Prairie yoga surfing

Stumbled on this tweet by @sarabynoe.

True, it’s funny, but it’s a wonderful image too. From this prairie girl to all you west coast yogis/yoginis, I’d rather join you in yoga on your surf boards, than my surfer prairie cousins:

 

 

Doing it everywhere!

It’s true — you can practice yoga everywhere. After enjoying an unofficial long weekend, I’m behind in house maintenancey-type things, like

grocery shopping, laundry, CLEANING… Sadly, there’s no time to hit the yoga studio today, but this image (from Tamara Dorris’ blog) has inspired me. Since I can’t get to my yoga, I’m going to take my practice with me today!

Did you get to the studio today?

Not Necessarily Yoga: Antibiotics. Yay or Nay?

As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of the graphic tee — who isn’t these days? My passion started in high school and continues to this day.

Threadless Tees has some excellent T-shirts — the designs are great, plus the cut and fabric are flattering and feel good on the skin. This one, by  Alia Rezk, isn’t a yoga shirt. I’m featuring it here because:

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

1. I love it

2. it tackles the classic antibiotics argument in a vivid and lighthearted way

There are lots of opinions on the use and overuse of antibiotics. I grapple with my use of antibiotics on a very regular basis for rosacea. Am I creating immunity issues for myself? Is there a more natural means of achieving the same result?

So far, I’m pro antibiotics — especially in treating rosacea flares. Probiotics are delicious and highly recommended, but I’ve yet to see the same results with them.

Yoga, Joga, Jocks & Apples

I’ve been doing JOGA with Jana Webb DVD (@jogawithjana) this week  and I’m really feeling it in my core. In case you don’t know, JOGA is Yoga for jocks. Jana works her program with professional and elite athletes and I got to practice with her (as a guest…I’m neither elite, not professional!) when she was training aspirants in my city.

This image by Phil Jones really tells the story, and it was too cute NOT to share. Enjoy & Namaste.

Phil Jones, Apple Core Workout

Phil Jones, Apple Core Workout

Savasana: the most challenging pose

savasana

Yoga Dawg Howls, Facebook

Cartoons like this one from Yoga Dawg Howls’ Facebook page are misleading. When we see people lying flat on the floor in yoga, eyes closed, and enjoying the final pose of their practice, it looks like it should be the easiest thing in the world.

I know that savasana can be challenging for teachers because students in group classes often decide to pack up as soon as savasana is introduced. To some students, savasana signals the end of the practice.

It’s not my schedule or even my lack of patience that challenges me in savasana though, it’s my monkey mind. I love fast paced vinyasas and challenging asana holds because they require concentration, but it’s the release and the surrender that savasana evokes that I find so difficult. And it may seem strange, but when I practice alone, I have an even more difficult time committing to this pose.

How’s your savasana?