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  • In Life

    Time is Precious

    I have never liked the feeling of being bored. And I’m not talking about when you’re sitting in a lecture or in class and don’t find the topic interesting. Or when you’re at a party or event and not having a good time. I mean those times when you’re sitting at home, have nothing to do, but also have no clue what to do. Nothing sounds interesting or exciting. Nothing can hold your attention. I’ve had this feeling a few times recently. I have Friday afternoons off and I usually…

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  • In Life

    Alternative Methods of Meditation

    Over the weekend I came across an article on MindBodyGreen about art being a great alternative to meditation. I haven’t been very open about it on here, but meditation is actually very difficult for me. Now that I know I have OCD and anxiety, I think that might be a contributing factor. I have tried visualization, mantras, pranayama, and more. No matter how hard I try, I still go down thought spirals. Sometimes I do find myself more relaxed after a 10, 15, 20 minute session, but the effects only…

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  • In Yoga/ YouTube

    Urdhva Dhanurasana Video Tutorial

    I have another yoga video up on my channel for you! This video tutorial breaks down Urdhva Dhanurasana, one of my favorite backbends that opens the door to many others. While a more “fundamental” backbend, it is quite difficult. Despite needing strength and flexibility in your shoulders, open hip flexors and quads, a lot of flexion in your wrists is required too. I show you 3 variations, all with different degrees of flexion in the wrist. The only props you’ll need are a blanket and a wall. If you don’t have…

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  • In Life/ Yoga

    Riding the Struggle Bus

    My theme for the week is “struggle.” I struggled through last week when life kept hitting me again and again and again. But I survived. Are things wonderful now? No. I still have messes to deal with, emotions to process, and disappointment to accept. But I made it through and this is a new week. I don’t do well when things fall apart, especially not when everything falls apart at the same time. My defense mechanism is to distract myself, listen to music, busy myself with work, and shut off…

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  • In Yoga

    Marichyasana III Prep, Sage Marichi’s Pose 3

    Everyone loves a good twist, myself included. We often think of twists as detoxifiers, but they are also great for spine health. Twists also stimulate digestion and restore circulation. According to Light on Yoga, the full version of this twist has many more benefits including, …splitting backaches, lumbago, and pains in the hips disappear rapidly. The liver and the spleen are contracted and so are toned and cease to be sluggish…It also helps to reduce the size of the abdomen. You can guarantee I will place at least one seated…

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  • In YouTube

    How & Why I Journal

    Yesterday I uploaded a new video to my channel talking about something that is near and dear to my heart – journaling. I have been writing in a journal/diary on and off almost my entire life. I still remember my first one, one of those diaries that had a built in lock. Of course I proceeded to lose the key and have to break into it with a bobby pin. Journaling has helped me get through some tough times, and has allowed me to learn more about myself after the…

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  • In Books/ Reviews

    Hunger by Roxane Gay

    I first found out about this book just over a month ago via Twitter. And immediately thereafter I discovered that Roxane Gay was going to be in Atlanta on her book tour later that same week. Unfortunately I couldn’t go because of my teaching schedule but I quickly ran out to the nearest bookstore and bought Hunger.  I was already in the middle of reading It by Stephen King (and still am), but when I went to LA I decided to bring this book along for the ride. On the way…

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  • In Life

    Lacking Inspiration?

    Have you been lacking inspiration lately? I know I’ve been struggling. I have a list of video and blog post ideas that I try constantly adding to, but I just haven’t had any new ideas in a while. And not for lack of trying! When I go through these phases I get tough on myself. I think back to college and how I was constantly producing work every day and question why I can’t do that now. Then I have to remind myself that creating was my only responsibility as…

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