Hello again!

I’m writing to reconnect with my bloggers! It’s been a crazy last few months and I am so ready for school to be out!! My oldest son is in Austin taking summer classes! I dropped by unannounced and found his apartment very clean except for his bedroom and bathroom. (Typical for him).

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It’s why boys need moms to drop in periodically!
We have had recitals and end of year programs and a National honor society inductee as well as employees taking vacations and blah blah blah!
So I’m exhausted and what did I decide to do about it?
I’m adding more yoga classes to my routine. It will be good for me and I need to focus on overcoming the tedium that the end of the school year causes in a family. No they aren’t doing much in school but here it is summertime and what shall we do as parents?
I’m going to enjoy it and focus on my yoga classes!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Take care of yourself

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You can’t take care of anyone without taking care of yourself first. Remember that you are only as good as your best intent. Don’t be afraid to take care of yourself first. If you aren’t happy, how can you make anyone else happy? So find your joy and practice it. Whether it be yoga or writing or dancing or running, find your joy. Even if sitting and thinking, meditating if you will, enjoy the moment.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

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I’m just a human mother

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I don’t consider myself a super mom by any stretch of the imagination. My kids get their vaccinations and make straight A’s, generally. I’ve never put as much pressure on grades as I have on learning. I need time to myself to unwind and I’m usually pretty grumpy in the mornings.
Luckily, my family is supportive in my quest for betterment and they live with my faults.
I had a delightful girls weekend in Awesome, Texas (Austin) over November 8-10. We went to visit my son and attend the Wanderlust Festival for yoga training. Yes, it was a double trip, to check up on him and get away to do yoga! We also felt the need to see some live music and rock the night away. Which we did!
I took some awesome classes and completely fell in love with a new form of yoga that I had never practiced even after 15 years. More about that later.

I made it home after a relatively eventful weekend to a mostly clean house and lots of laundry with a washer that won’t spin. (It will eventually but you have to jump start it and a real repairman actually tried to fix it). I had to wait for him today as well as a car part.
So I’m expecting a quiet day at home with the kids at school, but my daughter complained about a sore throat last night and she never complains. After over the counter pain relievers that didn’t help (being the pharmacist that I am), I tried this tea.
I added honey for its soothing effect but she didn’t like it sweetened. It made a huge difference. No, she didn’t make it to school today and my day of rest was interrupted by a beautiful, sick daughter.
I may not be the perfect mom but I do the best that I can.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste

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Namaste’

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What a beautiful word for a beautiful concept. Yoga can be an essential influence on your mental health as well as your physical health! Sometimes it simply feels good to breathe. Find your spot and practice 10 minutes. Just to quiet our troubled lives and complicated routines, give yourself 10 minutes a day to breathe!
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste
April

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Bathroom clean out!

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So it isn’t time for spring cleaning, but my son recently moved to an apartment to go to college and I found myself with a whole lot of extra crap that was crowding my space and just not working anymore.20130905-003704.jpg
When my son moved out, he took what he wanted with him and left me with a mess to deal with. All but a few clothes and personal items were loaded up and hauled to Austin. I was left with out grown posters, books, music and misc. collectibles that needed to be dealt with. He was supposed to pack all this stuff up and leave me with a pristine new bedroom, right?
Wrong! The Tasmanian devil couldn’t have left a bigger mess!
I began on a cleaning tirade! Not really normal for me! I’ve lived in the same house for 12 years and only see under my furniture when I buy new furniture and it is most likely on delivery. This doesn’t happen often so, you understand?
Then my favorite necklace went missing and I went into total mania cleaning mode. Perhaps it’s the empty nesting syndrome but cleaning has become my major friend as I’ve searched for my much beloved necklace!
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I always took it off in my bathroom before my first yoga class on Tuesday mornings and I know it happened the same as always which began a massive bathroom clean out. I ended up cleaning out and repainting each drawer and cleaning each drain.

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The search has continued into my bedroom as I searched and cleaned each drawer, running my hands over each article of clothing, rummaging under my dresser and bed.
I’ve rifled through jewelry boxes and even repurposed a planter into a jewelry organizer so I can actually see where everything is and hopefully not misplace something I love. Every piece I own holds a memory of a jeweler or a vacation.

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I’ve chosen to enjoy the things that I have found during this cleaning expedition and try not to mourn the things lost. Life is a wonderful gift.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!

Your yoga mat stinks!!!

So how nasty is your yoga mat? Sweaty, stinky, slippery? Is that me or the person beside me?
Ugh! It’s my mat!!!
I bet they think its me!!
Talk about ruining your focus!

So how do you clean a yoga mat? I stick to the basics! I have some mats I clean one way and others that I throw in the washer! I’m not about to throw my forever Manduka mat in the washer! For one thing, it’s so heavy, my washer would shake the house down!
I spray it down with a hose and hang it to dry but I have several other mats that I carry with me from class to class and person to person. I’m a pretty clean person and don’t want to spread funky fungi or bacteria to my clients, especially those that are immune compromised. The washer is a great option but use mild hand wash soap instead of your normal detergent!
NEVER, EVER put hand soap or dish soap on your mat unless you are ready to throw it away.
Just so you know, some yoga mats have a thin film on them when they are new that needs to be washed off. You’ll know you have one of these if your “sticky” mat is not sticky and you feel like you are slipping and sliding. If so, use the washing machine or the hand washing method first.
I once bought an organic “yoga mat” spray that I loved but you can easily make these on your own.
First, buy you a cute spray bottle that you love to look at and will enjoy using frequently and add it to your mat bag along with a cotton cloth just for cleaning your mat. Even an old perfume atomizer will work.
You can spray your mat down after each practice with a mixture of a few drops of aromatic oils mixed in water. Remember, these are highly concentrated oils and some may irritate your skin so try it first on your skin before you accidentally develop a love/hate relationship with your mat.
I personally like lavender, but ti-tree oil and grapefruit seed extract (GSE) are natural antiseptics and anti-fungals. Consider using these on your studio mats. Not so fragrant, but equally antiseptic, is a mixture of vinegar and water. 7 ounces water to 2 tablespoons of vinegar and you may or may not smell like a salad.
To make your yoga mat spray put 4 drops of lavender, 3 drops of ti-tree and 3 drops of grapefruit seed extract into your spray bottle.
Fill the bottle with pure water, cap it and shake well before each use. Use it as sparingly or as liberally as you like. Not all three oils have to be used, but use the ones you like the most.
Lavender is the least irritating and the most appealing to me.
Leave the mat out to air dry or roll it in a towel and step on it, jump on it, balance on it to remove excess moisture. The thicker the mat and the humidity in which you dry it will determine how long it takes your mat to dry. Leave plenty of time. It may take a few hours or a few days depending on where you live.
Men, I didn’t leave you out on purpose, I just forgot about you. A male yogi uses ti-tree oil and Texas cedar oil in his mat spray! Didn’t think you guys would want to smell like lavender. Sorry for the exclusion.
Think! Live! Love!
Namaste!
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