5 Beginner Yoga Poses

Hello Beautiful People,

I have been intrigued with yoga for a long time. You always see these beautiful photos of people in a perfect pose with awesome scenery behind them. As I have always had very tight muscles, it looked so refreshing to bend your body however you like.

I tried starting yoga many times but always would get discouraged soon and quit. Maybe it was because I didn’t push myself hard enough or maybe I just gave up to easily but I think what frustrated me the most was all the really hard  poses that these “beginner” books would throw at you right away. I don’t know about you  but I don’t consider a shoulder stand beginner.

Recently my husband and I begin our journey to fitness through Beachbody’s P90x3 workout and it is amazing. We both love it so much already. My favorite part instantly was the yoga video. We get to do it once a week for 30 minutes and it is really hard but doable. Don’t get me wrong, I couldn’t do all the Poses on the first day but they encourage you to do the best you can and keep trying.

It has been so worth it. I am now in love with yoga. I feel better than I felt in years. If you are interested in it, don’t be afraid to just start and do your best. It doesn’t have to be perfect. You don’t have to have an amazing view for your daily workout. I have a long way to go so how about coming with me?

Below I’m sharing 5 super easy Poses that most anyone can do. I hope to keep sharing a few Poses a month so if you are interested follow along.

Child’s pose

Childs pose can be done with your arms in front or by your side. If it is difficult or uncomfortable try supporting your head with a pillow. This is great for calming your mind, strengthens your back, neck, and shoulders, opens up hips, and helps your digestive system.

When you get into more advanced yoga, you can always go into child’s pose to correct your breathing or if you get tired or dizzy.
Cat/Cow pose

Below is the cat / cow pose. Start on your hands and knees. Inhale as you look up and push your belly button to the floor. Hold it for a few seconds then exhale as you drop your head and arch your spine into the air. Repeat.

 

Shoulder Stretch

I’m not sure this is technically yoga but it does help stretch out tight shoulders. Begin in childs pose, claspe your hands behind your back, now drive them up as far as you can without putting stress in the neck. Try to keep the hands together as much as you can.

Savasana

Savasana, this has to be the best thing ever. It is the perfect way to end a good yoga workout. Just lay down and put your arms and feet out where they are comfortable. Close your eyes, relax, and breathe.

I think that’s all I have for today. Let me know if you tried it and liked it. Happy stretching.

Vinyasamama out…

Changing Table from a Desk

Hello Beautiful People and welcome to Vinyasamama. Today I will be showing how I turned an old desk into a changing table.

My son is now 10 months old and I still had not finished his room. Recently while my husband was away I decided to get serious about it. The one thing his room was missing was a changing table. Somehow I had never got around to buying one and we just changed him on the bed (which by the way did not always work out so well). 😳

 

 I browsed Pinterest then searched the house until I came upon this old desk we never use. Perfect! I first removed the keyboard tray and the top drawer sectional. They where both attached with screws that easily backed out.   I wanted to stain it dark to match the rest of the furniture in his room. I sanded it down lightly then wiped it all down with a damp rag.

 This is the Minwax Gel Stain in Mahogany. I used the wipe on wipe off method which is very easy and you don’t have to worry about it streaking or running.Link to Amazon mahogany gel stain.

 This is what it looked like after I wiped the stain on with a rag. Then I came back over and wiped it off. This is what it looked like after he first coat. I put it in his room and relized I wanted it darker so went back later and gave it two more coats.

 The other times I have used this stain i have only had to do one coat. I think the exsisting stain was to smooth and I should have sanded it more before I started.

This is the finished project. We are really enjoying having a changing table and also having that desk out of our room. What inspiration do you have for repurposing?

Vinyasamama out…

 

 

Valentine Towel DIY>

Hello Beautiful People,

 

Valentines Day is next week and I have an easy DIY for you. I needed just a touch of  decor and also wanted to give my mother and mother in law both a small gift. These are both practical and cute so why not?

Let’s get started.

 Material list-

I used the freezer paper to cover my work surface and the tape to secure it. The knife is to make your potato stamp.

First cut the potato in half. Next trace out your shape on paper, cut it out, then place on potato. I did a heart on each piece, one big and one small. Carefully trace around the shape with the tip of the knife. Cut the extra off around the edge and you have a stamp! You might need to pat it dry on a paper towel before you dip it in paint.

Here I just did a row of hearts using the tape to keep them in line.

I used the medium round sponge brush to do the letters and the large stamp for the O.

This towel I just did two red stripes with a narrow gold stripe in between. I wasn’t to picky about bleeding through or the lines being real straight. It gives it more of a rustic look.

The towel on the left I stamped red with the big stamp and gold with the small one. Now just let them dry and run them through the wash to soften them up.

Now you can give some as gifts and still have some for yourself. Enjoy!

         Vinyasamama out…

Easy Valentines Candy

Hello Beautiful People,

Happy Valentines Day! I made a few valentine treats for my family and they seemed to enjoy them. These are easy and fast with very little mess so it’s perfect for a busy mom. You could make these up real quick while the kids are in bed or even do it as a project together.

Let’s get started.

Ingredient List-  

You can get all these things at the grocery store or click  on any of the underlined products to go to Amazon.

White melting wafers

Chocolate chips

Sprinkles

Pretzel rods

Pretzels

Coconut (optional)

Red food coloring

Strawberries

Lollipop sticks

Freezer or wax paper

Above is a picture of a super easy way to melt chocolate. Just put the chocolate in a heat resistant container and place in hot water in the crockpot. Turn the crockpot on high and it will melt as you prepare the strawberries.

Next cut the tops of these and stick lollipop sticks into them. I was going for heart shaped here but after the chocolate was on they didn’t reall turn out like I wanted. (See it’s real life over here.)

I thought this was pretty (yah I’m weird like that).

At this point I sort of got caught up in it and didn’t take many pics but just dip your pretzels and strawberries in the chocolate then add sprinkles, coconut, or whatever else you like. I tinted a bit of the white to pink and drizzled it over some of them. Put them on the paper, let them cool (if you can wait).

Enjoy!

 

Vinyasamama out…