How often should I exercise with Yoga Bird?

How often should I exercise with Yoga Bird?
Yoga Bird exercises are amazing and you will experience benefits even if you only practice for one hour a week! If you commit to more than that of course you will feel even stronger, more balanced and flexible. Just a 10 or 20 minute workout is beneficial, so don’t skip a practice because you cannot commit to a 45 minute class. Do what you can and do not be anxious. Two or three times a week is a great place to begin. Very soon, you will feel the benefits and you’ll find yourself wanting to do more and more!
Hey Guys! This recipe is sooooo good and a great way to use up any extra tomatoes and basil that you may have in your end-of-summer garden. I made two of these tarts for the Essential Oils Class that I held for my daughter-in-love the other night. Hope you love it as much as everyone at my class did! Along with the tarts, I served fresh fruit kabobs and hummus and veggie slices. Enjoy! 🙂 Joyce

Tomato Basil Tart Recipe
Tomato Basil Tart Recipe
The crusts, ready to be pre-baked.
The crusts, ready to be pre-baked.
Tomatoes and fresh Basil from my garden.

Basil and (garlic from my dad's garden) washed and prepped.
My basil and (garlic from my dad’s garden) washed and prepped.
It was a great night to be out on the patio!
It was a great night to be out on the patio!


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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!

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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!

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