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Gingerbread Yoga People Recipe

1 package (4 serving size) butterscotch pudding & pie filling
1 stick butter, softened
1/2 C. brown sugar, firmly packed
1 egg
1 1/2 C. sifted flour
1/2 t. baking soda
1 1/2 t. ginger
1 t. cinnamon

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Cream pudding mix with butter and sugar. 
Add egg and mix well.  In a separate bowl, mix flour with the baking soda, ginger and cinnamon. 
Sift together.  Add to creamed pudding mixture and stir until well blended.  Chill dough until firm.  Roll out on a floured board to about 1/8 inch thick, and cut with a Yoga cookie cutter.  Bake on a greased baking sheet for 10-12 minutes.  Makes about 2 1/2 dozen.  Acquire Yoga cookie cutters from bakedideas.com.

Enjoy!   Gaileee

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10 Best Yoga Poses for Women Gopala Rainbow Kids Yoga

Rainbow Kids Yoga Workshop at the Texas Yoga Conference – Wow!

At the Texas Yoga Conference, I took Gopala’s Rainbow Kids Yoga workshop.  Wow!

What fun that was.  It was setup in a Family Yoga format, where parents and kiddos participated.

We formed a circle, and if my memory presents it self correctly, we started with the scarf circle.  Each person took a scarf, and Gopala took the red scarf.  The one with the red scarf, well, we were to imitate whatever he/she did, and then the person with the scarf, on the the count of 3-2-1, we’d throw the scarf in the air to the person to the right of us.  Then the next person who had the scarf did some type of action, and we copied it.

Talk about a major cardio yoga session….those kids and parents were really creative with their scarves!  This actually took about 30 minutes to do.  I was sweating a lot, as were other people.  The kiddos really had a sense of gladness and delight on their faces. 

Our second set of activities were set in the land of Egypt.  We did a magic carpet ride with our yoga mats, rode horses, camels, giraffes, and build a human pyramid.  Each child took a turn with the kinq/queen Eqyptian hat, and picked an activity based on the Eqypt story.  We even morphed to the moon in a rocket ship and created alien yoga creatures through our adventure story.

For the Horse, Camel poses, Gopala had us doing partner poses to accomplish these style of poses.  He also teaches partner yoga, so he uses his yoga poses from kids to partner styles to create a fun family yoga encounter!

I was next to Gopala, and Kimmie, from Yoginos of the Corpus Christie Yoga studio.  As a side note, Kimmie participates in the Kids yoga program that teaches yoga in English, Spanish and Sanskrit.  How neat is that?  She teaches out of Rockport, Texas.

Here are Janice and myself enjoying our sweaty bodies from all the workshops that we took.  What a wonderful put on conference.  Took many styles of yoga, picked up lots of things to try out on my students (watch out everybody!!).  Hope it is as good next year as this was!

Gaileee

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10 Best Yoga Poses for Women An Article on Yoga from the Women’s Health Magazine

Good info from the Women’s Health Magazine about yoga!  Read on!

So here is the schedule for the next month or so.

Labor Day Yoga – September 7th @ 7 p.m.  To celebrate National Yoga Month, this class is free. Childcare not available on Labor Day.

September 15th – Tuesday Yoga at 7 p.m.  Yeah, thats right yoga on Tuesday!  Monday is open
house at Nederland High School, and I’m on the PTA, so, this week Yoga is on Tuesday.

September 21st & 28th – Yoga at 7 p.m.

After the “Swinging Singing Sisters” finish their practices on Monday night (approximately Oct 18th), then we will switch
the starting time of yoga to 6:30 p.m.  Specific date I’ll announce later.

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After the first of the year, I’ll be offering a second yoga class on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m.  So Monday and Thursday at 6:30 pm, starting at the first of the year.

And now a interesting article from the Women’s Health Magazine.

Start yoga, stop snacking

It’s no news that yogis are typically hotties. (okay, well they aren’t talking about me….) But science is showing there’s more behind the enviable yoga butt than chair pose.

A study in August’s issue of the Journal of the American Dietetic Association showed that people who practice yoga regularly also eat more mindfully. That essentially means they eat when they’re hungry (as opposed to sad, stressed, or bored), focus on their food while eating (instead of the TV or Web browser), and stop when they’re full. The study showed that these habits are also associated with a lower BMI (Body Mass Index).

Similarly researchers in Australia published results of a study that showed a home yoga practice reduced the severity of binge eating disorder.

Try this sequence

10 Best Yoga Poses for Women – Practice these 10 poses in this order at least 3 times a week for optimal overall health.

Child’s Pose
Stretches hips, quads, back

Downward Facing Dog
Stretches spine, hamstrings, glutes, calves; strengthens deltoids, triceps

Warrior II
Stretches hips, inner thighs, chest; strengthens quadriceps, abdomen, shoulders

Plank Pose (Modified Plank shown- full plank, knees lifted)
Strengthens arms, back, shoulders, core, quadriceps

Fierce Pose (otherwise known as “Chair Pose”)
Stretches spine; strengthens quadriceps, ankles, back

Tree Pose
Stretches hips, inner thighs; strengthens legs, spine, core

Garland Pose (Sumo Squat – Mongolian Style!) – Not shown
Stretches low back, groin, hips, ankles

Boat Pose
Strengthens core, psoas, quadriceps

Bridge Pose
Stretches front of body; strengthens hamstrings, glutes

Half Lord of the Fishes
Stretches hips, shoulders, back, neck; strengthens spine