Tuesday, May 21, 2024


I live in central Alabama, and there’s only about two months of early spring that you can actually enjoy sitting on your back porch in the morning, sipping your tea with your pup lying next to your chair. After that it’s chigger-mosquito central, and you surround yourself with bug spray and citronella plants, with clear fingernail polish dotting your arms and legs, not to mention the gawd-awful heat and humidity in late July and August.  But the year I lost about three weeks of that glorious spring time was when those cicadas came out after living underground for about 100 years, more or less.

I am a cicada hater.  My apologies to those who marvel at their life spans, their tastiness, and what some people call beauty. Whatever. I lived in cicada central when that double brood emerged, and it was nothing but a big frustration.  At first I thought someone was sawing down a tree off in the distance.  I live in a semi-rural area.  It didn’t take long to realize that if there’s a tree in Montevallo that thick, it would be illegal to cut it down, because Montevallo is a tree sanctuary.  But after a day or so, that noise was obviously something else.  It got louder and louder and the horrid creatures were having a party on my patio.  More like an orgy, and it was gross.  My dog learned to be horrified, too. If there was one near the back door at night, she would refuse to go out, looking up at me with bewilderment. We would go out in the morning, because she had to, and by the time we came in our ears were ringing after the cicada noise. 

At first, I collected them in baggies and threw them in the trash, but after about three days, my house reeked, so I took the bags to the trash bin and never did that again. Then two or three times a day I’d either spray or blow the creatures from hell (they came from underground, you know) off into the back yard. Many of them were dead and most had that hallucinogenic fungus that made them hyperactive, oversexed, and bisexual. I googled if you could get high from eating the fungus that caused their butts to fall off, but it was discouraged. Not that I would do that, I was just curious. Once a cicada shell got tangled in my dog’s hair and fell off after she came inside.  She kept barking, and I thought she was just being her nosy-neighbor self, but there she was in the living room, barking at the floor. I disposed of it immediately.  

After about two weeks, I walked out on the porch into the cool morning, and the cicadas had moved further from my house, and the sound was no longer deafening. But those diaphanous cicada wings were ripped from their bodies, which were in segmented pieces, and red eyes were gone, and that white stuff in their bodies was nowhere to be found.  That’s because the squirrels found them. In fact, we observed one from the living room window chomping away, while it sat on the back porch. My dog was fascinated. I still had to blow off the porch to get rid of the body parts, though. 

Then the cicada sounds got what seemed like way in the distance, and lots of dead cicadas were all over the yard, their orgies complete. I figured that the brood was dying off, making less sound now, since they were dead all over the yard; and those that were still alive, were the awkward guys, who could only attract the unpopular gals or the guys who were still trying to make it with other guys.  It was finally coming to an end, and I decided that if I’m still living around 2035, I’ll be making plans to put my house up for sale, because they’ll be back in 2037.


May 21, 2024



Monday, January 8, 2024

Hatha Yoga and Mellow Yoga

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Beginners are welcome to all classes listed below.
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Hatha Yoga
Monday @ 4:30 pm
Wednesday @ 9:00 am

Mellow Yoga*
Thursday @ 9:00 am
Saturday @ 9:00 am

*Mellow Yoga is for folks who prefer their Hatha Yoga without Sun Salutation or a full Standing Practice.  Most classes will begin seated or reclined with traditional poses modified on the knees, abdomen, or reclining. Classes may include short standing practices.  (If you are unable to be on the hands and knees, though, many Chair Yoga classes with a qualified teacher are offered online.)

What to expect in class. . . .
The classes I teach are based upon my training in Integral Yoga®. The Integral Yoga® model was developed by Sri Swami Satchidananda and consists of warm-ups, the Sun Salutation, backward bending poses, forward bending poses, inversions, twists, standing balance, deep relaxation, and breathing, and is appropriate for the beginner as well as for those who are familiar to yoga. My approach to teaching yoga logically sequences up the body from the feet to full standing and balancing in twelve distinct classes, bringing awareness to alignment by focusing on areas of the body for each class. A participant may enter the sequence at any time. Students deepen their understanding of seemingly insignificant parts of the body as they relate to gravity, standing, and balancing. All of my classes include a brief Yoga Nidra, deep, progressive relaxation of the body. At the most basic level you will be introduced to your body in a whole new way, and you might be surprised by just what your body is willing to do.

