Tuesday, May 18, 2010

The Yoga Style Quiz I Took at Yoga Journal Magazine ~LOL

The style of yoga that best suits you is:

Bikram Yoga

You like to work hard and have an unusual affinity for heat. You subscribe to the philosophy, "Practice makes perfect." In Bikram Yoga, you'll practice a sequence of 26 poses and breathing exercises repeated twice in a room heated to 105 degrees Fahrenheit. The purpose is to warm up the muscles quickly and promote detoxification via sweat. Be sure to bring a bottle of water and a towel to class, and wear clothes that allow you to perspire freely.

I am laughing out loud that this result that came back from the quiz I took on www.yogajoural.com, for many reasons. I have taken one Bikram Yoga class in my life and the teacher that taught it deterred me from it because he was not so nice and extremely harsh. It was so bad, that my friend and I bolted right before the cool down and he actually followed us to the changing area and demanded that we come back. Needless to say, we left and never went back.

Then a few weeks ago I happened to stumble across a blog that talked about Bikram yoga being a great yoga for stress relief, so I have been pondering with the idea recently to try it again.

I am a person who does not feel my stress outright. I can take so much in and still feel like I am calm. Yet I know and have been told that my stress tends to stay in my muscles,(especially in the neck and shoulder area),so that area is always tight and sore.

I have been an on and off yoga gal for about 3 years now, not sticking it one specific practice but mostly practicing Power Vinyasa Yoga with yoga tapes from Barron Baptiste, or Vinyasa in a studio.

Recently, I have had a drive to push myself to practice yoga on a more regular and consistent basis so that it becomes the main exercise regimen in my life. Perhaps this test was a sign from the Universe telling me that I should move forward, delve into the 105 degree heat and see what transpires.

Monday, May 17, 2010

Book~ "In The Land of Invisible Women"

I came across this book while I was perusing the Bio section at Barnes & Noble.

It is the true story of a Muslim doctor who was practicing here in the United States until her visa ran out. She chooses to practice in Saudi Arabia under the guise that she as a Muslim will be able to fit in. It comes as a surprise to her that even with her Muslim upbringing she is not really prepared for a transition into a world she finds she is not truly prepared for.

It is very well written and an amazing story of self discovery. It gives such great insight to the lives of Saudi women and their culture. I have always been fascinated by that culture and the laws that govern that county.

This is an amazing read and it will have you immersed in a culture that is curious and awe inspiring. You will also reevaluate what it means to be a women who has freedom to be who she truly is and be who she wants to be.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Sunday Scribblings~#213 Recipe

This weeks prompt came at the perfect time when I was actually making my favorite recipe for the next few days ahead. I am mostly a raw foodist. I sometimes eat a low fat vegan cook diet on occasion. One thing I have loved about the whole uncooking experience is learning how to make raw ice creams.

The base of most raw ice creams are made from nuts, and/or young coconut meat. The first raw ice cream recipe I ever tried was from the Raw Food Real World cook book (slightly modified) and it was:

Vanilla Ice Cream

2 cups raw cashews , soaked 4 hrs or more
2 cups coconut meat (young coconuts)
1 cup filtered water (I use water from water ionizer)
1 cup raw agave nectar
1/4 cup coconut butter
2 tablespoons of raw vanilla extract
Seeds of 1/2 vanilla bean or two additional teaspoons of extract
1/2 teaspoon of Celtic sea salt

In Vita-Mix or high-speed blender, blend all ingredients until completely smooth. Chill thoroughly and then process in an ice cream maker according to manufacturers directions.

This is a great base for other flavors. Since I love chocolate a lot. I usually grind up raw cacao nibs and add to this recipe, to make an awesome raw chocolate ice cream.

For more Sunday Scribblings go here.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Friday Rambling's

I have been out trying to take pictures, and trying to recreate my love for photography. It has been so long. I used to shoot constantly with a Nikon film 35mm and then one day the shutter jammed. Due to the fact that it would be more to fix than to buy a new camera I sold it for parts on eBay. At this point I have a little point and shoot Nikon that I use to take pictures for eBay, but other than that I haven't been able to master using it or even understand how. I really want an SLR so I guess I am subconsciously avoiding the learning process until I get my SLR.

I borrowed my daughter's father's Sony A350 and went on a shooting rampage. This is one of the odd pictures I took, but there is something I really love about it. I really reconnected with the feeling of taking pictures and the beauty you can find in things.

Reconnecting with photography also made me reconnect with myself, my hobbies and things that I love to do that are important to me. It is helping me recapture parts of myself that I had buried and forgotten existed.

This fall I am going to be taking classes here to become a Certified Professional Co-Active Coach and classes (not sure where yet) to become certified in making and teaching others about Raw Food.

I am planning and working through some other goals I have from myself. In the meantime I am heavily involved in reading, and working on The Artist's Way and 52 projects. I will begin to document here on my blog as I complete things.

Hope everyone has a super weekend and enjoy whatever you have planned.