Saturday, April 17, 2010






Thanks to Coreen for linking the yoga article from the N.Y. Times last week - I've been checking out a few of the online videos it listed, and read that you can feel the benefits after the first session - that beginners needn't be able to get into the exact position they are trying to do, until after some practice. So the pics I've used are more realistic (except for one, and therefore somewhat humorous).

Immediate benefits of yoga include: relaxation of body and mind (which in turn revitalizes your nervous system), a feeling of peace and stability, posture improvement, becoming acquainted with muscles you didn't know you had (which is the first step in toning them up), a feeling of being more energized (if not immediately, then the next day).

Yoga benefits that come about after more longer term practice include: Greater self-discipline, increased self determination, greater ability to concentrate, vastly improved flexibility, a greater sense of well being. improved strength in our back and stomach, less stiffness in our joints slowing down the effects of aging on our bodies.

A few videos from Coreen's article:
Beginner Yoga with Shiva Rea

GAIAM Yoga PM Stretch
Shiva Rea Yoga Sun Salutation
Shiva Rea Yoga Shakti
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A sheet of poses

90 comments:

Chloe said...

... an interesting article I ran across online the other day. This may seem obvious to some of you, but I've been able to lose weight in the past without exercise, but it may be that I was more energetic and move around more. Haven't been doing enough of that lately.

Diet alone will not likely lead to significant weight loss

"Newly-published research by scientists at Oregon Health & Science University demonstrates that simply reducing caloric intake is not enough to promote significant weight loss. This appears to be due to a natural compensatory mechanism that reduces a person's physical activity in response to a reduction in calories.

This research shows that simply dieting will not likely cause substantial weight loss. Instead, diet and exercise must be combined to achieve this goal,"

"This study demonstrates that there is a natural body mechanism which conserves energy in response to a reduction in calories. Food is not always plentiful for humans and animals and the body seems to have developed a strategy for responding to these fluctuations," "This study demonstrates that there is a natural body mechanism which conserves energy in response to a reduction in calories. Food is not always plentiful for humans and animals and the body seems to have developed a strategy for responding to these fluctuations..." http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/04/13/diet.alone.will.not.likely.lead.significant.weight.loss

Chloe said...

Another interesting article (imo):

Why are allergies increasing?
"Allergies have become a widespread in developed countries: hay fever, eczema, hives and asthma are all increasingly prevalent. The reason? Excessive cleanliness is to blame

"There is an inverse relationship between the level of hygiene and the incidence of allergies and autoimmune diseases," says Dr. Delespesse. "The more sterile the environment a child lives in, the higher the risk he or she will develop allergies or an immune problem in their lifetime."

In 1980, 10 percent of the Western population suffered from allergies. Today, it is 30 percent. In 2010, one out of 10 children is said to be asthmatic and the mortality rate resulting from this affliction increased 28 percent between 1980 and 1994.

"It's not just the prevalence but the gravity of the cases," says Dr. Delespesse. "Regions in which the sanitary conditions have remained stable have also maintained a constant level of allergies and inflammatory diseases." http://esciencenews.com/articles/2010/04/13/why.are.allergies.increasing

Chloe said...

I don't know if you guys remember me talking about Emma's morning show that we watch while she and I eat our breakfast every morning: "Sid the Science Kid". Actually, that and 'Super Y' (also on PBS) are the only shows she views at this point in her young life.

Well, yesterday I decided to look up a little information about how it is made, and the voices behind the characters, because I've been so impressed by the cleverness and realism of it. I hadn't realized it came out of the Jim Henson studio, but was not surprised, because it is of such a high quality.

This is an article that was written online quite a while back, before I even knew about Sid, and his very cute personality. The reason I'm linking it, is because of the very interesting technique they use to produce the final product, and that in itself is very interesting and ingenious.


