Paul the Oracle Octopus correctly picks Spain as the World Cup 2010 Champions. Bueno & well deserved. Hopefully, this win's spillover effect will buoy the political & economic climate there . Vai Rio 2014 !
Cheb Khaled ," le roi de rai ." I had been playing this cut in the car all this week and it was serendipity to find out yesterday that he had performed live at the opening ceremonies of World Cup 2010.
Via adailtonjunior is this "maravilhoso" vdo showing us what "Joga Bonito" is all about. World Cup Fever was at a fever pitch this Friday at the Miami International Aiport. Football is THE the game & main event for globalists with a world view . Vai vai vai Brasil ! And you've got to love a team with a coach whose nickname is "Dunga " for Dopey of the Seven Dwarfs -
Mandingas : Magic & Mysticism , another reason why the FORCE is with Brasil , hehe. Nike Futebol Brasil came up with this cool vdo featuring Robinho , Maicon & Fabiano talking about the beautiful ( & magical ) game. World Cup Fever starts this June.
Denver is known as the mile high city , and because of this , it experiences extreme swings in climate. Last Monday was 80 degrees; which made me question why I was initially wearing a jacket over a sweater , which was subsequently peeled off to the T-shirt underneath. Tuesday was raining & the image on the left is of the snow that hit Wednesday. And regardless of rain, snow or sunshine , Denver traffic builds up at 4 pm ; its North & South freeways almost as jammed as the 405 in LA.
So with the weather , traffic , multiple meetings ( 6 on Tuesday, whew ) , plus dinners in the evening , truth be told I was finding it challenging to practice some Surya Namaskar A & Bs , along with asanas like Pincha M. , Urdhva D. , Adho Mukha V., Sirsasana , etc.
The next best thing then was to roll-out the 2 restorative poses which a couple of my principal teachers use frequently. I would start with an elevated version of Supta Baddha Konasana , with my fingers interlaced behind my neck . This would be done against the hotel room entry door . SBK would then segue into Viparita Karani , a matter of just extending the legs vertically and stretching the arms fully out to the sides.
The release of tension from the hip opener and the increased circulation from the leg extensions always resulted in relaxation. No problem performing these on a semi-digested bellyful of food from dinner either.
So relaxed finally that the best things to chill & tune out to on the hotel TV ( don't have one at home , hehe) were golf ( yup , my parents will be happy ) or Sam Walton's biography on the History channel.
I really enjoyed lunch today in Dallas as the news of Rio's hosting the 2016 Olympics flashed onscreen in the restaurant. It is going to be difficult not to discuss this with the locals when I am in Chicago next week. Good job Lula ! Beleza ; I am back there this Nov. -
Ashley Turner always has taken me on that "magic carpet ride of BHAKTI". It is fitting then, that under the light of MAHARAJ-JI, she talks about her annual yoga & snowboarding retreat in Mammoth with Ted McDonald on Feb. 28th - Mar. 2nd. My teachers & their work have been the motivation for this blog. Ashley's validation via " I am so HAPPY & PROUD of the work you are doing for the yoga community. What a UNIQUE & POWERFUL OFFERING" is MAHA inspiration. For more retreat details, please visit www.ayretreats.com or email : firstname.lastname@example.org.
And if you can't hit the slopes for a ride, try downloading a class from Ashleyji @ www.monthlyyogadvd.com.
& Jai Ma to John Sahakian for the EXCELLENT vinyasa & pranayam @ Exhale Venice last night -
"In spring/summer ’08 adidas takes yoga beyond its spiritual roots and shows in its global campaign “Play Yoga” that yoga is a sport which helps athletes of all levels to get better at whatever sport they do. The face of the integrated women’s campaign will be yoga professional Rainbeau Mars who takes first-rate and internationally known athletes such as Laila Ali or Stefanie Graf as well as 100m freestyle world record holder Britta Steffen and Tae-Kwan-Do standout Iridia Salazar on a journey with yoga on a DVD available in selected adidas sports performance stores. "
Alright Adidas, you know Christy Turlington was rocking Puma &Yoga via Nuala back in the day. So waddup with "Play Yoga" ? It's bad enough we have those gym bunnies starting to practice , water bottles & all . Yoga as a sport , now that's a marketing concept. Just like the lycra in your clothing, it's a bit of a stretch, heh heh.
You should have used a pic of Shiva with his trademark " 3 STRIPES" as your new logo . They symbolize the "spiritual" practice of yoga -
The image of Shiva Rea with her long board on Sunset Beach and my session at Quiksilver Mission's " Yoga for Surfers " has got me thinking about how strongly yoga & soul surfing ( vs. aggro carving on short boards ) are joined at the hip. Even the OG surfer in Keanu's epic " Point Break " was named BODHI.
When you are sitting on your board , in the line up, waiting for the sets to roll in - that feels most like seeing the OM rotation and hum of the Universe. The sight of dolphins cresting by would just take it "off the richter". Surfing was the only athletic endeavor where I felt the energy of the Universe .Growing up in a family that played golf & every racquet sport known to man,the phrase "killer instinct' was always lobbed around. So aggro competition vs. mellow relaxation was emphasized.
Yoga, in my case, has become a more accessible channel to the "I'm with the Universe" FLOW as it does not involve "dawn patrol" , hostile locals, clueless "kooks" ( ok , we do have newbies in class heh, heh ), scars from coral reefs, rip tides ( yup, cramped up trying to paddle out of one in Padang Padang, Bali ) or the worst case scenario : no waves -
A couple of sites worth scoping out for surf & yoga retreats are " Blissologist , Yogi & Surfer " EOIN Finn's Vancouver Yoga & Aussie site Samudra ( Sanskrit for Ocean ). And if you happen to be in Venice CA , Quiksilver Mission is hosting a "Perfect Day Surf Camp" this Sat. AM @ 9:30. RSVP to get on the list -