Tuesday, 31 May 2011

Yoga Is As Yoga Does

Well I can see that you and yoga will never do

Yoga is as yoga does there's no in-between
Your either with it on the ball or you've blown the scene
I can see lookin' at you, you just can't get settled
How can I even move, twistin' like a pretzel

(Yoga is, yoga does)
(There's no in-between)
(Your either with it all the way) Or you've blown the scene
(Or you've blown the scene)

Come on come on, untwist my legs
Pull my arms a lot
How did I get so tied up
In this yoga knot
You tell me just how I can take this yoga serious
When all it ever gives to me is a pain in my posteriors

(Yoga is, yoga does)
(There's no in-between)
(Your either with it all the way) Or you've blown the scene
(Or you've blown the scene)

Stand upside down on your head, feet against the wall
A simple yoga exercise done by one and all
Now cross your eyes and hold your breath, look just like a clown
Yoga's sure to catch you if you come falling down

(Yoga is, yoga does)
(There's no in-between)
(Your either with it all the way) Or you've blown the scene
(Or you've blown the scene)
"Gathering is peculiar, because you see nothing but what you're looking for. If you're picking raspberries, you see only what's red, and if you're looking for bones you see only the white. No matter where you go, the only thing you see is bones."

Marlene Dumas

Hello Summer!

"I love borders. August is the border between summer and autumn; it is the most beautiful month I know.

Twilight is the border between day and night, and the shore is the border between sea and land. The border is longing: when both have fallen in love but still haven't said anything. The border is to be on the way. It is the way that is the most important thing."

- Tove Jansson

Image found here via here

Synopsis of Warren G's Regulate

Aparently someone decided to provide an in depth synopsis of Nate Dogg and Warren G’s track Regulate on Wikipedia. From what i can see it is no longer there, but i found it here and had to share. Genius.

According to Wikipedia (Or at least it was once...) :

On a cool, clear night (typical to Southern California) Warren G travels through his neighborhood, searching for women with whom he might initiate sexual intercourse. He has chosen to engage in this pursuit alone.[6]

Nate Dogg, having just arrived in Long Beach, seeks Warren. On his way to find Warren, Nate passes a car full of women who are excited to see him. Regardless, he insists to the women that there is no cause for excitement.

Warren makes a left turn at 21st Street and Lewis Ave, in the East Hill/Salt Lake neighborhood[7], where he sees a group of young men enjoying a game of dice together. He parks his car and greets them. He is excited to find people to play with, but to his chagrin, he discovers they intend to relieve him of his material possessions. Once the hopeful robbers reveal their firearms, Warren realizes he is in a less than favorable predicament.

Meanwhile, Nate passes the women, as they are low on his list of priorities. His primary concern is locating Warren. After curtly casting away the strumpets (whose interest in Nate was such that they crashed their automobile), he serendipitously stumbles upon his friend, Warren G, being held up by the young miscreants.

Warren, unaware that Nate is surreptitiously observing the scene unfold, is in disbelief that he is being robbed. The perpetrators have taken jewelry and a name brand designer watch from Warren, who is so incredulous that he asks what else the robbers intend to steal. This is most likely a rhetorical question.
Observing these unfortunate proceedings, Nate realizes that he may have to use his firearm to deliver his friend from harm.

The tension crescendos as the robbers point their guns to Warren’s head. Warren senses the gravity of his situation. He cannot believe the events unfolding could happen in his own neighborhood. As he imagines himself in a fantasticalescape, he catches a glimpse of his friend, Nate.

Nate has seventeen cartridges to expend (sixteen residing in the pistol’s magazine, with a solitary round placed in the chamber and ready to be fired) on the group of robbers, and he uses many of them. Afterward, he generously shares the credit for neutralizing the situation with Warren, though it is clear that Nate did all of the difficult work. Putting congratulations aside, Nate quickly reminds himself that he has committed multiple homicides to save Warren before letting his friend know that there are females nearby if he wishes to fornicate with them.

Warren recalls that it was the promise of copulation that coaxed him away from his previous activities, and is thankful that Nate knows a way to satisfy these urges.

Nate quickly finds the women who earlier crashed their car on Nate’s account. He remarks to one that he is fond of her physical appeal. The woman, impressed by Nate’s singing ability, asks that he and Warren allow her and her friends to share transportation. Soon, both friends are driving with automobiles full of women to the East Side Motel, presumably to consummate their flirtation in an orgy.

The third verse is more expository, with Warren and Nate explaining their G Funk musical style. Warren displays his bravado by claiming that individuals with equivalent knowledge could not even attempt to approach his level of lyrical mastery. There follows a brief discussion of the genre’s musicological features, with special care taken to point out that in said milieu the rhythm is not in fact the rhythm, as one might assume, but actually the bass. Similarly the bass serves a purpose closer to that which the treble would in more traditional musical forms. Nate goes on to note that if any third party smokes as he does, they would find themselves in a state of intoxication daily (from Nate’s other works, it can be inferred that the substance referenced is marijuana). Nate concludes his delineation of the night by issuing a vague threat to “busters,” suggesting that he and Warren will further “regulate” any potential incidents in the future (presumably by engaging their enemies with small arms fire).

