JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 238 :: stacy’s tip

24 Aug

Day 238: Opening Up.

I am officially on vacation. In the middle of a lake. On a houseboat. (Maybe even a bit inebriated…maybe? That’s so not yoga of me.) But the blog goes on!

Today’s tip is from my dear friend, Stacy. She is a yogi extraordinaire, acupuncturist and so much more!

Stacy’s Tip:
When I want to feel free, open up my breath, and release stress and tension, this is one of my favorite asana.

When done correctly, Parivrtta Upavishta Konasana opens the meridians that have everything to do with that’s happening in our pelvis, low back and hips. Most people store a lot of pain, tension and emotion in this part of their bodies. Unlocking this is a key to freeing up huge amounts of energy that can be used to support your vitality.

In this picture I am reaching out through both of my heels and my right sitz bone is reaching for the mat. The tip of my tailbone is lifted, inner thighs spin down and back. My spine is long. My lower arm is pressing against my inner thigh to give me leverage to twist and open my right side chest to the sky. I extended my top arm straight up to the sky then over my head towards my left toes. With that full extension, I then bent my elbow to relax into the stretch of my side body and my breath.

There are several meridians opened in this pose. These are the primary ones: Gall Bladder, Spleen, Kidney, Heart, Urinary Bladder, and Dai Mai. Which ones are opened, depends on where one places the emphasis and internal energetic awareness of the pose.

Find out more about Stacy’s work in the world. Plus! She is leading a yoga retreat in Guatemala next year if you want a little adventure and a lot of yoga!

Vacation. All I ever wanted… Vacation… happy to get away.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 237 :: justin’s tip

23 Aug

Day 237: Feel the burn.

I am officially on vacation. In the middle of a lake. On a houseboat. (Maybe even a bit inebriated…maybe? That’s so not yoga of me.) But the blog goes on!

Today’s tip is from Justin. Because, anyone can do yoga. Even Justin. While he is more of a smartass than a yogi, here is his best tip of the week.


“I always do on a full stomach. Otherwise, it’s just stretching. You can’t burn any calories if you don’t have anything to burn.”

And there you have it, folks. Justin’s tip of the week.

Vacation. All I ever wanted… Vacation… happy to get away.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 236 :: amy’s tip

22 Aug

Day 236: That’s so yin of you.

I am officially on vacation. In the middle of a lake. On a houseboat. (Maybe even a bit inebriated…maybe? That’s so not yoga of me.) But the blog goes on!

There will be a few tips and tricks and inspiring notes this week from friends far and wide. Today’s tip comes from my dear friend, Amy Leigh Mercree. She is a bestselling author, wellness expert and all around inspiration.

Amy’s Yoga Tip:
My favorite yoga tip is to take restorative yoga. It’s the most relaxing and restful yoga I’ve ever done. And exactly what I’m looking for in a new yoga class. Bonus points if the instructor uses essential oil sprays or comes around and put essential oil on you while you’re in a posture.

Restorative yoga is yin, very feminine. I use that time to nurture my feminine side because we live in a world that is so action oriented. In a typical class you stay in a posture anywhere between five and 15 minutes. But you’re completely supported using bolsters blankets and blocks. So it’s really a deep stretch without any tension. After class, you feel softer, looser and more relaxed. Now that’s my kind of yoga!

You can see more from Amy at: Amyleighmercree.com
@amyleighmercree on Instagram, snapchat, and Twitter.

Plus! Check out Amy’s new book:

Vacation. All I ever wanted… Vacation… happy to get away.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 235 opening up

21 Aug

Day 235: Vacation Nation.

Vacation has started.

And much like the year we went to the grand canyon, this vacation will also be taking me outside the realm of a reliable internet connection.

And, in many ways, that was one of the best parts of vacation. A week on the earth without connectivity to anything other than friends, family and nature. Oh, there was so much more too – you can read about it here.)

This year we are off to Lake Powell.

