Tuesday, July 22, 2014

What's going on here?

Lizard Dreaming Yoga in Fredericksburg is one of the business sponsors of the Friends.
FOER:  How did you end up teaching yoga in Fredericksburg?

Patty:  I was born in Texas but grew up overseas (Tanzania, East Africa) and so have always been a nature-lover. When I first came to Fredericksburg eighteen years ago, I was guiding kayaking trips on the Llano and Guadalupe rivers and also doing personal training. I was sort of coerced into teaching yoga, ha ha! Though I'd practiced it for years, it was a very personal thing and I wasn't inclined to be a teacher. The facility where I was training begged me to teach a class, so I got certified and taught once a week and had five students. I found it absolutely fed my soul to share something I am so passionate about. Fast forward to today where there are over four hundred people coming through Lizard Dreaming Yoga and I have a wait list for private sessions.

FOER:  Why did you open a studio of your own?

Patty:  Lizard Dreaming Yoga came about as a result of my frustration with the failures of the businesses where I taught classes.   I actually have a B.B.A. in Marketing and decided if I wanted things done right I'd have to do them myself. We are now a thriving yoga studio on Main Street with nine teachers offering over 20 classes a week.

FOER:  Where did the name come from?

Patty:  The name Lizard Dreaming Yoga came about as a result of my Native American Heritage (I am just under half). In Native American lore Lizard represents the dream time. What Lizard dreams comes into being. He symbolizes manifestation, transformation and regrowth. He is one of my spirit guides and the name of the studio honors that. I've always wanted a place that is good for the community and all people, and my studio is the manifestation of that wish.

FOER:  Why did you choose to be a business sponsor of the Friends?

I chose to be a business sponsor of Friends of Enchanted Rock because I am always happiest when outside in Nature and feel the world needs more people to care for it. Yogis (people who practice yoga) traditionally practice "seva" which means selfless service in Sanskrit. I wanted to offer my group of students and instructors the opportunity to volunteer and help preserve an incredible natural area and reap the benefits of doing good for the community and the planet.

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Friends consider new logo design

The Board of Directors of the Friends is considering a new logo design.  When they make a decision, I'll post it.  Under the iconic dome outline are the words, Preservation - Education - Recreation

What image comes to mind when you hear Enchanted Rock?  We would be interested to hear your thoughts about this.  I would like to see the Friends offer a quality polo shirt with the logo;  I would envision a shirt the color of Town Mountain Granite.  It could be $50, but wearing it would make me feel warm and fuzzy and sentimental all day.


Friday, July 11, 2014

If you bought a pair of Chaco sandals from Whole Earth recently, read this.

That's how many recycling stations you have helped the Friends buy for E Rock!  Thank you Whole Earth Provision Company!  Thank you Chaco!  Send us a photo of you and your sandals by the Bear Boxes.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Dark Sky Regulations?

What does Fredericksburg's City Council have to do with Enchanted Rock?

Fredericksburg's significant and increasing sky glow lights up the Park at night.  The Friends and others have been working to get the City of Fredericksburg to adopt an ordinance regulating the use of outdoor lighting.  The Park has applied to be designated as a Dark Sky Park.  Texas Parks and Wildlife is working to minimize the effects of outdoor lighting at E Rock and their other parks.  If you want to know more about why the loss of dark nights is a problem for both people and the natural world, even down to drops in firefly populations, check out the IDA website

Most dark sky solutions are quite simple - shielding lights so they don't shine up, across property lines, or in your eyes as you walk or drive by.  My friends at H&R Block in Fredericksburg installed the shield on their parking lot lighting - drive by and check it out (E Highway Street just east of Hwy 87).  I think Robert said the shields, which he installed himself, were $30 each.  You could make them in a simple workshop for much less.  You will notice the light on the surface of the parking lot but not in your face or up in the sky or on the neighbor's property. 

Go outside and look at your lights: are you lighting up the sky, your neighbor's house, or shining light in people's eyes?  Are you diminishing the quality of life in your neighborhood?  Wherever you live, start asking local government to turn the lights down.  Hill Country Alliance has been organizing this effort in the Texas Hill Country.