Stuff / by vanessa

I just returned home after the second day in two-day workshop called "Breakthrough", held at City Yoga. As the name implies, the workshop focused on physical and spiritual breakthroughs. In fact I made it into a few postures I assumed were reserved for people with hamstrings of silly putty (a club I don't belong to), so that was cool, but also the structured meditations helped me in a way my home practice has not. So that was cool, too.

Carolos Pomeda, the former monk who was co-leading the workshop (responsible for the spiritual stuff), is a true gift. You know, he makes all these esoteric ideas about karma and destiny and fate and dharma practical. He's funny, compassionate, wise, and... he lives in Austin! I wish I had known about him before. A couple of concepts that stuck with me from the weekend (though I recognize that w/out putting them in context, I'm doing a slight disservice):

  • You can change your destiny through awareness
  • Karma is not your destiny

At any rate, if he's speaking in Austin or you ever get a chance to work with him, please go.

I should also note that Anthony Benenati, from City Yoga, is such a badass. This is, I think, the third workshop I've taken from him. A) I love how he mindfully pushes you further than you considered reasonable or possible and B) Damn! he knows so much about alignment. It's inspiring.

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My friend Joslyn sent me this link and I signed up. I love book clubs but I swear to God if I added ONE more thing to my schedule, I'd end up Britney. So that this is online makes it accessible. Anyway -- go to Goodreads.com. If you sign up, let me know so we can be book pals.

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Thank you to all of you who voted my mom's recipe. That sure was kind of you! Btw, I made it and it's pretty yum. I just got the regular box of brownies instead of the peanut butter brownie box, so I substituted peanut butter (in fact, White Chocolate Peanut Butter). It all worked out beautifully.