Monthly Archives: September 2017

Happy Cat Month

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As mentioned in an earlier post, September is Happy Cat Month. Week one focused on how to keep kitty healthy, while week two focuses on enrichment.

Enrichment, if you’re unfamiliar with the term, means providing mental stimulus that complements a cat’s natural behavior. Toys that mimic hunting, furniture or towers that can let a cat get vertical, or food games are all enrichment tools that help cats mimic their natural prey drive. You can buy them or create your own.

Keeping your cat not only physically but mentally healthy will lead to a better experience for the entire household.

Peace,

Debra

 

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National Cheese Pizza Day

September 5 is National Cheese Pizza Day! So eat up!

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Happy Cat Month

September is Happy Cat Month. Week one focuses on Happy Healthy Cats. Cats are amazingly self-sufficient creatures, but they still need a safe place to live, food and water, and proper vet care. A healthy cat is a happier cat.

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Meows and kisses,

Debra

 

 

 

It’s My Birthday!

Today’s my birthday. Here’s the number one song from the day I was born. Feel free to dance down the street like Jackie Chan and Chris Tucker.

Peace,

Debra

National Yoga Month: Lovingkindness Theme

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September is National Yoga Month, so expect lots of random yoga-related musings this month!

Today I thought I would talk about themes in relation to planning and teaching classes. Often when I plan a class, my theme focuses on one or more parts of the body (I’m a rather practical person, so such a practical themes come easily for m). For the past couple of weeks, however, I’ve focused on concepts like gratitude and kindness.

textgram_1503844659My inspiration for the kindness classes was, of all things, a post on the site scarymommy.com. I tweaked the author’s daily question to her children, “Who were you kind to?” to “How were you kind today?” and asked students to meditate on that question while in a pose (yin and restorative yoga both lend themselves well to this with their long holds).

In some of my classes, I also used a version of the metta mediation. You can learn more about metta meditation here. The version of the meditation that I used in class is below: the first round is directed at bringing lovingkindness to ourselves; the next round is directed at some we feel needs lovingkindess directed to them; and the last round is directed to all the earth.

May I be free from suffering.

May I be well.

May I be at peace.

May I be joyful.

May I be filled with lovingkindness.

 

May you be free from suffering.

May you be well.

May you be at peace.

May you be joyful.

May you be filled with lovingkindness.

 

May all beings be free from suffering.

May all beings be well.

May all beings be at peace.

May all beings be joyful.

May all beings be filled with lovingkindness.

Thanks for reading!

Debra

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