Yoga Poses

Yoga Pose Of The Day: Corpse Pose

English Name: Corpse Pose

Sanskrit Name: Savasana

Yoga Level: 1

Benefits: Savasana is a resting pose but has the ability to relax the body and the mind. It can help relieve stress and mild depression, it can help lower blood pressure, reduce headaches, fatigue and insomnia.

How to do it: Savasana is a difficult pose for many people. It appears that you are just lying down on the mat and having a rest but the corpse pose is much more than that. It’s essential that your body should be placed in a neutral position. First, sit on your mat with your knees bent, feet on the floor and lean back onto your forearms, take your time. Life your pelvis slightly and with your hands, push the back of the pelvis towards the tail bone. Return the pelvis to the floor. Inhale. Slowly extend the right leg and then the left leg, pushing through the heels. Release both of your legs, soften the groin and see that your legs are angled evenly. Soften but don’t flatten the lower back.

If you need to, support the back of the head and neck with a folded blanket. Using your hands, lift the base of the skull away from the back of the neck and release the back of the neck down towards the tail bone. Reach your arms toward the ceiling, perpendicular to the floor. Rock slightly from side to side and broaden the back, ribs and shoulder blades away from the spine. Release the arms to the floor and turn them outwards, stretch them away from the space between the shoulder blades.

Relax. Take some deep breaths and close your eyes. It’s important to be aware in Savasana, soften the root of the tongue, the jaw, the nose, the skin of the forehead, let the eyes sink to the back of the head. Stay in the pose for at least five minutes. To get out of the pose, simply roll gently with an exhalation onto one side. Take two or three breaths before pressing your hands against the floor and lifting your torso, dragging your head slowly after. The head should always come up last.

Yoga Poses

Yoga Pose Of The Day: Downward-Facing Dog

English Name: Downward-Facing Dog

Sanskrit Name: Adho Mukha Svanasana

Yoga Level: 1

Benefits: Downward-Facing dog has many benefits, it’s a great pose to energize the body, calm the brain and relieve stress and mild depression. It can improve digestion, help prevent osteoporosis, stretch the shoulders, calves, hamstrings, arches and hands. It can also help relieve symptoms of menopause, it can also relieve menstrual discomfort when the head is supported. Downward-Facing dog can also relieve headaches, insomnia, back pain, fatigue, it is therapeutic for asthmatics and can help people with high blood pressure, flat feet, sciatica and sinusitis.

How to do it: Sit on your mat on your hands and knees. Make sure your knees are directly below your hips and your hands are slightly in front of your shoulders. Spread your palms wide, index fingers parallel or slightly turned out, and turn your toes under.

Exhale and lift your knees away from the floor. At first keep the knees slightly bent, if this is enough for you then stop there. Downward-Facing Dog is a beginner’s pose but can be difficult for those with stiff legs. If you are ready to improve on the pose then lift the heels away from your mat. Lengthen your tail bone away from the back of your pelvis. Lift the sitting bones toward the ceiling, and from your inner ankles draw the inner legs up into the groins.

Once you have achieved this, exhale. Push the top of the thighs back and stretch your heels onto or down toward the floor. Straighten your knees but be sure not to lock them, keep a slight bend or you will overstretch the muscles in the legs. Keep the head between the upper arms; don’t let it hang.

Adho Mukha Svanasana/Downward-Facing Dog is one of the poses in the traditional Sun Salutation sequence. It’s also an excellent yoga asana all on its own. Stay in this pose anywhere from 1 to 3 minutes. Then bend your knees to the floor with an exhalation and rest in Child’s Pose (see previous yoga of the day pose).

Yoga Vocabulary: Sun Salutation Sequence – A dynamic asana sequence, also known as Surya Namaskar means to bow to or to adore. Each sun salutation begins and ends with joined hands (Mudra) touched to the heart. The placement means that only the heart can know the truth. 

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True Blood Season 7 Episode 10 ‘Thank You’ Finale Review

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Above: The people of Bon Temps raise a glass to an easy life and a happy ending.

