Wonder Woman

Be careful about channeling the powers of Wonder Woman and wielding a pink hammer. 

You never know what may happen! A whole new take on Goddess Squat!

Wonder Woman quotes retrieved from redravine.wordpress.com, click to check out more great quotes and interesting posts:

“Go in peace my daughter. And remember that, in a world of ordinary mortals, you are a Wonder Woman.” Queen Hippolyte

“Please take my hand. I give it to you as a gesture of friendship and love, and of faith freely given. I give you my hand and welcome you into my dream.” -Wonder Woman #167

“If it means interfering in an ensconced, outdated system, to help just one woman, man or child…I’m willing to accept the consequences.” -Wonder Woman #170

“What was it that John Lennon said? ‘Love is the flower you’ve got to let grow.’ Let it grow already, and quit trying to legislate it!”  -Wonder Woman #200

“Of all people, you know who I am…who the world needs me to be. I’m Wonder Woman.” -Infinite Crisis #1

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Published in: on May 24, 2012 at 6:57 pm  Comments (3)  
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Practice Life

“The point of yoga is to develop a level of clarity and self-understanding so that when we’re done doing our yoga practice we make really good decisions, because that will determine whether we’re fulfilled. Not the quality of our poses. But really the yoga is what happens when we’re done practicing yoga.”

~Rod Stryker

Squirrel Wisdom

  1. Make fun a priority.
  2. Let go of fear.
  3. Interact with your world.
  4. Eat your food upside down!  Why does pizza taste so much better while hanging upside down?  Because the toppings hit your tongue first 🙂

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Pole-a-polooza 2012

I had a ton of fun this year performing with my friends at Ophidia Studio.  If you didn’t get to make it, I have provided links to the two numbers I was in.  Hope you can make it to Winter Showcase in December!

Aerial Yoga Demonstration:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXk3Yd8Sf6I&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Group Pole Routine:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M99X_C7Rq0Y&feature=youtube_gdata_player

Symbolism of the Lotus

Symbolism is used throughout human history. The “symbol is an object, action, or idea that represents something other than itself, often of a more abstract nature.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolism)  Within the practice of yoga there are many symbols used.  Each posture itself is infused with more meaning than simply it’s bio-mechanics.  For example, in Ananda yoga each posture has an affirmation:

Standing Backward Bend – ” I am free! I am free!”

Balasana – Child Pose – “I draw toward my inner peace”

Bhujangasana – Cobra Pose – “I rise joyfully to meet each new opportunity.”

Even without an assigned affirmation, I am sure that many of you could describe the feelings that many of the poses evoke.  What about more traditional ideas of symbols?  The lotus flower is often front and center at yoga studios, embossed within yoga texts and represented within asana.  I was recently given a lotus flower with an attached explanation of the flower’s meaning.

“The lotus flower is one of the most ancient and deepest symbols of our planet. The lotus flower grows in muddy water and rises above the surface to bloom with remarkable beauty.  At night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again. Untouched by impurity, lotus symbolizes the purity of heart and mind.

The roots of the lotus are in the mud, the stem grows up through the water, and the heavily scented flower lies pristinely above the water, asking for sunlight. This pattern of growth signifies the progress of the soul from the primeval mud of materialism, through the waters of experience, and into the bright sunshine of enlightenment.”

I love how this explanation makes note that “at night the flower closes and sinks underwater, at dawn it rises and opens again.” Reminding us that enlightenment is not a solid or permanent state, it is instead one aspect of a cycle.  What symbols play a role in your life or your understanding of yoga?  How do these symbols effect your practice?

POLE-A-POLOOZA

I am excited to have two numbers in this weekend’s event.  Katie Ponozzo and I will be doing an Aerial Yoga demonstration and I will be performing in a group pole number.  Hope to see many familiar faces in the crowd!

Open House/Pole Show 8pm – 11pm at Ophidia Studio

Two chances to catch it…May 4th or 5th

4464 Chinden Blvd, Suite A, Garden City, ID 83714

Tickets can be purchased at the door or online at ophidiastudio.com

email: info@ophidiastudio.com

phone: 208.409.2403

This is an open house with student and teacher performances in Pole Dance, Belly Dance, Aerial Yoga, Hoop Dance, Power Party Sculpt, Burlesque, and debuting 2 NEW CLASSES!

Prizes and Giveaways.  16+ welcome, 21+ no host bar with ID.

Limited tickets 100 per night.