Tuesday, April 27, 2010

a morning with sri pattabhi jois

"Do your practice and all is coming."

...sometimes i am distracted, and then i am reminded to simply get on the mat... and i open up... and i'm free~

breathe, smile,  and have a b. e. a. uuuutiful tuesday!

Monday, April 26, 2010

ain't nothin wrong with organic dancing!

Saturday, April 24, 2010

doodle therapy...a creative outlet for pent-up energy!

on a whim, i bought a couple of colored permanent markers and went crazy one day after a stressful day at work. while i never discount the benefits of a good by-yourself dance sesh, doodling about the positive aspects of my inner nature and lifestyle helped me to focus my energy towards progress and peace rather than ranting or gossiping, which often perpetuates the cycle of negativity.
it is most necessary to my soul to get back to my inner nature once i'm home from playing my role at work. peace among myself and my homelife is the only way i can help promote peace among society!
plus...super cute and fun!

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet. ~Brooke Medicine Eagle

current fascinations this earth day:

*this guy's organic toast to earth day!
*learning about progressive ideas toward sustainable living
*this critique of Shakespeare
*Brenè Brown's blog
*this activist's perspective
*her blog
*Woodstock: 3 Days of Peace & Music Director's Cut
(40th Anniversary Two-Disc Special Edition)
*this magazine

*virginia beach farmer's market where my buddy from the garden box is making me a cedar herb box this weekend!
*the green yoga association... and everything associated!
seriously, these guys totally rock.
*ecover products i found at the farmer's market
*the glow i got from hanging with my amazing family on the beach!
*my clay-pot garden...thanks for watering for me today, Mother Nature ;)
*the Norfolk Tides baseball game Chris and I are going to with our bartender-buddy and his ball
* the universal compassion this day has evoked within good people for 40 years. AWEsome*

Going Green by Zodiac Sign

Going Green by Zodiac Sign

Saturday, April 17, 2010

a lovely week of green

happy 40th birthday earth day!
while a mere 40 shrivels in comparison to the 4 billion something years our mother earth has been here, 40 years of passion and activism is still pretty encouraging! I loved Earth day as a youngin and the feeling it stirred in me of connection and a reminder to be reverent of the planet everyday. Now as an adult, I strive to make conscious choices; to be unharming and to start giving back to Gaia what I have received, not just now but always.

I started this springy morning with a trip to the farmers market early, only to find all the vendors absent until 10:00! It makes me yearn for warm summer days where I am the first one up and the morning is mine to read on the patio or go and pick out the lushest greens from the early-rising farmers.
I think of the market in Harrisonburg, Va, where neighboring farmers/artisans come together to vend and commune with music and dancing while the citizens pick out their tie-dye or handmade soaps or basil plants. I love the community a small town can provide and the special, secret places that draw me in like a magnet.

My favorite store at the beach, Peace Love and Balance, is having its 2010 Earth Day celebration today with a flea market and blood drive for Haiti. Betsey, the owner, is so adorably positive and active in bettering the community in her own way that I am moved to be better. Besides fab yoga wear, she makes awesome second-hand clothing and condones recycling bags, tags, and you name it! This chick is all about reusing, promoting mindful consumption and about spreading love and joy. When I need an awesome hug or just wanna share a smile, I stop in to see those beautiful people!

Today is unwinding gloriously, as I just found out I have the day off from work...yippee! While I'm grateful for my job, I'm excited to kick off my Saturday with some flowing yoga, a cup of dark roast on the patio with this sweet book, Gaia Girls Enter the Earth, then a little organic, local produce before a hoola-hooping, sidewalk-chalking, community-integrating eArTh DaY extravaganza!

Whew! On that note, I'm off to the mat to practice my favorite yoga dvd and get ready for the day. I hope you have a wonderful and warm weekend in preparation for this earth week and for a more conscientious society : )  

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

midnight asana

after a lonnnng day at work, happy baby pose makes me sleepy :)

Sunday, April 11, 2010

puppy love

my best friend taught me about happiness and love

Saturday, April 10, 2010

natarajasana soothing

i'm all about king dancer pose today. through life's waves, this pose not only revitalizes me, but empowers me to be stronger, more balanced and keep moving up! 

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

R&R, tucked up in the mountains

i love taking long drives. the 4 hour trip back across the virginia woods to my parents house is especially pleasant, stretching from the beach through the swamp and transforming to long rolling hills flanked by cotton fields which perfectly offset the blue peaks to the west.

i race the sun home, making it with a few hours of light to spare and am able to have a flowing ashtanga practice with my dad in the late afternoon sun, and then help my mom grill salmon on the back porch just as twilight beckons.

free of obligation, i sit back with my wine glass and thank the goddess for my family and our small place in the mountains, where I find my true rehabilitation.

*may you have many blessings bestowed upon you* <3

Monday, April 5, 2010

i get by with a little help from my friends

often i act on a whim and venture to uncharted waters where, sometimes, i meet the most amazing people who affect me in such profoundly positive ways that I spend the rest of the day thanking the Goddess for bestowing so many blessings upon me.
sometimes a little insight from your fanclub is the boost you may need to remember the essence of your smiling goodness and then to see it on others! :)