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NO BLOG HERE

Tue, 03/15/2011 - 9:29AM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

 

This Blog was adapted from BLOGGER where I normally write.

I found thats its far too much work to write my blog, AND THEN come to fit sugar and post it AGAIN and re format and slowly add pics.....

 

ITS A DRAG!

 

SO if you are interested in reading my Blog its HERE:::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::

http://ladykadyyoga.blogspot.com/

 



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YOGA BLOG #15 (Trying a new studio)

Wed, 10/27/2010 - 1:18PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

Goin it Alone

So I went and signed up for my 5 classes for 25 bucks at a local studio in Vancouver WA., Balasana Yoga Fitness Studio http://www.balasanayoga.com/.

I went to my first class last night, candle lit gentle yoga. I picked it based solely on the time that it was, from 7:30-8:30, so I would have plenty of time to register and ready my brain for whatever might be. I was proud for going to the class, because when my husband got home from work, he informed me we were invited to go to our friends for a Portland Trail Blazer Basketball Opening Game night party. I told him to go with out me and stuck to my yoga guns. POW POW.

The studio is cute, extremely feminine, which was actually nice. I felt like I was in a woman's domain for sure. If it wasn't for the friendly man behind the counter I would have been willing to guess no man had ever stepped foot inside. This is a place for house wifes! The walls are a popish purple, and there is sparkely art hung on the walls, painted by local artists ( I could hardly believe that they were listed for 10,000 dollars to purchase, wild. If they are selling, than its definitely time for me to get into painting. hah) Lots of flowers displayed around the area, and candles going. A nice Zen meets western woman appeal.

I sat on the couch enjoying the relaxing quiet music that played. The last class let out and glistening skinned women, all of similar fit body types exited with happy faces, and clear intentions about what was coming next, home, bed.
I was eager to feel like they do, worked out, warm, and in the moment. I was led into the class by the man at the counter, showing me where I could stash my shoes and my bag. The room is long and rectangular, which was interesting, and the class was small enough we were all able to just be in a line. No one in front of me, and no one behind me. I did really enjoy that, although I was stuck at the end closest to the road so there was much more light than I would have liked, and the mirrors didnt extend that far so I was not able to see myself. Maybe good maybe bad? But after having my mirrors at home, I am really starting to like it. Ya start getting to know yourself more when you can see yourself other than that moment when you brush your teeth or hair.

This class was not at all built like the class before it. There were children, elderly, overweight, and average looking women. An older woman with a cat face t-shirt on, told me the instructor did wonders for her back her first class, and I would see. I enjoyed her spirit and her just finding yoga attitude. Imagine how she will be feeling if she sticks with it and keeps moving along.

I was just a tiny bit annoyed at the beginning of class, as I am such a planner, I like to have everything I need, not to be in surprise situations of confusion, and the class stated all you need is a yoga mat and water. But in actuality they were using blocks and, I cant remember the name of the other thing, that was needed. The owner of the shop, after saying hi to me as a newbie mentioned I could purchase them out front.
Ahh the world of sell sell sell. I am a bargain hunter, so I would shop around no matter what. I just ask that what is needed is told to me prior, so I have the opportunity to be prepared if that's my thing. I wont lie, when I think of setting my face on a block that 100 other people have stuck their feet on, it grosses me out. I find myself to have a very powerful nose, and was able to smell the weirdest things on those wool blankets. Mind over matter though.... mind over matter.
So really, overall, NO BIG DEAL because the instructor made make shift ones for me. I just like to share all my thoughts. :)

The room was dimmed and there were electric candles placed all around the room on the floor. Very Cool!! I was really diggin that, and had wondered to myself how candle smoke might effect the room etc. before coming. How silly of me not to think of those battery operated ones! Perfect.


