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Global Yoga Mala News

On Sunday, September 20, our yoga community participated in the Global Mala Project.  This was actually the tenth yoga mala that we’ve put on and with great success indeed.  That same Sunday, there was a lot happening in our town.  Cider Days on Walnut street, a Loft Walk on Commercial street and the MS 150 Bike Ride.  We had yogis that missed the mala because of their prior commitment to these other events.  But none the less, we still brought in $441 for Doctors Without Borders.  We’d been having some pretty gloomy weather and the clouds did part that particular Sunday as our event ended, allowing us to view a spectacular sunset.

Our next yoga event will be a Yoga Free Dance, at this same venue the Tower Club.  Hopefully, we’ll have a wide variety of live musicians participate, engage in some chanting and just have an all around good time.  This should happen some time in November.  After that, it’s back to the UU Church for the New Year’s Day Yoga Mala, our largest ever as people renew their commitment to the practice at the beginning of the year.

I’m off to lead my FREE yoga class.  The response is huge and the crowd is awesome.  I so look forward to my Tuesday mornings.  View a complete mala photo album here.






























Enjoy the day.

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mossy-treesMy daughter is so fortunate to attend this alternative school which allows her to do and see so many things!  Awhile back, a guy that has a cool store downtown came to talk to them about fair trade and all that good stuff.  Today, they took a little jaunt downtown to his store, Global Fayre, so they could see the shop, make some purchases and learn more about fair trade.  It’s full of stuff made by artisans from all over the world.  I sent her with $7  and of course, a few kids didn’t bring any money.  She ended up sharing her cash (which is OK with me) but that also meant that she found what she wanted to buy after she gave her loot away.  The lessons of a 10 year old, learned the hard way. 

I’d promised her I’d take her to see the movie Twilight after school today, and the cool worldly store was right by the theater.  What she wanted was only $6.  It was a neat little guy made completely of heavy wire, wrapped with ribbon (Kenyan style) peddling a bike, whose legs actually peddle and wheels actually move when you roll him with the long push handle.  It was cute, it was colorful and she was way happy. 

Twilight was good.  I’m not into vampire films.  But I do remember when Lost Boys came out and I thought it was the coolest thing.   Edward, the main vampire has an Edward Scissorhands way about him.  Kind of creepy, but sexy and mysterious in a no one can get close to me kind of way.  The cinematography was nice and I enjoyed the scenery, as well as the awesome house that the vampires lived in!  Of course it was somewhat predictable but I got attached to Bella and could relate to the way she isolated herself at her new school.  It also had very little gore, and only one violent scene where Lauren did cover her eyes momentarily.  It was PG-13 in case you were wondering.

In yogaland, things will start to sizzle next week when I start teaching 10 classes per week!  MSU requested another class and it turns out, the people wanting it work close to the studio.  Since there are no classes during the time they’re in need, they’re coming over (all 19 of them) instead of me teaching off site at their workplace.  I’m really digging my schedule now.  I’ll be teaching every day at 9:00 a.m. and every day at noon (except on Fridays) and I’m only teaching one night a week.  That would be on Tuesdays (my three class day) so that’s awesome. 

Yesterday was also a slow day for yoga.  Most everyone was in front of their sets watching the Obama action.  I actually had no one show for class yesterday morning and I was kind of glad.  I wanted to check it out as well.  And I did get home in time to see most all of it.  I will say, that was the most TV I’ve watched in quite a long time.  Of course by last night, everybody was sick of it and made it to class!  We offered our practice to the celebration of change and not necessarily in a political way, it was in whatever way you interpreted it.  For without change, nothing would ever bloom or grow, and no one would ever blossom to become the person that they’re meant to be.


Christmas Trees Around the World


 The Capitol Christmas tree in Washington, D.C., is decorated with 3,000 ornaments that are the handiwork of U.S. schoolchildren. Encircling evergreens in the ‘Pathway of Peace’ represent the 50 U.S. states.







gerrmany2‘Oh Christmas tree, oh Christmas tree’: Even in its humblest attire, aglow beside a tiny chapel in Germany‘s Karwendel mountains, a Christmas tree is a wondrous sight.










