Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Splits and Pincha

It took me a loooonnnnggggg time to learn pinchamayurasana.  Finding balance in the pose felt nearly impossible.  After watching many, many videos, it seemed to me that one of my issues was a tight groin.  I have open hamstrings, and fairly open shoulders.  However, I noticed that people who were able to do the pose successfully, would nearly bring their legs into a vertical split when kicking up.

So, I added splits into my yin practice and over time found the opening I needed.  By time, I mean over about a year and a half!

Kino just posted a great video on working splits.  Check it out:

Monday, October 29, 2012


Sandy is here!  I certainly feel for everyone who has had to evacuate and may experience property damage.  I also hope that no one is hurt.

But I have to say, I love sitting at home with the wind and rain whipping around our apartment.  We live in the perfect place to ride out a disaster.  It's an old converted wagon factory that was turned into apartments in the 80s.   We share an interior courtyard with our neighbors.  All of the windows face the courtyard.  The exterior of the building is like a fortress.  To give an idea of how solid the building is, last year when Irene went through, we had no idea that it hit us until we left the house and saw the Schuykill flooded.

We had an overnight guest over the weekend, so I was unable to practice yesterday.  Today I had the ultimate bad lady practice.  It was on a moonday and...with music!  I did full primary and intermediate up to my stopping point (mayurasana).  The moon energy was definitely moving through me.  I had to remind myself several times to slow down and breath.  But it was fun.

The payoff was listening to the rain pound our skylight while I was in savasana.

I hope everyone is safe and sound. 


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

By the Numbers

My workplace offered us $75 in our next paycheck to get a health screening.  I jumped at the opportunity.  I love seeing the various numbers associated with my health. 

So here they are, and I think very much to the credit of my flexetarian yoga lifestyle:

Non-fasting blood glucose   77
Blood pressure 99/66
Cholesterol 169
HDL (good Cholesterol)  65
Resting Heart Rate  64 (web MD says that under 60 is usually that of "well-conditioned" athletes)

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Sunday Inspiration - 10/20/2012

This video has been making the rounds.  It's definitely my Sunday inspiration this week. There is an especially moving point where Yuko says that she realized she didn't need a body to do Ashtanga.

It's just more evidence that if you are willing to meet the practice where you are, it can be a healing, liberating and transformational tool.

Friday, October 19, 2012

The body is weird

A few weeks ago, Angelique gave me am adjustment in trikonasana. Apparently, I'd developed the habit of tilting the pelvis toward the floor. She worked with me on drawing the top hip back and bottom hip under. The next few days, I played with that rotation. On one of those days, there was a weird sliding and pop in my left hip. That's where I have some leftover sciatic pain following the B12 issues 2 years ago.

Now, magically, the sciatic pain is gradually disappearing. I go entire days without experiencing it and am never awoken by it.

This is another demonstration of how the practice heals and how important the fundamental standing postures are. If something is going on in your body, dig around in those standing postures. You might find a solution.

Thursday, October 18, 2012

mini vacation

I don't understand the people who feel that they need to have a plan to take a vacation.  Personally, I love to take a few days off and have absolutely nothing to do, to see my neighborhood and city as it is when I'm tucked away in a grey cubicle, to get things done around the house and relax.  These past few months have been crazy at work.  On top of my normal activities, I had to manage the building of our new website.  It's done and launched, and now I'm taking a much deserved break. 

This morning I celebrated my vacation by practicing with my teacher, Angelique, after assisting.  It's fun to practice side by side with your teacher.  I especially like the opportunity to give her assists and "repay" her for all of the excellent attention I've received in class.


On another note, I'm making some big changes to my diet.  Philly is a great food town.  Too great!  It's way to easy to go overboard and frequently.  I'm reining it in and going on a diet.  I'm not normally a fan of diets, but certain poses are only just out of reach (the bind in pasasana), and as the Einstein quote sort of goes "to do the same thing over and over and expect different results is insanity." So, I'm making a full on attempt to get rid of some "adipose tissue," a nice term for fat that I came across in Gregor Maehle's books.

I'm supporting my diet with a popular online weight loss program.  So far, it's going well.  I'm actually having a lot of fun nerding out on the calculations.  Wish me luck.