We went ever so slowly through floor poses only. We never once really got off the ground except for moments in an extremely modified warrior like pose. Most of the poses felt good, but were very similar, if not the same to things I am already practicing on my own at home. Not to say I was disappointed, but I wanted more. Maybe like a quick run down of the next level of the same pose as she was showing it, if you wanted more, needed to feel it more. The instructor Michelle was very nice and came over to help how ever she could, which was great. I just always have so many questions, so when she comes over and says use this block this way. I want to know why. Is the stretch better? Which part of my body should I really be feeling this? Im not hurting before you gave this to me, is it just concern?
I dont know. I kind of wanted to kick all the things around me away from me. They were clogging my chi!
But I went with it as much as possible, tried to stay open. While at the same time trying to find the deepest stretch I could.

The class went by really fast, and I was still cold unfortunately at the end. Could have used another 3 hours at that pace! I must say if it was a 15 dollar class versus a 5 dollar class I would have left feeling a little bummed out. 5 dollars is exactly what the class was worth as a whole. I did feel more present, and more centered, as I walked out the door into the cold night to my car. A happiness that I followed through.

Safe to say gentle means beginner, and its hard to say with each studio what beginner entails, because its based on the clientele of the studio. The Beginner class at LA fitness would be advanced at Balasana. Also depends on the teacher. Gotta feel it out, and go with the flow. Enjoy the experience!

Not sure what the next class will be that I go to there. I have 4 more, but most classes are during my work hours. I am hoping to have the gusto to go to next wednesdays 6:30 am YOGA PILATES class for sure. I will let the others fall into place. Maybe another gentle class tonight, but it depends since its my long day at work on wednesdays. Also there are the errands of day to day life.

(sighhhhhh)

Well, I hope visit many more yoga studios and share my experiences here for those who are interested.

<span style="font-weight: bold;">"Blessed are those who are flexible, for they shall never be bent out of shape."

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SPIRIT BLOG

Tue, 10/19/2010 - 10:25AM by Skorpio 0 Comments -


<span style="font-size:100%;"><span id="app42438882966_love_horoscope" style="display: block;">~~

Today your intensity is being focused on yourself, and you are going through a time of penetrating reflection. Finally you are becoming honest with yourself about what it is you truly want, and where you are willing to put your much sought after passion.

--Scorpio Horoscope 10-19-10

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Ahh its been a long while... but I guess Im in the habit right now of avoiding this blog, and avoiding myself all together really. My life has been 100 percent feeling like its about everyone, and everything else lately. Which is by choice, for the most part.... but I am very ready for some me time. Got through some events, and now its time to think about what I want and need. Which is EVERYTHING!!! :)

I am ashamed out how badly I have been treating my body. A regular dumpster lately. TERRIBLE. Just terrible. My drinking has been heavy, and my herb smoking is effecting my breathing. I eat whatever, whenever, and my gut is totally reflecting that. I'm a mess. A real mess. I'm not ashamed to say I need a good kick in the ass. I dreamt last night that someone was saying how I was too fat for a dress and squeezed myself into it! I laughed today when I woke up and thought about it, but clearly my body image is not where I want it to be if I am dreaming in that way.

So... my mind feels a bit clearer today. My ambitions are high. I can feel a change in the air...the planets.

Its all about harnessing that energy for me. I need to keep this moment close, so I can feed on it, and ride it through tougher times near.

I would like to start a little detox from now, until my Birthday November 8th (and so on if its feeling good). But what that means for me is cutting out drinking as completely as possible, avoiding foods that I know are not nourishing and could even be hurting me, Cutting smoking down to out, and spending specific time meditating, and doing yoga DAILY.

If I can get myself to do it, I want to integrate going to bed early, and waking up early. I get so down on myself for wanting to get up early, but not getting up when the alarm goes off. Though, I had an epiphany the other day... OH GEE, MAYBE YOU'LL WAKE UP EARLIER IF YOU GO TO BED EARLIER! haha So, that will be a challenge.