 A token of gratitude for Britain‘s aid during World War II, the Christmas tree in London‘s Trafalgar Square has been the annual gift of the people of Norway since 1947.









 The Christmas tree that greets revelers at the Puerta del Sol is dressed for a party. Madrid‘s two-week celebration makes
millionaires along with merrymakers. On Dec. 22, a lucky citizen will win El Gordo (the fat one), the world’s biggest lottery.









 Moscow celebrates Christmas according to the Russian Orthodox calendar on Jan. 7. For weeks beforehand, the city is alive with festivities in anticipation of Father Frost’s arrival on his magical troika with the Snow Maiden. He and his helper deliver gifts under  the New Year tree, or yolka, which is traditionally a fir.









 Drink a glass of gluhwein from the holiday market at the Romer Frankfurt‘s city hall since 1405 and enjoy a taste of Christmas past.



Ooh la la Galeries Lafayette! In Paris, even the Christmas trees are chic.  With its monumental, baroque dome, plus 10 stories of lights and high fashion, it’s no surprise this show-stopping department store draws more visitors than the Louvre and the Eiffel Tower.





The largest Christmas tree in Europe (more than 230 feet tall) can be found in the Praça do Comércio in Lisbon, PortugalThousands of lights adorn the tree, adding to the special enchantment of the city during the holiday season.







Illuminating the Gothic facades of Prague’s Old Town Square, and casting its glow over the manger display of the famous Christmas market, is a grand tree cut in the Sumava mountains in the southern Czech Republic.






Before the ball drops in Times Square, the Big Apple turns on its holiday charm with the Christmas tree in Rockefeller Center.







In addition to the Vatican‘s heavenly evergreen, St. Peter’s Square in Rome hosts a larger-than-life nativity scene in front of the obelisk.





A Christmas tree befitting Tokyo‘s nighttime neon display is projected onto the exterior of the Grand Prince Hotel Akasaka.







 Venice ‘s Murano Island renowned throughout the world for its quality glasswork is home to the tallest glass tree
in the world. Sculpted by master glass blower Simone Cenedese, the artistic Christmas tree is a modern reflection of the holiday season.













Against a backdrop of tall, shadowy firs, a rainbow trio of Christmas trees lights up the night (location unknown).

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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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Spontaneous Entertaining

I’m exhausted.  Maybe it’s from riding my bike to work four days in a row.  Maybe it’s from trying to dig a hole out of this clutter.  Maybe it’s from cleaning non-stop yesterday due to last minute company showing up!  I think number three did me in.  Our house is not large.  In fact, I think it’s the smallest home I’ve ever lived in.  Not a lot of closets, only one bathroom, one living space and a one car garage!  I like to be crafty, and my husband likes to “fix” things (electronics of all sorts, mowers, you name it).  This stuff takes space and sometimes, it really stresses me out.  More so, when I have last minute notice of “by the way, we’re having company for a cookout tonight!”

So, I cleaned and I cleaned.  Some things, just don’t look clean.  The hardwood in our front room has yet to be refinished, so it’s dull and pretty much lifeless.  We tore out our kitchen linoleum so we are down to the original flooring from 1954.  It’s the color of diarrhea decorated with paint and spackling.  One person actually thought it was stained concrete!  Bless…..that…..person!  We live in our house, and I do not mean that lightly!  It was a chore.  I got it clean.  It needed to be done.  Today I’m looking around here, actually glad we had company (as much as I wasn’t looking forward to it).

The visitors were friends of my husband, from KC.  They have a new baby, a little over a month old.  I was thankful, even though the house was clean that the baby wasn’t crawling.  I can’t picture a toddler in this place!  Danger, danger lurking everywhere.  We grilled pork chops and I wilted some baby spinach.  They’d never had it, and I could tell, they were hesitant to try it.  But they did, and they liked it.  I wilted it in a little bit of ghee, with some Indian spices and cummin seeds.  It went well with the pork. 

