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Tuesday, December 21, 2004

Happy Solstice

I always want to celebrate the solstices and equinoxes, but I haven't come up with a good tradition yet. Nothing seems quite grand enough to honor the movement of the universe, you know? And Wicca, which I'm sure has solstice rituals, just doesn't do it for me. So: I welcome your suggestions, and in the meantime, I'm going to try to do 108* sun salutations today. I've done 3 so far.

*important yoga number

3 Comments:

Blogger Emma Goldman said...

Yoga mala! gotta love it--though, in my case, I definitely don't gotta do it. Sun salutations wreak havoc on my shoulders, even if I put my knees down for alligator. (I did go to class today, though, and gave a loaf of homemade bread to my teacher.) The best I've been able to do with the seasons is try to watch the sunrise and sunset, and wish people a happy equinox/solstice, but that's pretty lame. I admit to liking the solstices better--the winter solstice, in particular, in its sun-return sense--and to preferring the vernal to the autumnal equinox, but there you go.

7:25 PM  
Blogger kStyle said...

yeah, I, uh, only did three total. I've never heard the term "yoga mala". what does it mean, exactly? is it like General Office Fu? ;)

9:05 PM  
Blogger Emma Goldman said...

No, it's actually a real thing--a mala is "garland," if I remember correctly, and a yoga mala is the 108 sun salutations you mentioned, typically (though I suppose not always) in honor of someone/thing. Two years ago, for example, one of my teachers--whom I originally met in a completely different context--was leaving the city (she thought for good, but she's baaack) had a yoga mala in celebration/honor of the people she knew and the time she spent here. It was--you guessed it--108 surya namaskar. She may even have had a musician there. I think a "yoga mala" can have other meanings, but that's the one with which I'm familiar. Actually, she does a retreat in your neck of the woods--in Vermont, I believe--on occasion, typically the fall. She has a very strong, beautiful practice, though I don't share her love of Shiva Rea, quite. Here's Lourdes' website: http://www.lourdesparedes.com/

4:31 PM  

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