Monday, May 18, 2009

Yoga Unites and the Willie Nelson Autonomous Zone


...biked downtown in a cold light rain this morning to join hundreds of other people in a gigantic yoga class on the steps of the Philadelphia Museum of Art...known locally as The Art Museum...yeah, those are the steps Rocky ran up...which, on this occasion, were soaked...I put my yoga mat down in a puddle...in the cold...never done yoga wearing anywhere near that much clothing before, but it worked out...legendary yoga teacher and founder of Yoga Unites, Jennifer Schelter, kept us moving...doing sun salutations until the sun actually kinda came out...

...the event, Yoga Unites for Living Beyond Breast Cancer, happens on the third Sunday in May, and this year raised over $100,000 for the LBBC, an organization that provides services to women who have survived or are currently struggling with breast cancer....and, overall, it's a hell of a good time...whatever the weather's like...

It's been rough and rocky travelin', but I'm finally standin' upright on the ground.
After takin' several readings, I'm surprised to find my mind`s still fairly sound.
Willie Nelson

...after that was over, got back on the bike and headed into South Philly...yeah, Rocky ran through there, too...for brunch with friends...and somehow ended up spending much of the afternoon in a bar...it’s all about balance...discussing, among other things, the recent talk of Texas seceding from the Union....I asked what about Austin?...Varina didn’t seem to care....I pointed out that Willie Nelson lives near Austin, and anyone who’d wanna deny U.S. citizenship to Willie Nelson clearly hates America...which is when Marty suggested that a Willie Nelson Autonomous Zone might be created...I suspect pot will be legal there....obviously, there’s a lot that’s gonna need to be worked out...


...photo stolen from most excellent yogini Melissa...who I think’s probably gonna be cool with that....

11 comments:

ZenYenta said...

Hmmm. Willie Nelson is a national treasure. They can't have him. Maybe we could make him our ambassador to Texas if the Autonomous Zone doesn't work out.

RB said...

I remember: Arriving at college and going for a run almost immediately with a hallmate who suggested we run up those steps at imitate rocky. Riding my bike there at 4am one night because I was bored. Volunteering at Breast Cancer race and being stationed at the art museum. Yoga in Puddle: very impressive.

Kim said...

What an awesome sounding event! And on the Rocky steps to boot!

Deborah Godin said...

What a great idea - in fact, even if TX doesn't pull out. And while we're at it, put WNAZs in any place that wants one. Then they might grow and spread, touch borders and join together...

Kikolani said...

That looks like a great event... I can't imagine doing yoga with that many people around, but at the same time, talk about a gathering of peaceful people.

~ Kristi

earthtoholly said...

If Texas goes, it's welcome to take a few of the other states down there with it, but don't take Willie. I like D. Godin's idea...

Nice goin', drjay, for gettin' out in the rain on bike and mat to support the cause.

Aggie said...

Why does Texas wanna pull out this time???
Good for you doing the yoga thing for breast cancer sufferers.

Tim said...

Great post, cool blog, glad I dropped by.

the walking man said...

Never did yoga at The Museum but I remember a few LSD trips through there when I lived in South Philadelphia ever so long ago.

Lydia said...

In one of the first comments you left at my blog, maybe the first, you mentioned the Rocky steps. I must say that I find this photo much more picturesque than shots from the movie. Great people supporting a great cause.

Hadn't heard anything about Texas seceding, or thinking of it, or being urged to do so, or...
My ex-husband, a native Texan, lives in Austin. Give us Willie Nelson, most definitely, but they can have TJ, whose ego, btw, was big enough for a state unto itself!

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