Lunge Vinyasa Sequence

This closed hip/warrior one sequence helps strengthen and warm up the legs and joints to prepare for sports and physical activity, especially snowsports like skiing and snowboarding. Enjoy!
For more information, visit me at The Mountain Club on Loon for classes or retreats, or contact me for in person or online on Skype or FaceTime group or individual private instruction, including consultation to develop and maintain your own home practice, with optional customized photographic, written, video and audio reference.

http://www.deniseporterkemp.com

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Yoga and Snowsports as Movement Meditation

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Join me for snowsports specific yoga before and after a half-day of skiing or riding at Loon Mountain Resort, where we will play with utilizing the physical practice of snowsports as a mindfulness meditation, just like a yoga practice.

February 9, March 9 or April 6 2014
The Mountain Club on Loon
Lincoln, New Hampshire

http://deniseporterkemp.com/events–snowsports.html

Mahamrityunjaya Mantra महामृत्युंजय मंत्र

ॐ त्र्यम्बकं यजामहे सुगन्धिं पुष्टिवर्धनम् ।
उर्वारुकमिव बन्धनान् मृत्योर्मुक्षीय मामृतात् ।।

Aum tryambakam yajāmahe sugandhim puṣṭi-vardhanam ǀ
urvārukam-iva bandhanān mṛtyormukṣīya māmṛtāt ǁ

I relate to this as a prayer of protection and surrender, to remind us when we are trying to hold onto something that is passing…
It means to me…may we be released from our attachments, when we are ready, like the cucumber is released from the vine, without scar, when it is ripe.
The protection – may we be held by what nourishes us until it is our time to be let go.
The surrender – once we are let go there is no reattaching. When it is our time, may we have the grace and courage to let go.
One thing transforms into the next.

(Another) End of (Another) Era

My son and I just went into our local Blockbuster Movie store to trade in an xbox game for a new one – we were part of their kid’s club that let us borrow one game at a time…and Blockbuster is going out of business. This is hardly shocking, and as one employee said, been a long time coming. All the movies were 99cents, so we decided to look around…and they started to play “Billy Breathes” by Phish in its entirety fairly loudly over the speakers in the store.
As I browsed the titles I realized this may be the last time I walked around in a movie store! As a kid of the 80s and 90s, I spent a lot of time in places like that, with songs like U2’s “I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For” as the background music. As when anything passes, I felt a wave of emotion rise inside of me, as Trey crooned, “Come waste your time with me…” I always appreciate perfectly timed musical accompaniment. I felt the wave rise, acknowledged it, and then let that pass too.
All the good movies were already gone, and our computers don’t have disk drives in them anymore anyways. So we bought some heavily discounted candy, thanked the clerks and bid them farewell, its been a good run. Then left the store.
Things are evolving so rapidly now. Just keep moving forward, can’t look back.