Hiking. Gardening. Yoga.

February 8, 2012


margery carlson nature preserve, la salle county, illinois

hello!

here we are into february and still we’ve had no real snowfall to speak of. it’s not that i’m complaining, actually, i’m grateful in many ways for the mild winter; anyone who heats with propane could appreciate that. luckily, we have a wood stove that helps to supplement the high cost of heating with propane.

i took this photo last week while hiking in the margery carlson nature preserve; it’s my across the road neighbor. i like how the little bit of green moss peaks out in the sea of brown leaves.

richard has started seeds for this years garden. it’s always exciting to be able to get to work on the garden. we saved a lot of seeds from last years garden so this is a bit of an experiment for me. i’ve never done much seed saving before, but i think it’s definitely the right direction to go. richard is a member of  seed savers exchange . it’s a great organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds. we have started a few variety of pepper seeds and also some ‘mystery’ seeds richard found in the basement; it will be interesting to see what (if anything) sprouts up from those. i love a good mystery :).

i have tried a new yoga dvd featuring teacher jason crandell. i shouldn’t be surprised that he credits rodney yee as one of his influential teachers. i recently heard an interesting interview with william broad on npr’s fresh air about the science of yoga. broad mentions that there is a new movement in yoga that makes yoga more assessable and safe for all of us. he cites the iyengar method of yoga as  yoga that uses props and modifications to make yoga safer. i can appreciate this as someone who , at almost  age 50, wants to get the most benefit but with less risk of injury.

i’ll leave you with a link to a recent video i found on you tube:

peace,

julayne

Cabin Fever

February 6, 2011


la salle county, illinois

happy sunday morning!

a few more inches of snow has fallen on the prairie and i’m starting to wonder if spring will ever arrive. because of the weather, i only worked 1 day last week and am hoping that this last snow won’t delay us going back.

i don’t know that i’ve made the best use of my time. there is still some laundry to do and household chores to get to, although, it’s nice that the kids are so helpful, it makes it much easier on me. i’ve spent a lot of this free time focused on yoga and thinking about the yogic lifestyle. i’m quite inspired by the core principals  of  abhyasa and vairagya. practicing non attachment is very appealing to me and i feel i have a good start in that direction. but now that i look around i feel as if i can do better. i want to focus on my abundance of clothing. purchasing all of my clothing second hand, i sometimes get carried away because i find some very nice clothing for very little money. why not only take what i really need and leave the rest for others?

i’m also working on an erosion bundle. i think it’s a fun idea even though i just found out about it and am a little late on starting it, i think it could be a fun ongoing project through the year. wish me luck.

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the photo posted here was taken at richard’s when i was visiting him in december. i’ll dedicate this one to seth as richard mentioned that he liked this one.

peace.

namaste,

julayne

Beginners Mind

February 3, 2011


la salle county, illinois

 hello!

post winter storm greetings from the frozen prairie. the kids and me fared very well through this past winter storm. we only lost power for about 7 hours which is much better than the last big ice storm we had in 2005; instead of 7 hours without power it was 7 days!

with all of this time off of work, what’s a girl to do?  thankfully this girl has electricity (for my dvd player), so i’ve spent a big part of it on my yoga practice. i have been feeling restless in my yoga practice as of late and have been thinking that i’m ready to progress. i recently acquired (through netflix) a beginners practice dvd for ashtanga yoga. i tried it and found it to be quite challenging. it really opened my eyes and taught me a lesson that i should already know: to do well at something you must first master the basics before moving on. in my basic beginners practice i have avoided learning back bend asanas (postures/poses) and it was quite obvious to me when attempting ashtanga yoga.

now that i’ve been humbled by my arrogance, i realize that yoga is teaching me exactly what it is suppose to: to  still the restlessness in my heart and mind. now i’m back at my mat practicing back bend asanas with patience and joy.

 

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the photo i’ve posted was taken last weekend when i was visiting richard. this is the windbreak on the north side of his property. we took a wonderful walk while i was there and i hope to share more of those photos with you soon.

peace.

namaste,

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