'Sid' welcome addition to PBS
"If you were to walk onto a soundstage at The Jim Henson Company studios and see performer Misty Rosas, clad in a black leotard-type outfit and wandering within a circle drawn on the floor with what looks like an inner tube around her waist, you might think she's gone 'round the bend.

But it's really just another day at the office for Rosas, who performs body movements for the title character in PBS's "Sid the Science Kid" (7:30 a.m. weekdays), which premieres Monday.

The new children's series is created using the Henson Digital Puppetry Studio, a new system that allows performers to create movements for animated characters in real time. To accomplish this, Rosas moves around an empty soundstage. Monitors show the animated Sid mirroring her movement as he moves around his computer-animated room. If Rosas waves her arms, Sid on the monitor does likewise." 'Sid' welcome addition to PBS

Chloe said...

Carol, Glad to hear you had yourself a nice Mexican food dinner to start off your weekend. Nice way to make a quick break from a stressful week.

Carol said...

Thanks Chloe for this post. And an especially big thanks for giving me another excuse for not spending all my free time cleaning house. That, along with Ivy's "dust if you must" pome, eases my guilt for being a lousy housekeeper.

I also love the duck yoga. Maybe I can get my ducks to work out with me.

Carol said...

Years ago when I was preparing some lecture on weight loss, I learned that you have to starve your body of 3500 calories, less than you need for maintanence, to lose one pound. If you do it too drastically, like you mentioned, the body just decreases metabolism to hang on to it. The body can be too dang efficient. Ya have to sneak it off and pick up activity to keep the metabolism from compensating.

It can be just as hard to gain weight. When I was in the early throws of my hyperthyroidism, and would have some stressful event in my life, I would lose 10 lbs overnight. That may sound nice to some but when you already look like a poster child for anorexia nervosa, it ain't fun. Of course, I have to strain to remember those days.

Chloe said...

Carol, I honestly don't think it matters one bit whether or not we're good housekeepers. Dr. Laura (don't know if you've ever heard her on the radio) once told a caller (that called in and said her husband was happy because she kept the house so clean) that a clean house doesn't make 'anyone' happy, and I agree. I don't think we should use how clean we keep our house as any kind of validation of our self worth. It's simply a value judgment, and is therefore just an opinion. At this point in our life, we should only be making choices that make us happy, and bring us contentment - and forget about what other people think.

Not wanting to spend all our free time cleaning is a good thing. The choices you make should be your own, and not directed by guilt. Let it go.

Carol said...

I did enjoy my dinner last night, Chloe. With my margarita, I ate so many chips and salsa, that I didn't have any room left for my dinner. That didn't stop me from trying. I think I strained a gut muscle. I had a belly ache for a while last night.

Carol said...

I get the feeling that you may also be working on that issue, am I right?

Chloe said...

I took a nutrition class in my late teens, and one of the things that stuck with me was that 3500 calorie thing. Once you understand that, you realize there are no miracle diets.

That information about ways to keep the body from going into some kind of weight conservation stage is good to know though, and made me think about it a little differently. The calorie thing is completely true, but there are ways to speed up the metabolism a little (which I drastically need) and make it a little easier to lose extra weight.

I bet you miss that hyperthyroidism a little, huh? I know I wouldn't mind the feeling of eating anything I want and never gaining any weight. But I know it's just a fantasy.

Chloe said...

.. you mean the cleaning house issue Carol?

Carol said...

Yep.

Carol said...

I haven't seen hide nor feather of an owl since baby V disappeared. They must be deep in the woods teaching baby V to hunt for food.

You shoulda seen Maggie's face last night when I told her I was going out to eat. It said, "what ya talking about, you never go anywhere?" She took a road trip with me yesterday afternoon to pick up that bolt for my starter and then we took a walk down the road while I looked for owls. She was getting all chummy with me when I told her I had to leave. That will teach her to appreciate my company.

Chloe said...

Yeah, always. I've been throwing out lots of things, which always makes housekeeping a lot easier. It's not easy keeping things picked up when you have a toddler running around the house, tossing everything everywhere, but we're managing. I do feel I need to keep things very clean for her, because they drag themselves around floors and everything else all the time at this age.

