Seaweed!

I find seaweed fascinating. The seaweed washed up on Imperial Beach was pretty big which leads me to wonder how big is the plant it came from?

The round ball filled with water was surprisingly sturdy and I just really like the way it looks.
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This one is ummm…… probably the most obscene looking piece of seaweed I have ever seen:
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Morning Walk

After the yoga conference we headed to Imperial Beach to hang out with friends there.

My friend that I went to the yoga conference with and my friend that we stayed with in Imperial Beach we all met in Grade 7. We’ve known each other a long time and get us all together and it’s a girly gabfest gong show. So much fun and is there any better way to catch up than a lovely long walk on the beach in the morning?

My friend in Imperial Beach also married a wonderful man who is the best host ever!

The beach is just a few blocks from their house and this is how I would like to start every day:

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Angus The Skateboarding Bulldog!

Walking along the boardwalk in San Diego we discovered Angus the skateboarding bulldog!

He was so cute and pretty amazing. Seemed to be having so much fun scooting back and forth, he is much more talented on a skateboard than I am, my balance is total crap. There was time in between scoots for a belly rub, Angus was a sweetheart! He left a smile on our face for the rest of the day!
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Free Queen!

It’s Friday! Thank Goodness!

Yesterday I slipped on ice and fell into a car splitting my chin, now I have an Indian Jones style cut on my chin, wonder if it will scar? If it does I’ll have to come up with a cooler story than slipping and falling into a car. The good news is I believe I will live.

To cheer me up and perhaps give you a Friday chuckle I present my BFF showing everybody what you can find on the streets of San Diego.

I think the jokes write themselves……

Free Queen

(If you, yes you, would like your picture taken down I will remove the post immediately and apologize in advance)

Ducks!

Yesterday I showed the parrots and today we have DUCKS!

I love ducks, a friend once gave me a pair of duck earrings that I loved and another friend gave me a duck ring. I don’t have them anymore they were stolen from me. Who steals duck jewellery??? (bastards that’s who)

I also had a duck picture above my bed for a long time that was a duck in a sun chair with a drink in his hand and a bullet hole above his head. The picture was called “Sitting Duck” and it still hangs in my old room in my Mom’s house.

Anyway whenever I see ducks they make me happy. The Catamaran had really pretty ducks, just wandering around enjoying the water and the sun. Walking to yoga every morning they made me happy, a wonderful way to start the day!
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Parrots!

What else what at the Catamaran Resort other than turtles and fish?

Parrots!

There were four of them and one talked, I’m not sure if they all did and three were just shy that day but as we walked by we heard “Hello”. They were delightful to watch and talk to, so beautiful. There was also a very chatty cockatiel but I didn’t get a picture, I must have been too busy listening to him say his name (which I’ve forgotten because I am a terrible blogger). Will have to go back for more pictures and to learn all their names, that can be my punishment!

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Wonderful Pond View!

While at Yoga Confluence 2013 we stayed at the Catamaran Resort and Spa. It was such a lovely place, great location. The ocean was a block away and the back of the hotel opened up onto the bay which was less windy to walk around than along the ocean.
Also we arrived the day before the conference started and so we got to pick out room.

Pool view? Pond view? Tower? Oh the choices!

We chose the pond view and were so pleased with our room. A lovely balcony that had a beautiful view of the pond. There were Turtles!

We watched these two every day sunning themselves on their rock, usually together but sometimes alone:
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Or swimming in the water:
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Also there were BIG koi fish swimming around enjoying the sun:
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Between morning practice and the open discussions it was a lovely calming way to spend some time. I would love to go back and stay for longer!

A Break For Yoga

A photo of Sri K. Pattabhi Jois at Yoga Confluence 2013:
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I haven’t posted in just over a week because I was in San Diego!

First I went to a yoga conference “Yoga Confluence 2013” and then visited a good friend for a few days. I want to go back and banish socks from my wardrobe for ever. After not wearing them for a week I came home to SNOW and COLD. Now I find myself resenting my socks, perhaps my yoga harmony could still use some work.

Yoga Confluence was really wonderful. I am not very far along in my yoga practice, even though I have been doing it for years. I can make it through the sun salutations, the standing postures, most of the sitting but there are a few poses I struggle with and a few that are definitely not going to happen. Doing the yoga every morning and the workshops certainly inspired me to pick up my practice. Also seeing all the other dedicated practitioners, many quite a bit older than I has made me want to dedicate more time to yoga.

Am I ready to get up at five in the morning to get to the yoga studio to practice?

No. I’m not. Although I have been doing a little everyday. Getting on my mat and working through the postures that I can do. It’s a start and who knows by the time the scooter comes back out in the spring maybe I will be ready to journey to the yoga studio to practice Mysore with some of the wonderful people I met at the conference. Calgary was well represented at the conference!

So as I strive to bend, stretch, increase the strength in my wimpy arms (I actually dropped myself on day two) I will keep all those dedicated practitioners in mind and continue to be inspired by them!