This is a great book that I read and would like to share with you. It is called a Stroke of Insight by Jill Bolte Taylor her experience with dealing and living with the challenges of a stroke. Here is a review of the book enjoy
As I have been surfing through all the different sites some really great ones have come up that would be interesting to bring into the classroom for the students to explore. I’ve talked about before how the class time we have together is limited and most of them are just coming for the physical attributes of yoga. I love to talk about the roots of yoga, where it came from, who were the ancient teachers and gurus? What a great way to introduce this to them by having a picture of a few of the ancient teachers and information flashing up as they move from one asana to another as I talk and discuss the topics. One of the methods we bring into a yoga class is a theme or topic for each class. This would be a great opportunity to bring that aspect of yoga into the class and the students wouldn’t feel like they didn’t get a workout. Another example would be using photo sharing to study the incredible statues and shrines of the Hindu teachings. What a great learning tool to share the many stories and the history of these deities and this wonderful culture of India. Using the visual aid would bring it to a whole different level instead of trying to describe it to them from my focal point they could see it and understand it from there eyes.
I couldn’t decide which one to do research on so I closed my eyes and put my finger on this site. The target audience for this site started out as an invitation-only launch on March 29, 2005 and then by June 24 2005, it opened up to any Yahoo! user of the age of 18. Yahoo! 360 was used in U.S., Canada, Germany, France, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Vietnam. Yahoo! 360 started their launch March 2005 but didn’t start the full launch till June 24, 2005. By September 2007 the U.S. interest of the site dropped more than half it seemed to have more of a global draw to it. They officially shut the site down on July13, 2009. From what I’ve read they decided to no longer provide support for or perform bug fixes on Yahoo! 360 starting around 2007 because they had plans to abandon the site in 2008 and move to another experimental system. This might have had some impact on how their members felt and pushed them away from Yahoo! 360 and turned to other more stable sites that they would feel secure. The Southeast Asian business took over Yahoo! 360 in May 2008 and created a new Vietnamese blogging application and called it Yahoo! 360 plus. This site is targeted mainly to the Vietnamese market one of them is Yahoo! Vietnam. When it was targeted for the U.S. it sounded great, lot’s of features that would be very useful even integrating other Yahoo! services but, from what I read it didn’t seem like the structure of the business was that strong maybe not enough marketing skills or team work too wishy washy. My experience with social networking is very limited I only started a year ago with Facebook so as far as an example to share I really don’t have one.
Reading and digesting what Steve Hargadon wrote, two of the topics that drew my attention.
Topic #2 "Topic or content maybe not as important as the act of engagement". Diving into the topics to discuss really brings out the passion of what I love to talk and share about. I love getting prepared for the class that is ahead. Every time I open a book or go on line it opens up many of these little tidbits of awareness and knowledge that brings out the wonderful passion of teaching. My definition of the many opportunities that are open to share with the students are called the “nanny” just assisting us to bring our gifts of teaching to a new level. So, if things go south we sit up take a deep breath and say good notice. Topic #4 "A network must fulfill some compelling needs". This is the challenge I have experienced being in this class creating the different windows of technology. I’m not saying that this is a bad challenge, it is using your creative juices to grab the attention of the student population that travels through the network that seems to be where this generation is at and keeps going on and on and on OH! I’m sorry I was taken into the many layers of the cyberspace. I’ve really enjoyed working on the blog and wiki because it has opened up a whole new way of bringing the practice of yoga to the students. After class there is always someone who is coming up and wanting to know more, I suggest for them to go on line and look into the many traditions of yoga. It will be such a rewarding feeling when I can suggest to go to my blog or wiki for this information or the demonstrations of what they have asked or questioned in class and also, to contribute to the class with how they felt with their experience practicing yoga and also, their knowingness of yoga. I love to hear what they have to say before and during class.
I've always enjoyed helping students improve their physical, emotional and spirtual health through practicing yoga and ayurveda. As a massage therapist, middle eastern dancer and a lover of yoga I bring an earthy, open quality to my classes with a wealth of knowledge that is filled with information, solid instruction and a big dose of humor. I am RYT500 and registered with Yoga Alliance, a member of the International Association of Yoga Therapists, certified with "Yoga of the Heart" a wonderful therapy to help people with cardiac and cancer illness, certified Thai Yoga massage therapist, certified with the massage school ASIS for yoga and ayruveda. I enjoy customizing the class to meet the students fitness level and health requirements. My inspiration was my mother who was a very gifted psychic. She was always helping and assisting her friends and family with her gift. It was always a learning experience in our home that I cherished and will use in my practice to help heal the body, mind and spirit in a gentle and positive way. Namaste