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Posts Tagged ‘breathing’

Teaching teens Restorative Yoga

Two Sundays ago as I was rolling and carrying all of my props into my Restorative Yoga class (I teach Restorative at the fitness center in my community complex and bring my own props) a woman came up to chat with me. She said her daughter and her Girl Scout friends were learning about breathing and […]


Just Breathe

Breathing practice is a refuge. ~Richard (paraphrased) in last night’s yoga teacher training. In yoga teacher training class last night the first part of class was on back bends (baby back bends) and the second half was on Pranayama. Breathing. We focused on Ujjayi Pranayama. Over my years of practicing yoga I have learned how to […]


To live, to breathe

Breathing is important. In order to live we have to breathe, right? I love to share things I learn in yoga. I feel like I am always learning something new about yoga, my practice and my body. Months ago in Vickie’s class we learned about breathing into our intercostal muscles. I wrote about this new […]


My yoga practice

I write a lot about my yoga practice. Sometimes my practice is about exercise. Sometimes it is about connecting deeper with myself. Sometimes it is about breathing. Sometimes it is about endurance. Sometimes it is about remaining calm. Sometimes it is about getting stronger, physically. Sometimes it is about taking care of me. Sometimes it […]


Ms. Crabby Pants comes out …

… Work has been busy, exhausting, overwhelming, frustrating, etc. lately. Sometimes I deal with stress well and other times I don’t. I have been really trying to and focusing on practicing yoga “off the mat” while at work the past few weeks. Sometimes I am successful and other times not so much. I wrote about practicing […]


Just for me

I took an extra long weekend with having Friday and Monday off as well as Saturday and Sunday. I gave myself an extended weekend for a variety of reasons: I needed to get stuff done I don’t have time for in my spare time; I wanted to do some de-cluttering on our storage unit and […]


A good night’s sleep

From what I have read and what I I just know 7-9 hours of sleep at night is recommended and ideal. Because I get up at 5:30 four days a week I try to get in bed between 9:30 and 10. I usually have no problem falling asleep. A lot of time I am crashing […]


Just breathe …

Yoga class was a treat this morning. Even more than normal. I took a friend with me. Our friends Stefanie and Aaron are in town along with their teenage son and 4-year-old son. They are on their way to Disneyland. But stopped in the Bay Area for a couple of days. Anyway, Stefanie and I […]


Burning thighs … er … sore hips

  My work schedule has been a little weird this week. I worked from home yesterday. And today we were allowed to leave work a little early after being treated to an amazing seafood lunch. (See lobster photo to the left.) Yesterday morning I took a yoga class from the yoga studio, Namaste Yoga Studio […]


Just breathe …

One of the many benefits of practicing yoga is learning so many new ways to breathe. When I am aboard a plane and we are taking off I do what I call my yoga breathing, which makes me feel more relaxed and less nervous. When I get stressed out or irritated or upset I try […]