Monday, December 29, 2008
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Sunday, December 28, 2008
The first is so simple! And there is power in simplicity...Shoulder Rolls. Yep, so easy and can be done almost anywhere. Sit tall, creating length in the spine. Then bring your shoulders up under your ears. Circle them back to draw your shoulder blades together. Circle them down and forward, rounding your upper back. Do 4 or 5 in one direction then change direction. Do them slowly and make them really big. Use your whole upper torso.
Shoulder rolls help squeeze out the tension in our upper back and chest, opening the breath and releasing the upper trapezius. They also help counter the forward hunch many of us have.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Yoga is so much more than simply a physical practice. You can use a yoga practice to develop yourself mentally, emotionally, spiritually, as well as physically. The most important step to take when you are considering beginning a home practice or changing the one you have is deciding why you want to practice. Be honest with yourself. If your reason comes from deep within, you will have an inspired practice, and you will be excited to get to your mat. Be sure it is what you want, not want you feel you should be doing! Your reasons can be anything from strengthening the core to getting off your anti-depressant medicine to relaxing your nervous system, to enlightenment. Whatever your reason, if it is truly yours, you will be much more likely to stick with the practice. Your reasons will keep you coming back to the mat.
Once you know why you want a practice, plan the poses around that intention. If you want to create more calm in your life, restorative, forward folds and longer Savasanas are appropriate. If you want to build stamina and core strength, standing poses and strength building poses are what you need. If you aren’t sure what poses will fit your intentions, email me. I am happy to direct you to the poses you want.
Then, to keep your inspiration, be open to changing the focus of your practice. Most likely, your reason will change periodically which will often change the focus of your practice. Flow with it and be flexible. And enjoy your inspired practice!
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Tuesday, December 09, 2008
- 1 c pecans
- 1/2 c sunflower seeds
- 1/4 c pumpkin seeds
- 1/2 c walnuts
- 1/4 c almonds
- 2 T grapeseed oil
- 1 t chile powder
- 2 T agave nectar
- 1/2 salt
- Oven: 300 degrees.
- Place all of the ingredients in a large bowl and mix well.
- Spread ingredients on a cookie sheet in a single layer
- Bake until toasted, stirring during the baking process at least once or twice.
- Bake 20-25 minutes. (I find the pecans burn quickly.)
- Cool and store in an airtight container.
Spicy Seeds And Nuts @ Group Recipes
- 1 1/4 c water (I never warm the water)
- 1 1/2 t yeast
- 2 T oil
- 2 T honey
- 4 C whole spelt flour
- 1 1/2 t salt
- Put all ingredients in the bread maker in the order listed. (Yeast goes in the water for spelt bread rather than in the flour like you do for wheat.)
- Set the bread maker on regular white loaf.
Spelt Bread @ Group Recipes
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We had a traditional snow day yesterday...Lovely. I canceled a class so had a free evening I wasn't planning. Just like the old snow days with school! I played with the kids outside in the dark in the beautiful snow fall, then we had pancakes for dinner and watched home movies. What a fun evening...so carefree. More of my days will be care free now...