30 April 2010
The author - H. David Coulter - has a ph.D in anatomy and has been a long-standing yoga practitioner, and has trained and studied with a number of yoga Swamis.
I think this book is really insightful and clearly links the relationship between the practice of yoga and the human anatomy.
It is full of information; including the mechanics of breathing techniques, Asana, Mudra and Bandha from both a Western and yogic perspective. I have not found another book that crosses into both areas in quite the same way as this one does.
My husband who does not practice yoga, but does have an MSc in Sports Medicine also thought it was a great comprehensive reference book.
Anatomy of Hatha Yoga: A Manual for Students, Teachers and Practitioners by H. David Coulter
29 April 2010
These two silkscreen pieces are designed by using images from photographs taken when we were on holiday in India. I am not an art student, so will not try and discuss the process of silkscreen printing, but I do understand that it is quite a tricky process; as well as very time consuming.
If you look closely you can see the fishes in one of the designs and, in the other, my daughter has drawn in the pylons that she photographed in Goa. I think she has captured a great likeness of this clothes seller and a real feel for India.
The man who features in the prints is seen below with his friends. I think he would be delighted to see himself as a muse. Who knows he may appear on a t-shirt in the future! If we return to India in the winter we will definitely take him one of the prints.
28 April 2010
The Indian people have a great sense of humour. Despite the sweltering heat and earning very little, the young girls always have time for a chat (once you have purchased some “cheap crap”) and have dazzling smiles that are so infectious.
I found it fascinating hearing about their lives; how they travel to Goa (quite often on their own) from far-flung villages. Some of the girls are as young as 14 and were amazed that my daughter was not having an arranged marriage, and that she could in fact choose her boyfriend.
Before I forget, another funny line for me came from another beach seller: “those hippies, bunch of lazy bastards!”.
27 April 2010
- Massaging the internal organs
- Detoxifying the body
- Improving digestion
- Increasing the function of the liver, spleen and pancreas
- Toning the oblique muscles (waist muscles)
- Bringing symmetry and balance
Twisting poses balance the body. In our every day lives, we tend not to twist in a balanced way and will habitually favour one side. Spinal twists help to bring symmetry to the body, also calming the nervous system
Birth and death are not two different states, but they are different aspects of the same state. There is as little reason to deplore the one as there is to be pleased over the other.
26 April 2010
25 April 2010
The Picasso painting – which is on display at the Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid – shown below is the artists’ impression of the bombing of the town. After reading the violent account of the bombing and taking a closer inspection of the painting, the horror is plain to see.
The Tragedy of Guernica
Town Destroyed in Air Attack
Bilbao, April 27th 1937
Guernica, the most ancient town of the Basques and the centre of their cultural tradition, was completely destroyed yesterday afternoon by insurgent air raiders. The bombardment of this open town far behind the lines occupied precisely three hours and a quarter, during which a powerful fleet of aeroplanes consisting of three German types, Junkers and Heinkel bombers and Heinkel fighters, did not cease unloading on the town bombs weighing from 1,000lb. downwards and, it is calculated, more than 3,000 two-pounder aluminium incendiary projectiles. The fighters, meanwhile, plunged low from above the centre of the town to machine-gun those of the civilian population who had taken refuge in the fields.
The whole of Gernika was soon in flames except the historic Casa de Juntas with its rich archives of the Basque race, where the ancient Basque Parliament used to sit. The famous oak of Guernica, the dried old stump of 600 years and the young new shoots of this century, was also untouched. Here the kings of Spain used to take the oath to respect the democratic rights (fueros) of Vizcaya and in return received a promise of allegiance as suzerains with the democratic title of Señor, not Rey Vizcaya. The noble parish church of Santa María was also undamaged except for the beautiful chapter house, which was struck by an incendiary bomb.
At 2 am today, when I visited the town, the whole of it was a horrible sight, flaming from end to end. The reflection of the flames could be seen in the clouds of smoke above the mountains from 10 miles away. Throughout the night houses were falling until the streets became long heaps of red impenetrable débris. Many of the civilian survivors took the long trek from Guernica to Bilbao in antique solid-wheeled Basque farmcarts drawn by oxen. Carts piled high with such household possessions as could be saved from the conflagration clogged the roads all night. Other survivors were evacuated in Government lorries, but many were forced to remain round the burning town lying on mattresses or looking for lost relatives and children, while units of the fire brigades and the Basque motorized police under the personal direction of the Minister of the Interior, Señor Monzón, and his wife continued rescue work till dawn.