I never feel guilty about it though. There is a satisfaction to cleaning and living in a clean house, but that should be the only reason you do it - because you want to. Not because you think your a less worthy person if you don't.

It makes my job a lot easier if I'm organized, but I'd never be fanatical about it. I have become a lot more domesticated again, because of having a baby around. I even cook a lot again, and worry about her nutritional needs constantly.

Carol said...

I am familiar with Dr. Laura but I do consider her to be one of the right's wingnuts. Nice to know there is one thing I can agree with her on.

I do miss the weight loss part of my hyperthyroidism but not the sweats, racing heart, shaking hands and what it did to my bones. It's never all good.

Chloe said...

Sorry to hear you're missing your baby owl. I don't know what their customary habits are, but like every other bird or animal, they have to go where there's good food availability. The important thing is you know she/he made it.

That's funny with Maggie not understanding you leaving for the evening. Animals are so intuitive, and I'm starting to find out babies are too - at least that's what I've noticed about Emma. I think we lose a lot of the intuitiveness as we get older, and too wound up in the day to day problems and 'stuff' that's always happening around us.

Chloe said...

I haven't heard Dr. Laura in years Carol, not since we've moved to Texas. I didn't know she'd gotten political.

I used to hear her in Ca. once in a while when I was driving, and all I ever heard her talk about was psychology.

Chloe said...

... it's funny how what she said about housekeeping stayed with me all the years. Ha... it probably made me feel better when I let things go. A handy thing to remember.

But! I still stand behind everything I said. Guilt is never appropriate.

Carol said...

I don't know if Dr. Laura is political but her ideas go well with the right. Also, she is sandwiched between all the right wing talk shows so that may play a role in my opinion. She can be pretty rude to some of her callers.

jan said...

I am inspired by the white haired lady in the 2 pic.

Coreen said...

Nice going Chloe, nice finds...now if only I can really motivate myself to take charge of the exercisething...

For what its worth, when I do exercise routinely for even a short time,(unfortunately, it never lasts) I do really feel better, not that I may lose pounds necessarily, but aches, pains seem less, energy levels seem to increase...so in the
end the exercise routine is valuable...

It's the motivation thing that is hard to keep up....

And believe it or not, when I brought the papers in this morning, this weeks NYT magzine
cover & articles are about you guessed it...the Science of Living a healthy life....

Chloe you sure you haven't perfected that ESP
thing.....

Haven't read the articles yet...one is the
'Truth about exercise & weight loss'

The Science of living a healthy life

Coreen said...

And before I forget, noticed this...for anyone
who may print coupons from the internet....

The latest version has lots and lots of info
about you when you print & use them....so much for privacy....

Just like those little plastic grocery store
tags we all use for the 'specials' each week,
I have always felt they provide much to much
info about purchasing habits...but we all stil
routinely use them....

Web Coupons know lots about you & they tell

Carol said...

Well, I put my boat starter back together, starter it up and she's humming like a kitten. Don't worry Coreen, I checked, and there are no kittens in there.

Carol said...

I guess that should have read, purring like a kitten. No fuzzy kittens I know, hum.

Solar said...

Been on the run with helping someone that is forced to move out of their house...thru a lot of legal I helped her stay in her house for almost 2- 1/2 years...times up, and having a moving sale......will have some time after tomorrow or so....

Solar said...

legal maneuvers that is..

Coreen said...

Carol, are you getting a nice weekend, so that
you can use your boat....here its damp, rainy, & pretty chilly....would love to see more lazy hazy summer living along that river pics....

Speaking of kittens, a friend last night sent pics of baby bobcats (3) whose family has been living on the roof of his friend's home in Carefree, Arizona...wildlife rescue are hoping the mom will take care of them...but are monitoring with a camera they set up to see (the mother bobcat is nearby & watching) hopefully my friend Pete will have an update about them...be assured that his friend (a true animal lover) will do everything she can to be sure this little guys are ok....she reminds me of someone else who exhibits the best attibutes in humankind....

