Category Archives: NJ-L

New Jersey Deaf Senior Housing Committee

Click here to see New Jersey Deaf Senior Housing Committee Flyer

I love Rock and Roll

Click here to see ASL_Rock_Show_Flyer

Lingo Game Nite

Ocean Deaf Club, Inc. Lingo Game Nite **NEW**  “BONUS LINGO” When: Saturday, April 21st Time: 6:30 to 11 pm Please don’t forget your membership dues. Members: $10.00 Non-Members: $12.00 The Presbyterian Church in Lakehurst 101 Orchard Street, Lakehurst, NJ (between Union Avenue & Pine Street) Doors open at 6:30 pm. (Please No early birds) Please [...]

Deaf Women United of New Jersey & Greater Philadelphia: Wine Tasting, Cheese & Dessert

Click here to see flyer

The Duty of the Local Deaf Firefighter Fire Safety + Demo + See Fire Engine Bert Rypkema, ASL Deaf Presenter Waretown Volunteer Fire Co., Assistant Engineer Officer Recipient of 12 Awards Saturday, April 28, 2012 at 1 pm Waretown United Methodist Church 27 Bryant Road, Waretown NJ 08758 (4 miles east of exit 69 on [...]

Saturday, April 7th Our Lady of Peace Catholic Church 1740 Route 130, North Brunswick NJ For Current Members Door Open at 3:45 pm    Meeting at 4 pm It will be about Constitution & Bylaws Non-Members – please arrive after 5 pm Refreshment on Sale at 5 pm to 6 pm 50-50 Tickets on Sale * [...]

We’re thrilled to announce another sign-language-interpreted Shabbat Service and hope that you can join us! WHAT: A Service with full readings from the Torah, Haftorah (Prophets), and Song of Songs, not to mention a special Yizkor (Memorial) Service, too, to remember those loved ones who’d passed away WHEN: 10:00 AM — 12:30 PM on Saturday, [...]

NJ DDHH Monthly Communicator April 2012 Issue NOW Available Online   Dear Community,   The April 2012 issue of the NJ Division of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Monthly Communicator Newsletter is now available online at our website:     http://www.state.nj.us/humanservices/ddhh/newsletters/communicator/current/April%202012.pdf   Please feel free to distribute to other interested readers.   Enjoy!   [...]

Hello, Unfortunately, due to a lack of vendors, Ocean County College’s Deaf Awareness Day has been cancelled. However, the ASL Rock and Roll show will take place on April 21st at 7PM at Toms River High School North. Attached is the flyer for Ocean County College’s Interpreter Training Program’s ASL Rock and Roll Show! Contact [...]

The News of Cumberland County Cumberland County SPCA page for Monday, March 19 … The Bridgeton News – NJ.com This is our first indication that a dog or puppy is deaf. Another indicator is their color — because congenital deafness is pigment related, deaf dogs are often primarily white. Deafness can be confirmed by testing [...]

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.

Good Vibrations

I’ve been in Downward-Facing Dog for awhile. My legs and arms are starting to shake. I’m always a little embarrassed when this happens.

The teacher walks by my mat and slows down.

“Feel that shaking?” she asks.

“Uh, yeah,” I say.

“That’s good,” she says.

“Good?”

“It’s your body’s energy.”

I stay in position and think, My body’s energy? Nope, I’m pretty sure it’s just my muscles on the verge of collapse!

“You may have the urge to try to control the shaking,” she says.

Yes, I think.

“Or you may feel the urge to let go and shake uncontrollably,” she says.

I nod upside down. Giving in and letting the shaking take over sounds even better.

“Find the balance between the two. You don’t want to block it, but you don’t want to over-indulge it.”

She talks more about the body’s energy, and I’m not sure I completely understand all she’s saying. But as my body stretches, strengthens, balances, and shakes, I stay with it. I stay true to the moment, sensing the balance between control and lack of it. Suddenly the shaking doesn’t feel so embarrassing; it actually feels kind of good.

WASA Turkey Jack Sandwich

Ingredients

1 slice Wasa Multi Grain Crispbread
1 slice of turkey breast
1 slice pepper jack cheese
1 fresh basil leaf

Directions

Layer each ingredient on the Wasa to create an open-faced sandwich. Break/cut into thirds.

Enjoy!

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

Category Specific RSS

Archives

Tags