life is better when Maggie Shipstead writes about ballet

April 13, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I heard Maureen Corrigan review this book on Fresh Air this week. While her voice and inflection on the radio drives me insane, I do often agree with her opinions on books. When I heard her gush about Maggie Shipstead’s new book, Astonish Me, I knew I wanted to read it. Not only does Shipstead’s new book come highly recommended by Corrigan, but it’s set in the world of professionally ballet. That is enough for me right there. I love ballet movies, books, etc, etc. I’m fascinated by it.

After our book club meeting, I checked it out at the library (one of the biggest perks of living in a small town…new, literary titles are somewhat easy to snag). I sat down with it last night and couldn’t. stop. reading. Will hopefully finish today. It’s great.

happy friday

April 11, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Yay. It’s been a busy week…pretty fun, but busy.

Who is ready for Mad Men on Sunday!?!? The following are some of Dyna Moe‘s awesome illustrations, from her tumblr, Mad Men Illustrated. Enjoy.

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Poses: 14/52: Marichyasana I

April 9, 2014 § Leave a comment

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One of those annoying poses that’s English name is just as hard to remember as it’s Sanskrit. Marichyasana I or Pose Dedicated to the Sage Marichi A. Ha!

I love love love love love this pose. It appears in the Primary Series of Ashtanga. Super great twist, shoulder opener, hamstring lengthener, quad strengthener, and core work. Bandha yoga emphasizes the importance of engaging the quadriceps:
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There are a lot of hurdles to achieve a deep forward fold in this pose. Tight shoulders + hamstrings, or weak adductors. My one big tip: strongly stamp the foot that is closest to you into the floor…as if you were about to stand on it. That will bring more power into the upper body to fold forward.

Here’s the link to Yoga Journal’s step-by-step instruction.

life is better when office supplies come to life

April 7, 2014 § Leave a comment

Crazy! Guilaume Blanchet is kind of amazing. Check out his other movies here.

friday. yay..oops yay saturday

April 5, 2014 § Leave a comment

Thank god. seriously.

I was totally charmed by this photograph that popped up at the top of my pinterest feed this afternoon. Pinned from National Geographic’s tumblr, Found, it was taken in Amana, Iowa in 1938. These gals are holding up bunches of American Lotus. Amazing!

That of course sent me down a rabbit hole…looking through the rest of the tumblr. So good…On the top page today? A photo of Bergen, Norway from 1971

Happy to have a weekend of nothing planned ahead. Next week is busy (book fair…bah), so I’ll savor it. After work I popped in our local wine shop and purchased two bottles of….wait for it…wine that is NOT Charles Shaw! This is big. It means I’m in serious “treat yo self” mode.

Speaking of rabbit holes, last night I descended down one that got me thinking. After reading this hilarious piece from Vanity Fair on Gwyneth’s high school days (thanks Double X gabfest for sharing), I was intrigued to do some Googling on this all-girls private school on the Upper East Side of New York. I come to find that their kindergarten tuition is $41,000+ a year. Yes, that’s right. This might sound harsh or might ruffle feathers of those reading (I doubt it), but I just flat out DO NOT understand this. If I were ever in the position to be able to afford such ridiculousness, how would I ever be able to admit it to anyone OR not feel like the worst person in the entire world? Needless to say, this made me throw my hands up at the world, grab another handful of oatmeal chocolate chip cookies from TJ’s and go to bed.

Anyways, that was a tangent….if can’t tell by the title of this post, I forgot to publish last night and am finishing up now, on Saturday morning. Off to make a playlist for this morning’s class. Cheers!

 

Poses: 13/52: Malasana

April 2, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Malasana or Garland pose or the dreaded Yogi Squat. This is something that comes easy for some and others it is their nemesis…basically like anything in yoga.

Heels down is the challenge for most. There are tips and tricks…like a rolled mat under your heels:

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My first true yoga teacher, Karen Breneman, in Edinburgh, Scotland is an amazing yogini…she will always be responsible for inspiring to jump headfirst into this practice:

I keep track of her through social media now and couldn’t help but share her instavideo from just a few months ago:

Of course I have nothing but the utmost respect for Karen, I just thought it is an amazing demonstration of how this can be challenging for anyone…even a crazy, crazy advanced practitioner.

Malasana is tricky. Here’s how to do it…instructions from Yoga Journal:

Squat with your feet as close together as possible. (Keep your heels on the floor if you can; otherwise, support them on a folded mat.)

Separate your thighs slightly wider than your torso. Exhaling, lean your torso forward and fit it snugly between your thighs.

Press your elbows against your inner knees, bringing your palms to together resist the knees into the elbows. This will help lengthen your front torso.

To go further, press your inner thighs against the sides of your torso. Reach your arms forward, then swing them out to the sides and notch your shins into your armpits. Press your finger tips to the floor, or reach around the outside of your ankles and clasp your back heels.

Hold the position for 30 seconds to 1 minute, then inhale, straighten the knees, and stand.

March 2014

April 1, 2014 § Leave a comment

Starting with massive snow storm and ending in NYC madness…March, you were great!

1. Don’t wear fleece footie pajamas while walking down hardwood steps at 6:00am with a large cup of full coffee in hands…you will fall and learn that it’s possible to lie in a puddle of self defeat contemplating life, covered in coffee while wearing fleece. And be incredibly sore for the next few days.

2. Pharrell Williams–you’re awesome.

3. Kids these days still love high quality audiobooks and will listen to them with total attention.

4. Not only is headstand possible, but moving legs around in crazy positions while doing so might be too…EEK

5. Tom Collichio knows what he’s doing….Craft was amazing.

6. Idina Menzel can sing like that IRL…and even louder.

7. Visiting with friends you haven’t seen in a long while is good for the soul.

8. This song on repeat:

9. UK vs. U of L brings out the true workings on people in this area.

10. Call the Midwife is about 100x better than Downton Abbey…sorry.

  
  
  
  
  
  

  
  


 


 


 

 

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