Photo: ThinkstockBy Corrie Pikul
The last thing a yogi wants to do is create stress--or talk about it. But when we asked these top instructors to tell us what they're really thinking, they divulged a few pet peeves (as well as some secret tips for Zen seekers). Here's what kept coming up.
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1. If you're more than 10 minutes late, please consider skipping the class--even if we welcome you in.
"Coming in late can not only be distracting to the rest of the class, it can also lead to injury, especially if you've missed the warm-up and sun salutations. Peek into the room. If people are still sitting on the ground, then it's fine to join in. It's even better if you can wait until we're getting up, because then it's less disruptive for everyone to move over."
-- Kristin McGee, a New York-based instructor for more than 15 years, creator of over 15 yoga and Pilates DVDs and an iPhone app.
2. Definitely bring your own mat...
"Most studios are good
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- Disney Baby | Team Mom – Fri, Mar 8, 2013 2:46 PM EST
5 ways to survive moving with a babyOh my goodness, I am exhausted. We moved to a farm this past weekend. It was the first time we have ever moved with kids. I am here to tell you that it is no joke. Moving with babies is a completely different ballgame - everything from the "stuff" you have to move to juggling your kids on the actual moving day. We took just one day to move out of our old house and move out to the country. With the help of our family and friends, we somehow got it all done, both girls tagging along too.Read More »from The Home Stretch: 5 Ways to Survive Moving with a Baby
1. Talk About It
When you are expecting a move, make sure to talk about it with your little one. Get them excited about a new house or a new bedroom. The more you can prepare them for the transition, the better.
2. Get Help For Moving Day
Moving day can be crazy, especially if you're doing it yourself. Make sure you have someone you can pass your baby off to if need be. I'm SO thankful for my sister in-law who helped both with moving and taking care of my girls.
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MichelleB by Fagor 5-Quart Soup Pot With Glass Lid ($70, amazon.com). If you find it daunting to wield a huge cast-iron pot, consider this six-pounder (that's less than half the heft of most traditional casseroles). Also practical are its stay-cool silicone handles. The only drawback here: the smallish surface area for browning. Comes in red and lemon-lime, too.
Mario Batali by Dansk Classic Enameled Cast Iron 6-Quart Dutch Oven ($245, amazon.com). They'll think you're a master chef, thanks to how beautifully this round pot browns ingredients and reduces sauces. Be prepared to work for it, though - this one tips the scales at 15.5 pounds. Choose the chef's trademark persimmon, cobalt,or Chianti. Bonus: a booklet of Batali's recipes.
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Wolfgang Puck Cast Iron 7-Quart Dutch Oven ($80). Have a family of meat eaters? You'll love this generously sized, reasonably priced enamel casserole. Its oval shape perfectly accommodates
Don't forget to clean your windows!
It's that time of the year when you can't ignore that to-do list any longer and decide to tackle your spring cleaning. Generally speaking, most moms don't relish the time spent doing it, in addition to the long list of other tasks at hand, not the least of which is spending much-needed quality time with the family.
Moms in the know are willing to share their favorite and best time-saving cleaning secrets. They'll maximize your cleaning power and minimize the time you spend on this tedious (but necessary) seasonal chore.
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Give your tub an extra thorough cleaning. Mom and math tutor Angelique Haas shares her tip for a wonderful do-it-yourself household cleaner that has a number of uses, but really makes the bathroom shine. "I started using these because I have pets and these will not harm them," says Haas. Mix 1/2 cup organic white distilled vinegar or lemon juice with 1/4 cup baking soda into 1/2 gallon of water. "It's great for bathroomRead More »from Moms' Best Spring Cleaning Advice
By Melinda Hershey, for SparkPeople
Nut butters have become popular in the health world in recent years-and for good reason! Nut butter is a great source of healthy fats, which are important for regulating your energy, mood, and even your weight. However, some nut butters also deliver a more unexpected benefit: They're great for your bones! Let's take a look at two of the most popular nut butters--almond butter and peanut butter. Between the two, which one should you choose for better bone health?
The Winner: Almond Butter!
Almond butter wins by a landslide in this one. Compared with peanut butter, it contains morecalcium, magnesium, manganese and phosphorus, which are all important minerals for building and maintaining strong bones. Check out the comparison below (per two tablespoons of both almond and peanut butter):
Mineral Almond Butter Peanut Butter Calcium 86.4 mg (8% DV) 13.8 mg (1% DV) Magnesium 97 mg (24%
- FITNESS Magazine | Team Mom – Wed, Mar 6, 2013 3:16 PM EST
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Let's face it -- running is a great way to stay in shape, but there are some days when it can get pretty boring. If you've hit a plateau despite trying new territories and techniques, it might be time to add something to your workout: a running buddy.
Running with a partner can help the clock tick faster, while boosting your mile time. But not all friends make great pals to pound the pavement with. Blue Benadum, a California-based running coach, marathoner, and Lululemon brand ambassador, shares some important things to keep in mind when finding someone who's at your speed.
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1. Define Your Levels and Your Goals
Before you set off on a group trot, Benadum suggests sitting down sans buddy and figuring out what your goals are. "If you're running for the social aspect, to help you get outdoors, and to enjoy the process of the experience, you'll be looking for someone a little different than if you are training for an
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