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Foot Cramps – OWW!

Posted by terrepruitt on March 6, 2017

Muscle cramps are awful, especially when you are exercising and totally focused and then you get a cramp.  You could be in a yoga pose, feeling all zen, then the next thing you know – you are in pain.  Muscle cramps seem to affect everyone so know that you are not alone if it is happening to you.  I was told a long time ago that a muscle cramp COULD be from trying to recruit other muscles to do the job.  I cannot remember the specific details of the cramp I would get, but I do remember thinking, “Yeah, that sounds about right because what you are having me do is very difficult for me, so I can see my other muscle trying to do the work.”  It could also be that the limb is in an unusual position and it causes a cramp.  Or it is gripping too hard.  Seems to me that the most common muscle cramp I see is in the foot.

The poses that cause the cramps range from standing balance poses to sitting poses.  So the pose that causes the cramp is not all that common or the same, but a foot cramp seems to be the most common.

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Then there are some nutrients that might be causing the issue if there is a deficiency.  Not enough potassium, calcium or magnesium could be the cause of cramps.  Perhaps having a banana before class could help.

Cramps could also be caused by lack of blood to the muscle or a compressed nerve.  So sometimes just moving the foot can help relieve the muscle contraction.

Movement that might help prevent cramps in the feet would be to point and flex the foot and circle the ankle.  Move the foot with the hands.  Take the foot in both hands and just manipulate it.  Move the foot all ways, bending and straighten out the arch, move each toe – remembering that the foot and ankle are made up of 26 bones and over 100 muscles.  Try to affect them all.  You want to ensure the foot is warmed up and ready to serve you.

The second thought that comes to me when someone has a cramp is: pinch your nose, the septum to be exact – really hard.  Most people look at me really odd.  But I learned that a long time ago when I had a cramp, someone told me to do it.  Recently someone else agreed with having heard that before, too.  I guess when I am having a cramp I pretty much am willing to do anything to make it stop so pinching my nose and causing pain elsewhere sounds good to me, as long as the cramp stops.  And, it usually does for me, I can’t get anyone else to try that method.  🙂

So, the other alternative is to move, as I mentioned before – perhaps get the blood flowing back to the muscle or perhaps relieve the pressure.  Also, massaging the foot might help.  Try relaxing the foot, sometimes that painful contraction happens during a standing balance pose so there are times less gripping of the standing foot can help.

There are things that can be done to hopefully help prevent the foot cramp and to relieve it when it happens.  But if it does happen know that you are not alone.  If it happens ALL the time, then it might be a good idea to see a doctor to make sure there is not an underlying cause.

Do you get cramps when you exercise?  Do you get cramps when doing yoga?  Is there a specific pose that leads to your muscles cramp?

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Dancing Metal Children

Posted by terrepruitt on March 3, 2017

Last year we saw a play.  It was good. It was a two-person play.  Those are always interesting.  It was called The Velocity of Autumn.  A friend had given us tickets.  It was at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts.  We had planned for a lot of traffic, and surprisingly there wasn’t as much as we had thought, so we arrived very early at the theater.  They weren’t even letting people in.  So we walked around a bit.  I liked this sculpture that was on the grounds.  I chose to think of them as children dancing through the flowers, although it does look like they are walking.  But it could just be part of the dance.  I thought I would share it as a Friday Photo.

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Somethings Are Best Kept In The Dark

Posted by terrepruitt on March 1, 2017

So recently I decided to start spraying my shower with a daily shower spray.  It was just constantly just so icky.  I couldn’t clean it often enough.  I used to spray it daily, but then I stopped because I was always in a hurry when taking a shower.  Well, I still am in a hurry when taking a shower, but it seems easier – to me – to invest my time in daily keeping the shower clean, then spending an hour or two one to two times a month trying to clean it.  So I bought some daily shower cleaner . . . and it was awesome for several reasons:

1 – it worked
2 – it smelled great
3 – the sprayer is huge and it covers a lot of area so it is actually faster than some of the other daily shower sprays I purchased.

But I wondered if I could make it.  And, of course, it can be done.  There are a lot of recipes out there on the internet for homemade daily shower spray.  The ingredients vary a bit, but it seems like the most popular ingredient it rubbing alcohol.  Then there is vinegar and/or hydrogen peroxide.

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But the real point of this most, you have probably heard it before, as have I, but I never paid attention to, or heard the WHY?  What I am talking about is how hydrogen peroxide needs to be stored in a dark bottle.  It shouldn’t be exposed to light.  Well, since so many recipes call for it so many websites remind us of that.  So I decided to look up why.  You might know, but I didn’t.  The Human Touch of Chemistry website has a nice little article on hydrogen peroxide.  At the very end – THE VERY END, actually the very last sentence – states the reason why it is store in dark bottles.  It says:  “The brown tint of the bottle prevents light being absorbed by the solution, preventing the oxidation and reduction reaction.”  It basically becomes ineffective.

