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The Paradoxical Commandments by Dr. Kent M. Keith

February 1, 2012

The Paradoxical Commandments
by Dr. Kent M. Keith

People are illogical, unreasonable, and self-centered.
Love them anyway.

If you do good, people will accuse you of selfish ulterior motives.
Do good anyway.

If you are successful, you win false friends and true enemies.
Succeed anyway.

The good you do today will be forgotten tomorrow.
Do good anyway.

Honesty and frankness make you vulnerable.
Be honest and frank anyway.

The biggest men and women with the biggest ideas can be shot down by the smallest men and women with the smallest minds.
Think big anyway.

People favor underdogs but follow only top dogs.
Fight for a few underdogs anyway.

What you spend years building may be destroyed overnight.
Build anyway.

People really need help but may attack you if you do help them.
Help people anyway.

Give the world the best you have and you’ll get kicked in the teeth.
Give the world the best you have anyway.

This is quote is often, incorrectly, attributed to Mother Teresa, who had this hanging in her orphanage.

Bear Pose to celebrate Winnie the Pooh Day (The Birthday of Winnie’s author A.A. Milne)

January 18, 2012

“Don’t underestimate the value of Doing Nothing, of just going along, listening to all the things you can’t hear, and not bothering.” -Winnie the Pooh

I love the wisdom of Winnie the Pooh (and his friends).  I have read the A.A. Milne books and the Benjamin Hoff  books, “The Tao of Pooh” an the “The Te of Piglet.”

“The hardest part is what to leave behind, … It’s time to let go!”

So much of what A.A. Milne’s characters have to say is great advice and perfect for the Yoga Mat.
“Just because an animal is large, it doesn’t mean he doesn’t want kindness; however big Tigger seems to be, remember that he wants as much kindness as Roo.” –Winnie the Pooh

To celebrate A.A. Milne’s Birthday ( born the 18th of January 1882), and his beloved characters, let’s practice…

Bear Pose:

Lay on your back

Raise both arms and both legs into the air

Rotate your wrists and ankles

“Always watch where you are going. Otherwise, you may step on a piece of the Forest that was left out by mistake.”

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Seuss Yoga to celebrate the Doctor’s Birthday!

March 2, 2011

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, DrSeuss, was born in 1904 in Springfield, Massachusetts.

Dr Seuss, beloved writer and illustrator brought a love of reading to generations of children.  His unique way of looking at things taught us all important life lessons.  So, to honor Mr. Geisel, here are some of my favorite quotes and some Yoga Poses to accompany them. Boy I wish I could write this whole pose in Anapestic Tetrameter.

Seuss Yoga

Begin in a comfortable seated position for a few minutes of Centering.

Set an intention here or use this Mantra:
“Today you are You, that is truer than true. There is no one alive who is Youer than You.” (Happy Birthday to You)

Move into Lion & Prune Face
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.” (And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street)

Switch the Cross of your legs

Begin Cat & Cow
“We looked! Then we saw him step in on the mat! We looked!
And we saw him! The Cat in the Hat!” (Cat in the Hat)

Rainbow Side Stretch & Butterfly (Cobbler’s Pose)
‎”In my world, everyone’s a pony and they all eat rainbows and poop butterflies!”(Horton Hears a Who!)

Half Lord of the Fishes Twist
‘One fish, Two fish, Red fish, Blue fish, Black fish, Blue fish, Old fish, New fish.
This one has a little car. This one has a little star. Say! What a lot of fish there are.” (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)


Down Dog
“They say I’m old-fashioned, and live in the past, but sometimes I think progress progresses too fast!”

Rag Doll
“You’ll miss the best things if you keep your eyes shut.”

Roll up to Mountain Pose
“You’re off to Great Places!  Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So… get on your way!” (Oh, the Places You’ll Go!)

Empty Coat Sleeves
“poor empty pants with nobody inside them.”

Left Leg Forward:
Revolved Triangle
Warrior II
Repeat with Right Leg
The storm starts, when the drops start dropping When the drops stop dropping then the storm starts stopping.”

Tree Pose
“I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees. I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” (The Lorax)

Eagle Pose
“You’ll get mixed up, of course, as you already know. You’ll get mixed up with many strange birds as you go. So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.”

Sun Salutation to Belly
“Think left and think right and think low and think high. Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Child’s Pose
“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” (Horton Hears a Who!)

Tall Kneel – Camel
“There’s no limit to how much you’ll know, depending how far beyond zebra you go.”

Sit – Forward Fold
“If things start happening, don’t worry, don’t stew, just go right along and you’ll start happening too.”

Turtle Pose
“And the turtles, of course… All the turtles are free- As turtles and, maybe, all creatures should be.” (Yertle the Turtle)

Cow Face Pose
“I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells.”

Elephant Trunk Pose
“I meant what I said, and I said what I meant An elephant’s faithful, One hundred percent.” (Horton Hatches the Egg)

Fish Pose
“From there to here, from here to there, funny things are everywhere!” (One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish)

Lay Back, Knees to chest

Dead Bug Pose
“When beetles fight these battles in a bottle with their paddles and the bottle’s on a poodle and the poodle’s eating noodles…they call this a muddle puddle tweetle poodle beetle noodle bottle paddle battle.” (Fox in Socks)

Shoulder Stand
“If you never did you should. These things are fun and fun is good.”

Bridge or Wheel Pose
“Only you can control your future.”

Knees to Chest

Swiss Army Knife Twist
“Mishaps are like knives, that either serve us or cut us, as we grasp them by the blade or the handle”

“Be who you are and say what you feel because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.”

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