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ASL Storytelling Event

Ocean Deaf Club, Inc. 28th Annual Outing & Picnic RAIN OR SHINE (Huge Pavilion ) When:  Saturday, September 14, 2013 Time: 12:00 to Dusk Where:  Veteran’ s Park Veteran Hwy, Bayville N.J.08721 Admission: Member $ 20.00 Non-Member $ 25.00 (After August 28th  $30.00)              Buffet includes: Hamburgers, Hot Dogs, Chicken, Potato Salad, Cole slaw, […]

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day Saturday, June 8, 2013 Six Flags Great Adventure Jackson, New Jersey When you enter the park, go to the left side to see our ticket booth. Our booth is open from10:00am to 3:00pm Theme/Safari: $40.00 Hurricane Harbor: $25.00 Premium Season Pass: $80.00 To purchase tickets online: www.sixflags.com/greatadventure  […]

The 29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day

The 29th Annual Deaf and Hard of Hearing Awareness Day will be held at Six Flags Great Adventure in Jackson, New Jersey on Saturday, June 8, 2013. Please note that the purchased tickets can be use any day of the 2013 season, not only June 8. Before June 8 Theme/Safari: $33.00 Hurricane Harbor: $23.00 Premium […]

NWJAD host the Deaf Movie

ASL Festival at Union County College 1033 Springfield Ave Cranford, NJ Date: April 20th 2013 Time: 10.00 AM to 4.00 PM AND NWJAD host the Deaf Movie Time: 7.30 PM Date: April 20, 2013 Time: 7:30 PM Where: Union County College The Stage for the Pit 1033 Springfield Ave Cranford, NJ Ticket Price: $12.00 per […]

  NWJAD (Northwest Jersey Assn. of the Deaf, Inc.) is Proud to Host SEE FLYER>>> NWJAD – Poker The Bonnie Thomas Memorial Fund Saturday, March 16, 2013 To be held at St. Peter Episcopal Church 215 Boulevard Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046 Door opens at 12:00 PM Game starts at 1:00 PM sharp! $40.00 Buy-In (7500 […]

HI/DI Working Together– Why and How?  Ray Kenney; CDI and Nancy Berlove: SC:L While other states automatically place CDIs on jobs, in New York it is often left to the hearing interpreter to determine the need. What criteria could be considered in evaluating the need for a CDI – is it just because the HI […]

  Masquerade Ball Saturday, March 9, 2013 7 PM until 11 PM Anthony & Cleopatra 2379 South Black Horse Pike Williamstown, NJ 08094 Hosted by Deaf Women United of New Jersey & Greater Philadelphia $40 per person (16 years old & older) Includes Dinner Buffet, DJ Entertainment & Prizes Cash Bar Prizes awarded for the […]

Click here to see Catholic DeaFest 2013 flyer

MADA proudly host for 10th Anniversary Celebration / 11th Asian New Year Party on Saturday, February 2nd, 2013. It will be located at The Palisadium in Cliffside Park, NJ. There will have Korean Buffet, Entertainment, Prizes, and Deaf Storyteller. The admission is $70 per person. Payment must be received by December 31, 2012 – no […]

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I enjoy the beginning of yoga class because the opening is generally “easy” – well, at least physically (the meditating part can bring up its own set of challenges).

But before we practice some of the more difficult poses, we usually we open by sitting in Sukhasana for a few minutes. And then maybe move onto our hands and knees to practice Dog Tilt and Cat Pose. It’s a place for gentle movements. A time to bring awareness to our breath.

The other day at the beginning of class, we were on our hands and knees with a neutral spine (tabletop). The teacher asked us to lift our right arm off the ground and straighten it so it pointed forward. Both of our arms were engaged. The left one pushing the floor away, and the right one reaching for the wall in front of us (in a way where we weren’t scrunching our shoulder blade up to our neck). She had us hold that position. For a long, long time. It was hard. (Don’t believe me? Try it.)

“Some poses can be deceptive,” the teacher said. “Not as easy as they seem.”

I love that about yoga. I love that I don’t need an expensive gym membership or fancy equipment or special shoes to build flexibility and strength. I just need my body, my mind, and my spirit.Š

Special Occasions

The street is cleared of traffic, the tents are up, and the vendors are selling summer squash, cherries, and herbs. It’s the second week this season the farmers’ market has been open in town, and my husband escapes from the office so we can enjoy lunch together and wander by the open-air booths. We buy bread (baked from scratch) from one of our favorite vendors and discuss what we can grill, cook, and drink over the next few days.

As we walk, I start thinking about how I’ll be spending a lot more time at farmers’ markets this summer than I have in the past – it’s easier to find local, sustainably-grown food here than at the grocery stores. I’ve always enjoyed farmers’ markets, but I’ve tended to reserve them for “special occasions.” When I lived in Los Angeles my friends and I would load up with market goodies before going to a concert at the Hollywood Bowl, or for a picnic at the beach, or if we had guests coming to town.

With over 3500 farmers’ markets in the United States (visit LocalHarvest.org to find one near you) there are plenty here on the east coast where I currently live. I’ll be visiting more of them over the next few days to get a feel for the ones I prefer, talk to vendors, and gather local meat, eggs, and more fruit and veggies. I know I have my work cut out for me this summer as I learn how to prepare meals, can tomatoes, and make my own salad dressing. But taking the first step and creating the intent to eat clean is one of the biggest hurdles. Besides, it feels good to realize that what used to be a “special occasion” will now be a part of daily life.

One-Way Street

For years I pounded the pavement. As a runner, my feet hit the cement over and over as I competed in cross-country, track, and, as an adult, even a couple marathons.

My coaches always encouraged stretching, both before and after the runs, but for the most part, I was on a one-way street toward shortening and tighenting my muscles. Until I tried yoga, I had no idea what it really meant to enlongate them. Running made me so inflexible that because of my inability to touch my toes or do the splits, I thought I “couldn’t do yoga.” Yoga was for bendy people, like gymnasts.

Thank goodness I figured out my thinking was flawed at age 30 and not a minute later. The benefits of yoga for inflexible people are amazing. Yes, it’s true that having shorter muscles means I often need to use a lot of props and adjust my poses in way others don’t, but almost every single time I practice yoga, I find myself thinking, “This feels so good.” After years of heading “one way” I’m finally teaching my body to move in the opposite direction. Ahh.

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