Wednesday, June 23, 2010

new routine

Since I've been doing the same daily yoga practice for over a year now, I decided it was time for a change, and moved to a new template suggested by Viniyoga's founder, Gary Kraftsow, as one that will engage the mind, specifically the intellect, and body simultaneously.

Instructions for the manomaya practice -- that's its name -- are laid out in the Kraftsow book I've enjoyed most, Yoga for Transformation.

The new practice takes about an hour, as did the old one, but has pranayama and meditation integrated into the sequence, whereas before asana, pranayama, and meditation were discrete elements practiced sequentially.

This new routine isn't hard, but it's demanding. The only pose I can't do by the book is Bharadvajrasana, which Gary is doing in the picture. I need a strap to access the foot resting on the thigh when my arm is coming around behind the back. With practice, I should be able to make the stretch.


Monday, June 14, 2010

a time fo de bike ride

Fun time deh yah a time fo de bike ride,
Sunshine deh yah a time fo de bike ride,
Sunshine deh yah a time fo de bike ride,
Fun time deh yah a time fo de bike ride

Bright sunshine and 70 degrees -- a time fo de bike ride, mon.

I seriously have to get myself a new bicycle seat. I have no built-in cushioning on my bony butt, so I require perch that includes a little gluteal compensatory material.


Sunday, June 06, 2010

the devil's philosophies

(Loosely based on the example of William Blake's "Proverbs of Hell," from "The Marriage of Heaven and Hell.")

All wholsome food is caught without a net or a trap.

Teach your kids how to read, write, do sums, and work. Other than that, leave them alone; they already know how to be human.

We came out of the earth, and the earth came out of the sun. One day soon we'll go back into our mother, the earth; one aeon soon, the earth will be consumed by its mother, the sun.

All sustainable and environmentally harmonious shelter likewise comes out of the earth, is made of earth, is a vertical extension of earth, and breathes and pulses like the earth.

If God had intended us to go 70 miles an hour, we'd have been born with wheels and internal combustion engines.

Safeway is full of fluorescent light, angelic music played by machines, frozen processed pizzas, and unhappy people, thus it is not a market.