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it’s been said, a picture is worth a thousand words

well, i’m not gonna try that 😉

but here’s a series of pictures, one or two at a time, popping up here and there, now and then, each captioned and capturing a few moments of life and love, for the birds anyways, but in a good way 😉

set on a patch of preserve somewhere on galveston island, along the protective seawall, or anywhere on galveston i’m fortunate enough to spot and place their image in digital memory, we’ll just say we’re all glad this is a place they call home…


i finally, courtesy of a bird lover friend here in galveston, have a name for these wonderous birds, sandhill cranes

as per my friend, they mate for life, and their young stay with them for “a couple of years”

never got to see the chicks, but you can tell, there was a party going on 😉

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i had to make a decision –

rewrite my stream-of-consciousness-leaning post

or explain it better, before the body of the post

i chose the latter

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Why a Summary of this Post :

this particular post, is more stream of consciousness and complex than usual, at least for me

like my visual art, like the way i practice and teach asana work, the process by which i write, is usually more important to me, if i can choose so, than the (current) result

it is my innate “journey” –

within the context of the process, minimal necessary alignment or form or safety, is my only restriction

they are my natural limitations –

the summary below is “the alignment” – the framework i was discovering

the full article below the summary is “the process” – the exploratory discovery

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SUMMARY

* i am getting old(er)

* getting old(er) has its perks

* one perk is it’s ok to “allow” oneself to listen to one’s body (limitations & inclinations) more fully, within the framework of what’s best for me

* what’s best for me, physically, as in asanas, aerobic, or resistance work, is partially, though importantly, defined by current fitness theory and practice

* current fitness theory and practice says i should listen to my body and modulate my effort and intensity as needed for both improvement, and for recovery

* current fitness theory and practice says, as i age, my necessary needed effort of intensity, to maintain health and fitness, decreases slightly

* aging, experientially and physically, has given me needed insights

* women, as evidenced by the number and quality of blog posts i’ve encountered recently on online yoga blog posts, seem to be expressing many of the same style insights i’ve only recently become more aware of

* most of these blogs are yoga orientated

* most the women writing today are relatively, or much younger, than myself; yet are expressing a similar demand and right to express themselves as they are (in preference) – where they are (in expertise)

* how?

* how are women as a group creating and achieving a movement in consciousness, unrelated to their ages, that took age to confirm within myself?

* i extrapolate that, as the seasons turn from spring to summer, to fall and winter, and back through again, there’s a shift in consciousness occurring, and women are (currently) at the forefront

* why?

* the common almost unspoken denominator, is there’s a fitness revolution, physically and mentally, and the most effective fitness-factor combining most elements, seems to be yoga

* the women have caught on

* so, playfully, with a symbolic basketball-elbow to the head 😉 i challenge my fellow dude-guys to, well, pick up the slack 😉

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below, in my original full article, is the process by which i reached the above, now visible, summary-conclusions

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Intro

the nice thing ’bout getting old(er) is, it’s a collection of things

a bundle, a grouping, a cluster, a bunch of stuff 😉

nice not to have to rely on just one item

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Getting Old is a Relative Thing

more relative than usually believed

technically, we each are getting older the moment we are born –

even if we don’t feel older

so that’s why the title says “old(er)”

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but i do feel, at 60, that i’ve “begun” to get old, even if not yet old 😉

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Adan, a Little Older

what’s prompted me to ponder on this, isn’t my aches and pains or loss of speed or range of motion – those are incremental, and vary, via things like my diet, the weather, my mood

and it’s a mood, an online mood, that’s caught my attention

i’ve noticed, almost like a wave, a tide of postings, mostly by ladies, on the topic of finding a way of allowing themselves to be “where they are” within their practice –

and without a guilty or harpy-inner voice telling them that their practice is “not good enough” or “needs perfecting”

i for one, welcome it

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if what’s occurring is real, a real change of mood, reflecting first across the pond of yoga, that it’s wrong that “only” fierce or perfect poses lead one to perfection –

but rather, that perfection of the human experience is in the moment, changing moment to moment – [1]

then, an allowance for “process” becomes possible…

if this surge of standing up for oneself as a process, is a fad, a flash, but a sparkle in an inky night, that’s ok –

