Saturday, October 11, 2014
My live-in girlfriend's daughter was 8 at the time and we started playing a game where one of us hides the 4 skellys and the other one has to find them. When all 4 are found we changed roles, so the finder becomes the hider for the next round. Another rule is some part of he Skelly has to be visible with out opening anything or looking under things. Some part has to be in plain sight. Well, this game went on for days and days. Before school and work, after school and work, many times over the weekend. We found it endlessly amusing. Sometimes we would even pose the figures doing comical things like using a soup bowl as a hot tub or doing a difficult yoga pose. Hey wait did someone say yoga pose! What a cool idea. I wonder if Skelly can really do a lot of them? Well it turns out he can!
So now he became Skelly with a purpose. I realized I could cut him a little 6 inch yoga mat and it would be proportional and really cute and cool. Since I had a line on getting the flexible skeletons inexpensively there was room to make this a product, so I bought a couple of hundred Skellys, cut a few hundred mats and took some photos of them in poses. Well, it caught the imagination of my customers when I shared the photos and we sold out right away and I had to get more. Eventually my supplier ran out of Skellys and we had to stop. During the year since I had been hunting for more Skellys till I finally found a supplier who could help me and well now they are back and there is no risk of running out ;--)
But wait you say, what happened to my friends getting Skellys and how long did the game with my girlfriends little girl continue. Well, if there is a sad part to this story, this is it. I sold hundreds and hundreds of Skellys and when my supplier ran out I was caught off guard. I needed every available Skelly to fill orders. I didn't even have any to play with anymore. I had one or two that I needed to hold onto to help me find the exact ones I needed. No more playing and no gift Skellys. Until now of course. Here's what my girlfriends little girl found at her place at the breakfast table this morning.
And my Vibes Tribe will get get thier Skellys this year, but don't tell them. Let's keep it a surprise!
The poster at the top was my idea to show off Skelly's incredible flexibility and how cool he looks on the mat. If you want a printable version or more information about Skellys here's a link to their page on my site.
Monday, October 6, 2014
I have butterflies as I write this post. It is a similar energy to when I open a gift or go on a sales call. Where my little self feels exposed and scared of rejection or disappointment and my big self is reminding me I have lots of friends and things of value to share and I need to share about them and regardless of what happens it will be OK. Whew. I really go through a lot....
My latest source of agony is asking you to vote for my organization Yoga Life Style to be eligible for a Mission Main Street grant. If selected I could recieve $150,000.00 to research and develop new products, do more effective marketing and improve my existing websites. I have lots of new products in the pipeline right now that I will be introducing in the next few months. This would supercharge the marketing of them and allow me the freedom to develop followup items right away. Here is the link for your vote. Thanks so very much. Also please share this link.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Tadpoles and Salamanders Support Craniosacral Practitioners
Yoga Supply Becomes Bodywork Supply
I am delighted my bolsters are a wonderful aid to therapists as they perform their important healing work. Since learning about this I have been listening for and I have been told about various ways the Tadpoles, Salamanders and other of my props are being used. I will try to document uses here and on the Yoga Life Style web site. If you have anything you would like to share please comment below or write me at ray at yogalifestyle.com.
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Thursday, June 26, 2014
Neck Free, Pain Free Headstand with Chairs
Neck Free, Pain Free Headstand: Go Down and Come Up Slowly
When you are ready to come down, bring the hands back to the chair so you can engage your abs and slowly lower down the way you went up. First bring the feet away from the wall, then bend the knees, then bring the knees to your elbows and then slowly lower the feet to the floor. Stop. Stay in this position, the Ostrich pose, for a few breathes. The longer you are inverted the more slowly you should come up. Once you sense that the blood has truly stabilized then feel free to stand up. If you cannot tell what's happening with your blood pressure just count 12 breaths before coming fully up. If you have any questions or suggestions please post them below.
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Wednesday, March 19, 2014
Monday, February 24, 2014
Sunday, December 22, 2013
The evening began normally enough. My lightly attended class was even lighter than usual with only one student. I love when that happens. The attendee gets my full attention and often shares more than I would hear in a fuller class. On this night Sam complained of stomach problems likely brought on by some terribly stressful circumstances in his life. After some discussion as to his interest in addressing this yogically, I set about teaching breathing and digestive exercises that can be helpful in such circumstances and soon realized that though Sam had been taking class with me for a couple of years he still didn't have the first clue about belly breathing. What?! No belly breahting!?! How could this be?!?!
The most basic, primary thing taught to all beginning yoga students. The relaxing foundation on which all other yoga relaxation and correct pranayam rests and my student who I had seen over 50 times didn't know about it. Fie! I have been remiss.
I set about correcting this problem by teaching what I know about this, but the situation was even worse than I thought! Before getting to how deep the problem went I want to digress with a short review of belly breathing and its importance to proper relaxation. I do this to inform the uninitiated reader, to remind the knowledgeable and to begin to make amends for my egregious error during more than 15 years of teaching.
One of the earliest lessons and something I do whenever I have new students who come for more than a week or two to my mixed class, is to lie down place hands on either side of the navel and feel the expansion and contraction of the belly on inhalation and exhalation.
OK so this is belly breath is natural breathing. We all did it as baby's and like so many things from infancy we have learned to do it differently. But why is it so important to relaxation? There are two main reasons that I know of. One is that relaxed abdominal breathing is less work than tightening the stomach or drawing it in to make the chest larger. The other is that working the belly is a way of holding tension. Fully relaxing the stomach requires softening the abdomen and this naturally leads to, you guessed it, belly breathe. This bears repeating. When the belly is relaxed the abdomen becomes soft and naturally expands on inhalation. It is a marker of relaxation. Like many things in yoga we modify what we do with the body and our minds take the hint. So softening the abdomen and letting the belly expand on inhalation makes it easier to relax. Cool huh?
Even though I had taught this to Sam years ago, I haven't been reminding him about it enough that it sunk in. Now here's where it gets worse. I checked with Sandy, a student who has been taking with me for 15 years. You can see how my teaching has informed the way she does her postures and I'm proud of my connection with her. I have created a special series of pranayam and guided relaxations for her and she has heard my explanation of belly breathing dozens of times as new people joined our class over the years and you know what? She is not belly breathing throughout our yoga class nor did she realize she ought to be. Oy vey. There are lots of other Yiddish words, mostly of self denigration that I think of here but won't share (email me if you must know them).
Beating myself up about this isn't helping anyone,however. (except perhaps the random Yiddish lover) Clearly I have to reemphasize breathing and specifically belly breathing in my classes. While I have been reminding my students to keep breathing slowly and deeply and through the nose as much as possible I've been leaving out the important expansion of the abdomen on inhalation and contraction on exhalation in those reminders. OM forgive me.