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Welcome to day 21. Today’s pose is the side plank. It is easy to transition to from downward dog. This is a challenging pose that can make it difficult to maintain your focus. It is a very empowering, arm strengthening pose.

To perform: From downward dog, lower yourself into plank position. Put your feet together pressing your weight down through your right hand and forearm. Roll your body to the right and balance on the outer side your right foot. Stack your left foot on the right foot keeping your legs straight. Raise your left arm to the sky. Try to keep your body in a straight line. Try to hold the position for 30 seconds. Transition back to plank, then downward dog.

Benefits of Side Plank:

  • Tones abdomen
  • Improves balance, focus, & concentration
  • Strengthens arms, wrists, & spine
  • Opens hamstrings and hips
  • DIY Dog Toys

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    Today’s DIY is a necessity if you have a dog. I have spent so much money on toys that end up destroyed, some in just a few minutes.

    She looks innocent, but don’t fall for it. She destroys toys in a matter of minutes!

    I always save our old jeans to use for various projects such as these lace trimmed shorts. I had legs that were cut off of jeans that I had turned into shorts or purses. I cut them into strips using pinking shears so they wouldn’t fray quite so much.

    Next, tie 3 strips in a knot on one end. Braid the strips together tightly so it will make it harder to destroy. 😜 Lastly, tie a knot in the other end. If the strips aren’t long enough or you just want to change it up just tie knots at various points on the strips.

    All done.

    These last a surprisingly long time and she loves them.

  • Easy Cheese Tortellini Soup

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    Surely I’m not the only one that starts every Monday off trying to eat healthy! Somehow eating right often seems to get away from me during my weekends. This soup is a great option to get back on track. It’s healthy, elegant, and can be put together pretty quickly. It can be used as a first course or paired with a garden salad for a light vegetarian option. Try it and see what you think.

    Cheese Tortellini Soup

    • 6 Cups of vegetable broth
    • 9 oz. pkg. of cheese tortellini ( I like the tri-color)
    • 2 cups of fresh spinach, chopped
    • 1 tablespoon basil
    • Grated parmesan cheese

    Bring broth to boil over high heat. Add pasta and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in spinach and cook 2-3 minutes until it is wilted and pasta is tender. Add basil and simmer for a few minutes. When ready to serve, pour into individual bowls and garnish with parmesan cheese. Enjoy!

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  • T-Shirt to Vest Transformation

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    The final product. 🙂

    February brings a crafting revival to me. After a difficult year taking care of an ill parent, I’m hoping that my creative juices are flowing again. I have bounced around the past two weeks from crochet to sewing to jewelry making to paper crafting to crafting with my Cricut. My craft room looks like a bomb went off with too many incomplete projects! So today I wanted an instant gratification project that I could start and actually complete. I just needed to see something through.

    I have been prodding my kids to declutter their rooms and my son finally brought me a bag of clothes. In that bag was the polo shirt that I’m using today along with some other t-shirts that will make cute backpacks and a lot of jeans. I can’t wait to start working with all that denim! 😍 But first, the vest. This is a very forgiving project. The cuts don’t have to be perfect. They won’t be noticed because the fabric naturally turns inward. And it doesn’t fray! Yay. Anyway, on to the t-shirt to vest refashion.

    I hope this inspires you to try some of your own. Don’t we all have some shirts to get rid of?? Good luck & enjoy!

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Plough (Halasana)

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    We made it to day 31!! Let’s end it with a fun challenge. Today’s plough pose is a full body stretch. It is a relaxing pose to perform before bed. The plough pose can be difficult and it takes time to perfect. But if you consistently practice it you will find your flexibility improving and you will get farther into the position. It definitely gets easier. Good luck!

    To perform: Begin by lying on your back. You can place a pillow or folded blanket under your upper back of that is more comfortable. Take a deep breath. As you exhale, draw in your core pressing your back to the floor. Your arms should be flat beside you. Inhale and lift your legs up and over your head. Keep your chin up and place your hands on your back for support. Your hips should be over your shoulders. Stretch. The ultimate goal is to touch the floor with your toes but it may take practice to get to that point. Stay in this pose for a few seconds. Release your hands and slowly roll your body back down to the floor as you exhale.

    Benefits of Plough Pose:

    • Can release neck tension
    • Reduces stress
    • Stretches shoulders, spine, & hamstrings
    • Reduces stress & fatigue
    • Stimulates abdominal organs

    31 yoga poses in 31 days. While there are many more, I felt that these were a good variety to focus on this month. Thanks for visiting. I hope you enjoyed learning some new poses that you can use in your wellness routine. The other 30 poses can be found by clicking the links below. Take care!

