And the winners are …

Thanks again to everyone who gave me their favorite and least favorite yoga poses.

Today I taught the sequence I wrote up of the favorite yoga poses. I will also teach it on Tuesday.

Then next Sunday and Tuesday (my last two yoga classes at Alameda Athletic Club) I will teach the least favorite poses sequence, which I still need to write up.

I received more favorite yoga poses than least favorite, which I take as a good sign.

Some people told me why they loved a pose or why they didn’t and some just gave me the poses.

If you told me why you didn’t like the pose I made suggestions to your comments on what may be going on or ideas on how to make it easier on your body.

This was a Comment Contest Tuesday and there were three winners.

As long as you made a comment on the actual blog post you got your name thrown into the drawing. If you made more than one comment you got your name thrown into the drawing more than once.

The randomly picked winners were Gail, Jen C. and Monica.

All three will receive (one already has) a box … Continue reading

Helping Brighter Beginnings

Curt and I support a variety of charities and different programs. Whether it be our alma maters, food banks, Planned Parenthood, Humane Society, organizations focused on children, etc.

One of the organizations we are passionate about is Brighter Beginnings, which works to support healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities.

Curt and I were invited to a fundraising event on Saturday night. Curt had other plans so I took a girlfriend with me.

Congresswoman Barbara Lee attended the event as well.

We had a good dinner, tasty wine and met some interesting people.

There was a raffle before dinner.

After dinner, a young woman who has benefited from Brighter Beginnings services spoke. She had her baby when she was 17. After having her baby she was a little behind in school. But managed to catch up and graduate with a 3.92. She was honest and well-spoken.

What I really loved about her is that she has taken her situation and the help from Brighter Beginnings and is paying it forward. She is a peer counselor to teach at-risk teens pregnancy prevention in East Bay high schools.

After she spoke the auction … Continue reading

Supporting kids, parents and families

We had a third challenge this month for Go Fit Girl’s June Monthly Challenge.

A challenge of the heart with a donation, preferably focused on children. But any sort of charity giving (whether monetary, time or material [clothes, books, etc.] donations) is awesome.

Brighter Beginnings is a local charity Curt and I like to support. We normally make monetary donations to them for Mother’s Day and Father’s Day and usually around Christmastime.

The website states: Supporting healthy births and successful development of children by partnering with parents and helping to build strong communities. Brighter Beginnings tagline is Every Family Matters.

I love supporting Brighter Beginnings. It’s a great organization. And we are helping so many children grow and develop (along with a few other charities we support).

(I probably shouldn’t even say this, but well, I am going to. I have had people call me selfish for choosing to not have children. Hmmm, it’s selfish to know you don’t want kids and not have them while being able to support so many other kids. Selfish?)

Every time I make a donation to BB  they  call me to thank me for my donation after it is made. And they are just … Continue reading