Fifty Three

A Year of Yoga: February 22, 2014

Pose: Half Moon Series

Location: My driveway where Momo has graffitied a heart on the garage wall. A heart opening pose seemed appropriate. So this day we had our moving garage sale. It made our move to Europe a whole lot more real. We did well and made a bit of money. I’m a huge purger and I always feel much lighter after getting rid of the “stuff” that seems to accumulate.

Photography Credit: Amy

Fifty Two

A Year of Yoga: February 21, 2014

Pose: One Legged Chair

Sanskrit: Utkatasana

Location: The Olde Ship. Fullerton has an authentic English Pub. I always drink Speckled Hen when I come here. They of course have standards like Fish and Chips and Bangers and Mash. They have a few other UK dishes like corned beef and Scottish Bridie. They also have a few curry dishes, which I thought was a bit odd. But last night I learned from my new British friends here in Spain, that curry is actually the most popular dish in the UK and they actually export it to India. So I guess the fact that the Olde Ship has curry, makes it pretty authentic. Anyways, I will definitely miss this place but looking forward to hitting up a real pub in Scotland in a couple months.

Photography Credit: Amy

Fifty

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A Year of Yoga: February 19, 2014

Pose: Tripod Headstand with Eagle Leg Variation – Day 50 = First inversion of the challenge.

Location: The pink tree in front of Raymond School. This beautiful tree is blooming all over Fullerton right now. Although I’m not sure what they’re called. It’s funny that I’ve never really noticed them before even though Iv’e lived in Fullerton for almost 20 years. I think now that I’m moving, I’m noticing more things about my town than I have before.

Photography Credit: Lulu

Forty Five

A Year of Yoga: February 14, 2014 – Also Valentine’s Day, Anna Howard Shaw Day, and my 17th wedding anniversary.

Pose: Camel variation

Sanskrit: Utrasana

Location: SOCO Downtown Fullerton this is after eating a V-Day anniversary dinner with my husband, sister, daughter, niece, and nephew at the best pizza place in town; Fuoco. I like how it kind of looks like light is shooting our of my heart. It’s something I hope happens metaphorically or existentially.

Photography Credit: Brandon

Forty Two

A Year of Yoga: February 11, 2014

Pose: High Plank

Sanskrit: Uttihita Chaturanga Dandasana

Location: Performing Arts Center (aka the PAC) at Sunny Hills High. Intermission at Our Town where Lulu played Rebecca Gibbs. My daughter Lulu has been performing in theater since the third grade. We have spent the past 8 years budgeting for registration fees, selecting audition material, driving way too much to drop off and pick up at rehearsals. We have painted sets for Cinderella, Fiddler on the Roof, Sound of Music, Annie, and more. I have personally spray painted wigs, knitted leg warmers, and made tails out of yarn for Cats. I have spent hours backstage trying to shepherd young children through costume changes and calls to places. I have hunted in every OC thrift store for shirts with Peter Pan collars, dresses with sweetheart necklines, 30’s cloche hats, and bib overalls (and failed). Who knows how many pairs of ballet slippers, jazz shoes, and character shoes we’ve been through. There are phases in my life where I could sing every word to songs like Tevye’s Dream, Growltiger’s Last Stand, Alone in the Universe, and Horse Right Here. I still sometimes belt out “N – Y – C; there’s something about you” for no reason at all. And how many times have I said “break a leg” and remembered not to say the name of the main character of the Scottish Play? It’s hard to say how many hours of my life over the past 8 years have been spent in support of Lulu’s love. A small fortune in time and money has been spent. Sometimes I complain. Sometimes I threaten under my breath that this is the last show ever. Theater people have a way of making your whole life about their project…..but I will stop. The truth is though that I wouldn’t trade any of it. If it weren’t theater it would be hours on the soccer field or weekends at dance competitions. Theater is a unique beast and I can say even though I’ve cursed out directors in my mind (and my car) for keeping Lulu out until 11:00 on a school night, I have truly enjoyed every time I see her take the stage.

Photography Credit: Momo

Thirty Eight

A Year of Yoga: February 7, 2014

Pose: Tiger Sanskrit: Chakravakasana

Location: Hillcrest Recreation Center We went out to dinner with a friend and colleague with whom we are planning to travel in Portugal over spring break. After dinner we made a quick stop at this location where Momo took dance lessons for a couple years. She would balance beam the brick wall in her ballet slippers and run screaming on the grass with her fellow tiny dancers. I’m not sure it gets much cuter than a handful of 5 year olds in tutus.

Photography Credit: Brandon

Thirty Seven

A Year of Yoga: February 6, 2014

Pose: Hero Series

Sanskrit: Vira-Parampara.

There are many poses that are a part of this series but my book doesn’t distinguish them separately. They’re all called Hero Series. So some other photos will have the same pose name.

