I really can’t put a finger on “Why My Damn Hand Hurts”

Phonto toys or tools

We don’t tend to pick up coins off the ground anymore but could you if you had to?

Think about putting on your bra or maybe buttoning your shirt?

How difficult is it for you to thread a needle?

Ever try to comfortably put a screw into an object and the thought of also holding the screw driver in the other hand gives you visions of walking a high wire?

What about twisting the lid off of a jar, zipping up a jacket, or my personal favorite, taking the cork out of a bottle of champagne (Smile)?

All these things take finger manipulation and dexterity, along with joint and wrist maneuvering. Not too big a deal if your fingers are in Tip-Top shape but sometimes we have a lot of issues with our hands and fingers. READ MORE

Why Does My Yoga Instructor Keep Saying, Honor Your Body?

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I Love Going to Yoga-PERIOD, end of statement! The Calming Centering helping to send your focus inward, the soothing Breath Work taking you off Autopilot Breath, the mixture of the various Poses, and finally we gloriously arrive at the ultimate relaxation-we get to chill out in Savasana, S-W-E-E-T. I like to compare my yoga experiences to maybe finishing a good book, or having eaten JUST ENOUGH” of a satisfying meal, or perhaps relaxing with a really good glass of Champagne. If had to choose one word to describe my yoga class it would be SATISFACTION. Okay I just thought of another word-CONTENTMENT.

But I swear, back in the day when I was brand new to the world of yoga every time I went to my weekly yoga classes this one Perky, Overly Cheerful instructor would never fail to say the words, “Honor Your Body”. I mean seriously women; I thought I was honoring it by coming to this yoga class twice a week!!!!! READ MORE

 

How Can I Politely Say?

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You Are Not the Only Person in this Yoga Class

 99 Problems

 

As someone who has both taught yoga and practiced with other instructors for many years I’d like to give my “2 Cents Worth” on the subject of, What Not to Do” in a yoga class. Please understand that this is NOT a personal venting session, it’s simply my attempt at helping you; the yoga student walk in the shoes of your yoga instructor (if only for an hour).

Why? Because as some of us sit thoughtfully waiting for the class to begin, possibly stretching, maybe lying down appreciating the quiet time to just tune in and purposefully breath in the moment, it is obvious that WE ALL DIDN’T GET THAT SAME MEMO. READ MORE

What’s That Smell? Aromatherapy and Its Benefits

Meta_logo_1When you enter a yoga studio you’re usually greeted with a soft mix of gentle tunes and aromatherapya serene vibe permeates the space. The sounds literally invite you to find a spot and roll out your mat, directing you to the promise of a peaceful practice.

It’s funny how Music has a way of setting the mood, taking you to a place that quite possibly promises to sooth the soul and quiet the mind.  Music can transport us to new places and move our emotions on the VIRTUAL DIAL from Stressed-Out Crazy to Peaceful just by the beat of a drum, the movement of fingers on a guitar, or the placement of ones lips on a sexy saxophone.

It also has the ability to miraculously carry us to the distant past in just a few beats. These days though you can add the sense of “Smell” to that blissful formula. READ MORE

Zen Nutcracker

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Merry Christmas, Felize Navidad, Happy Hanukkah, Happy Kwanzaa, Happy Holidays, Happy December Solstice,

Happy ­­­­­­______________ you fill in the blank.

Whatever term you use, whatever December holiday you’re celebrating, just know that we live in a diverse, multicultural society which is FANTASTIC!

So it’s important to know that we’re “ALL” just sending out Positive VIBES that scream loudly to the world:

Peace on Earth and Good Will to

“ALL PEOPLE”!

I Beg You!!!!!

Don’t Wait Until January 1, 2018 To Start that Exercise Program

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I’m a bit of a gym/yoga studio type of lady so I’ll let you in on a little secret, the regularssport collage (meaning the crowd that attends yoga or gym class come rain or shine) have a name for you sports newbies. They refer to you as BW’s, which is their cutesy acronym meaning “Burnout Warriors”. I get it, it’s a New Year so of course we’re stepping up our game. We’re cycling harder, hitting the yoga room with a renewed spirit, using the barre routine with a bit more passion, and even operating the treadmill with a tad more Enthusiasm!

I’ve been in those January 1st workout classes and the situation is REAL and Crowded as HELL. READ MORE

4 Versions of Cat Cow Pose (Bitilasana Marjaryasana)

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Why the Intriguing Name?4 version of Cow

There’s Eagle Pose, Crocodile Pose, Rabbit Pose, Dolphin Pose, Fish Pose, Half Frog Pose, Crow Pose, etc. (believe me when I say that animals are WELL represented in the yoga culture) and who can forget the most well-known pose of all; you’d have to live on another planet is you don’t recognize the Downward Facing Dog Pose. Really I get it, in the yoga world the deep seated adoration for our fuzzy, furry, and wooly animals come through Loud and Clear but Cow Pose………it’s always been a bit of a stretch for me to visualize. READ MORE