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Springdale, Arkansas, United States
Yoga and reading are my passions - followed closely by jewelry-making and cooking plant-based meals. My husband is my guinea pig for my recipes and thankfully he's a willing subject! Be sure to visit my Etsy store: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TheBookishYogini?ref=search_shop_redirect

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Recycling Glass

We have recycled our trash and old items for many years now. It makes me feel good that these items are not going to fill up a landfill, but will be re-born and re-used in a new fashion.

When we lived in Bella Vista, even though the city would pick up recyclables, we chose to take them once a month to the Bella Vista Recycling Center. The Bella Vista Recycling Center is a non-profit organization operated by volunteers. They gather, process and sell donated recyclable waste materials. With the proceeds of selling this waste, they have made thousands of dollars in donations as matching grants to area nonprofits.  They operate as a community service of AARP Chapter 109.

I love that in Springdale, we can put all our recyclables items in one large rolling bin and not have to sort the items or take them somewhere. The only exception is glass. For some reason, Waste Management does not accept glass. So, I take all our empty glass jars to Ozark Natural Foods who does collect glass for recycling.  That gives me an excuse to eat at Tacos 4 Life (love their fish tacos!!!!)  AND shop at Ozark Natural Foods!

Why is it important to recycle glass? When you throw glass into a landfill, it NEVER breaks down! Unlike food, paper, or plastic waste that will break down quicker, glass will not. Glass is 100% recyclable and it can be recycled ENDLESSLY! So what can recycled glass be used to make? According to the Environmental Protection Agency, 90 percent of recycled glass is used to make new containers, such as bottles and jars. The Glass Packaging Institute reports that fiberglass is another common use for recycled glass.  Imagine that - used bottles and jars may end up insulating your home!  Recycled glass can be used in many types of materials, including match tips, tile and counter tops, and construction aggregate.

Thanks for reading my rant!!  

Peace and Namaste', 

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Yoga for Spring

Painting by Carrie Ridgeway
I've been reading from a book recommended by my favorite internet Yoga teacher, Melissa West,  titled, "The Way of the Happy Woman" by Sara Avant Stover.  The summary on Amazon says:   "In this book, Sara Avant Stover shows how simple, natural, and refreshingly accessible practices can minimize stress and put us back in sync with our own cycles and those of nature".  The book is divided into seasons, and within each seasonal section there is a chapter with an overview of the season, a chapter regarding ayurvedic prinicipals for eating in that season (with recipes), a chapter with at least two yoga practices designed specifically for that season, and a chapter for reflections for that season.

At the Jones Center I will be teaching several classes designed for Spring.  Thursday, March 17, will be a Yin Yoga class targeting the liver & gallbladder meridians. Yin Yoga is designed to help one sit longer, and more comfortably in meditation by stretching connective tissue around the joints (mainly the knees, pelvis, sacrum, and spine). A passive practice, Yin Yoga involves variations of seated and on-the-back poses typically held for 3 to 5 minutes, accessing deeper layers of fascia (connective tissue).

Join me at 5:30 pm at the Jones Center! Classes are free to members and only $3 for non-members.

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

Teaching Schedule for the Rest of March 2016

Updated 3/15/16

Our 10 am Saturday morning yoga class is going strong!  Kristen and I alternate weeks teaching.  Be sure to check out this class if you haven't already.  Also, Kristen is teaching a 10 am Tuesday morning class called "Mommy and Me" for moms and their toddlers.

10:00 am - "Mommy and Me" Yoga with Kristen 
5:30 pm - Tuesday and Thursday "Yoga for Every Body"
10:00 am - Saturday mornings "Yoga for Every Body"

"Yoga for Every Body" at The Jones Center for Families in Springdale, 5:30 - 6:20 pm Tuesday & Thursday and 10:00 - 10:50 am each Saturday.

Bring your yoga mat, a strap, a block, and even a yoga blanket if you want.  If you don't have a yoga mat, don't worry, The Jones Center provides several mats, blocks, and straps for you to borrow.  

Here is an updated teaching schedule and the "planned" classes for the next few weeks:

Tues, 3/15/16:  Yoga for Cyclists (and everyone else too!)

Thurs, 3/17/16:  Welcoming Spring Series - Yin Yoga
Sat, 3/19/16:  Carrie teaching Welcoming Spring - Vernal Equinox yoga class today!

Tues, 3/22/16:  Full Moon Flow
Thurs, 3/24/16:  Welcoming Spring Yoga Class 
Sat, 3/26/16:  Kristen teaching

Tues, 3/29/16:  Welcoming Spring Yoga Class - Kapha Dosha
Thurs, 3/31/16:  Welcoming Spring Yoga Class

Sat, 4/2/16:  Carrie teaching Yoga for Strength - Core

Hope to see you in class!  Peace and Namaste'!