Highlights of the Week, Product Reviews, Yoga
Oh it’s Saturday, the first one of 2010…whatcha been up to? I have had a super busy day! First, I’m still getting my bearings after being gone for close to a month and catching up on the never ended laundry, mail sorting, returning phone calls and such. But that’s just hum-drum stuff.
What was exciting? Going back to yoga today and having a lovely practice! I did the full primary series and it was lovely. A warm practice space, great energy from being in the company of other yogis, and giving hearts from my teachers. As I had mentioned before, I am working on completing the highest level of yoga certification, the 500 hour Registered Yoga Teacher credential and I am almost finished (I’ve had my 200 hour RYT since 2002). Anyway, it felt great to be back in a yoga studio today after traveling! What have you been up to?
to some Product Reviews
And thanks for your comments and opinions about the new Disclosure Rules that Bloggers must abide by, or face massive ($11,000) fines for non-compliance! It was great to hear your thoughts, what you normally do or write in terms of disclosure, and how, if at all, these rules will change the way you blog. I love discussing things like this and hearing everyone’s take on it!
And I posted Sunset and Vacation Pics
Monday I showed you pics of All the Great Food we Ate
To Cool Birds we watched
And all the Fun we Had at the Beach
And Skylar and I hit the Beach
Wednesday I Made a Vegan Stir Fry
I also talked about how I Don’t Get Hung Up on being a fanatical label-reading maniac, and that Bloggers are Only Human, too.
As it whispered in my ear: Drink Me Now!
And Showed some Aruba Trip Finale Pictures
On my Chaise Lounge
Oh sorry, too much skin. I’ll cover Up.
Thursday we traveled back to AZ and at 1am I went on a crazed fruit & veggie grocery shopping run
And this was because US Customs confiscated all my food! How dare they take my broccoli & fresh produce!
And gave you another Recipe for my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
Friday I posted about all the mail and goodies I received in December
This one was raw kale, tomatoes, and brock, slathered in my Vegan Slaw Dressing. Considering I was in Aruban Kale Withdrawals, I think I kinda can’t ever get sick of these!
Dehydrated food, it’s “a good keeper” as my grandmother used to say.
And the stats are great on flax seeds
But the taste rocks!
Dessert (i.e. Midnight Snack Time) was a Prana Bar
Just what I like to see: Organic, Gluten Free, & Vegan
Stats and the 1st three ingredients are organic cashews and organic almond butter, followed by organic date paste. Yum!
Naturally Sweet, very pliable, super moist, chewy, doesn’t fall apart.
Pretty much an amazing bar!
Yoga Today is Kapotasana (King Pigeon Pose). Please do not try this unless your back is thoroughly warmed up as well as your quads. Yoga is not a competition and so please don’t force yourself into a pose. I don’t want you to hurt yourself. This is a pose to work towards with patience, compassion, and mindfulness for any limitations your body has.
Tip of the Day: I am borrowing something my yoga teacher said today in class: “You cannot do anything wrong in this class”. And I thought that it was a great message because who would attempt an asana (pose) if they felt they were going to be judged or that they were “doing it wrong”? Sure, there are ways that are better or worse for alignment and entering/exiting a pose, basically the theoretical anatomy & practical nature of body mechanics which are not necessarily up for discussion (yes, you can do things wrong and get hurt), but I am talking about the spiritual, emotional, much deeper message: You cannot do yoga wrong.
Think about that. Where ever you are in your practice, on your path, on or off your mat, accepting and honoring where you are is a beautiful gift you can give yourself; free from judging yourself that you’re “doing something wrong”. Namaste, my friends!
Do you get caught up in judging yourself? Do you judge others? What has helped you judge others and yourself less? Anything special that’s worked for you? For me, after a decade’s long yoga practice, being married for a decade, and being a parent for 3 years, all those things have helped me realize that you cannot always control, know or understand why something happens like it does, or what someone else’s “story” is, so no sense in judging it or them. Is this something you’re working on? Easy or hard for you? Are you harder on yourself than you’d ever be on others?
Stay Tuned For Recipes and Good Stuff…