& Carol, I still think that baby v will return to see you in the not to distant future...

Can't link the pics, don't know how & not a fan of photobucket or whatever they call those
sites...

Carol said...

Solar, that's a, both physically and emotionally, tough assignment. You are a good man.

Chloe said...

We've missed you Solar. Your friend is lucky to have you.

Chloe said...

Coreen, I'm the same way - I haven't stuck to an exercise routine for a long time now. I've always wanted to get into Yoga, but never have stuck with it long enough to get a routine going. One of the things that attracts me to it is that it really limbers you up. It just seems like the best choice at this point, although I should probably add some aerobics in the future too, but it would be something mild.

Chloe said...

Carol, that's very cool that you could fix your own motor. Glad to hear your boat's up and running.

Carol said...

Don't get too impressed Chloe. All I did was put on
a spring, spacer, and a nut. It took two
weeks to get the order, cost 25 bucks
and I was afraid I'd drop it in the river.

Carol said...

They are totally running out of dumb, shocking things to do on TV. Kathy Griffin is going to have a pap smear, pool side on TV. I think it may be to get more women to get pap smears but really!

jan said...

We prevented a lot of childhood diseases today. I got to practice my Spanish some too. I am wiped out after being on my feet for 5 1/2 hours straight. Our nursing students got to do lots of shots too. The kids cried and nursing student's hands shook.

I will never forget the first shot (oh excuse me - injection) I gave in nursing school. The injection was a narcotic with a 1 1/2 inch needle. The poor soul who received it was a large lady with skin on her buttocks like leather - or so it seemed to me at the time. I had practiced many times on the orange that was suggested. I had the syringe in my hand holding it between my thumb and 1st finger poised like I was throwing a dart. Using the technique I was taught, I darted it toward the skin once, twice, three times. The tip of the needle did not break the skin. Ms. Culpepper put her hand around mine - with the syringe still in my hand and pushed my hand hard. Voila, we were in. I almost fainted. Frankly, I don't know what happened after that.

jan said...

Carol, you got your boat started. Good for you. Everything reminds me of a song- this one's for you.

Summertime, and the livin is easy, fish are jumpin...!

Carol said...

Jan, I remember Ms. Culpepper. She was very nice but we were all afraid of her because we didn't want to look dumb in front of her. Just having her watching turned us all into klutzes.

I also remember having to supervise students who were trying to give injections to children. The kid would be bucking and the student's hand would go up and down, and up and down until I'd have to reach over and slam it in. By the time I got out of the room, I was sweating.

Carol said...

I also had a flashback of this time when I was working in ICU/CCU. I was working as a nurse at the time. I had this kid who was horrible with injections. I almost needed a sedative after giving her one. Later she required an IV. I thought that that was going to be impossible. What totally surprised me was that the little girl laid there perfectly still and watched me put it in without one single peep. Even though that was a much more painful experience, she had no previous experience to cause her to be fearful. Kids are amazing.

jan said...

Carol, you never know what to expect from kids. They can really fool you. I do love working with them though. I especially like the little ones before they go to school. They have not been socialized to be anything but honest in their talking and in how they respond. I just love watching them.

I had Ms. Culpepper a lot. She probably influenced my nursing more than anyone else. I thought she was unbelievably kind. I didn't have much confidence in myself -so I was afraid of disappointing her. She was the one who told me I should think about graduate school and teaching.

黃欣幸 said...

Joy shared with others are more enjoyed.......................................................

Carol said...

I guess Huang took the sermon today. I agree with "joy shared with others are more enjoyed". That concept fueled my codependency for years. I didn't think I could enjoy life alone. I wasn't even born alone. I needed someone, anyone, around. I did occasionally have some pretty strange "anyones" just because I thought I couldn't go it alone. I was welling to be miserable, not to be alone.

