow pose, push your hips towards the ceiling and let your spine curve upwards

 

These are just a few poses to relax your breathing and stay in tune with your emotions during this stressful time!

check out Warrior 2 pose on my instagram @cameranmillaryoga

resources used:

https://www.yogajournal.com/

 

 

 

 

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Music Midterm

 

For my music midterm I learned four chords C, Am, F and G7 which are the four chords used in my final song “Stand by Me” by Ben E. King. I was practicing each chord and switching in the order of the chords that go in the song to get better practice. The chords in the song go C, Am, F and then G7 then finally back to C. I still need to work on the perfect pitch for G7 but I will continue to work on this. I also have been working on tuning my ukulele by myself using a tuning app on my phone. I have found this very helpful as it goes out of tune very quickly so this is actually something that I will be able to use in my own class. I have found that practicing every day for 10 minutes has really helped me and as I don’t think I’m perfect at it yet, I do find that for only playing the instrument for only 6 weeks I have gotten quite good. I have started practicing the strumming pattern and I have found this is the hardest part to learn and keep an even beat so I was hoping after watching my video you could give me some pointers on my strumming pattern. The strumming pattern in the song goes down down up up down up. I have thoroughly enjoyed playing the ukulele and have actually found that it has relaxed me in times of stress and grief. I felt where I put my music abilities for the midterm was realistic and I was able to meet them. As I now continue onto working on my final song and putting the chords and strumming pattern together I was wondering if you could give me any tips on how to sing and play at the same time? I have tried but I can’t seem to get my timing right.  

Here is the link to my video on Youtube

Tree Pose and Cobra Pose

This week the two poses I chose to look into were the Tree pose and Cobra pose. I enjoy doing both these poses in my yoga but I never knew what benefits they gave your body.

Starting with Tree pose which is also known as vrksasana is a standing pose on one leg which I knew improved your balance because I felt that when I practiced it. Some other benefits I found were that it strengthens your thighs, calves, ankles and spine while stretching your groins, inner thighs, chest and shoulders! Talk about a stretch of all trades. This pose is also known to help reduce flat feet which for some people might be a huge positive.  The steps to tree pose are:

Steps: 

  1. Stand with your feet slightly apart to have a grounded stance 
  2. Shift your weight slightly onto your left foot and bend your right knee
  3. Starting out with this pose, you can reach down and grab your right ankle or if your balance is good lift it up and place the sole against your inner left thigh 
  4. Rest your hands on either your hips, or put them into prayer hand mid chest height 
  5. Lengthen your tailbone 
  6. Stay in this pose for 30 seconds to one minute

The next pose is Cobra, I love this pose after I come out of downward dog, into a high plank then coming into a cobra pose. This pose has a crazy amount of benefits to it as well! Some being it stretches the muscles in the shoulders, chest, abdominals and lungs while it strengthens the spine. This pose also firms the buttocks which can be a great bonus for those who want to workout! This pose is known to help relieve stress and fatigue while opening the heart. If you have asthma this pose is very therapeutic for it. The steps to do this pose are:

Steps: 

  1. Lie with your stomach on your mat and your arms out in front of you
  2. Stretch your legs back, tops of the feet on the floor and your arms under your shoulders on the floor
  3. Hug your elbow towards your body 
  4. Press on the tops of your feet and thigh into the floor
  5. On your inhale using your arms push your chest off the floor to a height that still has tour legs grounded and is comfortable 
  6. Hold the pose for 15-30 seconds 

 

resources used:

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/tree-pose

https://www.yogajournal.com/poses/cobra-pose

 

Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry

IMG_5056.jpegToday we went to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry located Downtown Victoria. I was throughly surprised to see the new practices of inquiry based learning actively being used right in front of my own eyes. The founder and principle of the school Jeff Hopkins discussed with us how the school started, how it works and the benefits of having an inquiry based schools. While some of us were skeptical on how this approach would work for all subjects, he was able to explain throughly how this really does work. He also told us that a lot of their students suffer from anxiety and depression which I found that the school is a great alternative for students who find public school with lots of people causes them to feel this way. They also had a sensory room with a weighted blanket, beanbag chair, and some fidgets to play with. I found this to be such a great resource for students to have in their own school because school can become very stressful and I think this can be extremely beneficial to students.