Slowly breaking away from the unhealthy routines my husband and I have fallen into. Separating myself and creating personal time is necessary for my happiness and health.

I just have to create the reality.

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--Physical Space

I just recently created my own yoga space at home which I am super excited about. The family room has been a room of many uses, currently the computer is located there and the rest is empty. Now its emptiness is my joy. Ive utilized a couple old full length closet door mirrors we had out in the garage, which are just perfect! I couldn't believe I had never thought about it before. Soon, we are going to replace the low ceiling fan so my long monkey arms don't whack into it during asana. With the computer being there I can utilize the internet for yoga routines, music, and guided meditation which is nice. I have a great window and the fire place hearth works as an awesome alter!!
Cant wait to get that ceiling fan out! Maybe this weekend. That reminds me, its also time to take that air conditioner out too.
Chores. :)

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BIKRAM HOT YOGA--

Recently I got a coupon for 20 Hot yoga classes for 20 dollars! Epic. Regularly$ 240.00 !
I am really excited about this but also nervous~~ I have never tried hot yoga, and for the most part I have heard not so good things about it. I believe that is why it kind of scares me.

What is Bikram Yoga?

Here is how the coupon studio explains it::

</span></span><span style="font-weight: bold;font-family:georgia;font-size:100%;" ><span style="color: rgb(41, 34, 34);font-size:14px;" >The mission of Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver is to help instill in our students a feeling of total health and well being through fun and energetic Bikram Yoga classes.

Bikram Hot Yoga Vancouver will provide quality instruction of Bikram’s yoga series, a sequence of 26 postures done in a heated room (105 degrees with 40% humidity). This series is both an excellent preventive activity as well as a system that can reduce many symptoms of chronic ailments and diseases. Bikram method hatha yoga series is designed to scientifically warm, and then stretch and realign, muscles, ligaments and tendons, in the order in which they should be stretched.

The series systematically moves fresh oxygenated blood to one hundred percent of the body, each organ and cell, restoring all systems to healthy working order just as nature intended. Proper weight, muscle tone, vibrant good health and a sense of well-being automatically follow.

The class is designed for all levels, whether a first time student or an advanced practitioner. In time the student learns how to focus the mind and breathe. This allows them to practice deeper while remaining calm and balanced. As the student deepens this relationship they begin to realize the meaning of yoga -- a union of the body, mind and spirit.

The benefits of yoga go beyond the physical aspect. Along with a toned body comes much more. Just to name a few, yoga has been proven to:

Reduce stress, the #1 disease-causing agent
Remove symptoms of disease and chronic pain
Aid in sleep
Reduce cortisol levels
Lower cholesterol
Lower blood pressure
Alleviate allergies, asthma
Help with smoking cessation
Lower heart rate
Slow the aging process
Boost your immune system

</span><span style="color: rgb(41, 34, 34);font-size:14px;" >Come and see for yourself!

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</span></span><span style="font-size:100%;"><span id="app42438882966_love_horoscope" style="display: block;">So this sounds promising! I'm just afraid that I wont be able to handle it. That the heat will do me in (as I am NOT AT ALL and never have been a fan of heat)! Im not a quitter, but it sucks to stick out like a sore out of shape thumb. haha

So anyhoo, you have to use your 20 classes within 60 days if when you start, and so I am trying to plan around really getting my full uses, and being realistic. Its on the other side of town from where I live, and the classes I can go to are at 6:30 MON, TUES, THUR, FRI... and they require you to come early (first come first serve), so I really need to be on the ball coming strait from work. There are also weekend classes, which is cool.

I will let everyone know how it goes when I finally take my first class!

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DEALS!!

Im hoping to take advantage of another deal I saw recently at a yoga/pilates studio thats right up the street from me. Its 5 classes for 25 bucks, which is super reasonable!! ( I think its for first time students only, so lucky me) And they just started a wednesday early morning 6:30 class!! So I can actually go get my yoga on in the morning before work and still have time to come home, get ready, and get to work.
So we'll see! Today is pay day.