It took quite a while to get comfortable being alone. It helps when you have to work in such a chaotic environment that you need that alone time to recuperate.

Hey, you can even say that maybe Tiger and Jesse felt that way also. Their spouses weren't always there with them to enhance their joy so they found someone else to be there with them. And if it was just one person, that would look like they were trying to replace their spouse but being that it was a crowd of people, it was just company. Bet ya nobody thought of it that way.

Carol said...

Jan, you were the one who talked me into trying teaching and then I did the grad school because I knew I needed it to teach. Without your insistance, I would have never tried teaching. If you hadn't gone in that direction, I probably wouldn't have either so I guess Ms Culpepper influenced both of us.

Carol said...

Speaking of being alone, one by one, my wildlife seems to be deserting me. First the owls and now the ducks. Haven't had a duck visit in two days now. I was good to those ducks, and the owls too.

Maybe it was time for mama duck to go lay some eggs and now she has to sit on them. I realize those boys weren't chasing her around because they liked her tail feathers.

Carol said...

Now, as for those big black bubbles that I have been playing badminton with, I can't seem to chase them off. Yesterday, I got 4 points and let me tell you, even those bees have intelligence. If I'm out there without my racket, they get really close, but when I have it in my hand, even hiding it, they stay well out of reach. I even think they are enjoying the sport as much as I am. It is interesting the kinds of relationships you establish when you live alone, interacting with bugs???

Chloe said...

"I had the syringe in my hand holding it between my thumb and 1st finger poised like I was throwing a dart. Using the technique I was taught, I darted it toward the skin once, twice, three times. The tip of the needle did not break the skin. Ms. Culpepper put her hand around mine - with the syringe still in my hand and pushed my hand hard. Voila, we were in. I almost fainted. Frankly, I don't know what happened after that"

Jan, What a story! I feel like I was there (Ha! Glad I wasn't the fat woman!). What a memory Jan, and so funny the way you said it. Thanks!

Chloe said...

... waiting to hear how the second shot went. :)

Chloe said...

Carol, I'm 'still impressed' that you fixed that motor. Good work! Your shot story was just as funny too (except from the kids point of view :)

Jan's song to Carol: Billie Holiday - Summertime

Carol said...

Thanks for linking that song Chloe.

People, ya wouldn't realize just how often parents sabotage us. They tell their kids, "if you aren't good, I'm going to tell that nurse to give you a shot". We then become the villian. If I had a nickel for everytime I heard that. I tell the parents that they aren't helping their children by doing that.

Chloe said...

I forgot about people saying that to their kids. I can't figure out if they're just totally clueless, or downright mean. I tend to think they heard that from their parents when they were kids, and just aren't thinking.

... then again, clueless is probably most accurate.

jan said...

Chloe, I am glad you enjoyed my reflection of my memory of giving my first shot. I read somewhere that when we are old and can't do much of anything else, our memories keep us company. Mine entertain me now.

I have also read that the memories we have that are most vivid involved strong emotions at the time of either fear or great happiness. When I think of the memories that stand out for me - that is true.

jan said...

Ms. Culpepper, wherever you are, thanks from me and Carol.

Carol, your wildlife will return to you.

Chloe, I don't have any memory of the 2nd shot and no memories of other shots.

jan said...

"I didn't think I could enjoy life alone."

Carol, The great thing about computers and the internet is we don't have to be alone any more.

I was out shopping for computers the other night b/c I am using school computers at home and work - so now I need to buy one of my own. I did not have a computer at home until 4 years ago. I just used the one at work. I had my own when I was in school many years ago, but when they provided me one at work, I stopped buying my own. I have never played games. Before Facebook and your blog Carol, I seldom used a computer for personal use. I occasionaly used it to e-mail my family but most of the time I telephoned them. Now, I use it a lot at home for looking up things online (never use a phone book anymore) and for connecting with family and friends and Facebook and here. Gradually, I am spending more and more time on the computer and am just now realizing it.

