DIY Yoga Class

I love yoga.  LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it.  I don’t practice it nearly as often as I’d like to, but when I do take the time, I always say to myself, Why don’t I do this more often??  Today is one of those days that feels like it needs a yoga infusion!  I’ve been up every night this week, with a sick husband the first two nights, and a long call shift last night.  I’m itching to get my energy back and my blood pumping!

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Problem is, there aren’t a lot of yoga studios near my house… more like a lot of cows and open fields.  The one yoga studio I used to go to switched their schedule around, and now there really aren’t any class that work for my crazy schedule.  So what’s a girl to do?  Enter in one of my favorite websites:  Do Yoga With Me.

This website has tons of free yoga videos.  You can search by time length, instructor, difficulty level, or even just learn the individual poses.  So the next time you find yourself itching for some yoga but don’t have the time to drive to your local studio, head over and check em out.

Namaste!

 

This post is part of Frugal Days, Sustainable Ways.

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Occasionally, in the middle of blogging, working, seeing clients for my externship, and sleeping, I have time to read an article or two from someone else’s blog.  One blog that I sometimes frequent is “Well”, a health and wellness blog that’s part of the New York Times.  It’s a good way to keep up with some of the health topics that mainstream media is talking about, and I enjoy the variety of subjects they cover.  The other day I saw the post “Overcoming a Heart Condition to Win Olympic Gold”, and my intereste was immediately piqued. Continue reading

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This week I took a couple days off work to relax, recharge my batteries, and catch up on some things I’d like to do.  I’ve been so busy this year with school, blogging, and now my externship, that I haven’t taken a whole lot of time for myself.  As I was planning what I wanted to do with my time, I tried to remember the last time I actually got outside and enjoyed the sun and the outdoors.  And you know what?  I couldn’t remember. Continue reading

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Daily Activity as Exercise

Walking the dogs can be great exercise.

For my program at NIWH, we had three sessions on exercise physiology.  At first I was dreading the 6 hours of videotaped lecture that I was going to have to watch, thinking it would be dull and boring.  But I have to say, I really enjoyed the lectures, and learned a great deal about how even our daily activities can have a great impact on our health. Continue reading