© Dndavis | Dreamstime.com – Lake Powell

So I have repeated the process I used a few years ago in the canyon – prepopulated blog posts! This year, they will be yoga tips from friends far and wide. Some are funny, some are science, some are brilliant. Further proof that there is a yogi in each of us.

Enjoy the yoga series…. and I will see you, back live, right here on the blog August 29th. But I will be here in spirit, every day. AND… I will be doing yoga every single day on the Lake too.

My goal is to get photos (oooh red rocks!). But I’m sure I will come home with much more. Because vacation always opens us up to more. And I can’t wait to see what is in store!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 234 :: oh, smores

20 Aug

Day 233: Taste and Smell.

Taste and smell.
Two very important senses that record and help us remember so many moments in life. Tonight I was reminded of these:

  • Smoky fire.
  • Gooey Marshmallows.
  • Melted Chocolate.
  • Smores.


The smell and taste of vacation.

As far as yoga goes, I officially did stretching and bending in cars, on planes, and inside an airport today. And, in this yearlong promise, I am learning, sometimes doing less is more.

(That applies to smores too!)

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 233 :: this body of mine

20 Aug

Day 233: Beauty.

This body of mine is getting ready to go on vacation. Oh, the deadlines, the packing, the stress! This body of mine will need a vacation after just the process of preparing for vacation….

And, in the middle of that chaotic stress, this came across my radar.
It’s a movie called Embrace. And this is the official trailer.

The trailer has me reflecting on my body. And beauty.

And the power of becoming one with the limbs and life that I hold inside this form. It’s one of the reasons why I chose a year of yoga. To unite, to union, to understand my body and become one with it.

And, let’s face it, to also get into great shape.

The interesting thing is this. My shape hasn’t changed. But my mind has. And, that, may be the whole-entire-yoga-every-damn-day point! Of my yoga promise and this move.

Namaste Vacation! Here I come. Swimsuit, dimples, rolls and all.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 232 :: vacation all I ever wanted

18 Aug

Day 232: The final countdown.

There’s nothing like a deadline. And tomorrow’s deadline is the start of vacation. The best kind of deadline there could be.

Yoga? Yes… taking it on the road!
What are you doing to keep your promises?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 231 :: good choices made daily

17 Aug

Day 231: Every damn day.

Today I’m thinking about daily mistakes, the tiny, little choices that we make every day. My friend Lauren has a saying, “Poor choices made daily.” She usually says this out loud when a car passes her in the wrong lane. It’s half funny, half commentary, but all true.

And tonight, as I looked at which day of the year it is… the number at the top of this blog, something looked funny. Because I made a mistake.

I had written Day 221.
The fact of the matter is we are at Day 231.
Somehow, throughout the year I have lost a few days. Ten days to be exact.

Ten days? Where did they go? They dropped away quietly in the dark as I sat here at my desk writing my late night blog. That is what happens when you’re tired. You lose time.

Poor choices made daily.

So it makes me very happy to report that I make good choices daily too. That’s what this yoga promise is all about. Taking care of my body. Stretching my limits. Balancing my energy. Letting go of pent up stress with a downward dog.

It’s my promise. And it’s a good one. Even when I barely have the time to squeeze in a plank or two before midnight.

So, no matter where you are with your promises, repeat after me:
Good choices made daily.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 219 :: netflix yoga 

17 Aug

Day 219: Moooovie.

Sometimes you do what you need to do… tonight it was movie yoga.

Gotta love Netflix.
If there’s one thing I have learned with GOALS it’s …ya gotta do what works.
It’s as easy as Netflix and Yoga.

And it works!

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 218 :: graceful

15 Aug

Day 218: Oh, Deer.

We had visitors in the yard today. Through the parking lot, up the hill, two little deer. At first, I thought one was Brady. They look similar in a way. Except these deer are a bit more graceful.


Deers symbolize Grace.
And, that’s something I’ve been thinking a lot about lately. Grace under pressure. Grace and ease. Ease and Grace.

It’s a beautiful thing. To gently leap through life with grace.
That is quite possibly the message this yoga promise is trying to teach me.

Easy does it.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

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