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Kjötsúpa, the best of all possible stews. Yoga academy [Photo Credit: Eric Scott.]In a pot on the stove, lamb simmers in water. Unity yoga vancouver schedule One recipe I use calls for meat from the shoulder. Yoga ancient india Another is less specific; it calls for something “from the front quarter of the animal – shoulder, neck or similar is perfect.” (The latter comes from Magnus Nilsson’s delightfully opaque Nordic Cookbook, where most of the recipes are written in a similarly noncommittal fashion; lovely to read, but frustrating for an anxious, instruction-bound cook such as myself.) I don’t follow either of these injunctions; my stew gets leg meat, as it is the only cut big enough and cheap enough to make a double batch for under fifty dollars. Vinyasa yoga school rishikesh When the lamb has simmered for an hour, I’ll add the vegetables and a handful of barley, and let it simmer some more. Benefits of meditation studies At some point, it stops being meat, vegetables, and water, and becomes stew, though I confess I cannot precisely identify that moment.

I’ve made a pot of kjötsúpa — which is simply Icelandic for “meat stew” — every December for the past four years. Dhyana yoga haddonfield schedule I invite over the medievalists from my university, who sometimes bring treats inspired by the middle ages (and sometimes cheesecake). Bikram yoga montreal west island We eat together, unwind from the semester, complain about grading finals and writing seminar papers; warm food and commiseration, the oldest form of human bonding.

Pregnancy yoga poses It’s the only holiday tradition I’ve made for myself as an adult, having grown past many of the childhood staples of Yule and Christmas and having as yet no children of my own to pass them onto. Yoga tree vaughan reviews While the party inevitably takes on Christmas overtones — it’s hard for any December gathering to avoid — it’s not actually that kind of party at all. Unity yoga schedule I hold it on Dec. Yoga mantras and meanings 9, which some Heathen decided (arbitrarily, as best as I can tell) was the day of remembrance for Egill Skallagrimsson, my beloved skaldic hero.

When I came back to graduate school in 2013, it was a homecoming, a return to many things I thought I had finished with. Iyengar yoga poses for beginners The academy itself, for starters, which I thought I had left for good after my master’s degree, but medieval studies in particular, which I thought I was done with after I finished my undergraduate degree; I had applied to programs in both medieval studies and creative writing, and I went with a writing program. Asanas de yoga y sus beneficios When I started my doctorate at the University of Missouri, I found myself back in not only writing workshops, but medieval studies courses too: Old English, the history of the Viking Age. Open space yoga monsarrat I reread Egill’s saga, read Njála and Gisla for the first time. Beloved yoga I found a light in my eyes I thought had gone out, a part of my wonder that I had forgotten. Yoga nyc midtown Perhaps that’s melodramatic, but it’s true. Yoga cards printable I made my first pot of kjötsúpa to celebrate that. Yoga asanas for weight loss by ramdev baba There was a terrible snowstorm that first year, and only three people made it to my house, but that didn’t matter: this was a thing I wanted to keep doing, a winter ritual, to remember not just Egill, but what his saga gave to me.

Egill Skallagrimsson, from a 17th century Icelandic manuscript of Egils saga. Kundalini yoga kriyas for pregnancy [Public Domain]The mood in 2016 is not so joyous. Pilates yoga fusion workouts My friends and colleagues are scared: scared of the big international issues that most of us seem to be afraid of, scared about the direction of the United States, scared that our unions and our schools and our bodies will fall apart in the next decade. Yoga nidra exercises We’re worried about our local issues: an unstoppably regressive state legislature, complacent administrators, a fear that higher education in Missouri is going to become, at best, a mere extension of our state’s corporate interests. Absolute yoga youtube And we’re afraid, of course, of what we’re all afraid of: that we’re entering an abominable amalgam of capitalism, racism, and fascism that’s going to leave scars on us all.

And I am scared too, of course. Postures de yoga pour ventre plat I wake up some mornings and think, you picked a hell of a time to become an activist. Usually my better spirits respond: it’s times like this when we need activists. Usually that’s enough to get me out of bed. Yoga for back pain youtube But not always.

The kjötsúpa, however: it helps. Open doors yoga hanover There’s the meditation in the chopping of the vegetables, solemn gratitude in preparing the lamb, the calm music of the simmer. Nada yoga school In this moment, late at night, standing over a burner and a cutting board, there is solace.

And Egill stands behind me, that irascible rogue, with his ugly face and his broad shoulders and his strange brow. Yoga feet images He was the product of a dispossessed people, chased off their land by a power-hungry king who was only too happy to turn on even those loyal to him. Corporate yoga proposal Egill’s response? He thumbed his nose at that king and the kings that followed after him. Pranayama techniques Egill had his moments of weakness and fear in the face of the powerful, too, but he responded to them always with his Odin-gifted wits and his stubborn spirit.

He didn’t win the fights he set out to win, always. Open door yoga Certainly the kings of Norway lived long past the time of Egill Skallagrimsson. Yoga center amherst But I find some comfort in his saga anyway. Yoga poses for concentration and memory The fight against power is worth it, even if we lose.

The soup finishes its long simmer; time to let it cool and steep, let the flavors percolate throughout. Earth yoga Tomorrow my friends and I will share it, a cup of warmth and friendship against the sudden cold. Yoga houston downtown If there is a better way to greet the winter, I haven’t found it yet.

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