Odds and Ends (Mind+Body Edition)


1. I’m headed to acupuncture this morning with all of your positive, encouraging comments in the back of my mind. (Thank you for those!) I’m ready to nip this month-long of bout of insomnia in the bud, as well as some other issues. Will report back.

2. Have you all tried guided meditations? Two that I really enjoy are by Belleruth Naparstek and these free ones from the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. You definitely need to find a voice that works for you!

3. I’ve found that I’m really good at researching and buying supplements, but never actually taking them. It’s ridiculous, actually. Right now, I’m taking a multi-vitamin, a co-enzyme B complex, probiotics, and vitamin D. What supplements do you take on a daily basis? I love chatting about supplements.

4. Need to be honest – I haven’t tried Ballet Beautiful yet. Going to do it this weekend. In the meantime, do you all have any recommendations for good yoga videos to do at home? I found a teacher I really love in my area, but unfortunately her class in smack dab in the middle of the day and it’s just not working with my schedule. Ultimate sad face. I saw this DVD and this DVD by Rodney Yee and they look intriguing…would love your input. (Also, YouTube videos would be great too.)

Wow, lots of questions for you all today. Thanks in advance and have a great weekend!

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  1. Melissa Flohr

    July 13, 2013 at 10:46 am

    I’ve tried both of the Rodney Yee videos and really liked them. They were very soothing, nice voice and easy to follow. Of course, I did these all before having kids. Haven’t used them lately because my copies are on outdated vhs ha! An interesting side note: I play these guided meditation adventures for my kids at night by Christianne Kerr and I usually snuggle with the littles at bedtime- I kid you not, the lady on the cd puts me to sleep before my kids. One minute I’m pressing the play button, the next thing I know, I’m drifting toward sleep while riding a fairy dolphin up in the clouds on a warm summer’s day.
    It’s hilarious. Anyhoo- xo Studioflohr

  2. Janette

    July 13, 2013 at 7:59 pm

    I tried the trial on getsomeheadspace.com and was hooked! My husband who can be a bit of a sceptic even does them with me now..it has turned into our bedtime ritual…..sad…I know. I ended up signing up for a year membership and have stuck with it…It really helps keep my head calm and clear and sweeps all the mind chatter to the side. I do have 2 very small children that test all levels of patience so I do fall off the wagon occasionally!

    • whoorl

      July 14, 2013 at 9:25 am

      Whoah, thanks Janette! I listened to him last night, and it was my favorite yet. I think I’m hooked as well!

  3. berlin hair baby

    July 14, 2013 at 12:52 pm

    I am a big fan of meditation and Pema Chodron. I love her books and talks! I’ve been meditating at home and now I regularly visit the shambala center near me. Check out Pema’s stuff and maybe even the shambala in your town! xoxo

  4. Pamela Wright

    July 15, 2013 at 8:22 pm

    Oh sister, I HEAR you. I have so many supplements but I only take two faithfully: sublingual b12 and fermented cod liver oil. I learned about b12 after our third baby and it really did change my life – no joke. The weird part is that I was never deficient. But I guess every girl needs a boost now and then. As for the fermented cod liver oil, all the paleo bloggers I read acted like it was liquid sunshine so I tried it and am a believer too.
    By the way, I encourage you to consider writing a bit about your health problems. I’m 38 and lived in silence and frozen with fear of my health issues because I was ashamed to have any at my age. Then Maggie Mason wrote (quite awhile ago now) about her health (we are similar in age) and how she was going to tackle her stuff. She empowered me to own my health for the first time and I’m healthier for it. You never know how your circumstances might be bettered by your reader’s own stories and how your story can change one of ours.

  5. Sarah

    July 16, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    re: yoga – I was looking for very gentle yoga a few months ago that I could do once a week to really focus on getting a good stretch and to focus on mindfulness, etc. I found Namaste Yoga on YouTube (the instructor is Melissa West), and I love her. She has some free videos on YouTube, as well as a paid membership site, but I haven’t felt the need to progress to paid.

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