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Cuing Three Different Ways

Posted by terrepruitt on May 3, 2017

When teachers cue students as to what asana to do and how to move in a yoga class, they can use three basic ways to do it.  The three basic ways to cue are Anatomic, Sensory, and Imagery.  Most of the time you will find, when you are in a yoga class, the teacher uses a mix of all three.  Other types of classes might stick to just one form, but yoga and Nia use all three.  Different ways appeal to different people.  With the three different ways it can also elicit different responses in the body.  I thought I would share in a few posts different poses cued with the three different styles.

With strictly anatomic the cuing is all about the body.  Instructing on how to move a body part and where.  Using the body and its parts as destinations (move your arm up to your ear).  With sensory it is all about what you are sensing (feeling) in the body (move your arm up, yawning open the side of the body).  And with the imagery the movement is connected to the imagination or thought (lift your arm as if you know the answer in class).

Parivrtta Parsvakonasana (Rotated Side Angle)

Anatomic
Step right foot forward into a lunge, knee centered over ankle.  Rotate your torso moving your left shoulder towards your bent knee.  Rest your left elbow on your right thigh.  Your left leg remains straight or you may bend the knee and rest it on the floor.  The front of your left leg is getting the stretch.   Bend your right elbow bringing your right hand to meet your left hand in the center of your chest.  Or you can twist further to your right, letting the left triceps can press against the outside of the right knee.  No matter how far your twist your gaze is to the area on the right side of your knee.  It could be on the floor on the right of the knee or on the wall to your right.

Sensory
Step right foot forward into a lunge, allowing you to sense an elongation in your left leg.  In addition to the stretch sense the strength in your left leg keeping it straight.  Sense the stability in your ankle as your right knee is centered directly over it. Pull your torso to the right, letting your right shoulder lead, as you sense your left shoulder moving towards your right leg.  Place your left elbow on your right thigh.  Take a deep breath encouraging your chest to remain open.  If you think you would be more stable with your left knee on the ground, you may lower it down.  If your twist is deep, you may notice your left arm as it seeks to press against the outside of your right leg.  Your right arm bends allowing your hands to come together with thumbs resting in the center of your chest.  The energy in your right shoulder keeps pulling your shoulder back to help deepen the twist, you may feel your left triceps on your right thigh.

Imagery
Imagine taking a big step with your right foot over a puddle.  The puddle grows as you are stepping so you end up in a lunge.  Your right knee is bent and your shin is straight up from the earth, with the knee centered over your ankle.  You’ve missed stepping in the puddle and you are keeping your left leg straight so as not to touch the water.  You notice a beautiful rainbow out of the corner of your right eye, so you turn to look.  You want to get a better look so you gently rotate your torso towards the bright colors, allowing you to place your left elbow on your right thigh.  The puddle has miraculously dried up so if you want you can place your left knee on the earth.  Your right arm bends at the elbow and your hands meet at your heart center.  You bask in the beauty of the rainbow.

Is there a particular type of cuing you are fond of?

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WHOA! Releasing Tension In Psoas

Posted by terrepruitt on May 1, 2017

So this past Sunday I took a workshop at Mind Body Zone yoga studio in Fremont that was called Core Release and Restore™.  This is the second time I have attended this workshop.  It was so fascinating to me the first time I just had to do it again.  It is very educational.  The first part of the workshop is lecture, then the second part we move.  The presenter Joanne Varni first talks about the psoas muscle.  She sets the stage for the movement part of the class.  She first explains what type of muscle it is and what it should be like in a healthy state. She talks about how it is a muscles that is primal and instinctive, how it works with our brain and nervous system.  She explains how, because of that, it is hugely affected on the levels of BMES (Body/physical, Mind/brain, Emotional, and Spirit/energetic).  She clarifies how stress (all types) affect this muscle.  Then she instructs us through movements that can help bring some relief to our psoas and iliopsoas muscles.

