Monday, August 26, 2019

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Stuff to make yoga even better

Over the past year I have had the privilage of being asked to review a a number of products from Yoga Addict and Mandukka. I wanted to share some of them with you.  I don't spend a lot of money on yoga stuff.  My first teachers were all about the work, not the stuff.  My early mats were crap that peeled and flaked after a few weeks.  I used blocks cut from industrial foam, wood and old books.  We were hard core and we loved it!

Now I have a beautiful mat, great equipment and blocks in pastel colors.

 

Now is better.

 

As you become more dedicated to your yoga practice you realize that there are products that make it easier and more enjoyable. Comfortable clothing, a great mat and a few props cam make it easier to focus on the practice and not be distracted by the accessories.  These are a few of my favorites.

 

 The Best Mat I've ever Owned: Manduka Pro

When I first started taking yoga 25 years ago I used these thin, green mats my teacher cut off a giant roll and sold for $10. They had no padding and started to peel and flake after a few months. I remember washing particles of it out of my contacts after class and the salty rubbery taste in the back of my throat. I didn't know any better and I loved yoga. At 40 I'm not sure I would have it in me to practice yoga in a school cafeteria on that mat anymore. Thanks be to any God who is listening that I don't have to anymore.

Two years ago my boyfriend bought this for me at Christmas and I still love it. It still looks great, it provides fantastic support and cushion and I love it. No other mat has held up like this, cleaned as easily and been so cushy yet supportive. Even on carpet, the slight stiffness of the mat makes it easier to balance. I've used this mat in beautiful yoga studios, in old school rooms, outside, on pavement and gravel. If you do yoga where you are, where ever you are, this is the mat for you.

My only complaints are how slippery it gets when I sweat and how stiff it gets in winter.

 

 Two Great Yoga Bags:

For years I just tied my yoga strap around my mat to grab and go, but especially during the summer when I don't have a coat with pockets to stash mt stuff in, these bags are great!

Yoga[Addict] Yoga Mat Bag "Supreme"

First of all, this is a beautiful yoga bag, I get compliments about it every time I take it to class. It is plenty big enough for my Manduka mat, well balanced and easy to carry with lots of pockets and places to stash valuables. This is my go to bag as a student especially if I am going to a studio class. As a teacher and someone who frequently does yoga outside and in "non-studio" locations (community centers, churches and parks) this falls a bit short, the pockets are just a bit to small for yoga blocks and I still have to bring a separate bag for props and blankets. I love it and wish I could use this bag more than I do.

I you are a yoga student, this is a perfect bag for you.

 

YogaAddict Yoga Mat Bag With Pocket:
This is the simpler option.

I have a big, heavy mat. My Manduka is the best mat I've ever used, but it weighs more than my mixed breed Rottweiler, finding a bag that has room and doesn't cut into my shoulder is hard to find - this bag fits the bill. It is good looking, sturdy and easy to carry. It doesn't have all the extras that some bags have, but I don't need 20 pockets and a built in lawn chair. This is a great, simple bag.

 

When I first started I wore my gym clothes. While I don't think you have to spend lots of money on yoga clothes, these are nice.

 

Yoga[Addict]™ Men Yoga Shorts:
The first thing I noticed about these shorts is how soft and thick the material is; the last few pairs of yoga pants and shorts I've purchased were thin and flimsy feeling. The material breathes well, soaks up sweat and does not feel constricting. They are extremely comfortable, move well and stay on even through multiple Sun Salutations, inversions and pigeons.

These are my favorite exercise shorts, I use them for yoga, cardio and strength training.  WHen I started taking aerial yoga this year, these were my go to pants for ease of movement without getting in the way.  Sadly, the waistband is starting to seperate and curl making them less flattering and comfortable.  Great shorts, but could last longer.

Be aware, they are designed to be form fitting and will show off you booty, if that's not what you are after, you may want to go a size up.

 

Yoga[Addict]™ Yoga Socks and Gloves Set

I've had these for a few weeks now and the more I use them the more I like them. I rarely have trouble with my mat getting to sweaty and slippery, my biggest problem is cold mornings when I cannot get traction in certain poses, like Downdog. These have been great for morning yoga and my more quiet practices. The gloves can get uncomfortable between the fingers in certain poses but the socks are wonderful. They make standing balances easier, help my ankles warm up and provide great traction - I want to wear them all the time.

Non Slip Skid Socks:
I love an intense yoga session, but these are prefect for a few quick warmup poses before other workouts. When I can't get outside for my workout I like MMX style cardio workouts and will often do a few yoga poses to warm up, wearing these I can quickly transition from yoga to cardio without taking the time to put the mat away and let my heart rate slow.
They fit snugly without feeling constricting, don't leave my feet feeling sweaty and let me run through the house without slipping on the wood floors. My only complaint is I wish they had dots on the toes as well. Great product!

