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

  • I teach Nia, yoga and stretch!

    Nia: Thurs at 9 am

    Yin Yoga: Mons at 11:30 am

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

    Stretch: Thurs at 10:30 am

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Oh What A Christmas Tree!

Posted by terrepruitt on December 27, 2019

I posted this on Facebook already, but everyone thought it was gorgeous so I wanted to share it here as my Friday Photo.  I didn’t ask permission so hopefully they won’t mind.  My aunt and uncle always have a BEAUTIFUL tree.  It takes days to decorate and the ornaments are just fabulous.  This year it was just as spectacular as the years before.

I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas.  Here’s to the New Year that is around the corner.

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Keep That Smell Coming

Posted by terrepruitt on December 23, 2019

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The other day I was burning a three wick candle that we had inherited from a friend. It doesn’t have a scent. My current favorite candle stopped burning, but it still had a small layer of wax at the bottom of the jar and it still smelled GREAT. Well, I decided to shave the wax into the three wick. Ahhhhh, YES! Success! I was able to smell the scent by having it melt in the three wick candle. YAY! Now I can eek out some more of this lovely winter aroma until I can get to the store to get more.

Not only do I like to continue smelling the fragrance I have enjoyed from candles that stop burning, I feel like I am not wasting so much when I use these methods to get more out of the candle. With the shaving method I will be able to use all the wax, but with the other method I am not sure it will melt away.

If you are really crafty I am sure you can melt the wax from your favorite candles and give them new wicks. I haven’t gotten that determined yet.

So . . . am I the only one that wants to use up the last of that wax and keep smelling the candle scent or do you want to, too?

Remember to follow all instructions on candles and use common sense and be safe when burning candles!

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Glittering Bright

Posted by terrepruitt on December 20, 2019

I was thinking of painting some gifts this year, but I waited until the last minute.  Not smart.  Someone might see their gift here, but probably not.  I was happy how they turned out.  The glitter is especially fun.

I am sharing my hand painted snowmen candle holders for today’s Friday Photo.

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Give The Gift Of Air

Posted by terrepruitt on December 18, 2019

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This type I first saw at Big Dog Winery. It is cool because you can aerate the wine by pouring it first into the carafe, and then pouring it back into the bottle. Some people love to serve the wine from the bottle. It helps with having to remember what wine it is you are serving because the bottle is right there. If you like you can serve it from the glass carafe itself.

I believe that aerating the wine helps soften it and I find myself enjoying red wine more.

It is a fun process too! Once you become confident that the carafe and bottle won’t tip over. I still like to hold them just to be safe.

Do you know anyone that drink red wine?  Do you drink red wine?  Do you aerate your wine?

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Christmastime 2019

Posted by terrepruitt on December 13, 2019

It’s Christmastime!  YAY!  I love the decorations.  This year our tree, while beautiful, is not a good ornament holder, so many (MANY!!!!!!) of our ornaments did not make it on the tree. But we still LOVE it.

Here is a glimpse of our 2019 Christmas tree for today’s Friday Photo.

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Paired

Posted by terrepruitt on December 11, 2019

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, SJCityFit, City of San Jose Exercise Classes, Cambrian Yoga & Cardio Dance, CYCD, Yin YogaAs you may know I have been listening to books lately. The annoyance of having to be in the car for 50 minutes because of traffic when it actually only takes 20 to get there is lessened when there is a story that is captivating. I have an older car. I love my car.  At first I was just using my phone to listen . . . as I said my car is older so it doesn’t have Bluetooth. And my phone works sometimes . . . I mean, it is sufficient sometimes, but some readers use low tones or whispers for some of the voices and they can get drowned out by road noise. And some roads are really noisy and drown out the reading even when they are speaking in their regular voice. So my phone didn’t work for some books.  I started just having a speaker in my car, but either the aux cables were cutting out or the Bluetooth was. The place that we buy accessories from had a sale not too long ago so I decided to buy a transmitter.

Once having reached that decision I actually looked elsewhere online and found the one I was looking at cheaper elsewhere so I was happy. And while it is not great because of the light rail and other frequency interfering things around here, it is ok. Most of the time it is fine. It great when I am on the freeway. It is just mainly at stop lights and by my house – where the light rail is – where sometimes I have to turn it off because the interference is just too much.

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Because I use my phone for my Nia music it is important that I have it. I also use it for music when I teach yoga, but yoga does not rely on it. If it weren’t for my music it really wouldn’t be that big of a deal when I forgot my phone, but it is a bummer to get to class and not have it.

I assume the thing works with the actual phone, as in for phone calls, but I don’t have the need to talk on the phone while I am driving at this point. I just use it to listen to Audible and to make sure I have my phone.

Does your car have Bluetooth? Do you have a device for Bluetooth?

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Excited For Corpse Pose

Posted by terrepruitt on December 9, 2019

I recently taught a class where it was requested that I split the class. The facilitator wanted me to teach half of it as Nia and half as yoga. As we were getting up off of our mats at the end of class, one student said, “What happen? Why did you cut it short? Normally it is longer?” A couple of us stopped and asked, “What?” She repeated her questions and to us it sounded as if she was saying that we usually went until 1:10 because a few of us answered her with, “No, we always end at 1:00.” She clarified that she was saying that shavasana is usually ten minutes and she was asking why I cut it short. I was so happy. With the split class I thought that they would want a shorter shavasana so they could do more active yoga. I was so surprised.

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I was so excited to hear that these students enjoyed shavasana. They were disappointed that it was not as long as it usually is.

