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Yoga Mat Etiquette, Trust, Submission, and a Winner!

Yoga Mat Etiquette and other fun stuff

(this is typically on a handout given to my Vessels of Clay Yoga Students)

1.     Yoga mats are rolled out gently, not plunked. . .=-)

2.     When walking through a yoga room, do not step on another person’s mat without first asking their permission. This is their “sacred” space where they take all of their intention, hard work, and let’s face it, sweaty foreheads. If a teacher comes by to make an adjustment, he or she will (hopefully) ask permission first if they have to step on your mat to make the adjustment.

3.     When finished with your mat, you can wipe them off with “specially made” yoga towelettes, or Clorox wipes designed to kill viruses, etc. Is especially good when the mat you have used is not your own!

4.     Folding of the yoga mat: especially if the yoga mat IS yours—fold the mat in half once, then roll mat up. This will ensure that the space where your own feet have been is enclosed, and the space which has been touching the floor (and all other things that have touched the floor) will not be rubbing against your mat where you have and will be touching your skin!

5.     Yoga mats can be washed in the washing machine and dried in the dryer—to a certain degree. Use woolite or another extremely gentle cleaner designed for delicates. Wash on cold in delicate cycle no longer than 15 minutes. (My delicate cycle is only 6 minutes long, so I go for the extra rinse at the end.) For drying, dry on air fluff or very lowest heat setting for no longer than 15 minutes.

 

Enjoy these little tips and have a wonderful practice!

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A recent bit of inspiration from class to enjoy/meditate upon/marinate in/ponder over the weekend…

Trust yourself. Create the kind of self that you will be happy to live with all your life. Make the most of yourself by fanning the tiny, inner sparks of possibility into flames of achievement.–Golda Meir

(How, you ask…?)

 7 Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:7

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And FINALLY, the winner of this week’s give-a-way is…..cue the trumpet presentation…

Veronica!!!!!

So my darling Veronica, let me know which you prefer: a teal yoga mat, a buttercup yoga mat, or an eggplant neckroll…and Congratulations!

Yoga mats in Buttercup Yellow and Dark Teal, Neckroll in Eggplant; which would you choose?

(Ps…not that anyone is worried over this, but just FYI, I pray over the names just before I draw one, that God’s will be done….thank you to all who entered, and please keep coming back and reading and entering and sharing!!!  Who knows whether or not the next give-a-way will be YOUR WIN?!? ….Well, God does. (=;  And thank Heaven the One-Who-Loves-Us-The-Most is in charge!)

Have a STUPENDOUS weekend everyone!  May God bless you richly!

And the winner is….!!!!

Well, it is the end to another wonderful week, and while I have filled my day off with plenty of (fun) work to do, followed by another trip to the swimmin’ hole (this time with my Mom as company; hooray!), I am gonna’ take a break right now to share with you the winner of this week’s Yoga Mat Bag Give-a-way!!!

Prepping for the draw....

First, I put the names on little slips of paper and found a cute bag to shake them in…

Then,  I reached in to pull out a name, and it was….(drum roll, please)…

Hooray for Shelley!!!

Shelley!!!

So girl, let me know if you’d like the light green yoga mat bag or the maroon one, and we will set a time and place for delivery!!! Congratulations!!!

As for the other bag, I think we can have another give-a-way later this summer, don’t you?!?  And I have OTHER things for give-a-ways, too, so make sure you subscribe to this blog to stay-in-the-know!!! (There will be give-a-ways open to the entire United States, as well, not just Southwest Missouri!)

The answer to the Question about which kind of beans the recipe in Kristen Feola’s Ultimate Guide to the Daniel Fast was Chickpeas OR Garbanzo Beans, because they are the same thing!!!!  So, everyone got the answer correct…way to go!!!

Also, thank you for the “mayo story”, Kelly, and I am so proud of Zack!

By the way, last weekend I mentioned that I would be posting soon about how the enemy can get ya’ riled on a Sunday, and that certainly was the case last Sunday…but God is the remedy, and sometimes He works out physical blessings, even,  in our response to turning to Him…a post about how our last Sunday turned out is forthcoming soon…=-)

But for now, I wanna share a little fun we had this week!

My husband is a wonderful gardener. I am soooo very blessed to have him by my side, as well as for reaping the blessing of what his green thumb produces!  What a marvelous man!  Here are some photos of his magic place:

Squash and Zucchini...my yoga students reaped some of those benefits this week!

Kale, Collard greens, and Spinach

Eggplant

cabbage, fennel, beets, and somethin....

And that’s not all!  My sweet hubby won blue ribbons for his vegetables at the county fair this week!  I get to go there tonight and see the win in “action”…=-)

He won 4 blue ribbons! This is the kale, but he also won for beets, fennel, and zucchini!

I have had some success in the green thumb department this week, too!  I have tried sprouting things several times, and it has NEVER worked for me.  Recently, we received a catalog in the mail with a coupon for $25 of product free with our first purchase!  It is the Gardens Alive catalog.  We ordered some broccoli sprouts for $9.95 and got a sprouter for FREE!  This week I decided to give it a go, following their instructions to a “T”, right down to the use of Hydrogen Peroxide in the rinsing water each time I rinsed, and would you believe it?  SUCCESS!!!!

Gardens Alive Sprouter

Each of those tiers holds about what you get from the store for around $4 here…I have only used about half of my seeds, MAYBE, so I may have “spent” $1 per regular grocery store amount…saving me about $12!  Yessssss!

"Brocco-sprouts"---one of THE most healthful you can get!

Finally, I have been craving (dare I use that word?) Calzones…so, on the way home last night, I used my little noggin to think of what ingredients I have and how I might go about coming up with a healthier alternative than the one I pass every day on the drive!

Using a mixture of Spelt flour, oat flour and almond flour with water, salt and flaxmeal, I came up with a dough…while the dough rested,

I chopped up some garden zucchini and romaine, rinsed some brocco-sprouts, chopped a few store-bought green onions and mixed them with 1 Tbsp EVOO plus about 1/4 cup tomato paste and a liberal sprinkling of Frontier Pizza Seasoning. 

After rolling out the dough, I placed the veggie mixture on top, adding a little vegan mozzarella (Lisanatti), and some Tofurky Italian Sausage (I know, they aren’t whole foods, but real Italian Sausage would have not have digested well and is quite fatty…sometimes in our moderation…we have to be moderate…)

I then folded the dough over, cut off the excess, and crimped the edges…

Baked the whole deal in my NuWaveOven Pro (I highly recommend it for energy saving costs and easy/quick cooking!).

In the meantime, I re-rolled out the excess to be cooked in the skillet as a tortilla for another day.

After 20 minutes in the NWOP at level 10 (about 350 degrees), it was time to behold…

Yum!!!

Garden fresh, non-wheat, non-yeast, completely vegan Italian Calzone.  Believe me, I thanked God for the bounty of my favorite kind of tastes in a healthy way!…and my hubby gets to have some for lunch today, too!  How’s that for Proverbs 31 Woman?  (giggle)  He’s very happy. =-)…and I am very glad.

I pray you are having a weekend full of bounty and gladness, too!!!

Psalm 18:20 The Message (MSG)

 20-24 God made my life complete
      when I placed all the pieces before him.

Psalm 100:2
Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.

What are you joyful and glad about today?  Please share by leaving a comment below…and we can all be glad with you!!!

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