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Hiding In Plain Sight

Posted by terrepruitt on February 19, 2021

Great Camouflage. I love this because if you just glance you might think it is all shadow.

He was just hanging upside down enjoying the sun and allowing me a Friday Photo opportunity.

Did you have to look twice?

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A Few Ways To Use Yoga Blocks

Posted by terrepruitt on February 15, 2021

When I taught yoga in person, I taught at places that did not have props. I feel it is perfectly fine to not use props while doing Hatha Yoga, in fact, I think sometimes it is better not to have them, but sometimes it is nice to use them. Whether you use them or not could depend on what you want to get out of your practice or in our case we didn’t have them. What we used as a prop was a chair. There are a lot things that can be used as substitutes for yoga props. But wait, what is a yoga prop? There are several common yoga props and now-a-days with yoga being a multi-million dollar business there are hundreds of yoga props you can purchase. The ones I think of as “common” yoga props besides a yoga mat itself are yoga blankets, yoga blocks, a bolster, a strap, and an eye pillow. In this post I am doing to show you some ways you can use a yoga block.

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Once you decide on which ones to get you will notice that they have three “levels”; high, medium, and low. In some of the photos I am demonstrating two of the levels in one picture. You may also notice that my hand it not always in the correct position – if I were actually doing yoga – because I am using a remote to take pictures. And in some, yes, I cut off my head because it is about the blocks.

 

 

In a lunge, a triangle. and extended side angle you can see how it can be used to “bring up the floor”.https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/50947969378_643da99045_b.jpg

A block can be used to rest your head in a wide angle forward fold or a child’s pose.

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A block can help with alignment of the hips in a pigeon by supporting the hip/butt of the bent leg from underneath or help with a stretch by support the hips in a bridge.

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Blocks can be used (remember there are different levels) to help support knees in a bound angle. In this pose you can not only change the levels of the blocks but the placement . . . they can be closer to the hips to allow the knees to be higher, closer to the knees allowing for a more intense stretch in the inner thighs, or anywhere along the leg. A block can also support your knees in a supine twist. This helps when the knees can’t reach the floor and allows the shoulders to stay connected with the earth.

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Blocks can help raise the shoulders in a Downward Facing Dog. They can also bring up the floor and sometimes be higher than your heels in a camel. Again . . . remember blocks have three different levels that can be used.

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Some people like to sit on them to raise the hips in sukhasana or maybe even straddle a block for Thunderbolt (not pictured). And there is always something like a supported fish or shavasana.

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There are many, many, many ways to use blocks, this is just a small sample, and with many of these a bolster can be substitute. If you don’t have blocks sometimes a pillow or a towel can be used. A small sturdy box might work too, it really depends on what pose it is being used for.  With teaching classes online many people have the opportunity to use their own yoga props or things around the house.

I like to teach and practice the idea that yoga is not really done to get into a pose in a specific way, it is practiced to sense the body.  The body may never get into the pose as it was supposedly “supposed” to be, but we can practice with intent and gain many benefits along the way.

Do you use yoga blocks in your practice?

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Looking From The Tower

Posted by terrepruitt on February 5, 2021

Wow, Friday are already.  The first Friday in February.  As a reminder Teagan means beautiful and that is why she is named so.  Here is my beautiful Teagan (beautiful Beautiful) for today’s Friday Photo.

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Coloring Daily – It’s A Log

Posted by terrepruitt on February 3, 2021

Seems like many of us are doing new things. I know when we were originally told to stay home last March many people started new things, many of us started “wearing many hats“.  But this new month seems to have us at it again.  I thought I would do a Daily Log check in.  I really am happy being able to color it in daily.  In the original post I had made a key for the colors I would use for a specific thing in January, but then — as you can see — it somewhat ended up being primarily one color.  So I have switched to just using any color when I have gotten my exercise/movement in for the day.

The set of gel pens I received for Christmas has different types (glitters, pastels, metal, etc.) so what I decided to do is use one group for a month . . . at least for February.  I am using the metal set of eight.  We will see how that goes.

I am wondering how the poor paper will look in a few months.  I am trying to be gentle with it, but it is paper after all.

How about you?  Anyone joining me with this color in daily log?

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February 2021

Posted by terrepruitt on February 1, 2021

So, it is February . . . already.  Time is so weird.  In some respects it flies and in some respects it drags.  So, I am having to do some things – business-wise and I am trying some new things personal-wise.  What is up with you?  What do you have planned for February 2021?  Or what do you think is in store?  What are you looking forward to?

While I don’t think anything HAS to be “up”, nor do I think one has to have plans, I just thought I would ask because I seemed to be busy and I see a few things brewing so some people and there seems to be some excitement in the air.  So . . .tell me . . .

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Black And White Memory

Posted by terrepruitt on January 29, 2021

A memory for a Friday Photo . . .

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Sometimes Ya Just Need A New One

Posted by terrepruitt on January 25, 2021

I broke down and bought a new phone/pad stand. I have one that I have had for years and still use it. It is simple and it folds “flat”. I love that. I didn’t use it that much so I had trouble opening it because I couldn’t remember how it opened, but I have been using it a lot these past 11 months, so opening was not the issue. Moving it was the issue. I have been using my phone to take some classes where the instructors have us going up and down and so I keep moving my phone. And it collapses very easily so every time I moved it, it would collapse. With an iPad or a laptop it doesn’t need to be moved that much because I can see it when it is up and I am down and vice-versa or whatever, but a phone is a bit small to see sometimes. Or when it is up on something but at the “wrong” angle for viewing from the floor. Now some of you may think a stand is silly, but I have talked to many people who have one or wished they did now that so much of what we do is online. There are SO many types of phone/pad/tablet holders out there. I am happy I got a new one.