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I wish I could leave work right now and head to an outdoor Yoga class. Its so nice out, and so dead here!!

Well Im hoping everyone is well, and you are pushing hard for the things you want out of life!

Naaaaaaaamaaaste~

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‎"If you can find a path with no obstacles, it probably doesn't lead anywhere." - Frank A.

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YOGA BLOG #14 (Learning about MUDRAS)

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 1:54PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

HI HI HI!

Its been a while. Not neglected, thought about often actually, but, just not able to sit down with the intention and commitment wanted here.

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I often have wondered about hand symbols and gestures I see presented in different forms of yoga, and have wanted to know more. It feels natural to put my hands together at my heart in Vrksasana , but where does it come from? What is it called? Is there a right or wrong way of doing it?

All kinds of questions arise when learning something new. I was lucky to find a DVD to rent called YOGA MUDRAS.

Here is a Synopsis of Mudra, and the Mudra DVD itself::
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Mudra is the ancient yogic art and science of gesturing and sealing vital Pranic energies in the human body for health, well being and spiritual evolution. These are advance techniques designed to improve neuromuscular coordination, culture human emotions and still th
<span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-family: verdana;font-size:100%;" >e restless mind.

Yogamaharishi Dr. Swami Gitananda Giri, one of the greatest Yoga Masters of the past century taught numerous Mudras in the Rishiculture Ashtanga Yoga tra</span></span></span></span></span>dition and this presentation takes a comprehensive look at the various classes of Mudras such as the Hastha Mudras (gestures of the hands), Pada Mudra (gestures of the feet and Chakshu Mudras (gesture of the eyes).

This presentation is filmed in an artistic manner with pleasing visuals to go along with the wonderful depth of the Mudra teachings of Swami Gitananda Girjii. A detailed exposition of the Sparsha Mudras is also given. These ten touching gestures are performed by placing the hands on different parts of the chest to facilitate the flow of Pranic energy to that section of the lungs in order to produce certain effects on different parts of the body. These Mudras are especially used to focus our awareness into the different segments of our lungs while performing Vibhagha Pranayama, the Yogic sectional b
reathing.

<span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:85%;">A team of 30 participants from 12 different countries in the age range of 9 to 65 have participated in the demonstration of these esoteric Mudra teachings.
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<span style="font-size:100%;">This DVD is FULL of information. I have been watching it in sections in the last few days, following along, and still havent finished! Its one where I want to rewind and do it again, and to draw it out longer.

I am absolutely amazed at what a simple hand gesture can do your for your breathing! We think of breath as one thing. A breath in, a breath out, but its so much MORE! We breath into our body. We breath into our muscles, limbs, our heart, every part of our lungs.
The Mudras help us to bring consciousness to our breath, and to the parts of the body we are focusing on. It helps us connect to god.</span>

I thought it was pretty funny because I was just beginning the DVD intro and the woman was </span></span></span></span><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-size:100%;">showing how the pointer finger represents god, the universe, the great order of things, and then the pointer finger represents the self, the separateness. And when you put the tip of your finger and thumb together and create a circle, you are connecting to everything. Showing your focus in being one with the presence of god in your practice.

She then went on to show if you take your pointer finger and move it inward past your thumb tip, and gesture it near your face and above your head...

.... which I then did and thought, OOOoO Cool I like this one!!!

...she went on to say this is the sign of the devil. Showing you are purposly not connecting with source.

I just stopped what I was doing and laughed out loud at myself. haha I would be one to immediately gravitate towards such a thing! To the opposite, the intentional disorder.

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So I am absolutely intrigued. I have been practicing the Mudras, and feeling a lot more whole in my yoga practice being able to have a bit more meaning, and also a choice with reason in my hand gestures.