but something about how much truth there is in this swell of sentences, about being in one’s own moment, not a guru’s or name-teacher’s or well-intentioned person’s moment, says, this flash will endure –

like the beginnings of a new sun, the flashes gather, a new sustaining light –

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A Sampler List

among the many sites that have spoken of this self acceptance, via various individuals, mostly female, that either run the site or were a guest on that site, are :

the yoga lunchbox

yogadork

live.love.yoga

recovering yogi

flying yogini

elephant journal

the magazine of yoga

think body electric

curvy yoga

yoga journal

and i guess me too 😉

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The Aha! Moment, First Part

so today, impromptuly deciding to attend a jazzercise-aerobic early-in-the-week cross-training –

feeling tired from sorting boxes stored too long to want anymore – i instinctively pulled back on my rom and rpe (rate of perceived exertion), giving myself more time than usual to “warm up” during the routine

and i did ache, and i did question whether i truly now was not only feeling old(er), but was actually being old

i thought to myself, if i am old, well, i am; i work out, i eat well, i rest, so minus a bionic replacement of most my parts 😉 this is where i am, right now

and i thought of the posts above, mostly written by women, as i eased my rom (range of motion) a bit further out on extensions (though not nearly as much as usual, half way through a workout-hour) and suddenly realized how lucky i am to be getting old(er)

let me count the ways, or a few of them 😉

i don’t need an excuse (like partied too late last night, or forgot the alarm) to ease up

my body more clearly gives me feedback (and sometimes what feels like direct instructions!)

no one expects as much from me…

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The Aha! Moment, Second Part

but it’s something from fitness to yoga this time, not yoga to dance, that makes the connection for me this time

it’s mingled with the sentiment from the many first hand yoga posts above, pocketing readers’ attention across the yoga-verse of blogs

apparently, this yoga-fitness-feedback loop i write about, is a two-way ac/dc circuit 😉

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it’s fairly commonly known, as i’ve written about, in my cross-training and recovery article, that, within a person’s recovery time-period from exercise, a reduced physical capacity commands respect

the body is finite, as every respectable yogi master maintains, so…

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common sense (not willful arrogance) says, when the body’s tired, only so much energy is still available in the musculature, and only so much work is possible

otherwise, “accidents” may happen…

the same corollary, in additon for recovery, is true for children, and even teens below a certain age –

so what about old folk?

or old(er) folk? 😉

like me?

well of course! says the compassionate gallery of readers!

fitness theory and practice says, one’s maximum heart rate is determined by subtracting one’s age from 220

as one ages, the max hr (heart rate) number decreases, dropping the training heart range as well

not much, but it does –

thus, how much energy i need to experience the same number of daylight and evening hours well, drops also

* my amount of exertion needed to keep myself fit, dips *

i can keep up by slowing down – sorta 😉

otherwise, the same force and energy used today, that i used five years ago, is much higher up the training range – a range, if exceeded, means creeping toward peak training numbers

and folks, no one goes peak to peak day after day and lives long to tell about it 😉

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and no worries, i don’t plan to cheat, and skid too low down my training range

but it’s good to know there’s an appropriate range for my RPEy  [2]

it’s good to know the range, well…ranges, day-to-day 😉

today, my-yoga thanks my-fitness – aha!

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Final Thoughts…

…has to do with the ladies who wrote some of the above posts

there’s some of us guys around writing stuff similar, like nick potter on yoga lunchbox (and probably bob weisenberg at elephant journal, but haven’t read enough of his work yet) –

but i gotta admit, either we guys are mostly ignoring the writing on the digital walls, or, like me, have just been taking it for granted that perfection’s in the moment

but not the ladies

their demands of themselves to take back their own authority and decide their own form of yoga experience, strikes me as fresh, attentive, and enduring

i don’t feel this as a pushing away of guys, but rather, a demand for authenticity

but still, why this thread? now?

this boiling to the top of the heated yoga-comment-rooms, these rumbling-rubbings from the rubber mats at home and in the studio?

why this sudden (apparently) surge of web-wide yoga-demand to be as they be, in their personal moments in time?

have the yoga ladies of america and new zealand and europe and elsewhere suddenly contracted a space virus, to soon wrinkle into future-now dorian-grey-portraits of themselves? aging like me into a finally-inevitable acceptance of pace and place?

