Sunday, April 29, 2007

sunday, glorious sunday

yesterday was a lovely day off. having beau and my dear pug nearby was so refreshing. this really is like being at camp and craving a letter from home - it's always good to be reminded of my reality. i've turned in my teacher training workbook to my mentor to get graded so i don't have all my notes in front of me to share. therefore, i'll do the past few days from memory - not easy when you have an exhausted mind (i have one of those tired headaches - know what i mean?) and a sore body (first time i've gotten sore and it's after my day off - odd). anyway, here goes:

friday was fabulous - we broke into two groups during the asana practice. once to watch the assists take place and the other to practice. all afternoon we broke down various poses and how to assist. this was my favorite part so far as i love learning how to give more powerful and potent assists. touching is soooo divine and so neglected these days so being intentional and loving with one's touch, especially as a teacher, is a must-have. also, i tried something new in headstand and was able to hold it longer: draw elbows a bit more narrow than shoulders, squeeze hands together with a small opening between wrists and use the forearms more. this was a TREMENDOUS help to my 3-minute headstand (still need a breather at breath 25). then beau and pug came to pick me off to whisk me off at 11:30pm to a dog-friendly hotel - no pets allowed at omega.

saturday, oh saturday. slept in until 10ish and enjoyed galivanting around rhinebeck. such a cute town! i checked out a darling store called bead and purl. went in and snapped a photo of their leopard-print covered chairs at the big knitting table. too cute. will share once i upload photos. now everytime i see "bead" i get all excited. they only had small beads rather than the large gems i'm working with (watch for my creations coming soon to then back to omega as beau was heading to hang with his law school buddies in the city and i was in desperate need of a massage. next i hit the omega bookstore. yum! got an AMAZING book - Z.B.A. Zen of Business Administration: How Zen Practice Can Transform Your Work and Your Life by marc lesser. ok, i'm only at the beginning of it but so far, so good. then was excited to get online to handle pending e-mails but no access. wifi was down. ugh - i'm sure there is a lesson there. after drafting many, it finally kicked in and i pulled myself back to the room around 11 to unpack the day's loot from the rhinebeck CVS (toothpaste, lavender eye pillow, detergent, etc.)

while i'm here, i'm also rereading bird by bird by anne lamott. i sneak in a page or two when we're supposed to start at 1:45 and we don't start until 1:47. thus, i will literally be reading bird by bird - one small page at a time. if you desire to write, this book is a must-have on your shelf!

today has been tough due to sheer exhaustion and soreness coupled with a pretty intensive day of lecturing on sanskrit (4 hours so far, 3 to go) and yoga philosophy (1.5-2 hours)! i'm hoping to be in better form tomorrow after some good rest.

oh, and here's the report card from my pug's visit with beau's friends last night: "so louis peed on about 3 different things... hopped on tables and sofas (not allowed for their dog)... stole crackers off a plate... he was a basic nightmare. oh yeah, pooed on the floor too." oops! any pup disciplining tips? yikes!

ok, must dash to eat my greens and beets. look forward to sharing more once my workbook is back.

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Moi said...

Dearest Kimberly,
I have no help for your Louis... my Puffin (kitty) is the worst behaved cat in the world and nothing helps! It's a good thing he's still cute and lovable. :-) I am glad to hear that you enjoyed your weekend - it sounds well deserved. I have been busy creating a new blog that desperately needs some visibility, mainly for purposes of feedback, advice, comments, etc. So I do hope that you and others who visit here will take a peek!



diana from pa said...

Kimberly, I am loving reading along and was wondering if you might consider an online 'how to at home' for us. Give us some tips on establishing a daily yoga practice, diet (more yogic & vegan), meditation, use of the body brush, neti pot, etc.
Right now, I cannot even go away for a weekend with my life demands, but someday...the thought of a hip tranquil retreat will be my reward when I finish with my M.S. degree!
Any tips/help you give us at home would be marvelous!
Good luck and Namaste!

Anonymous said...

Greetings Kimberly,

So sorry to hear that Louis was a "nightmare". I'm a trainer/behaviorist in the area and would love to help you w/ his "manners". The biggest tip I can give you via email is that you always need to keep him busy and focused. So...when visiting others bring along his FAVORITE toy to keep him occupied. Also, do not let him jump on your furniture unless he is invited; if he jumps up on the furniture physically (nicely but firm) put him back down on the floor and say "OFF". There are a lot of other techniques but sort of hard to explain via blog/email. If you want to know more please email at

Take Care,

chai said...

glad you are enjoying my adopted hometown, nyc. i miss dc, but this place has its charm.

ooooh, louis!! totally acting out for attention and missing his mama. ask if beau is taking louis out at regular intervals, like you or your dog walker does. he might be couped up inside for just a bit too long. plus, dogs have a thing for schedules and discipline.