Health and wellness birthday gifts

For my birthday my in-laws gave me an REI gift card. I plan to use it toward a new yoga mat.I think Curt and I are going to go shopping this weekend.

I also got some cash from Grandma so that will go toward the yoga mat or a yoga block/brick. (Before each yoga class I take a little time for me. My back has been bothering me lately. So I do a supported bridge pose before each class starts.)

My Dad and Hilda got me a subscription to Yoga Journal. I am looking forward to start getting the magazine.

I also got a Nordstrom gift card from my Mom. I am debating if I should use it toward my health and wellness or just something super cute and super fun: like some awesome boots.

When I went on to the Nordstrom web site and searched “exercise” I found some good stuff and this. What the hell? Maybe if I was a wife on The Sopranos.

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Setting an intention

Keeping with the yoga theme this week, I want to talk about just one of the many things that I love about yoga … setting an intention at the beginning of yoga practice.

According to the Yoga Journal web site: Setting intention, at least according to Buddhist teachings, is a path or practice that is focused on how you are “being” in the present moment.

Many yoga instructors will have you set an intention during mediation at the beginning of your yoga practice.

Sometimes I set my intention toward someone else, sometimes to myself and sometimes to my actual practice. When I set my intention for someone else I feel that the energy of my practice sends healing energy to my family member, friend or myself.

Help me, please

Don’t forget that you can help me review some toner shoes by “donating” and voting for a shoe or shoes. Please see the post from Sunday.

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Yoga continually teaches me new things

I have been taking yoga consistently for two years. I truly believe that one never masters every yoga pose.

I continually learn new things about each pose and new things about my own body.

I am amazed that after two years I am still adjusting and improving my downward dog and making it better. It seems like such a simple and easy pose. But it is really very complex.

The more I practice yoga the more intrigued I am by it. Besides that it is an amazing workout that works on flexibility, balance, patience, stretching, etc. each pose has a purpose to your body externally but also internally.

This simple seated twist does all of this:

Benefits (according to Yoga Journal Web site)

  • Stretches the spine, shoulders and hips
  • Massages the abdominal organs
  • Relieves lower backache, neck pain and sciatica
  • Helps relieve stress
  • Improves digestion
  • Especially good in the second trimester of pregnancy for strengthening the lower back
  • Therapeutic for carpal tunnel syndrome

If you look up a pose on the Yoga Journal Web site there is a menu below the description. If you click on benefits it will list all the great things that one pose … Continue reading