The article was pretty interesting though, with other facts.  So perhaps you will click over to check it out.

So do you use a daily shower spray?  Which one?  Do you make it yourself?  If so, what is YOUR recipe?

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Day Twenty-Eight Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 28, 2017

Last day.  I missed two more days.  I was gone this past weekend and I just forgot.  Out of my regular routine.  Trying to deal with dad stuff.  So much stuff to deal with, I just forgot.  Well, I got my Daily 10 Minute Practice in on Monday, and I plan to do it today.  But then again, I was planning on doing it Saturday and Sunday too . . . I hope you are doing well with it.  This IS the last day!  But perhaps you will be continuing . . . I’m gonna try.

I just have to get better at being “ok” with missing a day.  But not so ok that I just start skipping a lot of days.  There is a fine line, right?

Any plans to continue?

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We ALL Make Mistakes

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2017

I don’t often post about current events.  I want my blogs to be timeless.  🙂  But tonight as it approached 11:00 pm and I had not yet posted anything and I was doing dinner dishes some questions popped into my head.  How long have the Oscars been going on?  Had no one, in all of those years, ever made a mistake?  Are the current procedures at the Oscars a set up for people to make mistakes?  What is up?

I don’t know about you but my mind wanders a lot while I am sudsing, washing, and rinsing dishes.  Sometimes I come up with brilliant plans only to have completely forgotten about them by the time I am done doing the dishes and have dry enough hands to make notes of such brilliance.  But tonight I was so curious.

Were the procedures so different in past years that the mistakes could not have been made?  I don’t watch the Academy Awards so I didn’t even see it, but it was such a big thing that my Facebook feed was full of it and all of the radio stations that I listen to were talking about it (or so it seemed as I pressed every button to get away from it).

Were there never mistakes before or was it that it was filmed on a delay so we didn’t see the mistakes?  Were they able to edit them out?  But now that there is Twitter and Facebook live and all types of ways for the award show go-er to post it live or record it, the Academy has to come clean?  Or is it that there IS such things as Twitter and Facebook that the Academy wants everyone to be “talking” about it that they set this type of stuff up?  I mean, again, I don’t even know what Steve Harvey announced wrong, but I know that he announced something wrong and we are STILL talking about it.

As I mentioned, I don’t even watch the show – I don’t have network TV – but I know about it because my entire feed on Facebook was commenting on it.  Then this morning all the radio stations seemed to be talking – or at least mentioning – about it.

I wonder if it had to do with the fact that their audience seems to be dwindling?  According to Time.com, there were 4 percent less people watching than last year.

I’ve heard the “explanation” that there are two envelopes and the “wrong” set was grabbed.  But who is in charge of the envelopes?  Who is in charge of the “grabbing”?  In the past 89 years how is it that the “envelope giver” or the “envelope grabber” has never made that mistake (or was it not broadcast?)?  So odd.

What do you think?  Or more importantly, do you care? 

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Day Twenty-Seven Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 27, 2017

Today is MONDAY.  I am filling in for another instructor so I am teaching Nia today.  Normally, I don’t have a class on Monday, but today I do!  Yay!  I’ll be doing my Daily 10 Minute Practice after class.  Probably later in the afternoon.  When will you be going yours?

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Day Twenty-Six Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 26, 2017

SUNDAY.  Get your Daily 10 Minute Practice in!  You can do it!  I’m gonna squeeze mine in.  Gonna be a busy day . . . but I’m gonna do it!  How about you?

 

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Day Twenty-Five Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 25, 2017

We are into the weekend.  Try to keep up with your Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Perhaps do it early so you can tackle your day.  Or perhaps doing it after you are done with your day is the way to do it.  Again, that depends on so many things, right?  A meditation might be nice to help start the day right.  Or a quick little workout.  But on the other hand a meditation might be a nice way to end the day and help with sleep.  It just depends . . . but you can still do it!

Did you get your ten minutes in?

 

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A Fresh Scent For A Friday

Posted by terrepruitt on February 24, 2017

Isn’t this cute?  I received this from a friend and Nia student for Christmas last year.  She found the little purses and filled them with lavender.  They are really cool because the top is velcro so the lavender can be replaced when needed.  I just love it so much.  I thought it was so cute I wanted to post it.  The sequins make it sparkly and you know that I love the sparkles!

I am sharing this cuteness as my Friday Photo.  How was your Friday?

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Day Twenty-Four Of Your Daily Ten Minute Practice

Posted by terrepruitt on February 24, 2017

Ahh, Friday.  Do you love it?  I hope that, even though you are excited for the weekend, you take time to do your Daily 10 Minute Practice.  Start that weekend off grand!

Hanging in there?

 

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