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November 27th is Pins and Needles Day! Celebrate with Thread the Needle Poses!

November 26, 2011

In honor on Pins and Needles Day, try Thread the Needle Poses!

Thread the Needle from Table Pose

Come to Table Pose: hands and knees.
Wrist and Shoulders in alignment and Knees and Hips in alignment.  Top of feet flat

*Allow your weight to sink into your Right Hand,

Lift your Left Hand off the mat, Palm facing Up

Slide your Left arm under your right Arm

Allow your Left Shoulder and side of your head to come to the mat

Inhale and raise your Right Arm in to the air or

Bend your Right elbow, bringing your Right back of your Hand to your Left Hip

Repeat on the opposite side.

Thread the Needle from Child’s Pose

Come to Child’s Pose: Table, then push hips back onto your heels, arms extended, Then follow from ‘*’


Thread the Needle BALANCE           

From Table Thread the Needle Pose…

Thread the Needle ‘*’ then Lift Leg (if your right arm is raised, raise Left Leg)


Repeat on Opposite Side

Thread the Needle BALANCE with a Bind

Come into Thread the Needle Balance Pose

Bend the knee of your Right raised leg

Reach back with your Right Hand

Hold your Right Foot with your Right Hand (bind)

Press your Foot into your hand

Squeeze your shoulder blades together and

Turn your heart Chakra up

Drishti is to the ceiling

Repeat on the Left Side

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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.
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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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November is National Peanut Butter Month | Celebrate with Empty Peanut Butter Jar

November 1, 2011

“Nothing takes the taste out of peanut butter quite like unrequited love.”  –Charles M. SchulzCharlie Brown

Empty Peanut Butter Jar is a fun spinal warm-up exercise.

Begin in Table Pose:
Come to your hands and knees
Wrists and Shoulders in alignment
Knees and Hips in alignment
Back in neutral

Imagine you are in a giant, almost empty Peanut Butter Jar.
You need to use your body to get the peanut butter out of the jar.

You can move forward and back,
You can move from side to side.

You can do circles,
You can do a worm like body motion.

Move in anyway that feels right.

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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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Arbor Day is here again, Let’s try some Tree Pose Variations…

April 28, 2011

The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is now.  ~Chinese Proverb

Arbor Day: (Arbor is Latin for Tree) is an annual event in countries all over the world that encourages people to get out, plant and care for trees.

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After you are done planting your trees, honor them with Vrksasana!

TREE POSE (vrksasana) is a standing posture that focuses on Balance, it stretches and strengthens calves, thighs and ankles.

Begin in Mountain Pose (Tadasana).

Allow all of your weight to sink into your right foot.

Begin to raise your left foot into kickstand, (left heel on the right ankle, left toes on the floor) or bring your left foot onto your right calf, or bring your left foot all the way up to your right thigh.

When you find your balance (concentrate your attention onto a stationary object),

Grow your Branches (arms) anyway you like:
Hands together in prayer position at heart center
Hands together over your head
Arms over your head in a ‘V’ position
Interlace your fingers and press your palms to the sky
Bring your elbows parallel to the floor (Palm Tree).

Repeat on the opposite side.

Want to make it more challenging?  Try closing your eyes in balance poses.

Tree Pose Variations:

Swaying Palm Tree
Come to a Tree Pose
On your next exhale bend towards your bent knee and hold.
Repeat on opposite side

Twisted Tree 1
Come to a Tree Pose
Extend arms out in ‘T’ position at shoulder height.
Then, on your next exhale twist torso towards your bent knee. Hold
Repeat on opposite side

Twisted Tree 2
Come to a Tree Pose
Cross your arms into Eagle Arms (Bring your arms to shoulder height. Wrap your right arm under your left arm, elbows bent.  Try to bring the palms of your hands together).
Repeat on opposite side with Left arm Under Right arm.

Tumbling Tree
Tumbling tree is basically Warrior III with a chest Expansion
From Tadasana, take a step forward with your left leg
Come onto your Right toes
Interlace your fingers behind your back
Slowly transition your weight onto your left foot
Begin to raise your right leg into the air
Full expression:  Body is in ‘T’ position with arms raised into the air (fingers interlaced)
Repeat on opposite side

Tree Plank
Tree plank is a side plank with your top leg in Tree Pose
Begin in Down Dog
Roll onto the outside of your Right Foot
Raise your Left Arm into the air
Bend your Left Knee and place your Left Foot on your Right Calf or Thigh
Repeat on opposite side

Reclining Tree Pose
Corpse Pose
Bend Right knee, Right foot on the Floor
Exhale and open your Right Knee to the Right side
Hold for several breaths
Inhale Right knee to center
Switch Sides


Do you know of more Tree Pose Variations?  Please share.

How to plant a tree, CLICK HERE.

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I think that I shall never see
A poem lovely as a tree.
A tree whose hungry mouth is prest
Against the earth’s sweet flowing breast;
A tree that looks at God all day
And lifts her leafy arms to pray;
A tree that may in Summer wear
A nest of robins in her hair;
Upon whose bosom snow has lain;
Who intimately lives with rain.
Poems are made by fools like me,
But only God can make a tree.
~Joyce Kilmer, “Trees,” 1914

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