By Caren Osten Gerszberg The New York Times Thu., March 22, 2018 Motoring along the mouth of the Aghanashini River, our torsos stuffed inside bulky, bright-orange life jackets, we passed a fishing village and a patch of sandy shoreline called Paradise beach. “There! There!” shouted a woman from the back of the skiff, pointing to a dolphin she spotted in the distance. Our young local captain cut the motor. Watching, we waited in silence. And when our group’s yoga teacher, Larissa Carlson, began to chant the sound of “om” — a Sanskrit word symbolizing the union of body, speech and mind — and the rest of us joined in, creating a collective, continuous round of the humming syllable. As if awakened by the vibrations of our call, a pod of dolphins emerged, leaping through the air, one after another. This, I thought, is going to be an unusual journey. While a trip to India had been on my bucket list for years, it didn’t seem … [Read more...] about At a yoga retreat in India: beach walks, body treatments and healing
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By YuMee Chung Special to the Star Mon., Feb. 19, 2018 While we Canadians usually go to great lengths to avoid slipping and sliding on icy streets, this week’s move uses the slick stuff dynamically to take your legs to their end range, in front-to-back splits, while building the strength and stability to manage your mobility. Stand in a partial forward bend with your hands resting on a pair of sturdy yoga blocks, set shoulder-distance apart and at their tallest height. Wood or cork blocks are preferable to the less stable foam ones for this exercise. Step your right foot forward a few inches and your left foot back the same distance, to set up your split. Slowly slide the right leg forward while simultaneously sliding the left leg back. Keep your chest lifted as you control the descent with your legs, using your hands as little as possible. Stop before you get beyond the point of no return and do your best to keep your hips relatively square. Now, … [Read more...] about Yoga Moves: Sliding Splits
A bow tie is a natty addition to the fashion ensemble of the well-dressed man.But while dressing up a tree stump with a bow tie may add a festive air to seasonal celebrations, it does not hide the fact that the overdressed stump sticks out like a sore thumb, even at a holiday party.Now that the joyous season is thankfully behind us, it’s time to take down decorations and deal with the mid-winter gloom that inevitably overtakes the post-Christmas days of January.In the vicinity of shops and restaurants on Danforth Ave., there seems to be no urgency to shed the Christmas decorations, particularly the bows wrapped around street trees and even lifeless stumps in large concrete planters.Ellen Schwartzel sent us a note saying several dead trees in concrete planters near the Greenwood and Coxwell TTC subway stations were sawed off after they withered and died, but have yet to be removed. … [Read more...] about Bow-tied dead tree stumps are overdressed for Danforth Ave.
Reading: Matthew 27:27-35 [Jesus] bore our sins in His own body on the tree. 1 Peter 2:24 The corkscrew willow tree stood vigil over our backyard for more than 20 years. It shade all four of our children as they played in the yard, and it provided shelter for the neighborhood squirrels. But when springtime came and the tree didn’t awaken from its winter slumber, it was time to bring it down. Every day for a week I worked on that tree — first to fell it and to chop two decades of growth into manageable pieces. It gave me a lot of time to think about trees. I thought about the first tree — the one on which hung the forbidden fruit that Adam and Eve just couldn’t resist (GEN. 3:6). God used that tree to test their loyalty and trust. Then there’s the tree in Psalm 1 that reminds us of the fruitfulness of godly living. And in Proverbs 3:18, wisdom is personified as a tree of life. But it is a transplanted tree that is most important—the crude cross of … [Read more...] about The tree of love
IT is always an amazing sight to witness birds flying in the sky. Although most people take this for granted, the ability to fly and to travel freely is a dream most people share. And although rocket ships and airplanes have made this possible, there is nothing more wonderful than seeing such friendly Aves, specifically migratory birds, as true travellers among the earth’s diverse species. Billions of migratory birds travel the globe every year, with each flying at a distance of 11,000 kilometers or 6,385 miles in just eight days. This incredible feat is something that Haribon Foundation continues to celebrate, especially as many of these birds visit the Philippines as well. To celebrate their importance as travellers of the sky, Haribon Foundation recently hosted the “Welcome to the Birds” Bird Kite Festival on October 25 at the Burnham Green, Rizal Park in Manila. Visitors were allowed to “fly” through their individually built and creatively designed … [Read more...] about A home for the travelling Aves
The discovery of a previously unknown wooden structure at the Buddha’s birthplace suggests the sage might have lived in the 6th century BC, two centuries earlier than thought, archeologists said on Monday. Traces of what appears to have been an ancient timber shrine was found under a brick temple that is itself within Buddhism’s sacred Maya Devi Temple at Lumbini, in southern Nepal near the Indian border. In design it resembles the Asokan temple erected on top of it. Significantly, however, it features an open area, unprotected from the elements, from which it seems a tree once grew—possibly the tree where the Buddha was born. “This sheds light on a very very long debate” over when the Buddha was born and, in turn, when the faith that grew out of his teachings took root, said archeologist Robin Coningham in a conference call. It’s widely accepted that the Buddha was born beneath a hardwood sal tree at Lumbini as his mother Queen Maya Devi, the wife … [Read more...] about Find suggests Buddha lived in 6th century B.C.
