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Summer Solstice Yoga Mala 2009

Sunday, June 21st – 3:00-5:30 p.m.

UU Church at 2434 E. Battlefield

Springfield, MO  65804

 

 

Do all 108 Sun Salutes, or do a few.  Move to the beat of live druming and chanting.  Meet like-minded people, welcome Summer, renew your commitment to yoga, all for a good cause. 

All money collected will go for the American Cancer Society. 

We will move through 4 rounds of 27 sets of salutes.  Between each set, we will take a short break.  Bring a finger food, or drink to share if you wish.  Paper products will be provided.  

Join us once again for this exciting, energetic event!

Namaste.


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Happy January 1, 2009

We stayed in as we usually do on New Year’s Eve.  Hubby ended up working late, to be expected, all hell usually breaks loose about the time he’s supposed to leave, and it was also a holiday.  Nothing new.  We ordered some pizzas, downed some cokes, had one brandy and watched a movie.  Pretty boring stuff.

This is the first year in a long time that my sister wasn’t here for New Year’s!  It was kinda weird.

Today is the New Year Yoga Mala.  All afternoon.  I’m excited and I’m also glad Lauren will be attending as well.  There will be other children there and she asked if she could run the camera!  Awesome.  I love it when kids take photos, you never know what you’re gonna get. 

I’m helping in the chanting department this time, so hopefully that will go well.  I love to chant.  In the dark, when the students are in relaxation!!  I’ll be fine, I won’t be up there all alone.  I’m thinking we’re going to have a HUGE turnout.  We aren’t asking for a cash, charity donation this time, just non-perishable food for the food pantry.  There will be live drumming with the chanting, so it’s extra special.  Looking forward to this afternoon!2008-94

 2008 Yoga Mala

This will be the third time we’ve marked the New Year in this way.  We don’t have to do much advertising anymore, it’s just expected that we have it and I think that’s just plain cool.  We’re using the Unitarian Universalist Church this year, should be nice with big windows facing South!

After the Mala for me, (and work for Frank) we will spend the evening with some friends we don’t get to see very often.

More Mala details tomorrow!

Om mi try ya – na mah ha……..om rah vay ya – na mah ha………om sur yah yay – na mah ha…….phonetic chanting, great way to learn! 


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Downward Spiral of Festive

Our day was quiet, just family, no running, just staying at home.  We celebrated the holiday with the in-laws on Monday evening.  Today was just the four of us, opening gifts and hanging out.  Super nice way to spend the day.  We baked a ham and all the goodies to go with it.  No over do though.  Simple.  We didn’t even do a dessert.  There were enough cookies and goodies around, that we passed on that!  We did invite the in-laws over for dinner.  My dad (who lives in K.C.) also stopped by this evening for a little while.  He made us a beautiful, large, bird feeder.  I will be posting photos of it! 

The kids made a haul.  Lauren got a Nintendo DS and Jordan got an iPod Touch.  Gifts from my parents.  Lucky kids they are and what cool technology!  I hadn’t held either one of those items, so it was all new to me as well.  I’m not really a gadget/gizmo person.  My cell phone doesn’t even have a camera on it and I just got a laptop this year!  I gave Frank some cool tools and I got:

faux-fur-bootsI’d seen these in the Sierra Trading Post catalog and then, someone came into yoga class wearing them.  Same brand, Sorel.  It was all over then.  I checked them out (but I didn’t try them on) during relaxation.  Shhh….I usually dig through people’s purses too…….just kidding.  We ordered them online from Sierra and they were on sale, $74.  They fit, they’re so comfy and I can get them wet, unlike my snuggly Ugg boots that I love!  I like stuff that I can wear barefoot, easy to and from yoga classes!  For all of those who are wondering, YES, the fur is fake!! 

 

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We also got this.  An Omega 8003 juice extractor!  I’m excited.  We got this used (like 3 times so they say) on e-bay for less than 1/2 the price of a new one!  It’s still in the box and looks totally brand new!

 

Now it’s back to stuff as normal.  Frank will be doing the Mall thing early, it will be worse than Black Friday.  I’ll be teaching a yoga class in the morning (I am so ready to get back on schedule) and the kids will sleep in I’m sure.  Speaking of yoga, I’m blogging while I’m waiting on the Yoga Community group e-newsletter to go out!  I have to do the reminder…..the New Year’s Day Yoga Mala  2009.  We do 108 sun salutes to live drumming and Sanskrit chanting for charity and it’s really cool.  This year, we’re collecting food to replenish the food pantry after the holidays.  I think I’m helping in the chanting department this year, so it will be powerful, good fun!  It’s always an exciting event and we have a great turnout!  This year, we’re holding our event in the sanctuary of UU (Unitarian Universalist Church) it will be nice.  PA system already there, windows, carpet, small kitchen…….

