Monday, May 17, 2010

Annoucing: My trainer

My family teaches me everything.  Little Miss Jane schools me all the time.  For example, she reminds me:
  1. I still like morning breath.
  2. There are a million ways to say," let's cuddle"...  (moo-moo, ohhhhhh come heeeeere) and to
Here's how...

10 a day to start and you'll own it.  I started Saturday at my 'homework' session after Bikram  (I love my fearless leaders,  Garland and Tighe). On Sunday I put my nose the grindstone (or brick).

I did 11 of these with my cute trainers, Jane and Kathleen who double as my photographers.  Why in tarnation am I doing this?  I am participating in the 2010 Mid-Atlantic Asana Championships in November/December.  Yoga and competition in the same sentence seems like blasphemy to some but I ask you to consider the art of human movement and that we are not judged but guided to the best asana possible for all human form.  Yoga meets you where you without judgement and with inspiration and motivation offers a vision of where to be.  Just be.  We can only go where the mind does.  Our body follows the eye.  AND backbends make you better at this:

Sir, give me THAT brownie in your bakery case.
 - or-
I'll take THAT Williamsburg Vignoir with lunch.
We should all have the option to be so dramatic.

My trainer is really good at teaching me THAT.  Who trains you?  I'd listen to HER.  She's got friends in  high places.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Shut your mouth and irrigate!

What would your bumper sticker say? 
Today I decided mine would be 'Shut your mouth and irrigate'.  The first part is easy.  I hate extra noise.  Coming from a family of 8 and now with 3 children and 2 dogs of my own I need my quiet.  "Shut your mouth".  That's harsh.  In contention would be:
  • Shut your hole.  (for pervs)
  • Shut up.  (for mainstream meanies)
  • Zip it.  (for nerds)
"Shut your mouth" was a favorite of my Dad's.  It came out like schutttyerrmowwwth and he meant business.  With 6 children he needed his quiet too.  Like a lot of things to me, it is now funny and endearing.  For the record, I'd give anything to hear him say it again.

Okay.  Now, the irrigate part.

In Yoga the focus is always on the breath.  I now know through Bikram Yoga, Dr. Oz and Mary Jarvis that your breath is the best super-food on the planet.  In Jivamukti Yoga, which means "soul liberation," there is a whole section on cleansing your entrances and exits which includes nasal irrigation.  Jivamukti guides your body and soul into spiritual freedom, physical strength, peace of mind, better health and self-realization. No matter what style of yoga you practice, Jivamukti Yoga will help you to strengthen and deepen your practice and guide you further on the path of spiritual clarity and self-discovery. Includes clear, dramatic black and white photographs.

I've owned this book for years. 
Don't tell anybody. 
Except for the photos with Goth Make-up and extra-long finger nails, I highly recommend it.

I'm going to shut my mouth and irrigate now.  I'll let you know how it goes. 
(I think I  have to open my mouth and do this.  But I promise to be real quiet.)
What would your bumper sticker say?

Sunday, May 2, 2010

Is popping a cherry like boba?

Boba:  (pronounced:  bow-bah) A sound used to describe supreme wellness, bliss, contentedness, knowingness, utter presence in the moment and the space between heartbeats.  It's the unexplainable in the joy of absolute interconnected humanity.  Boba is in your big toe.
Can I  use boba with Cheribundi, the new drink I was asked to try?  This is my first product review (thank you Samantha!) and I am boba over that.  Plus, at 41 I am popping cherries left and right.  Here's how it went...
First, don't be jealous of my hair.  I am just back from Bikram and I am flippin' thirsty.  I now know water is overrated in the hot room.  Okay, this adorable little box is on my front porch and I feel like a rock star.  Samantha at Cheribundi had asked my permission to send me  free sports nutrition drink to review on my blog.  Very professional and all official like my little world matters to them.  Boba!  Everything is beautifully packaged.
The 40 to 50 raw cherries that are in each drink (depending on which variety you chose) are called 'America's Superfruit'.  In Cheribundi you find Vitamin A, Potassium, Iron Calcium and Whey Cherry, muscle-growing B-Vitamins.  The material says, whether you are trying to stay healthy or training for a triathlon you'll find a juice to fit your lifestyle.  As the drum roll rattled and I opened my treasure I decided my children would taste-test it with me simultaneously.  Cherries are tart - duh!  They didn't like the taste too much.  I did and I felt like I was swallowing nature.  Boba!  I did not test the results from each kind of drink meaning I did not run a triathlon after sampling the Whey Cherry for sports performance and recovery but a curious thing did happen.  I was nice ALL DAY LONG when I drank this each morning.  So much so my 11-year-old son said at 8:30 p.m. (I'm STILL smiling being all calm and helpful), "Wow, Mom.  We need to get you some more of that cherry stuff.'

I have no idea how much this stuff costs.  If you visit their website or become their fan on Facebook, you'll know  If it's not a small fortune, it's worth a try.  Popping cherries is the new thing, I hear.  You might be nicer all day.  You could blame it on the cherries or on Bikram and that I KNOW is boba!
What's boba for you?