So, I am shopping for computers. I really like the Apple desk top plus the ipad. I think that is what I am going for. But I am still shopping. Do you all have any suggestions?

jan said...

Carol, you were a huge influence on me. If not for you I would have never tried skiing or canoeing. I was pretty unadventurous before we became friends. The ski trip and camping/canoeing trips were some of the most fun times I have ever had. You have given me some great memories.

Carol said...

I have an issue that really pissed me off this week and has in the past. I might get some arguements from some of you also with this issue.

A lady at work has a friend who lost her 5 year old son. He was riding a small motorized dirt bike in his driveway and ran out into the street and a car hit him and killed him. She was bitching because she said they had told that lady to slow down before. I don't know how fast she was going but even if she was crawling down the street, that could happen.

I think it is child endangerment to allow 5 year olds to ride on motorized vehicles, especially around streets or even trees. Medical people see lots of serious injuries and deaths involving those vehicles even with teenagers and adults but at least they are old enough to make the decision to take the risk.

Maybe my attitude is too overprotective but I don't think parents should just throw caution to the wind.

Carol said...

Whoever hit and killed that child will now have to live with that death on her/his conscience for the rest of her/his life.

jan said...

Carol, I completely agree with you. What are parents thinking when they give a child a motorized anything when they are 5 years old. Riding a motor bike at 5 years, anywhere, is a big risk for serious injury or death. In terms of child development, children can be expected to run or ride bikes etc into the street until about age 9 years old. At about age 9 they are beginning to understand the consequences of their actions. Children under that age should be supervised at all times when out in the front yard where they can get out in the street - even without a motorbike.

Carol said...

I'd really like to hear Solar's opinion. Men around
here even buy their sons
shotguns before they can walk.

Carol said...

I'm glad to hear how you feel Jan. Do you think that being a nurse has influenced your opinion? I'm sure it has mine but also I was raised by a super overprotective mother. She was a little extreme and I know I would have been also.

Some of my neighbors think I'm too overprotective of Maggie but there is a leash law and both of them have either lost pets or had them seriously injuried by cars.

jan said...

Carol, I don't think you are overprotective of Maggie. I have heard of little dogs being carried off by wild animals or other dogs. If there is a leash law or ordinance, it is there for a reason.

I am sure being a nurse has affected my opinions. my parents were not overprotective as far as physical stuff goes. We grew up on a farm and my parents worked all year so we were left to ourselves when I was 10-11 years old - and no telephone. I was pretty responsible though even as a little kid. I did some stupid things once in a while - I was a kid too. We were not allowed to cook - I guess that was a good idea. We didn't have any motor toys. We did not have locks on the doors. I guess we were lucky there were no human predators in the area that knew we were alone.

jan said...

You cannot protect kids from everything. Kids are going to get hurt. Kids get sick and die through no fault of their parents. We never got hurt on the farm. I do remember a little city girlfriend of my sister's came out to spend a couple of days and one night. She broke her glasses and a tooth while visiting us. Those things never happened to us. Of course, none of us wore glasses.

jan said...

"What are parents thinking when they give a child a motorized anything when they are 5 years old"

I apologize if I have offended anyone with this statement. After looking at it, I realize it was a pretty judgmental thing to say.

Many parents are just trying to make their kids happy by buying motorized bikes for them.

jan said...

Chloe, I love the pic of the little girl doing the yoga pose. If my kids were young again, I would do yoga with them. What am I saying, I don't do Yoga now. But I want to learn. After I retire.

Carol said...

IMHO, I think it is the parent's responsibility to nurture and keep their children safe, not to always make them happy. Even the government has to legislate good sense, at times, ie making parents/adults responsible if they leave a loaded gun within reach of children and they shot someone.

jan said...

