imageDuring the first 6 weeks of the year, yogis practice as many sets of Surya Namaskar as they are able. Beginning with 3-5 rounds per day, working up to 12 rounds per day by the end of week one. Then continue adding rounds as able. 12 rounds daily – every day all year – is a great gift to yourself. There are many variations of Surya Namaskar, and to be honest, I never enjoyed it much until I practiced this version. I’m practicing it daily, in sync with this mantra music . It’s fantastic! It works on all the muscles and joints. I start with 1 minute of twists, which help loosen my low back, (because there are no twists,) and this is the one twist I can do without injuring my back – I start slowly, and only increase my speed gradually as my back loosens up.



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Memorial Day – I practiced  The Kundalini Yoga Warrior Workout with Elder Daughter. That was fun!

June 1, 2011 – Today I found my old CD of the mantra Aap Sahai Hoa Sachay Daa Sacha Doa, Har Har Har and listened to it while practicing the Meditation For Prosperity which uses that manta. The CD I used is called Aap Sahai Hoa by Singh Kaur. I love Singh Kaur’s music. If you haven’t heard her, take a listen, you’ll be glad you did. If you have heard her, take a listen anyway, she is so Divine! You can listen to her  at the following link,  Spirit Voyage, which happens to be my favorite music and yoga online shopping bliss!

Although you can listen to a wide varity of Singh Kaur’s music at, I have not been able to find a copy of her version of Aap Sahai Hoa there or elsewhere on-line. I was hoping to find a new copy for my ipod because the CD I have skips after 21 minutes. When I find one, I will post it here.  Today I practiced The Kundalini Yoga Set New Lungs & Circulation (twice); in addition to Pranayam for Emotional Balance and New Perspective – which is inhaling left, exhaling right with long deep breathing. This was a great combo. I enjoyed it, my low back enjoyed it, and my spirit felt exalted.

Extreme Knitting

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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.

Movers and Ma Rollers

A grasp of fresh air

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I’ved miss a few days logging my progress in my 100 Day Yoga Challenge, and then I missed a few days of the Challenge all together! So, I am going to forget the more distant-recent past, and start with yesterday.


Tuesday, May 24, 2011 – I completed the entire Kundalini Yoga Ultimate Stretch Workout DVD, and wore a pedometer all day at work.

The institution I work for is hosting a fitness initiative  this month, encouraging folks to increase their walking. We’ve had the opportunity to join groups, by department, have been given pedometers, and are tracking our steps daily for four weeks. The idea is to double the distance you walk during the last two weeks.

I joined my department’s team, “The Movers and Rolllers” (I don’t know what that means!) and I must admit I thought this was an interesting activity – partly becasue I thought it kind of discourages folks from walking too much the first two weeks. This notion was reinforeced by my first day of wearing the pedometer.

By the way – It is a relatively cool digital pedometer which will convert my steps into miles, kilometers, and even calories burned. Yesterday, without doing any extra intentional walking, I walked 5.6 miles while at work. However, today I just walked 2.1 miles, so, I am kind of relieved. I don’t think I will be up all night long those last two weeks pacing the floors!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011 – I walked up 4 flights of stairs and back down again with a couple members of The Movers and Rollers. I did the “Pituitary Gland Series“, along with the Meditation for Perspective & Emotional Balance this morning and again tonight. I love this set. I think it is a perfect combination for helping my flatback.

Another technique I have been using is lying on top of two tennis balls which are tied inside a tube sock; this is similar to using a Ma Roller.

I place the device on a soft surface and lie down with one ball on either side of the spine. Then I place my feet flat on the surface I am on to help control the amount of pressure exerted onto the device. I don’t practice this on the floor because the floor is just too hard and produces too much pressure on my rod. This technique seems helpful with the constant state of spasm my paraspinal musculature is in.

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.

This Week in DVDs

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The Ultimate Stretch

Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond

Kundalini Yoga Warrior Workout

Note from Day Four: Last night I watched 2 movies on Netflix while I knitted. I paused to get up and let Ms. E Beagle in and out, or to get a drink several times during the evening. Normally after sitting that long, I look like I am decades older than I am, bent over, stiff, hard to walk. Last night I felt very inspired because I could stand up straight with ease and walk normally. It is amazing what a difference an hour of  yoga a day, for just several days can make! I am feeling very inspired and grateful.

Day Five: Mother’s Day – Sunday, May 8, 2011 – Kundalini Yoga for Beginners & Beyond
I did both sets on this DVD:
Set 1: Rise and Spine aka Basic Spinal Series
Set 2: The Five Tibetans
and also the Meditation for Deep Relaxation

I had an enjoyable day. Fabulous breakfast of Chai Rooibos Tea with Organic Soy milk and Daughter Lu’s Ultra Yummy Gluten Free Pistachio Cake. Lovie sent a very touching message. We picked up dinner from Jenni’s Noodle Bowl, which has both vegan and Gluten Free options and spent the afternoon at my folk’s house with the family.


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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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