May Classes: Natural Lotions

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Easily customizable, comes together quickly (probably in less than an hour if you know what you’re doing), goes on non-greasy and absorbs quickly, this lotion is straight tops! I have the driest skin. It’s like the whole of the Gobi desert and if I don’t moisturize regularly (which I’m bad about and don’t) you can most assuredly tell. Sooo ashy!! When I do remember to moisturize, I use all sorts of lotions. I enjoy the amazing smelling ones from Bath and Body Works (my favorite is the twisted peppermint) but St. Ives is probably my favorite. I like that it isn’t heavy and rubs in quickly. The lotion we made in class reminds me of St. Ives in that it is also neither heavy nor greasy and rubs in well. During my forays into Ayurveda, I learned about the benefits of oil massages. I do one once in a while when I remember and have time. I’d like to start …

May Classes: Lip Goodies

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Lip balms, lipstick, and lip glosses! This class taught them all, using good for you ingredients. A few weeks ago, I took a class on natural remedies for mental and emotional health. It really stirred a fire in me and got me thinking and moving. And what’s a hermity, homebody lady to do when the urge to better herself hits? Why suck up that urge to stay in and start going to more classes of course! Are you addicted to chapstick? Desperately need to feel it’s hydrating smoothness glide across your parched mouth? Hear it’s siren call every time your traitor tongue slips across the desert that is your lips? Well lovelies, if you’re anything like me, those ol’ kissers have been hopelessly addicted, probably for years. In fact, I have 13 chapsticks of varying brands on my end table as I’m writing this. Burt’s Bees is a personal favorite. Normally, those chapsticks would be gone in a blink of …

Small Steps Forward

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What the shit, guys… It’s April already! And! AND!!! It’s almost the END of April! This year is already flying past at an alarming rate! And I have successfully avoided many of the tasks I’ve set out for myself. What is wrong with me, you ask? Well, buddy, I’m still asking myself this damn question, so your guess is as good as mine! Although, to be fair, I have a good idea… I talk a big game but do not always have the best follow through. Usually, though, I can at least find the see-it-through-bug and get it to give me a little nibble so I can knuckle down and finish the shit out of whatever task I’ve set for myself. Lately, I just cannot do that. I have started or attempted to start many things and have not been able to see them through at all. I blame winter. Fuck. You. Winter. Haha, I kid, but only a little… …

Svadhisthana: Day 7

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Closing out Svadhisthana week! Wow this week has sure been a roller coaster of love, fun, some rough emotions, but mainly energizing insightful creativity. I’m bringing all that energy together and sealing it good with some loving yin yoga. Yoga with Kassandra’s Sacral Chakra Yin Yoga for Creativity and Sensuality is going to wind me down, close me out and prep me for the coming week. I did this class in the evening, fairly close to my bedtime. What I absolutely love about Kassandra’s videos is that she includes an affirmation with each pose. Some of the affirmations were easy as were the pose and I know those ones don;t need work. But some poses just kept getting harder and my frustration levels kept rising til I could feel the I-can’t-do-it anger tears heading for the surface. Now sometimes I lost track of what I was supposed to be affirming, but still. I think that it shows that maybe that …

Svadhisthana: Day 6

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Oh boy! This weather! This weather, you guys! You guys, this weather! It’s beyond lovely!! 63 degrees and sunny sunny sunny! I spent a good portion of the day outside, just soaking up the warmth and the bright yellow orange rays. I could spend all day just being in the warm sun, eating it up like a lazy fat cat. Like my old cat Heidi (she was an indoor cat that I would reluctantly let outside to explore once in a while. I’m a crazy cat helicopter parent). Funny Heidi story: I went out to my car once to go back to work after my lunch break, got in, started the car and heard a purrmeow from the backseat. Heidi, fat silly crazy cat, had jumped in through the open window and was sleeping in the backseat in the sunbeam. Concentrated sun, stronger heat, more happiness, deeper sleep. That cat had it figured out! Here she is exploring other things: …

Svadhisthana: Day 5

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Oh geeze aw man! I skipped out on watching the video I had planned for today. I had every intention of getting around to it in the afternoon but then I took a nap and everything went out the window when that nap decided it wasn’t finished with me quite yet. Gave me the deep sleepies it did! I just did not have the energy to commit to any sort of class, in any way shape or form this afternoon but I wanted to do something. So I yanked that mat into the middle of my room and did a quick stretch session. Cat/cow, down dog, seated twists and folds, happy baby, and lots of back stuff. I spent about 10-15 minutes maybe, doing this little pre-bed yoga session and it was just the ticket. There was no standing, it was just a lot of easy going, fluid stretches to limber me up before I crawl back into bed. My …

Svadhisthana: Day 4

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Yesterday my yoga practice took a back seat as my exhaustion took over. However, today started fresh and new and I awoke energized and ready to go! Not so ready to go that I hopped onto my mat first thing, but energized enough that I didn’t feel the sleepies dragging me back under with their sticky little grabbies. The day was extra lovely, so warm and sunshiny, and I was feeling extra peppy so after work I decided to stop by the liquor store and grab a nice bottle of white wine. I poured a glass, set out my mat on the porch and got ready to practice the video I missed yesterday, as well as the one planned for today. The first practice is part of a 7 day chakra series with Yoga Tx, led by Jen Hillman, this one of course for the sacral chakra and focused on desire and creativity. The second practice was a Yoga with …

Svadhisthana: Day 3

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So I’ve been trying to work on my “social media presence.” I’m not one for it frankly but I’m trying. I’m also not one for schedules (we know this) nor being so busy. I’m used to lazy lackadaisical days so I tend to end up squandering my time more often than not. Today just happened to be one of those more often days. The point being, by the time I was done doing the other things I needed or didn’t need to do for the day, it was late evening. Back to that social media presence thingy, I’ve started 2 different Instagram challenges this week, one on Monday and the other started today. I’ve only got to take two pictures, one for each. However, I’m STILL fighting this illness. It’s definitely on the mend but it’s hanging around and sucking the energy right out of me. I tried to take those pictures. I really did. I tried different angles, outfits, …

Svadhisthana: Day 2

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It was later in the evening by the time I got onto my mat today and I could feel my energy running out. Now I chose each practice and what day I wanted to practice it on in advance but but beyond that I didn’t put that much thought into it. I’m ending the week with Yoga with Kassandra, I want one Yoga with Adriene and one Allie the Journal Junkie practice tossed in somewhere and the rest is just what caught my eye/looked best to me/seemed most fun. So imagine my surprise when I see I picked the 20 minute practice with Allie the Journal Junkie for today and it’s all on the floor. I was quite pleased. It was the exact practice I needed! Praise to the yoga gods! What a match! We did some rocking and stretching and connecting to our divine feminine center and our feminine energy. It was awesome. My hips and lower back got …

Svadhisthana: Day 1

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Yoga today was a sacral chakra flow for creativity. This is another video by Brett Larkin. Today was not the best of days. The dogs got in the garbage, pooped in the house, and I stepped in that poop with my socks (thank cripes not baretfoot but still!!!!) and then my computer broke. It was not a super great day and by the time I got onto my mat I was upset and overwhelmed and the tears were starting to flow. But just a few minutes into this lovely fluid session had me feeling more calm and less upset. I guess I needed to sink into that sadness and woe for a bit, then take a few breaths, a step back, and say “It’s alright. A broken computer isn’t the end of the world even though it is less than 3 years old and it’s very upsetting and shitty that this happened.” And once I got that out of the …