When walking around the students seemed very engaged and interested in what they were working on which was so great to see as most students in high school don’t seem to care about their school work so this school allows students to do work they are interested in.  One girl that Jeff Hopkins told us about is making her own clothing line which I found fascinating that at such a young age these students are able to do this.

Overall, it was a great visit that opened my eyes and I really enjoyed seeing the inquiry based learning in action!

Pigeon Pose

The pose this week is pigeon pose. I love doing this pose after a good work out because it stretches your legs and opens your hips. This pose has many benefits, one being it actually gives you less back pain. When you have tight hip flexors, it pulls your pelvis forward making your lower back curve so this pose opens your hips and improves your curved back.  This pose is also known to help your knees and allow your hip sockets move in different directions than they are used to moving in. The steps to practice this pose are:

  1. Begin in either downward dog
  2. Lift your right leg high into the air and on your exhale move your right left through between your hands with your right ankle near your left wrist
  3. Extend your left leg behind you so your knee and the top of your foot are resting on the floor
  4. Press through your finger tips and lift your upper body away from your thighs
  5. For more intense of a stretch, reach your arms forward and bring your head to the floor with your stomach resting on your right thigh

check out @cameranmillaryoga for the instructions and a image of the pose!

Yoga Blogs that are super helpful

This week I looked at two yoga blogs called ‘Yoga Journal’ and ‘Daily Cup of Yoga’. Both had great aspects that I really enjoyed reading about, however, i found ‘Yoga Journal’ had a better layout and overall better information for yoga. ‘Yoga Journal’ has different categories for poses, practice, meditation, etc. and under each categories are sub-categories where you can find more specific poses or information that you want. When I clicked on the category poses, it gave different options for core poses, arm opening poses, balancing poses, etc. which makes it easy for people to find the poses that they want or what poses to do to stretch certain muscles. Under the poses category also has the benefits of each pose, a pose finder and pose by anatomy which can help those starting out on what poses to do and why. Also, they have a section for poses for depression, anxiety, stress and back pain which I thought was great because we often forget that yoga is also a mind exercise. Under the category of practice the blog has multiple sequences that people can do at home that shows a picture of each pose with a description to lead people through their practice without having to go to a yoga studio. Another aspect I loved was it had guides for harder poses like handstands or headstands which I want to look deeper into because I want to get my headstand pose. Overall I loved this blog and will be definitely using it for my other blog posts. I think I will do some of their sequences and discuss what I liked about them and what I didn’t.

 

‘Daily Cup of Yoga’ had some great aspects as well. This blog had videos on certain poses and had a whole section dedicated to yoga words and terminology which I found great because the names of the poses mean nothing to some people. Even going to a yoga class and listening to an instructor, you might not know what the next step is because of the terminology so I found this a great feature. This blog also has articles on how yoga and running are like yin and yan and what poses to do after running which I found great because I never knew they went hand in hand. However, I felt like it was more a website to sell items than a blog so I didn’t love that aspect. I also didn’t find it as user friendly as ‘Yoga Journal’ was, mainly on the set up of a page.

yoga art pic

Video Conference and Video Editing

In class this week we were able to have a video conference with Ian Landy who is a principle up in Powell River. When talking to Ian, he discussed the importance of using e-portfolios to document students work instead of the classic report cards. I found this subject to be very interesting as we are doing our tech education project on formative assessment on fresh grade. He explained to us how it allows parents to see examples of students work throughout the year, from start to end which I really enjoyed because you are able to see growth rather than just a letter grade. He also said that it can be a benefit for teachers because it doesn’t have a deadline to have assessment done but it is a continuous process that must be worked on. I liked this idea because I find report cards don’t always give a clear idea of how a student is doing and report card time can be very stressful for teachers. I thought that the idea of a video conference with someone who isn’t even in Victoria a really great way to connect with others across the province, country and world. I would love to use this in my classroom!

After our conference call, we headed back to the class to work on video editing and audio editing. I really enjoyed learning the proper way to use iMovie because I find this is a tool that many schools use for projects, so learning how to use it properly will help me in my own classroom because I can then help my students with any questions they might have about iMovie. Next, we worked on garage band to try audio editing. When I was doing it, I found it was more confusing than iMovie but it was still fun to play around with because I never knew what it was on my laptop. I found if I had more time trying it out I probably could’ve made something but I didn’t have enough time to fully figure it out and make something.