June 2011

Unnata Aerial Yoga has yogis hanging with the greatest of ease

Yoga grounds you.  You root yourself into the earth in tree pose, bury yourself in the ground in corpse pose and center yourself in downward dog.  Yoga seems like it ties your body earthward while freeing your spiritual energy. And that’s why Aerial Yoga seems so probable and so unlikely at the same time.  The practice, which suspends participants in fabric trapezes similar to hammocks, has yogis flying in the air, a few feet off the ground. 

More specifically called Unnata Aerial yoga, the practice became common in North America around 2006.  The term “Unnata” is Sanskrit for “elevated,” in both the physical and spiritual scene.  Creators of this type of yoga take this idea seriously, continuing with the spiritual elements of yoga—breath, living in the present, meditation—while lifting practitioners off of their mats. 

Test Your Cell Phone’s Radiation Levels

In order to cut costs, my husband and I were recently discussing nixing our land line for good. Many people we know have done it, and it seems wasteful to have two phone bills. One thing is keeping us from doing it, however—our five year old daughter. Or the radiation that could affect her as we teach her to use the phone, that is.

I know that using a cell phone is pretty commonplace these days, and I’ve seen plenty of kids using them—or even having their own phones—and all I can do is shake my head at the waste, the blasé privilege that comes with being an American child, and the insanity of everything being mobile and public these days. You can’t go anywhere or do anything without someone snapping pictures on their phones and posting them on Facebook, so why go out anyway? Stay at home and play, I say.

Anyway, even if you think it’s okay for kids to have cell phones, many scientists are warning that kids should not be exposed to them due to possible radiation exposure—as well as possible links to cancer. Phones should also not be carried on the body or kept next to your head (as many teens do all night as they eagerly await calls), though texting is considered safer (just not while driving). Pregnant women are also advised to not use cell phones when they can help it. So as for us, we’ll keep the landline.

To see how much radiation your brand of phone approximately has, click here. We were dismayed to learn that ours have one of the highest levels. Hopefully with all of the continual new phone developments in this country, we’ll have options that are much lower in radiation—as well as conflict-free—soon.