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Oh hai there. I’m Nikkeh, and this is a brief renosance of the noise going on in my world. Should the urge arise, you’re invited to email me at syncopatednikitaATgmailDOTcom with your questions, complaints, epiphanies, fart jokes, etc.



 






Colombia es Passion!

Sat, 17 Dec 2016 00:40:24 -0500

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“Peculiar travel suggestions are dancing lessons from God.” -Kurt Vonnegut




slaughterhouse90210: “Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are...

Mon, 15 Dec 2014 22:24:17 -0500

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slaughterhouse90210:

“Perhaps all the dragons in our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us act, just once, with beauty and courage. Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence, something helpless that wants our love.”
― Rainer Maria Rilke,
Letters to a Young Poet







"Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay..."

Sat, 24 Aug 2013 03:18:24 -0400

“Don’t be afraid to be confused. Try to remain permanently confused. Anything is possible. Stay open, forever, so open it hurts, and then open up some more, until the day you die, world without end, amen.”

- George Saunders, The Braindead Megaphone



Yoga Tree Hayes

Tue, 21 May 2013 18:36:44 -0400

Location: Hayes and Octavia in Hayes Valley

Style: Hatha Flow 2 8:30- 10:30

Instructor: Darcy Lyon

Class size: 20-25

Level: Intermediate to advanced

Price: $18/ drop in. $20 3 class package special for new students

Darcy Lyon is the instructor I’ve been looking for.  Off the bat, she’s super friendly and approachable, which are indispensable attributes for a yoga instructor.  She came right over to me, introduced herself, and welcomed me to her class. It feels great to go into practice with a smile on your face, feeling at ease in a brand new space surrounded by people you’ve never met before.

Hatha Flow 2 put me back in my place.  I’ve been going to mainly beginner- intermediate level classes and was starting to contrast my yoga skills against students in those classes, thinking I was doing pretty damn good….it’s embarrassing to admit this, as it’s a very un-yogic attitude to take up.  My peers in this class were dedicated yogis that appear to have been coming to Darcy’s Hatha Flow classes for quite sometime.  I watched with awe and respect women several decades older than me execute Hanumanasana (Monkey Pose) and Eka Pada Rajakapotasana (One-legged Royal Pigeon Pose) with perfect poise and textbook alignment, while I struggled to just keep my balance in Garudasana (Eagle Pose.) It is so important to keep placing myself outside of my comfort zone where I can gather such inspiration and motivation from my peers.  The more I eschew comfort and complacency, the more I will develop into what I want to be.  The more I develop into who I want to be, the more useful I become to the world. The more useful I am, the happier I am, and so forth and so on.  It’s a glorious cycle to get caught up in.

While this class was challenging- perhaps the most challenging class I’ve taken, outside of Bikram- Darcy pushes you in the kindest way.  She has a knack for spotting subtle misalignments from across the room and immediately appearing by your side to make a helpful adjustment.  Her sequences flow so well, and the two hours pass by relatively quickly.  Around 10:25, final shavasana was feeling downright celestial.

This class made me re-evaluate the studio promiscuity I’ve been dabbling in; I feel I have a lot to learn from Darcy, and, besides, I already feel at “home” here, and its only my first class.




It take courage to enjoy it/ the hardcore and the gentle/ big...

Thu, 16 May 2013 20:37:02 -0400

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It take courage to enjoy it/ the hardcore and the gentle/ big time sensuality.




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Thu, 16 May 2013 00:25:28 -0400

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Evil Bikram Tries to Sue Yoga to the People

Wed, 15 May 2013 19:44:00 -0400

Evil Bikram Tries to Sue Yoga to the People:




From Indiana to India

Wed, 15 May 2013 16:36:56 -0400

Growing up in Indiana, I always had an instinctual urge to stretch at inappropriate times: during class, at the dinner table, sitting atop tree branches, etc.  It just felt so good.  As a swimmer in high school, I couldn’t wait until the bell rang so I could put on my suit and stretch on the warm floor beside the pool, taking deep breaths of the sweet sweat and chlorine scented air around me.  To this day, and even more so, I get a feeling of satisfaction that’s become practically necessary from lengthening my tendons, spreading synovial fluid around my joints, and connecting to my breath.

