Thursday, 31 March 2011

Pose of the week...

Sirsasana (Headstand)

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stimulates the pituitary and pineal glands
  • Strengthens the arms, legs, and spine
  • Strengthens the lungs
  • Tones the abdominal organs
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause
  • Therapeutic for asthma, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • Makes you feel like you've had a double espresso! 

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Back injury
  • Headache
  • Heart condition
  • High blood pressure
  • Menstruation
  • Neck injury
  • Low blood pressure: Don't start practice with this pose
  • Pregnancy: If you are experienced with this pose, you can continue to practice it late into pregnancy. However, don't take up the practice of Sirsasana after you become pregnant.
  • Sirsasana is considered to be an intermediate to advanced pose. Do not perform this pose without sufficient prior experience or unless you have the supervision of an experienced teacher. Some schools of yoga recommend doing Sirsasana before Sarvangasana, others vice versa.


    Recommended Read

    Simple and practical. Definitely work a read if breath work interests you...

    Source: madameom

    Wim Wenders - Photographs


    Tove Jansson - Adult Fiction

    I love these books...everyone should read them!

    Wednesday, 30 March 2011

    Jordan Askill

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    Yoga Inc. - Documentary

    See the full length documentary here:

    Yoga websites i LOVE

    The Foot

    You can't build a house on shaky foundations!

    1, the astragalus, its upper articular surface.
    2, its anterior extremity, which articulates with (4) the scaphoid bone.
    3, the os calcis, or heel bone.
    4, the scaphoid bone.
    5, the internal cuneiform bone.
    6, the middle cuneiform bone.
    7, the external cuneiform bone.
    8, the cuboid bone.
    9, the metatarsal bones of the first and second toes.
    10, 11, the first and second phalanges of the great toe.
    12, 13, 15, the first, second, and third phalanges of the second toe.

     Still. Kiki Smith, 2006
    Wild Geese
    You do not have to be good.
    You do not have to walk on your knees
    for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
    You only have to let the soft animal of your body
    love what it loves.
    Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
    Meanwhile the world goes on.
    Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
    are moving across the landscapes,
    over the prairies and the deep trees,
    the mountains and the rivers.
    Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
    are heading home again.
    Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
    the world offers itself to your imagination,
    calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting--
    over and over announcing your place
    in the family of things.

    Mary Oliver


    French & Saunders - Old Ladies Museum Tour

    Abe's Penny

    Issue 2.10 featuring Flora Hanitijo and Dan Chaon

    2.9 featuring Massimo Vitali and James Yeh

    Brooklyn based micromagazine Abe's Penny have used a very imaginative approach for their monthly magazine. They work with a different  artist and writer pairing every month, creating postcard art sets that they mail out to subscibers. You receive one issue per month as a four part postcard set, tantalisingly posted in weekly brings to mind the way 19th century novels were published in periodicals like episodes of Eastenders. FUN! Check it out here