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Beginning Yoga‏

October 24th, 2008 · 11 Comments

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Today I began my first beginning yoga class. Believe it or not, but until today I have lived 73 years without coming close to a yoga class. What a mistake!

I love it. The emphasis on breathing, relaxation, and gentle stretching for flexibility was positively joyous for me. I will certainly continue with yoga and will write about it at to encourage other people with diabetes to do this wonderful form of exercise.

Because my exercise this morning was yoga, I didn’t go hiking. And since I wasn’t out on the trail, I didn’t have a good reason to use my new camera. Until this evening.

An hour before sunset I wandered out around the lake looking for flowers. I just had to put my new macro lens to work! This late in the season most of the flowers of spring are gone. But I sure found enough to make the trip worth my while!

Which one of these do you like best? I like the third one, the red star flower, whatever it’s called.

While yoga certainly made my day, photography has made my month (and more). My new camera just thrills me!

I have already taken 1100 pictures with it in the two weeks that I have had it. Still learning how to use the camera best, today I first put exposure bracketing to work by automatically firing off three shots of everything — one at the exposure I selected and one each a stop down and stop up. It really sounds professional when the camera clicks repeatedly. And unlike film, it doesn’t cost anything except a moment of my time to check which exposure is best.

Even the flower photo shoot this afternoon wasn’t enough photography for me. At dusk I noticed that Boulder’s famous sunsets had returned after an absence of a few days. So I switched to my telephoto lens and took this shot for you.

Sunset on Tantra Lake

Sunset on Tantra Lake


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11 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Becky // Jan 21, 2009 at 12:21 pm

    Hey, forgive my self-serving website; that’s where I work!

    Re: Yoga. I did it in my 20’s (30 years ago) and didn’t really appreciate it. I read about your first experience and decided to try it again. I was diagnosed Type 1 in 2005. I have had a real struggle with the weight gain that insulin causes even though I’ve always walked a couple of miles a day and watched my diet. Anyway, I started Yoga a little under 2 months ago and I can’t believe the difference it has made in my blood glucose readings!! When I wake up in the morning, I am nearly perfect (98, 105, an occasional 128). And I have also lost 10 pounds and an inch and a half off my waist, in less than 2 months. I am thrilled with it and plan to keep it up forever. All the twisting and breathing is like an internal pancreas massage. Not to mention the good things it does for me between the ears.

    Thanks for bringing it up again, David.


  • 2 David Mendosa // Jan 22, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Dear Becky,

    Glad I can help! I am continuing my yoga practice — and continuing to appreciate it so much!

    Best regards,


  • 3 gk // May 6, 2009 at 10:46 am

    In India, an ascetic called Swami Ramdev has this theory that after doing 60 minutes of yogic breathing exercises called pranayama every day, thousands of people have reported normalisation of their blood glucose levels. Specifically, he says you must do kapalabhati (a kind of hyperventilation) and anulom-vilom pranayama (breathing through alternative nostrils), which are easy to learn from most yoga websites or teachers. Hundreds of people who have benefited appear on his show every day to narrate their experience. And it’s all free, so there is little or no chance of a scam.

  • 4 Becky // May 7, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Does this work for Type 1 bg levels or did he make a distinction?

  • 5 diane ram // Jul 21, 2009 at 12:46 pm

    Sunset on Tantra Lake
    What a shot. You didn’t say much about your new camera.


  • 6 David Mendosa // Jul 21, 2009 at 3:22 pm

    Dear Diane,

    Thanks for your appreciation! I wrote more about my new camera in some other photo essays, which you might not find easily — since I couldn’t either! I have written about 400 of them.

    Anyway, my new camera is a Canon 50D single lens reflect. I bought it with an 18-200mm telephoto zoom lens, and subsequently bought a 60mm macro Canon lens, mostly for flower pictures, and aa 10-24mm super-wide angle Tamron lens. I use the telephoto most of the time, the macro quite a bit, and the Tamron the least of the time. I’m going on a two-week expedition through the high Sierras real soon and to keep my load light I may take only the telephoto lens.

    By the way, I gave a seminar on nature photography at my church retreat in June. It’s posted here at

    Best regards,


  • 7 Leisa // Feb 12, 2010 at 5:19 pm

    I found your blog while searching for information on the Boulder area. My husband and I are enjoying your photographs as I write to you. We currently live in Titusville, FL. We are moving to the Boulder area in June. I can not wait to see all of the places that you have shown of the area in photos. Thank you!

  • 8 David Mendosa // Feb 12, 2010 at 5:30 pm

    Dear Leisa,

    You won’t be sorry to come to Boulder! And give me a call when you arrive: (720) 319-8423.

    Best regards,


  • 9 mike // Feb 25, 2010 at 5:23 am

    thank you for this great article, I love it.

  • 10 Steve Solomon // Dec 24, 2011 at 10:06 pm

    Season’s Greetings, David.
    Just a note to say that I really enjoy your excellent bird and nature photography! Also, glad to see you’re into yoga! Though I don’t practice it (I follow another but similar path…Tai chi, Bagua and Qigong), my son is an avid yoga practitioner as well as a vegetarian. Through the above, plus walking, kettlebells, a good low-carb diet, and your inspiration, my numbers are in the Normal range without meds!

  • 11 Yoga Carlsbad CA // Oct 4, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    Hmm is anyone else experiencing problems with the pictures
    on this blog loading? I’m trying to find out if its a problem on my end or if it’s the blog.
    Any feedback would be greatly appreciated.

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