Monthly Archives: October 2008

rhode island photojournal: columbus day weekend

I’ll let the pictures do the talking…

we surfed, swam, and kayaked in the atlantic ocean (it was mid-october, y’all)...

...and got to see the fall foliage, pumpkin patches, and eat a second place apple pie. true new england.

we rode bicycles into town for our breakfast of “johnny cakes” and groceries from the “mercantile.” bicycling skills by Christian.

we sipped tea by sunrise and by sunset (somehow, the sun always rose/set over water). as demonstrated by Bay.

we had deep thoughts and contemplated things. this is Andi in Josh’s family beach house.

we (well, they) filleted fresh fish for supper. thanks, Christian and Bay.

oh yeah. we also ate. and ate and ate and ate. (Gwen, Josh, me, Michael, Christian).

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october spotlight on: empowerment

We often hear that yoga is effective for quieting the mind, reducing stress, and looking inward to find peace in our personal lives. What we don’t often hear is that practicing yoga can empower us as well. Although truly a non-competitive practice of self-reflection and contemplation, yoga is also an act of empowerment. Consider that the more you are in harmony with yourself (body, mind, spirit), the more apt you are to make choices that complement this harmony. Knowledge is empowering. The more knowledge you acquire, the more open you are to the offerings of the universe, and the more accepting of letting go you’ll become. Although letting go is maybe against what we consider true power, relinquishing control is an act of acceptance as well as empowerment.

Even certain asana names suggest power, strength, and authority (the Warrior poses, Fierce Pose). This month incorporate these empowering asanas into your practice and embrace your power:

Utkatasana (Fierce Pose)

Virabhadrasana I, II & III (Warrior I, II & III)

Ardha Chandrasana (Half Moon Pose)

Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-Limbed Staff Pose)

Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand)