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Catching Up with Beth Gibbs

by BethFor those of you who don’t know me, I’m Beth Gibbs, MA, a certified yoga therapist through the International Association of Yoga Healer and a faculty member at the Kripalu School of Integrative Yoga Therapy. I have a masters’ degree in Yoga Therapy and Mind/ Body Health from Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. After years of working for media, higher education, and non-profit establishments, I’m now’ free-tired’ and haunting my indignation of assistance in others( and myself) find precision, equanimity, and resilience in a complicated nature. My writing includes newsletters, store and blog articles on the benefits of yoga, mindfulness and self-awareness. I’m the author of Ogi Bogi, The Elephant Yogi, a therapeutic yoga journal for children and I’ve been writing for Yoga for Healthy Aging since 2015. Starting in january through March of 2020, I was busy teaching yoga, writing a book, moving proposals to agent and publishers, and in general keeping busy, calling friends, going to art openings, interpret volumes, affixing online, gobbling out, hanging with family–you know , normal life. Then BAM! Up sounded the pandemic, forcing me to take a ride on the CORON-Acoaster. That left me, like many of you, COVER-whelmed, dealing with CORON-Aphobia, and adjusting to the three W’s( Wear a mask, Wash your hands, and Watch your distance ). All my classifies was eliminated. One of the studios where I taught restorative and Yin yoga sadly closed up permanently. I remembered I was going to have an extended restful staycation and sabbatical from task and volunteering. Boy, was I wrong! The pandemic smash fairly hard-boiled, moderately early in Connecticut, principally because the southern part of the state strips New York, which really got flung. Because I felt healthy and safe, and because I have a deep interest in offsetting sure everyone has access to simples like food, I gave my government $ 1,200 relief payment, plus more of my own savings, to World Central Kitchen, No Kid Hungry, Feeding America, and my neighbourhood Foodshare program. Connecticut, the Nutmeg State, is largely inhabited by reasonable people who listen to science. In the past seven months, I’ve seen merely one or two tribes not wearing cover-ups or social distancing. As a answer, we are now slowly and safely opening back up, including the schools. Then there is the other pandemic of racial and social injustice that re-appeared in front of our eyes in the news and on our digital devices. I say re-appeared because it has never really gone away. I learnt myself attending a rally, writing about it, performing a piece in a regional theater group’s online presentation, entitled Say Our Name. I joined a group of yogis harbour weekly Zoom fills on how best to assist the DEI( Diversity, Equity Inclusion) and BIPOC( Black, Indigenous People Of Color) advances. So far, we’ve come up with four pillars to serve as a organization for whatever we eventually improve. The four pillars are: Improve health outcomes in under-resourced communities.Have more wellness practitioners serve in under-resourced communities.Amplify the impact of BIPOC wellness practitioners.Increase wellness practitioners’ knowledge and understanding of the effects of racialized damage on themselves and their clientele.Also, I ratified the Yogins United letter addressed to Get Out The Vote, which pushes all citizens to actively participate by taking one or more of three important action paces: VOTE: Go to to check regularly that you are properly registered to vote, sign up for an absentee ballot, and get three friends to do the same.VOICE: Go to Vote Forward, Engaged Buddhist, or Dharma Vote and sign up to write letters to voters in jive governments. The method used of peer-to-peer engagement is proven effective and we elevate word writing to cold-calling and texting in this election cycle.VOLUNTEER: Go to All Voting Is Local and sign up to be a poll worker. Help safeguard our electoral process and protect voters in marginalized societies from raging voter suppression.Somehow, I got myself drafted to participate in creating material for IAYT’s( International Association of Yoga Therapist) morals instructing videos for the accreditation process. The aim to generate four one-hour videos, each one worth 1 CE( Continuing Education credit ). Then there is the personal. Definitely it was and still is a strange time, but as an introvert who is sensitive to OPE( other people’s energy ), I was just fine with being residence alone in spite of the lockdown, closed down, and it is necessary sometimes quarantine. I tried yoga on Zoom but vacated that pretty quickly for my own yoga and musing pattern. Yoga on Zoom was not for me, but meetings that that moved from in person to virtual were another matter. I actually noticed myself enjoying them. In social radicals it’s hard for an introvert to listen or be heard over the chitchat extremely when we’re trying to get our own conceives in order to better. From the ease of my couch,( no bra , no shoes, but yes, I wear throbs) I know I’m seen and it’s easier to be heard.I wrote like crazy; finished my journal, moved past the abandonments from the operators and traditional publishers, obtained a composite publisher that I liked and entered into a contract. That’s working well and my book Enlighten Up! The Five Layers of Self-Awareness will be released last-minute this autumn. It’s a personal growth book that presents a contemporary( and often light-hearted) look at the kosha framework of being human. It offers personal tales along with purposes and accessible rehearsals that can be done by anyone. Since I had epoch on my hands, I abused some of it to de-clutter and re-organize my seats. I am a recovering perfectionist; dis-organization and jumble fixes my surface move. During the process, I discovered caskets filled with stuff I wrote years ago. Honestly, I don’t remember writing a lot of it, but I liked it. I unveiled an unfinished story and a bunch of short narrations. So, I finished the tale, smoothed the short storeys and wrote a few more. As I re-read them and began the number of jobs of revising and re-writing, I noticed that they all involved the importance of self-awareness and how that can improve a life, convert a wont, and help the characters manage difficult feelings and ticklish status. Yoga, sure as shooting! I look forward to keeping the theme of self-awareness prominent in my upcoming posts and bringing you thought provoking information on how yoga can help us live–and age–in healthy and productive rooms. Beth’s self-awareness newsletter is published six durations a year. It features informative, engendering and entertaining tips for know precision, equanimity, and resilience in a complicated macrocosm. For more information and to sign up for the newsletter go to to Yoga for Healthy Aging by Email deg Follow Yoga for Healthy Aging on Facebook deg To lineup Yoga for Healthy Aging: A Guide to Lifelong Well-Being, go to Amazon, Shambhala, Indie Bound or your neighbourhood bookstore.

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