Extreme Knitting

Julia Hopson of Knit Wits, Penzance, Cornwall ...

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A week or so ago I posted a photo of a woman who knitted with the world’s largest knitting needles (posting again today, just because I love it so much!)

Today I saw a woman knitting with big needles, but not nearly as long as the world’s largest needles! I remember seeing some fantastic things by a gentleman named  Ivano Vitali. Mr. Vitali knits on huge needles, with yarn he makes from paper. I think he is form Firenze (one of my favorite places in the world!), beautiful photos of Ivano and his work here, check out his website and here is a newsclip from Italy

My other big news is today is my sister in law and nephew’s birthday! This morning there was a Crazy Hail Storm. There has not been another storm like this one in ten years – exactly ten years ago today when my nephew was born! Such a special guy, and he has a very special mom, who share’s his birthday! Happy Birthday You Two!!!

Yoga Challenge – Today

Day 23 – Thursday, May 26, 2011 – This morning I completed the Kundalini Yoga Series for the Pituitary Gland. My back definitely is improving. I think I am walking somewhat more ‘straight up’. My energy level is better, less pain, and improved range of motion. I am feeling very grateful. I am curious if the key will be doing two extra hours of yoga, or if one extra hour a day will be enough. The shape of my back certainly is improving.

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Frank Davis' home-made guitanjo

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I just finished watching Suits: The Art Guys a “Cool Film”. If you haven’t seen it – click on the link above  and enjoy. You can read The Art Guys final say about the Suit Controversy here.

I haven’t posted an update on how my yoga challenge is going the past few days. I have been working on a template for my Yoga Challenge daily log. However, I will say that the day after the day my back had no pain or stiffness, things digressed. I know it is all part of the reconditioning of my back and I am still excited. Today I did Charan Jap for 3 miles in 43 minutes. Then Frank & I went out for Watermelon Gazpacho, Vegan Breakfast Tacos and Fresh Apple, Celery, Ginger, Mint Juice at Heights Ashbury Coffeehouse.

We were both thrilled to have fresh and tasty food.

Yesterday I walked 2 3/5 miles and did the Ultimate Stretch. On Friday I did the Ultimate Stretch too.

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I am thrilled! This morning, after I arrived at work I noticed I was walking with more ease than I have in years. That alone was very exciting. What is even more exciting is the increased low back/hip flexibility and ease in walking lasted throughout the entire day. That has not happened in years. I have also been able to stand up easily after prolonged periods of sitting. I went to the grocery store after work, carried around a grocery basket, and have cooked dinner – my low back still feels good! This is extreme motivation to continue and see how good can it get!

I did my normal routine this morning, but have not done anything extra – yet – except this afternoon one of my coworkers and I practiced a few lunges. It was serendipitous because as I was sharing my new joy in ease of movement and telling him about my 100 day yoga challenge – in particular about the psoas stretches I have been doing he said, “Do you mean these?” and proceeded to demonstate the exact same lunges I found online last night, the ones I posted about yesterday and decided I could easily fit a few in during the day at work. Well, there I was with my co worker showing me those great stretches at work. 🙂 You don’t have to look far for and answer, once you start to look.

My master always said, “The unknown is known to me.”

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Greetings

quan yin

Four days ago I began a 100 Day Yoga Challenge to help me get my back into shape. I have had a consistent yoga practice for over 30 years, but this past year I had a frozen shoulder, so my yoga practice dwindled while all efforts were ‘shoulder’ oriented. I was diagnosed with Scoliosis in 1973, and subsequently had corrective surgery which included deformity correction, spinal fusion and the placement of Harrington rod instrumentation on September 14, 1976. I will be telling my story, but the focus of this blog will be 100 days of yoga to stretch, strengthen and revitalize my back. I have a yoga routine I use every morning which I will detail at a later date. I will be including some video journaling of my additional yoga and meditation practice for this challenge, as well. For now I am increasing my practice with the help of practicing along with yoga DVDs/sets.

Here is what I have used the past few days to support my endeavor:

Day One: Wednesday, May 4, 2011 – The Ultimate Stretch Workout

Day Two: Thursday, May 5, 2011 – The Ultimate Stretch Workout

Day Three: Friday, May 6, 2011 – Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
I did both sets on this DVD:
Set 1: Rise and Spine
Set 2: The Five Tibetans
and also the Meditation for Deep Relaxation

Day Four: Saturday, May 7, 2011 – Charan Jap with the mantra HAR HARAY HARI WAHE GURU (2 miles)
Warrior Workout – the warm up, the series, the Meditation Har Har Har Har Gobinde

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