Tuesday, 30 April 2013

3 Things i've learnt this morning..

1. Bruce Lee was the 1958 Hong Kong Cha-Cha Champion. Smooth.

2. Age is of no importance, unless you are a cheese. mmmmmmmmm cheese...
3. Some days, whoever you are, every inch or your body will rebel and that's OK. Be patient.
How people treat you is their karma; how you react is yours.

--Wayne Dyer

Synchronised knee lifting. We are all one.

Source: retronaut

Yep. Smooth.

Fernand Aubry, Coiffeur Visagiste, Paris, found here

Judith ann Braun

Finger drawings by Judith ann Braun

Monday, 29 April 2013

Rinko Kawauchi

Beautiful images from Rinko Kawauchi.
our time…  is now
the future… keep dancing
the past… got me here
morning… tea
noon… tides
night… dreaming
perfect happiness…  freedom
preposterous… Kodak ending film production
fear… the reaper
love…  energy
extravagance…  the cosmos
comedy… laughter
work…  gratitude
our time…  is now
the future… keep dancing
the past… got me here

a conversation with Cat Stevens from Book Stand

Two Figures-Sphinx
Lenna Glackens

Found here

Found here

Saturday, 27 April 2013

Alex Prager


"A kite is a tethered aircraft."

Floralia Kites from Fredericks and Mae

Working on some screen prints!
"I’ve learned that no matter what happens, or how bad it seems today, life does go on, and it will be better tomorrow. I’ve learned that you can tell a lot about a person by the way he/she handles these three things: a rainy day, lost luggage, and tangled Christmas tree lights. I’ve learned that regardless of your relationship with your parents, you’ll miss them when they’re gone from your life. I’ve learned that making a “living” is not the same thing as making a “life.” I’ve learned that life sometimes gives you a second chance. I’ve learned that you shouldn’t go through life with a catcher’s mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back. I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, or just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel."
--Maya Angelou

Neil Krug

Wise words Ferris

Friday, 26 April 2013


Karma Drama Tee from Grind London

Pose of the week

Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Balance)
To add to my previous 'pose of the week' series (see the Pincha Mayurasana and Salamba Sirasana pose) i recently came across this article in Yoga Journal and it's a good answer so a commonly asked question so i thought i would share!

Q: I have been doing yoga for four years and still can't do an elbow balance. I collapse by going forward until my head hits the wall. I don't feel it is lack of strength as I can do Headstand and Handstand.
—Shirley Mahoney
Lisa Walford's reply:

In Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand), you have a longer fulcrum from the hand to the shoulder, so you can depend on momentum to kick up. In Sirsasana (Headstand) you have a broader base with the forearms and the crown of the head on the floor, so the shoulder muscles get additional support from the upper back muscles, which makes it easier to get up. But keep in mind that even if you can get up in Headstand, the integrity of alignment in the neck can be severely compromised if there is inadequate lift in the armpit and instability in the shoulder girdle. How you get up is as important as being there! 

In Pincha Mayurasana (Forearm Stand or Elbow Balance), the actions required of the shoulder are confined to a smaller area, which challenges the flexibility and stability of the shoulder girdle directly. When viewed from the side, the optimal placement should be an even column from the base of the pose through the upper arm, armpit, shoulder, torso, pelvis, and legs. That is, the pose should not collapse in the armpits and then compensate by bending in the low back. Sound familiar--the banana shape? 

From your hands and knees, face a wall and place your forearms on the floor. Place a belt or strap just above your elbows so that your forearms remain parallel to each other and shoulder-width apart. Set a block between your hands. These props will help you keep the chest open when you kick up. They'll also help you to get the stability you need from the serratus anterior, a key muscle that attaches the shoulder blades to the back ribs and from which you can properly distribute weight through the shoulder girdle into the back. 

Keep your shoulders in a vertical line directly above the elbows, draw the shoulder blades onto your back, and straighten your legs. You will be in a shortened Downward-Facing Dog with your forearms on the ground. While pressing down into the elbows and the forearms, draw your upper back (the thoracic spine) in toward the chest and slowly walk your feet toward your hands until you get a vertical lift from the elbows all the way up through the shoulders, ribs and waist. Stay in this preliminary stage for several breaths to reinforce the stability and length in the shoulders and armpits. If you have the flexibility in the upper back and the armpits can yawn and open, then bring one leg slightly in front of the other and kick up. 

While kicking up, maintain the 90-degree angle between the forearm and the upper arm by pressing the center of the forearm into the floor and lifting the upper arm off the forearm. This will help keep you from collapsing toward the wall. 

By setting up properly and carefully studying how you go into a pose, you will better identify what needs strength or stability and where you need to elongate and open. Like pruning a garden and watching it flourish, practice with vigilance and you will find that your yoga will become more refined. 

Lisa Walford is a senior intermediate Iyengar Yoga instructor and has been teaching for more than twenty years. She is one of the directors of the Teacher Training Program at Yoga Works, in Los Angeles. She has served on the faculty of the 1990 and 1993 National Iyengar Yoga Conventions and studies regularly with the Iyengars.

On a far more serious note, and for inspiration,  have a look at Mikhail Baryshnikov's sublime serratus anterior....cor(e)!

image source: top image of B.K.S Iyengar from here and Mikhail Baryshnikov from Rebecca Ketchum)

Between Sea and Sky

images from here, here and here
morning… birds
noon… nourish
night… moon

Found here

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Anna Pogossova

Images by Anna Pogossova, titled Iceland. Stunning.

Found via thejealouscurator


"If you are a certain kind of person, there is a unique form of pleasure to be obtained in an archive. With an important writer’s notes—or, even better, journals—there is a sense of ceremonious trespassing involved in having a specialist present you, the researcher, with a revered figure’s highly personal, and often rather trivial, belongings. The special collections room becomes an equalizing space where we can ogle at the humdrum remains of those we esteem the most; by looking through their assorted paperwork—through their receipts, to-do lists and preserved desk detritus—they become somewhat less elevated and more earthly. This is even truer in the case of the three-dimensional realia: due to the combinations of death, achievement, fame, and rarity, the worn and used objects of everyday life are eventually deemed research-worthy...."

Extract from  Mysterious Skin: The Realia of William Gaddis by Matthew Erickson in The Paris Review

Moon Jars

Korean Moon Jars

(source: wiki and googleimages)

Trouble sleeping?

Just found a nice little tip on A Cup Of Jo.
"...Pretend that you’re going to fall through the bed. It makes you realize how tensed up your body is and helps you relax....'
Apartment Therapy also found the most relaxing song ever, which actually slows down your heartbeat.

Nothing beats a good sleep!

(image: Coffee with Maddie from maddieonthings)

The Tasdance Archives

via VAULT - The Tasdance archives
founded in 1981, Tasdance was Australia's first dance-in-education company, commissioned to take contemporary dance into schools, conducting workshops and performances and delivering on the key goal of arts funding - to create access to the arts.

more here