Carol, so true. I remember when my 2 oldest boys were 8-10. My sister bought her 2 boys (about same age as mine) dirt bikes. Of course, our boys they wanted some like them. Their dad and I said "no" It was hard around the house. There were long faces etc. After a while they got over it. Fortunately we didn't live in the same state - or it would have been worse. It is hard to be a parent these days.

Carol said...

What ya talkin bout Jan? Kids are always doing Yoga, they just don't call it that. Watch some of the positions they get themselves in.

Carol said...

I bet Chloe can helf you with some computer ideas. She's always researching that kind of stuff.

Carol said...

That was suppose to read..help.

Solar said...

Don 1 said,

"Joy shared with others are more enjoyed"...........


Only if U-yourself are truly in a state of joy .....


Jan,

"What are parents thinking when they give a child a motorized anything when they are 5 years old"

A 5 year old is to young to do anything that will harm him or any other person, or animal...he needs to be taught what is permissible and what is not....that parent should be put in jail....same thing with weapons..if a parent teaches his child how to use one....then they should be held responsible for what that kid did..until when??? don't know that...I taught my son about a lot of things...but never said that it was ok to go ahead and do them until he was old enough to do them safely...u r right...u r right about the guilt thing also...have a friend that killed some kid that darted out into traffic...was not his fault...the parents did not hold him responsible....was not driving fast...but it still keeps him from sleeping sometimes......

thornwil said...

Solar,
I'm going to be in your neck of the woods mid July. I guess it'll be warm enough than, huh? Is it ever cool in July?

Carol said...

Solar, do you think that was Don, disguising himself in Chinese???

Thanks for sharing your opinion with us. Men usually are more daring than women. Not always though. If I would have shared kid raising responsibility with someone, it would have had to be someone with your attitude.

Solar said...

Carol,

My character analysis tells me that it was Don, or some one that thinks like him....he would have said that, and I would have to pick a fight with him....that was our sport....wonder why he jumped ship?? that was fn Rude Don.!

Maria.....let me know when U R around here...will see if we can hook up for lunch.....if it is not hot around here, we will make it hot....and post pics.....

Solar said...

Carol,

Sometimes I think when fathers push their sons, is because they are living thru them imo....chicken shits should do it first...and see how it all goes....

Solar said...

Chloe,

Nice threads....no not the ones that u are wearing...but this one and the others.....about yoga, a very few positions to start with should be enough, and then a few more....but not any that will push u...u as anyone in general...them to do things that are too hard for them...and end up straining themselves.!

I like the Denise Austin ones...very easy, I only do a few of them...just before working out...like the stretching ones a lot.!

Carol said...

Solar, I teach Yoga's Cobra pose to my inmates when they complain of back pain. They spend a lot of time sitting so they keep their spines flexed forward. The Cobra pose counters that type of posture. It's great for anyone who spends a lot of time sitting.

Cobra pose

Carol said...

Yoga Journal Online

I just found this place and they have some Yoga videos and downloads.

Carol said...

I just ordered a subscription to Yoga Journal and Vegatarian Times. Ivy, don't you get that Yoga Journal?

Chloe said...

Carol, You're motivating me. I'm going to order a subscription too.

I just did your cobra pose, but I know I need to do some work on it - for one thing, I don't have the breathing down on these poses yet. All those poses 'look' so easy when the models are dong them, but when I try them, they aren't quite the same.

I really want to do this, but it's going to take me a long while to learn the positions. I wish I could take a class, but I know I won't do it.

The site you linked has a Yoga Sequence Builder, and I think that may be my best bet to start with. The few little positions that I've tried several times, do seem to be getting slightly easier already. One thing about stretching, is that it's just a matter of time before you start limbering up - as long as you're consistent (which I plan on being).

Chloe said...

I'm no expert on computer shopping, except in knowing what I like. It's all a matter of personal taste.

I like Window's better than Apple, because I know it. But I've heard many people say they love Apple, and would never go back to Windows. I also like having a laptop, because I can take it anywhere with me, as long as I have my little wireless attachment with me.

Chloe said...