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This was my second time doing it, so it was weird, but since I was expecting it, it wasn’t as odd as the first time.  But this is what I wrote after the first time:  “It was sooooo weird.  My legs were just moving on their own with no sensation.  It was so odd.  I mean, I have had my limbs shake from being weak or fatigued while I was doing something and that has a sensation (to me), but this was just waves of tremors.  Like an earthquake.  It was so odd.  Fascinating.  Yeah!  That’s it.  REALLY fascinating!”

Joanne specializes in helping those with trauma (including PTSD) and has attended and completed her Level II certification in TRE™ (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises) with Dr. David Bercelli. She is also certified as TSY teacher (Trauma Sensitive Yoga).

Keep in mind that this is called both Trauma Release and Tension Release.  So not everyone has trauma necessarily, but we all pretty much have tension.  Even it we don’t have stress, because of our lifestyles (in that we sit in chairs) we have tension in our psoas and iliopsoas muscles.  So while Joannes does not feel these muscles needs to be strengthened she does feel they need to be released and lengthened.

If you want to see a video example of the TRE™ (Tension & Trauma Releasing Exercises), you can click here and go to Joanne’s site where she has a video.

It is so very fascinating how our bodies hold and store tension and trauma.  I would recommend this class to anyone that is interested in helping their body cope with the stresses of living in our bodies.

Have you ever heard of this technique before?  Have you experienced this technique before?

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Little Blue Bird of Happiness

Posted by terrepruitt on April 28, 2017

This is the Little Blue Bird of Happiness.  He is little and he does make me happy.  A friend gave me this.  It came with a little piece of paper.  I kept the paper, of course, but I don’t know where it is, of course.  But I am pretty sure it talked about the Blue Bird of Happiness.  This guy is so cute.  He is no bigger than a dime.  He is TINY.  He is so cute, he does make me happy.  I had him on the counter, but my husband suggested I put him elsewhere.  Just in case our cats were somewhere they shouldn’t be doing something they shouldn’t be doing.  That could result in the loss of my little bird.  He is so cute!

What do you think of my little bird?  I thought it would be a nice Friday Photo.

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The Birds And The Bees

Posted by terrepruitt on April 26, 2017

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I don’t remember sitting down and reading it with my mom or my dad.  I don’t remember talking to them about it.  But I do remember having asked if I could look at it at least once.  I remember it was on a shelf in the living room.  But I don’t remember anything else about it.

I didn’t remember how long it is.  It goes through the “bees” part of the “Birds and the Bees” first.  Then it gets to the “birds” part, as you can see, using a paper chicken to help illustrate the explanation.  Then it goes onto dogs.  I did not photograph the entire dog section.  Nor did I take pictures of the entire human section.  As I said, I didn’t remember how long it was.  Originally, I was thinking I would take pictures of the whole thing to post, but I was thinking that it was just a few pages.  Ha.  Much longer than I remembered.

The pictures are not great, but I am not really trying to have you learn about the birds and the bees here, I am just trying to show you this little book.  I didn’t show the end, I figured you knew how it turned out.  I am just sharing this blast from my past.

Anyway . . . how did YOU learn about the Birds and the Bees?  Do you remember how old you were?

 

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Turning Off “Recommended Videos”

Posted by terrepruitt on April 24, 2017

Ahh, just a quick post today as it seems that the day flew by and I didn’t even notice.  It started out good this morning.  I thought I was doing good time-wise, but then the next thing I know it, my cat, the little one, is whining.  I thought, “What?  Why are you whining?”  And I looked at the clock and it was a few minutes after 6:00.  We feed them at 6:30, but when she whines for food, I will feed her because she is the little one that could use to gain a few pounds.  I have noticed that she will whine before feeding time and if I don’t feed her she will eat the dry food.  Then when I do put the wet food down she is not hungry and the other cat will eat it all the wet food.  So I stopped what I was doing to feed them.  I am feeling very behind (in regards to my to-do list) and it is already 6:30!  So . . . just a quick post.  How do you feel about “recommended videos” on Youtube?  When I am on Youtube and I am watching something, I don’t mind them so much because often times it is something interesting.  Plus there is the option not to watch, of course.  But I don’t care for them on my blog.  I mean, I post something that I want to share with you, but I don’t necessarily want to share the recommended video.  I don’t even know what it will be.  It could be something I don’t really want on my blog.  So anyway . . . if you are posting a video from Youtube into your WordPress blog you can turn off the recommended video, if you want.

