But...I realize all good things have to come to an end sooner or later. Sigh, but there's always next year, right!
Thanks also for your awesome comments about the trips you've taken and where you want to go. I mentioned I want to go to India and I loved hearing where you've been and where you wanna go! I know where there's a will there's a way and I can't wait to see the photos from those trips that I know one day you'll take!
And then, Deb , Heather, Bekah, and Jennwent out for lunch and a hike that's oh a mile or so from my front door in Phoenix. It would be just my luck that I was out of town halfway around the world for these littleawesome events, but hopefully next time girls, I'll catch up with ya!
So without further ado, Here's Deb and I've got some more pics at the end.... ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello fine readers of Love Veggies and Yoga! My name is Deb aka SmoothieGirl. I know that you are fans of Averie's or you wouldn't be reading these words. I am guessing that you also might be fans of yoga. That is why I wanted to share this post with you, the devoted yoginis of the healthy living blogosphere.
OK, disclaimer up front: part of this post might offend natural blonds all over the blogosphere. For this, I am truly sorry. And it's really not my fault...I am merely relaying a true story. Here is a fact that might surprise those of you who don't me in person:
A very dear Brick 'n Morter friend (someone I know in 'real life'), who happens to be smart, funny and blond has made the determination that I, Deb am a Natural Blond! More than once. Gasp. I know, shocking, isn't it? Apparently, sometimes I say or do things that she thinks are...uh, how shall I put this... not characteristic of a super-genius braniac.
Case in point: I have done yoga for over ten years. My mat is so well-loved that I have worn little "bald patches" where my Downward Doggin' Feet live - about 62 times every time I practice. For every vinyasa (a series of poses in yoga that ends in a Downward Facing Dog), my little (or rather large, ahem) bare feet scrape little particles of yoga mat, which end up scattered on the mat itself. Then, when I end up face-down in Child's pose, the little bits of mat stick to my sweaty face. Cute.
Yes, I'm the dork who pops into the market on the way home with blue yoga mat dandruff stuck to my cheek. The poor checkers never really know what to say. They shift uncomfortably, then feebly gesture with one finger toward the tiny yoga mat particles and mumble something along the lines of "Um, uh, you...uh....there's some blue stuff on your face". To which I reply confidently, "Oh yes, the perils of extreme yoga!" Then I wipe my face, grab my Greek yogurt and get out quickly.
Did I digress? I guess my point was that I've done yoga for a really long time, and until recently, I did not know how to roll my yoga mat. Don't get me wrong, any monkey can roll.a.yoga.mat. The trick is to roll it up without getting the sweaty cooties from the studio floor back onto your mat, where your face will eventually lie.
I think about the ick-factor at the end of every class, however as soon as the mat goes into its leopard print carrying bag, I have that opioid-like serenity that makes me say 'whatever'.
I lurrve my yoga bag!
So the other day, I was at my hard-core step class at the legendary Gold's Gym in Venice Beach, Ca. The instructor is a fabulous woman named Heidi. Not a yogini, but obviously a smart cookie, she provided a classic A-HA moment for me while we rolled up the borrowed yoga mats for working our abs. She taught us how to roll our mats... sans micro-organisms. So, for all of you who can use this tutorial, read further...this post might just change your life!
Yoga mat Folding 101A:
Bow your head in gratitude for the practice of yoga & thank your instructor
Slowly stand up- try not to pass out
Do not begin to roll your mat as usual
Instead, fold mat in HALF!! I will repeat this part: Fold mat in HALF!
NOW roll mat as usual.
Insert into Leopard Print Bag and squeal because it's so darned cute
Buy Greek yogurt with yoga-mat dandruff on your face
The theory goes like this... the part of the mat that will touch your face will only ever touch your face, and never the floor! And the yucky underside that touches the dirty, sweaty floor will always touch the floor and not your face! GENIUS!! BRILLIANT. Thanks Heidi!!
Q: Now please tell me...Did you know the CORRECT way to fold a yoga mat? Do you practice yoga? ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Averie Again:
Thank you so much Deb for crackin' me up and for your Guest Post help!
For Mat Rolling, I use the "flip the mat over, the roll it up from the foot end first" technique. That way when you un-roll the mat the next time, the "curve" or bowing (that naturally happens when it's rolled) is pointing downwards and you don't have that annoying mat edge rolling up by your nose. It's downwards, and it's by your feet. What's everyone's mat rolling techniques?
But before I go a couple Aruba Pictures... The sea was a little Rough Today
But I love a good swim, no matter what! Random facts: I used to be a lifeguard in high school and college and taught swimming lessons, too. Oh, and I'm SCUBA dive certified with PADI And have been since 2004. I love diving!
This is our friend Andre the Aloe Man. Always dressed like a Pimp, barking out the words, "Aruban Aloe, great for your skin, drink it to help your bronchitis, constipation, bursitis, impotence, and your sunburn." Classic.
What's the one type of sport or athletic endeavor you'd love to try but haven't yet?Is there anything you're a little scared of? I know that Allie just mentioned she Went Brazilian, (Jiu-Jitso that is)and Heather, Bekah, Deb, and Jenn all went hiking, and Shelley wrote to me to tell me she was trying out yoga!(and tons of you write me to tell me you try out yoga and think of me....ahhh, that's awesome!!!), but if I could do more Acro-Yoga, or Scuba Dive more, I'd be in heaven! And, I'd love to go to Circus Camp!Trapeezes, flying, sailing through the air, Cirque du Soleil style, bring it on!What do you want to do?
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