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Urban Yoga

Architect, athlete and yogi Anja Humljan is exploring the way we design urban environments with The Urban Yoga Project. Her architectural and photo experiment was recently documented in a book of photographs where she held different yoga and dance poses to fully experience urban spaces through her body and senses.

I am not expert enough to do these poses in this way, but the photos are interesting to view.

 


Horoscope for Month of April 2015 and Week of March 30, 2015

Marlon brandoThere is earthy energy as all personal planets Venus, Mars, Mercury and the Sun all traverse Taurus this April. There is no stopping you once you get going. But you have to get up and get going first...

(Marlon Brando had Venus in Taurus)

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ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
Your world will revolve around money issues this April so check your bank balance, do some fiscal research and ask some sage advice. Everything depends on your level of risk and your long term plans. Aries are big spenders and want to get their money’s worth. All is possible as long as you keep your focus on the bottom line and don’t rest on your assets.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
You are pushed into the center of the universe, becoming a major planet around which all other lesser beings revolve. Bask in the limelight, Taurus. There are several opportunities to launch your new pet projects and impress important movers and shakers. So check yourself out in the mirror and get ready for your big entrance. Head in the stars, don’t trip on the steps.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
You are almost a seer this April, Gemini. And that is because your sixth sense makes you especially intuitive and prescient. Mine what you have through meditation or the new age arts or take a charitable turn with doing good deeds for needy people. You build up scads of good karma. So go with  your gut and see where it leads you. But don’t let it get too far out front!

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
This is no time to try to sit back and blend into the background. Cancers suddenly have an electrifying social circuit this April. Plug in, turn it on and up and see which moths are led to your flame. Make good use of time to get involved in a range of groups and organizations to see which ones are most interesting and valuable for you. You may be surprised.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Your professional path suddenly opens up. It is clear sailing for the month, Leo. This means that you should harness your ambitions and ride them one more rung up the corporate ladder. You schmooze the powers-that-be and become a power-soon-to-be. The sky is the limit, but pack a golden parachute for a soft descent, just in case.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
Plan an early escape to parts unknown this April, Virgo. Your life has become too humdrum. You need to spice it up any way you can by expanding your horizons, ideally through travel. If time and money are tight, find excitements closer to home. It could be a foreign film, an exotic dinner or an enchanting someone. Or a combination of all three?

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
April will bring a myriad of intense and potentially life changing experiences for you, Libra. That means that you need to keep your wits about you and be sure of what you want. Will you enter into a relationship based strictly on money or sex? As long as you know what is what and who is who, I guess there could be worse things to do with your time.

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
A certain special someone will figure prominently in your life this April. And that means that you should be more generous and outer directed to other people’s needs and wants. For those Scorpios who are looking for a soulmate, this might be the perfect time to look around. Expect to be swept off your feet. So be sure to watch your every step!

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Put your nose to the grindstone and your shoulder to the wheel this April and see how far and how fast you can advance. Even if you don’t move up the ladder in this position, you will find that you are especially productive. The boring tasks you cross off your list now will leave you with plenty of time for summer mischief, Sagittarius. Heh heh.

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Capricorns make feel the spark of inspiration zap them this April. What will you do with all of these great and creative ideas? Grab some compadres and throw yourself into fun projects and make them extra memorable. This is the time to explore and see the world through new eyes. .. even if you are wearing rose colored glasses.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
Spring cleaning beckons and Aquarians should heed the cleaning call. And when I say clean I mean both physical and spiritual. Move the dust bunnies around and take a break for meditation or yoga. This month offers a fresh start, full of possibilities. Sweep out the old and welcome in the new. Okay, you can keep a few old family, friends and fans.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Pisces are usually very careful in their communication but this April brings you a spark of genius, a wealth of great ideas and the courage of your opinion. Spread your ideas around like so much fertilizer and see if any of them take root some where and blossom. You are packed with charisma, genius and aplomb. Don’t be shy. This is your time to shine.. but not like a strobe.



Lucky Numbers for the Week of March 27, 2015

Lottery ads tell us you only need a dollar and a dream. But it is also helpful to have a list of lucky numbers to help spur the good fortune ... or fortunes. So with that in mind, here are some lucky numbers that can be used in any helpful way. I gazed into a pool of water, Nostradamus-like, and contemplated the cosmos. Then I mixed the tarot cards and allowed the spirits to guide me to the cards that represent the lucky numbers for this week. Nothing is guaranteed but who knows ....?

I choose eight numbers because 8 is the number of wealth.

Here are the lucky numbers for the week of March 27-April 2, 2015:

1, 18, 20, 34, 35, 50, 55, 59

There are many ways to delve into your own consciousness to find luck and intuition. Try reading Dream Power/Improve Your Luck (Super Strength Series) and see if your dreams give you any clues and premonitions. Here's a guide to the best books available this month


LoveScope for the Week of March 25, 2015

LovescopesWe are filled with vim, vigor and love this week. So don’t be shy and retiring. Gather up all of your confidence and see where it can lead you. Into mischief...?

ARIES   (MARCH 21 - APRIL 20)
You are standing in the center of all the attention and can attract anyone you choose now. Spread your charisma and reach out to new groups and associations, Aries. There is someone there who will be especially interesting and you will be interested.