More examples::

Putting your hands together strait over your head shows a direct resepct or love or praise of God. Bring it in over your head touching the top of your head and your energy is focused more inwards towards your own psychic abilities etc.

They go on and on. I would like to purchase the DVD so I can watch often and learn and remember more.

I have been feeling this work in my back like no other!! And it seems to be mostly from sitting strait up and working with my arms, shoulders, and hands. And lately my body feels anxious... like dont quit soul! Keep going... this body needs more!! MORE MORE!!

I feel like I can breath better, I feel more sexually charged, and I just feel overall more happiness.

All of these things just seem so simple. To sit up strait. To breath fully. But in actuality, it takes conscious behavior to become second nature.
Its more than true the more you work at it, the deeper the stretch, the better the balance, the fuller the breath.

:)

A side note: I really love how they use a different person for every mudra. Different bodies, shapes, sizes... not a bunch of amazing advanced yogis with 'perfect' bodies. Its nice to finally see some variety in that department. It makes me feel comfortable to see a woman with big boobs and a couple rolls, doing these exercises with ease and precision. Because its not about the body as much as its about the heart and soul. The focus. The inner work. And thats what it is, work.

Here is a small Video Clip from the DVD:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3d_ij7cqlD8

I really feel like this is going to help my meditation process in big ways! I have always had restless hands during meditation, which can be very distracting, but now I can use these hand gestures that will promote better mediation for different areas of my life.

</span></span></span></span></span>"The purpose of life, is a life of purpose." ~Robert Byrne <span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:100%;"><span style="font-size:85%;"><span style="font-size:100%;">

<p>Sending Happy weekend thoughts out there!! <3
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SICK

Thu, 09/16/2010 - 11:46AM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

I am sick with a cold flu, and feeling so miserable!

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Spirit Blog

Wed, 09/15/2010 - 1:23PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -


(strrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrretch)

MmM just had a delightful salad from Laurelwood Brewery! And left overs tooo... I love left overs, and hate to waste like no other.

Feeling calm, and a little goofy as well.

Our regular waiter/friend is exceptionally kind and bubbly, so he always puts me in a better mood for the day. I'm not sure if I am happier to have a beer and lunch, or to have a really nice, caring person around me. BOTH!! ;)

Alright! So this past weekend was Hempfest 2010, at Kelley Point Park, Portland OR.

http://www.hempstalk.org/festival/

It was a free event, and we took a shuttle bus in, because thats what the web site suggested. It was an excellent idea! We had curb side service... plus the silliness of riding a yellow school bus full of hippies.

We walked around the eclectic booths, brought a blanket and sat around and vegged, listened to the music, people watched. Spent most of the time at the water front just enjoying the day and the freedom to smoke herb. It was a fantastic day to be at a festival!

Heres my cute special little Karma story:

So it was towards the end of our festival adventure and we wanted to get something to eat for lunch. As vegetarians, sometimes it can be hard to find something decent to eat at an event like this... but we came across a busy booth that had Tofurkey dogs! It said 3.50 each, but when we ordered it was 5 each for whatever reason.... normally I would have brought up the big picture listed as 3.50, but today it was a Let it Go Day. We also ordered some curly fries for 5 bucks to share... overall a spendy junk lunch.
We got our dogs right away, mine with "grilled onions." There was a long unorganized wait for the fries. Jarrod and I both were immediately disgusted with the veggi hot dog. It looked about a hundred years old and was cold and discolored. The onions were GIANT disgusting hunks, that I could see were from an open pan covered with flies.
It was horrifying. I looked at Jarrod and said I'm not eating this, and he said me either. Awkwarrrrd. So I get back in line to return them and get our money back, and Jarrod begs me not to. He says I don't want a scene....which for me, NOT A SHY PERSON, A WOMAN WHO GETS WHAT SHE WANTS, was not a scene....its called being efficient. I don't pay for garbage. But I said fine.... its a LET IT GO kind of day. So after that, it was kind if down hill. Time to go.... hungry, 10 dollars wasted. It wasn't a biggie to me, but it really urked Jarrod. He couldn't quite shake it for the rest of the day... I said.... don't worry... pretend it was our admission into the event since it was free. No big deal... but he was pretty bothered... I think more with himself for not letting me return them, once he realized that wouldn't have been as big of a deal as he thought.

