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.”
What happens when I see evidence of the rumblings and origins of the Earth? Seeing an erupting volcano makes me question my understanding of this planet and my life, as I know it. The volcano is evidence of forces still active on this Earth and a reminder of continual changes. The calm summer days of Santa Cruz are a memory as I witness the drama of steam pushing its way out of random crevices, dark clouds forming over the top, huge moon-like craters. My life is short in comparison and I stand in awe. I am able to observe a movement of time and see the physical turmoil of the earth. We humans continue to alter our planet to suit our needs and are shocked when eruptions erupt and earthquakes quake.
Maybe this is why the breathing helps. It brings me back to my natural rhythm, allowing me to become calm, to erupt, or to quake. After all, we are a part of the earth and can learn a few lessons from the surprises that it continues to give. Krishnamurti asks us to observe the whole movement of time and relate this to the movement of thought. He says that thought and time are not two different things. Neither ever ends.
My creative writing process begins with a connection between my right hand, specifically the fingers, a sanford uniball onyx micro blue pen, and a cool looking notebook. For some reason, the notebook is of great importance. I prefer writing creatively in a notebook as opposed to the legal pad attached to the clipboard that I cart around with me containing my list for the day as well as some scribbles of ideas. Somehow I trust my writing style and content most when it is on the pages of a ‘Moleskine." The moleskin is "the legendary notebook of artists, writers, intellectuals and travelers," and has been around for over 200 years. (www.moleskineus.com). They say that the moleskine was used by Ernest Hemminway, Vincent van Gogh, and others of noteworthy fame who were tortured artists, but brilliant and good company to be part of, as I see it. I prefer the lined notebooks for writing, but have been know to pick up a plain paper book for quick sketching. Bookshop Santa Cruz (www.bookshopsantacruz.com) carries these notebooks in hardcover, soft cover, plain, lined and as monthly planner.