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Experiencing Life in the Digital Age
by Linda Higley
“Nothing ever becomes real till it is experienced.”
John Keats (1795-1821) English Poet
I recently purchased new magazine I found at Barnes and Noble called “Flow”. A beautiful magazine. On the cover was a picture of the swing ride you may see at a carnival or on the boardwalk. The quality of the paper, the articles, the layout was just what I needed for that rainy Saturday night. I love Pinterest but I needed to hold magazine, and flip the pages. The first article I read was the called “The Luxury of Real Experiences” by Jocelyn DeWant . She writes about how the digital age has simplified our lives in almost every way.
We can learn almost anything just from watching a video on You Tube. We can go shopping in our pajamas, read books, magazines and newspapers on a tablet. Order our groceries via an app on our phone and have them delivered right to our front door. I don’t think my daughters had to wait their turn to call their friends, hear the sound of a busy signal, or have to hit the pound sign for call waiting with an incoming call. Now they snapchat, or Instagram or Facebook what is going on in their life with their friends and sometimes me. Movies, we can just order one On Demand, or Netfilx. Getting up to change the television channel is unheard of, and yesterday at social gathering there was a “Google”, and with the sound of your voice you can summon the device to play any song you as for.
I like to go the store, I like the energy of people, I like to talk to people. I like to pick my produce, smell the laundry detergent. I was in our local grocery store just this past week, meandering down the aisle and low and behold a friend whom I had not seen in years was right in front of me! I was so excited we greeted each other with a great big hug, and stood in the aisle and chatted for a half hour.
Exchanged our numbers, and planned to meet up for tea, and a very high calorie snack to celebrate our serendipitous experience in the aisle of the grocery store. Yes we will probably text to make our plans, but we met due to the two us of making the decision to go out in to the real world and experience the sights and sounds of our local grocery store.
So join me and put down the mouse, get up and change the channel. Go to the library and choose a book or a movie. Go to the corner store, pick our your own produce and experience life.
Teacher Spotlight: Kevin Diemer
This month’s spotlight is on Kevin Nityananda Diemer, a steadfast practitioner and instructor with BLS. Kevin has been practicing yoga for nearly a decade, coming to it initially as an athlete, but discovering a much deeper journey therein. As his spiritual name, Nityananda, suggests, Kevin is a happy soul, and brings that happiness and sense of play to the mat. He believes the breath is the core of our being, and that through awareness and presence with each breath, we can combat our own suffering in order to find balance. Yoga is a lifestyle for Kevin, and he imparts this passion with the exploration of postures, breath, and meditative contemplations. Kevin offers an elevated practice with us on Thursdays at 5:30, take the time to come in and play and release the tensions of everyday life with Kevin.
Yoga for Fertility by Nicole Buratti
April is Infertility Awareness Month. So many couples struggle in silence to conceive each year. You are not alone. According to recent statistics, one in eight U.S. couples of childbearing age has trouble conceiving or sustaining a pregnancy. Recently, the Mayo Clinic studied some of the causes of female infertility and found that most cases were a hormonal imbalance caused by adrenal fatigue, in turn affecting the thyroid in preventing pregnancy. Those researchers recommended yoga for infertility.
Preparing for pregnancy, whether one is struggling with infertility or one has just decided that she is ready to start a family, becomes a lifestyle. Slowing down, perhaps adding yoga, being more mindful of our breathing patterns, and making wise nutritional choices comes to the forefront of our daily lives as we prepare the mind and the body for conception.
If you are trying to conceive, thinking about having a baby, or just need a moment in your day to slow down and tune out, try this simple mudra and easy pranayama by closing your eyes and finding stillness in a comfortable seat.
Yoni Mudra: Come to a comfortable seat, like seated cross-legged, remembering to always keep your head and back straight and upright. Bring palms together with the fingers and thumbs straight and the thumbs pointing towards the sky. Then turn the pinky, ring and middle fingers inwards and interlace those fingers. Take slow, deep breaths. Practicing this helps the nervous system to be calmed and stabilized, allowing you to redirect your attention inward.
Three Part Breath: Sit in a steady comfortable seat with plenty of support under your pelvis, keep your head an back straight and upright. You may wish to bring your hands into yoni mudra (described above).
Begin by exhaling completely though the nose. Then, to inhale, expand the belly. Feel the breath flowing up to expand the lower ribs, upper chest and collarbones.
Exhale from the upper chest, feeling the collarbones lower, then relax the lower ribs and gently draw the abdomen toward the spine to allow the breath to leave the body completely before your next sip of air.
Breathe slowly and deeply. Practice this breathing technique for 1-3 minutes, 3 or more times per day.
*If you feel dizzy or lightheaded, return to normal breathing.
Nicole teaches Prenatal Yoga Thursday nights at Breathe Life Sangha and has an upcoming workshop on Yoga for Fertility on April 23rd. You can register online at http://www.breathelifesangha.com/workshops-events.html
Recipe: Snuggy Bunnies
(Carrots in a Blanket)
This recipe comes from Kate Dorando’s cookbook. Kate teaches a meditation and flow class on Monday nights and is a healthy vegan – always sharing her love of food with us. She tells us that these taste like the real thing and everyone loves them whenever she serves them!
36 baby carrots
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/2 teaspon salt
1 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
1 sheet frozen puff pastry, thawed
1 tbsp toasted sesame seeds
Dijon mustard for serving
Preheat oven to 450°. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment. Toss carrots with olive oil and 1/4 tsp of salt to coat. Arrange in single layer on the baking sheet. Cover with aluminum foil tightly and roast until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove foil, sprinkle paprika and remaining salt over carrots and toss to coat again. Set carrots aside on a plate. coat baking sheet with new parchment paper. Place pastry sheet on a lightly floured surface and roll it out into a rectangle approximately 11 by 15 inches. With a paring knife, cut pastry into long thin strips about 3 inches long and 1 inch wide, depending on the size of your carrots. A little bit of carrot should be able to stick out of each side once wrapped. Wrap each carrot in a piece of puff pastry, seal the edge with a little water and place, seam side down, on parchment. Brush tops with water and sprinkle sesame seeds, gently pressing seeds into the pastry. Cook in oven until golden and puffy, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve with mustard!
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From the Owner’s Corner
by Abby Sly
We love our studio. Breathe Life Sangha is a really special space that we’re continuing to work on every day. Regina’s tireless efforts are bringing us all sorts of opportunities, from monthly workshops to an upcoming yoga teacher training. I can only speak for myself here though, as we are coming up on our first anniversary… I love what we’re becoming. And we are “becoming”, because every day opens new doors for us. When we opened nearly a year ago, it was in a whirlwind of activity and trepidation. We’ve made a lot of changes along the way, and I am so grateful for being able to live my Yoga during all of it. Watching you, as our esteemed students, come in and grow, is the ultimate gift. Just as BLS is “becoming”, so are each of us as individuals, and we are so blessed to be included on these paths. I hope we are *always* becoming…that we never stop growing and learning, because life is just too full of adventures, big and small. Thank all of you for being part of our adventure, our becoming. Namaste.