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Release of a net-entangled whale leads to joyful leaps

I ran into a video about the liberation of a humpback whale ensnared in fish netting off the Mexican Pacific coast. A group of conservationist was filming whales and came across this animal, appearing to be close to death. The video shows how the people cut free the netting over at least an hour of patiently working with the whale. In the end, the last strands were cut and the whale was free. Within a few minutes, the group viewed a 30-minute display of the whale breaching the surf, slapping its tail and fins, and other aquatic acrobacy as a celebration of its reacquired freedom and, perhaps, even a gesture of gratitude to the humans who had intervened in her release from bondage and death.

This video has already been seen seven million so it’s already had its turn as a viral video on the Web, so it needs no push from me into the limelight. I still thought those leaps of animal joy out of the Pacific demonstrated the sheer emotion of freedom.

The Great Whale Conservancy  supports work to protect the great whales and their habitat so a plug goes to them.


The Heart Dance –

Have you ever visualize how blood flows through your body and returns to the heart?

Gil Hedley, the anatomist who has done so much to make us rethink our understanding of our bodies by doing the detail work of picking apart corpses, has a playful side to him and he has put it to use in explaining the synchronized flow of blood from the heart out to the capillaries of the extremities and back.

Gil has several other videos on YouTube,  including the now famous Fuzz Speech about fascia and stretching, synthesizing why we do yoga to “melt the fuzz.”  You can get more information on his website, including his teaching schedule, and his Facebook page. If you are not among the 344,000-plus who have seen the Fuzz Speech, you should watch it and let the message sink in.

For those with more time on their hands, they can watch his entire video series, Integral Anatomy, all seven hours of it, which has been free on the web for since February.

Reminder about the myo-fascial sytem in the human body

I chanced across this reference, Fascia and Structural Integration with Robert Schleip, who is one of the leader in the expanding understanding of the myo-fascial system in the body, and the video:

Finally, an Australian blog and store that has lots of references to other resources. It all just reminds me that I have some much more to investigate about the mind-body connection.

I also found two resources to deal with yoga injuries: Yoga Injuries and Prevent Yoga Injury, all via the it’s all about yoga, baby blog of Roseanne Harvey. There is a book called The Contraindication Index for Yoga Asanas (TCIYA), which would be helpful to anyone trying to make the most of a yoga practice, avoiding the pitfalls and sharing its gifts with others.

BuddhaFest – June 14-17

Since I am making up for a prolonged silence and not blogging, there is another DC event that should be mentioned:

BuddhaFest – Films Talks Meditation Music

Brought to you by the Insight Meditation Community of Washington (IMCW) and Tricycle magazine.

Oh, wait. I am too late to make much of a difference. Practically all the all day passes have sold out. You may be able to get individual tickets for films or dharma talks. On Sunday night, Krishna Das will be chanting a tribute to Ram Das, but you’d want to tickets in advance.

Good news on the political front

Mindfulness turns into a policy option in Washington, thanks to Rep. Tim Ryan (D) from Ohio (and others), and there’s now a book to spread the word.

The Washington Post In meditative mindfulness, Rep. Tim Ryan sees a cure for many American ills:

For Ryan, the raisin was the beginning of a transformation. The retreat, conducted by Jon Kabat-Zinn, founder of the Stress Reduction Clinic at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, led Ryan on a search into how the practice of mindfulness — sitting in silence, losing oneself in the present moment — could be a tonic for what ails the body politic.

The book is A Mindful Nation: How a Simple Practice Can Help Us Reduce Stress, Improve Performance, and Recapture the American Spirit. Catchy title. Also see the Hays House description.


A new face and name for an online resource

I tapped into a resource that helped me understand my body better.

I’ve been a fan of Yoga Spirit as it pioneer the use of online audio and webinars with leading yoga teachers and other experts, like Amy Weintraub, Leslie Kaminoff and Judy Hanson Lasater. It disappeared from the web for a while only to come back to life as part of YogaTherapyWeb.com. In January, the site turned itself into Yoga U. Most content requires payment for downloads, but there are a lot of free resources that can wet an appetite for the for-pay material.

I signed up for Tom Myers‘s two-session webinar: Fascial Fitness – An Emerging Revolution in Movement Science (January 25 and February 1). It also comes with other material, including some videos of fascial fitness routines. He wrote Anatomy Trains: Myofascial Meridians for Manual and Movement Therapists, 2nd edition and I plan on reading it as soon as I get through the dozen other books piled up on my desk. That’s why I signed up for the webinar — I can capture the essence of what Myers is teaching in a couple of hours. The first session clarified in my mind that I am on the right track in trying to deal with my peripheral neuropathy. He has an elegant compelling conceptual framework for parsing the body and its internal matrix, backed up by the latest scientific research on the role of fascia. In this webinars, he is tailoring his message specifically to yoga instructors and giving suggestions for optimizing sequencing to improve fascial fitness.

This webinar, along with other webinars and interviews, will be recorded and available for purchase at a later date at YogaU Online.