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Merry Christmas everyone! Yesterday we put up Christmas lights after decorating the tree the day before. It’s cold enough to snow and we’re keeping the home fires burning. And the glass kilns too as art glass production ramps up to foster the festal season.

If you’re looking for the perfect gift for a cat lover I’ve made several fused glass cat ornaments in a variety of colors to hang on the tree. Or perhaps you’d like your own set of fused glass plates or bowls to grace your holiday table. Dichroic turtle buddies offer whimsical delight. Peruse the glass ware on display at Yogaya Studio in Bodfish which is open by appointment only until after New Years.

Centering Spiral










Our northern hemisphere enjoys its farthest tilt away from the sun as we approach Solstice tomorrow, Dec. 21. The longest night of the year and shortest day.

I just learned that being out in the sun gives us excellent nitric oxide that pushes the blood through our veins and into the capillary beds. It’s an excellent article in one of Dr. Mercola’s newsletters that I’d like to share, especially since one of my questions is how to increase circulation to my skin where it can plump up the collagen since my skin feels so dry yet I drink alot of water that doesn’t stay in my cells.

I just found out via this article that the sunshine pulls the blood into the skin through the osmosis at the capillary beds which then propels the blood back through to the heart; so not just the heart pumping is cardiac health.

It is a breakthrough for me because as much as I know about vitamin D and its importance in helping us resist cancer, mental illness and bone problsunbatheems, now I also know it promotes skin anti-aging and heart health so here we go. I am committed to buying myself a teak lounge chair with comfortable outdoor cushion and laying out everyday for 20 minutes and I will meditate at the same time while gathering critical free medicine for mental and physical health. Merry Christmas to myself!

Here’s a synopsis from the article:

Interestingly, the work of Gerald Pollack, author of “The Fourth Phase of Water,” was instrumental in helping Cowan understand the function of the heart and how blood flows if it isn’t being pushed or pumped by the heart.

First off, if any pumping action were to be involved, it would actually have to occur at the capillaries because that’s where the blood stops and needs to get moving again. However, the solution nature came up with is far simpler. As the blood moves up the venous tree, the blood vessels narrow and eventually coalesce to come back to the heart.

This narrowing of the vessels makes the blood flow faster, in and of itself. Valves and muscular contractions also play a role. However, the primary way blood moves has to do with water. As Pollack has described, water can exist in four phases, not just three. The fourth phase of water is formed by the interaction of water and a hydrophilic surface.

“What happens with that is you form a gel layer, or protective layer, on that hydrophilic surface, which is negatively charged. Therefore, the opposite of positive charge is dissolved into the bulk water in the middle of the tube (capillary or blood vessel) … All you need is a hydrophilic tube, which forms a gel layer, which is negatively charged, and then the bulk water is positively charged. The positive charges repel each other and that starts the flow going up the hill,” Cowan explains.

Sun, Earth and the Human Touch — 3 Key Principles for Healthy Blood Flow

Pollack has also clearly demonstrated there are three natural energies that result in separation of charges that create flow:

1. Sunlight charges up your blood vessels, which increases the flow of blood. When the sun’s rays penetrate your skin, it causes a massive increase of nitric oxide that acts as a vasodilator. As much as 60 percent of your blood can be shunted to the surface of your skin through the action of nitric oxide. This helps absorb solar radiation, which then causes the water in your blood to capture the energy and become structured.

This is a key component for a healthy heart. The ideal is to be exposed to the sun while grounding, meaning walking barefoot. This forms a biological circuit that makes it work even better.

2. Negative ions from the Earth, also known as earthing or grounding. This also charges up your blood vessels, creates a separation of charges, creates more positive ions and allows the blood to flow upward, against gravity.

3. The field effect or touch from another living being, such as laying on of hands.

As noted by Cowan, “The best thing is to be, more or less, with shorts or naked on the beach, with the saltwater, which acts as an electrical conductor, holding hands with somebody you love. That’s how you structure the water.” Sun exposure, grounding and skin-to-skin contact are three prevention strategies that, ideally, everyone should be doing. It doesn’t get a whole lot easier or less expensive than that.

“The water is a battery. Those inputs separate the charges, charge the battery, the battery does work and it starts flow. That flow, just through Bernoulli’s principle, which is the wider it is, the slower it goes, [when it] narrows, it goes faster. That is the reason the blood moves, in a nutshell.”

Birthday Love








The day after yoga classes ended at CSUB, I drove to Portland with my partner John to visit my cousin and learn new techniques in art glass at her glass studio.  She taught me to paint with frit on clear glass then apply a colored backing to get a wonderful Christmas plate. She also taught me how to wire wrap a pendant with silver wire to make a beautiful necklace. I learned how to slump a deep cone bowl (lower slower longer) and made a stringer baguette plate full of color. A colorful tack fused koi fish and some Christmas ornaments are headed to recipients on my Christmas list.

Just before leaving for Portland I spent my birthday money buying a church percussionist’s percussion instruments and table after enjoying an impromptu drum circle at my birthday party. The drum circle was only about five people but it was still easy to ride the groove and add percussion along with drums. I am still keeping fingers in the drum circle mojo even if it’s been awhile since we’ve officially gathered in the dome.

I cooked an entire vegan birthday dinner for my dear friends making my favorite polenta black rice casserole with mushroom gravy and olive tapenade on top. The most delicious sweet potato soup you ever tasted began our savory dinner while we enjoyed festive margaritas featuring fresh squeezed lime and grapefruit juice afterward.

The Tinker, the Tailor, the Candlestick Maker

Even though I haven’t written a newsletter in awhile or posted much on this blog I have been honing my skills for writing travel stories to help fund my adventures afield and even launched a new blog called Rambling Nan that you can subscribe to and comment on. It is helping open doors to satisfy my curiosity for new experience and training.

Yoga classes at my studio in Bodfish will undergo a shift to a term-based session instead of always ongoing. The new term begins in February for 8 weeks starting Tuesday February 14, from 9-10:30 am and ending on Tuesday April 4. An evening class will be offered on Wednesdays from 4-5:30 pm, starting Wednesday February 15 and ending Wednesday April 5. A beginners class will be featured on Thursday afternoon if students are interested and I encourage you to contact me via my contacts page to add your name to the roster for any of these dates.

The 8 week session will cost $80 and must be pre-paid before Friday, February 10. Prospective students missing out on the original start date will need to wait until the fourth week in the term when I will open the class to add students to the remaining four weeks of the session for $50. If you are interested in trying out our alignment based postural yoga classes in a congenial group setting at a well-stocked studio call for more information or email me at

May your holidays be filled with good company, excellent food and warm shelter for you and all your relations. Namaste!hummingbirdnest




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