Poses 33/52: Light on Yoga

August 22, 2014 § Leave a comment

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It is important to acknowledge that the global yoga community was fundamentally changed yesterday by the death of BKS Iyengar. He was one of the, if not the most influential, individuals responsible for bringing yoga to the Western world. His book, Light on Yoga, is the foundation for virtually every single hatha yoga class.

This book is staple for most yoga teachers. However, one of my favorite Iyengar quotes is: “That’s a dead book. I’m a living teacher.”

He always considered himself a student first that was constantly evolving. If anyone owns a copy of this book, you know the crazy photos. See:

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finally

August 19, 2014 § Leave a comment

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A new album from Imogen Heap. I’m not sure why, but her brings me back to certain spaces and places like no other.

I have been a huge fan of hers since Garden State featured her band, Frou Frou, on its soundtrack. Ah, that soundtrack takes me back to college like nothing else. However, she also had a solo career. Her second album, Speak for Yourself, was on constant rotation for the year of 2006 when I saw her live at The Orange Peel in Asheville. While it was just her on stage with several towers of electronics, I still say it’s one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.

I mean, this song. Overplayed yeah, but oh my, so good.

The music I listened to while living in Norway and Scotland is forever burned in my brain. On a typical day, I had headphones on at least 30% of my day. Waiting for the bus, riding the bus, walking to the bus stop, walking to class, walking to work, walking to the grocery, training for a half marathon.

You get the idea. It was a lot of listening to music while staring at everything around me. It was amazing. Imogen Heap’s next album, Ellipse, came out while we were in Norway. Every time I hear this song, I will always immediately be transported back to the summer of 2009, making this walk to work. Hopefully after clicking that last link you don’t lose too many hours to Google Street View Hyperlapse…I sure did. It’s about the craziest/most amazing thing ever.

Well, needless to say, I’m a little excited about her album that comes out today. Can’t wait to see what song I get hooked on next…it’s been too long!

this week in the elementary library

August 18, 2014 § 1 Comment

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I have posted about this before, but I can’t help myself, I’ve got to share it again. This week in the library we broken in our new Smartboard by watching The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore. I show this to all grades every year. They all love it–it’s just 15 minutes of perfect. Watch it here:

 

 

heavy things

August 17, 2014 § Leave a comment

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Ugh.

Yesterday when scrolling through my podcast feeds I saw that Lauren Bacall died…on Tuesday. And I just found out on Saturday?!? What’s going on!? Oh wait, I know, Robin Williams also died, things in the Middle East are insane, Michael Brown is dead and this is now going on. 

Things are always in shambles, but lately it’s a little bleak. On top of all this global sadness, our old boy Mr. Forrest/Bagel is having real trouble walking and seems to be in real pain every time we go to pick him up the past couple days. It’s tough not to get down. All this puts things into perspective I suppose.

Here’s a great little video from classic Sesame Street featuring Robin Williams. Thanks to Mom for sharing it originally. Hilarious, sweet, and appropriate for the times.

It’s supposed to rain all day today. I’ll be honest, I’m looking forward to staying inside hanging pictures and reading. Have a great Sunday everyone.

Poses 32/52: Salabhasana

August 14, 2014 § Leave a comment

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I’m not even going to pretend. I hate this pose. Really, I do.

I’m not a huge fan of the “belly-down” backbends. I like bow pose okay, but Salabhasana or Locust?! Boo. Because I hate it so much, I tend to avoid it, which means I’m not very “good” at it. This summer, I made myself practice it regularly and, lo and behold, it got easy and less horrible!!?! Duh. Like everything in yoga, it doesn’t get better unless you DO IT.

I do a Google image search on every one of my pose posts and I have to say that this one gave me some of the most varied results…all I can say is, what the what?!

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If you need a thorough and more reasonable visual with excellent instruction, check out Yoga Journal’s pose guide here.

Or watch Adrienne give you an eight minute tutorial on it here

Happy lifting….it’s tough to be happy when doing this pose, but try…it probably makes it easier.

checking in

August 12, 2014 § 2 Comments

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Things are starting to get back to normal….sorta

Back to work, still maintaining a 5:30am yoga practice, made a grocery run to Louisville today. Phew! I’m ready to get settled. We still have all the pictures to hang…this weekend…I’ve decided where everything is going to go…pretty much, so it should go quick.

Here are a bunch of photos I’ve taken of the house. These are completely unedited, taken with the auto setting on the DSLR, and are most definitely in the “before” not “after” status!
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So I’m in love with the crazy wallpaper in all the bathrooms, can’t stand a lot of the light fixtures, and am eager to paint over that black mural in spare bedroom. But, all in good time. Thanks for all your kind words and encouragement on here, twitter, and instagram. I love you guys! Thanks for reading.

 

this week at the elementary library…

August 11, 2014 § 1 Comment

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This week, third graders get the pleasure of hearing the book, Manfish: A Story of Jacques Cousteau. Written by Jennifer Berne and Illustrated by Eric Puybaret. There are so many amazing picture book biographies. This one is a win-win because the illustrations are insanely beautiful, the writing is great, and the kids love that it is a true story.

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I am pretty much obsessed with Eric Puybaret’s illustrations. Decided to look around and see what else he has done. Oh dear, look at these!

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Pretty! I would love to have one of these hugely blown up and framed. I tend to think that about almost all my favorite illustrations…ha!

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