25 November 2010

The Great Machipongo Clam Shack

Be happy, don't be crabby - good  food takes time!

If you are driving up or down Route 13 on the Eastern Shore of VA, be sure to stop and say hello to my friend, Roger, at the Clam Shack! If you time it right, you'll hear live music. You can also order seafood online for delivery to your door.

23 November 2010

Yoga Journal - Yoga Ayurveda - Brewed to Perfection

Yoga Journal has a nice article about chai. Helps with digestion, warming for winter, tastes good! Golden Moon tea has a couple of different chai blends and so does Carytown teas.

My friend and fellow yogini - Nanci Hersh: Thank you note to the Big C

Nanci Hersh: Thank you note to the Big C: "Dear C, We had a bit of a rocky start. You began as a diagnosis, not very fun, to say the least. But I must admit-you grew on me. . . ." Definitely worth reading.

06 November 2010

Thinking things through . . .

Many years ago, someone told me that I employed alot of Talmudic reasoning. I recently googled the term and came across this item. It's a funny example of the many ways that a situation can be viewed.

A man once asked his Rabbi to explain the meaning of "Talmudic Reasoning."

The Rabbi replied: "Well, it's not too easy to explain, but I think I can demonstrate it to you and you will get the point. I will ask you a simple question and you give the answer. Are you ready?"

The man was ready, so the Rabbi continued: "Imagine that two men come out of a chimney, one is dirty, the other clean. Which one takes a bath?"

The intrigued listener immediately replied: "That's easy, Rabbi. The dirty one takes the bath."

"Not so," said the Rabbi. "The Talmud would explain that when the men came out, the dirty one looked at the clean one and saw a clean face. Meanwhile the clean one looked at the dirty one and saw a dirty face."

A knowing look, complete with broad smile, flashed onto the man's face. The Rabbi continued, "Now tell me which one takes the bath?" The answer was quick and sure. "Now I get it Rabbi, the clean one takes the bath!"

The Rabbi looked just a bit unhappy, but he answered patiently, "No. You see, the Talmud would go on to ask: "How could two men come out of a chimney and one be clean and the other dirty?"

Taking the time to think things through is easier when we use prana to steady the mind. How many times have you answered a question and later thought better of your immediate response?  In chapter 4, verse 29, of Hatha Yoga Pradipika, it says that "mind is the ruler of the senses, prana is the ruler of the mind."

If we all took a breath and a pause before speaking, I have to believe things would get better, and we may come closer to our truth.

02 November 2010

Seasonal tips for FALL Yoga & Ayurveda

When the seasons change, our bodies need to be cared for differently. Attention to diet, sleep, and exercise will affect how we handle these changes. As a member of the Kripalu Teacher's Association, I receive quarterly practice cds. Some of the most helpful information has come from Scott Blossom, who  is a Traditional Chinese Medical practitioner, yoga teacher, and ayurvedic consultant. Check out his lifestyle and diet tips for fall.

If you ever take a trip to Kripalu, use my teacher id number (YT207) when you register and I'll get credit toward continuing education programs. Enjoy apples!

Kripalu Center for Yoga & Health, Lenox, MA