Terre Pruitt's Blog

In the realm of health, wellness, fitness, and the like, or whatever inspires me.

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch! SIX group classes a week!

    Nia: Tues and Thurs at 9 am, Fri at 10:15 am

    Yoga: Tues at 10:30 am and Thurs at 6:00 pm

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:15 am

    Please see my website for details! I sub for the City of San Jose and the YMCA so check my website for dates and times!

    I am also available for private Nia / yoga / Personal Training!

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Day Twenty-One Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 21, 2017

Tuesdays I teach.  I am a SJCity Fit Instructor and a Leisure Class Instructor.  I have two classes on Tuesdays.  Nia and Gentle Yoga.  So I get to my Daily 10 Minute Practice after my classes usually.

How about you?  When did you do yours?

 

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It’s A Bird, It’s A Cat, It’s A Dog, It’s A . . .

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2017

Dance Exercise, Nia, Nia in the City of San Jose, Nia classes in the South Bay, Nia Teacher, Nia Class, San Jose Nia, Nia San Jose, Nia workout, Nia, Gentle Yoga, Group Ex classes, YMCA, Zumba, Nia Technique, SJ City Fit, SJCityFitHave you ever wanted to fly?  Or lie around all day in the sun like a lizard?  Or jump six times higher than your height like a cat?  Or see what it is like to be the opposite sex?  Have you ever imagined any of this?  Have you ever just looked over at something and taken a moment to image being that?  Have you ever wanted to just see what it would be like?  If you could be a bird, dog, cat, boy, or girl for just one day would you?  If it was guaranteed that you would be safe and cared for would you want to see what it is like to be a house pet?  Would you like to experience – just for a day – being in the body of the opposite sex?  I have always been curious about flying.  I would be interested in seeing what it was like to be a large bird of prey.  And I would love to see how it is to really be a cat.  When I asked my husband he said he had never had any desire.  I found that very surprising.  So it made me wonder.  I thought I would ask.

Now, this is not about being happy or unhappy with who and what you are.  This is just a do you wonder kind of thing.  Have you ever wanted to just be a bird or a cat or a dog or a fish OR – just to see what it was like, not permanently?  Would you do it – just for a day or a few hours – if you could?  What would you be for a day or a few hours?

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Day Twenty Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 20, 2017

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Some people had today off work, some didn’t.  Which are you?  Here where I live it has been storming all day.  I use the term “storming” loosely, there has been rain, some hard, and a little wind, so it has been somewhat storming.  Hopefully whether you have the day off work or not, you are still getting in your time with your Daily 10 Minute Practice.

Check in here!

 

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Day Nineteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 19, 2017

Here we go, Sunday and still getting to our Daily 10 Minute Practice.  This is a three day weekend for many here.  Hopefully you can still squeeze in the ten minutes.  So how about it?

 

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Day Eighteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 18, 2017

Oh, so I don’t know what the weekend weather looks like, but I will say – yesterday – WHOA!  I think I have mentioned before that we have a VERY SMALL yard.  It is narrow and small.  So when the things in the yard blow around it is usually very windy outside.  Well, yesterday our tall grass/weeds were lying FLAT.  It was sooooo windy.  As I drove to Nia I saw so much debris in the streets. On our street it looked like snow because all of the blossoms were stripped off the tree.  On some streets I saw strips of palm trees.  On another street the street sign was barely hanging on the stop light.  It was crazy windy here.  We also received a lot of rain.

With winter weather still upon us perhaps it makes it easier for you to get to your Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Unless it has to do with gardening or being outside.  Well, check in here!

 

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Beautiful Blue Sky

Posted by terrepruitt on February 17, 2017

This was taken on a beautiful day in Los Gatos.  It was a super hot day, but it was still a beautiful day.  It was at a festival and we were sitting on the grass enjoying the band.  We were celebrating a friend’s birthday.  I laid down to enjoy the sky.  It was so blue and so beautiful.  Here’s for those who might want to see some blue sky.

Friday Photo.

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Day Seventeen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 17, 2017

It’s Friday.  Hopefully you will accomplish your Daily 10 Minute Practice today and it will send you into the weekend on a high note.  It is also Friday Photo day so I need to make sure to post that, too!

Have a great weekend!

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Day Sixteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 16, 2017

The Daily 10 Minute Practice day sixteen.  Remember this is your practice so you are doing something you wanted to do.  Is your daily practice something that has results that can be seen?  Are you seeing any results?

 

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Little Changes Could Add Up

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2017

So we are over halfway done with the Daily 10 Minute Practice.  How are you doing?  Are you really discipline and able to do it at the same time every day?  I have recently seen an article via Facebook about a Japanese practice said to end laziness called Kaizen.  The method is to practice something for one minute every day at the same time.  Since it is only a minute, the idea is that it is something easy to do . . . even if what it is you are doing is not easy or is unpleasant.  The fact that the task was done (even just for a minute) provides a sense of accomplishment and helps make the task bearable and perhaps even enjoyable.  With that theory, the tendency to increase the time doing the task is probable.  The theory also contains the idea that little changes can add up to big rewards.  So the practice is believed to be a way to end laziness.

There actually is an institute, the Kaizen Institute founded by Masaaki Imai in 1985.  Masaaki Imai is credited with bringing the practice of Kaizen to “the West.”  According to that website, Kaizen is more of a way to improvement.  According to the glossary on the website:

“Kaizen is continuous improvement that is based on certain guiding principles:

  • Good processes bring good results
  • Go see for yourself to grasp the current situation
  • Speak with data, manage by facts
  • Take action to contain and correct root causes of problems
  • Work as a team
  • Kaizen is everybody’s business
  • And much more!”

The Kaizen Institute is geared towards businesses.

Wiki says that “kaizen” is Japanese for improvement or “change for the better.”  Perhaps the people who say the practice of Kaizen is a way to end laziness might say that ending laziness IS a way of self improvement.

I am guessing that somewhere in Masaaki Imai’s book he described the practice of doing something for a minute a day and how that simple and small act repeated over and over every day at the same time could lead to improvement and possible better and bigger changes.  Perhaps he tagged it as a way to end laziness or perhaps over time it just has been presented that way.  Or maybe the practice of Kaizen is older than Imai, his book, and his institute and it really is the Japanese people’s way to end laziness.  Either way, I do believe that doing something that might help “improve” or “enhance” you in some way as a practice every day could lead to a big change.  It just depends.  If there is something that you want to improve upon and it seems like a BIG challenge, then why not start small?  Start small and let it build up.

So the ten minute daily practice is just a way of possibly doing that.  As I mentioned in the first post about it, I had several people mention to me that they wanted to do something daily.  Everyone had a different thing they wanted to do and the time ranged from five minutes to ten.  I’m still doing my daily ten minutes.  Although I kinda feel that doing it at the same time every day might be more beneficial.  I have not been able to nail that part down.  But I am getting in my ten.  I hope to not miss any more days.

How are you doing?  Have you seen that article that was posted on Facebook?  Are you familiar with Kaizen?

 

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Day Fifteen Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2017

Here we are on day fifteen of the Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Because February is a “short” month we only have 13 days left.  Perhaps after having done a daily 10 minute practice, we can carry it on, if that is something you want to do.   I should carry on my present one AND add “cleaning out” as a second one!

How is it going for you?

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