Category Archives: Yoga

Bellabeat Leaf Review

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Wondering about the Bellabeat Leaf? The info in this post applies to both the urban and nature, they use the same app. I got the Rose Gold Nature for my birthday and thought I would give you my review on what I have experienced with it over the last couple months.
My husband got it for me for my birthday. I like tracking activity, and it seemed really yoga type focused what with the meditation stuff built into it, so he thought it would be perfect for me.
Right on the box it says BREATHING, SLEEP, ACTIVITY, MONTHLY CYCLES.

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BREATHING.
The app has several guided meditations, probably like 20 of them, that you can listen to and wear the leaf while you are listening to them. Most of the ones you listen to, you pick between 3 min and 10 min. There are some other meditations that you can manually input that you completed on your own.

SLEEP.
Tells you if you were restless during your sleep or not. I found that it didn’t actually tell me when I woke up unless I actually got up and out of the bed, but even then sometimes it wouldn’t say I woke up. When you synced the leaf with the app it asks if the times seem correct or not. You can change the start and end time in 10 min increments.


ACTIVITY.
Pretty much it’s a cute pedometer. It tracks your steps, and that as activity. If you aren’t moving in a way that it likes, it won’t give you credit for your activity for the day. I can do an entire level 2 power vinyasa yoga class and it won’t give me any credit for movement. What the heck right? It likes walking, running, jumping type stuff. You can input the activity on the app afterwards and it gives a calorie burn count. That count is the same thing every time for whatever activity. So 60 min yoga class will always list as 286 calories.
There are a bunch of choices of activities that you may have done and can input into the app. You don’t need to be wearing the leaf for that, because wearing it doesn’t make any difference. In my opinion, kind of silly that you have an activity tracker that doesn’t really track the activity and doesn’t know how much effort you put into anything. I do a lot of different activities, so to have every yoga and every circuit training look like the same thing, it’s not very encouraging. I know a big reason why people have activity/fitness trackers is to give them motivation to keep doing things daily, leaf doesn’t do that for me.

The green is activities I’ve manually input where as the orange is what the leaf has doc tracked.

MONTHLY CYCLES.
It stores the info you put in and then tries to predict when your next period will be and for how long. Works nice if you have a regular period. Also is nice if you don’t have another period tracker app where you store that info. I already had one, so this was a repeat and didn’t do anything additional. The monthly cycles effect what it says your stress levels are. Truthfully, it is the main thing that determines what it says your stress sensitivity is. From what I experienced stress sensitivity is based off of how close you are to your menstrual cycle, if you have been working out and sometimes if you have input any meditation lately. Right before your period the stress sensitivity goes way up. Yet on some of my most stressful days where I was breaking down in tears, it said I was still at only 9%, where as when I was near my period it would go up to 35-45%. Dependable for basically nothing.

The lightening bolt ⚡️ is the stress sensitivity section.

Once you tap on the period tracking part this view of your menstrual cycle comes up.


Necklace, Bracelet, Shirt, Pants.
If you are bending over a lot, you don’t want it on the necklace setting. During sleep having it on as the necklace shows you more wrestless but even worse is the bracelet setting. Clip on your pants or shirt is the most reliable for sleep.
I wore it in each setting other than bracelet (because it said don’t wear it there when working out) during yoga and didn’t really make any difference. It really was a matter of preference and what type of clothes you are wearing. Sometimes it slides off and falls on the ground during a workout, but totally depends on the clothing it’s clipped to.

Here is my synopsis:
It’s a pretty pedometer with an app and a reminder to stay active. Not worth your money unless you don’t really want an activity/fitness tracker. I actually wouldn’t recommend it to anyone I know. Get a different activity tracker and download a free meditation app and or free period app.

-Amber

 

Cobra Pose, Bhujangasana

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Sanskrit: Bhujangasana (sounds like boo-jon-goss-a-nuh) भुजङ्गासन

Generally in yoga classes, the first version of cobra is used. Baby cobra (see pic below). You are opening your heart while working on strengthening your back muscles and are holding yourself up using them with little to no pressure on your hands. This is the version of cobra used in Bikram style yoga, or Hot Power Fusion classes, in Vinyasa classes I often see the series of them placed together in order to warm up your back.

