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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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Yoga du jour

Today Kate and Priscilla came over and we did a back sequence out of Yoga Journal, maybe from September or so. It was a very gentle practice, and a good way for all three of us to get started again.

My plan is to practice early in the mornings, unless somebody (Kate, Priscilla, Jill?) wants to practice with me, in which case I can do it other times. I’m also going to try to attend a couple of classes a week once my podiatrist gives me the OK, which should be in late January.

And my blogging plan is to write something about each day’s practice. So those of you who don’t care can just skip over those posts. It’s sort of a personal yoga diary, at least for WoYoPracMo. Comments are always welcome, though.

[Edit: I wrote this on Sunday and forgot to post it. So it really precedes my other yoga post.]

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WoYoPracMo day 1

I got off easy today. I went to the New Year’s Day class at the yoga center, so I didn’t have to make myself wake up early to practice. It was the first time I’d been to class in over two months because of my foot surgery. There were a couple of things I couldn’t do, but on the whole, it was perfect. Standing poses, seated poses, restorative poses, ahhh. A great start.

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