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Dolphin Plank (Makara Adho Mukha Svanasana)

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    Welcome to day 30 of 31! Today we are doing a dolphin pose. It resembles a push-up but is done with your forearms flat on your mat. This pose is an easier plank for those with carpal tunnel or other wrist issues.

    To perform: Begin by lying on your stomach. Rise up keeping your elbows under your shoulders and shoulder width apart. Your palms should be face down on your mat with fingers spread. Tuck your toes as you form a straight line with your body. Tighten your core as you draw your belly up toward your spine, but keep your bottom in line. Hold this pose for 30 seconds then gently lower yourself to the floor.

    Benefits of Dolphin Plank Pose:

    • Strengthens arms, legs, & core muscles
    • Improves posture
    • Stretches shoulders, feet, hamstrings, & calves
    • Calms stress & depression
    • Builds endurance and focus

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Extended Side Angle (Utthita Parsvakonasana)

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    Welcome to day 29! Woot-Woot. Today we will learn the Extended Side Angle Pose. This pose stretches the sides and helps with flexibility. It’s also a little break after yesterday’s boat pose.

    To perform: Begin in mountain pose. Exhale. Put your left foot towards the back of the mat. Keep your front foot near the top. Extend your arms out horizontally, palms down. Turn your right heel toward the center of your mat. Bend your right knee forming a right angle with your thigh parallel to the floor. Put your right arm on your right thigh, palm up facing the ceiling. A yoga block can be used under the hand if it is more comfortable. Keep shoulder up and engage abdominals. Raise your left arm up extending it over the ear. Open your chest. Align your left shoulder over your right shoulder. Look up at your left hand. Inhale and extend arms wide. Hold for 30 seconds. Slowly return to mountain pose. Repeat on other side.

    Benefits of Extended Side Angle Pose:

    • Joint flexibility
    • Strengthens legs
    • Reduces back pain
    • Opens chest & shoulders
    • Improves sciatia
    • Tones muscles

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Boat (Paripurna Navasana)

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    Woo-Hoo! Day 28 sure does bring a challenge. You’ll feel great about yourself after mastering the Boat Pose! To say that this pose engages the core muscles is an understatement. Hello six-pack!

    To perform: Sit down on your mat to begin. Bend your knees with your feet flat on the mat, hands at your side. Keep your back straight and lean back slightly. Raise your feet. Draw in your back while pushing your chest forward. Extend your arms straight ahead. Raise your lega to a 45 degree angle. Try to balance on your bottom while holding the position for 30 seconds. Relax.

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    Benefits of Boat Pose:

    • Stimulates abdominal organs, improving digestion
    • Improves balance
    • Strengthens spine, hips, & hamstrings
    • Relieves stress
    • Improves confidence
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    I can’t believe we’re almost through our 31 days!! Only 3 to go. Thanks for joining me. Check out the other poses by clicking the links below. ☺

  • 31 Days of Yoga – One Legged Table (Bharmanasana)

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    Happy day 27! Let’s get down on all fours and learn the one-legged table pose. This is a good foundational pose that can strengthen various muscle groups.

    To perform: On your mat, position yourself on your hands and knees. Your hands should be directly below the shoulders. Keep one knee on the mat directly in line with the hip while extending the other leg back in a straight line. Your gaze should be down toward the mat. Hold for 30 seconds. Repeat on other side.

    Benefits of One-Legged Table Pose:

    • Opens hips
    • Increases flexibility
    • Strengthens and tones legs

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Triangle (Trikonasana)

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    Welcome to day 26! Today we learn the triangle pose. This is a standing pose that stretches your legs and opens your chest.

    To perform: Begin standing with your feet three to four feet apart. Turn your left foot out facing in that direction. Slightly bend your left leg and raise your arms out to your sides. This will make a “T” shape. Straighten your left leg. Reach your torso over your left leg as your hips shift back. Your left arm needs to be face up toward the ceiling. Turn your head so that you are looking across your left arm. Keep your spine straight while reaching your left hand to the mat in front of your left foot. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat on other side.

    Benefits of Triangle Pose:

    • Increases flexibility
    • Promotes relaxation
    • Provides a full body stretch
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    Thanks for visiting. Come back tomorrow for our 27th pose. Wow! We’re almost done with the month. It’s gone by quickly! Have a good night. 😁 You can see the previous poses at the links below. ⬇

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Crescent Moon (Anjaneyasana)

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    Welcome to day 25 where we will learn crescent moon pose. This pose is a deep stretch that is very good to work your quads and hip flexors.

