That clip of “Karmin” … that’s a Joke, right? Right?
Please tell me it is.
Sooooooo .… we got clueless YT-kids from Liberty University of Lynchburg …
doin’ covers of bad rap songs by, as Ms. Luvvie coined it, the human cockroach?
Hummmm … maybe’s I could get on Ellen’s show doin’ Old Man-YT versions of NWA an’ 2LiveCrew (them from MY day …) …
Can’t ya just hear me now (can you hear me now?) hollin’ out “F@#$ Da Police!”
Geeezz … I’m so embarrassed by this …
Can't some things just be left alone?
LMAO @ this entire comment. I’m cackling right now
“Grown don’t mean nothing to a mother. A child is a child. They get bigger, older, but grown? What’s that suppose to mean? In my heart it don’t mean a thing.”—Toni Morrison, Beloved, 1987 (via brandibates)
One of the questions I get asked most often is how someone my size reacts to being in yoga class where she will be the biggest girl in the room by far. Most people are concerned with not being able to keep up with the class or feeling different than the other people who many be more experienced than them. Some are also scared that their size will prohibit them from doing certain poses.
I wanted to address that in this post and go into a few reasons why yoga is absolutely perfect for people who may not be the stereotypical “yogi” you see in tons of stock photos and why practicing yoga is appropriate for a person of any size.
Yoga challenges you to listen to your body. There’s no contest or competition between practitioners in yoga. Not every person in the world is the same, so why should you hold them to the same set of standards? You do what your body allows you to do. It’s easy to bully yourself into doing something a particular way, it’s not as easy to listen to what your body is saying. Need to modify a pose in order to make it fulfill what your body is asking for? Go for it! Need to take a break and just lay on your mat for a minute? That is more than acceptable. The one thing that I love about yoga is the judgment-free feeling that comes with being in the classroom. One of my teachers always says that learning your body’s limitations and listening to them is truly what practicing advanced yoga is all about.
Learning how to control your breathing will help you in other areas of your life. In addition to yoga, I jog. Before I started taking yoga, I had trouble controlling my breathing and would often get side-splitting pain because of it. No longer. Focusing on the breath is essential in yoga and you move your body to the tune of it. Whether you’re going for a jog or are simply having a stressful day, I’ve found this to be an invaluable tool.
Yoga is a true, genuine workout. A lot of people have the misconception that yoga is just a lot of hippie mumbo jumbo about breathing, meditating, etc. I’ll be honest, there is some truth to that. But I can personally attest to the fact that I break a sweat every single time I take a class. Most people don’t realize how much of a workout yoga really is. You’re using the weight of your body instead of dumbbells and other gym equipment to build strength. I am a much physically stronger person now than I was just a few months ago and I know that I can attribute most of that to yoga. One of my yoga teachers has lost 80 lbs. simply by incorporating yoga into her routine. How bad ass is that?
Your endurance and flexibility will grow leaps and bounds. I’ve always been a flexible person. I’m double jointed and even at 400 lbs. had no trouble placing my palms flat on the ground in front of me. So imagine my surprise to see how much my body has changed just by incorporating yoga into my routine a few times per week. I feel amazing. I feel limber—almost like I’m gliding across the ground I walk on. I no longer struggle with the poses I had a hard time doing just a few months ago. Your body changes. And did I mention that this added flexibility will definitely spruce up your sex life? Just keeping it real. :-)
There are different classes for every fitness level or preference. I take classes at a yoga studio that incorporates a wide variety of different styles. They offer restorative yoga for those who want supported postures that are held for longer periods of time. They also offer classes called Vinyasa Flow which is concerned with more varied, fluid movements. There are even classes for those with back or neck injuries. My suggestion is to try out a variety of different classes in order to find something that you like. What I like best is that there is no fitness requirement in order to take these classes. No one will single you out in class for not “keeping up” or tell you that you’re not advanced enough to participate. The instructors leave it up to you to determine where you are. And hey, that can even change from day to day. Keep your mind open and don’t be afraid to try new things.
