Try It Tuesday

I found this YouTube video yesterday when I was looking for a 15 minute video to finish my workout for the day, and I decided to give it a try.

Morning Wake Up with Tara Carpino

It was just okay.

She kept it about yoga.  There was no chanting or overtly spiritual work which I prefer.

I also liked that she named the poses.  I even learned about camel… which did smart a bit!

I found it an easy to moderate difficulty level.  She didn’t offer easier suggestions for the more moderate poses which would be tough for a beginner.  However, Tara Stiles and Erin Motz are so fabulous at making suggestions along the way that I knew what I could modify for most of the more difficult poses for myself.

It was a little slow.  I might feel differently about another video of hers, and I did end up adding this video to my playlist.  I will probably do it again especially for a morning routine.

On another note, I also had In-service today.  I cannot believe that my summer is almost over and that I will have students back in my classroom in less than two weeks.

I am very excited about the changes in curriculum that Common Core is pushing, and I think it’s going to make the next few years very rewarding and demanding at the same time as we all try to figure out what will work best with this new mindset.

I will definately need my yoga time.  I’m going to hit the mat in a minute, make some tea, maybe sit outside while some homemade bread bakes, and then make dinner.  That’s what I’m hoping for.

Today I am grateful that I still have a few precious days of summer left before I get back to regular life.


Ending the Erin Motz Do You Yoga 30 Day Challenge

I recently have completed the Erin Motz yoga for morning and bed time routines, and I immediately added them to my permanent playlists on YouTube.

I’ve also done them more than once already.

I am a little sad that today will be my last day with the Erin Motz Do You Yoga challenge, but I am looking forward to her projects in the works as well as some things Tara Stiles is teasing about.

In the meantime, I will probably get back to my yoga DVDs.  I would also like to try a new yoga YouTube video every week.

I tend to be a very self-reflective person who is constantly analyzing how things are going and what might work better.  Sometimes this trait drives me crazy like the fact that I can’t find a face wash that will clear my skin to my satisfaction.

This trait allows me to grow.  For that, I am grateful.  I want to take a minute to jot down some of the things I written about doing, how they’re going, and how maybe they’ve changed.

1. Yoga daily

This is going awesome!  I’ve been doing yoga daily for several months now, probably since January.  It started gently enough without any major time goals.  I was forgiving of myself when my schedule or body needed a day’s rest.  In February I really pushed myself by setting a 25 hour of yoga goal for the month.  I met it, and I loved what that amount of yoga did for me.  The time I practiced varied after that as I played with adding in cardio.  Several weeks ago, I set a personal goal of 1 hour 30 minutes of yoga a day with 1-2 rest days a week.  I rarely took a full day off from yoga, but I definately had restorative yoga days built in.  This practice took a back seat during my vacation and the subsequent issues I had upon my return.  The day before yesterday I finally took the plunge and recommitted to 1 hour and 30 minutes of exercise a day.  So far it’s just been yoga, but I want to be open to other forms of exercise my body might crave too.

2. Diet

This has suffered the most through my vacation time.  My goal is about 50% fruits and veggies, but mostly veggies.  I’d say I’m somewhere in the 40-45% range right now, but my body starts to feel gross when I dip below that.  Since I’m at home during the summer, I’m easing back on how much I eat and trying to listen to my body for hunger cues.  This is much tougher when I’m teaching as the consequences of gnawing hungry and lethargy are difficult to deal with, and I can’t just stop in the middle of everything and eat something.

3.  The Kind Diet

A lot of the recipes in the Kind Diet have ingredients that I just can’t get easily.  This has me a little stuck in that area.  Instead, I’m going to try to just experiment with a new recipe every week and share on here how it went.

Salad Dressings

There is a lot of junk in commercial salad dressings, and even the natural ones are lacking.  This week I took a pistachio sauce recipe I had from Cooking Light and used it as a salad dressing.  Yummy!

Grind 1/2 to 1 cup pistachios into paste.  I use EVOO as I grind to help the process along.

Splash of balsamic vinegarette.

Splash of maple syrup (or any sweetener if you like sweet things!).

Splash of mustard (I use honey mustard).

Garlic if you like.

Stir together and be very careful.  Otherwise I will eat it all!

Today I am grateful.