Today was more entertaining.  We (the girls) did lunch and hit a flea market where I scored a cute little wine rack that will hold three bottles.  I have a super cool one that my dad made me out of horse shoes, but it’s large.  I really need to find a place for it, as it’s special to me!  After I got home, I was exhausted and couldn’t get motivated.  Slight problem when you’re entering a craft fair in Ozark the first weekend in October!  I just couldn’t focus and all I ended up doing, was carding some of my hair barrettes.  My sister, on the other hand is blazing.  She’s having to ship all her stuff here ahead of time.  There’s a West Elm store in her town.  They sell these bags of pods, unscented mind you, for $20.  Happens to be, she has a tree loaded with these in her backyard.  Score on the pods.  Bagged and ready to go, don’t they look good?

Tonight is Saturday night, and a beautiful one at that.  My husband will be at his workplace until closing or later.  The freaks come out on days like this.  Someone actually tried to run him over with their scooter today.  That’s just one incident.  I don’t know how he does it.  He’s into helping people and keeping them safe.  I guess I should be thankful that someone does that job, as I sit here blogging away!

Tomorrow is the Global Yoga Mala at 10:00 a.m.  This is the first time I’ve felt like skipping out.  I always bring the flowers for the event and today I hit Wal-Mart for cheap flowers.  I made a neat arrangement of white Mums, light yellow Carnations and orange Gerbera Daisies.  Lovely and therapeutic if I might add.  As of now, leading 27 sun salutes sounds absolutely atrocious.   I’m sure when I walk in the door of the Firehouse, my mood will lift.  The drums will be beating, people will be hugging and the vibe will be all around be good.  Nothing like a mala for renewal.  After all, tomorrow’s a brand new day!

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The Stress of Yoga

I put out an e-newsletter, now and then, sometimes more now, for the yoga and wellness community in our town.  I promote all the studios, I contact them and see what’s happenin’.  September is National Yoga Month, so I definitely wanted to promote that, so a few days ago, I did. 

Think Global, Act Local

Think Global, Act Local

September is also the month we have the Global Yoga Mala.  We do 108 Sun Salutations for charity, usually 4 times a year and in September, a ton of people participate all over the world.  Since it’s a charity event, we have to find someone willing to let us use their space (a large space) for free.  This can be a challenge.  It was looking like (to me anyways) that we would have no Global Mala this year.  After all, yesterday was the 3rd of the month! 

And, yesterday we were offered a cool empty pool hall, but it had no bathrooms.  For 50 people and 3 hours, drinking water and sweating, we decided on no for that.  Another yogi, offered us his warehouse.  It had a bathroom.  We were set to take it when……..the Firehouse on Commercial was available only if we had the event in the morning.  Sold!  My friend secured the location, she called the drummer, then she called me.   I can spread the word. 

The Mala will be Sunday, September 21st at 10:00 a.m.  Charity fundraiser for Springfield Animal Advocacy Foundation (SAAF) and globally for Trees for the Future.  Suggested donation of $15 as always.  I’d better get this on Craig’s List, make some flyers and get them distributed around town!

I jammed on an e-newsletter last night.  I really hated to junk up email boxes since I’d just done one a few days prior, but it’s the best form of communication I’ve found.  There will be a loft walk on Commercial street that same day as well as Cider Days on Walnut, so lots will be happening midtown and downtown.

Whenever we have one of these, so many people I’ve never seen and do not know show up.  They just crawl out of the cracks!  I don’t know if it’s Beth chanting Sanskrit Mantras or Eric’s drumming, but the whole thing has such a positive energy about it.  People leave blown away, tell me how sore they were, and then they come back for more and ask me when the next Mala is!  Come join us, bring your mat.  Do 2 sun salutes or do all 108. 

Tip 1:  Take two advil before the event and have a glass of wine afterwards!  You will not be sore! 

Tip 2:  If you can’t take a yoga mala recovery class the day after, walk, ride your bike, but move!  And of course, listen to your body during the event!

It’s raining.  We do need it.  Our garden is cracked and dry.  We have 18 sweet potato plants and lots of tomatoes still to come!  I cannot ride to MSU, unless it quits raining by 11:30.  Hope it does, I do not want to spend my hard earned $2 for a day pass, on top of the hassle of buying it!

My daughter forgot her lunch money today……good thing Bass Pro is close!