If you don’t want the recommended videos to show up after your video is finished playing when you embed a video in your WordPress blog, you just have to add ?rel=0 at the end of your video URL like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MJOGgGHb_Xk?rel=0

Not sure if you are interesting in turning recommended videos off when you include a Youtube video in one of your blog posts, but I thought I would share with you in case you might be.  Perhaps you hadn’t thought about it before.  Well, now that you know you have to option to turn it off, perhaps you can think about it and decide.

What are your thoughts?  Do you care?  Would you turn it off now that you know you can?

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A Yellow Rose

Posted by terrepruitt on April 21, 2017

I looked outside this morning when a squirrel came to ask for nuts.  When I looked outside I saw this beauty.  I told myself that I needed to remember to take a picture of it.  I was thinking I would use it for my Friday Photo today.  Then I thought I shouldn’t do that because I just did a flower photo.  But, I didn’t JUST post a flower photo, it was two weeks ago.  And it IS the season.  And I did say that I would be posting a lot of flowers, cats, and birds . . . so . . . here ya go.  A beautiful rose from our yard.  I decided to cut it and bring it inside.

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A List of What Can Be Recycled In My City

Posted by terrepruitt on April 19, 2017

Recently I noticed that the plastic pour spout on the milk cartons containing the milk I buy had gotten larger and I wrote a post about it.  I was somewhat annoyed because it seems to me that the amount of plastic used to create the spout was wasteful and then for it to have gotten larger, just didn’t make sense to me.  A friend who reads my blog commented that in her area that is the part of the carton that is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I told her that our entire carton is not allowed in the recycle bin.  I explained that my husband and I used to put milk cartons (after having rinsed them out) in the recycle bin, but a friend had told me they were not recyclable.  I didn’t believe her so I looked it up.  It turned out that she was right.  So we stopped putting milk cartons in the recycle bin.  But with my friend saying that she could recycle them, I decided to look it up, yet again.  And, alas, they are now recyclable.

There are many reasons that could be and I don’t KNOW why it is.  I can guess and say that the recycling facility is now able to process them or it could be that they are made differently.  Either way, I KNOW that at one point they were not because I looked it up after having been told so.  But now they are . . . so . . . we will adjust our recycling once again.  I didn’t see anything on our list of “allowables” about the stupid plastic pour spout not being allowed, so the whole thing is going in!

I copied this information from the City of San Jose’s website and put it on one list so you won’t have to click several times to read it.  (You’re welcome.)

Cans, Cartons & Glass

Examples of cans and cartons
When recycling cans and cartons, empty and scrape all containers and flatten cartons and boxes.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Beverage cartons and boxes (e.g. juice, milk, cream)
Tin, aluminum, and steel cans and lids
Food and beverage cans (e.g., soda, tuna, soup, pet food)
Empty aerosol cans

The following must go in the garbage can:
Foil pouches
Straws

Examples of glass
When recycling glass, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Glass bottles and jars (all colors)

The following must go in the garbage can:
Ceramics
Cookware
Drinking glasses
Incandescent bulbs
Mirrors
Windows

Other Recyclables

Examples of polystyrene

All polystyrene foam materials go into the garbage.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Cups
Plates
Egg cartons
Packing “peanuts” (tie securely in plastic bag)
Take-out containers

