Here is a link to Rodney Yee’s Yoga tips from GaiamLife.com.  You will find motivating tips on how to do basic poses. You can watch a video on downward dog. There is always something new to add to our Yoga practice. Also today there is an interesting article about Yoga being a weight bearing form of exercise. Of course it is! You hold you body up and using different muscle groups to do that in all the poses. Read the article. 

Bone Health is the main conversation for many people. The Bone Health Trio from Nikken is a crucial addition to anyone’s daily nutrition.

Electric Lawn Mower

July 7, 2009

E0666-175Looks cute. Needs no yearly service. Carburators don’t gunk up, can’t flood the engine and it doesn’t use gas or pollute or make terrible noise on a Sunday morning when the neighbors are asleep.

It’s the Neuton CE6 . Easier to use than a gas-powered mower — squeeze the handlebar to start the motor, recharge overnight! 19″ cutting width.

Some gas mowers can reach 90 decibels — a noise level that can cause hearing damage with exposure beyond 15 minutes per session, according to The World Health Organization-with the Neuton CE 6 model, you’ll never need to wear hearing protection

No emissions. Amazing

Approximate cost to run a gas mower:
YEAR 1: Gas and Oil: $35
YEAR 2: Gas and Oil: $35 / Tuneup: $60
YEAR 3: Gas and Oil: $35
YEAR 4: Gas and Oil: $35 / Tuneup: $60

TOTAL: $260 

Approximate cost to run a Neuton mower:
YEAR 1: Electricity: $2.80
YEAR 2: Electricity: $2.80
YEAR 3: Electricity: $2.80
YEAR 4: Electricity: $2.80

TOTAL: $11.20


  •  Eliminate pollutants and carbon emissions (Americans use 800 million gallons of gasoline for their lawn mowers each year).
  • – Eliminate accidental fuel spillage (the 17 million gallons of gas spilled filling lawn mowers each year is a major contaminate to our underground water tables).
  • – Eliminate ear-damaging noise (gas mowers can damage your hearing and the peace & quiet of your neighborhood!).
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Recharging costs about 10 cents
  • Fully recharges in 12 hours
  • Runs for up to an hour (depending on grass conditions)
  • Battery lasts for five years (with proper care)
  • Battery is over 95% recyclableR
  • Rear grass collection bag
  • Side discharge chute
  • 360 watt-hour battery
  • Battery charger
  • Safety key
  • $499


Free Yoga

April 12, 2009


In the winter I loved being at home and having my yoga practice continue with new challenges and new ideas. Now it’s spring and I still don’t feel like leaving home.

There are some great online sources that are free others that are by subscription. Here are a few that I’ve enjoyed lately:










Beginner to advanced 5 minute class or 1 hour. $9.95

My Yoga Online

And of course there are many youtube videos. Choose your level and all you need is your sticky mat- turn off the phone and there you go.

I’d like to hear what classes you’ve enjoyed online. Please do comment.

Dance of Shiva-update 1

January 6, 2009



I received my DVD from Andrey Lappa and Universal Yoga . This is a complex and amazing system. Although it is made of 4 + 4 basic arm movements, the creative ramifications are mind-blowing and mind-boggling. The CD has hours of theoretical information including diagrams of the permutations and combinations. Then there are looped practice sessions. After hanging on every word and instruction, I tried the first loop- just the arms. Day 1, 5 minutes, my shoulders were sore and I resolved to be gentler, softer and less interested in perfection in the future. Day 2, 5 minutes and I am being as gentle as I can and I decide that baby steps are the way to go. Day 3 and 4 I am so sore I can’t consider practicing at all and I have taken a few epsom salt soaks!

This is serious stuff. Considering I did very little and it was so intense for my body. I know I will become very strong, flexible and clear if I continue at it. But baby steps. So I’ve asked Havi, there is only one person who knows more than she does about this and its Andrey, and apparently he spends 6 months at a monastery in the Himalayas. AND she is one of only two practitioners in the world to have ever mastered the famed and dreaded Level 7. Check out her great video.

