Tuesday, August 1, 2017


Visualization can Inform, Empower, and Heal on so Many Levels

This morning, in the Yoga Therapy Facebook Group, Career and Business Coach, Laura Kupperman posted a wonderful prompt:

"Let's give it up for the teachers and colleagues who have enriched our own lives and impacted our teaching! In the comment thread below, please share ONE specific tool, technique, cue, or piece of inspiration you've gotten from one of your teachers. And be sure to tell us who that awesome teacher is..."

My Quickly Typed and Informal Answer

VISUALIZATION!!! Before my "Yoga Life," I was a professional dancer...during my days as a scholarship student, many of my instructors were insistent that we explore Yoga, Pilates, Feldenkrais, and other somatic modalities in order for us to explore the deeper, subtle movements and reactions of our mind and body; to prevent injury; to really CONNECT and SEE from the inside out.
One of the best lessons/tools come from my dance teachers, Joe Tremaine, Claude Thompson, and Lynn McMurrey (They were from the old school dance world)...
While on Scholarship at Tremaine Dance Center, we had an intense schedule; dancing at least 36 hours per week along with two 8 hour work shifts at the studio, and outside jobs to pay the rent (I lived alone with no outside support).
If any of us were ever sick or overworked, we were always "encouraged" to come to class - no matter what 😉. They would make us sit and WATCH! And REALLY watch class and make sure we SAW everything to the point of feeling it in our tissues, our bones, our souls!
They instilled in us the power of visualization and its power to inform, empower, and heal on all levels.
Once I began working with dancers and athletes, after I retied from dancing, helping them to recover from injuries, I used these visualization skills along with all that Yoga Therapy has to offer...It's so amazing!!! 
Had I not been "forced" to experience it first hand, as a reluctant young dancer, I would never have understood the necessity of it or how to approach a dancer, athlete, or anyone with a body that is sick, tired, scared, and frustrated in their own skin. 😄

I Would Love to Know Your Favorite Tool, Technique, Que, Inspiration

Please share yours in the comment section below, or find me on Facebook or my FacebookPage

Wishing you a Happy and Healthy Day,

-Melissa Adylia Calasanz C-IAYT


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