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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 7 – KINDNESS  DAY 206 :: arising kindness

17 Aug

Yoga.

I actually did yoga today. A really short amount of yoga. It’s been months – MONTHS – since I did a downward dog. Hard to believe after last year’s Yoga Every Damn Day promise!

And yet, here I am, getting back into yoga. Learning that I am out of shape, and can barely touch my toes. It’s only been 8 months since I did yoga every day. Now…. how does that happen?

It all has me thinking about kindness. And how we include kindness in our days – every day. Kind-clude (including kindness) – if you will.

Which brings me to this – as we arise!

What if kindness was the first thought of our day.
The first action.
The first moment.
The first sight.
The first yoga move?

Maybe IF we did, we would all Arise and then Rise up to our potential.
Ah… kindness… you are such a good teacher.

More tomorrow….
Lovemore,
Jamie

{arise}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 365 :: gratitude

30 Dec

Day 365: One more day.

Gratitude: this year we get one more day. One. More. Day!

What will you do with your one more day?
I will be doing YOGA of course…and laundry…but I will be on the lookout for something special for this extra bonus day this year.

I mean, hey, if you didn’t use it up on February 29th, why not take advantage on December 31??

{xoxo} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 364 :: a year of yoga pants

29 Dec

Day 364: For real.

If this were a regular year, tomorrow would be the last day of my yoga promise. It would be my last required yoga practice. But since it’s a leap year there are two more days to go. Extra credit? Maybe. More trickery from 2016? Probably.

I am in full-on reflection mode. It’s what happens at this time of year, maybe you are too? As you look back and zoom forward seeing all that is in your past and what is in your path ahead.

Looking back, I see a year of yoga pants. Lots of yoga pants. And stretchy fitting yoga tops. I have practically lived in my yoga clothes this year, waiting for the moment I will surrender to my daily practice.

Leaping forward, I don’t see that changing. I will probably still be in yoga pants every damn day. It’s the “jeans” of our generation. It’s the uniform of choice. And quite frankly they are downright comfy soft chic. Yes, that’s a thing.

Looking back, I also realize that I have both loved and loathed my yoga practice. It has been opening and softening. It has been painful and pressure packed. It has been easy and graceful. It’s amazing how the same thing can be so different from day to day. Just goes to show how much can change in one day.

Zooming forward, I’m wondering how much can change in one year. I’m never the same person on Day 365 as I was on Day 1. It’s how this process works. I should know that by now. But it always surprises me. Will I do yoga in the future? Hell yes. Will I do it everyday. Maybe. Maybe not. Will it change over time. Oh, yes.

And that is the power of a promise. We don’t see all the little changes that add up day to day. But when we look at all of them over the journey of a year we see magic. Powerful magic.

And lots of yoga pants.
Namaste, Yoga Pants. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Got yoga pants?} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 361 :: going rogue

26 Dec

Day 361: One.

Da da daaaa da, da da daaaa da, da, daaaa, da, da, da…..
Tonight we went rogue.

Rogue One.

It was so good. So good! So good! (you can say that Fenway Park-style if you know what I mean).

It may not be the best Star Wars ever made but it was certainly a trip worth taking. I think what I appreciate most of all is the joy of feeling like a kid again watching the big screen with our now extended family of little nieces. I think we were all wide-eyed and curious. It’s the kind of thing Christmas Break is made of.

Speaking of Christmas Break there will be no Yoga Shred tonight either! Oy vey, I’m on a roll! But there was downward dogging and stretching and yoga all the same. Because I may be not be shredding but the force still runs strong in this one.

And…if you wish, you can still join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Force. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Going Rogue?} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 359 :: letters to santa

24 Dec

Day 359: And Whitney.
It’s Christmas Eve. And I’m loving the letters to Santa.

And the records we are playing from days gone by — Huey Louis and The New, Lionel Richie, Footloose, Whitney Houston.

We just woke up all the kids. Because we adults are being too loud. There is a little wine involved – but it at least has 13 essential minerals – so Merry Christmas everyone!

No Yoga Shred tonight! But there will be a downward dog or two.
You can still join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Christmas Eve. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Merry Christmas} 
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 356 :: wine and coffee

21 Dec

Day 356: Oh, yeah.

Tonight’s Yoga Shred is the best yet. It’s all about drinking wine and coffee. Wine? Coffee? I am paying attention now.


The reasoning to adding these two ingredients to your diet?
1. To evacuate better – Yup! That’s Coffee.
2. 13 Essential Minerals – Thank you Wine!

Best news of the year if you ask me! Actually, to be fair there’s also lots of tips on greens and fresh vegetables…. but… score one for coffee and wine.

You can join the Shred course here.
Namaste, Coffee and Wine. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{coffee or wine?}
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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 351 :: home again home again

16 Dec

Day 351: Lickety-Split. 

I’m HOME!
And with me I bring a little memory back from Chicago.

There’s nothing like being home, and being home for the holidays.

Tomorrow I dive back into the Yoga Shred Challenge. You can join the course here.
Namaste, Sleepy eyes. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie
{Home?}
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JAMIE’S BLOG – YEAR 6 – YOGA DAY 349 :: bocce yoga

14 Dec

Day 349: Day 5. 

Tonight was all about bocce ball. Thank you Pinstripes!

There’s nothing like a good bocce ball game to bring out my competitive streak. It’s quite the opposite of yoga, really.

Speaking of yoga. It’s also the 21-Day Yoga Shred. Today is officially Day 5. I have yet to look at my lesson plan… but that’s up next.

Want more? You can join the course here.
Namaste, Competitive Streak. Namaste.

More tomorrow.
Lovemore,
Jamie

{Competitive?}
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