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This one is blue . . . of course. And it moves in multiple ways. It is sturdy AND stays at the angle I put it in. I just got it so hopefully it will stay this tight and not become loose and collapse. It folds “flat”. I am excited to use it later and not have to stop the playback so I can open the stand every time I move the phone so I can see.

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Last April when we were told we were stuck at home for longer than they original said we started Zooming with some friends every week and her cat would knock her iPad around so I ordered her a pink stand that folds flat. The folding flat is a big deal to me because I feel it is easier to store and carry around if need be.

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As I said there are all types of stands. I have another one that is fine when I am not moving it around, but this one will work great being moved quickly. It will not collapse and will sit nicely without a lot of futzing.  Sometimes ya just need a new one to have it work the way you need it to.

So . . . you? Do you have a stand to hold your device while you watch something or read a recipe while cooking?

UPDATE:  February 03, 2021

I have actually used this every single day since i have gotten it.  It is exactly what I needed.  As I mentioned the other one is fine, but when I pick it up it collapses and this one is sturdy so I can pick it up and quickly move it.  It is great!

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Beauty In The Sky In July

Posted by terrepruitt on January 22, 2021

This was from a July sky.  I haven’t seen a sky like this in awhile it seems.  I’m posting one for today’s Friday Photo so I can see.

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Many More Than I Knew About

Posted by terrepruitt on January 18, 2021

So, if you are on Facebook you may have experienced the situation where you look at something on the internet, or you talk to someone about something, or you click on something and the next thing you know all the ads on your Facebook feed are that thing.  Have you had that happen?  Two of the last four things I had that experience with surprised me with how many different ones were out there.  Recently my feed has been full of fake eyelashes – as you may know, nail polish, tiaras, and stationary bikes.  The two things I didn’t realize there were so many of were the fake eyelashes, the magnetic kind and the stationary bikes.  Well, these are not the ordinary stationary bikes, the kind that are just bikes that don’t go, these are the kind that have a monitor attached to them and where there is some sort of monthly subscription to classes that you get roped into.  I used to see the commercials for Peloton on TV all the time, but we are – thankfully – primarily watching shows without commercials.  But it is me looking at the Peloton that got me into this bikes-on my-Facebook feed situation.

I really thought that Peloton was the ONLY bike that had live classes you could “attend” and that was why and HOW it was so expensive.  I thought they had the market cornered, but NO!  Wow, there are a lot of bikes out there that have subscription based classes.  I had NO idea.  Do you know the type of bikes I am talking about?

The Peloton is a stationary bike — it goes NO WHERE — that has a monitor on it and you can ride it as you take live classes.  I am not going to get into all that each of these bikes has to offer, I am just throwing out some info and the fact that there are these bikes.  As I said – I HAD NO IDEA.  Peloton has different bikes and different levels of subscription, but one of their bikes is linked up to where your bike responds to what the trainer in class is setting the levels at.

There is the NordicTrack which has a lot of scenic rides and the bike actually goes up and down.  So if you are riding up a hill it gets more difficult (from what I understand) AND the bike inclines!  So you can feel like you are actually riding outside.

There is a bike called the CAROL bike it looks like it has its own subscription or you can use Peloton digital.  CAROL website says: “AFTER THREE “CALIBRATION RIDES”, CAROL GETS TO KNOW YOU AND EXACTLY HOW HARD TO PUSH YOU.

CAROL’s algorithms calculate and instantly apply the exact resistance you need to reach “supramaximal” power. In each ride, multiple metrics are measured. CAROL re-calculates the resistance in your next ride to reflect your progress and ability.”  WHOA!

There’s the Pro-form, Echelon, MYXFitness, Stryde, and Bowflex . . . . these are just the ones I am seeing on my Facebook feed.  I did a quick internet search and so many more came up.  I had no idea!

I guess I am just amazed that there are so many.  I didn’t realize there were so many people that like to ride stationary bikes.  It seems that many of the memberships include classes other than just spin (old-school name) classes, some have yoga, stretch, stretch, and more. Some of them, like Paloton, NordicTrack, Pro-Form, Echelon, and Bowflex have equipment other than bicycles that also tie into their class memberships.  So with some of the platforms you don’t even have to buy any of their equipment, you can just become a member and do their workouts.

I also guess that with gyms being closed in many places these types of things have become more popular.

So QUESTIONS . . . I want answers, please.

Have you heard of Peloton?  Have you heard of NordicTrack?  Have you heard of any of the others ones I mentioned?  What ones have you heard of that I have not mentioned?  Do you have a stationary bike?  Do you have a treadmill?  Do you every get inundated with ads on Facebook from something you looked up on the internet or just talked about?

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Under The Christmas Tree Is Where I Will Be

Posted by terrepruitt on January 15, 2021

Hundreds of pictures of the cats. Here they are under the Christmas tree again. I have found that a tree on a table seems to work well for all of us. It is off the ground out of the cats on-all-fours-eyesight, it allows them their treasured spot in the sun, it allows room for a lot of presents, it just works for us.

They will be happy tomorrow when the tree is gone and their tower is back in its place.

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