Air travel can be stressful, not to mention hard on the body; we were not designed to sit for 8+ hours in a cramped space. It’s not uncommon to see passengers stretching in the aisle of a plane or stretched out on the floor of the airport lounge during a lay over, so the unveiling of a Yoga Room at San Francisco International Airport makes perfect sense.
The Yoga Room is the “first of its kind” and consists of a 14 square metre space with hard wood floors, floor-to-ceiling mirrors and loaner yoga mats.
Drawing inspiration from contemporary color and light artists, the architects of Terminal 2, Gensler, designed a room enveloped in a calming blue color. A floating wall symbolizes a buoyant spirit and enlightened mind. Light levels are set low and warm in juxtaposition to the bright, light filled concourse.
San Francisco International Airport, I love you and your yoga embracing ways, you’ve really outdone yourself, thank you for paving the way and hopefully many more airports will follow in your footsteps.
I have a five hour lay over at Kuala Lumpur International Airport in two weeks, do you think they could get a yoga room installed before then? Reasonable request, don’t you think?
Oh, the Places You’ll Go from the marvellous Dr Seuss celebrated its 22nd birthday yesterday.
This book never fails to inspire me, and no, you’re never too old to read children’s books, particularly not Dr Seuss. In fact, I’d even argue that Oh, the Places You’ll Go is all the more meaningful as an adult.
If you’ve never read it, go get it, and in the mean time remember…
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“You’re off to great places!
Today is your day!
Your mountain is waiting.
So, get on your way!”
For me, music and yoga go hand-in-hand, a well crafted playlist has the power to take me deeper into my practice and deliver a mind-blowingly good savasana. Some songs make it into my yoga playlist over and over again, while others come and go but each of them help add an extra dimension to my practice. Some days what you really need when you get to your mat is silence, other days it’s an insanely awesome yoga playlist… either way I wholeheartedly encourage you try spicing up your yoga practice with a few tunes and see how it makes you feel.
Here are the tunes that are currently residing in my yoga playlist (Click through on the links for the YouTube clips):
Limit to Your Love – James Blake
Destiny – Zero 7
How Come You Never Go There – Feist
Crosses – Jose Gonzalez
Lordy May – Boy & Bear
Brother – Matt Corby
The Cave – Mumford & Sons
Home Sweet Home – Lady of the Sunshine
Breath Me – Sia
She’s Only Happy in the Sun – Ben Harper
This playlist will see me through a good 40 minute session, and is definitely suited to a yin style practice with nice long holds and a whole lotta breathing. And savasana at the end to Sia and Ben Harper is divine.
My gorgeous BFF returned from her family Christmas in Victoria on the weekend with an abundance of blueberries which she had hand-picked at her Uncle’s farm in Gippsland. I hadn’t seen her in a few months, she’s been living in the UK and had headed straight to Victoria for Christmas before coming back home to Sydney, so you can imagine my joy when I opened my front door to not just my bestie, but also two massive freezer bags full of blueberries.
Just a small sample of the total blueberry bounty
And boy are they GOOD blueberries; I’m talking sweet and juicy and packed full of flavour. Blueberries are chock-a-block with antioxidants so they are great for your immune system and some may argue also anti-ageing. They are often touted as a ‘Superfood’, which is just marketing speak for ‘this food is really good for you’. They also contain a long laundry list of vitamins and minerals, including vitamin C, selenium, zinc, iron and magnesium.
So, what does one do with 5kgs (slight exaggeration) of blueberries? Make teeny tiny blueberry muffins of course.
Om Nom Nom
Blueberry muffins are generally packed full of refined sugar and butter, making them not so healthy, I swapped out the sugar for honey and the butter for grapeseed oil. I also made these little babies with almond meal instead of flour so they have the added bonus of being gluten free :)
Follow your bliss is a philosophy which American mythologist Joseph Campbell began sharing with his students during the 1970s. The phrase came from the sanskrit ‘Sat Chit Ananda’, Sat means being, Chit means consciousness and Ananda translates to joy or happiness.
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Joseph Campbell advised his students to find what their bliss was and not be afraid to follow it.
“if you do follow your bliss you put yourself on a kind of track that has been there all the while, waiting for you, and the life that you ought to be living is the one you are living. When you can see that, you begin to meet people who are in your field of bliss, and they open doors to you. I say, follow your bliss and don’t be afraid, and doors will open where you didn’t know they were going to be.”
This is my mantra for 2012, I’m going to follow my bliss and I hope you follow yours.