The last drop of blood has been tasted as the curtain falls on the last True Blood episode. 

The fans had high expectations of the finale season and even higher hopes for the finale episode titled Thank You. There have been many complaints about the way the supernatural TV show has ended but I have to say, I think although it was a safe ending, a lot of loose ends were tied up for all of the main characters.

The episode is an emotional one as Bill dies but what I and many of the other fans don’t understand is why he wanted Sookie to kill him? I mean, hasn’t he done enough harm to her? He wanted Sookie to use her light bomb to kill him which would give them both what they wanted, Sookie could be ‘normal’ and Bill could die at a time that was right for him. In the end Sookie decides to keep her light and I’m glad she did because it is a part of who she is and in the end she finds happiness with a mystery man, who appears to be human.

The biggest problem I had with the finale was that there was a gaping hole in the plot. During the last few episodes of season seven we are led to believe that Bill could possibly be turning human. He has many human visions, he tells Sookie that having Hep V has made him feel more human and Sookie reads his thoughts in the final episode. I think the writers screwed up with that one. It would have been a more sufficient ending if Bill turned human again and he and Sookie lived happily ever after. It makes no sense that Bill had a problem with Sookie being with a vampire when he didn’t mind Jessica marrying Hoyt, who is human.

I know what the writers were thinking with the finale, they wanted the entire story to go full circle. The first episode began with the people of Bon temps and that’s exactly how it ended. They used a flash forward to show the viewers what happened in Bon temps when the balance was restored. They paired Jason with Bridget, they had three kids. Arlene ended up with a vampire named Keith. Lafayette finally found happiness with vampire James (I’m still annoyed that he didn’t get his moment in the finale) and Sookie is pregnant and with a mysterious man which in my opinion should be Bill. The finale felt rushed and sloppy and I think the writers actually ran out of ideas. I still love the show and I, like many others believe that it had definitely ran its course as a TV series.

I hate to give it a three star rating but I was definitely disappointed in the way True Blood ended.

 

 

 

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True Blood – Season 6 Episode 10 (Season Finale) TV Episode Review [SPOILERS]

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So season six has officially finished. Season six was the shortest season so far, there were only ten episodes instead of twelve because of Anna Paquin’s pregnancy so the writers had to cram a lot into the season finale to set up all the story lines for season seven. The season finale may have fallen flat comparing to season five’s finale but there are a few cliffhangers that will keep truebies anxiously guessing until Summer 2014.

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The first storyline to come to an end in the finale was vampires being able to walk in daylight. I’m glad that this came to end because vampires are creatures of the night, Warlow died in this episode and the ability for the vampires to walk in the daylight died with him. This resulted in Eric (supposedly) burning in the sun. Now I’m a bit sceptic about this, the writers want us to believe that Eric is dead but I don’t think they will kill of one of their main characters in that way. It’s just a cliffhanger to keep fans guessing and panicking that their favourite character has died. A lot of fans have commented on the ‘six months later’ section of the episode saying that it felt rushed but I felt that moving the time along shows how things returned back to normal in Bon Temps, something that we haven’t experienced since the first season. The writers recently commented on this by saying that they wanted to return to the set up of season one, focus on the main characters of Bon Temps after exploring different subjects like the vampire authority, the fellowship and vamp camp.

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We finally see Sookie in a somewhat normal relationship in the six months later section of the episode, for a few seasons her flirtation and chemistry between her and Alcide has been clear but it is far too domesticated for Sookie, we all know that she is a Danger Whore and Alcide will not satisfy her needs for very long.  Sookie has been whining about having a ‘normal’ life for five seasons and that’s what her relationship with Alcide suggests but the end of the finale suggests that danger is coming whether she likes it or not (bit predictable… when will her character learn?) I also really like the relationship between Jason and his new vampire girlfriend Violet. She may be a little bit crazy and obsessed with Jason but she shows Jason how to only tend to her needs and Jason has only ever had the opposite treatment. This relationship will only strengthen his character in the future and heighten his overall respect for women. I commend the writers on exploring a different path for this character.