After the class the facilitator and I were discussing the class and I mentioned that some people were disappointed because shavasana was cut short and she shared that the employees had told her that they really enjoy shavasana. I am so happy about that.

I often hear that shavasana is one of the most difficult poses. It seems that society has proclaimed that people always have to be busy, they have to be DOING, so it makes sense that shavasana is such a challenge. Some people have so much pain and discomfort in their bodies that is it difficult for them to lie on their back* and be still for some time. And some of us have that busy “monkey mind” so it is hard to quiet it. Often times when the mind can’t be quieted the body can’t either. If neither one can be still it makes shavasana very difficult. So it can really be a pose that needs practice. So I was excited to hear that some students actually look forward to the time we allow for it.

I am looking forward to this week and being able to give them the time they look forward to each week.

*Shavasana is done in corpse pose or IS corpse pose . . . which is lying on your back . . . I instruct students on how to do the pose, but always encourage those that have pain or who are uncomfortable to get into a comfortable position so that they can be still and enjoy the benefits of stillness of the body and the mind.

What about you?  Do you enjoy shavasana?

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Teagan – Bright Eyed Girl

Posted by terrepruitt on December 6, 2019

While looking through some photos I found this from last year and wanted to post it.  I really have so many pictures that I want to post, especially pictures of the cats, that is why I get annoyed when I miss a Friday like I did last Friday.  Here is Teagan with here bright eyes for today’s Friday Photo.

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Bye Bye Bugs

Posted by terrepruitt on December 4, 2019

So it seems like not every time, but sometimes when it rains really hard or when it is really hot and dry we get ants. I am not a fan of ants and certainly not a fan of them in the house. Like I said we don’t get them all the time, but maybe every other year or so during a heavy rain. Sometimes they can be thwarted, if you see that first one you know they are scouting and the rest may be on their way. So sometimes, when you get that first one (or first few) you can stop the invasion. But sometimes you just walk into a room and it is like there is a surface moving. UGH! I am not a fan! With pets it is real pain to get rid of the ants because we want to be careful with what we use. A couple of years ago I came across Diatomaceous earth. I remember we were having a particularly difficult time with the ants so I was going to try something different. Well, I ordered it, but I didn’t get around to trying it. I was happy that I remembered I had purchased it so I could try it this time.

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I am not a bug killer (I have my husband do it 🙂 ), sometimes I will rescue a spider. So normally I don’t like to watch things die, but I wanted to see if the Diatomaceous earth would work and I wanted to see if it was true. Bugs with exoskeletons can be killed with it. Ants, bed bugs, fleas, roaches, and earwigs can be killed with Diatomaceous earth yet – FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth can be consumed by mammals.

I wanted to verify it killed ants before I sprinkled it in the two affected areas of our house. The next ant I saw was my victim. And, yeah, he just kind of jerked around then stopped moving. So did the second one. So, I sprinkled it in the two areas I thought the ants were coming in.

Diatomaceous earth is dirt rich in silica and is made up of fossilized remains of single-celled and siliceous organisms called diatoms.  So in order for it to be safe for your pets it must be FOOD GRADE Diatomaceous earth. The FOOD GRADE kind contains less than 1% crystalline silica. The industrial or non-food grade Diatomaceous earth has levels of crystalline silica that can be harmful to pet and humans.

Now, having white powder around the house where little paws can get it is not really that great, but at least it is not poison.

And . . . so far so good, no ants.

Do you get ants ever? What do you do to get rid of them?

Not to detract from my quick, short post, but . . . . I actually asked my husband what title to give this.  I was going between the one you see, wanting people to know it was about more than just ants and this one, which I think is catchy – The Ants Stop Marching One By One, Hurrah, Hurrah.

And he came up with a trendy one – The Mandiblorian – Bug Killer and, as a fan of Bob’s Burgers – Now You See Them, Now They’re Dead – catchy phrases on the vans.

Which one do you like?

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Go Ahead And Skip Those Medical Screenings

Posted by terrepruitt on December 2, 2019

I just read an interesting article that suggests that certain routine medical tests are somewhat unnecessary after a certain age. Now, I believe the article (and subsequent information I have seen on the internet) is stating just having the test just because it is routine is not necessary. If you are feeling unwell or have any type of symptom or if you have one of the diseases in your family history that they think can be hereditary . . . of course have a test, but the information is talking about the recommended regular testing that comes once you reach age 50. The idea is that after 75 there are fewer benefits to the tests than when you are under that age.

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The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) has no conclusion as to whether women over 74 should continue with the biennial mammograms, but a European study reported that the benefits of mammograms are limited. It further suggests that mammograms may lead to overtreatment and that the side effects are too risky for some women. Again, I believe they are talking about women without health risks and without a family history of breast cancer not needing the test every two years.

The PSA test is not recommended by any medical group past age 70. The USPSTF issued a statement in May of 2018 stating the benefits of the PSA test for prostate cancer did not outweigh the harm that may be caused in men over the age of 69. As I have been mentioning all along . . . if you are at risk or you feel you need this test make sure to get one.

If you have had three negative (for cervical cancer) Pap smears in the previous 10 years after age 65 a Pap smear is no longer something needed. Again, this is a personal and individualized issue . . . if you want to continue with this type of testing that is between you and your physician.

So you could be opting to opt out of these tests at a certain point.  Seems like, unless they are necessary, there are other things we could be spending our time doing.  Sounds good to me.  Sometimes I think the regular testing and screening – without cause or evidence of it being necessary – can cause so much stress and worry it could actually result in disease.

What do you think?

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