I didn't want him to be sad.... so we went home, did some chores, and I said I would take him to his favorite Thai restaurant Thai Orchid for dinner and drinks!
We made it there later around 9. There was only one other person eating. Nice and quiet wind down to the weekend. We both ordered a drink and picked a pad thai to share, to go, at home.
We sat, and chatted, relaxed. Had a great waitress, with cute glasses. Our food made its way out and we sat for just a little longer, got the check and were ready to go. One of the managers came over, a sweet smiley Asian woman and said, I take care of this for you, and I give you extra order. Jarrod and I were kind of confused. She explained someone ordered a pad thai and never picked it up, so it was also in our bag.

RIGHT in that moment Jarrod and I looked at each other, smiled real big, and said KARMA at the same time!

It was like.... the silly hot dog incident was wiped clean. The great universal balance made its self vividly clear.
It felt good.

:)

It felt good all around, all over. My heart burst just a little, to see Jarrod back to a state of balance himself over the wrong doing in the day.

" Like gravity, karma is so basic we often don't even notice it. " ~Sakyong Mipham

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Spirit Blog

Mon, 09/13/2010 - 2:09PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -


I have still only received one response to my Yoga gig on Craigs list, and its been up for about a week or so. I am honestly surprised so I decided to go check in on it...and couldn't find it anywhere! I thought it was kind of weird I only got one reply on the first day, and nothing after.
It had been "flagged/deleted," but they dont tell you exactly why, just that it is no longer up. I looked at terms and conditions and could not pin point any reason why this may have happened... Everything was legitimate... perhaps a glitch?

So what ever. I re posted today... see if anyone else responds... :)

(Maybe its a sign that the guy who replied that first day is the perfect person for the job!)

I really want to get going on this. It will be a good way to get me excited, and I really need one on one time. I like personal attention, and I love the idea of the practice being totally focused on me, and what I need. LOVE IT. haha Being able to stop the instructor and ask a question or to stay in a pose for a longer amount of time etc, sounds great.

And maybe one day I will be able to return the favor for someone else.

I'm holding out just a little longer for now for a female. I was thinking I could have one person 1 day a week, and a different person another day in the week, so my learning experience has some variety.

As well as having the female for practice when I am alone, and the male, when my husband is home.

I hate to be one for pre conceived worries, and tragedies... but better safe than sorry with this situation.

:)

Better a thousand times careful than once dead. ~Proverb

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SPIRIT BLOG (someone had to stack them there)

Fri, 09/10/2010 - 2:30PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

Bee Bop doo da OWWW!

Friday. One of those days where... I havent expected much, and have gotten so much more than I ever would have thought the day would produce. :) A day of mini suprises and lots of laughter. Who doesn't love to laugh uncontrollably!? I have had a case of the giggles this past week. Just laughing at things, and not being able to stop. Like one part of me loves the sound of me laughing so much, that my laughter gets stronger, louder, and more uncontrolled. Laughtergasms!!

I can go months with out laughing like that, or crying. Those times, can be difficult. So I am glad to have some good ol' emotions coming out!

Hubby cant STAND to have his feet touched. Like you might get a few cracks of a smile or a laugh but its mixed with anger... Im breaking him down, tickle by tickle. And the other night I just wouldnt stop no matter how mad he was getting and I was laughing and laughing.... It might sound like torture... but its therapy. J needs his buttons pushed... :D

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So I have had one reply to my Craigs List add looking for an inexpensive one on one yoga instructor for at home.
I'm not quite sure what to think just yet because it happens to be a male, and I was hoping for a woman, just for safety reasons. But I am usually pretty hopeful and trusting of my instincts, and from what I gather so far, he seems to be on the up and up.
I am going to give it just a couple more days before I respond. Most likely even if someone else responds I will still also give him a chance as well, because why wouldn't I?