Northwest Indiana, the region I grew up, beloved and charming as it is, is not exactly the epicenter of progressive fitness/ meditation, and I didn’t know of any classes that were offered in my darling little town of Hobart.  So I bought a yoga DVD from T.J. Maxx and tried it out. Voila! Something clicked. I realized I needed to do this.  That is where I learned my basic sun salutations/ asanas, and soon afterward, as a young private in the National Guard, I found myself teaching small groups of high ranking officers at Physical Training hour.  And it made me feel great.

I’ll be the first to admit that going to a new studio can be nerve-racking, ESPECIALLY if you’ve never been to a formal class before.  So anxiety inducing, in fact, that it prevents many people who are curious about yoga from ever actually going.  Truth be told, when I finally moved to a place that had yoga studios, I didn’t have the guts to go until I enrolled in Yoga 1-2 at Indiana University and was invited by my warm, gracious teacher to come check out Healing Spirit Yoga ( http://www.healingspirityoga.com/ ) where she taught.  I was nervous and self conscious for the first, oh, fifteen or so classes that I attended, but finally it clicked.  These people, more experienced and flexible than myself, weren’t watching or judging me.  I didn’t look like the idiot I thought I did in my head.  My classmates were far too busy focusing on their own postures and allignments to consider what I was doing, even if they wanted to.  Which, of course, they didn’t.

Wendy Glecker, my instructor at IU, exuded a perfectly balanced air of calm vitality.  She was happy, genuinely happy, in a way that I had rarely witnessed prior. And it showed, in her contagious smile, graceful posture, and overall sunny demeanor.  At that point in my life, my messy early twenties, I didn’t think it would ever be possible for me to be anything like her; to not feel constantly conflicted, scattered all over the place, dissatisfied and never quite wholly healthy.  But now that I’m almost thirty, I’ve learned that all I have to do is give myself to yoga, work hard, and never give up to help others and attain inner peace and become the person I want to be.  It was that simple all along.




June 2011

Thu, 31 Jan 2013 13:03:24 -0500

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June 2011




My “New Year’s Resolution” is to get that damn...

Sat, 26 Jan 2013 02:21:06 -0500

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My “New Year’s Resolution” is to get that damn foot over my damn head. I will have it down by June, damnit.  Like I always say, if I can do it while I’m drunk, then of course I can do it perfectly whilst sober.




jocundlife: This, I have decided, will be my first tattoo.

Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:23:55 -0500

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jocundlife:

This, I have decided, will be my first tattoo.




"And if the world were black or white entirely And all the charts were plain Instead of a mad weir..."

Sat, 29 Dec 2012 02:11:58 -0500

““And if the world were black or white entirely
And all the charts were plain
Instead of a mad weir of tigerish waters,
A prism of delight and pain,
We might be surer where we wished to go
Or again we might be merely
Bored but in brute reality there is no
Road that is right entirely””

- Louis MacNeice Entirely (via latentfuss)



slaughterhouse90210: “Let us record the atoms as they fall upon...

Mon, 26 Nov 2012 15:21:20 -0500

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slaughterhouse90210:

“Let us record the atoms as they fall upon the mind in the order in which they fall, let us trace the pattern, however disconnected and incoherent in appearance, which each sight or incident scores upon the consciousness.”
― Virginia Woolf, The Common Reader




slaughterhouse90210: “You will always be loved, and you will...

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 06:42:20 -0500

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slaughterhouse90210:

“You will always be loved, and you will always be in love with love. A grande passion is the privilege of people who have nothing to do. That is the one use of the idle classes of a country. Don’t be afraid. There are exquisite things in store for you. This is merely the beginning.”
― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray




slaughterhouse90210: “We have advantages. We have a cushion to...

Fri, 09 Nov 2012 05:58:36 -0500

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slaughterhouse90210:

“We have advantages. We have a cushion to fall back on. This is abundance. A luxury of place and time. Something rare and wonderful. It’s almost historically unprecedented. We must do extraordinary things. We have to. It would be absurd not to.”
― Dave Eggers, A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius




corals: Iceland 01: Slide & Swing Set (by josephx)

Mon, 31 Oct 2011 05:27:56 -0400

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corals:

Iceland 01: Slide & Swing Set (by josephx)