Monthly Archives: September 2013

Monthly Mantra September

Cultivating Peace. It’s not an easy task. Yogis come bustling into a studio with so much to shed; their day, their week, their shoes, their stresses; their fatigue; their tension; their distractions; their keys; their cell phones.

Lately we’ve been playing with weight and props, like sandbags, to connect to the breath, to ground ourselves into the moment, and quiet literally ground ourselves to the mat. Sometimes we start on our backs in supine bound angle pose, knees open, soles of the feet pressed together with a sandbag across the hip bones. The weight settling us when sometimes our minds can’t. The rooting down of the back foot in Warrior I. The press of the palms to the mat in Downward Facing Dog. The fold and surrender in low lunge, gravity bringing the hip flexor lower with each breath, sinking… melting… giving into the hip. Then, a twist on the floor to release the back, shoulders connected to the earth. Finally, legs up the wall pose, with a sandbag across the feet, pushes the hips more firmly to the floor. Here, we took the stillness and peace of savasana for several minutes.

Inspiration found in the most unsuspecting moments: bathroom wall of an amazing chiropractor at West Hills Chiropractic Clinic.

Inspiration found in the most unsuspecting moments: bathroom wall of my amazing chiropractor at West Hills

Chiropractic Clinic.


It does not mean to be in a place where there is

no noise, trouble or hard work. It means to be in the midst of those things

and still be calm in your heart.

I can’t credit the originator of the quote, but I wanted to share it with all of you.

~ jibean

Global Mala 2013: Intention for Peace

{You’re invited to the Global Mala 2013 in Portland, Ore. 108 Sun Salutations for World Peace on Sunday, August 22 at 12 pm. Santosha Yoga. All proceeds benefitted the Water Project.}

Global Mala 2013

Global Mala 2013
108 Sun Salutations for World Peace

108 Sun Salutations. 108 planks. 108 chaturangas (pushup). 108 tadasanas (mountain pose: standing tall). A mala is a set of 108 beads together to be used in meditation, prayer, and to focus the mind on a mantra. 108 is a sacred number in Hindu and Buddhist teachings and important in yoga teachings.

The purpose of the Global Mala Yoga for Peace is to unite the global yoga community from every continent, school or approach to form a “mala around the earth” through collective practices based upon the sacred cycle of 108 on Sept. 19th or 20th, Fall Equinox as the yoga world’s offering to further the UN International Peace Day.

Wherever you are this weekend, take a moment on or off the mat to cultivate peace within yourself and bring it forth to the world. As evidenced in the news this past week, we are collectively in need of peace. Peace is part of my yoga mantra for the month and you can read about it in Monthly Mantra September.


Fitness Confidential book review

I took a detour from my regular book club of my wonderful mama friends to meet up with PDX bloggers for a book club on Fitness Confidential by Vinnie Tortorich, written with Dean Lorey.

Vinnie is known as America’s Angriest Trainer, ultra athlete, cancer survivor, and I added: honest guy.

Dean is known for being a hilarious writer in Hollywood (think L.A., not Portland neighborhood) on shows like Arrested Development and soon-to-start The Crazy Ones (I’m excited about this new show! but I digress)

I’m known for loving fitness, always looking for new information, preferably the non-bullsh!t kind, on eating and exercising for optimal health and some good ole fat loss. I also love getting out and meeting new people, so the opportunity to meet up with some Portland-area bloggers from Cascadia Connect and hang out in a coffee shop, talking about a book, on a beautiful Friday evening, was definitely for me. Here’s us: The Mama Gut, Momsicle, Beeb Ashcroft (our fantastic organizer), Mostly Mommyhood, A Cloth Life, The Quirky Momma {not in order of appearance} #pdxbookclub

pdx book club Aug 2013

Back to the book, Fitness Confidential – at our book club, the vote was thumbs up this is a good book. But to me it’s more than a good book. It’s good advice. It’s simple advice. It’s clean advice. I feel like everywhere I turn there is a new gimmick, trick, exercise, diet, study, food group, food no-no; it is overwhelming.

Vinnie breaks it down into no-nonsense chapters with hunks of memoir thrown in and zippy one-liners he calls “Vinnieisms”. In fact, I started implementing the recommendations he made on how to maximize three one-hour workouts a week. Cardio, weights, which moves are worth the effort, etc. I appreciated his candor that you should always give yourself the full hour and that of course fours a week would be better than three. But, three is good. And the eating was a recommendation of two simple concepts: no sugar, no grains. He has logic, knowledge, reports, etc. that he put his time into reading and he’s been training clients in body-image obsessed Hollywood so I trust that it works.

Back to the personal anecdotes, I could have lived without the hookup stories, but if that’s part of his persona, alrighty. What I did appreciate was a chapter on the ultra races where he described a gentleman who is an amazing physical machine, but doesn’t look like your typical chiseled, tanned, uber athlete. And I liked it. I think it’s important to put out there, to the world, that a person’s appearance doesn’t equate their abilities. Being fit to lead doesn’t mean you have to look like a sports model.

After chatting about the book, a fellow mom and pdx blogger, Evelyn and I decided that Vinnie needs to write Fitness Confidential #2, the family guide. My biggest challenge is coming up with family meals and ready to go snacks and lunches for me to bring to work. It’s easy to say ‘make the time’, but it’s not just time. It’s what do kids eat, what do they like, what do they need, and do I want to spend my one hour of time between kids’ bedtime and my time cooking? My kids are great eaters and pretty enthusiastic about meat and veggies. Still, I’d love another no-nonsense book about implementing these strategies for a family with a toddler, preschooler, and a husband who can eat anything and loves noodles and nachos.

Fitness Confidential is a funny, fast read and if you have any interest in fitness, nutrition for fat loss, ultra races, leukemia, or silly personal-trainer-to-the-stars stories, check out this book.

fitness confidential book cover

~ jibean

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