By Heidi Stevens Chicago Tribune Mon., July 16, 2018 CHICAGO—Ten-year-old Rinaya Buick led me down a narrow dirt path, through the tomato and pepper plants, beyond the parsley and Swiss chard, past the cauliflower and onions, until we arrived, finally, at the pièce de résistance. The strawberries. “You want to take the red ones,” she said, popping a tiny berry, no larger than a dime, off its stem and placing it in my hand. “That’s OK,” she said when I dropped it. “God made dirt. Dirt don’t hurt.” We were inside Yoga Gardens, a city lot in Lawndale that was, less than a decade ago, abandoned and desolate. Now it teems with the energy of a perfect little ecosystem. Dozens of garden beds and giant pots overflow with organic vegetables. Birds and bugs flit from leaf to leaf. A campfire beckons from the corner, surrounded by a ring of tree stump benches. Article Continued Below And a giant, wooden yoga … [Read more...] about Yoga, gardening and nourishment of the soul in West Side Chicago
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NEW DELHI: Downward-facing dogs, cobras and warriors were set to sprout all over the world Thursday (Jun 21), as the fourth annual International Yoga Day got under way.Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, whose proposal for the global event won United Nations approval in 2014, will lead the way, performing his asanas with an expected 60,000 others in the northern town of Dehradun.Authorities there have made a special effort to clear snakes, monkeys and wobbly tree branches from the dense forest area where the mass event is taking place."We don't want any inconvenience for the participants ... We have so far caught and released two snakes," forest officer Rajeev Dhiman told the Hindustan Times.Other events were scheduled in New Delhi with 10,000 enthusiasts registered, but the biggest was expected to be in Mysore in the south with 80,000 signing up, according to organisers.Other, much smaller gatherings were scheduled around the world, including in Kilkenny in Ireland, Bahrain, Brisbane … [Read more...] about Strike a pose for International Yoga Day
By Caren Osten Gerszberg The New York Times Thu., March 22, 2018 Motoring along the mouth of the Aghanashini River, our torsos stuffed inside bulky, bright-orange life jackets, we passed a fishing village and a patch of sandy shoreline called Paradise beach. “There! There!” shouted a woman from the back of the skiff, pointing to a dolphin she spotted in the distance. Our young local captain cut the motor. Watching, we waited in silence. And when our group’s yoga teacher, Larissa Carlson, began to chant the sound of “om” — a Sanskrit word symbolizing the union of body, speech and mind — and the rest of us joined in, creating a collective, continuous round of the humming syllable. As if awakened by the vibrations of our call, a pod of dolphins emerged, leaping through the air, one after another. This, I thought, is going to be an unusual journey. While a trip to India had been on my bucket list for years, it didn’t seem … [Read more...] about At a yoga retreat in India: beach walks, body treatments and healing
By YuMee Chung Special to the Star Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 While we Canadians usually go to great lengths to avoid slipping and sliding on icy streets, this week’s move uses the slick stuff dynamically to take your legs to their end range, in front-to-back splits, while building the strength and stability to manage your mobility. Stand in a partial forward bend with your hands resting on a pair of sturdy yoga blocks, set shoulder-distance apart and at their tallest height. Wood or cork blocks are preferable to the less stable foam ones for this exercise. Step your right foot forward a few inches and your left foot back the same distance, to set up your split. Slowly slide the right leg forward while simultaneously sliding the left leg back. Keep your chest lifted as you control the descent with your legs, using your hands as little as possible. Stop before you get beyond the point of no return and do your best to keep your hips relatively square. Now, … [Read more...] about Yoga Moves: Sliding Splits
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.