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?

I’m glad you enjoyed the yesterday’s post about all the mail I received while I was goneYes, indeed, I did get alot of stuff!  Everything from Holiday Cards

 
Close up of Christmas Cards
Multiple Christmas Cards
Hand written card with sample of GreenSuperFood

to Lovely Gifts that Bloggie Friends Sent

 Card that says Go Dairy Free
 
Bowl of Spiced NutellaNote with ingredients in Spiced Nutella

to some Product Reviews

Two jars of Pace Picante Sauce
Two Refresh Bars

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!

But let’s move on to recapping this past week’s eats, treats, and events!  If you missed last week’s recap, here is is.  Check that one out for tons of great Aruba vacation, food, and fun pictures!

Sunday Gena of Choosing Raw talked about Tips for Digestive Health

Photo of digestive system

And I posted Sunset and Vacation Pics

Woman and young girl embracing and smiling in front of water feature
Young girl in swimsuit in front of bushes
Woman standing on beach at sunset smiling

Monday I showed you pics of All the Great Food we Ate

Mixed salad with vegetables 

 

Fruit and bread pieces on plate

Like Kale, Broccoli, Cuke, & Cauli Salad with my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

 Mixed green salad with vegetables topped with Homemade Slaw Dressing
Overhead of jar of Homemade Slaw Dressing

Close up of salad with Slaw Dressing

To Cool Birds we watched

Two birds in a cage
One Bird in a cage


And all the Fun we Had at the Beach

Young girl playing in sand on beach
White sandy beach with people and boats in water

 

Beach and ocean with boats and people in water

Tuesday Deb of Smoothie Girl Eats graced us with a hilarious post about how to fold a yoga mat

Smoothie in cupAnd I got thirsty for one her amazing smoothies!

And Skylar and I hit the Beach

White sandy beach with people in water
Woman and young girl in bathing suits on beach smiling

Wednesday I Made a Vegan Stir Fry

 
Vegan Stir FryClose up of 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.

 Close up Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

And Broke a nearly 5 Year Dry Spell with a Peach Pina Colada

Pina Colada with cherry and slice of pineapple
And it was amazing
Woman at beach bar holding drink

As it whispered in my ear: Drink Me Now!

Pina Colada in plastic cup with straw

 

Close up of Pina Colada

And Showed some Aruba Trip Finale Pictures

 
View from patio onto beachYoung girl playing in sand at beach
Close up of Pina Colada with Cherry and Pineapple

On my Chaise Lounge

Woman on Chaise Lounge in bathing suit drinking a drink

Oh sorry, too much skinI’ll cover Up.

Woman on Chaise Lounge with towel drinking a drink

Thursday we traveled back to AZ and at 1am I went on a crazed fruit & veggie grocery shopping run

Outside Whole Foods Market
Diced up pineapple
Young girl in carseat smiling

And this was because US Customs confiscated all my food!   How dare they take my broccoli & fresh produce!

 
Vine Ripened TomatoesBag of Italian Salad

And gave you another Recipe for my Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing

Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing with ingredients
Overhead of Vegan Slaw Dressing in Jar
Lidded Jar of Homemade Vegan Slaw Dressing
 

Friday I posted about all the mail and goodies I received in December

One Christmas Card with Photos

 

Christmas Card from Blogger Friends
Truwhip coupon
My Sweet Vegan Book

Saturday I went to the mailbox and was happy to find a card from Gina! Thanks to The Fitnessista & Pilot for brightening my day!

Christmas Card of Woman and Man

Last night for dinner I ate (another) Kale Salad.  Bekah and I wonder if we should continue to post our kale salads since we eat them daily.  Abby, I think you’ve got the same “problem”, right?

Kale salad with Mixed Vegetables

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!

Close up of Salad with Vegan Slaw Dressing

On the side, I had a couple of Flackers that I won in Michelle of Lucky Taste Bud‘s Give Away awhile back.

Hand holding one Flackers Cracker

Dehydrated food, it’s “a good keeper” as my grandmother used to say.

Close up of seeds in cracker
Hand holding one Flacker Cracker
 
Side view of Cracker

And the stats are great on flax seeds

Ingredients on Flackers Crackers
Nutrition Facts on Flackers Crackers

But the taste rocks!

Close up of one cracker

Dessert (i.e. Midnight Snack Time) was a Prana Bar

Prana Bar

Just what I like to see: Organic, Gluten Free, & Vegan

Close up of Prana Bar label

Stats and the 1st three ingredients are organic cashews and organic almond butter, followed by organic date paste.  Yum!

Nutrition Facts on Prana Bar

Naturally Sweet, very pliable, super moist, chewy, doesn’t fall apart. 

Hand holding Prana Bar out of package
 Prana Bar out of package

Pretty much an amazing bar!

Prana Bar split and half and laying on top of each other

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.

Woman doing Kapotasana yoga pose

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…

 

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