TAURUS   (APRIL 21 - MAY 21)
Plan to become active in more charitable and volunteer activities this week. Any good effort will have a great karmic payback in the form of new acquaintances and relationship opportunities. Taureans are good souls and others recognize that.

GEMINI   (MAY 22 - JUNE 21)
Friends help you expand your social sphere into a globe this week. Geminis who have been dancing in the same circles now have the opportunity to lambada with enticing and sexy movers and shakers. Or is the lambada the forbidden dance?

CANCER   (JUNE 22 - JULY 23)
Political intrigue around the office gives you a leg up with a certain someone there. Emotions are flush and the stakes are high. Do you want to win hearts through your hard work ethics or through a elite relationship? Don’t answer that.

LEO   (JULY 24 - AUGUST 23)
Find the perfect excuse to get away from the routine and travel with your special someone. You don’t have to travel far or spend a lot to re-establish a warm and intimate connection. What you need is time. So find some and go, go, go, Leo.

VIRGO   (AUGUST 24 - SEPTEMBER 23)
You are the one to know this week. Virgos will not only impress powerful people, they will be able to use their charisma to develop deeper and more intimate relationships. Choose wisely. This is something for the long term.

LIBRA   (SEPTEMBER 24 - OCTOBER 23)
Put some pizzazz into any boring relationship this week. Libras need to spend more time and attention on spoiling partners. For those looking for love, get jazzy and jiggy and start looking. You never know who you will find jumping into your arms..

SCORPIO   (OCTOBER 24 - NOVEMBER 22)
Exercise and attention to your diet and general health will have added benefits Scorpio. You will find that as you feel fit and trim, your confidence builds and you will look sexier and alluring to others. What are you waiting for??

SAGITTARIUS   (NOVEMBER 23 - DECEMBER 22)
Artistic projects put you into the company of some very adorable and talented people this week. You connect on new levels and have fun all at the same time. That means romance is in the air, Sagittarius. Or is it hamburgers?

CAPRICORN   (DECEMBER 23 - JANUARY 20)
Plan several home entertaining soirees with a range of guests. There will be one or two who you wouldn’t mind seeing more frequently. The trick, Capricorn, is to decide who you want close at hand but not underfoot.  Don’t get tripped up.

AQUARIUS   (JANUARY 21 - FEBRUARY 19)
You know just what to say to you-know-who to get them to do you-know-what. Brash and bold talk stirs up the fiery embers of passion this week. Aquarians now can say what they mean and mean what they say. So say it, do it and enjoy it all.

PISCES   (FEBRUARY 20 - MARCH 20)
Try to find delightful ways to charm and cajole any of your love interests this week. Pisces find that little gifts or meaningful experiences - a romantic dinner or a weekend away - will sway even the hardest of hearts. Melt them with sugar.

Never miss your horoscope again -- free sign up here. Here is my favorite book on astrology and a "must" for anyone interested in learning more: Secrets from a Stargazer's Notebook: Making Astrology Work for You and here's a guide to the best books available this month. This column is (c) 2014 THE STARRY EYE, LLC., All Rights Reserved. For Entertainment Purposes Only. Madam Lichtenstein is the author of the best selling astrology book “HerScopes ” now in its 8th printing and available as an eBook.


Purifying Plants for Your Home

PlantsNatural Society believes that there are certain plants that can help clean the air in your home. Author Elizabeth Renter writes:

Pollution isn’t only a concern when you’re outdoors—it’s a concern in your home as well. From the carpet on the floor to the cleaning products you might use, there are numerous contaminants that could be infiltrating your domicile. Ideally you would replace these toxic substances with less toxic counterparts, but that isn’t always practical. Fortunately, research has shown certain houseplants to have air-purifying effects that can make it easier to breathe while beautifying your surroundings.

Researcher Kamal Meattle is an environmental advocate and air quality innovator in his native India. There, he advocates for “massive banks of plants instead of massive banks of HVAC equipment” for cleaning the air. He and others interested in natural air-cleaning methods have identified several plants that are great for removing toxins, including carcinogens from the air.

Meattle calls Areca Palm the “living room plant” because it is a daytime “oxygen factory”, according to MindBodyGreen. He recommends having four of these plants in the home per resident.

He recommends Mother-in-Law’s Tongue as the “bedroom plant” as it is a nighttime oxygen maker. Making your room resemble a tropical forest, he recommends having six to eight waist-high plants per person.

Finally, Meattle recommends Money Plants as “the specialist plant” which is able to filter formaldehyde and several other volatile organic chemicals (VOCs) from the air.

A NASA study from several years ago also identified houseplants that have air-purifying effects in the home. That agency, which should know a thing or two about having quality, breathable air, recommends:

  • Devil’s ivy
  • Mother-in-law’s tongue
  • Peace lilies
  • Ficus
  • Snake plants
  • Gerbera daisies

The NASA research reveals:

“In this study the leaves, roots, soil, and associated microorganisms of plants have been evaluated as a possible means of reducing indoor air pollutants. Additionally, a novel approach of using plants systems for removing high concentrations of indoor air pollutants such as cigarette smoke, organic solvents, and possibly radon has been designed from this work.”

Additional houseplants that are relatively easy to grow and can help filter the air include: the purple waffle plant, English ivy, variegated wax plant, asparagus fern, spider plant, red-edge dracaena, bamboo palm, and chrysanthemum.

 


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