Location: Front Yard. Ok, it may seem like I’m getting lazy by taking so many photos around my house. This may be partially true but I am justifying it based on the fact that I’m only going to be living here for 1 more month. I am trying to preserve memories. We have lived here for almost 9 years. I am ready to move on to new things but this has been a great home and I am grateful for the time we’ve lived here.

It was nice to get some rain today. So Cal has been extra dry this winter. It was a nice study break to get out in the crisp air and stretch.

Photography Credit: me (iPhone 5 and gorilla pod)

Thirty Three

A Year of Yoga: February 2, 2014

Pose: Standing/balancing forehead to knee

Location: Overlooking Lions Field; Fullerton                                                                                                  So today is Super Bowl Sunday. Everyone is watching the game and here I am messing around with yoga poses. I used to be really into NFL. I live in So Cal so we are forced to make do with the Chargers as our quasi-home team. But I was on board with them back in the LT days. About 3 seasons ago we rid ourselves of the terrible cable service of AT&T and didn’t replace it. For a while we desperately tried to find ways to keep watching football and continue our Sunday afternoons of yelling at the t.v. all day, eating really good Mexican food and drinking beer. At least at that point there was no easy way to watch online and even though we got a really good antenna to try and pick up the major network games, our 50’s-built, plaster walls wouldn’t transmit the signal. Alas, we learned to live without football. I do wish I had made arrangements to see today’s game if only because the Seahawks are playing and my whole crazy Washington family are so excited. But as it turns out it doesn’t seem like I’m missing much.

Photography Credit: me (iPhone 5 & gorilla pod)

Twenty Eight

A Year of Yoga: January 28, 2014

Pose: Triangle

Location: Chapman Park in Fullerton. I used to live near this park and would sometimes bring Lulu here when she was really little. Another memory I have of this park is the time when my husband and I were still dating and we lived in college dorms. Our college had a spring formal that we attended. Of course since we were underage we couldn’t drink but we had a bottle of wine we wanted to enjoy after the dinner. We couldn’t drink it on campus where we lived so we decided to come to this park and sit on the swings and swig from the bottle. But we didn’t have a corkscrew….so my brilliant husband decided maybe he could break the bottle at the neck on the curb. Well you can imagine how that went. Nobody drank any wine and we took a trip to the drugstore for butterfly band aids to patch up his hand. What can I say? We were 18.

Photography Credit: me (iPhone 5 and gorilla pod)

Nineteen

A Year of Yoga: January 19, 2014

Pose: Standing Balanced Twist

Location: Roof of my garage. That is my house behind me. I always said if we were ever able to purchase this house, I would turn the roof of the garage into a kick ass balcony escape/retreat sort of thing. I have a thing for heights. I love them. I love climbing mountains, trees, ladders, etc. Something about being on a rooftop feels magical; Mary Poppins, Santa Claus, Peter Pan. Leaving the ground feels like leaving reality and the mundane behind for a bit. But when we were given the opportunity to buy, the stars just didn’t line up. Now we are moving and it will remain a fantasy. I’m not sad. In fact I’m excited to move forward and have new dreams about rooftops in Seville, Madrid, Barcelona, Paris, Amsterdam, and who knows where else. But this rooftop will always have a special place in my heart as a “what might have been”.

Photography Credit: Brandon F

Thirteen

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A Year of Yoga: January 13, 2014

Pose: Mermaid

Location: Cal State Fullerton – North Lawn. This is a side of campus I hardly ever come to. I don’t think I ever noticed this sculpture before and I knew nothing about it, but I love big installation art, so I did a little research. It is the same artist that made this somewhat famous sculpture in the Chicago area. Sadly, that work was torn down to build a Walgreens, despite local efforts to save it. I was also sad to discover the artist died a few years ago at a fairly young age due to pancreatic cancer. You can read a nice article about him here. So now I am glad to know he has a legacy at my home away from home.

Artist: Dustin Shuler

Location: Lawn north of Pollak Library

Installation: 2003

Materials: Salvaged fuel ship

Acquisition: On indefinite loan by artist

Photography Credit: me (iphone 5 & gorilla pod)

Eleven

A Year of Yoga: January 11, 2014 Pose: Goddess Location: Well…it’s inevitable that some days will end up with a last minute post from whatever boring or obscure place I end up. Last night it was the parking lot on Wilshire after a movie and dinner at Cafe Hidalgo with friends. Photography Credit: Brandon F

Ten

A Year of Yoga: January 10, 2014 Pose: Standing Bow Location: Bootleggers Brewery. This day I was here celebrating one of my best friend’s birthdays. I had my birthday party here over the summer. It’s a great location for a celebration, or to unwind after a long week, or read a good book while enjoying the great beer. Playing bean bags or giant Jenga is also fun and it’s the sort of place you almost always run into friends. It’s also a great spot to enjoy a sunset. Photography Credit: Amy C.