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Yoga, Long Weekend in Santa Barbara

I was in Santa Barbara over the weekend, from Thursday through Sunday… got back Sunday afternoon. It was my niece’s 18th birthday and we gave her a surprise party, which turned out to be a lot of work but was a big success.

So now I’m back in San Diego and I’m pretty tired.

During my stay in Santa Barbara I did 3 really good yoga routines. And last week I was fasting on liquids, juices and water, which I think helped with the yogic experience.

It was fiesta time in Santa Barbara and on Saturday I went with the family to the downtown farmer’s market to buy some organic produce. I forgot to get some money so I ended up walking several blocks looking for an ATM.

ashtangaI was lost and walked around and finally ended up at a small yoga store called “Drishti: Yoga Essentials” and chatted with Bethany the store person there. I couldn’t believe all the yoga stuff they had there… especially a few hard-to-get DVDs. I ended up buying a DVD called “Ashtanga, NY: A Yoga Documentary”, which was filmed during the month that the 9/11 attacks occured. It’s a very good film about the Ashtanga Yoga movement, and about Sri Pattabhi Jois, the beloved guruji and teacher of Ashtanga Yoga. The film also includes interviews with actors Gwyneth Paltrow and Wilhem Dafoe, who can be seen briefly, particpating in the yoga workshops that went on for a whole month of September 2001.

Anyway, I’m glad the weather has cooled a bit in San Diego. The day today has been sunny yet comfortably warm and slightly breezy, just the way I like it. No one has called me for rehearsal so I guess there is none tonight. So I’m just taking it easy and working in the garden.

I have a gardenia bush and it finally had one flower! I’ve been taking care of it by keep the soil moist and giving it a slow pellet fertilizer plus the quick acting Miracle-Gro stuff that’s for acidic plants. Hopefully there’ll be more flowers and I’ll be able to take some photos.



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Carlos Rull is a musician living in the San Diego area. His interests include Yoga, Eastern Philosophy, Zen Buddhism, and Gardening. He plays drums, piano, and composes New Age & Ambient music, and his albums are available on iTunes and Amazon.com.

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