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DO YOU LOOK LIKE A YOGI?
Written by Dr. Romie on Dec 4, 2015
Mindful Living Tags: YogaSelf-Empowerment
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DO YOU LOOK LIKE A YOGI?

What does yoga really look like in the United States?  My theory is that if you look at the ads that grace yoga magazines and social media, it is very different when you look inside of a yoga studio.

What has the ancient practice of yoga transformed into here in the United States? I am yoga and you are yoga. However, if we have any awareness of the yoga of mainstream media we are not yogis.  

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HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED SEVERE ANXIETY?
Written by Dr. Romie on May 13, 2014
Mind Tags: YogaReikiMood DisorderAnxiety
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I have been there more than once. It made me feel weak, and even ashamed at myself. I have watched so many women I love and care about in that place. You feel helpless when it is yourself, and even more so when it is your sister, BFF, mother, daughter, and/or colleague.

We aren't alone. Women have anxiety at a rate twice as often as men. Actually, an estimated 18 million women in the US, and that's counting those of us that admit it.

Does this story sound like you?  I initially thought I just "needed a vacation". I was working 24/7 as a physician at a job where I was contracted and paid to work "part time". Due to another colleague abruptly leaving, I went without a break/day off in the busy winter season for months. It took me a long time to realize I had boundary issues (although this was painfully obvious to anyone around me). When things finally slowed down and I couldn't take it anymore, I escaped to Maui. It took the whole week at a spiritual retreat with one of my spiritual teachers, Alan Cohen, to just to catch up on sleep and unwind.

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Yoga Heals: Tales From Yoga Teacher Training
Written by Dr. Romie on Apr 15, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: joySelf-EmpowermentYoga
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Join me every Tuesday as I share my yoga teacher training tales as an insider in the 200 hour RYT teacher training at Guruv Yoga Studio, under the guidance of Tymi Howard.

  This past weekend a wave of self-pity started to drown me.  I know first-hand that when our minds are tuned to a negative frequency, our bodies will soon respond with deteriorating health symptoms. The self-pity stemmed from the fact that I realized I am 40 days away from turning 40. I’d love to tell you that I am mindfully accepting my aging process with grace, but I am having moments when I am struggling with self-doubt. I drove to yoga teacher training in a flood of tears and negative emotions, including “I’m too old to be doing this” followed by a feeling of fatigue that just washed over me. 

What does this have to do with yoga teacher training? I’ve not been in the studio for a couple of weeks because I’ve been tired. But sitting on the yoga mat, I realized that the fatigue was coming from feeling down about my age. A negative and distracted mind harbors self-doubt, worry, fear, and anxiety.

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#Breathe: Tales From Yoga Teacher Training
Written by Dr. Romie on Mar 11, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: YogaMeditationAnxiety

Join me every Tuesday as I share my yoga teacher training tales as an insider in the 200RYT teacher training at Guruv Yoga Studio, under the guidance of Tymi Howard.

In order for me to get something done, it needs to be on my Google calendar. I see it as my modern way of setting an intention. Every morning between 5:30am to 6:30am, I schedule my prayer, meditation, and yoga time.  So what is my follow through rate? The issue is more how “present” I am. My work weeks are fragmented between travel, seeing clients, writing, and speaking.  My mind feels fragmented as well.  It has been harder for me to “disconnect”, even first thing in the morning. I know I am not alone, when you wake up is your daily to-do list already circling through your mind?  

In the last few weeks, I was thankful to be reminded by Tymi to connect back to pranayama practice. It helped to quiet my mind before I sat in quiet meditation.  In practicing bhastrika we were instructed “breathe like a dog sniffing”. (I wonder why my dog Rahja paws at me every morning during pranayama.)   

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SILENT SAVASANA IS SACRED: TALES FROM YOGA TEACHER TRAINING
Written by Dr. Romie on Mar 4, 2014
Mind-body Medicine Tags: MeditationYoga

Join me every Tuesday as I share my yoga teacher training tales as an insider in the 200RYT teacher training at Guruv Yoga Studio, under the guidance of Tymi Howard.

When people hear (or read) that I am in ashtanga yoga teacher training, they want to know, “show me your favorite pose”.  I think they expect me to do some pretzel twisted arm balance in my high heels and then post it on Instagram. Instead, I really want to drop down into corpse pose, savasana.  Does that make me a lazy or a crazy yogi? 

When I was working insane hours as a traditional neurologist, specializing in epilepsy, I rarely slept a full night in 10+ years. With constant patient emergencies, the pager would scream my mind back to an awake and alarmed state. Life was always in an emergency state, and making it to the yoga studio was a rare gift.  The teachers never knew that the yoga studio was the only place (other than an airplane) that neither my pager nor the cell phone was on. The time I had in the studio was sacred, and savasana was often the only time I could rest uninterrupted.   

After 45-70 minutes of doing physical postures (asanas) coordinated with breathing in hatha yoga, I was fully present.  This meant my over analytical left brain was turned off- which is a rare occurrence for me.  The blessing of savasana time would come, and then BOOM.  Just like the shrill of the pager, the yoga teacher would startle my brain awake by reading prose, adjusting my legs, or spraying oils over my head.  (*Note to scent spraying teachers: I know I stink after sweating in a hot room, your lavender oil is not a replacement for a shower.)

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