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A very sweet moment in the finale was the scene between Tara and her mother. The citizens of Bon Temp have decided, since there is no longer any True Blood that every vampire should have their own human. What Tara’s mum offers to do is to nurture and look after Tara to make up for all of the times that she failed as a mother when Tara was a human. The season finale tied up a lot of lose ends such as Arlene buying Merlotte’s and renaming it Arlene’s Bar and Grill and Sam becoming Mayor. Having a flash forward six months allowed these revelations to be revealed so I think it was a very smart move for the writers, even though it felt a little forced.

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The ending is exciting but not as heart wrenching as season five’s finale. We see many hungry, sick looking vampires making their way for Arlene’s Bar and Grill (it’s going to take a while to stop calling it Merlotte’s.) The writers have managed to leave unanswered questions which is what a successful season finale should do. I am really excited to see how these stories progress in season seven. There is always going to be someone unhappy with the way the writers deal with the main characters but in the grand scheme of things I think they have hit the nail on the head with the final episode.

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Poems

Forgive

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Turning the corner alone, you left behind.
A daughter whose words were wise and kind.

Ripping apart all that is known.
Now all that is left is skin and bone.

The heart will heal, but respect is lost.
Change can have an unforgivable cost.

Desires of the future will never be the same.
The flickering light dims on the family flame.

The tie was love, but now just blood.
I would turn back the clock if I could.

On these separate islands that we now live.
We learn to accept and learn to forgive.

No amount of glue will fix the damage done.
One decision made. No one has won.

Living with guilt – worry – fear.
One day this earth won’t have you here.

Imperfect in your selfish way.
I choose in my life for you to stay.

Ending all this pain and strife.
For you were the one to give me life.

Heavy words lift off my chest.
I still have my mother and for that I am blessed.

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True Blood – Season 6 Episode 1 – Review (Spoiler Alert)

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True Blood is officially back on our screens with the fang-tastic sixth season. 

I can’t tell you how annoying it was to wait a whole year to find out what happened to my favourite characters but for the next ten weeks I can indulge myself in the blood, sex and gore of the hit TV show True Blood. With shows like this the response can be unpredictable because for the next season to thrive there must be a change in pace and after watching the first episode of season six, I am very excited about the new road that the show is going down.

Based on the best selling books by Charlaine Harris, True Blood is a fantastic TV show on HBO and Fox TV UK that brings the world of Sookie Stackhouse to life. The show has been on the air since 2008 and since then we have watched the show become a massive success as we discovered the supernatural beings present in Bon Temps Louisiana. Over five seasons there have been vampires, shape shifters, fairies, werewolves, mane ads and ghosts all fighting to get along and more importantly- stay alive.

At the end of season five we were left with a cliffhanger, one that frightened every  ‘Truebie’  to their very core. Bill or should I say Billith rising from a pool of blood as Eric and Sookie watch in pure amazement and fear. Eric yells run to Sookie and the credits roll. And that is what every True Blood fan was left with. An uncertainty of what would happen next. But never fear because season six has returned and I personally think it will be the best season yet!

The first episode carries on from where season five left off and I have to say I really liked the thriller-type-camera-angles in the first ten minutes of the episode. I watched an interview with Stephen Moyer who plays the role of Bill Compton and he directed the first episode and the camera angles were his idea. He said ‘I knew I wanted to play the episode as a thriller, I never had the camera on a tripod, I never had the camera on a dolly. We were literally hand held and running, I wanted to give it the feeling that you were with the actors.’

In the first ten minutes of the episode a character dies, which is a little bit of a surprise. The character wasn’t one of the primary characters but I still felt like her death was rushed and they could have waited until further in the episode. However, the death of this character shows the true revelations of what is to come for all supernatural beings and humans during this season, hence the tag line ‘No one Lives Forever.’ When one character dies though another one is introduced. Jason has a run in with Eric’s sister Nora and leaves Sookie, Tara and Pam behind to run off his frustration.