He talked about breathing techniques being first and foremost to start out with, as well as some beginner poses. He said hes a certified yoga instructor and has been practicing for about a year and a half and is still learning. Overall that is not very long at all, but if your passionate you can do anything!!

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So I have been having completely strange dreams lately. The other night it was as if everything I dreamt in a really bizarre form made its self apparent in my regular waking day. Like I was dreaming up the day I would have.

And just 2 nights ago I had a dream I was driving as the passenger in a car, in what seemed to be a canyon or valley between giant mountains and ridges....

and every place I looked were stacked rocks. Piles of stacked rocks. On the ridges, and hills, and just on the ground...

Like this::
It was a drawn out part of the dream. I remember talking with who ever was driving the car, and telling them "yeah those are those stacked rocks." Like I knew something about it.

Its interesting when something triggers remembering a dream. Because I did not remember I had this dream until last night. We were making dinner, and I like to get out everything I need and set it out on the counter. I had some cans of things, and had come back to look at the goods, started grabbing cans, and unconsciously stacking them up like a pyramid, and my dream came rushing back to me! It was strange and awesome.

This actually happens to me quite often... I just thought it was interesting to share this time.... because the image is so simple... and captivating. Definitely up for some interpretation.

<p>"Geologists have a saying - rocks remember. "
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YOGA BLOG #13 (finding help)

Tue, 09/07/2010 - 3:04PM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

I have been wanting to take a yoga class, but can't seem to come up with the money. Inevitably the house and bills come first when it comes to finances of course.

I think its nuts that it costs 15 dollars per person, per 50 min class of yoga, almost any where you go, just to imitate a person! It really is, especially when you think about what Yoga is really all about at its core. I guess I can understand to an extent, since we all need to make a living, but overall I am still bothered at this cost. There is no equipment needed, or hands on touching, clean up, or really any specific one on one, yet I am expected to pay 15 dollars every time I go. And everyone knows its not a one time experience, we do this as many times as we have the time! It adds up so fast. If you talk to instructors about it, all they do is to try and peddle a monthly, or punch card that is usually barely a discount, and you have to pay all at once, which is good for them, not for me. What is also frustrating, is that I dont have a sob story, to qualify for any price reductions, etc. I just have bills and all my money goes there, hence no money for extra things.
Such is life.

So I had an idea...I can afford about 5 dollars per yoga class...about 1-2 times a week. I posted an add to craigs list about 20 minutes ago looking for just that!! :)

This is it::

Help! Are you an advanced Yogi who just loves to teach and practice yoga, who wants to share your knowledge with me and make just little bit of money?

I want to start doing yoga, but cant afford to join a local studio. Even drop in classes are too spendy to keep up at 15 each! But I have a hard time doing yoga alone at home with a dvd. I really need, and enjoy live instruction.

I am a beginner, looking for slow paced, deep stretch/relaxation yoga. I enjoy vinyasas. Really ANY kind of yoga.... Im open to try anything! Just want a work out!

I am looking for someone who is willing to do a 45-60 min yoga work out with me at my house in the evenings sometime after 5:30 or weekend days. I can afford 5 dollars each time. So if you yourself just want to do yoga, while I copy you in my living room, this is the gig for you! ;) I might be able to get my husband on board occasionally, and will pay 10, but that's hard to say right now.

Please email me if this sounds good to you, and we can try a session out!