Scrap Metals
Metals should be clean and dry.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Clean aluminum foil and trays
Small metal appliances (e.g. toaster, waffle iron, blender)
Keys
Metal lids and caps from glass bottles
Metal pots and pans
Empty paint cans (let paint dry out, then remove and place in garbage cart)

Examples of scrap metals

The following must go in the garbage can:
Hangers (wood, metal, plastic)
Hardware
Bolts
Nails
Nuts
Screws

Textiles
Tie clean textiles inside a clear plastic bag when setting out for recycling.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:|
Clean cotton, linen, polyester, rayon, and wool fabrics
Blankets and sheets
Clothes

The following must go in the garbage can:
Boots and shoes
Carpet and rugs (cut into small pieces)
Disposable diapers
Down-filled items
Leather
Nylon
Pillows
Rubber
Stuffed animals
Vinyl
Electric blankets

More Information on Special Stuff
See also Special Stuff for items which are not collected in the curbside recycling program or have other unique handling requirements.

Paper & Cardboard

Examples of paper and cardboard
Recyclable Paper & Cardboard
When recycling paper or cardboard, flatten boxes and secure loose material (e.g. shredded paper) in clear plastic bags. Cut large boxes small enough to fit loosely inside the recycling cart. If you have more cardboard than your cart will hold, flatten and cut it into pieces no larger than 4 feet by 4 feet and lean them against the cart.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
Cardboard
Catalogs
Cereal and cracker boxes (remove liners)
Egg cartons
Envelopes (plastic windows OK)
Gift wrap (no metallic / foil)
Magazines
Mail
Newspaper
Newspaper inserts and advertisements (glossy OK)
Office paper (e.g. construction paper, printer paper)
Paper bags
Shoe boxes
Shopping bags (remove handles)
Telephone books

The following must go in the garbage can:
Carbon paper
Padded or Tyvek® envelopes
Paper soiled with anything such as motor oil, paint, or food/grease
Paper take-out containers
Photographs and photo paper
Pizza boxes
Thermal fax paper

Plastics

Examples of plastic Recyclable Plastic
When recycling plastic, empty and scrape all containers.

The following CAN go into the recycle bin:
All plastic items labeled 1 through 7 inside the chasing arrows.*
Compact disc cases
Detergent bottles
Flower pots
Hard plastic toys
Juice and milk jugs
Large reusable water bottles
Medicine bottles
Shampoo bottles
Polyvinyl chloride (PVC) pipe
Soda, water, mouthwash, and mustard containers
Spray bottles
Squeezable bottles (e.g. honey)
Yogurt and margarine tubs

*Return clean plastic bags to grocery store for recycling. Soiled plastic bags and polystyrene foam goes in the garbage cart.

The following must go in the garbage can:
Bubble wrap
Compact discs
Credit cards
Disposable diapers
Hangers
Hoses
Polystyrene foam
Pools
Shoes
Soiled plastic bags
Tarps
Toys
Utensils

According to this list, my husband and I are doing to have to make a few adjustments to what we put in our recycle bin.

What about your area?  What can you recycle?  How does your city’s list the compare?  Are there any things on here that are a surprise to you?

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More Of Heart Shaped Things

Posted by terrepruitt on April 14, 2017

Ha!  I’ve been holding onto this one for a long time.  I took this back in September of 2014.  See what I mean about having photos that I want to post, but don’t know where.  I remember having noticed this – it looks like a heart to me – because there had been a slew of pictures from people seeing hearts in things.  I was so excited to have finally seen one.  But then when I looked at it as I was going to post it I thought I was really reaching to see a heart.  What do you think?

Well, it is at least worthy of a Friday Photo.