I guess no one ever told Jason to never get into a car with a stranger – but he does. There is something odd about this character from the beginning but I knew that he had some connection to Sookie. He claims that he is Warlow and Jason obviously reacts and ‘Warlow’ disappears without a trace. That won’t be the last of him though, he will be occurring in plenty more episodes and I’m sure they will reveal his true identity because judging by the season trailer, the old guy in the car isn’t Warlow but a distant relative of the Stackhouse siblings.

In the first episode of season six titled Who Are You, Really? We see the end of the Bill and Sookie relationship. Well I assume so, she did try and stake Bill to save Eric. Maybe they will find their way back to each other one day? Hmmm maybe not.  I think I prefer her with Eric anyway. Another surprising turn in the episode was Sookie banishing Eric from her home, it seems that Sookie has finally learnt that vampires bring trouble – About damn time Sookie! She believes that her life with will one day be ‘normal’ but who is she kidding really? She’s a half ling – half fae half human telepathic. There’s nothing normal about that.

Now, let’s talk about this Billeth situation. I wasn’t the only one who was shocked when Bill supposedly died and resurrected from a pile of red goo. I didn’t know how the writers would come back from that and I felt that the character Bill was going to be killed off. But cleverly it has worked to their advantage and now the character Bill is actually exciting to watch – I found him boring and too perfect before. No vampire is that perfect. While the episode spent much of its time on the aftermath of the assault on vampire central, it also found time to add a few new layers of intrigue, most notably the new politician storyline. I feel like this is a secondary part of the plot, like the vampire authority was in season five.

I tolerate it because it is part of the show but I prefer the show when they focus on the main characters but that is my personal preference.  It’s still early days, but so far, it seems that Bon Temps is indeed an almost faerie-free zone – except for the magical children in the care of Andy Bellefleur. Lafayette is yet to be possessed by anyone yet but it will happen at some point – he has the worst luck in the world. Just like Sookie, he will never be normal. Alcide has become the master of his pack and is enjoying the power he has over the other wolves, especially the ladies.

I am really excited for next week’s episode. Ten weeks sounds like a long time but I feel like it isn’t long enough to unravel all of the hidden parts of the plot that need to see the light. Hopefully they carry on making True Blood because I think the show is exceptional! I give the first episode of season six five stars because it has left me excited and on the edge of my seat. I guess I will have to wait until Monday to find out what happens but in the mean time I think I am going to dive into the fiction that runs through the veins of the show – it’s time to read the fourth book in the Sookie Stackhouse series Definitely Dead.

I don’t like to compare the books to the TV show because they both run on completely different tracks. Some hardcore fans are annoyed by the fact that the show doesn’t stick to the books – but where is the fun in that? I will possibly write another review next week after the second episode airs. I hope you all like my review on the first episode of season six – now I need to go and ‘sink my teeth’ into the next Charlaine Harris novel.

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True Blood Review

True blood is a blood thirsty TV series you can really sink your teeth into — no pun intended! It’s an original series that really differs from the typical supernatural shows… I started watching True Blood when my friend at university recommended it to me.

I’ve never been a fan of this vampire phenomenon but I decided to give it a chance. Well, let me just tell you now True Blood was a complete shock for me! After the first episode I was on the edge of my seat and I wanted to find out what happened next.

The series is filled with nail biting scenes and surprising twists at the end of every episode! One thing I might add is the amount of nudity in this television series but it’s not meant for the younger generation – That’s why twilight exists!

It’s not suitable for the faint hearted. I watched 5 episodes in a row one night because I couldn’t sleep until I knew what happened. The cliffhangers are brilliant! Sookie, the main character is annoying at times. She always ends up in the bad situations and you shout at the TV at her for being so stupid!

Also, I think it’s pretty cool that she reads minds, it’s an interesting twist on her character. If you like a jam packed show filled with vampires, werewolves, witches and fairies – True Blood is the show for you!