March 7, 2014 § Leave a comment
Yeah so two days after I post about there being no new music lately, I find Pharrell Williams’ new album, GIRL. Get it. This song, “Hunter,” is my fave by far. It’s awesome.
Here’s the whole thing on spotify:
March 5, 2014 § 2 Comments
Yeah. So I’m writing this from my WordPress app on iPad. Just took this photo with said iPad. Wearing my favorite old baggy sweater with baggy old leggings. Watching Survivor, drinking Charles Shaw, and listening to Andrew talk about Hot Wheels at some museum…this is real life.
Feeling a little stumped on blogging lately…things seem to be moving a little fast and I’m having a tough time finding things worthy enough to blog. Any ideas? Anyone still there? What’s making your days fun lately?
I feel like there is a considerable drought of new music lately…However, I am enjoying GIRLS and True Detective on HBO…and I’m getting insanely excited about a number of trips and fun things planned for spring. I think everyone around me (including me) is in a holding pattern until the weather stops being a brat. I’m just waiting and hopefully my little blog hasn’t been too boring! Ha!
More later…cheers y’all!
March 3, 2014 § Leave a comment
BALANCE. Utthita Padangusthasana II or Extended Hand to Big Toe Pose. Very literal translation on this one. And it’s hard. I’m not gonna lie, it’s also one of my most favorite poses….but I love to balance on one leg, so there you go.
When I starting to regularly practice Ashtanga in Edinburgh, I got fixated on this pose and its point in the Primary series. I wanted to do it without any balance checks and thought it would never happen…and as usual, I was proven wrong. I do have some tips (other than just practice, practice, practice) for getting a solid version of this pose.
1. The lifted leg does not have to be straight to achieve success! Tight hamstrings are real.
3. Externally rotate your hip open before taking it over to the side.
4. Actively draw your low belly (uddiyana bandha) in throughout the pose.
5. Relax your face and smile…move your gaze very last.
Here’s a great tutorial:
February 28, 2014 § Leave a comment
February taught me a few things…
1) Jury duty is for real…and can be incredibly depressing
2) A movie about LEGO can be “awesome!”
3) I need to get out and engage with the local yoga community MORE. It’s great I’m able to practice consistently on my own, but getting out and practicing with other teachers this month has been so fun!
4) It’s possible to wish for 30 degree weather…as in, that’s really warm.
5) A Bose bluetooth speaker makes life better…and makes kitchen dancing even easier! Thanks to Andrew’s surprise Valentine’s present!
6) Tripod headstand is possible…and maybe even Crow pose to tripod then back to Crow! EEEEK!
I have also decided to go forward and earn my 500 hr certification for yoga instruction (pretty much like getting a master’s degree in the yoga world). So excited to be officially accepted into Asheville Yoga Center‘s 500 hr completion program…more on this later.
7) It’s possible to find nonstop flights to NYC for a decent price on a random Thursday afternoon.
8) Being spontaneous is good…like buying tickets to see Aziz Ansari in April! Woohoo! Can’t wait.
9) Matthew McConaughey knows what he’s doing…you’re watching True Detective right?!
10) Same sex marriage now recognized in Kentucky….AMAZING…Saw this infographic yesterday and just felt happy inside:
Here’s the rest of my month in photos:
February 26, 2014 § Leave a comment
February 24, 2014 § Leave a comment
Bhujangasana or Cobra pose. I’ve been neglecting backbends in this series and that’s gotta stop right now! Backbends are tough for me…and for a lot of others too. While some people are naturally very bendy in this manner, most of us think deep backbends are not possible.
However, Cobra pose is the gateway to deeper backbends. If you can master a decent, well-aligned Cobra and, of course, practice it often, you’ll be set for Urdhva Dhanurasana one day.
It’s all about using the rhomboids. The muscles in blue are strongly engaging to not only life the chest & shoulders away from the floor, but propel them forward as well.