I am NOT flexible, can I still do Yoga Bird?

I am NOT flexible, can I still do Yoga Bird?
Absolutely! – And you will benefit greatly from it! It is a myth that you must be flexible to get started. That’s kind of like saying you need to be a marathon runner in order to jog a mile. Come as you are, this fitness journey is about you and where you are at. We all begin at the beginning. And remember that your ability to do a pose is also affected by your skeletal structure, the length of your limbs, or any injuries you may have had or have. Practicing Yoga Bird is more about the whole mind, body, spirit connection, not how flexible you are.
THE HEALTHIEST FAST FOOD

I’m on a kick again with my favorite fast food! And what might that be, you ask? A delicious green smoothie, of course! Take the YOGA BIRD GREEN SMOOTHIE CHALLENGE by replacing your breakfast or lunch with a green smoothie for 10 days. Once you have all your favorite fruits and greens in your fridge, smoothies are quick, healthy and EASY to make! Yoga Bird’s green smoothie chart is here to help you mix and match your favorite ingredients. The 2/3 to 1/3 is the general ratio that I use! So, if I use 2 cups of fruit then I would use 1 cup of greens. Drinking one green smoothie a day, will make you happy from the inside out!

After the 10 days are over, hopefully you’ll have started a new habit of considering a green smoothie instead of your regular breakfast or lunch. Each smoothie packs quite a punch of vitamins and minerals. And you can add other boosters too, like protein power, chia seeds or even rolled oats (they really fill you up!).

One of my simple favorites is strawberries, blueberries, frozen peaches and kale (stems removed)! I add a little coconut milk if it’s too thick and a tablespoon of honey depending on how sweet my fruit was. Then, just blend away!

If you come up with a favorite combination, please share it with us in the comments below. 🙂

Happy Blending! #beyourownbird

Green Smoothie!
Green Smoothie!

November 19, 2013 Leave a comment

May I eat before I practice my Yoga Bird?

May I eat before I practice my Yoga Bird?
As a Yoga Bird, you will be twisting, bending forwards and backwards. If you have a lot of food in your stomach, you may become uncomfortable and/or nauseous. It is wise to wait at least two hours after eating before you do your Yoga Bird practice for the day.
Happy Spring Yoga Birds! Just dropping-in to tell you a quick story and to cheer, “GoYou!” I began teaching exercise classes when I was 23 but only started to practice yoga, when I was 45 years young! I was coaching high school track and field at the time and I knew it would be good preventive medicine for my athletes. I loved it and haven’t looked back. Now . . . I practice yoga basically because I love life and my family so much. I want to be able to move and do things with them for as long as I can. It’s as lovely and as simple as that. Yoga helps keep you feeling younger. Yoga Bird, is designed for “The Everyday Bird” regular people like you and me. Yoga Bird classes give us a good range of motion, so we can do important things like plant flowers in our gardens and dance at our friend’s wedding! Yoga Bird classes build strength in our muscles and bones, so we can carry two children (or grandchildren) at the same time and go hiking in the AZ mountains! Yoga Bird meditations keep us present and centered in our spirits, in our bodies and in our moments. YB is for overall health, enhancing our relationships and for all the “simple things” that we love to do. So . . . take this as an encouragement for you to keep your two or three times a week practice, going! Yes! That is enough for you to have benefits. Throw in a nice walk (with your cute dog) once or twice a week and you’ve got a cross-training program that works! It’s totally doable! 

I do something like this: 

Sunday – long walk or bike ride with my hubby @steventhepirate 

Tuesday – (I teach a LIVE one hour class.) You could do the 40 min. “Happiness Boost” class. 

Thursday – “Align My Spine” class or if you’re having an intense week, try the “Restorative Yoga” with Sami Lynn. 

Friday or Sat. Take another walk or do the 40 min. “Yoga Flow” 

*I also like to treat myself to at least one night of the “Bedtime Yoga Sequence.” #Beyourownbird and do what works for you! 

Drop a note to the Yoga Bird community on Facebook or Instagram @yogabirdco and tell us the simple things, in your life, that you love!

Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ
Having a picnic with @StevenThePirate on the summit of Mt. Tritle in Prescott, AZ
Grandbaby June keeps me movin'!
Grandbaby June keeps me moving’!
Grandbaby, Pearl! Can't give enough hugs!
Grandbaby, Pearl! Can’t give enough hugs!

November 19, 2013 Leave a comment

What do I need to begin?

What do I need to begin?
Not much, which is part of the beauty of it! You’ll need your body, mind, spirit and enough curiosity and gumption to get started. Dress in a pair of sweat pants, yoga pants, leggings or shorts and a shirt that’s not too baggy. No need to purchase footwear because you will be barefoot. You will need a “sticky” (meaning you won’t slide on it) yoga mat which you can pick up at any sports store or chain store, like Target.
Written by new Yoga Bird and author Julie Jarnagin! 🙂

All of us have areas in our lives where we would love to add better habits. A consistent yoga and meditation practice can lead you on a path of greater health—mind, body, and spirit. Whether you’re looking to reduce anxiety or to increase strength and flexibility, a few steps can help you achieve your goals.
Are you prepared to take the 28 Day Challenge? Join us on Facebook.

*Make a Decision – We aren’t going to accidentally fall into healthier habits. We need to decide what we want for ourselves and make a commitment to incorporate that vision into our daily lives. If you’re looking to add a consistent yoga practice, you can take the first step by signing up for a class or subscribing to Yoga Bird online.

*Have a Plan – Set yourself up for success by coming up with a time and place for your new habit. The more consistent and concrete you can make your plan, the better your chance of sticking to it. Try to do your yoga practice at the same time each day and designate a place for it, even if it’s just a corner in your home. Schedule it on your calendar and keep it a priority. Yoga Bird has a yoga and meditation schedule that lays out a daily plan for 28 days. Does it look like too much for you? Then, start small. Choose three days a week. No matter where you are on your journey, now is the time to start.

*Envision Success – Being able to visualize yourself reaching your goal can help you add a new positive habit in your life. Take time to envision how the habit would improve your future. Also think about issues that might keep you from your healthy habit. This way you’ll be prepared to avoid the things that could stand in your way. Try journaling about it or take a few minutes before bed to envision what the next day will look like.

*Don’t Give Up – You’ll encounter difficult times—days when you’d rather stay on the couch or watch TV. Just remember why you’re trying to form a new habit and think about your goals for yourself. You can do this!


November 19, 2013 Leave a comment