have they gotten old(er) like me, in years and years and years…?

they don’t look like that’s it 😉

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Yoga-Fitness-Yoga Flash Points

no, i believe yoga is returning fitness’ initial surprise aha! moment, is returning the favor back again, and has volleyed back an irresistibly smiling new aha! moment in return…

the individual moments of awareness among the women are happening so densely, a collective-like fuse appears to have been lit  [3]

yoga, the ladies seem to be saying, doesn’t have to be guru-like dominated

kindness and self acceptance must be the rule

within a way to remain healthy

yoga, it’s being found,

accommodates that

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though

i do think

women are growing

old(er) – it’s of

a maturing

of self

of acceptance

of consciousnesses –

on the mat –

yes

the gals have caught on…

the world is theirs

to make…

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guys, i think it’s time to pop the top off a fresh one, the game’s on…

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Adan – Play Ball!

but don’t worry, there’s no losers 😉

we can all win in yoga –

play ball!

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namaste – con dios – god be with you

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[1]  eric franklin, in his books and website and videos, talks frequently about how even the most conditioned of dancers, experiences their body and movement, differently, even if only slightly so, day-to-day

[2]  i suggested calling this, my Rate of Perceived Exertion for yoga – RPEy in part 3 of my meditation posts 😉

[3]  i read recently, maybe a tweet, i searched but couldn’t find it, that each of us is responsible for our enlightenment (which i agree with) and that a collective enlightenment is not possible (which i disagree with)

it’s like saying the elements of the sun can fuse and enlighten the dark of space individually, yet not collectively

the collective-timing of individual parts, i believe, creates the collective happening

[4]  oh us guys like doing stuff together much like the girls, even if more so in activities like sports

i think most guys would agree, sports are just a more apparent means of “playing the edge” 😉

the challenge for yoga then, to interest more guys, is not by creating harder rougher hotter more intense forms of yoga, but allowing each guy to feel the ok to play their own edge, with their own practice, in the direction that interests them

the challenge for yoga teachers is creating the opportunity then the experience to allow that internal edge to appear, be tested, and played with

and that’s something for all of us, male or female – thank goodness 😉


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basically, if this was only a question of beliefs, or philosophy, or even spiritual teachings, then my stance would simply be, that’s up to you 😉

freedom of religion as a belief system, is fundamental to our country –

and constitutionally separate from the “state” –

so, my position, rests on fitness…

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me me me 😉

what do i need to be able to do the routines that provide my foundation of health to let me share more than heart felt wishes for the people around me and to myself?

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Basics

afaa, in their group fitness certification text book, “fitness, theory and practice,” provides some nice pages comparing differences between typical western fitness routines, pilates, and yoga

breathing is one of the comparison / contrasts

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it appears that not holding one’s breath is agreed by all…

First Breath Connections
First Breath Connections

and, generally speaking –

it appears that the main difference is in regard to the exhalation –

while yoga has traditionally taught nostril breathes for both the inhalations and exhalations  [1] , fitness theory and pilates emphasize exhalations through the mouth

the idea, i believe, is two-fold:

increase the air way for greater air movement

increase the ability to eliminate toxins and waste material

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yoga, on the other hand, as i’ve heard or seen it taught (early 21st century u.s.a.) –

seems to feel that, if you have to exhale via the mouth, too much exertion or other problems (too much stress, not enough peacefulness, etc) are occurring

that these type exhalations are a signal to stop or change one’s activity

changing one’s activity is usually thought of as slowing down

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but for me, these are simply variations on intent

for example, if in playing my “edge” (the apparently yogic-correct way of saying being assertive or self-goal-competitive) i determine my edge is receding and i can push further, there may be a short period of further physical conditioning (days? weeks?) where i simply need more air –

or need to expel more co2 –

i would never have reached my “intent” to be able to enjoy the level i enjoyed jogging in my 20’s and 30’s, if i had ceased my efforts when i couldn’t “only” breathe through my nose

