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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 355 :: the yoga kindness

20 Dec

Day 355: Circles.

OMG it’s almost here. The end of the year. Where has the time gone? Between bitter election campaigns and the media frenzies that followed, it’s hard to believe 2016 was only one year. It feels more like two, or at least one and a half.

I probably couldn’t have chosen a better year to dive headfirst into yoga. Or hide my head in downward dog to avoid it all. And yet, ironically, I find myself back where I started. Doing yoga. At home. Every night.

It’s like running in one big circle. Same yoga, same time, same mat.

Speaking of circles, we gave our niece a microscope for her birthday. An honest to goodness college level microscope. She couldn’t have been happier. Like squeal at the top of her lungs delighted. We spent the evening looking at slides and the patterns that all sorts of bugs and bacteria make when blown up ten bazillion degrees.

The pattern I noticed was a circle. So many circles. Blood. Butterfly wings. Lymph nodes. Ink. Cells. Cell walls. All circular in nature. It made me stop and think, and notice, that in many ways we travel in circles. Maybe it’s because we are made up of circles.

And so, I find it ironic, that I am ending the year where I began – boosting my yoga practice. Tonight was Day 8 of the Shred. And we worked on upper body physique.

Why is that ironic? At the beginning of the year I was working on my upper body strength with yoga. Just trying to make it through a few planks to get back in shape to go back to power yoga.

What is that ironic? Because this year has taught me a different kind of yoga. The one of kindness. Yes… Kindness. Not power.

Well, actually kindness is pretty powerful I have learned.  It takes more strength to be kind. It takes more resiliency to remain kind. It takes a heart of gold and abs of steel (okay, maybe not abs of steel but still…) to operate from a place of kindness.

That’s a circle. A golden circle. Some call it the Golden Rule. Something I was taught as a little girl. Isn’t it funny how long it takes to learn a lesson?

There is strength and power in being kind. It’s not about being NICE, don’t be confused. It’s about treating ourselves and others in the highest of regards and expecting, no demanding, that back in return.

Aha! See? Another circle.
The roots of kindness grow into the leaves of joy.

Tomorrow there will be more Shred Challenge. You can join the course here.
Namaste, Kindness. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{being kind?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 354 :: yoga is not

19 Dec

Day 354: Enough.

Back to the “Shred” tonight. And in it, the message was: “Yoga is not enough.”

Ah…. so that’s interesting. After a year of doing yoga, come to find out, it’s NOT enough!?

Really, the point was that if you want to be toned and in shape, you can’t get there by only traveling the road of Yoga. And I believe it. Because really, is there ever just one way, one thing, one tactic, one exercise, one moment that creates success?

In all aspects of life the best results seem to come from a mix of many moments that all add up. Because every moment counts.

Tomorrow there will be more Shred Challenge. You can join the course here.
Namaste, Every Moment. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Counting every moment?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 344 :: shredding it

9 Dec

Day 344: Here we go!

As the year is coming to a close, I’ve decided to go out with a bang. Or a shred. A Yoga Shred.


It’s a course from Daily Om, promising:

  • Up to 3 videos daily with top-notch yoga instruction — combining shred, flow and detox sequences
  • 21 delicious, nourishing recipes which can be used in any order throughout the program
  • Tried and true yoga shred eating principles for optimal health and wellness
  • Life-enhancing, success-building inspirations to help you feel healthier and happier on a mental and emotional level

Care to join me?
Namaste, Shredding. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Shredding?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 341 :: friends

6 Dec

Day 341: The finale.

Tonight. Friends. Finale.
I finally finished all 10 seasons. In order. One-by-one.

It was a yoga of the heart in many ways. Not only did it make me miss MY FRIENDS and my network of women soul sisters I have scattered around this country, it also makes me miss that young woman inside of me who was watching TV, then. The young woman in pursuit of her apartments, careers, life and love in the city.

I actually cried. Not for the finale, more for the remembering of MY friends, the people I love in my life. So see… you can do yoga with your heart.

Now… on to more yoga.
Namaste, Friends. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Friends?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 290 :: lady bug

23 Oct

Day 290: Fly.

This little one.

I saw her today. Flying around my car. Landing on the window. As if she was delivering a delicate reminder.

It’s Lady Bug Season.
Which means the year is winding down. Fall is here. Winter is coming. The year is coming to a close.

And so is this promise.
Keep on it.
Keep going.
It was as if she was reminding me to “Fly, Lady Bug, fly!”

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{fly}
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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

{less is more}
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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

{making choices?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 201 :: happy happy

27 Jul

Day 201: Birthdays.

All I can say about this yoga thing is that I hope it helps so that I look this good when I turn 70.

I mean, seriously?? Happy Birthday, Jaynane!
You look maaaaaaarvelous!
You look amaaaaazing!


 

And you ARE.
Happy Birthday to 70.
xoxoxo

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{happy, happy}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 76 :: mind. body. green.

17 Mar

Day 76: Irish.

Happy St. Patty’s Day. This one was too good for this lucky day of the Irish, so I had to share (thanks Margo!). My yoga tonight didn’t take this form, exactly. But I wonder just how much more flexible one might be… or become… if they attempted Irish Yoga?

Feeling lucky?

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{green?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 75 :: practice 

16 Mar

Day 75: Presence.

Before I’m off to finish this day with a little yoga, I’m sharing a little yoga inspiration that was shared with me (thanks Jill):

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{practicing?}
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