The only person judging you in the room is yourself. This was a biggie for me. When I was new, I didn’t realize that yoga is as much of an intuitive practice as it is a physical one. No one is staring at your ass while you’re bent all the way over in down dog. Every person in that class is focusing on their own movement and controlled breathing. No one is concentrating on you (or your ass), trust me. When I first started, my first instinct was to hide in the back of the room. Now, I’m always up front and center right in front of the teacher.
“Yogis” are some of the nicest people you’ll ever meet. I’m sure there are exceptions to this, but I have never encountered a group of people who are so genuinely accepting, gracious, and generous as I have with the people who practice yoga on a regular basis. Everyone has this peaceful aura about them that I’m in love with. Pretty soon, you’ll find yourself smiling more. And I’d even go as far as to say that you will gain a certain amount of happiness just by adding this to your life.
So what are you waiting for? Don’t be scared to give it a try regardless of your size.
Hmmm...I would have to say that worst movie I have ever seen is any of the matrix trilogy movies. I still don't get it. Also, anything starring Jennifer Anniston or any movie starring Sarah Jessica Parker that isn't Sex and the City. I think those two aren't talented enough to play anyone else besides Rachel and Carrie.
Whew Lawd, that right there is the truth, especially regarding SJP and Jennifer Anniston. I have to confess to really liking the first Matrix, doe. I saw it with my cousin and we talked about it for like two weeks straight.
The first episode airs tonight on PBS at 8pm EST in the US. The episode had already been released online, I’d posted about it a few days ago, but it appears to have been removed from the PBS site. The online video a good option for someone who doesn’t live in the USA or who won’t be able to watch the show tonight or doesn’t have TV, etc, but I’m not sure if it will be up on the site again. I just realized that it has disappeared from the site right now, I’d linked to it last week when I saw it and it was still available.
Here is a list of episodes (taken from The Root):
Episode 1: Haiti & the Dominican Republic: An Island Divided [April 19. This had already been released online but the video looks like it has been taken down from the PBS site]
In Haiti, The Root Editor-in-Chief Henry Louis Gates Jr. tells the story of the birth of the first-ever black republic, and finds out how the slaves’ hard-fought liberation over Napoleon Bonaparte’s French Empire became a double-edged sword. In the Dominican Republic, Gates explores how race has been socially constructed in a society whose people reflect centuries of intermarriage, and how the country’s troubled history with Haiti informs notions about racial classification.
Episode 2: Cuba: The Next Revolution [April 26. You can watch a clip here]
In Cuba, Gates finds out how the culture, religion, politics and music of this island are inextricably linked to the huge amount of slave labor imported to produce its enormously profitable 19th-century sugar industry, and how race and racism have fared since Fidel Castro’s communist revolution in 1959.
Episode 3: Brazil: A Racial Paradise? [May 3]
In Brazil, Gates delves behind the facade of Carnival to discover how this “rainbow nation” is waking up to its legacy as the world’s largest slave economy.
Episode 4: Mexico & Peru: The Black Grandma in the Closet [May 10]
In Mexico and Peru, Gates explores the almost unknown history of the significant numbers of black people — the two countries together received far more slaves than did the United States — brought to these countries as early as the 16th and 17th centuries, and the worlds of culture that their descendants have created in Vera Cruz on the Gulf of Mexico, the Costa Chica region on the Pacific, and in and around Lima, Peru.
The Black in Latin America website on PBS has a lot of related videos and essays, and The Root has clips from the program and a lot of its own content about the topic as well. It would be cool if PBS did a second edition of the program featuring Puerto Rico, Panama, Honduras/Belize, and Venezuela/Colombia.
From a link by KindredSmile:
Just Us Black Women:
Black women are: alluring. confident. determined. energetic. entertaining. fabulous. faithful. generous. loving. perfect. protective. self-assured. upbeat. wise. wonderful.
Is it OK if I agree with that?