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Posted Dec 28 2011 11:04am

A while ago, Reach Loop sent me these for review.  I wasn’t able to really try them out, as my back was doing so bad.  Now that my back is just about back to normal (still going for traction 3x a week and an adjustment 1x a week, but I’m going to have an x-ray taken next week I think, and hopefully that will show improvement and I will only have to go once in a while).

So Reach Loop is a very basic concept … it’s a loop to help you reach better/farther!  …One of those “duh, why didn’t I think of that” things!

This simple concept came about during one of my yoga classes when I was struggling to reach my feet during the Utthita Hasta Padangustasana pose. You know the pose where you reach your hand out to meet your elevated foot then swing your leg out? So I reached for the typical yoga strap and found myself trying to lasso my foot while on one leg. Then the buckle starts slipping…

Today, I can extend my reach with the Reach Loop by a simple flick of the wrist. I receive the full effects of the poses without worrying about being able to reach, be it hands behind my back or even a simple stretch.

These loops were originally designed for my own use but due to the overwhelming demand for their simplicity and practicality, I have started to produce them in larger quantities so others can benefit. As all of these loops are hand sewn in Media Pennsylvania, they each have their own uniqueness. Rest assured that they are all made with strength and durability in mind. Reach Loop- a helping hand in a simple band.

While I don’t do yoga, I do know the importance of stretching (even moreso now because of my back issues).  My 5-year-old nephew (the ever excited “kid tester” of anything I review) thinks they are fun to play with, and actually can use them quite well for being so small!  I definitely agree that these are very well made, and the owners are super nice as well!

 (my little “gym” area – my bike, hot house and chi machine, and Wii and exercise DVDs that are hiding behind the bike seat)

If you do any kind of stretches are aren’t seeing the results you want with whatever stretching bands you’re currently using, I would say to definitely check Reach Loop out.

It’s been a while since I last posted a recipe, but here is one I made last evening.  Sorta-kinda healthy…  :)

Yields: 3 large servings, or 5 more normal servings  :)

3-4 apples, cored and sliced

2 packets of raisin spice instant oatmeal

1/2 C flour

lots of cinnamon (sorry, I never measure things like this)

1 T olive oil

1 pat of butter (smart balance or whatever you choose)

1 dash (1/2 teaspoon or so) vanilla extract

Cut up apples.  Mix the rest of the ingredients in a bowl.  Layer apples + topping in a baking dish.  Bake in a 375-degree oven for 20-25 minutes.  Would be amazing with ice cream or milk, but I enjoyed mine plain.

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