Christmas Day yoga

1-xmas-dayI will be teaching a special yoga class Christmas morning at OmBase in Hillsdale.

My Christmas Hatha Blend! class will be from 10-11:30 a.m.buffalo-soldier

Suggested donation: $10-$20. All proceeds will be donated to Standing Rock.

Spots are filling up, but there are still some openings available. Space is limited. Sign up ahead of time to secure your spot.

You can sign up by calling 503-922-3100 or going online.

We will have fun with our holiday-themed sequence as we will stretch, strengthen, open and relax the body and mind. We will end in a long and lovely savasana.

‘Buffalo Soldier’

Portland, Ore. artist, Ryan McAbery, has created “Buffalo Soldier” Standing Rock Bison Fundraiser (pictured at the right).

You can purchase an 11×14 signed print for $25. To order online, go here. You can also purchase the print at OmBase.

Ryan will donate 100% of the purchases to help pay for Standing Rock medical expenses and legal fees.

Happy, Merry Everything!

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Curbing sadness with yoga practice

This was originally posted on Nov. 10. I thought it would be nice to repost. This is a great sequence to do any time, not just when you are sad or have low energy.

Someone I care about has been sad lately. I want to help him. And anyone else who could benefit from this post.

So I did some research on yoga poses to help with sadness and mild depression.

In yoga teacher training on Thursday night we focused on forward bends. Forward bends bring your energetic level to calm and take your attention inward. The mind is quieted while in forward bends.

There are some forward bends in my Curbing Sadness practice.

And, of note, you don’t have to sad to do this practice.

Yoga poses have contraindications. So if you have health issues, please inquire before practicing.

And remember if something hurts or just feels wrong, don’t do it. Sensation is different than pain.

I did this practice myself. And I have to say it was very calming and relaxing. I felt well-rested after practicing.

From doing a little research, here is a practice I have written up to curb sadness/mild depression, which can be done … Continue reading

Curbing sadness with yoga practice

Someone I care about has been sad lately. I want to help him. And anyone else who could benefit from this post.

So I did some research on yoga poses to help with sadness and mild depression.

In yoga teacher training on Thursday night we focused on forward bends. Forward bends bring your energetic level to calm and take your attention inward. The mind is quieted while in forward bends.

There are some forward bends in my Curbing Sadness practice.

And, of note, you don’t have to sad to do this practice.

Yoga poses have contraindications. So if you have health issues, please inquire before practicing.

And remember if something hurts or just feels wrong, don’t do it. Sensation is different than pain.

I did this practice myself. And I have to say it was very calming and relaxing. I felt well-rested after practicing.

From doing a little research, here is a practice I have written up to curb sadness/mild depression, which can be done by beginners (and all levels):

  • Sukhasana (Easy Pose) Sit on folded blanket. Start with right leg in front and hold for 10 breaths. (If that’s too long, try five.) Switch to  left leg in … Continue reading
  • Unconditional love

    My brother, John, unexpectedly lost Sabu, one of his furbabies, on Monday.

    I lost my furbaby, Joey, about a year and a half ago and I am still so sad about it and completely heartbroken. (I wrote about it on the day he died.)

    Joey used to maintain a blog (mostly with fun photos) with the help of his mama and Curt. Curt helped him pen his last post once he was gone. Curt did a great job of working with Joey on that post as a lot of the memories were before Curt had joined our little family.  And I, of course, posted something to his blog as well after he was gone.

    The heartbreak and sadness of losing a furbaby is so painful. And I think the reason for that is the amazing and unconditional love that a furry family member can bring and show.

    Unconditional love by a furbaby is magical and beautiful and there is nothing else like it.

    I am so sad for John right now. The one thing I am grateful for is that he has two other furbabies, Foley and Grrry. They can help each other get through this … Continue reading

    Thinking furry thoughts

    Six months ago today our furbaby went to furry heaven.

    I had Joey for 17 1/2 years. Curt, Joey and I were a family for a little more than 11 years. My two boys started off with a love/hate relationship. Eventually it was love/love.

    Losing Joey has been one of the hardest things I have ever gone through. For almost my entire adult life he was in it. He was my first and only pet all my own. He was a constant in my life and around daily. His unconditional love was his greatest gift (as I am sure with most pets). His second greatest gift was what a cuddle bug he was. He fit perfectly in our house as we love to lounge and watch TV and movies.

    Joey kept people informed on what he was up via his blog. Curt even helped him with his last post, which went live the day after he died. (I just reread it and laughed and mostly cried.) I wrote my own farewell to Joey, too.

    Luckily my baby didn’t suffer for too long. And his health only really went down hill the last two months of his life. … Continue reading

    Eeek! Am I getting sick?

    Between being sad and in mourning over Joey, busy personally, busy as the year ends at work I am tired, stressed, drained, etc.

    I was at Target today shopping for my company’s annual toy drive. At some point I started to notice a slight sore throat. On the drive back to work I realized I was super tired.

    Oh no! Am I getting sick? It is very likely with everything I have going on right now.

    I was going to attend my regular Wednesday night yoga class. But I thought it was best to skip and rest.

    Next week at work I am taking an all day leadership training and have materials to read ahead of time. So I am trying to get through that stuff tonight as I should have already had this stuff done.

    For myself I believe if you think you are getting sick or you are sick to take it easy, try not to over do it and definitely don’t exercise.

    December is already a challenge for me in terms of lots to do, being busy, not exercising as much as I want and eating way too much crap. Now I can top on possibly getting … Continue reading

    Comforting … food, booze & mani/pedi

    Doughnuts, wine and cheesy bites. Can't get much more comforting than this.Every day gets a little easier with my Joey gone.

    When I am sad or depressed or even stressed I turn to food and alcohol. It’s not the healthiest option. But there are much unhealthier choices.

    I took yesterday off from work. I just took it easy. I lounged around and watched movies. Eventually I went to the grocery and picked up some treats for myself.

    In the early afternoon I headed to Galaxy Nails for a mani/pedi. They give the best legs and arm/shoulder massages. I was in heaven. (I used to get mani/pedis pretty regularly. But in an attempt to save money I have been holding off.)

    After that I grabbed a slice of pizza and a side salad and walked back home. I came home and found a movie called In America on, which I had seen a preview and wanted to watch.

    Eventually I got going on the dishes and cleaning up the house a bit as I hadn’t gotten much done over the weekend.

    I had my cheesy bites and wine for … Continue reading