So many nights after having dinner with Kathy and her family in Winter Haven, I would sit on my patio, candles and twinkle lights lit, a nice fire in the fire pit, jasmine blooming, Boney James’ “Pure” album on and sit with my dog on the swing drinking a glass of wine. Curled up with a blanket for the cool Florida winter nights and fall asleep on the patio. Memories. Sometimes you do not realize how good a moment is until long after. So simple yet so luxurious.
I am trying to keep every day this simple and luxurious for at least an hour. Weather it is a new fruit for a quiet breakfast over the lake, a sunset with a nice bear overlooking the lake, a picnic lunch over viewing the region from the top of a mountain, a nap, or playing jazz music instead of listening to the reggaeton around.
I went to a couple of yoga flow classes at Ground Work Yoga while I was house sitting and visiting friends in Winter Haven. It is a small one room studio on Central Avenue. Both times I went Jody was the teacher and I loved it. I loved Jody’s flow style, very free and warm. I would have gone a couple more times had my car not decided it did not want to start a couple of times (great thing to have before a huge road trip, I know). I guess that should be the lesson not to try to leave to something last-minute.
But, the cool part was we did something I have never done before. We used two chairs to do a supported head stand. With blankets on each of the chairs for comfort and a mat underneath the chairs to stop the chairs from sliding, you could get into an easy supported head stand without actually sitting your head on the ground. That means you get all the benefits of the balance, inversion, shoulder strengthening, but with no neck strain. I wish I could have got a picture but I did not think to bring my camera. Plus it was pouring rain on my way to the studio.
But, enjoy this video on YouTube from kindyogaschool which does something very similar. Jody just had us use the edge of the chair to hang on to. I would like to try it at home (with a spotter of course) and practice bringing up my legs without placing pressure on my neck.