Join us Thursday, May 7 at 2:30pm for outdoor community yoga! Arrive early to sign waiver. Weather permitting - check page for announcements before heading out to class. Please bring your own blocks/straps/mats/blankets or just practice in the grass. Donations benefit my scholarship for community college students. Everyone is welcome. Hope to see you there!
Everyone is welcome to join us for outdoor community yoga in DeKalb :)
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"The messages are sent straight to the subconscious, activating latent tendencies and enforcing the belief that we are inherently flawed. They say we're not sexy, thin, young, beautiful, or rich enough, and that to be happy, we must be different.
These messages ride on the top of glossy, photoshopped images. Pores are airbrushed, legs lengthened, waists reduced, and different parts of women combined into an unrealistic, exaggerated whole. These images, seen thousands of times a day, weave themselves into the recesses of our mind and shape our subtle thoughts, words, actions, habits, and beliefs about who and how we should be.
Yoga + Body Image
The practices of yoga can help us unwind unconscious beliefs and habits and resist the powerful forces of media imagery.
Yet, as yoga grows into a multi-billion dollar industry, it has adopted the same destructive marketing tactics—impossibly thin, provocative women and strong, powerful men are shown holding ultra-advanced postures. Sex sells, and so do acrobatics.
Today, yoga is equated with these images, selling everything from magazines, to classes, to products, to teachers. As a result, new and beginner yoga practitioners often feel intimidated. Teachers who have great yogic wisdom to share doubt their proficiency because they cannot hold the handstand in the middle of the room. Others, caught up in the body-hate paradigm themselves, use fitness, and the fear of fat, as classroom motivation.
While mastering a form may be a sign of excellence, when perfecting poses becomes our sole focus, it undermines the deeper teachings of practice, and it may also undermine our health."
Full Article with Seven Steps to Loving your Body
"....As the world mourns the loss of Robin Williams, people everywhere are left feeling helpless and confused. How could someone who appeared so happy in actuality be so very depressed? The truth is that many, many people face the very same struggle each and every day.
...You can help.
...Listen when people talk. Make eye contact. Convey empathy. And for the love of people everywhere, put down that ridiculous not-so-SmartPhone and be human.
Check in on friends struggling with depression. Even if they don't answer the phone or come to the door, make an effort to let them know that you are there. Friendship isn't about saving lost souls; friendship is about listening and being present.
Reach out to survivors of suicide. Practice using the words "suicide" and "depression" so that they roll off the tongue as easily as "unicorns" and "bubble gum." Listen as they tell their stories. Hold their hands. Be kind with their hearts. And hug them every single time.
Encourage help. Learn about the resources in your area so that you can help friends and loved ones in need. Don't be afraid to check in over and over again. Don't be afraid to convey your concern. One human connection can make a big difference in the life of someone struggling with mental illness and/or survivor's guilt.
It's time to talk about suicide and depression."
-Katie Hurley, Child and Adolescent Psychotherapist, Parenting Expert, Huff Post
Akaroa, New Zealand is a beautiful harbor town about 46 miles outside Christchurch. Originally a French & British settlement, it has plenty of historical sites and quaint shops all within walking distance along the bay. It's the perfect getaway during our summer (their winter), as tourist traffic is light and prices are reduced.
I enjoyed one of the best restaurant-cooked meals I have had since being diagnosed with Celiac at Ma Maison Restaurant and Bar. The chef adapted their meal to create a gluten and dairy free Market Fish of the Day with mashed potatoes and steamed veggies. It was bursting with flavor, everything perfectly matched, and the fish itself was superb. I sat in front of the fireplace and was served a dairy free raspberry sorbet with peach champagne sauce for dessert. A+
If you do get the chance to visit Akaroa, be sure to catch a boardwalk sunset and swim with wild Hector's dolphins.