Thursday, August 4, 2016
Today I went out for another lunch walk. Yes, my young Cooper's hawks are definitely gone. I did get to walk for a short while with a lovely eastern tiger swallowtail just slightly ahead of me.
My walking partner was golden yellow! Such a lovely creature. Thank you for walking with me.
On Monday while walking I was rewarded with the sight of two juvenile hawks. You could tell they were juvies by their behavior - it seemed as if they were recently fledged nest siblings. They were hawk playing, sort of playing tag across the street and into the woods on either side, and calling out to each other. It wasn't an adult hawk cry, the piercing "kriyeee!" sound. It sounded baby-ish in a hawk way. So I went to my trusted Cornell website, allaboutbirds.org and discovered they are juvenile Cooper's hawks. Sure enough, the "food delivery to nest" sound was the call they were making. "Where's Mama with lunch?" Have a listen: Click food delivery to nest
On Tuesday I was feeling Ga-RRRRRRREAT! from the very barre-ish Classical Stretch episode I'd done that morning - from Season 10, Episode 1007, "Power Up Your Legs." Had a real bounce in my step, back feeling good, practically dancing along! I got to the same spot and heard the food delivery to nest calls and sure enough, there were the young Cooper's hawks - joined by a third! What a display they put on, two deeper in the woods and vocalizing to each other while the third flew across the street to a tree branch where I had a great view. He sat and preened. I ran to the little island in front of the guard shack on Pequot Trail near the Mashantucket Pequot Museum and observed. Camera? Nope. :(
Wednesday, not feeling quite as good. Legs actually sore from Miranda's tai chi plies. But, camera in hand I ventured out. No sign of the Cooper's hawks - they are fully fledged and have gone out to fend for themselves in the woods of southeastern Connecticut. I wish them well, and thank them for the adventures.
Wednesday, December 31, 2008
My friend Maddy Avena used the term "wring out the old and ring in the new," which I think is delightful. On this snow storm day in my little New England home, I used the found free time to program and follow a 140 minute practice using Shiva Rea's media. Shiva is my favorite yogini, I find her practices to have a range from healing to challenging, her fluid approach is a salve to stiff joints and clogged emotions, and her DVD media is
visually beautiful. All of her A/V media is backed up with glorious soundtracks.
My close of 2008 practice consisted of:
- Surya Meditation
- Classical Suraya Namaskar
- Bonus Twisting Krya
- Bonus Jala Namaskar
- Full Radiant Heart practice
- Forward bends and twists
Monday, December 8, 2008
To perform the pose:
- Get situated back on the stack, so that the narrow edge faces you; have a blanket roll near and blocks on either side
- Feet on floor, knees up
- Crawl toes out a couple of lengths
- Reach left hand under bent knees, clasp right ankle and draw foot under and to left until right heel hooks under blanket edge
- Be sure right knee pointing away from belly button
- Draw left leg over, in a Gomukasana-like position (but much more relaxed)
- Draw narrow edge of blanket roll under bent right knee
- Should look like Gomukasana legs with blanket roll directly sticking out from the median of the knees
- Relax for a few breaths with right hand on knee, left hand over it - be sure head upright with ears over shoulders
- Right hand to block, make L-shaped left hand, straight left arm up (no ballerina arms) stretch toward right, pressing into block - turn block position if desired so knuckles face forward
- Slowly come out, repeat other side
Donna said you can also perform a twist in this pose for a deep SI joint release - she would not divulge any information but I can experiment and see what feels right. After that we did another lunge (left first), revisited the chin tuck, and closed with Rotated Stomach, Savasana and of course, Yoga Mudra to seal. Nice practice!