Sunday, August 26, 2012

Scrumptious Shrimp Tacos with "Pesto" Guacamole

Tonight I had basil from our little herb garden and some juicy fat shrimp from WF on hand.  I decided to make these tacos...for short "cholesterol tacos."  :)  But who's counting.  They were delicious.


Toss 1 pound of shrimp in about 1.5 tbs of olive oil, about a teaspoon each of cumin, chili, and garlic powders, salt and pepper to taste.  Marinate for up to an hour.


In food processor combine a great big bunch of fresh basil (about 1.5 cups packed), four cloves of garlic, some olive oil (enough to get the processor going) and juice of half a lemon (lime would've worked better).  In a separate bowl, mash two avocados.  Add basil mixture to the avocados.

Serve shrimp and guacamole with tortilla shells and any other tortilla toppings you like.

Sunday Inspiration

There are lots of wonderful yogis doing work to rehabilitate people on the fringes of our society.  The Prison Yoga Project is inspiring.  If you don't know about it, you should check this out:

Saturday, August 25, 2012

What's a Bad Lady to Do?

I overslept on Wednesday and didn't wake up in time to make it to practice before work.  And thus, the gnawing off teeth and the pulling of hair begins.  What to do?  Do we just pretend this didn't happen, say "fuck it" and move on?  Or do we try to get the sixth practice of the week in at all costs?  I've struggled with this in the past, even more so now that I'm back to a regular 6-day-a-week routine.  

Yesterday, I consulted with my teacher. The outcome was that I did intermediate yesterday and will do primary today.  It was as if my body knew we were doing intermediate on the wrong day.  A weird spasm occurred in the lower right back, a strange pop in pasasana and then the feeling of grinding in the sacrum.  No pain, strange discomforts. 

The sacrum seems to be at peace again and hopefully primary will be the warm bath it usually is this afternoon. 

But now, here's the real challenge when you try to do a make up practice.  If you don't do it Friday night, you will have an extended period of back-to-back practices with no rest day.  This coming week the moon day is on Friday.  After missing Wednesday but making up for it today, I will have practiced then 9 days with no rest.  Humph.  But I'll have two days off to look forward to. 

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Guruji Leads an Intermediate Class

I stumbled on this gem on youtube the other day.  It's great.  I don't know that I'd heard the vinyassa count for intermediate before, so it's a great reference for that.  I'm huge on counting the vinyassa while I practice, but have found it difficult to do in Intermediate since I'd never taken an intermediate led class.  You can bet, I'll be studying this with some frequency.

There aren't many surprises with the exception of supta vajrasana.  There's no assistance.  Everyone just sort of crashes back onto their noggins (at about 33:40).  I had considered trying that myself this morning, but chickened out.  Maybe next week ;)


Saturday, August 11, 2012

Exciting Development!

I am super excited to be offering my first ever workshop this fall with my yoga and ayurveda pal Larry.  Two Saturdays in October, we're going to be guessed it, a cleanse workshop.  Time to hit the notes and books and start planning.   I can't wait!

Sunday, August 5, 2012

Philly Phlowers!

Sunday morning attendance at the shala would give the impression that everyone vacates Philly on summer weekends.  That is probably pretty close to accurate.  But those of us who stick around get to see a beautiful side to the city.  This morning on my bike ride to SYS, I saw light little clouds hovering around the tops of the skyscrapers on our skyline.  The sun was already getting strong enough at 7am to begin to burn them off.  And an afternoon walk around the Azalea Garden and the museum revealed many gorgeous blooms. 

The above is the Lines in Four Directions exhibit.  

I'm not sure what these are, but I like the way the flowers that are dead or dying sort of drip off the plant.

Saturday, August 4, 2012

The White Whale

I took a workshop or two with Bhavani Maki when she was in Boston.  She said that everyone has a pose that will break them.  I think of this as the literary White Whale (not to be confused with the Sad Mammoth :). That elusive beast that we just can't seem to get a hold of.  My White Whale is pasasana.  I've had it for about 6.5 years.  Once I managed to gently graze my own fingers on one side.  Otherwise, it is a constant struggle.  Much of this has to do with my physique. I have long muscular legs, a short torso, large boobs, and short arms.  I also have a kaphatic tendency to carry excess weight and retain water.  It is a constant and humiliating battle.  But I know it is possible!

Here are a few videos on how to get into the pose.  I'll let you know if any of these end up helping me!

I think it was her tip in this second one to let the arm gently drop down, that helped me graze finger tips on that one joyous occasion.

And here's a longer explanation from my Philly neighbor.