I took a little break from knitting my scarf, but now that the temperatures are dropping again I decided to get back to work! I have discovered a few things along the way: This scarf is really wide. I like the stripes and the pattern, but wow, is it wide. It’s going to be pretty bulky … Continue reading Work in Progress: Scarf
I am a huge fan of Yoga Today. If you are wanting to try at-home yoga classes, they offer a free hour-long class every week on their website and a long list of short/light classes on their Yoga Today YouTube channel. (There are some really good just-getting-started classes there if you’re new or newly returning to yoga.)
Yoga Today has been a lifesaver for me, ever since I left my totally kickass Iyengar instructor in San Diego and have been too chicken to try out a German yoga class. My hips and hamstrings are tighter than ever, though. I always struggle with postures that require open hamstrings. I had a breakthrough back in San Diego when I learned to think about forward bends as coming from a tilt in the hips and not a reach from the lower back. Today I had another breakthrough when Neesha on Yoga Today talked about moving the hips in a forward bend just as if you were doing cow pose. Bam! I was no longer struggling to just stay upright.
Anyway, I got more than just that one insight from Neesha today. This is the part of today’s blog entry that’s more for the ladies. Men, if you’re curious you’re welcome to read on (isn’t that what the anonymity of the internet is for?) and if you have a partner with a uterus she may appreciate the info. But I’ll be talking to the women here: Continue reading “Yoga — For the Ladies”
When I started the Orientierungskurs, I wasn’t sure what to expect. The course is required for integration (in other words, for students who need to satisfy BAMF requirements for immigration purposes). In my case, I already have a two-year German residence and work permit, but I need to complete the integration program to renew that … Continue reading What to Expect from the BAMF Orientierungskurs
Finally, a post specifically about Aachen! I took a long walk the other day through the edge of the city, planning to walk all the way to the Dreiländereck at Vaalserberg, but I didn’t quite make it there. I love how, as you get to the edge of Aachen, the countryside starts mixing with the … Continue reading A Walk Around Aachen
Near the beginning of January, I wrote about how I wanted to start some new habits. It’s hard to imagine that changing just a couple of things can turn into major lifestyle improvements, but that’s what happened. First, let me try to explain what has changed: 1. I haven’t been watching TV. I stuck with … Continue reading New Habits: The Snowball Effect