In baby cobra, momma cobra or full cobra, you keep your legs tight together like one long tail. Your big toes press into the ground and you keep your thighs also on the ground.

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Warrior 2

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Warrior 2

Warrior 2, in Sanskrit the pose name is Virabhadrasana 2. 

  
Virabhadra means the name of a fierce warrior. There are 3 different warrior poses, all originating from the same warrior. There is an interesting story of why there are 3 poses. She retells a the story beautifully here, Virabhadrasana Story. Basically it ends up meaning that the Higher Self destroys the Ego for the sake of the Heart. That can be applied inward to yourself as, through compassion your higher self forgives the ego but still withdrawals to remember the essence of the heart.

Back to the physical practice, or Asana. Warrior 2 is a pose that is fundamental to any Vinyasa style class. 

The term vinyāsa may be broken down into its Sanskritic roots to assist in decoding its meaning. Nyasa means “to place” and vi means “in a special way.” Like many Sanskrit words, vinyāsa is a term that has many meanings.  Vinyasa denotes a flowing, dynamic form of yoga, connecting Asanas (poses) to pranayama (breath).  Vinyasa is also used as a noun to describe the sequence of poses that are performed between Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward Facing Dog) as part of a Surya Namaskara (Sun Salutation sequence). 

The short video below shows the sequence of poses I’m going to be explaining.   

Starting from downward facing dog

    

Breath in Yoga (ASL Video)

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Linking your breath to your movements is a very important part of yoga, it’s not all just poses. Yoga means union or connection. Uniting your breath with your movements, clearing your mind and connecting with the present-now. 

Yoga lives in the present, aiming to teach yourself to let go of outcomes. Be here now. What’s past is past, there is no future, only now. Once you get to that next moment in time that was the future, it is the now.  Focusing on your breath, being able to keep it consistent throughout your movements allows you to truly be in the now.  Not off in your mind thinking about what to make for dinner, what that person meant when they said that, or what you have to do later on. Just now. 

Inhale-move

Exhale-move. 

Amber 💕

Sun Salutation A, modifications to fit you

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There are some modifications you can do to some poses to make them more accessible (a better match) for you. Doesn’t matter the reason why, if you feel like it would be better for your body, you modify and do it that way. Doesn’t have to be every time either. Maybe one time feels right when another doesn’t. Pay attention to what your body is telling you. 

   

What does yoga mean? (ASL Video)

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Don’t mind the messy hair and no makeup, if I waited til my hair was all done and makeup done, no video would ever get posted. Haha

Basically the word YOGA means union/unite or connection/connect.   

Sun Salutation A, in ASL

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I’ve been thinking lately that I need to try and make the world of yoga more accessible. So, this is the first of a series of videos dedicated to explaining yoga poses and sequences in ASL. 

This Sun Salutation A video didn’t keep recording the entire time, unfortunately for me (memory full on my phone, blah) but it cut off at a pretty good spot. 

The next video I will explain the breath and how it matches up with your movements. 

 Here is another visual of Sun A.  
 

Wanderlust Yoga in the City 2014

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wanderlust 2014Wanderlust Yoga in the City is coming to SoCal!!! Santa Monica Pier to be exact 😉 This is a free event that you do NOT want to miss!!!  Don’t forget to register to save your spot!

Sign up here

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Amber and I went last year and had such a BLAST…. It is a day filled with free yoga classes taught by local instructors, live music, and tons of vendors handing out great freebies!!!  As if it couldn’t get any better, your view during all of this fabulousness is the OCEAN! SO serene…

 

This event is not typically accessible to the Deaf community. However, we reached out to the event coordinators to inquire about that issue. We offered to volunteer our interpreting services, and they were ALL FOR IT!!! Deaf or Hearing please come and join the FUN :):):)

 

 

We can't wait to see you all there!!!!

We can’t wait to see you all there!!!!

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