Thursday, May 17, 2007

The birds, the bees, and the grasshoppers, too

This weekend will be loaded with signs of renewal. The farmers' markets are opening all over town. (Midtown is our favorite place for beautiful produce and people.) The blooming dwarf Korean lilacs are turning city yards into sweet-smelling perfume castles. And for our money, there's never a better time to enliven and pamper your bad prince/princess self than when the birds and the bees are professing their love all around you.

This Sunday from 4:00 till 5:30 p.m. at the Grasshopper Yoga Studio (810 West 31st Street) in Minneapolis, you can partake in Yoga Nidra session, where payment is by donation and no registration is necessary. Yoga Nidra is a state of yogic deep sleep where the mind and body are alert and awake but free of emotional and physical stress.

Best of all, the practice focuses on alleviating those negative and repetitive thought patterns we've all been taught to drop like a heavy sack of old shoes but somehow cling to like it's a shredded and stink ol' baby blanket. (Seriously, have you ever tried using a blanket made of chunky grunge boots and Converse as comfort? Nightmarish, we tell ya. And those ugly shoes! Egad!)

That's why we're going to kick off the covers, smell the lilacs, wave "hello" to the birds and the smiles at the farmers' market, and head over to Grasshopper Yoga Studio on Sunday for Yoga Nidra. Pronto. Because there's nothing worse than old bad habits made of shoes we never should have worn in the first place.