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  1. yogagrammy liked a post in a topic by Oak in Orchids   
    There is no harm in keeping the plant despite being chopped off, unless you need the pot for a thriving plant. I am interested in finding out whether it will still grow? Though it will be a long wait. It was my husband's grandmother from Norway who initially told me about pruning your orchids and tapping cinnamon on the wound to seal + prevent bacteria growth. Next time we speak I will have to see if she has anything to add on. Next orchid do not trim to the base, typically trim just before the curve begins at the top. Otherwise youtube and google can be your best friend!
     
    The vegetable water would of been filled of bacteria etc that you initially wanted removed form the veggies. Always discard - especially for indoor plants Sounds like you have had quite the relationship with orchids, and bunnies! I hope it is smooth sailing from here on out!
  2. Lorelei liked a post in a topic by Oak in Youtube Video Request   
    A 30-60 minute sequence on shoulders, upper back + neck, please 
  3. Oak liked a post in a topic by FemmeLife in Outdoor Yoga   
    My cat sometimes likes to join me in my practice. Downward dog and savasana are the moments she tends to "join" me the most.
    Sometimes she even gets upset if I am on the mat and she is trying to lie down. Smh.
  4. mimisouth liked a post in a topic by Oak in Outdoor Yoga   
    We are blessed with acreage, I often dedicate a playful practice outside while the dog is loose. She is a great distraction, but even better for inspiration. The practice is made up mainly of standing poses, since every time I rest or am inverted she has to be in the action. That being said savasana in woods with a cuddly dog is priceless. 
  5. Yogabliss liked a post in a topic by Oak in Favorite Tea?   
    I like plain jane chamomile + lavender teas. Love hibiscus in the morning  
  6. Oak liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Slippery Manduka Mat   
    I am almost positive that Manduka has a lifetime guarantee (or the pro series does at least, so you should still be ok), but I definitely recommend breaking it in either with a salt scrub or just a damp wash cloth to get that light film off that makes it sticky. I've done it with my black mat pro and it definitely helped a bit!
  7. Laura liked a post in a topic by Oak in What's For Breakfast?   
    Hearty breakfast is a must for me! I typically stick with steel cut oats and fruits/berries, though will include a smoothie or omelette. I also love leftovers for breakfast, lots of veggies, protein and sometimes with a salad and egg on top. Whatever I am feeling in the morning!
  8. Turi liked a post in a topic by Oak in Meditation Apps   
    I have the "Calm' app - free! While it is not deep mediation and I having only used it twice (I used the first 5 minutes to focus and centre when I have been in noisy/distracting places and then continued on my own from), I have kept the app since it gives me alerts. Even if I am out during the day, I like the reminder to breathe. 
  9. Oak liked a post in a topic by MaryKay in Carrying Your Mat?   
    I just bought a Manduka Pro Black Magic.
     
    Thoughts on how to carry it ~
     
    Do you have a bag or do you use straps?
     
    The Manduka is so much thicker than my previous mat that I'm not sure what will work.
     
    Thoughts?
  10. Oak liked a post in a topic by helenschki in Konjac Sponge   
    I love it but my love for the concept might have added some wishful thinking as well .
  11. Oak liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Shoulder Pain   
    Hey guys! Sorry to hear of the shoulder woes. I had something similar when I was just starting to build up the strength for chaturanga. Here's the thing. Chaturanga is TOUGH. It requires a lot of upper body strength that many of us just don't have right off the bat. So here's what I would suggest: 
     
    -I personally don't like knees/chest/chin modification because going down to the chest/chin means you'll likely have to be rounding the shoulders and if the upper body strength isn't there it'll likely compromise the shoulders - that's just my opinion though.
     
    -chaturanga has a lot going on. Not only do we need to keep the chest open (i.e. think about drawing shoulder blades toward one another and then gently down the back), but we also need to think about the elbows not going smaller than 90 degrees, the leg muscles engaged, the butt in line with the body (it often sinks), and then aim to look forward and on the ground rather than straight down. Here are two diagrams that may help: Common mistakes in sun salutes, and tips for chaturanga (just note, I don't like my wrist in the last picture, it should be exactly underneath the elbow) - I actually think the roll forward part in part 2 is pretty helpful too. 
     
    If you're in actual pain right now I would suggest taking a total break from all chaturangas (just doing plank pose and going straight into downward dog in your vinyasas) and when the pain has subsided, doing a modified chaturanga on the knees (press hips forward before lowering) and working on upper body strength either in your practice or in the gym. Hope that helps!
  12. Oak liked a post in a topic by allieoxenfree in Yoga Layers?   
    Now that it's starting to get a bit chilly here in NYC, I'm thinking I need to invest in some yoga layers! I do almost all of my practice at home, and sometimes it is extra chilly in my apartment in the mornings, when my radiator hasn't kicked on. (Like many NYC residents, I don't have any control over my apartment's heat!)
     
    So, any recommendations? I usually just wear a loose sweatshirt, lol, but it flops all over and isn't the best. Would love some links too!!
  13. Turi liked a post in a topic by Oak in Smoothies   
    I have no smoothie recipes, but I always add greens - whatever i have in the fridge such kale, romaine, chard, spinach, dandelion etc. A large portion of the fruit is berries since we pick locally and have an abundant. Favourite ingredients recently are ginger and cranberries! 
  14. Oak liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Healthy/healthier Baked Treats?   
    Ooo this is a good one. Yeah this is tough for me too but I grew up with a mom who was always serving up the funky looking homemade cookies with spelt flour while everyone else got the pretty, smooth cookies haha so I guess I am used to it? 
     
