This week I received a set of songs that are best used for falling asleep. It means that there is quiet “white” noise playing such as wind chimes, crickets, or a thunderstorm, but there is a repetitive beat in addition to this white noise.
At first, I thought the beats were distracting or annoying, but soon I got used to them. I played the music for my husband and he barely noticed the beats. I think that is great since the #neurobeats are what gets one to sleep.
I’m going to keep trying the soundtrack over the next few weeks for both falling asleep and my morning meditation. If it’s calming at night, it must be peaceful during the day.
Very often, I find myself walking out of the house without brushing my hair. My hairdresser told me last year that brushing your hair everyday wasn’t recommended. Not brushing helps to prevent split ends and “wear and tear”. I took this as an excuse to go with the messy look and I often put it up in a clip. Most people would never notice. Or at least I hope.
Very often, I find myself walking into professional environments and feel the need to groom myself a little better. I keep a hairbrush in my purse for this reason and very often find myself grabbing it on the way into the building from the parking garage where I teach yoga. I teach 2-3 times a week for the employees of the company who create PomWonderful, Fiji Water, and a variety of other brands. If I look back on the last year, I have brushed my hair more often in their lobby than in my own bathroom.
This week, I got a new brush that has a hot pink handle and seems to have the latest technology in detangling. I love it because I can easily find it in my purse and despite my efforts to think more often of brushing it before I leave the house, it just hasn’t happened.
I love my job at Roll Global and I wouldn’t trade it for anything. The people are nice, the class level fits very well with my style of teaching, and I’m doing something that I love. I feel very blessed to have found this role and I am proud to lead their yoga program.
Thus, I’m going to make sure I look most presentable when I enter that building each time. I can’t promise that I’ll brush my hair before I leave the house, but I will most often get to it before I get there.
I realize that many people don’t love India. It’s a tough country for those coming from the west. It’s often dirty, super busy, and filled with poverty. I too have been caught with a case of DelhiBelly and it isn’t fun.
At the same time, I LOVE the people, the laid back atmosphere, and the overall feeling throughout the country that “everything is going to be okay”. The religious philosophy of the people spreads into their everyday lives and movements. They nod their heads with happiness from left to right and immediately a feeling of peace comes over me.
One of the most magnificent celebrations in India is Holi Week where people congregate on a field and throw powder paints at each other for hours. At the end of the day, you are covered in all colors of the rainbow and you can’t help but be happy. It’s a celebration of life and like one that is not seen in any other country around the world.
This week, I got a pair of silicone spatulas for the kitchen and which are called “Holi In the Kitchen”. I love them. Not only do they jump out at me when I open up the drawer filled with steel and other drab colors, but I feel happiness when I use them. They are light, great quality, and joyful. I feel like I am at a Holi celebration everyday.
This week, I received a bottle of Vitamin B12 in a lotion form that goes onto the skin and is absorbed externally rather than by ingesting a pill. I like it. It smells of peppermint and makes me feel like I just chewed a piece of gum. For getting pregnant, I’m going to keep using it.
When I teach a yoga class, there are often parts that I can leave out. Perhaps we don’t have time for a dedicated abs session or maybe the student has a head cold so we won’t go upside down, but the one piece of class that I always keep is Savasana (the resting part).
For me, this is the most important part. It’s the time of class where our mind can truly relax and rest. Without thinking about anything, I feel that my thoughts get organized. The most important ones jump to the front of my mind as I walk out of class and the less important ones get dumped into the trash.
The physical part of yoga was purely invented to prepare the body to sit for long periods of time in meditation. This is the sole purpose of the monks in India for creating the sequence of poses that we have today. As mentioned in previous blogs, I believe that sequence is ideal because it stretches and moves almost every part of the body.
So, when you go to your next yoga class, be sure not to skip this part. It’s the best part. It’s easy and I think you’ll feel better for it.
Here I am charging my iPod so that I don’t run out of energy. I want to ensure I have “resting” music to finish the class.
This week I got some wall hangings that I think are just the coolest. They say “You got this” and “Good vibes only”. They also include pretty pictures. I’m going to bring them to the yoga studio where I teach and put them up on the wall. I think it will be great to see them when we walk into the room and get on our mat.
These inspirational posters have become very popular over the last twenty years and I think it’s a good thing. People need some uplifting when they walk into a yoga studio, a conference room, or a private office. It reminds us to be our best selves and think positively.
Fortunately, the hangings that I received are modern and chic. Some of the posters from when the trend began in the late 1980’s are starting to look dated, but I appreciate their message. It may be time to update them, but it’s great that they are still hanging nonetheless.
The next time you see one of these inspirational messages perhaps it’s an opportunity to see what it’s saying to you, despite it’s sometimes dated appearance. Often we walk right past them, but their job is to be there for us.
Recently, there has been a lot of talk about compression socks and tights. I looked up an article that was not written by one of the companies manufacturing compression items and found this: http://ingoodhealthfdl.agnesian.com/2013/06/26/benefits-of-wearing-compression-stockings/.
In synopsis, it says that it’s great for heart health, knee support, and shin splints. Because I often twisted my knees as a child, I got a pair of thigh socks and have been wearing them under my yoga pants today.
First, I am pleased to report that I don’t have thick thighs. I ordered a large so that both my husband and I could use them. From my point of view looking down on my thighs, I feel I have larger than normal ones and thought the large would be fine. I was wrong. Yipee! The large size slides down after some time of walking around which makes me realize that I could use the medium. Lesson learned…when buying compression items, buy the correct size.
For the time that I was wearing them, I did feel like I was doing something great for my heart health. It makes me feel like my veins and arteries are supported and things are working better together.
Sometimes the name of a product just speaks to me. This happened when I got this spray for Maggie’s skin. When I saw the words “I love my dog“, I was sold.
Fortunately, the product is great too. It smells fresh and the ingredients list is obsolete of chemicals. I am happy to spray it on her liberally and see if it will help the skin allergy she develops in the spring every year.
The last thing that had me hooked was that Maggie didn’t mind it either. Although many dogs like to swim and play in water, Maggie hates the stuff and every time we need to get her wet, she walks in the other direction. Despite even having a strong lemon scent, Maggie doesn’t seem to mind the wellness product.
I’m now looking forward to finding products that are called “I practice yoga eagerly” or “I visit my family with glee”.
At the yoga studio that I manage, we have a lack of lights. It’s certainly a trend in yoga this year to do yoga in the dark, but I also feel that it’s also slightly too dark. I demonstrate postures often and when it’s too dark, the students have a hard time seeing the details of the pose.
Today, I got a string of lights that I hope is going to do the trick. They are tiny which I believe adds the delicacy that I was looking for. In my opinion, we want to add light without it being obtrusive or sharp.
I’ll let you know. I’ve learned that exercise often comes with a lot of personal preferences. Some people like it dark, some people like it light. Some like it hot, some like it cool, etc. The point of yoga is to get past these preferences and move forward with life despite possibly not getting exactly what we want at a certain time. These preferences are material things and often these items get in the way of our happiness. Deep down, we are content, but getting annoyed by certain particularities not necessarily going our way makes us often unhappy.
We’ll see. Until now, I’m going to try and get everyone some more light. I hope they like it.
Today, I got a new cell phone cover for my phone. It’s cool. It looks like a fun toy that I think I am going to enjoy. It’s for sure handy because I can use it to prop up the phone when taking photos and video. My dog Maggie is going to not love that, since she hates posing for photos, but the case is so sleek that maybe I can get away it!