We met up with friends Kevin and Heather at Point Pleasant Park (they bicycled, Eco-warriors with their yoga mats attached!) and wandered around trying to find the perfect yoga spot. Our hope was to eventually wander upon Fort Ogilvie, a particular section of the park that has a nice flat grassy area. We actually found the area, but unfortunately it was sectioned off due to "mushy" grass... The neat part of Fort Ogilvie is that it was actually used as a protective Fort for Halifax a few hundred years ago. The canons and brick/cement "fort" are still intact in this part of the park! We decided after a few minutes to be rebels... GASP. I was a little nervous, I'm not really a rebel! But this part of the park was quiet, no one was around and that fort looked SUPER flat, perfect actually for some wonderful yoga practice. The Fort is accessible from the back up a sloping hill and overlooks the harbour and beautiful ocean. It also has a pretty big "Keep Off" sign on the front lol. The ultimate guerilla yoga experience!
In any case, we climbed up on the top, kept far away from the edges and practiced while the sailboats floated by and birds chirped overhead. It was the best yoga experience I have had since we moved to Halifax in July. The ocean wind kept the sun from becoming too hot and brought such a feeling of connectedness with the quiet. Andrew, Kevin and Heather's mats being light and PVC, however, kept being swept up with the wind so our asanas flowed through mostly wide-legged standing postures ending with a peaceful Ohm. Unfortunately I forgot my camera at home, and although the guys reported that someone passing by took a picture of Heather and I during High Lunge-twist, I have none... Next time!
Practicing Yoga while feeling the wind slip over my postures and listening to the sound through the trees is my absolute most blissful experience.
On another "eco" note- my container garden is progressing! We planted the garlic, peas and carrots a few weekends ago and have been keeping them inside until they've sprouted. We also bought a new recycled fiber container to replace the horribly combusted "biodegradable" Zellers planters. Doesn't the garlic look fabulous I cannot wait to eat produce that we've grown ourselves. :)
We also went walking downtown today, it's super muggy, 68% humidity with a ton of wind. Funny how the wind remains humid as well. Our destination: the Smiling Goat Café Organic Espresso Bar (we're not very good at walking just to walk). This was the coffee shop where I had first encountered the "bioplastic" coffee cups that are not actually "compostable" in HRM's municipal composting facility (or your backyard compost). The barista informed me that they were making a statement for Halifax's composting system- if they get enough "bioplastic" then they will have to update their systems! Right. In any case, they have now switched to recyclable plastic (as opposed to sending these "compostable" cups to the landfills). My yummy fair trade organic iced-mocha was fantastic with it's truely biodegradable straw (which actually will compost in a regular system).
While drinking our coffee I glanced through the Halifax's Green Guide. This always irks me, as many supposedly "green" options (i.e. Lush, Aveda) are represented here. There was an interesting interview with a Waste Management representative who indicated that these "compostable" cup-statements that have been flooding the recycling system have been very problematic recently as they are virtually indistinguishable from regular plastic cups. As a result, they are processed and essential "ruin" the end product, decreasing it's value and as a result, being thrown into the landfill. Another reason why "reduce" is more important than "recycle".
On our return it had clouded over, the wind moving the clouds so quickly in our Maritime sky and I saw this lonesome blackbird, chirping on the wire. I just managed to catch her on film before she flew away.