    To perform: Get into a low lunge. Drop your back knee to the mat. Place a pillow under that knee if you need extra cushion. Bring your front knee directly over your right ankle. Place your hands on that knee. Inhale as you raise your arms over your head along side your ears. Deepen the lunge as you feel comfortable. Hold 30 seconds. Repeat on other side.

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    Benefits of Crescent Moon Pose:

    • Opens chest
    • Strengthens ankles & legs
    • Relieves back pain
    • Reduces anxiety & depression
    • Aids in digestion
    • Improves balance

    Thanks for visiting my blog. I hope you are enjoying 31 days of yoga as much as I am. You can click the links below ⬇ to see the other poses that have been covered. Stay safe! 😷

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Pigeon (Ardha Kapotasana)

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    Welcome to day 24. Today we will learn the pigeon pose which is an excellent one to stretch your lower back and hips. This is a good pose if you sit for long periods. Don’t attempt this pose if you have back, hip, or knee pain, or if you are pregnant.

    To perform: Start in downward facing dog pose. Bend your right knee bringing that leg forward into a lunge but put your knee down instead of your foot. Your right shin may angle back towards the left hip or can be parallel to the front of your mat. Relax your left knee on your mat. Your left leg should be flat on the floor with your left foot pointing straight back. Place a pillow under your hip as necessary to make the pose more comfortable. Bend forward as it is comfortable. Breathe slowly and deeply. Hold pose for 30 seconds as you are able. Repeat on other side.

    Benefits of Pigeon Pose:

    • Opens hip joints
    • Stretches thighs & glutes
    • Improves posture
    • Stimulates internal organs
    • Eases back & sciatic pain

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Bridge (Setu Bandha Sarvangasana)

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    Hello day 23! Today we will learn the bridge pose. It’s considered a mild inversion because the heart is higher than the head. This pose is a beginning backbend that can be used to prepare for deeper backbends. It can also be performed with a block as a restorative pose. You can really feel the stretch in your thighs when performing this pose.

    To perform: Lie on your back and bend your knees. Place your palms face down on each side of your body. Your feet should be hip-width apart. Lift hips without squeezing glutes. Tuck your chin down toward your chest. Relax your glutes and use your inner thighs to keep your hips highly elevated. Hold for 30 seconds then slowly relax.

    Benefits of Bridge Pose:

    • Stretches spine, neck, backs, & hips
    • Improves insomnia, fatigue, anxiety, & headaches
    • Opens chest & shoulders

    Thank you for checking out my blog. I hope you are enjoying my yoga month. Check back tomorrow for another pose. Stay safe! 😷

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Four-Limbed Staff (Chaturanga Dandasana)

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    Welcome to day 22! The four-limbed staff pose is really just a low plank. This pose shouldn’t be performed if you have wrist or shoulder injuries.

    To perform: Beginning in plank pose. Inhale and shift shoulders forward slightly. Exhale, bend your elbows keeping them directly over your wrists. Slowly lower your body into a straight line. Your elbows should hug the body and your shoulders should be at a 90-degree angle from the elbows. Breathe slow and steady. Hold pose for 30 seconds then lower yourself to prone position.

    Benefits of Four-Limbed Staff Pose:

    • Strengthens arms & back muscles
    • Increases flexibility & stability
    • Improves endurance
    • Engages abdominal muscles

    Stay safe and have a great day! 😷 Come back tomorrow for another pose.

  • 31 Days of Yoga – Side Plank – Vasisthasana)

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    Welcome to day 21. Today’s pose is the side plank. It is easy to transition to from downward dog. This is a challenging pose that can make it difficult to maintain your focus. It is a very empowering, arm strengthening pose.

    To perform: From downward dog, lower yourself into plank position. Put your feet together pressing your weight down through your right hand and forearm. Roll your body to the right and balance on the outer side your right foot. Stack your left foot on the right foot keeping your legs straight. Raise your left arm to the sky. Try to keep your body in a straight line. Try to hold the position for 30 seconds. Transition back to plank, then downward dog.

    Benefits of Side Plank:

    • Tones abdomen
    • Improves balance, focus, & concentration
    • Strengthens arms, wrists, & spine
    • Opens hamstrings and hips
  • 31 Days of Yoga – Legs Up the Wall (Viparita Karani)

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    Welcome to day 20 and one of my favorite poses. The legs up the wall pose is so relaxing and it’s a great one to do before bed. But be careful if you have chronic neck problems. Always consult your doctor before doing any yoga poses if necessary.

