CPR

The RYT500 at Asheville Yoga Center requires CPR certification, and I got mine this morning online for free from the following place:

First Aid for Free

http://www.firstaidforfree.com/

They also have a Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/firstaidforfree/

Here is their video of CPR helping to save a life:

Even if you don’t have a requirement, consider the training. You may save a life.

Regards,

Jim

Jim Ray RYT200 cell: 984-459-0458
http://yogaray.org/bio/
Yoga is not about the fancy pose. It is about getting into your head, and your heart. It is about taking what you learn on the mat into your life off the mat. Jim completed RYT200 teacher training at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, and is currently enrolled in RYT300 teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.

Jim Ray

guru

You know you are hooked on yoga when you’re driving down the highway sitting well with straight spine, turning off the Sirius XM Grateful Dead satellite radio, and singing the guru mantra in Sanskrit:

guru Brahma guru Vishnu guru devo Maheshwara

guru sakshat param Brahma tasmai shri gurave namah

Here’s the translation I learned:

From Guru Stotram, “Our creation is that guru. The duration of our lives is that guru. Our trials, illnesses, and calamities is that guru. There is a guru that is nearby, and a guru that is beyond the beyond. I humbly make my offering to the guru, the beautiful remover of ignorance, the enlightenment principle that is within me, and surrounds me at all times.

Peace be with you.

Namaste,

Jim

eka pada urdhva dhanurasana

Jim has a background in dance, music, martial arts, and Jivamukti yoga, and came to yoga not long after recovering from a skiing accident in 2010 that resulted in wheelchair and other equipment needed to walk for the next two years. He started yoga with gentle classes on a weekly basis for a year prior to migrating into advanced classes, and developing a daily practice whether at home or in a studio. He started teaching free yoga in his home to senior citizens in his neighborhood. He completed teacher training at Republic of Yoga in Cary, NC, started YogaRay.org, and began teaching yoga in 2015. Jim is currently enrolled in advanced teacher training at Asheville Yoga Center.
Contact Information:
Jim Ray, RYT 200
919-297-2927

Teacher Training Certificate

RoY 200hr Certificate Jim Ray

Well, it is official. I completed the teacher training yesterday and now have my first certificate. Now, the journey begins. In two hours, I will be teaching my very first open level class to a new audience at a new studio. Let the games begin.

Here’s our awesome class of graduates:

RoYttGraduation-2015-10-18

Bio
Jim started Yogaray.org in 2014 and a free yoga practice for seniors in his home. He completed RYT200 yoga teacher training at Republic of Yoga with Nicole Nichols in 2015. Jim practices yoga daily and enjoys vinyasa flow that synchronizes the breath with the movement.
Here’s a sample video of vinyasa flow:
My goal is to bring yoga to others to help them the way my teachers have helped me. Jim
On his day job, Jim formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.
Jim Ray
Contact Info:

Jim Ray, President
Neuse Networks – Managed Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net
For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.

Sex, Nudity, and Yoga – What is Your Intent?

Jim Ray

Don’t worry. This blog article is safe for work. I purposely use rhetoric to gain readership and to get attention. Then, I have the punch line. If you take my rhetoric out of context, if you don’t wait for the punch line, if you misunderstand my intent, then we might not make great company together. Your approval is not necessary.

Oh, and on the nude selfie featured image, that’s me. I’m 54 and proud of my physique especially after skiing accident in 2010 prevented me from using my left leg to walk without equipment for 2 years due to broken leg and two knee surgeries. Yoga has been good to me and allowed me to lose 23 pounds plus move in ways I never dreamed when in the wheelchair. I have had to listen to my smart wad friend tell me I have a side boob (see next picture) when I had put on the weight and had shot selfie in lounge chair at swimming pool a couple of years ago. So, if you are offended by the photo, then get over it. Really. Just get over it.

sexy speedo and side boob

For what it is worth, here’s a photo from last ski season 2015 where we enforced the rules whereby others are not allowed to pass including ski patrol and, as usual, had altercation with ski patrol. It may be in my best interest to retire from the type of skiing I used to do that won me a silver NASTAR medal in competition with NC State and ECU three decades ago. My knees can’t take the bending over into crouched position to reduce wind resistance for extended periods of time.

tree pose - vrksasana

Sex, Nudity, and Yoga

Here’s the deal. When your yoga practice progresses into the advanced domain that I define not as some fancy pose but rather as what you are able to do with a given pose, you will be close together and touching other students and teachers. Your bodies will be exposed to varying degrees. You will be moving and breathing together. Combining it all with elements of music and dance have produced some of the most meaningful experiences I have had in life to date. The advanced assists take it to a whole new realm of intensity. When you are breathing together for several breathes, assisting another or getting an assist, moving deeper into the given pose on the exhale, and having your bodies touch very closely whether male or female, you must be professional and have clear intent.

I do not dance with everyone. Why? Because we might not know the same steps. Clear intent may be misunderstood in yoga with beginners. So, I do not dance the same way with beginners that I like to do with the advanced yoga practitioners. It is not a matter of prejudice. It is a matter of training. To me, hardly anything is more beautiful than working with others that have mastered the art of the assist. It does not happen on the first trip to the mat. It took me over a year to gain a deeper appreciation for the assist. For a beginner or anyone I do not know fairly well, I ask before I touch and then only do minimal assists such as a little shoulder pressure during savasana. For a more advanced yoga practitioner, I may also ask before I touch yet will move deeper into poses with firm touch as opposed to soft touch that might indicate a different intent. Nonetheless, our bodies will be close together. Close enough to hear the breathe. Close enough to see and to synchronize that breathe. Close enough where parts might accidentally bump. You have to be mature and advanced enough to laugh it off and move on or to not do it. There must be trust, clear intent, and professional delivery.

Personally, I like bringing home techniques learned in yoga regarding breathing and movement with my spouse of 17 years where I am in monogamous marriage even though no marriage is always a smooth ride. It is a choice. Choose what it right for you. I keep my pants on at yoga.

So, here’s the punch line. Whether a teacher or student in yoga, have clear intent. Be professional with assists. Communicate very clearly. If something doesn’t feel right, say so. If the teacher does something wrong, the student needs to say so in private and nicely. If the student does something wrong, the teacher needs to say so in private and nicely.

That is all.

Namaste,

Jim

Jim Ray, President
Neuse NetworksManaged Services Behind the Scenes, After-Hours, and Out of Your Way since 1997
web: www.neuse.net phone: 919-838-1672 x100 email: jim@neuse.net

For service, email ticket@neuse.net and call 919-838-1672 option 1.

Jim practices yoga daily and formed Neuse Networks in 1997 that specializes in managed services (MSP) to remotely automate IT maintenance and to take IT labor out of the equation. He focuses on combining conventional client/server technologies with virtualization, mobility, and cloud technologies to implement computer networks for voice, video, and data. His education includes Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from NC State 1985. He has been in IEEE since 1980 (Senior Member, past Chair for Eastern North Carolina Section 2010, past Chair for NC State Student Branch 1981). He lives in Cary, NC with his wife and two sons.

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Cary Yoga Teacher Meetup

Sun & clouds
Gathering of Teachers and Teachers in Training to study yoga poses, assists, and sequences for Continuing Education.
Some of the folks in the teacher training class have expressed an interest in gathering for practice outside of the class room training. This Meetup intends to facilitate that gathering.
Regards,
Jim
 Jim Ray