Thursday, 28 February 2013
Milagros (also known as an ex-voto or dijes) are religious folk charms that are traditionally used for healing purposes and as votive offerings in Mexico, the southern United States, other areas of Latin America, and parts of the Iberian peninsula. They are frequently attached to altars, shrines, and sacred objects found in places of worship, and they are often purchased in churches and cathedrals, or from street vendors.
Milagros come in a variety of shapes and dimensions and are fabricated from many different materials, depending on local customs. For example, they might be nearly flat or fully three dimensional; and they can be constructed from gold, silver, tin, lead, wood, bone, or wax. In Spanish, the word milagro literally means miracle or surprise.
(source: wiki and good ol'google searching...)
Wednesday, 27 February 2013
Objects & Artifacts - The objects in this series include religious objects, figurines, jewelry, toys, textiles, and artworks. While some of the objects are artworks made by Wojnarowicz, they also include artworks made by others, ritual objects, natural artifacts and commercial objects that he collected. Some of the objects figured as props in Wojnarowicz’s photography and film works.
Small Painted Mammal Skull, sculpted material, wire, blue paint, 4 x 2.875 x 2.875 inches
Stones, possibly quartz, between .5 and 1 inches in diameter.
Envelope of Paper Currency, 280,000 and Argentina Pesos. contents: seven 1 peso bills; eighteen 10,000 peso bills; one 100,000 peso bill; one 100 Turkish bill; one 50 Israeli bill, 4 x 9.5 inches
Framed Photo of Young Yogi, Sepia colored photograph of boy wearing a necklace and large bindi dot on his forehead, framed in plastic standing frame. Boy is probably Swami Muktananda. Copyright SYDA Foundation, 3.375 x 2.25 x 1.75 inches
Cloth Snake, Green and white striped cloth stuff snake, with embroidered dots of green, purple, red and yellow, 6.375 x 9 x 1.75 inches
Dog-head Toy, Plastic dog head attached to rubber base, perhaps a horn, 3.75 x 1.125 x 1.8 inches
Group of Knives, File, Clipper, Lighter, Tweezers, One “Space Ship” pocket and jack knife; one black lighter; one nail clipper; two tweezers; one pocket knife/file combo, 5 x 5 x 0.5 inches
Glass Phial with Porcupine Quills, round glass bottle with many plastic hedgehog or porcupine quills, 2.625 x 11 inches
Worry Beads and Necklaces, Large bundle of necklaces and stringed beads. Labeled by MR: Worry-Beads and Necklaces A(14) 4/11-12/95. Stone bead necklaces: one mostly yellow cylinders; one black, yellow and red necklace with mother of pearl Indian head pendant; two necklaces of purple flat cylinders; one turquoise beads; one of green white and red cylinders; two of small beads, many green; one green striped orbs; one of red oblong stones. Miscellaneous necklaces: one green with yellow stripes beads; one heavy metal cylinders; one of beads made from US dimes; one of ornamented silver orbs; brown plastic rosary; one green plastic beads; one mutli-colored faceted gem-like beads; one silver chain; one light blue beads rosary; African style yellow, black and red beads on leather; one of multi-colored stones, plastic, clay; plastic reed heart with yellow squiggles pendant on string. Red tissue paper, 2.5 x 144.5 inches
Circle Pin, Black and White concentric circles pin, 1.25 x 1.25 inches
Tuesday, 26 February 2013
"At the very beginning of a practice, no matter whether you're starting lying down, standing or any other way, the moment your yoga practice really begins is when you take your whole attention fully inside your body, letting go of everything else.
It's total immersion - just like diving into deep water...
...and having jumped in, imagine that you have become the lake itself. Settling in will have created disturbance - not just on the surface but throughout the body. As you start your practice, watch dispassionately as the whole body comes to stillness, starting at the surface and then gradually becoming quieter, deeper, deeper and deeper with each exhalation."
Monday, 25 February 2013
‘I don’t know what you’ve got in mind,’ said Pippi, ‘but I’m not the sort to lie around. I’m a thing-searcher, you see. And that means I never have a moment to spare.’
‘What did you say you were?’ asked Annika.
‘What’s that?’ asked Tommy.
‘Someone who goes searching for things, of course! What else would it be?’ said Pippi as she swept all the flour into a little pile. ‘The whole world is full of things, which means there’s a real need for someone to go searching for them. And that’s exactly what a thing-searcher does.’
‘What kind of things?’ asked Annika.
‘Oh, all kinds,’ said Pippi. ‘Gold nuggets and ostrich feathers and dead mice and tiny little nuts and bolts and things like that.’
Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking.
Sunday, 24 February 2013
I went to see Breath Of The Gods at the ICA this afternoon. It documents Krishnamacharya's life and teachings as seen through the eyes of the film's director Jan Schmidt-Garre on his search for 'authentic' yoga. His journey leads him from the legendary students and relatives of Krishnamacharya's to the source of modern yoga, at the palace of the Maharaja of Mysore.
It is beautifully shot and worth seeing, if just for the archive footage. I enjoyed the taste of someone elses journey into the vast and varied church of yoga and I came a way with a feeling that we are all, even the most well respected of teachers and Gurus, only human.
Saturday, 23 February 2013
Friday, 22 February 2013
"Morning yoga? Ouch! Participants exercise during the inaugural session of World Yoga Conference in Jammu, India. The three-day conference will host over 300 delegates from different countries." Photograph: Strdel/AFP/Getty Images
Found via The GuardianTumblr
Did you know that people with a great deal of extension in their lower back are born like that? It is something determined by the thickness of the intervertebral discs.
Acrobats and contortionists have very thick discs which allow a great deal of movement, particularly in the lumbar spine. No amount of practice will turn someone with genetically thinner discs into someone with thicker ones so trying to emulate the deeper backbends if your body is not built that way will only end in tears!
Thursday, 21 February 2013
I tried Yamuna Body-Rolling with Leila Sadaghee this weekend. Very interesting...I recommend having a go.
Find out more about Leila here and read all about the technique in this article.