Monthly Archives: January, 2012
Click here to see VIDEO Deaf Weight Wise – Let’s do it for Ourselves! Get an early start on your New Year’s Resolution by finding out more about Deaf Weight Wise! Deaf Weight Wise is a healthy lifestyle research project for adults 40-70 years old who are overweight or obese. The study is 2 years […]
Here is the link for the schedule of Events for the month of February 2012. You can also see the same schedule on RRCD website : www.rochesterdeafclub.com.
WHAT: Wacky Hats Fashion Show-Create your own hat! ADMISSION: $20 PURPOSE: Fundraising for DWR to help Deaf Women for Professional Education Leadership Training Advocacy Grant (PELTAG) WHEN: Sat., March 24th from 1-4 pm WHERE: Burgundy Basin, 1361 Marsh Road, Pittsford, New York 14534 To See Flyer FHats’ fashion show To See registration-contest flyers
Laurene Simm: DC Area Black Deaf AdvocatesPresents DEAF AMERICA’s GOT TALENT Andrew Foster Auditorium, Gallaudet University Campus Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7:00 pm Prizes: 1st Place =$200 2nd Place = $100 3rd Place =$50 For more Information & Audition, contact Chair Dorian Fletcher Download flyer and Audition Form: (PDF format): www.dcdeaf.org/flyer/DCABDA-TALENT.pdf Proceeds will […]
Hello everyone! Please join us at the Coventry Village Library in Cleveland Heights for our ongoing Deaf Film Series. Our next showing will be: Thursday, February 2nd at 6:45pm. We will be showing: “The Heart of The Hydrogen Jukebox.” “The Heart of the Hydrogen Jukebox is a documentary film by Miriam Nathan with Don Feigel that traces […]
New Jersey Association of the Deaf, Inc. Saturday, February 4, 2012 at East Brunswick Public Library 2 Jean Walling Civic Center East Brunswick NJ 08816 1. Roundtable Discussion at 10 am, please arrive at 9:30-9:45 am 2. Cupcake Wars Contest at 1 pm Lunch will be served at 12:45 pm 3. Project Endeavor Workshop at […]
New Jersey Association of the Deaf, Inc. Project Endeavor Workshop Saturday, February 4, 2012 Click here NJAD_Newsletter_Flyer
Diverse Deaf Club of New Jersey, Inc. DINGO and 2012 Super Bowl Saturday, February 4, 2012 at Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 1740 Route 130, North Brunswick NJ 08902 Door Open at 5 pm, no early-bird, please! Admission: Member $10 Non-Member $12 We sell plain pizza at $2 each and pepperoni pizza at $2.50 […]
Hello Friends, Please spread the words/email to your friends, family or your work. My house will having “Moving Sale” on February 4th Saturday from 9am to 4pm. Come and See and Buy. My house address is 253 English Road in Greece between Mt. Read Blvd. and Dewey Avenue. Here is the list: see below Thanks, Tom “Gene” […]
Upcoming Poker Tournament on March 3, 2012 See POKER link for more information or download flyer. – RRCD 1564 Lyell Ave Rochester, NY 14606 Please check our calendar. www.RochesterDeafClub.com
My car crunches over the gravel as I pull into the parking lot of the yoga studio. Climbing up the rickety stairs of the wood building, I’m filled with hope.
This is the ninth yoga instructor I’ve tried since moving to DC. For whatever reason, I can’t seem to find a teacher that feels like the right fit. In part, I’m grieving the loss of my instructor from Los Angeles whom I adored. And I admit I don’t mind the teachers I’ve practiced with here, but I find yoga easier to maintain when I feel a strong authentic connection.
A few months ago I tried a class where the teacher did seem like a great fit. But when I returned, she was no longer there. I scoured the web searching for her to pop up in another studio around town. I only had a first name to go off of, but I think I might have found her and that’s why I’m here today.
I sign in at the desk and walk into the studio. The teacher is asking the class to get two blocks, a blanket, and a strap. Yep, that’s her. I can tell by the sound of her voice.
She walks by me on her way to close the door of the studio, but she pauses before reaching her destination. She watches me as I pull back my hair back into a loose ponytail.
“Hi. I’m Jenny. I’m a drop-in,” I say.
