October 2011

I Heart Candy

This little left-handed candy lover stole my heart today at River Arts Fest.  I asked him what he was drawing.

“Duh, my daddy,” he told me.

His dad was kind enough to let me snap this photo.

River Arts Fest seemed to bring out the kid in everyone.  All through-out South Main there was a spirit of friendship, whimsy and delight.

Before heading downtown I told my husband I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go alone or take a friend.  He encouraged me to go solo.

“That way, you’ll make new friends,” he said.

And sure enough, I did.  Mr. Candy Man above.

And I ran into my friend, Christine Todd, who introduced me to Tres and Helene Taylor from Birmingham. Tres is a painter and Helene works with him.  Check out his work  at www.trestaylor.com.

Kquvien’s workshop

Kquvien Deweese, awesome Iyengar Yoga teacher, is teaching a workshop in beautiful Savannah, GA.  My friend, Jann Boyer, is sponsoring the workshop.

The Yoga Co-Op of Savannah Presents
November 12-13, 2011
About Kquvien:
Kquvien DeWeese brings great intensity and awareness into basic poses, and leads you to explore more complex poses with confidence.  Her classes are disciplined, challenging, and creative, and infused with lessons from the Sutras.  Kquvien teaches regularly in Atlanta and Decatur.   She is certified at the Intermediate Jr II level in the Iyengar system.  Kquvien has studied with the Iyengars at their institute in Pune, India, most recently in June-July, 2011.

About the workshop and registration:
Register online at www.yogacoopsavannah, or complete the form on the reverse and mail to Yoga Co-Op of Savannah, 2424 Drayton St, Savannah, GA 31401
All three sessions $115, or purchase individaul sessions:
Saturday, Nov 12   11:00 am – 1:30 pm         $50
3:00 pm – 5:00 pm                        $40
Sunday, Nov 13      8:30 – 10:30 am                 $40
6 months yoga experience required

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______                        Saturday afternoon     3:00 – 5:00 pm            $40

______                        Sunday morning          8:30 – 10:30 am          $40

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Enroll online at www.YogaCoopSavannah.com, or make checks payable to Yoga Co-Op of Savannah and mail with completed registration form (above)  to: Yoga Co-Op of Savannah, 2424 Drayton St, Unit B, Savannah, GA 31401
For more information contact: Jann Boyer, 832-527-6588 (note area code!), JannAnaYoga@gmail.com, or the Co-Op 912-376-3188, info@yogacoopsavannah.com

Fat-Free Half & Half?

Things aren’t always what they seem.  I’ve always considered Half & Half to be a combination of half cream and half milk.  In fact, I sometimes make my own half & half at home by mixing the two together and putting them in my coffee.

About a year ago I was visiting a friend and she asked me if I wanted cream in my coffee.  I saw her reach in the fridge for a carton of fat free half & half.  I took a picture of the label.  It intrigued me.

And a year later I still think about it every time I go to the store for milk or cream.  (And since I love to make my own ice cream, I buy a ton of the stuff.)

The makers of Fat Free Half & Half have created a carton that masquerades as half cream and half milk. They have chosen to label their product so you think you are getting something you are not getting.

With. No. Fat.  Yeah, right.

The fat is what makes cream cream!

What’s inside the carton does not match what it says on the outside.

Further, when you turn the label around, the ingredients list indicates that there is indeed a trivial amount of fat in one of the ingredients.

So not only is this produce not half milk and not half cream, it is also not fat-free.

It also lists an ingredient called Titanium Dioxide, and then explains that this is “an ingredient not normally found in half and half.”

What gives with this label?

Maybe whoever regulates this sort of thing is just letting them slide.

After all, would you buy a product called Not-Really-Fat-Free Half Pasteurized Skim Milk-Part Titanium Dioxide?

Truthfulness is an important part of yoga. It is the second principle of yama (living ethically) according to the Yoga Sutras. The Sanksrit word is “satya.”

By sharing these thoughts I am not trying to tell you what you need to eat or drink.  I’m just posing a few questions for you:

How important is it to you that labels match the reality? How does that affect you personally? Does your body reflect the spirit inside it?  Do your actions reflect your true intentions?  Do you spend your time in ways that reflect what you truly desire?

Just a few thoughts for you to enjoy with your morning coffee.