Monday, July 13, 2015

getting caught up

oh my goodness, it's been a little longer than i realized since my last post.  where did june go anyway?  i don't know about you, but things can really get away from me if i'm not careful.

so how 'bout if we get caught up.  :)

this summer has been filled with some changes, a few frustrations, laughter (always), a bit of excitement, and some tears as well.  mostly, i've been trying to stay as balanced as possible while rocking along in the boat that is life.

here's a little of what's been happening:

moved in with oldest son and his family! (i'm giving each of my children the pleasure of my company and getting to hang with the grandkids 24-7 which is so much fun and at times a little challening, lol!
completed another health coaching course
started a 61 day creative challenge (i've gotten a bit behind, but all is good.  still having fun.)
attempting to finish an art journaling course
playing catch up on my year long ayurvedic coure
shed many tears over the passing of my mr. oreo (i was so lucky to have him for over 15 years)
savored cafe time for work and study
helped youngest son move up to nyc to pursue his dream
followed the travels of my other son and my granddog sailing up the east coast
began preparing for my first online workshop (coming in september!)
taught a whole bunch of classes between the last post and this one
took care of lots of massage clients
2 calls with peer coach
got a pedicure!
attended a lovely lunch for yoga student moving out of state
penned july dreams
actually marked off a few of my june dreams!
finished an afghan i'd started quite a while back
started new afghan
savored massage just for me

coming up:
pack the bags and safe travels for yoga for stress management workshop (looking forward to sharing takeaways with you)

dreaming of:
upcoming travels to nyc next month - strictly for fun!

and you?  what have you been up to?

xoxo  cindy :)

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

yoga for allergies

i love spring, how 'bout you?  the weather is pretty close to perfect, well most of the time, and the trees and flowers have come back to life in brilliant color. of course along with the blossoming trees and flowers can also come blossoming allergies.  it's all about balance, right?

if you've ever dealt with allergies, you know how annoying it can be. they can create havoc in all parts of our lives; disrupting our sleep, affecting our mood, and generally keeping us from being as productive as we can be.  with this in mind, i thought we'd focus on simple, easy, holistic ways to deal with our allergy symptoms.  we'll be discussing how yoga and essential oils can help us get through the season and into summer.

did you know that stress can worsen allergy symptoms as it triggers inflammation within the body?  Jeff Migdow, MD. says, "relaxation diminishes fight or flight response, and thereby reduces allergic symptoms."  what can we do to reduce stress?  yoga of course! (now you knew i was going to say that ;)

there are yoga postures that are designed to help open the chest, lungs and throat to make breathing easier, clear the respiratory tract, and condition the lungs.  here are just a few:

  • standing side stretch: stretches those intercostal muscles (muscles between the ribs) helping to make breathing easier.
  • forward fold: relieves headaches, beneficial for asthma and sinusitis, calms the brain and relieves stress and mild depression.
  • downward dog: the release when you stand up can actually help trapped mucous drain from the nasal passages.
  • cat and cow:  the combination of these two postures gently massage the spine and belly organs as well as opens the chest during cow pose.
  • bridge: opens the chest - can also do this lying face up over a fitness ball or over a bolster.
try this little sequence the next time you're hit with allergies (or any time you need a little lift!):

peace, love, & yoga!

cindy :)

Monday, May 4, 2015

my weekend in pics

    spring flowers in pittsburgh

   graduation day! (he's in there somewhere)

   super cute new whole foods grocery



   roof top dining on beautiful spring evening

   love the reflection of the old in the new

my youngest graduated college this weekend, college!  i'm not sure that i've quite wrapped my head around this fact yet.  it was just yesterday i was running him to school and all those dance classes.  when did this growing up thing happen?  it's interesting how they all get older, yet i don't.  (wink, wink!)

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