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i’ve thought about this question of the breath since way back

back to the days when wild turkeys (this is in houston!) would chase me on my bicycle with training wheels and i learned early what ray long is talking about in his chest expansion articles 😉

back to my junior high sprinting days when i learned a full belly of pizza, and wind sprints didn’t go well together –

back to moments of grief when heaving was the only way to breathe, period…

i’ve been aware of my breath in varying ways and wondered about it for many years, but without anything more than vague wonderings to grasp to…

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More Recently

…as i re-examined yoga in light of the current fitness information available, that old style yoga adamancy i remembered from the early 70’s, that only one style breathing was appropriate for yoga, came roaring back  [2]

yet lately, it seems like several posts, either brought the subject up explicitly, or that even simple yoga movements kept bringing the subject up to me again for attention

More Breath Connections
More Breath Connections

jill miller’s yoga tune up video (short simple very effective routine & video) –

adding arm movements to bridge pose, co-ordinated with the inhale and exhale –

evoked almost an ache to ask, again, why why why the “how” regarding exhalations and inhalations

core power yoga has a nice article from last dec speaking more directly to my issue, saying “More importantly, the body’s movements…then put your nose to do if you are able to….”

so some people were challenging the notion of one pathway for the breath

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Pros Regarding Nostril Breathing

undoubtably there are many pluses attached to pure nostril breathing, among them:

filtering the air more adequately than via the mouth

warming the air more completely before it enters the lungs

regulating the oxygen / carbon dioxide flow

calming the mind and heart

serving as a signal when exertion of mind or body creates a need for more pronounced breathing effort

reported astral or subtle energy or spiritual effects  [3]

so what could i quibble with that?

not much really 😉

it’s the when and why i have trouble with…

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My Quibble, Individuated Practice

i’ll leave aside i have a deviated septum, since that’s just me 😉

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i’ll start with my “why” of why i quibble with nostril-only breathing

let’s say, to begin with, i grew up in houston, worked summers outdoors since i was a young teen, and have known years of months of 100+ days

and no, it wasn’t a dry heat, even in austin 😉

so “warming” the breath is like putting the ac on in vermont in the winter (my wife’s from vt and i’ll take her word for it ;-))

filtering the nose?

well, gotta admit, with the allergies i have and the pollutants in the air, that’s probably a good idea, but nostril breathing’s not gonna filter out enough pollen or smut to make enough difference for me –

yet, staying aerobically active, in any aerobic activity, does…

third eye activation?

well, for better or for worse, since my more playful experiments in the early 70’s, i’ll leave this effect for those more inclined to pursue this

if there’s truth to this, it’ll come to me in its own best time, and i’ll be waiting for it 😉

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Breath Connection
Breath Connection

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more important for me then, is the “when” of nostril breathing

like, all the time? really?

true, it may be a great discipline builder, and probably was, in its time

and believe me, if taking full deep breaths via my nose does the trick, yah! for me 😉

but if not, and i need air, or need to expel it, i do…anyway i can

there’s lots of good info supporting this stance in fitness theory – i believe one day, probably in my lifetime (i’m 60) the separation of fitness theory and the promise of yoga, will be seen as having been, just another illusion 😉

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Closing Thoughts, uh, Breaths 😉

my closing thought involves another early memory of the importance of my breath

age 9 or 10, i was having occasional dreams of drowning –

it was no co-incidence i was learning to swim at the neighborhood public pool, and had carefully been avoiding any depth deeper than the height to my nose 😉

i’d slid my way along the pool’s rounded tiled edge, skirting my fear by pretending not to notice i’d slipped past my safe depth,and  joined my friends already playing push-pretend; once among them, i forgot my fear, all of us playfully pushing and pulling each other along the slick sun shimmered wet of the pool’s busy edge til a push unseen sent me into deeper water than i wanted to be in to be sinking in to be not-breathing in

i remember staring wide eyed at the clearness of the water, i could see kid’s feet dog-peddling, numbered markings on the pool floor, and my arms and legs rising slowly as my back led me lower

i remember thinking – i’m gonna die i went to confession that morning i was clear no hell for me, i relaxed

my feet touched the firm pool floor

and gently

pushed me to air

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i knew instinctively, that my faith in having no sin, saved me

i also knew, less instinctively, more guiltily, it was my belief that gave my faith its power to save me – it felt like cheating 😉

all i’d had to do was believe, and i could breathe

would i be so fortunate all my life 😉

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yoga, my yoga, is like that

fortunate in my life, allowing me to breathe more fully – when i believe i can, i do

allowing me to breathe between the sea of feelings and worlds of thought

helping me join what feels like art with what i know is science

letting me picture a pose, pristine in my poised mind

connecting concept with ligament and bone

caring that i’m whole

my yoga is integrating the art of living with the tissues of the living

my yoga says i can breathe any way i need, when i need, so…relax, and breathe….