A BUS system in Cebu City has hit a roadblock, before actual work on its road lanes or stations could begin. The Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) in Central Visayas denied the tree-cutting permit application prepared by proponents of the Bus Rapid Transit (BRT), which is set to be implemented in 2018. At least 300 trees on N. Bacalso Ave. and Osmeña Blvd. stand to be affected by the bus system. Aside from the BRT, three other government projects, mostly road widening, also failed to get their tree-cutting permits from DENR 7. The Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) 7 will forward to their national office the four applications for tree-cutting permits. “All requests for tree cutting need the endorsement of Secretary Rogelio Singson,” said DPWH 7 information officer Marie Nillama. Dr. Isabelo Montejo, DENR 7 executive director, said that the applications failed to comply with certain requirements, including Secretary Singson’s … [Read more...] about DENR chooses trees over BRT
THE Movement for a Livable Cebu (MLC) joined a call for Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama not to remove around 30 trees in the middle of Pope John Paul Ave. Officials from MLC met with the mayor last Tuesday night to present a proposal to solve traffic in the area and at the same time, spare most of the trees. Mayor Rama’s call for solutions to the city’s traffic problems has also received many responses online, after he first brought up his plan to remove the trees on the center island from the corner of Cardinal Rosales Ave. to Gov. Cuenco Ave. In an interview yesterday, MLC convenor Marc Canton said they want that only portions of the center island be removed, specifically where there are choke points. He said the choke points are located near the ends of the center island, near the intersection with the Ayala access road and under the flyover near the Tesda compound. “We will present a design to him that will not affect the whole center island, so that majority of … [Read more...] about Movement for a Livable Cebu tells mayor not to remove trees
How many dimwits does it take to screw in 36 street lights, where only one is used anywhere else? Don’t ask Toronto Hydro. They are in the dark about the staggering number of lights recently installed at the corner of Weston Rd. and Dennis Ave. We’ve come across things on our rounds that are hard to explain: An abandoned truck loaded with full-sized glass heads; a utility pole planted in right field at a ball diamond; a dead raccoon frozen into a knothole in a tree, its head poking out over the sidewalk below. But 36 lights attached to a bunch of poles in a confined space is as weird as anything we’ve seen, and a curious example of public dollars at work. Talk about your bright ideas… … [Read more...] about Need a light? There are 35 too many at Weston Rd. and Dennis Ave.
It has been touted as a transformational rail expansion. But some Mount Dennis residents aren’t happy so far about the impact of the new Union-to-Pearson rail line on their neighbourhood. Those living beside or near the tracks say Metrolinx, the agency in charge of expanding the 20-kilometre Georgetown South train corridor, is “clear-cutting” — levelling all the trees and shrubs that have grown wild along the tracks for years. Simon Chamberlain, secretary for the Mount Dennis Community Association, says the spoilage of foliage is eliminating a natural air filter, canopy and visual screen in preparation for the new service that will see trains running all day by the time the Pan Am Games open in 2015. He also expects that graffiti will show up on buildings and fences abutting the corridor once there is no greenery to screen them. Metrolinx says it is clearing the rail line completely, not only to eliminate leaves from falling on the tracks and slowing trains, but … [Read more...] about Air-rail link has Metrolinx ‘clear-cutting’ trees along the rails, say residents