Resin takes new shape in one local glasser’s hands
In surfing lexicon, the phrase “give a wave” is used on a rare occasion by nostalgic and well-intentioned old-timers who have reached a point of Zen-like surf satisfaction in their lives. Cynics may scoff: that just translates into “give me a wave.” But the more enlightened among us recognize the karmic value in letting the odd peak slide under their longboard to a stoked grom on the inside with an encouraging “Go!”
And while the act of giving a wave is ephemeral, one local surfboard glasser has found a unique way of making a more lasting statement.
Wednesday, Sept. 16 marked a very special day for students at Gault Elementary on Seabright Avenue: it was the first of what will become a weekly Farmers’ Market, sponsored by Food, What!? Every Wednesday from noon to 1 p.m., students and parents can buy organic produce from Freewheelin’ Farms at lower prices than other local Farmers’ Markets. Santa Cruz City School District Board Member Cynthia Hawthorne says that the market has been wildly successful so far, exclaiming that, “even the beets were gone!” after the first day.
The air of fall brings back memories of the smell of new shoes, crisp ironed clothing, new notebooks and Bikram Yoga. I began my yoga journey with the Bikram Yoga method about 11 years ago and since then have discovered yoga’s larger world, like Ashtanga, Vinyasa, Hatha, Power, Forrest , Kundalini, Ananda, Anusara, Iyengar, Jivamukti. Each practice has its benefits and striving to know and practice these different yogas has been the center of my world for these 11 years. I always come back to the Bikram method, the hot yoga, for many reasons. One is the familiarity. Believe it or not, being in a hot ( at least 100º ) room for an hour and a half is a sweet feeling for me. And the knowledge that I know which postures will be practiced is also sweet. The same 26 postures are practiced, kind of like a familiar drill. Home. The added benefit is the actual studio, here in Santa Cruz, Village Yoga. It is clean, colorful, and friendly. Also – check out my “wall” of photos of the yogis – the yogis are great subjects. Not only are the instructors excellent, but they are caring, engaged, and thorough with the students. A wonderful place to visit. A wonderful place to go back to.
Check it out. There are generally 5 classes a day. www.bikramyogasantacruz.com.
In the last blog we discussed the importance of detoxification and how we could support our bodies to “detoxify” from the chemicals that we are exposed to. It is literally impossible for anyone on our planet to avoid toxins because our ocean and wind currents carry toxins to the farthest reaches of our world. The level of toxic cbemicals in the native peoples of the pristine arctic circle, for example, are so extreme that their future fertility is threatened. They dine on sea life that has consumed toxins carried to the arctic from the United States and other countries. We are exposed to plenty of toxins in our own environment and the most important steps we can take are to enhance our own health and well-being so that our bodies can deal with their “toxic load.”