How to Rock Your Blog Photos for Free with Snapseed

Snapseed, a photo-editing app, has 12 filters which are discussed. Other uses for Snapseed are discusssed as well.

Source: How to Rock Your Blog Photos for Free with Snapseed


Basics of Breath

Spirit of a Yogi

“Go to your breath”

“Focus on your breath/ing.”

These are two of the most common phrases any student will hear during a yoga class, but what does it mean? For many yogis of all levels, this is sometimes the most confusing, the hardest, and elusive part of the practice. One thing to remember: Yoga goes beyond the asana/posture. Though media fills people’s minds of thin women doing advanced postures, the core of yoga is not asana.

It is the breath.

It is the moment in between moments that brings the focus of the mind in towards meditation. Towards the ability to strengthen and discipline the mind. To be completely present throughout each minute of the day. This takes practice, which starts with…you got it, the breath.

The way in which the yogi breathes is balanced. What does this mean? It means that the breathe flows freely through both nostrils, fully…

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Yoga At Home and In A Group

English: Vrksasana, the tree position, a Yoga ...

English: Vrksasana, the tree position, a Yoga posture. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Now we agree with a lot of what was said in this link about yoga.  We’ve been trying our best to practice more of the poses, looking at various posts we find online.  We are discovering it is hard to keep track of the movements when we can’t see the screen well enough from the position we are in.

Aha, most yoga studios have mirrors in them for that very purpose.  Although I do agree that isn’t where most of us are looking, we are trying to follow the instructor to the best of our ability.  We think there is tremendous value in doing many of our yoga stretches at home in the safety and security of our own space until we get the basics down a bit.

Or take a long some really supportive friends that won’t laugh their heads off or criticize us any more than we are already doing to ourselves for the unusual ways we are trying to twist ourselves.

Yes, we hear it when they are calling out especially at our age.  Really though the older we get the more we do need to stay limber and be able to still move our bodies from head to toe and side to side.  We often forget how much our necks like to be stretched even if we don’t sit at a desk all day.  Driving puts tremendous stress on our neck and shoulders.

Yoga has so many positive benefits, now we never stayed with it long enough to become masters at it, though we’ve been told it’s never too late.  Our bodies are not in that limber enough state yet to fully agree with that.  We need to work out all the movements much better than we have been and be much more consistent than we have been.

For us that is the number one reason why we do show up at a class every once in a while, if we don’t pretty soon, before you know it, we’ve missed a whole week of yoga stretching until our body is screaming at us.  Oops, sorry beautiful wanna be body.  Scheduling one class a week, or month, or something will keep us on track with that.

Most of all this interesting link about yoga practice in a studio inspired us to get busy taking better care of ourselves.  May you too get up and move and find an easy to do daily way to help your body begin and end each day with as many relaxed muscles and state of mind as possible.

There is something to the message of  “just do it”, as I sit here stretching my neck.  We say we are multitasking that way, to a degree, yes.  What I am finding out best is how important it has become to notice our bodies enough to take care of them in a healthy way.

As I write more pictures and related posts pop up with an ever-growing array of yoga choices.  Now, that in itself gets my mind quite excited.
“Oh boy, look at all these new ways of learning and doing yoga.”

Learning about it, not enough, there it is again, the reminder to start doing.  So, in the need of a well deserved break, I stop now from reading and writing the ideas down, to actually trying some of the stretches once again so that they become second nature and not a kick in the pants reminder.

6 reasons I don’t want to practice yoga in a studio.

Insights: A New View of Your Stats

This is encouraging.

The Blog

Today we’re introducing a new view of your stats. Insights give you instant access to your all-time numbers, including posts, views, and visitors. Dig deeper into your stats to make the most of your site.

Have you ever wondered what times of day or days of the week you have the most visitors? Insights has you covered!

Stats Popular Day and Hour

Of course, one of the best things that you can do to improve the numbers on your Insights page is to post more frequently. You’ll find a visualization of your posting trends right at the top of the page — one glance, and you can see how many posts you publish when.

Stats Post Activity

The stats that you’re used to seeing haven’t gone away. We’ve moved the Comments, Followers, Tags & Categories, and Publicize sections to the Insights page. Everything else is right where it was before, you’re still able to view the other modules by…

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Bragging Rights

and away we go

The Renegade Press

Every now and then I’ll branch out and attend a writer’s conference. My reasons for doing so usually stem from a bout of writers block or shear frustration at my own inability to move forward within the industry, so I throw my hands in the air and venture out to see what others are doing to carve out their own success. I become disenchanted with my own abilities and stupidly start to think that the only way to succeed is to emulate, instead of innovate.

Whenever I do show up to an event I have a blast. I meet a bunch of great people, listen to a range of interesting talks, and find a renewed love for what I do. But no matter how much I enjoy myself I never walk away from an event with that piece of elusive information that will see my writing and carer soar to…

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