My guitar playing is coming along. I think I have a bit of a head start because of my piano playing, back in my previous life. I remember I first wanted to learn to play piano when I was seven or eight because the music teacher in my first grade class could play and I thought [...]
Listen to this. I dreamed last night that I went…somewhere, I don’t know, this sunny room with big, square, terra-cotta tiles on the floor and a peaceful breeze. I was doing some yoga. There were some other people doing the same. And then, Lo, Sri. K. Pattabhi Jois came over to help me! I was [...]
I know, right? What am I thinking? I’m Ms. “I like my fantasy life, thank you very much,” what am I going to do with being mindful of the present moment? I mean, reality can be so disappointing. But I’ve been reading a stack of Patanjali’s Yoga Sutras and its all dhyana (meditation) this and [...]
That’s right. It’s been six months since I started doing a near-daily (more on that in a moment) ashtanga yoga practice. How time flies! When I started I could barely limp through the surys—that’s the 10 sun salutation at the beginning, 5 surya namaskar A and 5 surya namaskar B. It took me three months [...]
Since I started this ashtanga kick, every month or so, I need an inspiration to keep going. I’ve found piles of this in the generous outpouring of blogs from other ashtangis. And every now and then I get a dvd. My last dvd purchase was Anne Nuotio, which I loved. This time, I [...]
Last week I decided I wanted a heartblock, that is, a wooden yoga prop that you lie across to unbend and open your thoracic spine.
Have I mentioned lately how much I adore my yoga practice? I do.
But there are a few things that continue to elude me. I don’t mean certain asana. And I don’t mean samadhi. I mean three seemingly simple things that have remained annoyingly mysterious thus far. Here we go.
1- rolling over the toes
…also called love-mommy-asana. Luc named it. He says, “Is it time for loveasana yet?” It’s my all-time favorite pose. It happens at the end of my practice, when the kids have been waiting to get close for over an hour (don’t get too close to an ashtangi or you’re liable to get kicked by a [...]
This book can change your life. I am NOT kidding. If you have any pain, especially chronic, nagging pain, ranging from annoying to disabling, the information in this book, applied by you, can seriously diminish your pain, and probably get rid of it entirely. As a yoga person, trying to avoid injuries, this book is [...]
I had two yoga teachers back in my twenties, one eclectic, one Iyengar-based, both of whom got me into a lot of trouble with my poor joints. The first, the eclectic gal, was into pushing. And yeah, she got us into some poses we wouldn’t have tried out of fear, and that was good. It [...]
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today's yoga practice
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- bad things come in threes. or fours. (or maybe fives?)
- bikini power vs. the ratty sweater
- the amazing emu
- screen time for fun and profit
- lucille ball moment
- cool felt picture fun for kiddos
- welcome to mayaland's virtual macabre crawfish feast of death!
- 2 stories, 1 joke, and a song
- going all erin brockovich on your ass
- recycling other people's junk
- how to build a yurt (1 of 10)
- butterfly house
- spike and buffy got screwed--now with proof! (part 1)
- the way of the bento
- the source of my power
- the power of mom’s day can melt even the most bitter of hearts, not that my heart is bitter, but it has gotten a bit crusty around the edges
- go, go, godzilla!
- the yip-yips do not cause childhood obesity
- remains of the play
- flying kids
- "Dusi's Wings" April, 2003. . . . "One thing fantasy can do for us is to give shape to the mysterious in the world; another is to make emotional yearning concrete. The early sections of "Dusi's Wings" do just that...there was a strong grasping towards the spiritual in fantasy here that was very promising, and I look forward to reading more by Lassiter." --review, Tangent Online.
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- maya on ashtanga injuries: toe edition. (In a word, gross. Don’t even read this post. Seriously.)
- Frances@Lila on ashtanga injuries: toe edition. (In a word, gross. Don’t even read this post. Seriously.)
- grimmly on ashtanga injuries: toe edition. (In a word, gross. Don’t even read this post. Seriously.)
- Shannon on strawberry fest 2013!
- maya on strawberry fest 2013!