In response to Alfia's comment, here is a commode that appears to have hot and cold water in the sink that drains into the commode's tank, from this source. It's appropriately called the Neo Metro Combo Toilet and Sink. Cheers.
Have a happy Labor Day weekend. I wanted to mention, for Alfia's benefit, that at the soiree yesterday I met the neighbors of my friends in Oakland. The neighbor is a sculptor from Ecuador. He and his wife have the most beautiful and friendly 3 year old boy I have met. He told me they had traveled to Kazakhtan to adopt him. Well he is certainly a very well adjusted and happy kid, very well loved by his parents and neighbors.
For those of you who spent a sleepless night worrying that I wore my practice shorts inside out yesterday: I wore them correctly today. I checked.
During the bike ride to the office, a girl zoomed by pedalling aggressively and wobbling at the same time. Later, a few yards in front, she was on the floor, in great pain. Either someone cut her off accidentally, or her wheels caught in a street drain, causing her to fall. She hit the side of her head. Many bikers got off their bikes to offer calling 911 or the police. We asked her if she was alright, whether anything was broken. Eventually, someone offered her a hand and she stood up. She had a concussion on the side of her head. She had many piercings under her lips, with pointed jewelry. If that jewelry pushed against her skin in the fall, it must have hurt a lot. Why do people wear that stuff? It's different, but not so cool.
My poor neighbor. I was at my best hamster-in-the-cage this morning, waking up at 4:00am, accidentally dropping a wheelie to the floor, rattling the printer lid, pulling and pushing assorted furniture, stumbling into the foot stool at the computer, opening and closing the apartment door, which makes a vacuum sound every time it opens because of an automatic closer. All the time I was saying, "don't make noise, don't make noise" Aha, yea. The noise wakes up one of my neighbors, the American. The other neighbor, an Argentenian, would have to be awoken in an earthquake.
technical specification sheet for a calorie restricted yoga sandwich
this low fat, low carb sandwich involves preparing the sandwich bread of the standing sequence (at least the first five asanas, more if possible) and the closing sequence.
the meat of the sandwich (hold the mayo) is (your choice of)
_ if primary series - first 1/2 of primary to marichyasana d
_ if primary series - 2nd 1/2 of primary from navasana to the first asanas of second series
_ if second series - first 1/2 of second series to dwi pada
_ if second series - second 1/2 of second series from bakasana to the 7 headstands
_ if third series - the first five or six asanas that the body will allow
_ if third series - the next however many asanas the body, and knowledge will allow.
pick up lint around practice floor prior to eating
light a candle
burn a small patchouli incense stick
send blessings to buddha
send blessing to your teachers and cybershalamates
serve sandwich on a bed of lavender and eucapyptus scented mat
hold the chips - nothing fried
eat sequentially during the week in the order described (a primary sandwich before a second sandwich, a second sandwhich before a third sandwich etc.)
this is a journal, so i'm sharing my speriments. i'm not saying this is the method nor that this is what you should do. YMMV.
Because my practice was spotty last week I felt like doing only Primary Series today. It was a nice and strong practice. Teacher gave great adjustments, reminding me particularly to engage the bhandas. During Bhujapidasana I got a cramp on my left calf muscle. But I continued gently on. Those don't usually occur during weeks of steady, continuous practice. Now I realize that I totally forgot to do Navasana. Ha!
In the middle of the practice the thought popped in my head that this week I'll resume cycling to work. I had stopped because the room in which we stored our bikes is not available, because it is a mechanical room. I will tie the bike to something on the street and take the pull away seat out daily. In this city any element of a bike that is not tied down and screwed down is stolen. I've had my bike broken into many times. But what is the use of having one if you can't use it? It is great exercise to bike to work.
Abbreviated explanation of rules by Zen teacher Karen:
Type the phrase “[your given name] needs” into Google and click “Go.”
Here are my results, with my comments following
Arturo needs your support and generosity
Arturo needs a home with experienced parents
Yes I'm just a todler
Arturo needs to play more blusie songs
You don't like my chanting?
Arturo needs to get on the Food Network to show the rest of the planet how to cook
It will be the CRON way, baby.
Arturo needs to continue family and sibling visits
Absolutely. Is once a year OK?
Arturo needs to keep boxing
Arturo needs to communicate clearly with different groups of people
Of course, it's a varied world out there.
Arturo needs to use his speed and boxing ability and frustrate Baldomir
More boxing for Arturo? Baldomir where art thou?
Arturo needs some guidance away from this dangerous topic. Arturo already has tendencies of ecclecticism and syncreticism
Bwaahahaha! Yes, I might be a tinge eccclectic. But I'll get back at you when I find out what syncreticism is. Maybe (0v0) can elucidate. And I'll levitate.
Now that I have posted that and spent 30 minutes reading the further discussions on AshtangaNews regarding blessings, authorizations and certifications, this article seems trivial and capitalistic - an article on the commercialization of yoga. Ha! Please. People need to make a living. It it opportunistic for someone to establish a health center based on yoga? Yes and no. There is nothing wrong with it. Think of the thousands of people they are helping by passing on the knowledge of yoga.
Here are my Prasarita Paddotanasanas today, for Bindi. I'm still working to improve my cinematographic skills; I had to edit out the headless parts. The bottom of the camera for videos should align with the mat, otherwise, the shots will appear headless, the way Laksmi likes her public photos. See? I can get the head to the floor on at least A and D. My feet would have to go out further to get the head to the floor on B and C, and the head would not be aligned with the feet, but in front of them.
