Post Thanksgiving meal, this is where I’ll be. I’m longing for a silk dress/pantaloons combo like this - perfect for hibernating.
Found on the always inspiring Rachel Johnson Yoga site.
Inhalation engulfs the whole body, expanding from center to periphery. During exhalation, the tide recedes drawing back toward the center. The in-breath is a movement toward the peripheral consciousness; the out-breath moves into the core of consciousness. ~ B.K.S. Iyengar
"If you keep the back skin of the neck passive and the tongue soft, there is no tension in the brain." ~ BKS Iyengar
I think the word “stretch” might be a little misleading in this screen shot - I would replace with the word “move”. I just love Gil’s enthusiasm and poetic approach to the body. Please give this a watch if you have ever moved a muscle in your body. Ever.
This photo is from the Stepford Wives Workout which very well may be sexist. So… gross on that. But just looking at this makes me feel better. She is opening the chest, shoulders, and collar bones without dumping in the low back and sticking ribs and belly out. Front ribs are incorporated into the body and her abdominals are gently engaged and tailbone reaches toward her heels to help lift up and out of the low back.
I like the idea that ALL humans - not just house wives - should move in heathy ways throughout the day. When I sit at the computer all day I feel my body slowly hemorrhaging into a lethargic state. When I get up every once in a while and do a little dance or stretch I feel awake and just plain better. So, if we are to learn anything from a sexist workout, it’s that whatever you’re doing during your day, incorporate some stretching and strengthening throughout and you’ll feel better.
Gal, you seem great. We’d probably have hung out back in the day. But I worry about the dumping going on in your low back here. Let’s go grab a mop/broom and do this again. But this time we will lift up and out of our backs. Our lungs will move forward and we’ll try to find the backbend in our upper backs. Friend, we’ll lengthen our tailbones toward our heels while internally rotating our legs and gently lifting in our low bellies. We’ll try to create openness along the whole spine not just a lot in the low back where we already have a fair amount flexibility. Pal? Right?
This explains what yoga has brought to my life and what I hope to share with others. Read it.
"Yoga works not because the poses are relaxing, but because they are stressful. It is your attempts to remain calm during this stress that create yoga’s greatest neurobiological benefit."
It seems she has a quiet mind at least in this moment. Meaningful things do not need to be complicated, forceful, or difficult. There is much beauty to be found in softness, subtleness, simplicity and clarity. Also, I like anything monochromatic. And I like sleeping.
Vuillard’s Au Lit (In Bed) in Musee d’Orsay, Paris
There is a tinge of frantic insanity in this Mills Brothers song that draws me in. I’m like a cat salivating at the sound of wildly clucking chickens. As the song continues I continue to salivate but never actually get to eat the chickens. But I’m ok with that. If you’re looking to actually get the satisfying meal, I recommend "Lazy River".
This song is on my personal yoga mix these days and I’ve been putting it on repeat for the whole hour. It becomes a meditation for me.
I like to talk about breathing. Here is a video of me doing just that.
I’m lost in her expression. Her grueling life in the circus has paid off with some exquisite biceps and one of the nicest circus costumes I’ve seen. I hope her circus boss pays her well. I hope she is the circus boss.
Watch your thoughts, but don’t trust them. They are just neurotransmitters locking into receptor sites. - Judith Hanson Lasater
Spring breeze is to cape as yoga is to life. I wish we could see her act. PHOTO: DIANE ARBUS, 1970 Found HERE
Ed ‘41. Let’s say he’s about 90-ish now. I think he lives just outside Milwaukee with a bunch of dogs. He likes turtles and pigs, too. Favorite food: super salty sauerkraut and dried figs. Drives an imported yellow fiat. Likes to spend his time emailing and playing basketball. Found here
Oh. This room. I could see myself enjoying some time in here probz with these ladies. They look smart and like they’d be down for a little modern dance session. This pose should feel good but these girls look a little stressed. Not knowing much about old-school cameras, I can guess that they had to hold this pose for a while resulting in all kinds of cramps and tweaks in the low back and knees. The one in the center is my fave. Look at that face. Her side-stretch game needs some help. My advice to her: Don’t collapse in the right side of the body- think length in the spine instead. Press into the shin to lift up and out of the hips as you draw energy in towards the mid-line of the body. Wake up the extended leg and step strongly into the foot. Found here