Solar, I'm going to check out the Denise Austin yoga videos you said you like. They have some on youtube that I can try out. I have the one I ordered that Don recommended, but I can't find it at the moment. I put a bunch of stuff in boxes when we were remodeling the room it was in, so now I have to dig through them and hope I find it. That's what I get for waiting so long to try it out. My intentions are usually good, I just have a hard time getting around to doing things.

Chloe said...

Jan, when you mentioned Yoga being good for kids, I started thinking when Emma's a little older, it'd be fun if she could learn along with me. Now I'm looking forward to it.

Chloe said...

Carol, I'd go so far as to say it should be illegal to put a 5 yr. old on a motorized bike. I'd never let a 5 year old play outside alone, even away from a road way, without adult supervision. Motor vehicles, humans or large dogs (to mention a few) are all a potential danger.

I don't think it's possible to be too overly protective with young children. Their safety and well being should be our number one concern at all times - they depend on us. They're incapable of making important decisions, and should not be expected to do so.

You can never be too careful.

Solar said...

Chloe,

Thats why I mentioned D. A. she takes into account that not everyone is as flexible as she is....the one that Carol just linked, is one of the ones that I do...a cpl times a day...but only hold the count to 30-40 seconds or so.....have to remember all of the time, that it is pulling the muscles....

Try this...once every hour for a full min. put your hands behind your neck and breath deeply thru your nose...and let it out thru your mouth...or both.......you will notice improvements in all things...

Ivy Green said...

I didn't realize how much my shoulder pain was dragging me down. More than just my shoulder had "frozen." Now that it has abated - thanks to my physical therapy - I have energy again. I am channelling it into all the projects I've neglected for months - if hay is to be made, it must be when the sun shines...no guarantees this will last.

My therapist incorporates yoga movements into her treatment, and is a great believer in its benefits. I have been able to cut back my pain relievers to just one Celebrex per day.

Ivy Green said...

Carol,
My print subscription of Yoga Journal has lapsed, but I still get a daily e-mail from them.

Carol said...

Some jerk, actually the tree guy visiting next door, just shoot an arrow toward my birdfeeder. It scared all my birds. He broke his arrow and thank God it was the only one he had.

I asked what in the hell they were doing and my neighbor said shooting at a can. I said I would perfer they didn't shoot toward my birdfeeder. He said you need to move back to the city, girl. I said, I will stay here and protect my wildlife, thank you. Louisiana is full of redneck yahoos.

He also told me that my Mr. Mallard was killed by some dogs and then hit by a car. He probably enjoyed telling me that. I did have a bad feeling. The road does get close to the river at several places and those two ducks were very tame.

Ivy Green said...

Carol,
That was funny you remembered my "Dust If You Must" post. I forgot about it! But now that I'm able to get out of my chair and move, I looked around the house and exclaimed, "I MUST dust!!" My mother's coming for Miss College's graduation in less than a month. I can't let her see my place this dirty. There are rooms that have had no human inhabitants since about 2007 - just bugs. One of them is the guest room mom will be staying in. So I'm getting busy while I have the will and the energy. I had three charities call for discard donations next week, and I said yes to all of them. I may have enough to fill all their trucks. My worst thing to accumulate is old linens. I buy new sheets and comforters to give a room "a new look," but then I never throw out the old ones. This time, they are going...going...gone!

Carol said...

Hey Ivy, I thought it was your mom who gave you that pome. Just set in her room and tell her how much you appreciated it.

Carol said...

Or you can just write, I love you mom, in the dust.

Ivy Green said...

Carol,
It was either my mom or her sister. I just want her to be able to walk into the room and be able to lie down on the bed without junk piled around her...it's been one of those deals where I open the door, toss stuff in, and shut the door. What went in, must come out. lol

Carol said...

That kind of sounds like my bedroom here. I try to keep the guest room nice, just in case. My sister is suppose to be coming in May.

Carol said...

New Post, sniff, sniff.