Local yogini takes her yoga off the mat and into her kitchen. “The common everyday fruits and veggies are often forced down our children’s throats and overlooked by the parents who claim their benefits but only get half a serving a day themselves,” says Wong. She brings these farmer’s market finds to life and rebels against the “no playing with your food” rule. No cuts or peanut butter are involved in holding the sculptures up… just pure presence and calm and being one with the subject. “It’s an opportunity to observe the breath while trying to find the balance. I found myself holding my breath a lot just as some people hold their breath in tree pose. We try too hard to bring balance to our practice and our lives when we hold the breath. Amazing things happen and things begin to align when we allow prana, life force, to flow through us,” says Wong.
BWAHAHAHAHA How’s that for a Yoga Journal article, eh? Why not. Yoga is everywhere. I remember an article by YJ on “Rock Solid” Stone Yoga.
Truly amazing pieces of art. Balance is everywhere among us whether living on nonliving. It is how the universe operates. But in the universe balance doesn’t imply stability, equilibrium, or equal distribution. I’ve found in my life, balance is more like a pendulum, swinging either far right or far left from success to failures. Every so often, the pendulum swings in equanimity and I’m in harmony for that split second that is. Same goes for my practice. Some days I land a beautiful headstand and other days it’s like “why would we stand on our heads, isn’t that what feet are for?”
What does balance mean to you and how do you achieve it? At this point in my life, I should feel like I have a pretty balanced life. Onlookers would perceive I have it all worked out as I balance my life as a yogini, yoga teacher, full time mom, and budding adventurer. Let me tell you! It’s not all strawberries and cream. One thing that I use as my guide to being balanced is staying flexible. My balanced life is comprised of many facets including my health, family, financial, intellectual, social, work, spiritual, recreation, personal growth, romance and more. I don’t necessarily spend time every day in each area in equal amounts, but in the long term, I give each special attention. Right now high on my priority is balancing my health. Since following the metabolic type diet principles, I’ve develop a whole new relationship to food and not just to see how high I can stack my strawberries. I’m broadening my palate to new veggies that I may have never liked before and I admit, I do try to stuff them down my kids throats. I noticed when I’m performing at my optimum health, my personal and work life soar. The last week has definitely been a testament to this as I suffered from seasonal allergies so did my patience with people. My yogic prinicples out the door! Yelling and screaming at obnoxious kids, crazy drivers on the road and my poor husband who just always tries to help but sometimes get in the way. Sorry hun. I love you! My food is definitely my medicine. It heals me. It nourishes me. It gives me something to splurge on knowing that it does me good. To Lacy, go ahead and buy those $8 eggs (BTW, I get 18 organic large brown eggs at Cupertino for $5).
Kale - my favorite greens
I heart veggie juice: kale, cukes, carrots, tomatoes. And yes, that's dancer's pose etched into the glass from lululemon
Who say's happiness can't be bottled for next time when you need it.
Bruised ego? Nah! After a failure is achieved, success is inevitable