24 April 2010
- Dehydration impairs performance and health.
- Fluid loss during exercise dependent on exercise duration, intensity, temperature and humidity. Body size and fitness levels also affect loss.
- Pale to very pale yellow urine is an indication of good hydration. Dark yellow urine indicates advanced dehydration.
- Always start exercise well hydrated. Continue drinking at regular intervals- ideally every 15mins. The aim is to match intake of fluid with the amount of fluid lost.
- Exercise- more intense or lasting longer than 1 hour- solutions sodium + carbohydrate (Sports drinks), can speed up water absorption and provide additional fuel.
- Always dry your feet; particularly between toes.
- If you have moist feet, use surgical spirit daily to reduce sweat and toughen feet daily for 2 weeks prior to event.
- Try and wear socks containing natural fibres and turn socks inside out to avoid irritation from thick seams.
- Make sure shoes fit correctly. There should be a gap of approximately 1.5cm between the big toe and the end of shoe.
- Use plasters over areas prone to friction, such as: heel, big toe and little toe.
- Cover blisters with plaster or blister protector.
- Do not burst blisters. This can lead to infection and, what's more, the fluid inside a blister aids healing.
- If a blister bursts, clean it with warm salty water. Apply sterile antiseptic dressing and keep the affected area dry as possible until it has healed.
- Black toenails usually resolve. The nail may fall off and discolouration can last 12 months.
- If a blister is very large and painful, seek professional medical advice.
I took part in this amazingly challenging event in 1999 (so a few years ago). I had been challenged by a male friend at an alcohol-fuelled dinner party to take part in the Marathon… Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. Training was the hardest part; running during the winter - come rain or shine - took a lot of discipline. In comparison, the actual event was a much more enjoyable experience. That is if a 26-mile run can ever be considered enjoyable.
I ran on behalf of United Response (a local disability charity) and whenever my energies waned during training sessions, I would think about the charity. The day itself is a bit of a blur. The crowd was absolutely amazing; as were my family, who jumped on the Tube and LDR to follow me around the event. It was suggested that I wore a t-shirt with my name on it, which – as it transpires - was a great piece of advice. Spectators would call you by name and shout out words of encouragement. If I am honest, without some of these strangers cheering me on, I don't know how I would have faired. I have my medal somewhere in a draw and always feel quite proud when I come across it. Incidentally, the friend who laid down the challenge never did do the Marathon.
If you are not taking part but have a spare bit of time this Sunday, go along and shout encouragement. It is a gift to receive a bit of hope along the way.
Would I do it again? Never say never!
23 April 2010
The exhibition includes etchings and paintings (again using different mediums). The images from Wartime London are among my favourite pieces. Apparently, Moore was trapped in a London Tube station during The Blitz and the etchings depicting scenes from this time. Although Moore is better known as a sculptor these etchings are masterpieces in their own right.
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16 April 2010
Death has such great importance in this society that it affects everything. I learned from my guru that death is not the enemy, i see it as another moment. Yet it’s the end of an incarnation and means going on to other incarnations.
15 April 2010
You did so in the full understanding that the American dream is a dream that all the world's people deserve; that a new world is in the making in which humanity should be united in its diversity of race, gender, language and religion.
14 April 2010
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12 April 2010
Marc died in a car accident in Barnes in 1977 at the young age of 29. Living in south west London I drive past the shrine which has been created in his memory on a regular basis. Bolan still has many adoring fans throughout the world who go to his shrine in Barnes and place mementos or fresh flowers. Here are a few photos that I took recently. RIP
11 April 2010
In December a couple of my fellow PinkPower Walk team members and I were invited to meet Dr Andrew Tutt and a number of other scientists at Breakthrough's research unit at Kings College London.
We were there to see how they money raised from the 2009 PinkPower Walk was being spent.
Dr Tutt and his team (seen in the photo above) are an amazing group of individuals, who have dedicated their lives to Breast cancer research. Their passion and drive is amazing; I came away feeling humbled and moved by their professionalism and their expertise.
10 April 2010
09 April 2010
What to do on a cold and blustery Bank Holiday weekend by the sea in the UK? Head for the penny arcade... Not that I condone gambling, but it's the best £5.00 spent on a wet afternooon. Came away with three plastic watches... What a bargain!