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.”
SANTA CRUZ - Deadheads of the world now have one more reason to anticipate the opening of the Grateful Dead Archive at UCSC’s McHenry Library. Composer Lee Johnson presented the score of his acclaimed “Dead Symphony No. 6” to the University Library last week at the 2009 Cabrillo Festival of Contemporary Music. Marin Alsop, renowned conductor of the Baltimore Symphony, showcased Johnson’s work at the festival to commemorate the 14th anniversary of Jerry Garcia’s death. The Grateful Dead Archive will open to the public next summer.
Every group of like-minded people has its annual summit, a combination group hug, think-tank, motivational kick-in-the-pants, meat market, and (sometimes) drunk tank. Fantasists have Comic-Con, pagans have PantheaCon, computer hackers have DEFCON, and the cinema elite have plain old Cannes (some of you just pronounced that correctly for the first time).
A transformative tale of three local shapers
Wave-smoothing kelp beds, world class point breaks, and a relatively protected southwest-facing bay together tailor Santa Cruz into a high-performance surfing mecca. Marry nature’s bounty with the ingenuity of three local shapers at the forefront of producing red-hot, light and durable custom boards out of expanded polystyrene (EPS), and you’ve got one potent combination.
Photo Credit, Kelly V