    To perform: Lie down with your bottom against the wall. Keep your tailbone on the floor, your bottom a few inches from the wall. (You can perform this with your bottom elevated like the picture but I prefer being flat on the ground). Your back and head should be aligned on the floor. Rest the backs of your legs against the wall keeping your knees relaxed. Relax and breathe deeply holding the pose. You should feel a light stretch. It shouldn’t be painful. Hold for a minute increasing time as desired. Slowly move into a seated position and sit quietly for a few seconds. Don’t rapidly come out of an inversion pose.

    Benefits of Legs Up The Wall Pose:

    • Can help to destress
    • Improves circulation
    • Soothes cramps
    • Stretches legs
    • Improves sleep
    • Relieves low back tension

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Plank (Phalakasana)

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    Welcome to day 19. Today’s position is the plank pose. This is a very popular pose with a variety of variations. This is an empowering that strengthens the Solar Plexus Chakra.

    To perform plank: Begin on your hands and knees and place your hands shoulder-width apart spreading your fingers wide. Press your finger pads down to take pressure off your wrists. Gaze foward keeping a healthy curve in your neck. Shoulders should be back and chest open. Tighten your abdominal muscles and extend one leg back at a time placing your feet hip-width apart. Keep your spine long, pelvis neutral, and scoop your tailbone slightly. Squeeze inner thighs. Hold for 30 seconds or longer while breathing deeply. Relax. Stay safe. 😷

    Benefits of Plank Pose:

    • Builds mental & physical endurance
    • Improves muscle tone of arms, shoulders, and core
    • Tones abdomen
    • Strengthens spine

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  • 31 Days of Yoga – Seated Forward Bend (Paschimottanasana)

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    Seated Forward Bend is a calming yoga pose that helps to relieve stress. This pose is often done once the body is already warm. It’s good to prepare the body for deeper poses.

    To perform: Sit with your legs extended in front of you. Beginners can bend their knees during the pose. You can straighten your legs as flexibility improves. Inhale and reach your arms out and then up overhead, lengthening your spine. Exhale and bend forward. Hold on to your legs where comfortable. Without rounding your back, touch your belly and chest to your legs. Slowly inhale and exhale. Hold the pose up to one minute.

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    Benefits of Seated Forward Bend:

    • Stress relief
    • Improved digestion & appetite
    • Menstrual pain relief
    • A calm mind
    • Reduced anxiety & fatigue
    • Relief from insomnia
  • 31 Days of Yoga – Extended Puppy (Uttana Shishosana)

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    Welcome to day 17. Today we will be learning the extended puppy pose. It is a combination of child’s pose and downward dog and stretches the spine in both directions. This is a great pose if you hold stress in your upper back and shoulders.

    To perform: Come onto all fours. Your shoulders should be above your wrists and your hips above your knees. Walk your hands forward a few inches. Exhale and move your hips halfway back toward your heels. Lower your arms until your elbows rest on mat. Extend your arms lowering your chest to the floor. Rest your head on the floor while stretching back. To exit pose, walk hands back up to all fours.

    Benefits of Extended Puppy Pose:

    • Stress reduction
    • Improves insomnia
    • Helps with anxiety & tension
    • Stretches spine, arms, & shoulders
    • Increases self confidence
  • 31 Days of Yoga – Lotus (Padmasana)

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    Day 16 of 31. Today we are learning a cross-legged sitting meditation pose. This pose is named Lotus because the position resembles the flower by the same name. This pose is excellent for meditation because it allows you to remain focused for a long time. This can be a difficult pose that may need to be eased into.

    To perform Lotus: Sit with legs stretched out in front of you with your spine straight. Bend your right knee and place it on your left thigh with the sole of the foot point upward and the heel close to the abdomen. Repeat on other side. Place your hands on your knees. Hold pose while slowly breathing in and out. Keep your back straight while looking ahead.

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    Benefits of Lotus pose:

    • Stretches feet & ankles
    • Opens hips
  • 31 Days of Yoga – Child’s Pose (Balasana)

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    Welcome to day 15! I think we can say that we’re halfway there now. I hope that you are feeling some stress relief as well as physical benefits from all these stretches.

    Today we will be learning the Child’s Pose. This is a beginner yoga pose that can be used as a resting pose during yoga practice before and after more advanced poses.

    To perform: Rest on your knees with your bottom on your heels. Lean forward and rest your forehead on the floor. Lay your arms so they’re next to your legs with your palms facing upward (or you can place them straight out above your head, palms down). Slowly inhale and exhale for several breaths.

    Benefits of Child’s Pose:

    • Promotes relaxation
    • Stretches back, hips, & ankles
    • Increases blood circulation
    • Activates digestion
    • Relieves tension

    Thanks for reading. You can click on the links below ⬇ to check out other poses in this series. Stay safe out there. 😷