The newsletter takes awhile.  There are roughly about 650 on our list.  I do it in small groups and probably won’t finish it tonight.  Doing stuff from home rocks.  After I hit send on the next big group, I can wash my face and head to bed and just let it roll. 

Hope your holiday was filled with family, fun, food and joy!


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Global Yoga Mala Musings

The Global Yoga Mala was awesome!  It’s part of International Peace Weekend and studios all over the world participate in some sort of, well, peaceful activity.  Meditation, yoga or something, for charity.  We held our event in an old Firehouse with the windows wide open.  The building backs up to the railroad tracks and now and then, a train would chug by.  It added a nice effect to the event.  The weather was really nice and the light filtered in softly.  The morning time slot was also a hit with everybody!  We had a decent turnout, probably close to 50 and raised a tad over $500 (before our event expenses) which weren’t that much.  Our collections went to Trees for the Future and SAAF – Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation, no kill, animal rescue and shelter here in the burg.

I actually hung out and laid low.  I didn’t lead any sun salutes this time.  I didn’t talk on the microphone thru the warm up or the cool down!  What I did do was this; a bunch of sun salutations and shot a gazillion photos and some video!  Beth and Abbe did some harmony together for the last two rounds and it changed the energy.  It was really, really nice.  You can check them out below if you want.

I had positive energy the entire rest of the day.  I spent it out back, picking up walnuts.  It’s my sideline this time of year.  I’ve been known to haul in 1,100 pounds, we’ll see what happens this year!  The best thing you can do after the mala, is move!  I tidied up the deck, repotted plants, filled birdfeeders, stuff like that.  All good stuff!  I was not excited about the mala event yesterday, if you checked out my post.  That changed of course.  I love the Mala and look forward to it, as we try to do it four times a year.  I’ve never missed one and I probably never will (unless I’m sick, or dead). 

There is a lot of work for me to do after the event which is as follows:  I have to add a new Mala page to the website.  Then I have to edit, and drag the photos, one at a time, onto that new mala page.  Then I upload the video to youtube and insert their links on our site.  After that, I make up an e-newsletter to let everyone know how much $$ we raised, that the pictures are up on the site, and that the videos can be viewed. 

I know.  You’re thinking, big deal eh?  It takes time.  I get in a groove and can do it somewhat quickly.  Once I get started, I don’t want to stop.  So, last night, I stopped at midnight.  Today, I finished the site details and published them.  Then I made the e-newsletter and clicked to send.  All of this before I left to teach a class that started at 9:30 this morning (I got up at 5:45 a.m.) it’s all good.  I love doing it and now tomorrow, I can chill and work on my craft stuff, knowing I do not teach until 6:00 p.m.  Mala photos below, enjoy!


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Chakra Yoga Sunday

Every Sunday, I take a yoga class, just for me.  The first 30 minutes of the class are chanting, meditation and philosophy.  I love it, I do.  When I first came to yoga, I found the meditation part very difficult.  I was a “high energy” person and I really just wanted to “get on with the class.”  Sometimes, frankly, the meditation just – pissed me off.  I had a hard time sitting still, and I thought it was ridiculous, but I kept coming back for more!    

Now, I love to meditate.  I love the quiet, the stillness and sometimes the colors that I see.  I tend to get a dark blue circle, with gold around it so far.  Not asking, nor looking for anything.  It just shows up sometimes, and never stays for long.  I cannot meditate here at home very often.  Too much external stimulation.  I also have a harder time meditating all alone.  I find, when I’m with a group of people, large or small, I can sit there for a very, very long time.  Some days are easier than others.  Some days, I just feel like I’m getting situated, like I’m really getting started, and then, the bell brings us back.  This morning, was a great meditation day, we went 15 minutes and it flew by. 

We’ve been focusing on a different Chakra every Sunday.  Today was the throat.  We opened the asana class with a lot of Kriyas (actions) with different types of breath work, to open our throats.  We all know what it feels like to hold tension in that area.  I used to be a person who could probably go for an hour without swallowing (I’m not kidding) if something was bothering me.  Our mantram was, “Om Anandham Namha” translated from Sanskrit to, “my actions are free from attachment to the outcome.”  I like that one.  So, I let myself move through my practice today, without being too attached to it.  What I felt was gratitude, to the teacher, to the people in the class and to my body for allowing me to just “be there” this morning.  Yoga is cool like that. 

After class, I had coffee with another teacher who’s been playing with Tarot cards.  I’d never seen them, so she whipped them out and of course the reading began.  My past card was the Star.  My present card was the High Priestess.  My future card was the Lovers.  She had a little book and we checked their meanings out.  We drank our coffee, we laughed and felt thankful.  Even if our gratitude was only for tarot cards and coffee and the moment!