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late postscript

one of the better breath articles i’ve come across recently, appealing to me on several levels – knowledge, breathing reference tie-ins to our everyday language, and most importantly for me, it’s balanced reasonable presentation, is judy lasater’s article on yoga journal online, “breathing lessons

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The Breath Connected
The Breath Connected

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footnotes

[1]  exceptions in yoga show up in particular breathing exercises

i couldn’t find a nice comprehensive listing of the various exceptions allowing mouth-exhalations, but a search among various google searches, like this one, has them showing up in scattered form

exceptions include, the ohm meditative sound, the victorious breath, deep cleansing breaths, and the golden thread exhalation

[2]  was this the fabled “lion’s breath” ?

not quite, not much tension relief going on there 😉

[3]  my intent in this article is in regard to fitness yoga and the arts, and i assume each person has beliefs they pursue, so i leave the detailing of what these other effects may be to each person


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two distinct catalysts prompted this poem to finally happen

i say finally cause i knew from way back i’d eventually write “something” ’bout being a yoga teacher, just didn’t know what or when

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Roadside View, a Little Clearer

first catalyst was right before i began yoga-adan, and, in a conversation with nikki at live.love.yoga blog, who’d read some of my work, she asked when i’d have a yoga teacher poem

the question actually kinda shocked me –

i hadn’t planned on doing any yoga poem in the near term, much less a yoga teacher one

my process is to experience something to it’s natural flash point within me –

often times, the subject or activity, is something that, looking back and looking within, i see had flash-pointed long ago 😉 and i just hadn’t thought to write something on it

other times, as with yoga, despite explicitly yoga-ish experience dating back to the early 70’s, i clearly felt no flash point had been reach

nikki’s question, though, was the first flint that’d struck a spark –

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then, this past week, in an effort to answer himalayan institute‘s now closed twitter #yogais challenge, i created two responses, and my second effort drew fire, my heart’s fire

#yogais: yoga is the stillness of motion meant by kindness”

in the resulting poem, only one word changed in the phrase

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if the words endure, they do so because they link the links –

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A Yoga Teacher (a beginner’s view)


no nirvana’s escape here

this is

the yoga of connection

eyes meant for speaking

breaths

linked to living

touches are

the stillness of motion

meant from kindness

yes nirvana’s here

a whispered union

of communion

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A Yoga Teacher, Gift Writing

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my poetry writing process

this won’t be much a surprise –

some poems are born full-grown, hair shaved or with makeup, plus diet organically in place 😉

others get tweaked –

and a few go through verbal boot-camp with enough revisions to make a tv series 😉

i also frequently like to do variations, though some have strongly resisted any further mutations

this poem

“…a beginner’s view” is just that, a beginning, and just a view –

when this is the case, i usually have a more ambiguous, less concrete, rendition

it’s like an outline

i have images in mind, and tried, briefly, to go straight to that creation –

felt the outline flow into a sequence, like a newly practiced vinyasa, but knew it’s incompleteness by the silence in the sentences, there were none 😉 yet

so instead, when i have vagueness, in my imagery, i concentrate on rhythm, and stream of consciousness, from line to line…

“…speaking

breaths…

linked to living

touches are

the…”

the context cut short, the double meaning flowing from line to line is more apparent

but the links of meaning will still happen, to degrees, on a full reading

this is not magic, or unique to my work, but a fairly common form within poetry, a sort of stream of consciousness  [1]

stream of actualized consciousness?  hmmmm 😉

that’s also not magic or unique within yoga, but is also commonly (more commonly?) formed within yoga 😉

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the connectedness of human activities is everywhere, it’s like the tiny searching roots of the smallest plant, already reaching, and finding, what is needed…

