Monday, 20 August 2012

Summer Holiday

I'm taking a little time off to enjoy the Summer (in a warmer, dryer place...) I'll be back in September with posts on all kinds of yoga related magic and fun.

Illustration from The Girl Flyers on Adventure Island, Copyright 1932, The Goldsmith Publishing Company, Chicago. Found here.


Time for a well needed break.
See you in a couple of weeks...

Saturday, 18 August 2012


my latest 'how to' classes start in October and i can't wait!
All images found on the lovely Clam Blog.

I can't wait to dive into the sea!

Found here


This above all: to thine own self be true,
And it must follow, as the night the day,
Thou canst not then be false to any man.

Hamlet Act 1, scene 3, 78–82

The Centipede

“The Centipede” performed by dancers in Brussels in 1929.
found via known-stranger

Friday, 17 August 2012

The Welcome Collection

I went to see the Superhuman exhibition at The Welcome Collection today. It's really fascinating and well worth a visit if you are in London, in fact that Museum is worth a visit any time, the programme of exhibitions is always interesting.
My favourite so far has been Skin.

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Hand Painted Typography

Hand Yoga!
A typographic experiment by designer Tien-Min Liao found via thisiscolossal
Inspiration does not come like a bolt, nor is it kinetic energy striving, but it comes to us slowly and quietly and all the time. 

 -- Brenda Ueland

Pablo Genov├ęs, Precipitados

Face Reality as it is by Thomas Quinn. 
Found at thisiscolossal

From here

From here
Are you really sure that a floor can't also be a ceiling? 

 -- M.C. Escher


from here

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

The Tenenbaums (and Co.)

Criterion has shared the book and magazine covers that appeared in The Royal Tenenbaums.  My favourite is Henry Sherman’s adorable Accounting For Everything!

I’ll let you be in my dreams if I can be in yours.

--Bob Dylan

Images from here and here.

Tuesday, 14 August 2012

Found here

Light filled public library

This public library is situated on a campus of public school buildings in Gando, a village in the west African country of Burkina Faso. The library, along with the surrounding school buildings, were designed by Kere Architecture, a firm led by Gando native, Diebedo Francis Kere.

Found via designboom


Belly from Julia Pott on Vimeo.

"I can feel you in my belly"

A weird and wonderful coming-of-age tale. Belly, by Julia Pott, is a film about the difficulties of having to leave things behind. Make sure to put seven and half minutes aside today and watch this film!

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Pose of the week

Parighasana(Gate Pose) Parighasana (Gate Pose) really stretches and lightens the side body and invites the breath to become truly three-dimensional. The pose stretches the intercostal muscles that connect the ribs (and much more...) When these muscles are tight, which commonly happens when we cough and sneeze repeatedly or have poor posture, the rib cage's movement is restricted, and so is respiration. Elongating the intercostal muscles improves breathing; consequently, Parighasana helps respiratory problems usually associated with asthma, allergies, colds, and flu. It's a pose i like to practice before exploring the breath with the three-part breath exercise.  

Sequencing Parighasana can be used as a preparation for many of the standing poses, including Utthita Trikonasana (Extended Triangle Pose)and Utthita Parsvakonasana (Extended Side Angle Pose). It's also a good preparation for Parivrtta Janu Sirsasana (Revolved Head-to-Knee Pose) and a nice addition to an asana practice that is preparing the body for Pranayama.  

Benefits Stretches the sides of the torso, intercostal muscles and spine, Stretches the hamstrings and iliopsoa, Opens the shoulders and frees the breath.  

Cautions With any serious knee injury, kneeling might be difficult or impossible. In this case, perform the pose sitting on a chair. Arrange your legs either in front of your torso, with knees at right angles, or stretch one leg out to the side, mimicking the full pose.

Chiharu Shiota

 Chiharu Shiota