Basic Yoga Mix- last update

Hi!  I am a little late getting this post up here…I have been crazy busy in all the most amazing ways possible.

I wanted to share the last update in the yoga challenge I participated in last month.
Here are the other weekly updates in case you want to catch up:

Week1
Week2
Week3
Week4
Week5

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Day 26: Firefly or Titibasana…always a challenge pose for me! I have been working on a variation to this where I try (try is the underlined word here!) to go from this into crow pose.

  • Stretches the inner groins and back torso
  • Strengthens the arms and wrists
  • Tones the belly
  • Improves sense of balance

 

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This happens ….ALMOST ALWAYS. I just keep practicing.  🙂

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Day 27: Handstand practice in the rain.  I am getting really close to my 10 second goal!  And can I get an AMEN that the rain finally stopped today!?!?!

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and wrists
  • Stretches the belly
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

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Day 28: Ustrasana or Camel Pose.   I usually prefer to do bridge or wheel, or even scorpion during backbends.  My lack of practice in this pose is pretty obvious!  My low back is a little tweaky, so I really try to engage my core to help protect it!

  • Stretches the entire front of the body, the ankles, thighs and groins,
  • Abdomen and chest, and throat
  • Stretches the deep hip flexors (psoas)
  • Strengthens back muscles
  • Improves posture
  • Stimulates the organs of the abdomen and neck

 

 

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Day 29:  Feathered Peacock pose, forearm handstand, or Pinchamayurasana.  Why-oh-why is this so much easier than doing handstand on your hands?  (yes…I know.  The forearms give a wider base of support.)  But, seriously, I was holding this pose, talking to my friend Brooks as she was laughing, trying to find the camera app on my phone, I painted my pinky toenail, and didn’t blink an eye.

  • Strengthens the shoulders, arms, and back
  • Stretches the shoulders and neck, chest, and belly
  • Improves sense of balance
  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression

 

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Day 30:  Paschimottanasana or seated forward fold.  Last day of the challenge with a pose I always put in a class I am teaching, and do myself when I am practicing.

  • Calms the brain and helps relieve stress and mild depression
  • Stretches the spine, shoulders, hamstrings
  • Stimulates the liver, kidneys, ovaries, and uterus
  • Improves digestion
  • Helps relieve the symptoms of menopause and menstrual discomfort
  • Soothes headache and anxiety and reduces fatigue
  • Therapeutic for high blood pressure, infertility, insomnia, and sinusitis
  • Traditional texts say that Paschimottanasana increases appetite, reduces obesity, and cures diseases.

Happy Tuesday and have an amazing week!  🙂

Organized in October

I stumbled across this amazing book…I think it is magical and can change lives.  If you can, go order it now.  If not, no worries!  I will give you the gist of it through out the month in my Project 12 this month….Organized in October.

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Marie Kondo is a guru of tidiness and has a waiting list MONTHS long to have her come and work with you.  She takes tiding to a totally new level in this book and promises that if you properly simplify and organize your home once, you will  never have to do it again.

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Remember we did that little neatness challenge last November?  Well, we were doing it all wrong. Whoops.

So we are going to try the KonMari Method.  You clean/purge/tidy by category, not area of the house.  Doing it this way leads to lasting results…not one of her clients has relapsed.

Here is the deal.  With each category, you pile all the items together.  You pick up each item and ask yourself, “Does this item bring me joy?”  If the answer is no, you either trash it or donate it.

Start with clothes.  She recommends getting every single item of clothing and putting it in a big heap.  (Can you imagine how gross this is going to be?  We live in such massive excess, especially with clothing.)  To narrow it down a little more, you can start with tops, then bottoms, then outerwear, socks and so on.

After clothing, comes books, then papers, random things, then last things with sentimental value.  You do this for your items only…meaning I cannot go throw out half of my husband’s 97 t-shirts.  No going through my kids rooms with a garbage bag while they are at school.  Supposedly, my family will feel the energy shift when I am tidying.  It is catching.  🙂

So, Monday morning, I am starting with clothes.

Anyone else ready to take on this challenge with me?

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