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    Tuesday, December 13, 2011

    Late Fall Appalachian Hiking

    I recently went out for a hike in the mountains near my house and snapped a few photos.  I noticed that this time of year, it's hard to take interesting photographs--everything is so stark and gray.  So, I played around with some of my iphone photo apps to see what was possible.  I don't know if these are any good or not, but it sure is fun playing around!

    Monday, November 21, 2011

    Take It Easy Restorative Yoga Session

    It's that time of year when things get really busy, people get on your nerves, and colds and flu start making the rounds.  When you are super busy, and your body and mind are exhausted, it's a good time for restorative yoga.  The goal is to promote rest and calmness while stimulating your lymphatic system.

    For even more benefit, practice pratyahara, sense withdrawal.  As you do each pose, concentrate on relaxing each and every part of your body and feeling your breath move through your whole body.  Become absorbed in what you are doing and feeling instead of letting anything distract you.  Unless something is an emergency, just let it be and deal with it later.  You will learn to become less reactive and begin to understand that many things that we think need our attention actually don't.  You end up saving more energy for the things in life where it is needed.

    Begin in Supported Child's Pose:

    Cat/Cow moving with the breath:

    Supported Half Down Dog:

    Supported Standing Straddle:

    Gate Pose:  

    Staff Pose:  
    Smile during your yoga practice--don't take yourself too seriously!

    Forward Fold, being sure to take it easy.  

    Twist, broaden the collarbones, be gentle: 

    Reclining Supported Twist:  


    Hump the bolster pose...JK!  This is Supported Inverted Reclining Bound Angle to gently open the hips:    

    Supported Reclining Bound Angle:  

    Supported Bridge--backs of the shoulders and all of shoulder blades on the floor:  

    Legs Up the Wall:  

    You can end in Corpse Pose or you can end after Legs Up the Wall.  If you are on your period, skip the last 2 poses.  

    Here are some other resources to get you through the holidays:

    Breathing Exercise  Be sure and check out the audio version at the bottom of the page!

    My bolster is hand made from Inner Space Yoga.  Bolsters are great to have for restorative practice!  

    My sweatshirt is from Soulflower--if you're looking for some cool gifts for yogis this year, be sure and check them out!


    Thursday, November 17, 2011

    Pisgah Fall Mountain Biking

    The weather has been dry and warm here in the Southern Appalachians of Western North Carolina--perfect for mountain biking!  I went out just before peak color and got a few shots of this gorgeous place on a gorgeous day!

    I headed down into here:

    And saw all of this:

     Ahhh, clean mountain water!

    We had a great time together!

    Wednesday, November 9, 2011

    Authentic Practice

    I've been practicing yoga for a long time, and I've been through many phases with it.  I've been in phases where I went to tons of classes and workshops, and I've been through periods where my practice was purely mental.  Right now, I am taking a break from classes and balancing my mental and physical practices.  In my physical practice, I am following a different teacher--I am listening for inner guidance.  I am listening to my body by paying attention to all of the details of what I am doing, but not getting caught up in those details.  I am letting my practice be more playful and explorative.

    I am doing yoga when and where I want and moving how I feel like moving.  Exploring, feeling.

    To me, this is what it's all about.  It's not about doing what a teacher tells you to do or trying to mimic a pose in a picture.  It's about feeling your own body and exploring movement that feels good and natural to you.

    It's not about doing as many poses as possible or doing certain poses, but exploring movement however slow or fast you want to move.

    Try it!  Whether your yoga practice is in classes or elsewhere, I encourage you to start feeling more.  Find your authentic practice.

    Friday, November 4, 2011

    Russell Fork River!

    I love fall in the Southeast US for many reasons, but the number one reason is that we have a plethora of dam releases through river gorges to choose from for whitewater paddling!  In the fall, in preparation for the winter rains, many lakes are drained through the rivers below the lake.  The result is warm water flowing through river gorges with beautiful fall colors!  One of my favorites is the classic class 4, 5 whitewater of the infamous Russell Fork River.  Enjoy our photos and a write up from one of our recent weekends up in this area tucked away in the Kentucky/Virginia coal mining country:

    At the Put-In

    Contemplating El Horrendo

    Andria At El Horrendo
    Andria at Second Drop
    Andria at First Drop

    Drew prepares for the race at El Horrendo

    Happy Ending!

    Jeff at Climax

    Jeff at First Drop

    Leland lands ElHo

    Crazy Rafters!

    Sean Climaxes

    Sean Runs 3rd Drop

    Jeff has the wood out before Climax

    Our friend and Colorado Kayak Supply team paddler, Joe Keck did a nice write up of the weekend from a Colorado boy's perspective and a discussion of the great whitewater guidebooks of all time: