Monthly Archives: November 2014

Confessions of a headstand

Confessions of a headstand
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on November 25, 2014.  Posted with permission.

What’s true on the mat is true in life, the yogic adage goes.

kino in basic headstand

Photo by John Miller

I was reminded of this when I attended Kino MacGregor’s headstand workshop at the recent Yoga Journal Conference in Hollywood, FL. Kino is an internationally renowned Ashtanga Yoga teacher based in Miami.

Ashtanga classes intimidate me. The advanced poses, in their full expressions, typify “tricked-out” – legs wrapped around the head, sitting in full lotus with your butt off the floor while balancing on two hands, holding handstand with both feet touching the back of the head. Check out Kino’s Instagram. She looks like a contortionist. And a gymnast.

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Fly through hard times with Crow Pose

Fly through hard times with Crow
by Nancy B. Loughlin
(Published in News Press, November 18, 2013. Posted with permission.)

When out of balance, we think a single life event can destroy us. A loved one’s death. Job loss. Illness.

But any event is devastating only if we are erroneously attached to what always changes: people, symbols of security, the physical body. Happiness, serenity and balance are not dependent on transient earthly comforts and physical pleasures.

We all seem to forget that even when our feet are kicked out from under us, we can still soar.
This is why we practice Crow Pose in tough times. It’s a popular photo bomb as this asana seems to require strong-armed witchcraft: balancing on two hands, knees on the elbows, feet off the ground, butt in the air.

Crow is not about strength. It’s about balance between what is and what can be, both physical and energetic.

step one     step two     step three

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Rethinking small talk

The chitchat revolt
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published in News Press on November 11, 2014  Posted with permission.

rina laughing in blue

Yogi Rina Jacubowicz urges all to rethink the chitchat.

Over the summer, I attended a weekend retreat in the Michigan woods. At the event’s start, we were instructed to find four people with whom we shared something in common.

I’ve done this icebreaker before, and I’m a pro. It’s easy to locate people who eat chocolate, like rollercoasters, enjoy the beach and have seen at least one of the Star Wars movies.

After we shared, the retreat leader exploded.

“We don’t have time for this (two expletives deleted).”

He pointed to a man on the other side of the room. “Do you ever feel uncomfortable in your own skin?”

He looked at me. “Are there past experiences that fill you with shame?”

“If all that can come out of your mouth is small talk, then shut the (expletive deleted) up,” he said.

That wasn’t small. I had been told.

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Eat the weeds

Eat the Weeds
by Nancy B. Loughlin
Published November 4, 2014.  Posted with permission.

To you, they’re weeds, and you want them dead.

seeds     dollarweed

Instead of enlisting toxic herbicides, perhaps you could eat them.

Technically, a weed is defined as any plant that grows where you don’t want it. For Green Deane, master forager and author, weeds get a bad rap. For the last 20 years, he’s been spreading the word that many weeds are not only delicious; they are nutritious, abundant, free and sustainable.

“I eat something wild every day,” he said.

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