Beauty Break

praia piquinia

Oh you guys. I’ve been posting here with relative regularity for something like six years. A girl gets tired and introspective sometimes. And other times a girl just wants to go outside for a walk and live life away from the keyboard. I think that’s what I’m going to do for a while.

I’ll likely post here and there when the mood strikes, but I’ll apologize in advance for letting go of the three-post-a-week schedule for a little while.

For those of you interested, here are short links to some of the series I’ve been posting lately.

Wild Asana Archive
Mat Goes Here Archive
This & That Archive
Notes From a Newbie posts

I’ll still be around on Facebook posting a bon mot here and there if you’d like to visit and say hello! I’d love to hear from you.

I’ve been staring at the image above from Christian Chaize for what seems like years.

Wild Asana: Azalea

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Who says a wild asana can’t be restorative? This week the beautiful azalea is in bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. We’re used to seeing these flowers grouped together in vibrant rolling bushes and hedges. Shocks of hot pink and purple.

But up close, each individual bloom reminds me of supta baddha konasana – a peaceful, restorative posture. Calm and open. Vulnerable and supported. Beautiful.

This image of the azalea is from Powell Gardens. The baddha konasana image is from the Pose of the Month blog.

Wild Asana: Marilyn Monroe

marilyn monroe, tulip, navasana

I love this photo of Marilyn Monroe. I don’t know the story behind the shoot. (Was she doing yoga?) But I do love her smile.

This navasana is paired with the upward facing petals of another tulip in bloom this week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. This time we’re looking at the Tulip Viridiflora. Seriously? I had no idea there were so many different kinds of tulips out there.

Maybe my favorite part of this pairing is the perfectly imperfect posture. As a teacher, I’d remind this student to keep her back straight, and applaud the shins parallel to the floor. The smile goes a long way in making this posture perfect, don’t you think?

The tulips picture comes from David Hunter Garden Centers.

Wild Asana: Magnolia

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I was completely inspired when I saw these partner poses. Aren’t they amazing? A couple of my friends have been playing with acro-yoga or circus yoga and say it can be challenging, but incredibly freeing. It just seems so appealing to be completely supported and fly like that.

The shapes these two are making are beautiful. They align with this week’s bloom, the Vulcan Magnolia, which is currently in bloom at Brooklyn Botanic Gardens.

See more postures from Camillia Lee.

Wild Asana: Ranunculus

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Ranunculus is one of my favorite blooms. All those petals folding in on one another, layer after layer.

I guess it would have been too easy to pair lotus the posture with lotus the flower, but the way legs fold into the body in this seated pose almost forms a little bloom, with the torso like the little yellow center of the flower poking out of the folded petals. Okay, am I getting a little Georgia O’keefe here? I’ll stop now. Suffice it to say, the feminine aspect of both of these image is not lost on me.

What I like about this pairing is the very complicated layering of the petals as they circle around a still point. To me it sits very well with this meditative posture, where the mind may be swirling around a very peaceful center point.

The yogi here is, of course, Christy Turlington. And the flower comes from the blog, Bonjour Bruxelles.

Wild Asana: Cherry Blossom

side crow, cherry blossom

Every year the Brooklyn Botanic Garden celebrates Japanese culture and springtime with Sakura Matsuri, the Cherry Blossom Festival. Cherry blossom season is so inspiring. Those pink blossoms just cannot be stopped. The branch in this image reminded me of side crow – strong and solid, weightless and light.

This cherry blossom image comes from Bee Informed, a site for bee keepers. And the side crow image of Genny Brown was found at the Yoga Alliance UK site.

Wild Asana: Tulipa Kaufmannia

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I love flowers and plants despite my inability to cultivate them in my own apartment. And because spring is finally here, I’ve been checking out what beauties are in bloom. This week at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, Tulipa Kaufmanniana ‘Ancilla’ hits the scene.

At first I was thinking Navasana with this one. The petals seem to be at the right angle for that. But there was something even more grounded and powerful happening here. Something about the stretching and reaching for the sky in standing splits seemed like a better match. What do you think?

The Tulips kaufmannia image is by Bill Pusztai and can be found here. And the standing split was found at the Maalaimalar Tamil Daily News. Because the internet is a wonderful place.

Wild Asana: Cape Buttercup

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When I first moved to New York I used to volunteer at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. I was looking for a way to get outside, maybe even meet some new people. Somehow I ended up in a back office tagging and cataloguing images for the online store. But I did get to roam the grounds a lot and go to events there, which I absolutely loved.

Right now at the BBG, the Cape Buttercup is in bloom. It’s finally spring and that feels worth celebrating with a wide, heart opening posture like Wild Thing. Limbs reaching wide like the petals on this flower, blooming open, heart to the sun.

The Cape Buttercup image is from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden website. Photo by Sarah Schmidt. And that blooming wild thing can be found at Sacred Source Yoga.