Slowburn Yoga April


Friday, April 10, 2015

Oh I have some new songs for my april playlist that I am excited to share. 

Igniting the Spirit
All those pretty lights, Andrew Belle, 

Up and Down, Chad Valley
The Fall, Imagine Dragons
Funky Nassau, Federico Scavo
If I play your game, heymen

Thuder clatter, wild cub
say it, royksopp and robyn
Beast in the belly, Zomboy

Bones, Dustin Tebbutt
Rapture at Sea, Eastern Sun & John Kelly
Farewell (Since this is my last month teaching at Dragonfly)

Sacred Space
What if we are grateful for everything. Starting on our bellies. Feeling the belly rise and fall. Heavy on the mat. Grateful for being here in this moment. Closing eyes, breathing. 

Ignite the Spirit
Baby Cobras slowly building yourself up to full up dog (5-7x)
Added heat, push up to top of pushup, chattarunga down (3-5x)
Down Dog
Stack hips, wag dog, bend knees

Sun A
Grab wrist side bend R&L
Forward fold
Half way lift

Sun B
R Arm reaches back of the room, chin follows
L Arm reaches back of the room, chin follows
Stand up tall chin rises to ceiling
Forward fold
Half Lift
Warrior A Right
Vinyasa in between
Warrior B Left
Back to the top

Sun C
Knee to nose
3 legged dog
Warrior A
Warrior B
Clasp hands behind back, look up inhale, exhale shoulder comes to inside of knee
dragonfly twist
extended side angle
yoga walk to the back
revolve triangle
half moon
revolve half moon
start back on the left
flow on their own after three times walking them through

Abs and Logs
Alternate straight legs touching the floor until hovering 2 inches off the mat
top of a plank to down dog, fire hydrant leg out
pigeon in between sides

spinal twist before savashana 

waterfall is what center for yoga calls this. its one of my favorite heart opener and hip openers. it feels amazing. students sometimes are hesitant to try this, but once they start flowing, you can tell they really feel it. 

a little this a little that


Thursday, April 9, 2015

Google stepped up their home page lately. have you  noticed? i particularly was impressed with their choice last week with Anna Atkin botanical print.

 Did you see President Obama floated the idea of mandatory voting in the country? some people are so clueless to who is even running, do we want people to vote because someone looks cute or looks like that person's race? people do forget what a privilege it is for us to vote. women too! there was a time we weren't even allowed to do it. it's an interesting debate...

Who is excited for baseball season? Spring! Hot dogs! Legs sticking to the stadium seats! Sunnies! Cold Beer! David Price starting is going to make an awesome april. Thank goodness for moving back to michigan where we can watch all the games again.

Time outs or Time ins? I have been reading Positive Discipline lately, and this Time article and study really is tied closely to this book. Since our kid has some struggles identifying feelings, i think I might try this...

knowing that this summer, shoes will become tighter with the heat, i still think these would be a great flat for church, dates, famers market, shopping with some sisters. sported them this past week and i have been crushing hard...

Easter threads


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

hope everyone had a delightful Easter weekend. We spent it with colds, cranky, chocolate filled toddler. I swear candy is poison. Let's just say we don't bring out the candy often. So over indulging happens. Everett mosied out to the living room Easter morning and found his basket with cookies and chocolates. This was at 5am. Kid didn't nap the day before and he went to bed at 6 Saturday night. Holy smokes.

Church and breakfast were quite the struggle. Aaron and I looked at each other while we were putting both crying kids in their car seats and laughed. What else could we do!!

So excited to wear the skirt i found on sale at anthro though.

baby on my hip since 2012!

slowburn yoga


Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Last nights theme was "which is better, the journey or the destination?" I tried to incorporate it throughout the practice at least three times. I even had them hold a posture in Sun C to feel it a little different then flowing through. The eyes are closed in slowburn, which heightens all your senses, forces you to go inward and makes you find your balance.

Start in childs pose.