She says: — First couple days are the HARDEST by a lot. Everyone hurts the first few times and then it gets better. — Women about to get their period OR going through menopause tend to get a LOT more soreness. Sometimes good just to back off then. — H3 to H4 transition is the most painful. Especially if you’ve had shoulder issues, soften that up. You can try doing looser, more flowing movements and less exacting ones. — If that doesn’t help, take out #3 and substitute an easier position for you. As long as you’re making connections systematically between points, it’s okay if you change the shape until you recover. — Yes to epson salt baths.– Yes to stretching before after your practice. — Yes to slow practice with breathing.– Yes to massaging your arms after each round. Give yourself a bit of time to recover, and then take it slow. It’s definitely work, and this does happen and yeah, you’re working muscles that hardly ever get used, so also normal.

So there we have it.

Pat Head Rub Tummy

December 18, 2008

Chewing gum and walking-easy for most people, patting your head an rubbing your tummy- harder, doing the Dance of Shiva-hardest? Check this out:images_gif_siva5 It’s one of the many moves that are part of the Shiva Nata. Apparently the more you practice, the better you get at recognizing your patterns, breaking them down into their components and building something entirely new to take their place.

Andrey Lappa’s Dance of Shiva (also known as Shiva Nata ) — is a unique and visually stunning, flowing yoga movement form that restructures the brain and facilitates hugely exciting moments of understanding in a safe and systematic way. Havi claims you will make personal breakthroughs in a very short time, usually within 24 hours. There must be creation of new neuronal pathways from the new movement patterns and the mid-line crossing movements. She says, “It’s like a dancing puzzle that sparks forehead-slapping moments of “Ohmygosh!” over and over again as you open to your own potential.” I’m open to that. Certainly would never get bored because it looks fairly impossible to master the movements. I’m going to begin to learn it and will let you know.



My son, Jonah, is an actor and acrobat, trapeze artist and was a member of the Streb company for several years. Looking back it’s not necessarily the kind of thing a mother would encourage – fearless leaps into space, death-defying moves, slamming into walls. At home we would fondly refer to the work as Cirque de Soleil meets Evil Knievel. Yet the envelope-pushing, Elizabeth Streb shows us the exciting beauty and surprising possibility of the human body in action through the works she co-creates with her dancer-athletes. The teamwork, heartwork, care and purpose involved  is extraordinary. Watch a video of some clips from the past few years. See Wild Blue Yonder and observe the “age-old human dream to stretch the body into space and to venture into unknown territory where gravity just might lapse”.  Jonah is in there somewhere! Check out the adult and kids classes and performance schedule at their space on North 1st St in Brooklyn. Jonah is now the staff trainer for the Espana Streb Trapeze Academy in the Streb space.

Get a Bike, fold it up!

October 10, 2008

According to The Economist bike sales are up. Giant, one of the largest manufacturers sold 460,000 bikes last month! And there are reported shortages in New York and Taiwan where people are actually putting deposits on their future 2-wheeler delivery. Bikes in urban settings are not a new fad yet taking a bike public transport is difficult and often not allowed, particularly during rush hour. So check out the folding bike solution. How brilliant, although the bikes are not made for long distance. “It’s a three-legged comparison between the durability of the bike, how much it’s going to cost and how much it’s going to weigh. If you want something that’s very light and very durable, you’re going to pay for it. If it’s going to be durable and reasonably priced, it’s going to be heavier,” said David Fiedler, bicycling guide at bicycling.about.com.  

via: treehugger


October 5, 2008


Micah just sent me this link for a very interesting hand and wrist exerciser. It has won the Medical Design excellence award. The Xtensor is the only product on the market to perform with true biomechanical correctness, able to stimulate muscles and tendons in the hands, wrists and elbows that have been virtually off limits to all other devices. Just the thing after a long day of driving and gripping a steering wheel, playing music, and other repetitive motions.