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i feel, in time, i’ll have more yoga-teacher variations, but they’ll come, and until then, i have other things needing doing, then the new variation will be the thing needing doing 😉

so i sense, and hope, for no one truly knows, this yoga teacher poem, my first yoga teacher poem, will not be an only bloom…

ps –

my sincere thanks to nikki at life.love.yoga and himalayan institute for their inspirational kick in my muse’s more than usually tight pants 😉
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namaste – con dios – god be with you

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footnotes

[1]  a google search turns up an interesting array of possible follow-up resources if one would like to learn more about poetry in general

there’s all kinds of ways to search, i used “flowing meaning in lines in poetry

one link i liked, is to associated content’s post on poetry basics, this link is to page two in the article

[2]  though there is “tons” of really good poetry, one place i’ve found more recently, with lines i find interesting, is at magazine of yoga

this is just the results from a search for “poem” on the site’s search box


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Ten Vermont photos digitally enhanced to created impressionist rendtitions, each with an original gratitude verse.

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below is the full image for this spring’s header on the blog

with my first header, from a painting of a rare snow day on valentine’s day in austin, though it came out well, and i grew to appreciate it, i initially felt badly, cropping the image to fit the header size –

but with this photo, i like both, the cropping worked really well

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Spring Floral Header 040111
Spring Floral Header 040111

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the image itself, is from the mid 2000’s, pretty close to the time of the valentine snow day mentioned above – that’s the weather in austin 😉

i’d planted the pear trees the fall of 2000, and they must’ve like the crazy summer heat and bouts of 20 degree winter freezes, cause they never failed to bloom like this in the spring –

beautiful clusters of tiny white flowers set among the still-soft early spring leaves

the bark had thickened quickly over the few years to this picture

and the scent was faint firm soft and lingered

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i got many great pictures of these leaves and trees, in the spring and in the fall, and have used their gracious images in several posts already

another spring leaf example is on “asanas (poses) – do i HAVE to do the pose this way? part 1, no…”

good fall leaf color example is on “teaching my first yoga class”

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and i loved pruning the crossing branches, and covering the ground with fresh mulch each year

it was a process…

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that’s how yoga is –

all fitness really – dance, zumba, jogging, resistance work…

and i really feel there’s a need to remind or let others know the truth of this, this inter-connectedness of what we people do, what we like doing, with movement and breathing and feeling fit –

but it seems, for me, there’s more process available for me, with yoga

i don’t think it’s more special than other activities, per se, just fits me more so

so there’s more process to, well, process 😉

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yoga reminds me of me, needing my leaves and twigs and branches each needing twining and pruning and careful daily guiding so each leaf, each leaf that’s part of the tree, gets to get some light….

namaste – con dios – god be with you

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Life & Love, It’s For the Birds In a Good Way – In Pictures # 6

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life and love, it’s for the birds, in a good way 😉 – in pictures

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it’s been said, a picture is worth a thousand words

well, i’m not gonna try that 😉

but here’s a series of pictures, one or two at a time, popping up here and there, now and then, each captioned and capturing a few moments of life and love, for the birds anyways, but in a good way 😉

set on a patch of preserve somewhere on galveston island, along the protective seawall, or anywhere on galveston i’m fortunate enough to spot and place their image in digital memory, we’ll just say we’re all glad this is a place they call home…


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Yoga Wakes Me Up (in the middle of the night)

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yoga wakes me up (in the middle of the night) 😉

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first, it was waking up to find myself in tree pose [1] , supinely if sublimely so 😉

now, it’s a supine spinal twist [2] , only not nearly as sublime –

Suspended Knee
Suspended Knee

i woke with a seldom but unwelcomely recurrent pain in my right hip –

re-positioning, the pain eased quickly –

but my yoga studies –

after 10 years of physical home practice in blissful ignorance…

after nearly a year of intense fitness learning from AFAA and SilverSneakers

after a much more recent yoga teacher immersion plus other yoga workshops dvds books and ongoing online offerings…  [3]

yes, my yoga studies!, have begun to teach me in my sleep! 😉

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so i woke, looked down at my legs under the covers, though not in pants like this picture, of course 😉 and saw what i wouldn’t have seen, hadn’t seen, and didn’t see, even a few weeks ago!

