PETALIA's SparkPeople Blog PETALIA's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community the transverse abdominis The following blog post was originally a message board post I made on the Yoga Lover's team page. <BR> <BR> I have a strong yoga practice. I practice Baptiste Power Vinyasa Flow in a heated studio 5 or 6 times a week. I've been seriously practicing for 6 years. When I began I was quite strong: bodyweight circuits, calisthenics, and free weights. I was also underweight. Although I didn't have much fat on me I had distended abs. My midsection was like a rock, I did so much ab work. Obsessive,... Fri, 13 Oct 2017 17:54:48 EST August 2, MMXVII <img src=""> Fri, 4 Aug 2017 00:01:45 EST early warning signs of fascism <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Early Warning Signs of Fascism," was written by Lawrence W. Britt in 2003, and is displayed on a poster at the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C. Mon, 27 Feb 2017 17:51:10 EST Team Refugee Olympic Athletes (ROA) <img src=""> <BR> "Every individual must have the possibility of practicing sport, without discrimination of any kind." The Olympic Charter. <BR> <BR> "...While everyone may have a right to practice sport, not every athlete has a nation to call home. By creating the refugee Olympic team the International Olympic Committee hopes to rectify that dilemma. <BR> The team is composed of 10 athletes, all verified by the ... Mon, 13 Jun 2016 08:21:32 EST Heart of a Dog for Midnight Moment <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Laurie Anderson has adapted her feature film, Heart of a Dog, which has been short-listed for an Academy Award, for Times Square. This three minute piece is being shown on Times Square’s electronic billboards from 11:57 pm to midnight from January 1-31. <BR> <BR> "Heart of a Dog is a collection of stories about dogs, time, family, love, memory and death. In the middle of the film there is... Wed, 13 Jan 2016 18:45:19 EST Georges Hébert: Methode Naturelle <img src=""> <BR> <BR> <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Parkour was founded by David Belle in the 1980s. It was inspired by Georges Hébert, a French naval officer, who developed the Methode Naturelle after 1902. <BR> <BR> Georges Hébert wrote: <BR> <BR> The final goal of physical education is to make strong beings. In the purely physical sense, the Natural Method promotes the qualities o... Sat, 25 Apr 2015 18:02:12 EST Henry Rollins: on anger <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "My anger does not manifest itself in destruction of objects, swearing in traffic, or attempting to get beaten up by another male several years my junior. Actually, it gets me up early, on the road and down it. I believe that contentment or any sustained period of joy that doesn't inspire thought that leads to action almost immediately is useless. <BR> <BR> One of the things I learned as I got older was that it wa... Sun, 19 Apr 2015 19:41:04 EST Andrei Tarkovsky's "Stalker" <img src=""> <BR> <BR> "Let everything that's been planned come true. Let them believe. And let them have a laugh at their passions. Because what they call passion actually is not some emotional energy, but just the friction between their souls and the outside world. And most important, let them believe in themselves. Let them be helpless like children, because weakness is a great thing, and strength is nothing. When a man is just born, ... Sun, 22 Feb 2015 22:10:22 EST the old ways <img src=""> <BR> David Quentin photo of Robert Macfarlane walking the Broomway <BR> <BR> ‘I can only meditate when I am walking,’ wrote Jean-Jacques Rousseau in the fourth book of his Confessions, ‘when I stop I cease to think; my mind only works with my legs.’ Soren Kierkegaard speculated that the mind might function optimally at the pedestrian pace of three miles per hour, and in a journal entry describes going out for a wander and f... Thu, 5 Feb 2015 21:33:59 EST Project TRINITY 21 kilotons New Mexico 1945 <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Six miles away, the world’s first nuclear explosion expands 0.053 seconds after detonation. Director J. Robert Oppenheimer quotes the Bhagavad-Gita: “If the radiance of a thousand suns were to burst forth at once in the sky, that would be like the splendor of the Mighty One . . . I am become Death, the shatterer of worlds.” Three weeks later, the U.S. dropped a nuclear bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6, 1945, ... Tue, 9 Dec 2014 09:35:15 EST saudade <img src=""> <BR> <link> </link> <BR> <BR> Saudade is a word in Portuguese and Galician that has no direct translation in English. It describes a deep emotional state of nostalgic or profound melancholic longing for an absent something or someone that one loves. Moreover, it often carries a repressed knowledge that the object of longing may never return. A stronger form of saudade may be felt towards people and th... Tue, 2 Dec 2014 17:03:59 EST Storyboard P <img src=""> <BR> <BR> My style is Mutant. <BR> <BR> As a mutant my power is to project a sequence of images through my body that tells an elaborate story to music. The power to storyboard / ballet / jazz / African / contemporary / bruk up / flex / boogaloo. <BR> <BR> My earliest inspirations were stop motion films. And watching the locals get down in Brooklyn. My vision was to bring the golden age of motion picture to the streets. So ... Thu, 6 Nov 2014 06:53:25 EST J.G. Ballard <img src=""> <BR> Photo via The Terminal Collection. <BR> <BR> I believe in the power of the imagination to remake the world, to release the truth within us, to hold back the night, to transcend death, to charm motorways, to ingratiate ourselves with birds, to enlist the confidences of madmen. <BR> <BR> I believe in the non-existence of the past, in the death of the future, and the infinite possibilities of the present. <BR> <BR> J.G.... Fri, 31 Oct 2014 21:33:13 EST human flag <img src=""> Wed, 29 Oct 2014 12:58:37 EST When No Means On: Melvin Moti <img src=""> <BR> <BR> “Aaah, all the paintings are gone! That’s not a problem, I can describe them for you.” During World War II, the museum’s treasures were removed from the Hermitage in St. Petersburg as a precaution against possible war damage. The empty halls are ghostly, filled with vacant frames that allude to the works they once contained and now serve as a kind of “shadow collection”. In 1943, Pavel Gubchevsky, a museum guide, ... Wed, 22 Oct 2014 12:34:18 EST Bas Jan Ader <img src=""> <BR> <BR> Bas Jan Ader, 1942 - 1975 <BR> Dutch/Californian artist Bas Jan Ader was last seen in 1975 when he took off in what would have been the smallest sailboat ever to cross the Atlantic. He left behind a small oeuvre, often using gravity as a medium. <BR> <link> </link> Thu, 9 Oct 2014 18:33:46 EST Buster Keaton, "The General" <img src=""> Tue, 7 Oct 2014 22:14:54 EST Thomas Edison Naps <img src=""> Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:42:52 EST Maurizio Cattelan, "A Perfect Day" <img src=""> Thu, 24 Jul 2014 20:10:22 EST June 12, MMXI Ever since I read SP's Terms of Service, I've stopped posting drawings. I found reading the TOS quite confusing but I gather that SP can use anything printed on the SP site without telling the author, let alone asking their permission. Until SP changes this, I won't be posting more drawings. Alas. I do like sharing them. Perhaps I'll have some new idea... 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