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2017 – Tax Day, Tuesday, April 18th

Posted by terrepruitt on April 12, 2017

In case you didn’t know I thought I would let you know.  If you are like me and you wait until the last minute then you might really appreciate having the extra day.  I am talking about when the taxes are due this year (2017).  The tax due date, April 15th, falls on a Saturday this year, so that would automatically make the due date Monday, April 17, 2017.  But this year, there is a holiday to thank for the extra day.  A holiday, what holiday you might ask?  Well, I did, too.  I initially saw the tax date on my tax forms (What?  Oh, when I said I wait until the last minute I meant I wait until the last minute to prepare my paperwork to take to my tax person with whom I have a standing appointment.  So SHE keeps me from being last minute to the government.)  So the paperwork that I was having to deal with said that taxes were due on Tuesday, April 18, 2017.  I didn’t understand why, I know the if-the-15th-falls-on-a-Saturday-or-Sunday-roll-to-Monday-rule, but the 15th is on a Saturday so I didn’t understand why there was an extra day to file.  Well, it is Sunday that is a Holiday.  So, that means, MONDAY is the “observed” holiday.  With this holiday the closest business day is the “observed” holiday.  So when it falls on a Sunday, it is observed on a Monday.

Holiday?  What holiday do you say?  It is DC Emancipation Day.  The day Abraham Lincoln signed a bill ending slavery in the District on April 16, 1862.   It would be another nine months before the Emancipation Proclamation was signed freeing slaves in the confederate states.  So this holiday, which was signed into law as a holiday in 2005, is a city holiday and not a federal holiday, so only the local government in Washington DC is closed.

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According to an article on WhiteHouseHistory.org, the celebrations for this holiday have come and gone and come back again.  And according to all the information I have found* on the internet, the celebrations and parade for this holiday took place on Saturday, April 8th.  Some saying due to Easter also falling on Sunday, April 16, 2017.

I love how we move things around to make it work.  That is what my mom used to do.  We celebrated Christmas when we could all get together.  We celebrated our birthdays when we could all get together.  It didn’t really matter the day, it was more about the celebration.

Anyway . . . there is just a little information as to why tax day in the U.S. is being delayed a few days.  But, really, you know if feels so good when they are done.  So get them done.  By now it is only a few days early, but it will still feel GREAT!  Good luck!

*Washington’s Top News
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The Goodness Of Brussels Sprouts

Posted by terrepruitt on April 10, 2017

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RAW, Brussels Sprouts, according to United States Department of Agriculture Agricultural Research Service

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per 100g (about one cup)

Protein     3.38grams
Carbohydrate     8.95 grams
Dietary fiber     3.8 grams
Calcium     42mg
Iron,     1.40mg
Magnesium    23mg
Sodium     23mg
Zinc     .42mg
Vitamin C     85mg
Pantothenic acid     .309mg
Vitamin B-6     .219mg
Vitamin K     177.pg

Vegetables and food in general is cooked way differently then when I was a child.  There are many different ways — that are common – for things to be cooked.  I am a fan of roasting.  Probably not the best way to do some vegetables in order to get the most out of their nutrition, but it is supper yummy.  And so easy.  I just wash them, cut them, if necessary, them put them in the oven with a timer.  I don’t have to stir the pot or pan, or fuss over them . . . too much.

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According to The World’s Healthiest Foods website Brussels sprouts have been the focus of almost 100 studies published in the database at the National Library of Medicine in Washington, D.C.  And over half of the studies have to do with cancer prevention.  They are believed to help detox our bodies, as well as provide support to in the form of antioxidants.  They are thought to help with inflammation by helping with excessive inflammation and the prevention of it in the first place.

The World’s Healthiest Foods website does start out by saying that the best way to get the cardio vascular benefits of lowered cholesterol from Brussels sprouts is to steam them.  It has to do with compounds in the vegetable binding better to acids in your system when the veggies are steamed.

Brussels sprouts, a cruciferous vegetable, are a good source of fiber and that is often helpful.

So, it is good to eat your Brussels sprouts.  Do you have a favorite Brussels sprouts recipe?  How do you eat yours?

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