i sleep like this a lot…feels good to me  [4] , and the hip pain has been sparsely spaced in time – so i must only at times have been doing this :

Unsupported Space
Unsupported Space

balancing my lower leg so neither the medial edge of my foot, nor the medial side of my knee, rested on support –

ahhh…

my leg had been suspended [5] , to wobble to waver, to tired in the night, unable to find its spot of rest –

sorta a supine twisted tree 😉 with a leg-branch see-sawing to sound of zzzzz’s

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i’d felt the pain immediately when i woke  [6] , recognized the memory of its location, plus the intermittent times i’d have a lingering pain pop up some mornings…my nagging companion for the day

the solution?

simple as a pillow, as per doctor oz 😉

Support!
Support!

yes, my fitness interests in alignment etc (or rather sheila’s, she’s as regular to doctor oz as i am to my favorite online sites) provided me my pillow-talk solution –

while my yoga “practice” is refining my awareness for alignment, support, and, oh yes, comfort…

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so, to my favored closing,

namaste – con dios – god be with you

may i add, this one time,

may your leg branch find the forest floor and bring you “sweet sweet dreams” 😉

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have you had something similar happen? tell us, leave a comment! 😉


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footnotes

[1] aka, vrksasana, like tree-bark-asana – best way so far, for me to remember the sanskrit name 😉

[2] supta matsyendrasana, like super sitting on the mat, with a twist laying down

[3] ton! like ray long, paul grilley, magazine of yoga, yoga dork, the yoga lunchbox, more more more –

for suggestions with links for yoga fitness and the arts, please go to my links page

[4] doctor oz, in this video link, says this position is good for the spine, so i had that part right 😉

[5] all three images in this post by my wife sheila and myself

[6] “will doing yoga make me sore?” is a question ann pizer at yoga.about.com asks, providing a short useful answer, plus related links


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“Angel Wings” – the silent flutter (poem & photo)

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i rarely thought, if i truly have a guardian angel, it would be alone…

experience told me my angels would be at least a pair, possibly a group, some coming, some going –

probably, one staying, sorta “assigned” to me, but i’d asure them, a silent smile across my heart, i wouldn’t hold them to it 😉  if they had more pressing prayers to answer….

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i think the closest i felt that same feeling, with people, were the times i remember my parents, bent over me, as i lay with fever in my bed –

or even tinier, kneeling in church, while i tried to fathom the routing system for any prayers i could create that would “pass” the grade and help someone, usually in purgatory – i especially, as a child, kinda felt for those folks 😉

though i can’t truthfully say i believe with certainty, that there are angels, much less any given carte blanche coverage over my own whims and care, i’m sure not about to give up my “belief” in them, no way 😉

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Angel Wings

Angel wings flutter

like swans on a mirror

cutting the clouds of worry

wounding my heart.

Angel wings can beat

a gale of ocean softened

breath across the prairies

of my mind.  The scented

air loosens the soil

seeding my thoughts

sending me colors

coated with life.

Angel wings will furl

like cotton ‘round me when I

sleep–my spirit parents

bent calmly on protecting me.

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Life & Love, It’s For the Birds In a Good Way – In Pictures # 5

A Love Story Series Set Vol 1

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Variety of original topics : Poetry, Fiction, and Images.

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“the intent of this blog is to incrementally build a body of thought that works toward integrating various topics, yoga, fitness, and the arts – it’s a process…”

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Please note: the “It’s for the Birds in a Good Way” series had been placed in “private” status during a re-do of my site, and are now again posted with updated information.

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life and love, it’s for the birds, in a good way 😉 – in pictures

# 5

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it’s been said, a picture is worth a thousand words

well, i’m not gonna try that 😉

but here’s a series of pictures, one or two at a time, popping up here and there, now and then, each captioned and capturing a few moments of life and love, for the birds anyways, but in a good way 😉

set on a patch of preserve somewhere on galveston island, along the protective seawall, or anywhere on galveston i’m fortunate enough to spot and place their image in digital memory, we’ll just say we’re all glad this is a place they call home…


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Do You Remember....
Do You Remember….

some questions aren’t questions, and some questions are just there…to fill in the blanks….

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namaste – con dios – god be with you


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