Saturday, January 25, 2014

On the right Path

I'm letting the Universe guide me on my quest, I must listen and watch closely.

I took this as another sign of what to do.

I was thrifting and came across these boots
 (I haven't looked at shoes in a few years months, due to my love of hoarding shoes I never wear)
I liked the style, they're in good shape, practically new, leather and fit like a glove. I paid $9.99 the brand is Kalso Earth Shoes....
I got home and Googled the brand to see if I got a real bargain... (I sure did)  and to see why thee sole is shaped like it is..
as you can see the sole is thinner/lower at the heel and thicker/higher at the toe.
Well, I liked the familiar feeling the boots gave, I couldn't place it, but I like it.
 Once I read about them I new I was on the right path leading me on my quest

It´s a story that goes back more than 40 years...

Anne Kalsø was born in the Faroe Islands off Denmark in 1905. Her life was defined by a deep immersion in the study of yoga, and the fundamental belief that wellness principles needn't be reserved for just one aspect of an individual's life, but could be wholly integrated as part of an everyday existence.
Kalsø 's passion for yoga led her to study in Switzerland and eventually in Santos, Brazil. It was there, in 1957, that she observed the excellent posture of indigenous Brazilians, and the impressions left by their bare footprints as they walked through beach sand. She observed that the footprints laid were deeper in the heels than in the toes. This natural body position resonated with the thoughtful Kalsø . It echoed a formative yoga pose she knew well – Tadasana (the 'Mountain' pose).
As she herself emulated the pose of the native Brazilians, she noticed how her own posture improved, and how her breathing passages opened. She was inspired.

Returning to Denmark, Kalsø enlisted the help of a Portuguese shoe maker to begin what would become a 10-year process to design the original Kalsø Shoe. Although not a shoemaker by trade, Kalsø was deeply immersed in the process of shoe development -- even testing prototype models on long hikes that covered hundreds of miles. According to Kalsø , "it took numerous years of hard work before I reached the final form of my shoe that takes into consideration all the natural demands of the foot and body. It is only now that I know I have created something. It is no longer an idea in my mind, but is something that is thoroughly tested and proven."

Kalsø began selling her shoes from a modest storefront in Copenhagen. Those who discovered her shoes became passionate about their benefits. Many reported that the shoes helped ease chronic foot and body problems. Expectedly, people from around the world inquired about the shoes. But Kalsø insisted that they be experienced in-person prior to being worn.

Even with such interest and fervor, it was not until the mid-to-late 1960's that Kalsø entertained the idea of expansion – ultimately exploring retail beyond Denmark. And specifically in the United States.

April 1st, 1970 would mark the much-heralded opening of the first United States distribution point for Kalsø 's shoes. Coinciding with the first Earth Day, the name of the shoes - on the spot – was changed to "Kalsø Earth Shoes" and capitalized on the youthful movement and energy that defined the day. The trajectory of a wellness enterprise was underway. With much thanks and credit going to a Danish yoga instructor, a belief that wellness could be part of everyone's daily existence, and a simple shoe.
 I used to teach Hatha Yoga, Tibetan Meditation and followed the teachings of the Medicine Buddha when I lived at the Oregon coast, I quit about 8 years ago.No reason, other than moving to Seattle. I hardly practiced after I quit teaching....again no reason....
The feeling of the mountain pose was the familiar feeling I was having. As I wear these boots, the pain in my back and joints is displaced and not as noticeable. Indeed they make me stand tall and straight.
Part of my Healthy Quest is practicing Yoga again, being Mindful and Meditating.
I shall begin today.

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