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Work. Pump. Repeat. Giveaway Winner!

Congratulations to Kathleen B., who won a signed copy of Work. Pump. Repeat. by Jessica Shortall! The book officially launched today and is available via Amazon, Target, Barnes & Noble, iTunes and Google Play. Thank you to everyone who participated!

Yoga & pregnancy in 1979

I found this gem of a book, copyright 1979, for 50 cents at my library’s book sale last year. I wasn’t even pregnant at the time, but the cover photo and the 70 other photographs inside told me that the 50 cents would be well worth it. Unitards, feathered hair, afros and bad pornstaches galore! How could I say no? More than anything, I wanted to see how yoga was presented 35 years ago. There are times that I forget that hippies from the ’60s and ’70s were practicing yoga in the U.S. since I’m only experiencing the resurgence of today’s yoga. Also, as a child of the ’80s and ’90s, I don’t have any direct reference to how life was back then. For the most part, what’s presented in the book is pretty much the same as what I’ve been hearing in my prenatal yoga classes and in the refresher birthing class. It emphasizes being emotionally calm, centering through meditation and other non-asana focused aspects of yoga like breath. I do love all the …

A very sweet yoga gift

When one of my co-workers left to move to California, she brought our team little gifts, which is about the sweetest, most unexpected gesture. If anything, we should have been showering her with many departing gifts! (We did have rap-karaoke happening in the conference room at her going-away party, so that must count for something!) I super love these pewter figurines she found, made by the company Basic Spirit. I told her how perfectly appropriate these particular postures are for me. Both plow and shoulderstand are important for thyroid health, and lotus is a great reminder for me to sit and meditate. Thank you, Pearl! I hope California is treating you well, and the move out west was smooth as butter.

Avoiding sweet tooth temptations

These are the weekend treats that show up in the office kitchen on Monday mornings. Leftover birthday cake or weekend baking experiment or “sharing the calories”, as I like to call it. When I see all that decadent chocolate, my stomach starts calling out to me Smegal-style. I wants it. I needs it. My precious! I’ve fallen for this trick many times over. I ask my cube mate to help me stay accountable. “Don’t let me eat another cookie,” I tell her. My sweet tooth is strong. But I’m trying to be stronger. My latest technique to avoid the sweets is to give it a few hours. The email is sent, announcing that there’s something amazingly tasty in the kitchen. Usually, the young men in our office are racing toward the table. Their metabolism is much better than mine, and they probably work out each week WAY more than I do in a month. So I let them get their fill first. If I’m still craving the sweet, I might go peek my head over there to see if …

My take on Fox News & Yoga Nazis

The yoga-sphere (is that a word?) is all up in arms today about Fox News interviewing some cowboy-shirt-wearing motivational speaker and claiming yoga is part of a trend that is wussifying America. Most of that sentence should be pretty eye roll-worthy already. So I decided to watch the video myself. I wasn’t as angry about the cowboy guy as everyone else seems to be. He said a lot of wonderful things about yoga and its benefits. I even see his point about the importance of sports, camaraderie, competition and learning to be a good loser. I’m all for team sports, and I’m also all for yoga. But why must he insult yoga to say it’s not enough? Shouldn’t we be happy that kids who practice yoga aren’t sitting on their butts and actually moving? And if a sport that involves a ball isn’t their thing, they can still learn how to work as a team in other activities and learn how to compete. Academic Decathlon, Debate Team and Science Olympiad come to mind. Oh, he …

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