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Daylight Savings ends this Sunday (Nov. 6, 2011)…..Celebrate with Trace the Clock Poses

November 4, 2011

Daylight Saving Time (U.S., except Arizona & HAwaii) began Sunday, March 13, 2011, and ends Sunday, November 6, 2011.. Move your clocks ahead 1 hour in spring and back 1 hour in fall (“Spring forward, fall back”).

“I object to being told that I am saving daylight when my reason tells me that I am doing nothing of the kind… At the back of the Daylight Saving scheme, I detect the bony, blue-fingered hand of Puritanism, eager to push people into bed earlier, and get them up earlier, to make them healthy, wealthy, and wise in spite of themselves.”
― Robertson DaviesThe Papers of Samuel Marchbanks

Celebrate with some Trace the Clock Stretches….

Trace the Clock (body)

Imagine you are the hour arm on a giant analog clock.  Stretch to each hour point on the clock.

Begin in Tadasana (Mountain Pose)

INHALE arms up, interlace your fingers together, index fingers pointed up (12 o’clock)

EXHALE Move arms to the 1 o’clock position and stretch, INHALE

EXHALE Move arms to the 2 o’clock position and stretch, INHALE

Continue on stretching at each point on the clock, clockwise two times, then repeat stretching in counter clockwise position two rotations. I like to change the cross of my fingers before beginning the 2nd revolution.

Note: 6 o’clock stretch is a forward fold

Variation-instead of stretching at each our mark on your clock, try a continuous stretch moving between each hour smoothly in both a clockwise, and counter clockwise position.

Trace the Clock Eye Rotation
Eye yoga stretches can help improve vision and focus.  It can help ease eye strain and stress.
More Table Poses Coming soon….  

Come to a comfortable, seated position.

Keeping your head level, look up with your eyes.

Move your eyes to 1 o’clock, 2 o’clock etc…..

It should take 10-20 seconds for each complete rotation

Repeat in a counter clockwise revolution.

When you have complete tracing the clock in both directions,

Rub the palms of your hands together vigorously creating heat.

Close your eyes and place your warm palms over your eyes.

Enjoy your one hour longer weekend!

“Time, time, time, see what’s become of me,
While I looked around,
For my possibilities;
I was so hard to please”
Paul Simon (from A Hazy Shade of Winter)

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I wanna be the one to walk in the sun – Cyndi Lauper an empowering feminist for a 10 year old

October 24, 2011

I went to see Cyndi Lauper (and Dr John) on Saturday (102211) at the Sovereign Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA.

I was in 5th grade when Cyndi Lauper hit big in my world.  It was 1984-1985, feathered hair was in and “She’s so Unusual” made a huge impact on my life.  It was one of the first Albums I owned on my own AND her album cover looked like I felt.

Around the same time (1984), I learned that in some cultures women have to walk behind men.  For some reason Cyndi Lauper’s song “Girls Just Wanna have Fun‘s” lyricI wanna be the one to walk in the sun” stuck in my head as a feminist slogan.  I remember thinking I will Always be the one to walk in the sun!

She Bop” was released on February 17, 1984 the day before my 10th birthday.  I loved the song “She Bop.”  I played it and sang it over and over.  My mother asked me if I knew that the song was about masturbation …. I did not!  In fact I had no idea what masturbation was, but from then on “She Bop” was a secret dirty pleasure.  I didn’t know why, or what it meant, but I knew it probably had to do with sex and that was bad. (I also had no idea what sex was at the time).

All of a sudden this song that was fun and happy sounding, catchy and danceable, the type of song you stand on your bed singing into your hairbrush in front of a mirror, turned into something to listen to in secret.

This was the beginning of something sexual and secret for me. I wasn’t quite sure how or why, but I knew this was a turning point in my life.  It was a loss of innocence, a step into adulthood.  A life changing event.

In fact, this was the time when the music industry changed, “She Bop” was considered controversial because of the masturbation references. It was included on the “Filthy Fifteen” list which led to the creation of the Parental Advisory sticker.

Saturday was the first time I got to see Cyndi Lauper live.  At 58 years old (06.22.53) she was still full of energy.  She is still empowering.  She still inspires me.  Rock on Cyndi!

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