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Monday, August 27, 2012

His Shirt, Poetic Vision

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Cooler air riding the wind on a late summer Sunday afternoon means light layering and a sneak peek to early fall by adding earthy tones. Being very lazy I grabbed his chambray shirt and added a feminine touch with a skinny woven belt. The look was so me that I had to let him know it was his shirt.

Flipping my downward  dog

Although summer officially ends in a month's time, I've been writing in my personal diary my 2012 summer yoga posture experiences. I must say my inner experience is surprisingly poetic these days when expressed in written words.

Before I go on sharing, I do want to note the big reason why I started blogging was I wanted a disciplined format where I would commit to writing and learn about myself. It is one thing to know your favorite color, movie and restaurant but when you write down your experiences, especially when you share it in cyber space, your heart...your feelings are revealed in an extraordinary way. After a year and a half of blog loving I'm finding I'm accelerating with my biggest project...getting to know myself.

Back bending, I create the height and width of my temple's dome.

With the reach of my arms and the opening of my armor, my ribs, my offering creates change.

The power of my legs anchor roots that run deep and wide.

As I touch the earth with my giving hand, tears of sadness for her sting my skin.

As I reach up and out, my skin absorbs his light.

Each movement, each thought...feeling and breath re balances the sky, earth, water, fire and love within me.

A temple dancer's path...assisting the shift.

Monday, August 20, 2012

Watermelon Slush

In the next few weeks watermelons will be replaced with pumpkins on the super market's shelves. Before cooler air and cozier food becomes our norm here's an easy to do refreshing recipe to turn an ordinary slice of watermelon into a slushy and sweet end of summer time treat.

No blender is needed.

All you need is:

1 medium sized watermelon

2 limes

4 tablespoons of brown sugar, optional

2 cups unsweetened or lightly sweetened cranberry juice

a handful of mint leaves, optional

a large knife

a large slotted spoon for mashing the watermelon

This recipe serves two.

The how to:

Slice up your watermelon into small pieces and put it into a large pot or bowl. Mash it up with the back end of your large slotted spoon. Use a blender if you like a thinner consistency. Pick out or strain the black seeds unless you're using a seedless watermelon like I did. Keep the light colored seeds, they're edible.

Add in 2 cups of cranberry juice and 4 tablespoons of brown sugar melted in 8 tablespoons of hot water if you desire more sweetness. Squeeze in the juice of two limes, pour your mixture into your glasses and place them in the freezer for about a half hour.

Stir, top with mint leaves, sit and rest while you enjoy your frosty treat!

According to Ayurveda, a natural medicinal practice from southern India, sweet tasting food is best to eat when the heat is on. It cools heat, grounds anxiety and strengthens all tissues.

Monday, August 13, 2012

A Peace & Cooling Breath Exercise

Summer's celebratory and freeing vibe comes along with traffic jams, ice cream cones leaking and staining our shorts plus our feet ache more than usual as they swell from the heat beyond our sandal's edges. When summer's heat and humidity is on, our body boils as well as our mood. Patience gets lost and before you know it you hit your horn and all kinds of words come flying out of your mouth. When any of this happens know you're not alone, it's a summer time thing.

Alternate nostril breathing, nadi shodhana in Sanskrit, is a key breath practice you can do any where to remedy stress. There's something about this breath exercise that acts as an instant dose of peace and calming. No joke, the last few traffic jams I was sitting in while the speedometer was fixed on zero, I saw my husband alternate nostril breathing away. Not a peep came from our horn or the cars around us.

Begin by sitting still in any comfortable position.

With your dominant hand, fold your pointer and middle finger in towards your palm, leaving your other fingers extended. This is called Vishnu mudra.

With your other hand touch the pointer finger and thumb together and let it rest palm down on your thigh. This hand position is called jnana mudra.

Vishnu mudra

Bring your dominant hand to your nose and block off the left nostril with the nearest available finger. Inhale through the right nostril.

Close block both nostrils for a second. Keep your eyes half open.

Release the finger blocking the left nostril and exhale. Inhale through the left nostril.

Close block both for a second.

Exhale right. Repeat the sequence by inhaling through the right nostril, close block both for a second, exhale left, inhale through the left nostril and so on...

Continue until your mind is completely fixed on your breath. After lingering for a few moments in being fully absorbed by your breath's movement finish by exhaling out through the left nostril. Release your dominant hand face down on your thigh, eyes half open looking forward and down about 6 feet in front of you and watch your natural breath. During the in between moments of watching the tidal quality of your natural breath feel how you've softened.

Sit in softness and notice how you can move from this space with clarity.

Note: Breath exercises are best learned in person from a qualified teacher. Use this post as notes to remember the how to do it yet be sure to seek your teacher's advise in the beginning stages of learning any breath exercises which is called pranayama in Sanskrit.

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Monday, August 6, 2012

Soak Up the Sun

There's something about the August sun that gives everything it touches a golden hue. As if everything has been baked and now it is ready to enjoy with friends and family. Our vegetable and fruit bowls are spilling over while our creativity in including zucchinis in every dinner recipe is running out. There is so much to celebrate in August yet there's an under current of fear and plenty of hope in wondering if there will be enough for the dark season ahead.

This summer my posture practice is focused primarily on back bends. I find back bending is an exercise that softens my front body and strengthens my spine which is perfect as I'm out and about more often than usual meeting and greeting all that is growing into my life. In the past few weeks I've been very fond of camel pose. Each time I move into this vulnerable to the front body (our ego's side) and healing to the heart pose I feel my skin stretching open and soaking up the summer sun's light.

Before the summer ends try this pose outdoors while facing the sun. Ask him to fill you with the power of belief and transformation. Ask the Goddess, Mother Earth, to support you with her loving arms as you rest upon her welcoming chest. Feel yourself receiving nature's gifts of abundance that will enable you to flood the world with your light.

You can never go wrong matching flower prints with denim and straw. This past week I packed different combinations of floral, denim and straw pieces for our family escape to the mountains and I felt like I packed right. The look is perfectly rustic and girly.

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