 

Practical Reiki Classes

I don't know how long I have known Alice Langholt, the creator of Practical Reiki, but I remember my first impressions:

It was at the Universal Light Expo and she was this short, spunky ball of energy who bounced up to me and started talking about energy.  She was insightful, witty and had a strong moral code that impressed me.  This was just about the time Reiki was going mainstream and I was inundated by "fakie reiki" people trying to sell Reiki in a thousand different ways.  At first I was skeptical about her premise - Reiki simplified, but the more I talked to her and looked into her materials the more I was impressed by what she had achieved.  She had distilled Reiki down to its basics and tailored it to the mainstream health care industry. 

For a long time it seemed like it was just going to be Alice against the world, but then she did it again when she started teaching others, not only how to practice this simplified Reiki, but how to teach it themselves.  Alice has gone to a better place (a very nice home in Maryland), but her best and brightest student is still here.

IMG 2295When Joe and I first met he had never studied Reiki, but he had been fascinated for years and dove in like a dolphin to the ocean.  Studying Usui Reiki, Pranic Healing, Practical Reiki and diving deeply into energy medicine. I have watched his expanding knowledge and talent with awe and pride over these last few years and I am so very excited that he has begun teaching.

When I introduced him to Alice I had no idea what it would become, but his first Practical Reiki class starts March 19th.

I am incredibly impressed by the thoroughness of his preparations and planning for these classes, building on the foundation Alice laid out.  I can say with certainty that this training will be life-changing.  

Now I'll let him tell you about it:

Practical Reiki Workshop

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Whether you are new to energy work, or a seasoned professional, Practical Reiki will empower and strengthen your connection to healing energy.

Practical Reiki is a user-friendly, simple and strong Reiki modality distinguished by these characteristics:

             No symbols          &           No hand positions

*Reiki treatments may be as short as 5-minutes or as long as deemed necessary.

*Practical Reiki is PERFECT for those in the health care field as it's non-invasive, non-religious, painless and completely unobtrusive.

** Continuing Education Hours (8 CEs) available for Nurses from the Ohio Board of Nursing (optional). **

In four 2-hour sessions, this complete course includes an introduction and all levels through Master. A Practical Reiki Master certificate will be awarded upon course completion.

The workshop will be held 4-consecutive Thursdays beginning March 19, 2015, 7p-9p at a convenient location in Youngstown.

Cost for the workshop: $250
Cost for the workshop and 8 CE's: $270
(cost includes text book and workbook)

This CE activity, OLN-S-1602-14 being offered by The Reiki Awakening Academy has been approved for 8.0 contact hours by the Ohio Board of Nursing through the approver unit at the Ohio League for Nursing (OBN-006-92) and this program is approved to be offered through February 18, 2016.

Presented by J.M. Tkalec, RMT, PRMT and 

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Register Online at ClearSpirit.org

 I couldn't be prouder!

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Clear Spirit Reiki in Youngstown and Akron!

We've been talking about it for a while, but Joe is now bringing his own blend of Energy Work to Youngstown!  Clear Spirit Healing is a blend of Reiki, Pranic Healing and Psychic insight to bring physical healing and relief, clear energetic and emotional blockages and help you along your spiritual path. 

I am so very proud of him for embarking on this journey and the work he is doing is phenomenal.  You can check out is website at ClearSpirit.org and schedule an appointment by calling (330) 328-2308

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This Psychic Development Intensive Class is 16 hours long, divided into four 4-hour classes - $350 tuition.

Class size is limited – 14 Student Max, all students must be pre-registered.

Learn to be a psychic reader for yourself and others. In this class you will learn how to communicate with your spirit guides, receive messages and connect with your intuition. We will use meditation, group activities, partner work, and the “Seven Steps to Center” to explore divination, clairvoyance and your innate psychic abilities.

This is a challenging workshop. We will work with sensitive issues including emotions, relationships, forgiveness, ethics and morality as well as contacting spirits, reading the future, accessing health information, drawing the aura, and reading chakras. We will discuss business practices and legality for those who want to work professionally. Wear comfortable clothes as we will be moving about and taking the occasional field trip.

This class does not use cards, crystal balls or other tools. The magic is in you, not the wand or pendulum. Once you have learned how to access your own power all the tools and toys can be helpful and fun, but unnecessary. It’s all about learning to access your psychic abilities and unleash your mystical, magical mojo.

All Students will receive a psychic reading from John Thornton (included in registration fee) before class begins. Students also receive study materials including a workbook and access to the Student Forum. Graduates will receive a graduation certificate and will also be eligible for John Michael Thornton’s graduate workshops.

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