Yes, my classes are still on Zoom. If you live locally there are two options for live classes with me. I have opened my home studio up during the Zoom classes. Also if you are 50 or older you can join me at the Senior Activity Center in Sevierville. Jamie Blessinger teaches at the Community Center in Sevierville and Kappy Lapides teaches at the one in Pigeon Forge. All of these locations have websites and Facebook pages where you can check out times, etc. Jamie has been taking a break from teaching on Zoom, and Kappy has starting helping out on Zoom from time to time. Jan Pitzer, a Master Gardner friend, helps me at the My People Senior Activity Center. Thanks to all three for their help over this summer. I've had a lot going on with family visiting and some other issues.
A Nice Wake-Up Routine
First take a deep breath and smile. Now rotate your ankles in both directions, just like we do in the beginning of most classes. Next rotate your wrists in both directions. It's a good idea to get the synovial fluid flowing around your joints for comfortable flexibility during the day. Then do little stretches just like we do when we come out of savasana. That way your brain and body are a little more prepared for the challenge of standing up.
A Way to Cool Off on a Hot Day - Sitali Breath
The heat has been record-breaking this summer. Here is a form of pranayama that is cooling and relaxing.
Sit comfortably in easy pose if possible, and take a few deep breaths
Purse your lips
Curl your tongue lengthwise (if you can). If you can't curl your tongue to the roof of your mouth, this is called sitkari breath
Inhale through the cone you have made with your tongue or through your teeth to the count of 4 or 5
Let the air go into your lungs as usual
Hold your breath for a few seconds
Exhale through your nose
Repeat several times
Note: that there are differing techniques for sitali breath. Be careful doing it in polluted areas. Avoid it if you suffer with blood serious pressure, gastric, or bronchial issues.
12 ½ cups water
6 juiced lemons (more or less to taste)
½ cup sugar or honey (more or less to taste)
4 bags of lavender tea
Make a simple syrup by combining ½ cup water, sugar/honey, lavender tea in a saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer until sugar/honey has dissolved. Set aside to steep and cool. Remove tea bags.
Juice lemons. Combine remaining water, syrup, lemon juice. Chill. Serve over ice. Dress up with sprigs of lavender and or lemon slices.