Meditations on meditation. Plus pies.

Voilà (at left) the magic that is Gardener’s Pie. There are some months when I reject an entire issue’s worth of Cooking Light recipes. In other issues, there are gems. From November’s issue came the one I cooked on Sunday afternoon after a long, slushy, muddy, exhausting (and so, very fun) trail run. What a reward!…

To market, to market.

Flow. Menstruation. Rivers. Power. Muscle-bound half-naked men making scary sounds while lifting large iron objects. Or, something plugged into a wall. Or, somebody wearing a bodysuit. Vinyasa. What language is that? Yoga. Quiet room, no sweating. Candles? Bending bodies into improbable contortions, even if it’s just attempting to touch one’s oh-so-distant toes. I think I’d…

Are you being serviced?

It’s fun to dine out with friends visiting from out of town, but I think I prefer cooking for them. It’s one thing to be able to share your city’s fine gustatory offerings, but it’s another thing to carefully, lovingly prepare a menu, then the meal, then to bring that food to your own table,…

thump thump

A week ago I went to an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga class, in order to try something new, and to enjoy yet another class taught by a most excellent teacher, Shira. Several of my classmates were able to attend one of her Ashtanga classes earlier this year, and they said good things about it, mainly relating…

Dripping

The epiphany for the last 24 hours: wow, that was a great workout. I worked, I sweated tons, then I was done, and now I’m a little sore in the hips. It can be just that. Most of the time, it’s that. Which is mainly great because it was an hour that wasn’t spent fretting…

Ganesha, grant me refuge

Had my yoga teacher training teachers not recommended that I attend one or both of the workshops done locally by Janet Stone, I doubt I’d have attended. We have an assignment to visit three classes in other yoga styles, for which these qualified. However, I suppose I figured that attending a workshop by a notable…

Running to stand still

Monsters on Lake Phalen, originally uploaded by arahbahn. Weird and lovely victory for me: last night my 60 or so minutes of vinyasa yoga practice were unaided by an audio podcast. In positive terms: to some fantastic music, I moved through a satisfying hour of physical meditation, which did include 2 uninterrupted minutes of headstand…