“I know you,” she says.
I sigh in relief. She remembers me.
“I took a restorative yoga class you taught in another studio a few months ago. I’ve been looking for you ever since. You’re hard to find,” I explain.
“Yes,” she nods, remembering the class. “It’s taken me awhile to get going and figure out where to set up shop.”
Well no wonder I couldn’t find her. She’s a new teacher. Later, I discover that she had a health scare which caused her to re-evaluate her entire career as a molecular biologist. Once she recovered, she decided to become a yoga teacher. Love that (I had a similar experience three years ago and that’s when I began writing).
We open by chanting three Oms. Then she tells us to be sure not to miss class three weeks from now. She’ll be teaching it outside where we will all face the trees so we can experience a “yoga foliage festival.” Oh yeah, she’s my kind of yogi.
During yoga class the teacher, Tina, tells me to lift up a bit. I’m squatting in a pose (it’s sort of this made up pose that I’ve dubbed the Tinasana) and Tina says my middle is sagging.
“The muscles in your body will automatically revert to being lazy if given the chance,” she says.
Lazy? But I’m working so hard, I think.
Later, in Warrior II I’m concentrating on my arms when Tina reminds me to firm my thighs. If I don’t pay attention, they become lazy.
Yet another pose and my feet are splaying instead of pointing in the right direction. Guess why?
Really. Out of all the things in the world, I don’t consider myself lazy. But apparently even when I’m truly working on my alignment there are parts of my body that are secretly trying to get away with as little as possible.
After class I start thinking . . . does that apply to other areas of my life?
No way. I’m motivated! Diligent!Relentless in my pursuits!
Except in the mornings. I like to linger in bed. It’s warm and cozy. Plus I’m still sleepy. By the time I do get up, shower, and eat breakfast, I’m always surprised at how much of the day has gotten away from me before I make it to my home office.
And walking. I love my afternoon walks. Love them. Then why do I skip them from time to time, opting instead to sit and work a little longer?
Speaking of work, I realized something as I began investigating this whole laziness issue. If I have ten things on my “To Do” list, I tend to opt for the easiest projects first. When I do start working on a hard topic (say an article that requires a lot of research or possibly a personal essay that forces me to do some inner work), I will drop it as soon as I feel stuck. I tell myself I’ll get back to it and turn my attention to the easier assignments again.
Isn’t it funny the insights yoga gives us into our lives? So if you’ll excuse me, I have an article I’ve put off. I’d better get working on it.
Blue Zones are places in the world where people live “astoundingly long lives” – for example, reaching the age of 100 three times the rate of Americans. And suffering a fifth the rate of heart disease. Imagine being able to hold your great-great-grandchild one day . . .
I first learned of Blue Zones when one of the editors I work with went on a “Quest” to the Nicoya Peninsula, Costa Rica, one of the four Blue Zones (the others are Okinawa, Japan, Loma Linda, California, and Sardinia, Italy).
Dan Buettner, a journalist who worked extensively on researching these communities, has come out with a book titled The Blue Zone. I want to read the book in context, so I’m refraining from skipping ahead, but based on the Blue Zones website and other articles I’ve read, I know some of the lifestyle practices of centurions are (1) plant based diets (not necessarily vegetarian, but plant-based); (2) laughter; (3) spirituality; (4) family; and (5) physically active lives (like gardening and laboring).
Just because Washington DC isn’t a Blue Zone doesn’t mean my body and my house can’t be one.
1 package (4 ounces) mixed baby salad greens
1 cup fresh dates, chopped
1 tablespoon oats
1 cup toasted walnuts, coarsely chopped
3 tablespoons canola oil
1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
Salt to taste
Freshly ground black pepper to taste
6 pieces Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread
Coat dates by rolling in oats to prevent sticking together. Set aside.
Place mixed greens in a salad bowl. Add walnuts, dates, canola oil, red wine vinegar, salt and pepper.
Toss greens and serve as salad with crumbled Wasa Crispbread pieces or spoon onto individual whole crispbreads.
Prep time: 15 minutes
Nutritional Value Per Serving
|Total Fat||15 g|
|Total Carbohydrate||25 g|
|Dietary Fiber||5 g|
|Calcium||3% of daily value|
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