Wednesday, August 16, 2023


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Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Home Practice #1

Reclining:  Bring knees into chest (holding knees or backs of thighs) and rotate 8 times.  Rotate in opposite direction 8 times.  

Release left knee and extend left leg long on the floor.  Hug right knee into the chest with both hands.  Release right knee and relax knee out to the side, bottom of right foot coming somewhere to the inside of the left leg.  Arms overhead, elbows bending, one hand relaxing into the other. (Reclining Tree Pose) Take six deep breaths, relaxing more deeply with each exhale.

Bring right knee up and hold with left hand, then stretch knee towards the left. (Reclining Spinal Twist)  Take six deep breaths relaxing into twist more deeply with each exhale.
Release knee, bringing both knees into chest.  

Begin same sequence working with the left knee.

After sequence with left knee, relax in comfortable reclining position for 30 seconds to one minute. 

Home Practice #2

Standing in Mountain Pose in the center of a door opening, let the hands hold tightly 
on to the trim lining either side of the door at hip’s height or just above. 

Bring the hips forward, and move the lower spine into a mild cow pose, squeezing the shoulder blades together.  Keep the chin tucking toward the chest.  

Hold the stretch for a few seconds, and repeat if you enjoyed that.

Home Practice #3

Home Practice
Sun Salutation as Aerobic Practice

Mountain Pose. Bring the palms together in front of the chest.  Lift the palms upward. Feel the stretch through the sides of the body, feel the lift in the abdomen.  Breathe.  Open the arms a little beyond shoulder width apart and gently Arch Back, keeping the lower back completely stable, arms and ears staying aligned.  The arch is from just underneath the shoulder blades.

Bring the body back to centered.  Open the arms, hinge from the hips, lengthen through the spine, bend the knees, and move into Forward Fold.   Bring the palms to either sides of the feet.  Let the upper body relax over the lower body.  Breathe.

Step the left foot far back into Lunge, enough so the the right knee is behind the right ankle. 

Lower the left knee keeping the toes curled on the mat.  Lift the body upright, and use the upper body to sink through the hips to stretch the left thigh. Breathe. Bring the hands to the mat underneath the shoulders.  Step the right foot back to meet the left, and move into Down Dog, hips and hamstrings lifting upward, spine lengthening downward.

Bring the knees to the mat. Uncurl the toes to flatten the feet.  Flex the spine upward, tuck the hips forward, and bring the chin to the chest to move the body into Cat Pose. Bring the spine into a Cow Pose spine, extending the spine downward while lifting the hips, lifting the chin and chest.  Curl the toes, lift the hips, and return to Down Dog.

Step the left foot forward to come into Lunge.  Use the left hand to work that foot all the way up to the front of the mat.  Bring the right foot to meet the left foot into Forward Fold, knees bending.  Set feet up for Mountain Pose.

Lift the head, lengthen through the spine, bring the arms out to the side and begin to lift the body into Standing as the palms come together overhead.  Stretch the arms alongside the ears, lengthening through the spine, then bring the palms together in front of the chest.  Take a deep breath. 

Repeat stepping right foot back.

Continue sequence, moving more rapidly with each progression.

Home Practice #4

Hands & Knees (Table Pose): 
Cat (spinal flexion) and Cow (spinal extension) with breath.  Inhale to Cow and exhale to Cat for 8 deep full breaths.  Return to Table Pose with neutral spine.  

Walk hands to the left; keeping hips up bring right shoulder onto floor turning head to the left, relax for 4 deep breaths.  

Press into left hand and walk hands to the right.  Keeping hips lifted, bring left shoulder onto floor turning head to the right, and relax for 4 deep breaths.  

Press into right hand and walk hands to center for Table Pose.  

Shift weight to right knee and extend left leg back, lifting leg no further than parallel to the floor, toes pointing to the floor.  

Shift weight onto left hand and extend right arm along side the right ear.  

Stretch left heel and right hand in opposite directions.  Let abdominal muscles engage as much as comfortable, a natural physiological response to the stretch.  Take 6 deep breaths.  

Lower left leg and right hand back to Table Pose. 

Then repeat with right leg and left arm extending in opposite directions.  

From Table Pose, relax into the Child’s Pose you enjoy the most for 30 seconds to one minute.