Last night I took a full hour and a half of Restorative Yoga. It was amazing. And it was a great way to ease back into exercise after not working out for a week because of my cold.
According to the Namaste Yoga web site, Restorative Yoga is: Gentle yoga and passive restorative postures to open the body, quiet the mind and move into a deep sense of relaxation. A meditative time to cultivate awareness of body breath and mind, this class is recommended for those experiencing stress, recovering from injury or illness, and anyone seeking a gentle class to unwind, relax and renew. This class is appropriate for beginners.
In class last night, we did three poses in an hour and a half and they were all on our back. We used lots of props: blocks, blankets, sandbags, bolsters. It was truly amazing. This is similar to a pose we did last night, but with many more props.
The instructor talked about the class being a reset button. It was a great way to end the weekend and prepare myself for the new week.
Last year (yes, it has been many, many months) I asked my readers what they wanted to know or any questions they had for me. I am slowly researching and getting through the questions. And if you asked me a question, I haven’t forgotten and I will get to it.
Penny wanted to know “if those funky tennis shoes–the ones that are kind of curved on the bottom, so that your heel goes really far down as you walk–really work or not?”
I am willing to try out a pair of “toner” shoes to see if they really work or not. But they are spendy and not something I would normally want to buy on my own.
So, my dear readers, I have done a little research and have come up with four possible shoes to try out. But I need some help to buy the shoes.
Here is what I propose: Read the minor descriptions of the shoes I have picked out. For every dollar you donate to me you get a vote on a shoe. For example, you donate 5 bucks you get five votes and you can use those votes all on one shoe or more than … Continue reading
Don’t stop believin’ … music can make you happy.
I keep hearing this Kaiser Permanente commercial on the radio, which talks about how music makes us happy.
And it does. A song can come on and totally change my mood. I can be driving to work early on a Monday morning tired and kinda bleh and then all of a sudden a fun and good beat comes on and I am rockin’ out. There are the few songs that I hear that make me sad or really reflect about something in my life. But for the most part, most songs put me in a good mood or keep me in a good mood.
And since I am on the this mini research kick I thought I would see what I could find online from some experts. (This is what happens when I am stuck at home recuperating from my mini cold.)
According to WebMD, if you make music, that can help you reduce stress. Apparently casual music-making can short-circuit the stress response.
According to eMedExpert, music can have positive effects on pain management. The article also states that music is one of the few activities that involves using … Continue reading
This whole week I have had a mild cold. I have tried to be careful to take care of myself. I have gone to work every day as I didn’t feel I was sick enough to stay home. I have gone to work every day and then every evening I have come home and lounged and watch TV/movies before I had to go to bed. Just taking it easy.
I think yesterday was the worst day of my cold. I feel better today. I am still tired and congested. But I am on my way to better health.
Regina, friend and co-worker, brought up my post from yesterday. So somehow it got me thinking about today’s topic: Should you drink alcohol when you are sick? (I am having a much harder time finding legit answers.)
From familydoctor.org: Ways to Treat Your Cold and Flu Symptoms: No. 5 Avoid Alcohol
On About.com: Feed a Cold, Starve a Fever: Do not drink alcohol. It will dehydrate you and interact with many over-the-counter medications.
Since I am having problems finding legit answers to my question, I rephrased on Google: Does alcohol kill germs when sick? From this article on associated content … Continue reading