Google+ June 2015 - Yoga, Pilates & My Vegan Life
Feed Your Face, Awesome Anti-oxidant Rich Foods, Better than Botox Asanas, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 7 and the Final Week Ahead!

Feed Your Face, Awesome Anti-oxidant Rich Foods, Better than Botox Asanas, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 7 and the Final Week Ahead!

Feed your Face– Before I became a vegan, I spent the better part of a year on The Salmon Diet. Basically, you ate salmon at least twice a day, and berries, melon, and dark green leafy veggies, and not much else. Maybe almonds or walnuts, and occasionally oatmeal. I can tell you that my face never felt better! While I am generally prone to dry skin, and aging and changing hormones have made that worse, on the salmon diet my skin felt moisurized all the time, even without moisturizer. And the skin on my whole body felt tighter, and toned. While my salmon days are over, if you eat fish, and would like to give it a try, the details are here: http://www.perriconemd.co.uk/dr-perricone-diets-the-3-day-diet/ Now that I’m a vegan, and espcially this year after such a harsh winter, and even more aging and changing hormones, and sun, and pollution exposure from yoga and running outside, I’ve noticed my skin really needed some help. I wanted to try to replicate the effects of the salmon diet with some high omega 3, high antioxidant foods that would accomplish that. So here is my “eat as much as possible” list… Avocado Berries Chia Seeds Cruciferous Vegatables Flax Greens Melon Olive Oil Soy Walnuts   Most of the foods on the list are old staples,  but chia seeds are a new food for me, and I’m just figuring out how to use them. They are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, and have actually been around for a long time.  Chia seeds are native to South America, and the word chia in...

Courage and Vulnerability, Married at First Sight, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 6 and the week ahead

Courage and Vulnerability When my youngest daughter was still in elementary school, asbestos was found pervasive in the walls and ceilings of the building. The decision was made to undertake its removal during the school year, so for several months they transported the entire school, about 300 students, to a new high school that was not fully occupied yet, some distance away, but still within the large boundaries of our school board. They organized all of the kids into new bus routes, with fairly long travel times, set them up in new high school classrooms, and set aside an area of the school parking lot to be their playground. As my daughter was telling me this after the first day of the new school set up, of sitting on the bus for over an hour, of having recess in a parking lot, I was really upset. But it wasn’t like that at all. The kids loved it! Squished together on the bus, they formed all kinds of new friendships, with kids in other grades, with the new bus driver.  At recess in the “pen”, everyone found new, creative ways to hang out together. They bonded and made new connections, up close interactions that while forced upon them, turned out to be really positive. They were actually sad to go back to the old routine of the old school. Because, despite all of the ways we have to communicate with each other, nothing can replace just hanging out and getting to know someone. Back in the olden days when I was single, there was no internet or cell phones, and...
Finding your Focus, Festival of India, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 5 and the Week Ahead

Finding your Focus, Festival of India, and Ready to Run Recap – Week 5 and the Week Ahead

Trying to stay focused, while teaching yoga in the real world, and thinking up the next blog post   Sometimes we start seated, and sometimes we start lying down, and once in a while we even start in child’s pose, but I always start my classes with the same general message, to let go of everything outside, and to focus inward and on yourself. And once we begin to brea the, and have a few moments that are quiet, even for the busiest people, it seems possible. Unless they are faking it, which is also possible. But I really do get the sense that my students are engaged and very present. And I remind them that if thoughts do come into their heads, not to engage them, and come back to the breath. And we’ll begin to practice, being very centered and present. And then it will happen, I’ll think of a pose I really wanted to get to in this class, or the next thing that I should blog about, and despite teaching almost every day for quite a few years now, I’ll make a slip. I’ll mix up the left and the right (that one happens a lot, especially if the room has mirrors), or mix up a body part, and just for a moment, I’ve lost my focus. And to my students it has happened to, sorry! Since starting this website, it’s been very exciting to have a space to share all of these thoughts that I used to just be alone with. I’ve always been a bit of a thinker, and I’m old enough to...