Found on The Wooster Collective via monk

Found here

Gabriel Dawe

I would love to see these for real! To see more of Gabriel Dawe's colourful world click here.
I found these pieces at thecoolhunter
It is important to have a secret, a premonition of things unknown. It fills life with something impersonal, a numinosum. A man who has never experienced that has missed something important. He must sense that he lives in a world which in some respects is mysterious; that things happen and can be experienced which remain inexplicable; that not everything which happens can be anticipated. The unexpected and the incredible belong in this world. Only then is life whole. For me the world has from the beginning been infinite and ungraspable.
-  Carl Gustav Jung.

Monday, 30 May 2011

Laura Mckellar

If my glasses looked like these Laura Mckellar creations i might be persuaded to actually wear them...
to see more click here

Another good use of pom-poms. found here via here.

Demonstrators sleep as people practice yoga at Madrid's Puerta del Sol, four days after Spanish regional and local elections, May 26, 2011.
Image found here

Pose of the week



  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity, and cures diseases.

Contraindications and Cautions

  • Asthma
  • Diarrhea
  • Back injury: Only perform this pose under the supervision of an experienced teacher. 
This forward bend is great for cultivating the understanding that yoga involves more than just physical effort.  If you are interested in a detailed description of the pose this is a great article.

Thursday, 26 May 2011

Photo Trouvée

Taken from the book Photo Trouvee, a unique collection of 285 amateur photographs found, collected and edited by the highly respected French photo historian Michel Frizot and the film and photography researcher Cédric de Veigy.

Tuesday, 24 May 2011

Leonardo da Vinci. Lady with an Ermine. 1489-1490. Oil on wood panel. 

love this. found here

Is yoga enough to keep you fit?

Came across this article in Yoga Journal when i was questioning if yoga was enough on its own. it's interesting! Read on if you want to find out more...

When it came to the fitness benefits yoga can or can't provide, yoga teacher John Schumacher had heard it all. A student of B. K. S. Iyengar for 20 years and founder of the Unity Woods studios in the Washington, D.C. area, Schumacher was convinced yoga provides a complete fitness regime. But many people, even some of his own students, disagreed. Yoga might be good for flexibility or relaxation, they'd say, but to be truly fit, you had to combine it with an activity like running or weight lifting. 

Schumacher just didn't buy it.

He knew three decades of yoga practice—and only yoga practice—had kept him fit. He didn't need to power walk. He didn't need to lift weights. His fitness formula consisted of daily asanas (poses) and pranayama (breathwork). That's all he needed.

Four years ago at age 52, Schumacher decided to prove his point. He signed up for physiological testing at a lab in Gaithersburg, Maryland. As he expected, Schumacher tested near the top of his age group for a variety of fitness tests, including maximum heart and exercise recovery rates. His doctor told him that he was in excellent physical condition and estimated that Schumacher had less than a one percent chance of suffering a cardiac event. "I've always maintained that yoga provides more than adequate cardiovascular benefits," says Schumacher. "Now I have the evidence that regular yoga practice at a certain level of intensity will provide you with what you need."

Evidence of yoga's ability to bolster fitness, however, goes well beyond Schumacher's personal experience. Yoga Journal's testing of three yogis also yielded impressive results. Even physiologists who don't do yoga now agree that the practice provides benefits well beyond flexibility and relaxation. Recent research—though preliminary—shows that yoga may also improve strength, aerobic capacity, and lung function. If you practice yoga, you already knew that. But if, like Schumacher, you've been told by friends, family, doctors, or even other yoga students that you need to add some power walking for your heart or strength training for your muscles, here's evidence that yoga is all you need for a fit mind and body.

Monday, 23 May 2011

Vija Celmins

1. Vija Celmins, Untitled (Big Sea #2). 1969. Graphite on acrylic ground on paper.
2. Vija Clemins, Untitled (Web 2). Mezzotint on Hahnemühle Copperplate paper
3. Vija Clemins, Untitled #13. 1996. Charcoal on paper
4. Vija Celmins, Suspended Plane. 1966. Oil on canvas
5. Vija Clemins, Gun with Hand #1. 1964. Oil on canvas

Sunday, 22 May 2011

"So i see that different things motivate me, but how it comes out can be very convoluted. You know, it just has, also, its own course. You're only partially in control of your creativity. It has its own agendas. You have to go where you have the most clarity."

Kiki Smith - The Venice Story

Sunday Tune

Saturday, 21 May 2011

Sunday Tune

Virginia Echeverria

All images belong to Virginia Echeverria. See more here


This is a strong, satisfying sequence that focuses on backbends and provides a break from sitting all day. Start with a seated meditation to calm the mind and end resting in corpse pose.

(Triangle Pose)

Virabhadrasana 1
(Warrior Pose 1)

Adho Mukha Svanasana
(Downward-Facing Dog Pose)

Eka Pada Rajakapotasana
(One-Legged King Pigeon Pose, variation)

Setu Bandah Sarvangasana
(Bridge Pose)

(Locust Pose)

Dhanurasana, x3
 (Bow Pose)

Ardha Matsyendrasana
(Half Lord of the Fishes Pose)

Supta Padangusthasana
(Reclining Hand-to-big-toe Pose)

Avocado Chocolate Moose

I know, it sounds so wrong, but tastes so good!

  • 4 ripe avocados
  • 1 cup agave nectar
  • 1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
Cup open avocados and scoop out the insides. Combine with other ingredients and blend until smooth (i recommend cutting the avocado into really small pieces and using a hand blender) then put in the fridge for a little while.
Serve with strawberries. 

Maia Flore

All images belong to Maia Flore. Check out her website . Lovely. I especially like the diary section.