Hey there Yogis!
Have you ever wondered what the world would be like without dogs? We the Treelance Family absolutely love them! In fact, Karina, founder of this small business, recently adopted one: a calm, shy and adorable Shih Tzu called Betty. And Yanina, our Communication Specialist, adopted one herself: Torito, the most playful and friendly dog, who made the whole neighborhood fall in love with him.
There are countless ways in which our dogs teach us how to live well. Dogs will never pass up an opportunity to play and have fun. No matter what life circumstances they find themselves in most dogs find a way to adapt and thrive. Our dogs don’t care what we look like, how much money we make, or how clean our homes are. They are thrilled to see us each and every time we walk in the door. Dogs teach us to graciously and happily accept praise and good will from others. Dogs take each situation as it comes and act accordingly, and they aren’t likely worrying in the meantime. A dog is the ultimate mindfulness instructor!
For all these reasons, we want to dedicate today's edition to our beloved dogs!
Karina with Betty & her cousin Chichi
Yanina & Torito
I. Dog Songs by Mary Oliver
"Because of the dog’s joyfulness, our own is increased. It is no small gift. It is not the least reason why we should honor as well as love the dog of our own life, and the dog down the street, and all the dogs not yet born. What would the world be like without music or rivers or the green and tender grass? What would this world be like without dogs?"
II. Downward-Facing Dog Pose: Adho Mukha Svanasana
One of yoga's most widely recognized poses, Adho Mukha Svanasana strengthens the core and improves circulation, while providing a delicious, full-body stretch.
Downward Dog is the perfect pose to observe and correct your body’s imbalances. For some people, this pose is about stretching and opening; for others, it’s learning to stabilize your joints with muscular effort. For everyone, Downward Dog uses the strength of your arms and legs to fully and evenly stretch your spine. It stretches your hips, hamstrings, and calves as it strengthens your quadriceps and ankles. It opens your chest and shoulders and tones your arms and abdominals. It even tones your hands and feet, preparing you for standing poses and arm balances.
How to do Downward-Facing Dog Pose
III. Heart of a Dog | Documentary
Performance artist Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog is a meditation on love and loss. After the death of her beloved dog, Lolabelle, Laurie Anderson reflects on what 'loss' can mean. The loss of family and friends, including her lifelong partner Lou Reed, and the loss of an idea of America, undermined by post 9/11 anguish. Somewhere between a diary, an essay, and a dreamy stream of consciousness, Heart of a Dog is a candid confession about the unquenchable desire of rebirth after disruptive pain.
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