Monthly Archives: November, 2010

New Jersey Black Deaf Advocates

Thanksgiving – Kwanzaa Dinner!!
Saturday, December 11, 2010

Limited Time Offer! Sprint Relay Store is offering a FREE* Dell Mini 1012 Netbook with a purchase of any of the three items: Overdrive™ 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot by Sierra Wireless, Sprint 3G/4G Dual Mode Sierra 250U wireless modem by Sierra Wireless, or the Sprint 3G/4G USB U600 broadband card. [...]

Hello everyone!
Please join us at the Coventry Village Library in Cleveland Heights for our ongoing Deaf Film Series.

Thursday, December 2nd at 6:45pm.
We will be pleased to be showing the film: “Universal Signs.”

Universal Signs has the unique distinction of being the first major motion picture that embraces sign language in the storytelling of a film, rendering it [...]

It’s time to unleash the power of communication with Z4! The Z™’s fourth generation software turns your PC or Mac into a state-of-the-art videophone packed full of exciting features you can’t get anywhere else. Perfect for work or home … or on the go. There’s no better way to enjoy The Z™ [...]

The Daily Home
Nov 23, 2010
Talladega firefighters and Stemley Volunteer firefighters responded to a call Monday night on Stemley Bridge Road to a home occupied by a deaf couple. Everyone made it out of the house safely, and the fire was out after about 20 minutes, according to Captain Ron Goodenough. Unfortunately, the house caught fire [...]

DeafVision Filmworks and Deaf Women of Color
present

If You Could Hear My Own Tune

…If you get music, you get love

2-day special screening engagement
Friday, December 3, 7-9 p.m
Tickets: $15 (movie only) or VIP $25 (includes movie and reception)

Saturday, December 4,
2-4 p.m., Andrew Foster Auditorium
7-9 p.m., Andrew Foster Auditorium.
Tickets: $15

Gallaudet University
Andrew Foster Auditorium
800 Florida Avenue NE
Washington, [...]

The Republican (Massachusetts)
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
By ELIZABETH ROMÁN

LONGMEADOW – Students at The Willie Ross School for the Deaf
are now able to play basketball and participate in other
outdoor fitness activities on the school’s renovated
acre of land.
“The students and the staff are …

Inspiring students to learn ASL at old high school

Daily Sundial
CSUN
November 22, 2010
By Liana Hofer
Photo credit: Liana Hofer/ Staff Reporter

In every person’s life, there are distinct moments that define and shape the person they become.  These moments can be big or small, comical or heart-breaking, and are often overlooked until years down the road, when in retrospect, they stand out among the rest as events [...]

Posted: Nov 22, 2010 10:38 AM EST Updated: Nov 22, 2010 3:21 PM EST

The accident scene. (Source: The Georgetown Times)

The motor home involved in the accident. (Source: The Georgetown Times)

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WCSC/WMBF) – A woman has died after the motor home she was traveling in ran through the [...]

THE EAR FOUNDATION CELEBRATES THE IMPACT OF COCHLEAR IMPLANTS

The Ear Foundation has celebrated the development and significant impact of cochlear implantation on adults, adolescents and children by holding two major events in its annual calendar.
A lecture was held in memory of Marjorie Sherman, OBE, who funded The Ear Foundation from its beginning, and whose family continues to support its work.
The lecture, ‘from Language [...]

In the Beginning

Thanks to all who have stopped by and/or left comments as the Wasa blog gets underway.

A couple people mentioned that this blog has inspired them to try yoga. I know the feeling. My husband inspired me to try yoga years ago after I watched him ease into a backbend with grace. I’ve mentioned that before, but what I failed to mention was the fact that I didn’t like my first yoga class. Or my second. Or third;

I knew the benefits of yoga – flexibility, awareness, inner stillness – were practices I needed in my life, but during class I couldn’t hold the poses. It takes time to find balance and build strength. Also, the teacher wasn’t a good fit. Plus, I kept slipping on my mat because I was wearing socks. Not to mention my loose-fitting t-shirt flipped over my head when I’d bend over for Downward Facing Dog.

So my first suggestion is to wear comfortable “stretchy” clothes. Slip off your shoes (and socks) before entering the studio. Bare feet help you “stick” to the mat. If you don’t have a mat, you can rent one. Sometimes they’re free, sometimes $1.

