Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Been a long time since I.......


Posted on this blog. Life has been busy. Lots of stuff going on. Knitting in peace. I really enjoy sitting in my sunroom and knitting. I bought myself a new chair from Pier One. I am working on making this room an oasis of peace. I meditate in this room. I love this room. I will post a pic soon (promise). I am posting some knitting stuff..This is a hat that I worked on. I like the basic idea of the newsboy cap, I'm just trying different yarns and different stitch patterns now that I feel comfortable with it. This brown hat I used a yo stitch to create a cool pattern of holes running throughout. Cute, right? I thought so. Hey, anytime I do something on my own I'm proud. This bag I felted and played around with the handles. I used one of my antique buttons on the flower. This is manos yarn (what else, right?). The flower I knit from Louise Harding's book. Speaking of books, just bought the Nicki Epstein's book of knitted flowers. Cool stuff. She's so talented. Let's see, on the knitting front I also won a $50.00 gift certificate to LYS. I decided to drive into pennsylvania for their 1 year anniversary. 20% off all yarn. Hey do any of us yarn addicts need a reason to go to a LYS???? It was a rainy sat and hubby was feeling ill. So I drove 40 mins in the rain, dropped $130.00 and got a phone call 2 days later that I won the raffle. Yeah!!!!!! Lots of new cascade 220 (among other purchases) and I won! Cool beans. This other newsboy is with another new yarn I found on the rainy day shopping trip. It's a little bit thicker than manos, the colors are gorgeous!!!!!!!
So, on the yoga front. Still teaching. Still practicing. Started a relaxation exercise called 61 points. This was as per the recommendation of my yoga teacher (Jaime, see website at www.spandayoga.com). I bought a cd from the Himalayan institute by Rolf Sovik. I had practiced this before after Jaime's class, so if your starting out you should try 31 points first. Anyhew, the first day I tried the cd was a monday afternoon after a particularly hectic day. I was exhausted when I came home. I did the 61 points and I felt like a new woman! So relaxed and recharged I took a body pump class before I taught that night. Oh yeah. This is good stuff. I highly recommend it. I will soon be incorporating it into my class. This past weekend I went to the LYS (wow Local Yoga Studio- how weird is that, the two things I love have the same abbreviation). I went to take a power yoga class. I have taken this class several time before and the owner teaches it. She is an awesome teacher, us newbies can only aspire to be like all of those that teach us. She always says things in class that I need to hear. I mean ALWAYS.... so this week she talked about non-attatchment. Removing jewelry, etc.. What to do you wear on your body (aside from clothing) to your yoga class? I usually take off my wedding rings because they affect mudras. This class I had on a bracelet, a bracelet that was amma's (see www.amma.org) so I didn't want to remove it because it's blessed, but I did. What I couldn't seem to remove was my attatchment to all the things going on in my life currently. And That affected my practice greatly. See, one thing I have learned, you can't take a power yoga class (or any other yoga class) when you are mentally distracted. It's just more evident when you take a power class. I am the first to admit, I spent alot of time in child's pose. I spent some time crying. I felt every burning fiber in my legs in warrior pose. I tried to focus on my drishti point, hmm. Definetly a reminder. Let it go. Check yourself at the door. Be present on your mat. It never hurts to be reminded of the things you are trying to teach your students. Thanks Tracey. Just one last pic. Two more felted bags, and my venture into embroidery.....

1 comment:

Jen said...

Love the brown newsboy vairation! The diagonal eyelets look gret. Congrats on winning the LYS gift certificate, how cool!