Author: Terri

When I was 22 & poor

It feels like a lifetime ago when I was 22 and living in California. No friends. No money. Crappy cell phone reception. Ample time to sit in the misery of quarter life crisis woes. It took me a few months to land my first full-time job in advertising. The economy was not great in 2003. Lots of people were laid off/unemployed in the Bay Area. Scared of running up credit card debt, I did as much cheap and free stuff to keep myself entertained between job hunting and pondering life. Thankfully, Homestar Runner was putting out weekly new toons. While I could watch those toons on repeat, I didn’t like feeling cooped up in the apartment for hours on end in front of my desktop computer. I needed to get out. One of my favorite “free” excursions was driving over to Emeryville, sitting at a Barnes & Noble, and reading magazines for hours. I’m sure the staff there didn’t like that I never bought any magazines, but it killed some time. Sometimes, I’d splurge and …

Let me tell you about my Hamilton obsession

Made it to Day 13 of NaBloPoMo! Almost half way there, and I haven’t tired of blogging yet. 😉 I was introduced to the Hamilton soundtrack by a women’s forum in early 2016. The Broadway show was really starting to pick up steam, and the Presidential race seemed to make the story of Alexander Hamilton extremely relevant to the current political climate. With so much buzz about the show and the genius that is Lin-Manuel Miranda, I had to check it out. Thankfully, it was on both Spotify and Amazon Prime. The opening number had me hooked. If I had to describe my taste in music, I probably fall in the categories of nerd rock, sad ballads, and over-manufactured catchy pop. I’m NOT well versed in hip hop, although I do like the rhythm and beat of hip hop without paying much attention to lyrics. It took the topic of American history and the story of one of our founding fathers for me to really have an appreciation for hip hop. (Can you imagine how …

Texas Peaker Gathering

While this is my second year doing My Peak Challenge, I never got too involved in the community aspect. I’m juggling so many online groups and social media accounts that the best I could do to stay involved was lurk from the outskirts. When a group of Peakers gathered in Central Texas last year, I had a FOMO moment and made sure to seek out more opportunities to meet people in person. Yesterday, I drove out to Burnet where the third Texas Peaker Gathering took place. I wanted to meet the ladies and offered to take them through an all-levels yoga practice. I’d only met one of the Peakers there in person before (Hi, Amy!). I nearly met another Peaker (Hey, Pam!), but we missed each other. Pam kindly took the group photo so I could be included, so I photoshopped her in. 😉 Everyone else was a picture and name on the internet. It was SO LOVELY to see people face-to-face! We took our practice nice and slow, focusing on breath and grounding. I …

LBJ Library

A few weeks ago, I binge watched the 10-part Ken Burns/PBS documentary series about the Vietnam War. It was an incredibly detailed, heart breaking, and eye-opening look at a time that I didn’t quite understand but can feel the effects in today’s society. The documentary really piqued my interest in Lyndon B. Johnson’s presidency, and I was looking for another opportunity to visit the LBJ Library at the UT campus. With the Big Kid off from school for Veteran’s Day, we made a family outing to the Library. They have a special display of Sesame Street characters to celebrate 50 years since LBJ signed the Public Broadcasting Act into law. I was probably more excited about Big Bird than the kid was. Also on special display are a collection of Dr. Madeleine Albright’s pins that she wore as a diplomat and Secretary of State. The pins are quite elaborate; some commemorated an event, some reflected her personality, and some celebrated the culture of whichever country she visited. While LBJ never sought re-election as the Vietnam War …

What is vinyasa? Part 2.

Yesterday, I talked about vinyasa classes. So today, let’s chat about the vinyasa as a sequence of poses. When you go to a vinyasa class, and you hear the teacher say, “move through your vinyasa,” she or he is talking about three specific poses together: chaturanga dandasana (low plank), urdhva mukha svanasana (upward-facing dog), and adho mukha svanasana (downward-facing dog). Let me break down transitions into each pose and modifications. Vinyasas generally start from a plank position. I say generally because once you add jumpback/floating into the transition, you actually skip plank and go straight into a chaturanga. But that’s for another post on another day. 🙂 Exhale, chaturanga. From plank, shift forward on your toes so that the shoulders are forward of your wrists. This gives you room to bend your elbows into chaturanga, leaving elbows stacked over wrists. Chest is broad. Elbows stay in next to the ribs. Back is long and straight from your shoulder blades to whatever is touching the ground (toes or knees). The breath is an exhale as you lower …

What is vinyasa? Part 1.

The word vinyasa means connecting breath with movement. Often times, you’ll hear it in two places. 1. Describing the style of the class. 2. A sequence of poses, usually as a transition from one flow to another. Today’s post will break down the first: The Vinyasa class. The Vinyasa class When you see vinyasa on the schedule, you can expect that it will be a flowing, moving practice rather than a static practice or one with lots of starts and stops. Vinyasa classes are designed as a sequence of poses that make sense together. For example, a flow may have 3-5 standing poses that are all forward-facing hips (such as warrior 1 –> warrior 3 –> warrior 1 –> revolved warrior) as those poses smoothly transition from one to the next versus a standing pose, followed by seated, followed by supine. Generally, the breath that connects poses are inhale for upward/forward/opening motions and exhale for downward/backward/closing motions. If you ever lose your breath while practicing, think about the direction of the movement and jump back on the …

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