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January is Yoga Practice Month (YoMo)

I’ve been working on YoMo, or Yoga Practice Month, which will take place in January 2009.  You can read about it on my yoga blog, or on the Yoga Center of Lawrence website.

I don’t know why these monthly challenges, like this, or NaNoWriMo, or NaBloPoMo, are so appealing to me.  Perhaps it’s my life-long habit of procrastination, which responds well to deadlines.

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Here are a couple of things I’m wondering about throwing away:

  1. The “holiday gift pack” I received containing body splash and lotion, heavily perfumed.  Scented stuff drives me nuts, but I hate to throw it away.  I don’t know anyone I’d be willing to give it to.  The bottles are not recyclable, by the way.
    Linguistic note: I only use the word ‘gift’ when it’s from someone I don’t really know.  If it’s a friend or a family member, I use the word ‘present.’
  2. Ohhh, a wonderful yoga book, B.K.S. Iyengar Yoga: The Path to Holistic Health.  I bought it a couple of years ago, and recommend it highly to anyone with a serious yoga practice.  Here’s the deal.  The book came out without sufficient editing and proofreading, and the Iyengar family was very unhappy.  The new edition is all fixed, but they want people to throw away the original version.  I just hate throwing away any book, especially a hardcover book.  I am afraid it would be irresponsible to give it to someone else, even Goodwill, because who knows what’s wrong in it.  (I’m not nuts about spending another $35, but I might anyway, because the book is so great.)

I guess I’m very lucky to have these dilemmas. We have food on the table and a roof over our heads.

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  1. The light at sunset made it look like the field was glowing.
  2. I started Practice Notes, a new blog about home yoga practice. It seemed to me that the 9 or 10 people who read this blog don’t really care. Also, it seems jargon-y in this context to use the names of the poses that I am most familiar with. In a yoga-focused context, no problem.
  3. I did about 15 loads of laundry today. Why should that make me happy? I don’t know, but it does. I love it when everything is clean – all the little rugs, the towels, sheets from every bed in the house, etc. When B was little, he sometimes was Mighty Kid, zooming around the house battling the forces of evil. I had two names. If he needed an enemy, I was Danger Woman. If I was another good superhero, he called me Laundry Woman. I was Laundry Woman today.
  4. I am doing some very fun work on websites today. It’s not likely that many of my readers will know what this is, but let me just say: CSS is wonderful. OK, enough of that.
  5. We’re having great leftovers for dinner. Potato-sausage soup, and spinach frittata with feta.
  6. Life is pretty good.

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Eagle, eagle, owl

Today I was driving back from town and took the river road over the oxbow lake near our house. As I crossed the lake, I saw a bald eagle flying overhead. It registered in a sort of matter-of-fact way. “Oh, hmm, an eagle,” in the way you might notice a bluejay. Then I whipped my head back around. “Cool! An eagle!” That’s the first one I’ve seen in a couple of years, although they next along the river less than a mile from our house. So of course then I had an eagle eye out (hehehe, couldn’t resist) the rest of the way home, and sure enough, there was another one roosting in a tree at the river’s edge.

Later in the afternoon I was driving along Highway 40, going 55, and glanced at a road sign. Whoa! A lovely barred owl was perched on top of the sign.

It’s been a good day.

Oh yeah, and I did an hour and a half yoga practice this morning.

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Weedy yoga

I’m still headachy, but better. I did a very slow batch of seated poses this morning, ending with supta baddha konasana and savasana. Tomorrow I go walking in the early morning again, assuming I’m back to normal. I feel like a hurricane whipped through my head.

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No yoga today

In The White Album, Joan Didion wrote an essay on migraines called “In Bed.” I don’t have a copy of the book any more, but I believe she mentions that if she had a gun in her purse while having a migraine, she’d use it on herself.

That was me today. It’s over, but I’m a bowl of moldy jello. I’ll do yoga tomorrow.

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Today’s yoga

I haven’t skipped any yoga days, but I’ve missed a couple of writing days. And I have to say that Saturday and Sunday were pretty lame for yoga. I wasn’t feeling well, so my practice was nothing much.

Today was my first day back to early-morning walking. I got up at 5, did yoga for 40 minutes, and then went for a 45 minute walk. The yoga was all seated poses, because I’m still coddling my post-surgical foot. Swastikasana, adho mukha swastikasana, dandasana, paschimottanasana, upavista konasana (my very hardest pose and one I’m trying to do every day), baddha konasana, supta padangusthasana, savasana. I’m trying to do these poses very slowly and relaxedly, as Paul Grilley proposes in Yin Yoga. It’s hard not to be hasty (“How’s my time? Do I have time for one more before my walk? Am I gonna be late?”).

So far that’s 10 days in a row. (I started daily practice before the beginning of WoYoPracMo.)

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