    Here's what I have learned from my experiments in the kitchen: 
     
    -coconut flour makes things dense and heavy. best to do half coconut flour and half almond flour so whatever you're making doesn't turn out like a brick
    -honey is a great sub for sugar but I find it's sweeter, so I play around with it, generally using half of whatever was called for the sugar
    -chopped nuts and peanut butter make everything better haha. no seriously.
     
    Some favorite recipes: banana bread bites, lemon bars (SO GOOD!!!!), black bean cookies (don't judge before you try, I swear these were the best things ever and you don't even taste the beans...though now I'm on GAPS and I can't have black beans for a while - I'm suffering!)
  15. Oak liked a post in a topic by YogaByCandace in Yoga And Vegetarianism   
    One thing about yoga retreats and vegetarian menus - from my experience, it also has to do with the fact that meat is more expensive and since retreats are often all inclusive, teachers try to keep the costs down as much as possible.
     
    For me, in my training, we discussed this at length. I mean, how can we "do no harm" if we are eating animals? One of my teachers said something that really stuck with me. She said that doing no harm also pertains to yourself, and if you do not feel well on a vegetarian diet, and you feel better eating meat, you need to do what is healing to you. Different people need different things, she said - and even the Dalai Lama is not vegetarian. I really struggled with this idea when I needed to start the GAPS diet to heal my stomach from longterm antibiotic use for Lyme Disease. The diet calls for lots of animal fats and meat to heal and repair the gut lining. After being vegan/vegetarian on and off for around thirteen years or so, it definitely was not easy for me to start eating meat every single day. But I was incredibly sick and this was my last resort and it has helped me tremendously. I think that what people choose to eat is a highly personal decision and one of the things I swear never to do is judge people on what they eat or consider my way of eating better than anyone else's. We all need different things, and feel better eating different ways, in my opinion. 
  16. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Oak in Vegan Dating Meat-Eater   
    My husband + I have been together for 9 years (technically in 6 weeks) and our diets have never been the same. That being said there was never an elephant in the room or judgement passed. Just a fact that we ate differently. Reflecting on it, a key to our "success" was probably not putting any emphasis or thought on it. Whatever will be, will be. Many dinners there will be a main dish, which we then adapt accordingly to our own preferences. Though at times we eat completely different meals but still have each others company. All the luck!
  17. Turi liked a post in a topic by Oak in Smoothies   
    I have no smoothie recipes, but I always add greens - whatever i have in the fridge such kale, romaine, chard, spinach, dandelion etc. A large portion of the fruit is berries since we pick locally and have an abundant. Favourite ingredients recently are ginger and cranberries! 
  18. Oak liked a post in a topic by MrBalloonHands in Vegan Dating Meat-Eater   
     
    I love this! To be honest I never understood why society has created this image that a family or couple must eat the same things at the same times. We are all different and our bodies need different things. Some people feel better eating a vegan diet, when some other people might feel better when they only cut out dairy, or someone loves to eat meat. It shouldn't matter and each partner in the relationship should be able to eat when and what they want. If one partner feels better eating 5 small meals per day and the other partner likes to eat 2-3 bigger meals per day, then that should be ok. Plan for yourself while supporting the others choices.....  
  19. MrBalloonHands liked a post in a topic by Oak in Vegan Dating Meat-Eater   
    My husband + I have been together for 9 years (technically in 6 weeks) and our diets have never been the same. That being said there was never an elephant in the room or judgement passed. Just a fact that we ate differently. Reflecting on it, a key to our "success" was probably not putting any emphasis or thought on it. Whatever will be, will be. Many dinners there will be a main dish, which we then adapt accordingly to our own preferences. Though at times we eat completely different meals but still have each others company. All the luck!
  20. Laura liked a post in a topic by Oak in What's For Breakfast?   
    Hearty breakfast is a must for me! I typically stick with steel cut oats and fruits/berries, though will include a smoothie or omelette. I also love leftovers for breakfast, lots of veggies, protein and sometimes with a salad and egg on top. Whatever I am feeling in the morning!
  21. Oak liked a post in a topic by helenschki in What's For Breakfast?   
    and of course cottage cheese, tomato, baby corn, olives and avocado all mashed together seasoned with black pepper and balsamic vinegar
  22. Oak liked a post in a topic by SupposeAnythingGoes in Dancer's Pose/natarajasana   
    Hi everyone,
     
    I think Dancer's Pose is so beautiful, but I have serious issues getting additional height with my extended leg (and flipping my grip). IAny advice, or complementary postures that may help?
  23. Oak liked a post in a topic by Meugenio in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    I love a good Buzzfeed article, especially ones like this for 33 hacks to organize all the small things: http://www.buzzfeed.com/twopoodles/ways-to-keep-all-the-small-things-in-your-life-spe-9g24Hope this helps! =)
  24. Nix liked a post in a topic by Oak in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    Winter Car Hack - wiping your windshield with white vinegar helps keep frost at bay, and if you do not mind looking silly place a sock each on the windshield wipers so you do not need to clear them of snow. Glad we have a double garage this year, but in the past these tricks saved us much aggravation on many dark, cold mornings. 
  25. Turi liked a post in a topic by Oak in Life/travel/beauty Hacks   
    I recently searched Pinterest for winter hacks and found the vinegar trick and sock trick! Though some directions require you to dilute the vinegar I never have. There are also other 'recipes' that call for rubbing alcohol. One cool hack I found was to use a large carpet sample or rug to cover the windshield, blades included. In the morning simply shake it off and place in your trunk incase it snows while you are at work etc. The added bonus if you get stuck the carpet can act as a traction pad.