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Martial Arts

Jump!

The first part of class is always discouraging for me–here I am, trying to keep up with jumping jacks, push-ups, sit-ups. And jumping jacks are the hardest for me. Last night I was huffing and puffing and struggling and wondering if I even belonged in class.  Who was I kidding?  Here I am with all these fit upper belts who’ve been doing these workouts for literally years.  Can I keep…

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Martial Arts

stickers and stripes and everything nice…

Stripes.  It feels, on one hand, an accomplishment.  It takes me back to days of stickers on my papers in elementary school, of running my index finger over the shininess of the stars, so smooth in contrast to the paper.  Even if everyone in class got one, it was still special.  A sticker.  A stripe. My son has gotten stripes previously and been SO proud.  Super proud.  Last night, after…

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Martial Arts

Getting jiggly with it

Only a Mr. Ninja would tell me to look at myself in the mirror as I do jumping jacks to see if I’m symmetrical.  I mean, I get it the theory.  Mr. Ninja wants both my legs the same strength and flexibility, and if that is true then my jumping jacks should be symmetrical.  And I am clearly not doing that–after about 150 jumping jacks, my legs stop moving so…

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Martial Arts

Push-up challenge

One thing proving to be a HUGE challenge for me in class is full push-ups. I’ve gotten through a few decades without full push-ups. I’ve got some embarrassing elementary school PE moments repressed somewhere that deal with this, I’m sure. And in all my years of Ashtanga yoga, I was never strong on the chaturanga — the yogic equivalent of a full push-up–and usually just lowered to the ground rather…

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Martial Arts

martial arts–at my age?

   I needed something different.  We’d just moved from Florida to Colorado and I was invigorated by the dry mountain air.  Around here yoga seems to be something you do to complement your climbing/biking/running, and I didn’t find my usual gang of yoga peoples to have class with.  Years in the humid, flat swamps had left me sluggish, hesitant to exercise, especially if it meant leaving the A/C).  Now living…

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Herbal medicine

mentoring now available

As many AFEA graduates know, I’m always open for questions about herbs or complex presentations.  I love these questions!  Recently, I began a more formal mentoring / tutoring agreement with a new graduate, where we had appointments to talk and go over new herb patients.  I realized that after supervising and teaching at AFEA, I really miss the students! I’ve just relocated from Gainesville, FL to Golden, CO.  As part…

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Uncategorized

Loving my Shampoo Bar (the quest for less waste)

I started blogging for a local group called Zero Waste Gainesville.  I love the idea of going zero waste, and I’m writing about how I’m altering my purchases to lessen my personal negative environmental impact. Check out my blog at Zero Waste Gainesville!  Thanks! https://www.zerowastegainesville.com/zw-blog/2018/2/10/shampoo-bar…

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Mindful Charlotte Mason

What does nature study have to do with Giving Tuesday??

After all the shopping and eating over Thanksgiving weekend, the energy shifts from Black Friday and Cyber Monday to Giving Tuesday.  I’m not a big shopper (unless it’s a bookstore!) so we usually avoid most of the hubbub. But I love Giving Tuesday!  This year my kiddo is old enough I’m incorporating our chosen charity into our homeschool topics for the month, covering citizenship, botany, geography, ecology and language arts…

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Herbal medicine

underneath the leafy Linden tree…

Linden Tilia cordata, Tilia americana I was an herbalist for years before I fell in love with Linden.  It took traveling to Slovakia, where Linden is the national tree, to find the love. My family flew into Vienna and make our way to Bratislava and then Budapest by train. In addition to an amazing 16th century hotel room in Bratislava, I stumbled upon a bag of linden packaged for tourists.…

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Meditation Instruction

Five flower essences for meditation

Sitting down to meditate the first few times can be intimidating.  It’s natural for the brain to be moving a lot, jumping around, or to even be sleepy or lethargic.  And while there’s no substitute for practice and perseverance, there are some ways to help the transition to being more mindful.  And one of my favorites is FLOWER ESSENCES. As an herbalist, I love plants.  Plants can be extremely helpful…

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