“But I Can’t Even Do Splits”

Ed. Note: This is a great guest post by my new friend, Allie Brooks. Allie went to the University of Mississippi and earned her degree in biomedical anthropology. She is now enforcing her hard work to field studies regarding the effects of biomedicalization of traditional healing practices in Bolivia. Being an inexperienced yoga dude, I appreciate and thank her for this piece. Hopefully you are inspired by the message.

As The New Year Approaches:
Try something new to have fun and get fit

Every December and January, the same talks get discussed; New Year’s Resolutions. You promise yourself to go to the gym, lose weight, don’t eat chocolate, it’s the same ole same ole. Many of times the reasons why these promises do not get fulfilled is because you get bored half way through and even the sight of a gym makes you turn the other way. That is why you need to adopt a program that is fun, relaxing, and intense. This is why yoga is the perfect solution to any resolution. I know I know, you are thinking, “but I can’t even do the splits” that is why yoga is perfect. There are so many forms of yoga that there is one out there for you. Trust me.

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Dune Shack Dharma

From Cape Healing Arts Magazine
Written by Dr. Debra Babcock

On the constantly shifting sands of the “backshore” of Provincetown, a number of tiny structures sit, precariously perched. “The Dune Shacks” as they are affectionately known, are vulnerable not only because they have a habit of falling into the ocean and having to be rescued, but because, like all of us, they eventually surrender to time, wind, weather and just plain gravity. The future of the shacks is additionally uncertain because they sit within the boundaries of what has become the Cape Cod National Seashore. As each of the current owners passes away, the shacks are absorbed into the domain of the National Seashore. What will become of each one remains to be seen, but the long and fascinating Who’s Who of dune shack “owners” has come to an end. The good news is that a few of them can be accessed through the two preservation organizations that work with the Seashore to provide stewardship and temporary stays for artists, writers and community members. Last summer, for the last week of August, I joined the ranks of the blessed who have had an opportunity to stay in one of them.

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