That is parallel to senior authorized or certified ashtanga teachers running afoul of the rules of the KPJAYI. I accidentally wiped out all of the main ashtanga links on the right hand side of my blog in attempting to add Ashtanga News to it. Ha! What does that mean? Now I have to rebuild those links on where to practice and obtain information on Ashtanga. I'm not a teacher but a practitioner. I imagine it is OK for me to use the "A" word in yoga in reference to my practice. Anyhow, warband said chez Cody this morning, that the word Ashtanga is in the public domain and therefore cannot be trademarked.
2 hours of search in the storage area of my apartment did not yield my copy of the 2nd and 3rd series DVD of David Swenson, so I fished for a new one, along with David Keil's yoga anatomy DVD from the Amazonian River. By the way, David Keil's website is located here. Among the things I found in my storage are the VHS versions of David Swenson's videos:
- Ashtanga Yoga "The Practice" First Series
- Ashtanga Yoga "The Practice" 2nd & 3rd Series
- Ashtanga Yoga The Advanced Series
I no longer have a way to watch these VHS tapes. If someone wants to take them off my hands, you can email me at the temporary email of writ60957 at mypacks dot net with your address and Santa will send them to you.
Since I wrote that, someone requested them. Hope you receive a lot of inspiration from them! The Advanced Series video is extremely beautiful.
Today's pet peeve: low flow toilets. You have to flush them seven times to send the waste on its journey. That's not green, folks, despite your intentions of saving flushing water.
Today's yoga blog reading assignments: Susananda on Kino (check), Patrick on backbends (I checked - he's about to post on it), Ursula on living and practicing in Mysore (check).
And now, today's topic: hygiene. Hi Gene! Just a quick summary of the discussion on the calorie restriction list that some folks have dealt with infections such as urinary tract infections, for which their doctors prescribed Ciprofloxacin or Cipro. Many people have benefited from this drug, and many have suffered serious side effects. To yogis in particular, this should perk up the brain, because one of the side effects is that it can affect the muscles and tendon tissues. If you are going to take it, C.R. suggests that you request a small dosage if you're thin, avoid chocolate and caffeine, avoid sun exposure, take acidophilus, take a lot of rest, take pomegranate juice, move your diet towards the BRAT mode since diarrhea might occur. There are natural things you can do: take Indian herbs such as Foskolin and other natural antibiotics. Supplement with the friendly bacteria bifidobacterium infantis. I believe that the kefir I take twice a day contains these bacteria. Drink lots of decaf green tea; use rosemary and oregano in your foods. On the hygiene side, wash your hands often, disinfect doorknobs, disinfect underwear and sheets. The heat in the electrical dryers will help kill the bacteria; natural drying will not (I suppose unless you dry the clothes in the sun.)
This brings to mind some natural hygiene routines that help yogis. Following Tony's suggestions, I keep vinegar diluted with water in a spray bottle. In the morning and evening, I spray the parts of the body most given to sweat; OK, the crotch. That cools the temperature of the body in that area and keeps bacteria from forming. I have expensive medications dermatologists give me, but good ole' vinegar works just as well as a preventative of rashes. Apply talcum to those areas. Shower before and after yoga practice. "Mmm, clean yogi", to quote Beryl BB.
On Friday when I dusted the floor before practicing with a disposable lint picker-upper, I applied some of the vinegar-water solution to the floor, which cleaned it before practice. I'm not sure if I will do that on a routine basis, though. I can't do the following at the shala because it would be too distracting, but at home, the water bottle to spray the practice towel down contains a few drops of lavender oil, which lends a nice touch to the mat. There is also an inexpensive electric aromatherapy thingie near the practice space. Once in a while, I take the mat to the shower, apply the same soap as for my body and scrub it with a brush. I feel like a kid when doing so. Since Tony was so concerned about incense, I light a small one by Morning Star before practice to freshen the room. I don't have incense going during practice, when I'm doing a lot of strong breathing and inhaling smoke particulates would not be healthy.
If you all have hygiene routines that work for you, please share.
As I practiced, there where 4 DwiPadan detetherings of Muni buses outside my window - within the space of 2 hours. I'm cracking up now when I hear one. I don't want to be malicious in laughing at the misfortune of the drivers who have to deal with this problem daily. Maybe my near deaf experience yesterday was a result of bad karma I generated from causing grief to the poor drivers for reporting on their predicament.
Today I practiced standing sequence, several asanas from the beginning of 3rd Series, mostly the LBH poses, and closing sequence. I could say about all of them - I did them relatively well on the right side - Kasyapasasana, Chakorasana, Bhairavasasana, etc. On the left, it took a while for the leg to warm up. At one point on the left side setup I was pulling on the leg as I placed it behind my leg. I was detached from the action, but felt how I was pulling a mass of bones- the structure of my body - around. I told myself - "easy, it's not a piece of wood." Later on I felt quite detached from myself. I remembered philosophical ideas. Who am I? I'm I the bones, the flesh, the spirit, my persona? I'm none of those. We associate a name to this combination of things that make up this body, this person. At that moment after practice I felt disassociated from the name, the person, the skin, the bones. I was just alive. Is that yoga mind?
I showered and got ready for work. I noticed that the two last toes of the right foot where numb. They remained so for about 30 minutes. I hadn't noticed that before but I didn't worry. I remembered CK writing about her adjustment from Sharath in Mysore last week in Kapotasana. He instructed her to straighten her arms. She did so. After practice her arms where numb. She felt she went to Mysore for the experience.
I am balancing better in Dwi Pada. Feel free to comment with suggestions. It seems that if I got the left leg further out I could manage to get it behind the right leg. Feel free to laugh with me at my exit.
Dwi Pada and legs behind the head poses must be good counter poses for Urdvha Danurasana. I find that my UD is better after LBH poses. Maybe all of the forward bending of the latter are counteracted by the chest opening of the former. Oh, just, the rules of opposition, just like in architecture pose!