Ignite the spirit: 
Swim arms. Right arm sweeps to the back of the room then circles to the front.
Hand down
Cat Cows, in between
Left arm sweeps to the back of the room then circles to the front.
Down dog, stack hips

Sun A: 5x
Side Bend to the right
Side Bend to the left
forward fold with hands clasped behind back

Sun B: 5-7x
Right hand sweeps behind, chin follows
Left hand sweeps behind, chin follows
stand up tall, chin lifts
forward fold, half lift, vinyasa
3 Legged Dog
Warrior A
Warrior B
Reverse Warrior
Windmill hands down
Left side

Sun C: 3x lead, 2-3 songs flowing on their own
3 legged dog
knee to nose
warrior A
warrior B
clasp hands behind back
inhale chin lifts & heart opens
fold at waist, bring right shoulder inside left bent knee
release hands to matt
yoga walk the length of the mat to the back
pivoting feet as you move
open left hand up, chin follows (dragonfly twist)
exhale find balance
inhale lift to crescent
exhale airplane (option later to work on lifting off back leg even with eyes closed)

Logs: Yang
Laying on back, legs lifted straight
alternate toe touches with straight legs
after 10 x drop six inches until 2 inches off the floor hold
polar stretch: bridge/wheel

uttakatasana 10 breaths
prayer twist right 10 breaths
extend left leg back to crescent keeping the prayer twist
bringing left leg back
hands to center
prayer twist to the left 10 breaths
one last vinyasa

Utilize the Fire: Yin

Spinal twist


Gayatri Mantra (when people come in to class)
Hymns So Spirtited
Hanging On, Active Child
Irish Party In Third Class, Gaelic Storm
Back in the world, David Gray
Tomorrow, Built to Spoll,
Up and Down, Chad Valley
Are We Faded, Keys N Krates
Never, Ark Patrol
To Whom it May Concern, The Civil wars
What Will, Jose Gonzalez
Happiness, Jonsi & Alex

Studies and Benefits:
70% of our toxins are released by exhaling
Our breath can change by our emotions. Finding he time to find our breath can give us an instant relaxation.

some funny things


Tuesday, March 10, 2015

everett says mice, instead of mine.
trying to take all of his bottoms down, shoes, socks (laces) while holding eleanor in the library   bathroom in the  middle of a park date with friends.
eleanor now has an opinion about things. she will slap something away if it's not what she wants!
finding peace in the early morning hours with this time change.

we will be moving back to michigan soon. it still feels like something imaginative. aaron and i haven not been back together since he joined the army. it will be difficult balancing our immediate family, extended family, friends, work, bills, uncertainty, but we are pretty excited. It will be sad to leave the army life, friends and the uncertainty that it brings. Choosing to get out will be for the best in the long run though. I know we will stay in touch with our army family still.

I have no desire to purge, pack for the week we won't have our things or anything related to moving. I would rather sit outside in the sunshine. Sing silly songs. Celebrate St Patrick's Day and Easter. Maybe walk that three mile track one last time on post.

these kids have some of the best facial expressions. seriously. they say a lot with just one look!

Best Dresses for Easter & Spring


Thursday, March 5, 2015

Oh man! Anthropologie almost never has sales like this, so I would be all over it if we hadn't just purchased a house. I did however pick up this beautiful skirt for my easter outfit! I'm going to try to take a fun leg shot like this picture did for IG later this month. AND it's on sale right now $50 with all sizes besides XL.

So if budget was NOT an issue, check out some of these fantastic frocs. GET 20% off dresses today.

For the nights when you want to be conservative, but sexy: $278 dress

For a beautiful day outside: $118 dress

For a bride's shower: $260 dress

For the mom running around town: $110 dress

The perfect LBD: $142 dress

The Best Kids Clothes Under $100


Monday, March 2, 2015

Gap and Oldnavy have some great sales right now. Even if you are looking for something for spring. I mainly look through clearance and opposite seasons. I try right away to find the best deals. I also know Shop it to Me, is a good resource for letting me know things are on sale when they go on sale. For me shopping online is my only way of shopping. I hate going to the mall. I am usually hot, hungry and tired. Dragging two kids with me into these places has not deemed successful the last couple times. I am comfortable with shopping at these places because they have great return policy, old navy offers military discount and free shipping most of the time. I'll take it all. So here is an outfit for miss ellie lou that we ordered during the veterans sale last month. 

Until March 4, the sale is similar with 40% off and free shipping when you spend $50. Have fun!

Outfit cost: $77.02 (this include the PJ's)

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