Okay, now you’re in the studio before class has begun. Believe it or not this can be the most intimidating part.

A few years ago I remember encouraging a friend to try a yoga class. We were traveling in San Francisco and the class was at 6am. I couldn’t attend because of another obligation (um, I believe it was sleep), but my friend was a super early riser and decided to try yoga for the first time. Ten minutes later she clamored back into the room complaining that when she walked in the studio all the students were gathering foam blocks, long white straps, and bolsters, and she had no idea what these were, if she needed any, and, if so, which ones she should take.¼br />

Oh gosh, I felt awful for sleeping in. I had completely forgotten how many times I’ve felt that exact same way when I’ve tried something new. Like the first time I tried a spinning class. I was standing in the cool dark studio when a group of women walked in all holding biking shoes (biking shoes? Oops! I didn’t have those). Then they began turning knobs, lowering the seats, and adjusting the handlebars. I was outta there in 30 seconds (I went back the next day – it turns out you don’t need biking shoes and the instructor showed me how to adjust the parts – but still).

Even just a few weeks ago I tried a new yoga studio and noticed the students folding blankets in a manner I’d never seen before. I’ve been practicing yoga for years and I still felt a bit out of place. I wasn’t sure if I should fold the blanket “my” way or “their” way. That question was answered when the teacher began class and showed everyone what she wanted us to do.

So, a few more suggestions: don’t worry about the blocks, straps, and blankets. They are props to help people (like me) adjust in certain poses. If you need a prop during a pose, the yoga teacher will bring it to you, or you can ask her before class begins. Also, consider brining a friend to your first class if that would make you feel more comfortable (a friend who has practiced before can show you the ropes; if not, you two can navigate the waters together).

Now class has begun . . . and you don’t understand a word the teacher is saying. Chaturanga Dandasana? Urdhva Mukha Svanasana? Virabhadrasana II? The same thing happened to me in a dance class once where the teacher was using terms I’d never heard. The students around me began spinning and hopping and twirling about as I stood there, motionless and a little annoyed (it was a “beginners” class). Finally I gave up and tried to sneak out of the room. A woman came over and touched me on the shoulder, “You just don’t know the lingo yet. You’ll get the hang of it,” she promised.

And I promise – you’ll get the hang of yoga lingo. I do, however, recommend finding an “intro to yoga” course if you’re trying it for the first time. After trying yoga and not liking it, I finally went to this 2-day orientation at Yoga Works. Instead of jumping right into sun salutations, we sat in a circle and talked. The teacher showed us how to breathe, answered our questions, and walked us slowly through the fundamental poses. That’s when yoga began to change to my life.

Wasa with Feta, Cherry Tomatoes and Red Onion

Ingredients

1 tablespoon red onion, sliced thin
2 tablespoons crumbled reduced-fat feta cheese
2 leaves fresh basil
¼ cup cherry or grape tomatoes cut in half
2 pieces WASA Fiber Rye Crispbread (may substitute other WASA Crispbread flavors)

Directions

Place tomatoes on cracker.
Sprinkle with feta cheese. Top with onion and basil and serve.

Tip: substitute fresh mozzarella or goat cheese for feta cheese

Prep time: 10 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

Calories 54
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 1 g
Cholesterol 7 mg
Sodium 141 mg
Total Carbohydrate 7 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 3 g
Calcium 6% of daily value

Drishti

“Find a point on the ground about a foot in front of your mat and softly fix your gaze on it.”

I’ve heard that instruction tons of times in various yoga classes (depending on the pose, the point of focus changes). It helps me with balance poses, like Tree pose. The other day in class, the teacher was giving that same instruction. Softly is the key word. It’s not an intense stare. “It’s almost like you’re looking behind your eyes,” she said. “It’s called Drishti.”

I never knew it had a name before.

Like the Lotus

During closing, my hands are at my heart in prayer. The yoga teacher says to move my fingers so that only my thumbs and pinky are touching – the center is to remain open, like a flower. She says the lotus grows in the mud and opens up when the sun shines on it, and closes when it doesn’t. She says, “Remember that when life is murkey, and I’m struggling through the mud, to open up, like the lotus.”

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