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Last week I attended a sessin at Upaya Zen Center led by Roshi Norman Fischer. Sessin means “a gathering of heart and mind.” That is also a definition of meditation which is what we did from 6 a.m. until 9 p.m. Much of that time we were on our cushions “just sitting.” But there was also work practice — cleaning toilets, sweeping […]
The #selfieatsixty practice project of taking a yoga selfie for 30 days has come and gone. I will write more about it soon. For now, a bow of appreciation — ok, maybe it’s sort of an inside out and upside down kind of bow – but it is still a bow to you from my heart, for sharing this practice with me.
One of the beautiful and gigantic osage orange trees in our backyard fell over a few months ago. I told myself that this is why I did this Pinca Mayurasana against a tree. To keep the trees up. But, truly, I have just been having a hankering to do this for a while and today was the day. At first, I tried to do it against that leaning over […]
Today I was just bone tired. It was 90 degrees in the shade here and I took a NIA class in a hot gym. I love NIA but this class did not perk me up or refresh me the way that yoga almost always does. So this is the pose that I had to give today. That’s another really good thing about being 60. I am good at respecting […]
My practice space is very minimal. I like to be under stimulated when I practice. Rimpoche is the only image in the space, because who else do I need to see? He is the reminder and the example. I wanted to have him near my head in this pose as if I was doing an upside down bow. I also like black and red and white together, don’t you?
This bench is in my backyard and every time I see it I want to sit here and meditate. Even on a sunny day when a big hat is required. I feel reverent in this nature spot and even after a year, can hardly I believe that I get to live here. I bow in gratitude. I remember Roshi Joan’s story about asking herself this question: “What do I need?” […]
Twisting is really about getting untwisted, isn’t it? You have probably seen pictures or statues of Buddha with a mudra like this: each hand has the thumb and index finger joined in an “ok” sign. Hands are stacked in front of his chest; the top hand has the palm facing out and bottom palm is facing in so the thumbs of two “ok” signs are almost touching. This mudra means […]
Why not do a Throwback Thursday selfie? Because you have already figured out that these “selflies” are actually taken by my mystery photographer who happened to be out of town on this day. I don’t feel bad about calling them selflies, though, because they are a special category of selfie, which is the “yoga selfie” and those are always taken by others. Who can take a picture of themself […]
My boyfriend, Brad, is a college president so we live in the President’s House which is surrounded by a gigundo backyard. In this very lush space, there is a peony forest, apple trees, fig trees and magnolia trees. The big trees begin me are osage orange trees. And there is this magical, secret garden that a former president must have created. It is almost like a maze with two […]