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ASL Storytelling Event

Ocean Deaf Club, Inc. 28th Annual Outing & Picnic RAIN OR SHINE (Huge Pavilion ) When:  Saturday, September 14, 2013 Time: 12:00 to Dusk Where:  Veteran’ s Park Veteran Hwy, Bayville N.J.08721 Admission: Member $ 20.00 Non-Member $ 25.00 (After August 28th  $30.00)              Buffet includes: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole slaw, […]

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey When you enter the park, go to the left side to see our ticket booth. Our booth is open from10:00am to 3:00pm Theme/Safari: $40.00 Hurricane Harbor: $25.00 Premium Season Pass: $80.00 To purchase tickets online: www.sixflags.com/greatadventure  […]

The 29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

The 29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day will be held at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Please note that the purchased tickets can be use any day of the 2013 season, not only June 8. Before June 8 Theme/Safari: $33.00 Hurricane Harbor: $23.00 Premium […]

NWJAD host the Deaf Movie

ASL Festival at Union County College 1033 Springfield Ave Cranford, NJ Date: April 20th 2013 Time: 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM AND NWJAD host the Deaf Movie Time: 7.30 PM Date: April 20, 2013 Time: 7:30 PM Where: Union County College The Stage for the Pit 1033 Springfield Ave Cranford, NJ Ticket Price: $12.00 per […]

  NWJAD (Northwest Jersey Assn. of the Deaf, Inc.) is Proud to Host SEE FLYER>>> NWJAD – Poker The Bonnie Thomas Memorial Fund Saturday, March 16, 2013 To be held at St. Peter Episcopal Church 215 Boulevard Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 Door opens at 12:00 PM Game starts at 1:00 PM sharp! $40.00 Buy-In (7500 […]

HI/DI Working Together– Why and How?  Ray Kenney; CDI and Nancy Berlove: SC:L While other states automatically place CDIs on jobs, in New York it is often left to the hearing interpreter to determine the need. What criteria could be considered in evaluating the need for a CDI – is it just because the HI […]

  Masquerade Ball Saturday, March 9, 2013 7 PM until 11 PM Anthony & Cleopatra 2379 South Black Horse Pike Williamstown, NJ 08094 Hosted by Deaf Women United of New Jersey & Greater Philadelphia $40 per person (16 years old & older) Includes Dinner Buffet, DJ Entertainment & Prizes Cash Bar Prizes awarded for the […]

Click here to see Catholic DeaFest 2013 flyer

MADA proudly host for 10th Anniversary Celebration / 11th Asian New Year Party on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. It will be located at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ. There will have Korean Buffet, Entertainment, Prizes, and Deaf Storyteller. The admission is $70 per person. Payment must be received by December 31, 2012 – no […]

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.

Blue Zones

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.

Wasa with Scrambled Eggs, Tricolor Peppers and Leeks

Ingredients

½ cup red peppers cut into ½ in long strips
½ cup green peppers cut into ½ in long strips
½ cup yellow peppers, cut into ½ in long strips
¼ cup (2 ounces) pasteurized egg white product (may substitute 1 whole egg, beaten)
1 teaspoon olive oil
2 tablespoons leeks, thinly sliced
1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
2 pieces WASA Hearty Rye Crispbread

Directions

Heat olive oil in a small skillet. Add vegetables and cook until desired tenderness.
Add egg to vegetables and cook through. Remove from heat and stir in parsley.
Spread on WASA Crispbread and serve.

TIP: Substitute ½ cup of any of you favorite vegetables for peppers.

Prep time: 15 minutes

Serves 1

Nutritional Value Per Serving

 

Calories 85
Total Fat 2 g
Saturated Fat 2 g
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 125 mg
Total Carbohydrate 12 g
Dietary Fiber 3 g
Protein 5 g
Calcium 2% of daily value

NOTE: Nutrition information shown is not applicable when whole egg is substituted for egg white product.

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