Thursday, August 30, 2012

Yoga Books for Babies

My wee one is four months old now and I can barely believe it. I still look at her nearly every day and think... "How cool is it that I made that little person!?" But even though it still seems like she's an extension of me, I know that she's growing and will be more and more independent. Some day, she's going to do things that really annoy me--like get big, grow out of her clothes, and disagree with everything I'm working so hard to teach her right now. I bet she'll even develop her own thoughts about life. And, if she's anything like her momma, she'll want nothing to do with the things I like and find her own interests and hobbies...  Sigh.

That's OK. I figure I still have at least a couple of years before she realizes that her mommy is lame. Until that day comes, I'm going to do my best to brainwash.. err.. guide my little cherub to enjoy the things that I think will help her in life. That means yoga.

I jumped (well, I eased very slowly) back into my yoga practice when she was five weeks old so she's been watching me practice yoga since then. And she practices some pretty lovely, effortless poses herself. But my favorite time of the day is when I read one of these yoga books together.

How do you share yoga with your little ones? Do you have any favorite children's books about yoga? I'd love to add to our collection.

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Smart Phone, Stupid Habit

This morning I spent an hour looking for my iPhone. I searched in all the usual places: under the covers of my bed, the bathroom counter, my desk... I even went outside onto the back porch to see if I left it on the railing when I let the dog out and opened the washing machine to see if it could have fallen in. It was nowhere to be found. I checked all of its usual hiding places again... and again... and again.

In a near panic, I opened my laptop and sent my husband an urgent message. "I can't find my phone anywhere! Will you call me?"

I was ready to make my rounds again listening for the familiar vibrating I hear 10,000 times a day. I'd have to move quickly from room to room so I wouldn't miss its subtle buzz.

Finally, my husband answered. "Dude. I have you phone!" (Yes, my husband addresses me as "Dude" half the time. Isn't that sweet?) "I have no idea how that happened. I'll bring it to you. Give me 15 minutes." Phone thief. He must have picked it up by accident thinking it was his.


As I was waiting for my beloved to arrive (the phone, that is... well, the husband, too), it dawned on me how completely ridiculous the whole interaction was--and how dependent I am on my iPhone. When I lose it the first places I look are in my sheets and my bathroom counters? What is wrong with this picture!? Ridiculous!

Then I panic. What if someone tried to send me a text message and I missed it? What if my daughter does something cute and I can't take a picture of it and immediately post it to Facebook? What if I wanted to walk away from my computer.. and I couldn't refresh my email inbox every 30 seconds? What if it was lost forever?!

It's true. Smartphones have dramatically changed our lives. But they also have robbed us of the ability to live our lives without constant worry. Actually, it's not fair to blame the technology--I should blame my inability to create boundaries for the use of the technology instead. It's ironic, though, that I feel like I can't be without my phone for an hour because I might miss something, when on a daily basis I actually spend so much time refreshing the browser on my phone--or computer, or tablet, or other tablet (I have one upstairs and one downstairs.. yes, really!)--that I'm missing out on things that are actually happening right in front of me. You can bet that when the day seems to get away with me and I've accomplished little it's because I was so worried about what was happening in the virtual world that I wasn't present in the real world for an entire day. It's sad. And it's STUPID.

How do you create boundaries around technology so you can enjoy your life more fully, more mindfully, and live in the present? Obviously, I could use some pointers.

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Fall Fashion Round Up

I've definitely had fashion on my mind lately. Of course I'm more worried about what my sweet baby girl wears right now. I change her clothes several times a day--sometimes due to diaper leakage, sometimes just for photo opportunities. Even though I rarely find myself in a yoga studio these days, yoga clothes are my go-to for my home practice and grocery store runs. (I figure I only have a few more months when it will be acceptable to wear yoga clothes 24-7 so I might as well take advantage of it!)

I love seeing what the yoga clothing companies come out with for Fall. Here are a few of the new and noteworthy things I've noticed in the new collections.

Studio Spirit Wrap by Lucy
Yummy knit cover ups. I love these for their versatility because they are just as appropriate for everyday errands over a blouse with jeans. All the big brand yoga clothes companies seem to have something light and drapey that's perfect for before class or to bundle up for Savasana or meditation, but you can just as easily find a cute functional sweater at a department store for less. I can't wait for it to cool off enough for me to start wearing mine!

alo active wear ZEN LAYER BACK TANK
Zen Layer Back Tank by ALO
Royal Blue. Zobha's blue looks a little purpley. ALO's is a little brighter. Both are right on par with the trend in general fashion (well, if Project Runway's winning dress is any indication anyway.) I love this blue! It's dramatic, fun, and wearable any season of the year.

Ayana Pant by Prana
Miniskirt Pant. It's a legging with a kirt-like fabric covering just a little bum. I like to keep things positive, but this one confuses me. It doesn't seem very flattering to the hip/thigh area. I'm not sure what the functional purpose is since it doesn't even provide much coverage. On the plus side it does look different than every other legging, which is nice.

No Limits Tank
No Limits Tank by Lululemon
Peekaboo Bra. I hated this idea until I tried one of these tanks on. Now I'm a believer. I must not be the only one because Lulullemon is making two styles the No Limits Tank and the Turbo Tank. It's modest, but still shows off the body (teachers cam see alignment of shoulders). It gives that soft, drapey look that's so in right now, but without showing skin in inversions. Plus the mesh keeps you cool and dry.

Hangout Tee w/ VOTE
Hangout Tee by Be Present
Vote! This is an election year, and yogis are getting political. I love the idea of YogaVotes, a nonprofit backed by Off the Mat, Into the World that encourages yoga students to get out there and vote. This shirt by Be Present isn't new for Fall (I don't think), but a stylish way to send a message: I'm a yogi and I care about what happens in the world around me.