A little about me!:
My name is Katie, I am 25, female, optical assistant/secretary. I own my house in Vancouver (Hazeldell) WA, and can provide a clean safe environment. Internet for tunes if needed. I do have cats so if you are allergic, sadly we cant do it at my house... how bout yours? :)

I hope to start practicing with you soon!! <3>

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So lets see if anything comes of it! Hard to say if there is someone willing to do this, for this price in my area, but totally worth a shot!

Just sounds like fun doesnt it? Random yoga stranger coming over. might make a new friend for life...never know! :D

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Thu, 09/02/2010 - 9:34AM by Skorpio 0 Comments -

( I call this picture "The Whole World in My Hands" Its one of my favorites )

So excited! So I started to water color the drawing I did the other night, and its so much fun! I am a lot better than I thought I would be. I really thought it would be a mess, and the the picture would be ruined, but at the same time I would be getting some practice and trying it out.
Instead it looks good, and Im totally proud. It feels like its been a long time since I have made any art just for the sake of doing it. Not to give to someone, but to just create. Water color is So forgiving! You can make mistakes, and just brush them away almost. The colors are amazing!
My Grandmother who passed away, gosh, I dont even know now, about... 8 or 9 years ago, was a painter. She made a living at it in certain parts of her life. The water colors I am using were a set she had, that I got when she passed away.
I was always mystified by what she could do. When ever I went over there it was always all about art and doing projects.
I remember one time we were painting houses with acrylic paints I think it was, and I was terrible. I actually could see that she was disappointed. Now I'm not sure at the time how hard I was really trying. I was in the 4th grade, and I was definitely artistic, and wanted to make my elders happy, so it doesn't seem like I would just do a terrible job for no reason. I think it really was and is because Im not a great painter. Or maybe just that day, and so it kept from doing much more of it again in the future. I don't know. Thinking out loud. Or this isnt loud, thinking out thoughts? yeah.

So anyhoo.... Its in the blood! My mom is ever so crafty and innovative, and my dad, artistic and articulate.
Maybe this is what I have been waiting for. I havent really told anyone this, maybe my husband, but I often times feel the presence of my Grandmother the painter. Arlene was her name. The older I get, the more I want to know about her. Not her history, but her. Her thought patterns, her soul. Maybe shes here routing for me to find myself in art. Some how, some way.

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I hope so! Because I feel awesome! Ive been painting it for the last couple days. Do a little part, let it dry. Come back to it, see that something needs to change, fix it, let it dry.
Its just a small picture, but my heart is pouring right into it. Last night I went into my art room several times just to gaze at it. Such an empowering feeling to see that my hand did that. That my eye blended those colors. Its inspiring. I love what color brings to me. When I was mixing colors, I was like a kid in kindergarten. So amazed at what happens when you put them together or add more water... its life. Its living.

(DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEO BREATH INNNNN)

(DEEEEEEEEEEEP BACK STRETCH)

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It seems to be an interesting time of the year here in the Pacific North West. Our summer was late, and much shorter than usual. Fall already seems well on its way. This I don't personally mind. I do end up missing the day light lasting longer, and never dealing with wetness, muddy shoes, depressed people...
BUT, the fall is just delightful, and I have always done pretty good with natural changes, when or however they happen. Its just the way of things.

So what I am seeing and feeling is a lot of tension among people. They are getting anxious, frustrated, sad, angry...and so on. There is a lot of denial more than acceptance that the season is changing. And here in our area, its a moist, darker way of living, but the joy should be the same. We just have to keep it going. Keep finding the love we find in summer. Its there... I know it, do YOU know it?

So I think for the next month its safe to bet, that we are all going to have to be a lot more patient with one another, and sensitive to one another. That will make things run smoothly. The seasonal and planetary changes will play out much better if we work as a community for positivity. Meaning? Say positive things to each other and encourage, smile more, avoid becoming sucked into the whirl wind of negativity surrounding the weather, do relaxing simple things that you yourself enjoy, and keep thinking about all the blessings you have in your life at any time of the year!

“If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.”
- Dr Wayne Dyer

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