“There is nothing you can not do”
- Tao Porchon Lynch
I was talking with my grandmother the other day about the idea of becoming a yoga teacher and giving up a day job for good. My grandmother, being from totally different background, was kind of skeptical about this idea giving up marketing and asked for how long do I think I’ll be able to teach yoga from.. purely physical perspective that is.
- Your spine is not going to be flexible forever, child, – she said.
To proof her wrong, I have started googling for yoga in old age and discovered this amazing lady, who is my new inspiration!
Tao Porchon Lynch is a 95 years old Master yoga teacher. World’s oldest living yoga teacher, as recognized by Guiness Book of World Records in 2012. Tao has over 70 years of yoga practice and more than 45 years of teaching yoga to students in India, France and the U.S. She’s also a ballroom dancer, former actress, wine lover and a published author.
If you would look at those pictures by Robert Sturman - she looks like happiest woman in the world! Such an awesome warm light radiates from this lady!
“When I wake up in the morning, I know that it’s going to be the best day of my life. I never think about what I can’t do. Make sure positive thoughts are the first ones you think in the morning. And never procrastinate.”
I am absolutely in love with Tao!
My favorite thing about Yogi Tea is that you can contemplate on a little inspirational quote while waiting for a kettle to boil!
This Ayurveda inspired brand is a little cute daily ritual of happiness in a cup, sweetened with a beautiful thought, pretty design and amazing taste. I am absolutely in love with it.
My favorite ones are the Green Energy, which works well as a coffee replacement for the afternoons, Echinacea warming up body and soul after getting soaked in Irish rain and Himalaya which is a pure pleasure in a mug for finishing the day with good book or movie!
Yoga Tea website includes full descriptions of tea, suggestions on brewing and even yoga positions to try.
Happy sober Friday!
Disclaimer: I am not being paid by anyone to promote products, but I wouldn't mind accepting little gifts! :)
Feeling something is always better than not feeling anything at all.
However, choosing one of the strongest pieces of cinematography as a hangover Sunday cultural activity might not really be a good idea. Especially, instead of enjoying comfort of your own home, going to the Irish Film Institute, sitting at the front row with room full of people, who stare at the screen with horror in their eyes. A sick feeling grows in the pit your stomach, you are forced to stay till the end, which adds up to overall Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom experience. You feel a little violated afterwards. Violated by yourself making your hangover mind go through the imagination of Marquis de Sade and Pasolini.
It’s been a while since I had to cover my eyes during the movie more than once.
Salò has a reputation of being overly graphical and full of discussing scenes. However, it is a very quiet and slow film, mostly shot using static and still cameras, it feels more like a documentary than a fictional film and messages are delivered in creepy minimalism. It’s clear upon viewing, that Pasolini wanted to remind that violence should not be entertainment. However, rape is so common all the way through the film, that the viewer no longer rise his/her eyebrow after a while.
What makes this film so disturbing is not really what you see so much as what you feel. It is the bottomless fall of human being and creates the purest sensation of hopelessness, depression and grief, as there’s nothing but death or insanity for all the participants of 120 days of Sodom.
In an interview about the movie Pasolini says:
“I don’t believe we shall ever again have any form of society in which men will be free. One should not hope for it. One should not hope for anything. Hope is invented by politicians to keep the electorate happy.”
Pasolini was murdered soon after he finished his most audacious and confrontational film, yet of Salò begs the question – had he not been murdered, would he have taken his own life anyway? He clearly had no hope for humanity as it was back then.
Here’s a little exert from an interview that took place few hours before his Pasolini’s assassination:
“All I want is that you look around and take notice of the tragedy. What is the tragedy? It¹s that there are no longer any human beings; there are only some strange machines that bump up against each other. And we intellectuals look at old train schedules and say: “strange, shouldn’t these trains run by there. How come they crashed like that? Either the engineer has lost his mind, or he is a criminal. Or, even better, it¹s all a conspiracy.” We are particularly pleased with conspiracies because they relieve us of the weight of having to deal with the truth head on. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if, while we are here talking, someone in the basement were making plans to kill us?”
I am happy I’ve seen Salò, but I hope I will never have to watch it again.
I’ve scribbled this little thought in my “Diary of Disappointments 2013“, while sipping peppermint tea in a little tea house up in High Atlas and realizing that I haven’t thought about work and everyday life back in Dublin since we landed in Marrakesh.
My holidays are often as active as possible and full of adventures. Therefore, I am often asked why I wouldn’t just sleep till noon and hang out with a book on the beach. But this doesn’t sound like holiday to me! Thought I never tried ..
However, doing nothing makes me over-analyse myself and my life. Fall in super ego trap and start hating everything. It’s better to get lost and especially lose yourself and never stop moving.
We have been traveling around central Morocco with my dearest partner for more than a week with ups and downs in our journey and were really exhausted of the pace and desire to see and experience as much as possible, when I was trying to explain to my mum why we are doing this. But it was the best head cleansing method ever! Driving for many hours with no satellite navigation, walking with no sense of direction, sleeping in shabby hotels and learning NOT TO go crazy over all the African way of doing things..
We got back to Dublin with new perspective and new ideas for 2014. So might be blogging more here and at Coffee Snobs which is launching very soon. At least I hope so
Meanwhile, enjoy whatever you are doing and don’t forget to lose yourself every now and then!
I’ve watched this beautiful and sad Tom Ford’s masterpiece – A Single Man – many moons ago, but decided to share it with you, dear reader, only now.
Film is saturated with brilliant acting, smart quotes and just the most beautiful living spaces! Story about an English professor, who is struggling to go through the day in the 1960s Los Angeles.
George: [whispered] Just get through the goddamn day.