Yes, its true. Thanks to social media expert (and friend) Fatou for setting me up. Follow me on twitter for updated on classes, workshops, tips, and I don't know what else... What do people normally post on twitter? I'm still getting used to it and haven't really twittered...err tweeted(?).
Hi all... So I had the big iPod nightmare happen to me a few nights ago... The entire library disappeared unexpectedly within 15 seconds. (maybe less)... I saw the memory meter drop and by the time I realized what was happening, I had no songs or playlists on the iPod touch. :(
Small panic moment... over 30 playlists gone...no backup on my iTunes since I manually manage music and playlists and use "on the go" and "genius" And this is the second time I've had to rebuild the iPod in 3 months! Last time 60+ playlists
So I get to start from scratch.. again... YAAA (sarcastic)
Yogis and music lovers - any suggestions or themes you'd like to hear? Motown Yoga? Rock and Yoga? Hip Hop Yoga? (I had a hip hop playlist I never even got to debut!)
Send me your ideas... would love to incorporate them in class. Have a wonderful weekend! :D
NY Times posted an article recently where students enjoy a full meal with soup, pasta, wine, and chocolate immediately following their yoga asana practice. The instructor leads them to fully enjoy the food on their sweaty mats and truly taste and enjoy everything... on the floor.
Now the article also discusses the predictable debate on food (and the types of food, meat, alcohol, etc) and its place at a yoga class. Is it "yoga" if you are eating meat when the first aspect of yoga is ahimsa or non-violence/compassion? Where do we draw the line? Are you a yogi if you put "toxins" like alcohol in your body? Just how "perfect" can you be to be considered a yogi. Or is just breathing, meditation, and an asana practice enough? Personally, I'm not particularly a "foodie," but I don't eat meat. You'll see me eat seafood, prepared food, and non-organic food too! Does not eating a purely organic and/or raw foods diet make me less of a yogi/yoga instructor and take me farther from "enlightenment?" I sure hope not. Now, will I invite my class to a full fledged meal after spending 60 minutes in asana practice? Most likely not... I hate to cook! (sorry Club H-ers and Dixon Mills residents)
As yogis and eaters, is it our place to judge those who may eat differently? Of course, most yogis strive to fill ourselves with healthy and sustainable foods, but how far can we go? The article notes: if you are eating a "perfect" vegan organic meal... what if the farmers were in negative spirits when planting and harvesting? Can we say yoga instructors who eat meat, fish, and/or dairy are worse instructors than their vegan counterparts? Does having spices, oil, and garlic block your path to enlightenment? Be realistic! I want my paneer!
In all seriousness, it's nearly impossible to eat perfectly, and its human to be imperfect. My suggestion to you: Eat the healthier, better choice of food YOU want at that time. If that means having some chocolate, or enjoying drinks in moderation, do it! Just remember that the foods you consume directly affect everything about you and environment. (Please don't eat 2 hours before a class, yoga on a full stomach... not so fun)
...and at the end of the day; don't we all have CHOICES?
daba is a certified yoga instructor