Be Careful Out There Yogis; Your Body Needs You

Be Careful Out There Yogis; Your Body Needs You…

As I picked up one of my favorite magazines and started to flip through it, I was so excited to see an eight page article about yoga. Wow! It had lots of information, beautiful graphics, and even a map showing all the yoga studios in the area. But as I read it, I became more and more disappointed.

This ‘beginner’s guide’, in my opinion, was actually quite intimidating in itself. The information was overwhelming. The graphics were gorgeous, yet not comprehensive. The map was helpful, yet furthered my concerns.

But enough about the article. I am really not here to criticize the magazine or the article’s author. It really was a nice article and any exposure yoga receives is good. And this magazine has always been one of my favorites and still is.

What I want to do, as a Certified Integrative Yoga Therapy Instructor, is take it back several steps and offer my own ideas about starting or continuing a yoga practice.

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  1. Put safety first. Know your body and it’s limitations. Honor it. Practice the type of yoga that allows helpful and safe movement in your body, not the type that forces struggle and strain. One of the best ways to do this is to use props like blocks, bolsters, straps, blankets, and the wall. Use what you need to stay safe and feel good.
  2. Look for classes with descriptions using words like gentle, modified, slow, and well…beginners. Even if you are returning to yoga after a previous practice of intermediate, advanced, even power yoga, there is obviously a reason you took a break. Enter your new practice gradually and give yourself time to work back into it. And by all means, if you’ve never done yoga before, a gentle class suited for beginners is a must. And what’s even better is a Beginner’s Series, where you can learn the postures in detail.
  3. Do YOUR yoga. Even if you don’t know what that is yet, you do know your body, so honor it. All of your postures will look different from someone else’s and that is perfect. Your yoga. Your mat. Your choices.
  4. Try out a few different instructors and stick with the one who actually gives you instructions, cues, corrections, modifications, and positive feedback. Unfortunately, we are a dying breed. But we are out there and we want to help you.
  5. Breathe. Your body will thank you for it. It will actually move more easily and be open to new postures if you give it oxygen. Inhale deeply to open and lengthen the body. Exhale long and slow to settle into the posture. It will take a few reminders but practice will make it perfect.

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I’ve been doing yoga for 13 years now and have been certified for almost two. I was lucky enough to learn from the very best instructors in this area. When people take my class for the first time, they say things like this:

  • no one ever told me I was doing that wrong
  • you are just what I was looking for
  • I’m so glad you give instructions and corrections
  • I’ve never been sure how to do many of the poses
  • your voice is soothing and makes me comfortable
  • it feels like coming home

This list isn’t for bragging. This list tells me that I’m doing what I was trained to do. Teach yoga in a safe, positive, and friendly environment. Allow my students to practice at a level and pace suited to their needs.

I teach yoga four times a week at three different locations to a variety of ages, genders, levels, physical abilities, and personalities. My job is to serve all of them, as best as I can.

So, I ask all yoga instructors and students…please be careful out there.

And call me if you need me.

Libby Blumberg, RYT 200

904-521-7097

libby@shantimomforone.com

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Reviews Have Me Beaming!

Feeling proud today. I’ve got twelve reviews of my book on Amazon and this site. These words are so meaningful. Those who have read it range from family and friends to acquaintances and those I’ve never met. This outcome is astounding and I am beaming with pride! Thank you!

By Mythreesons on January 9, 2017

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A wonderfully woven tale of friendship, discovery and a journey towards motherhood. A great read for all but particularly if you find yourself at a crossroad of spirituality, growth and the human experience. Libby allows us in as she discovers the spiritual connections around her.

By M.C. O’Neill on January 11, 2017

I loved this book! It’s a quick read but packed with marvelous observations about friendship, becoming a mother and learning about life. Makes me want to try yoga.

By Sara on January 16, 2017

Wow! Libby M. Blumberg’s, In So Many Words—a medley of life changing conversations, was nothing but inspirational. The conversations and stories that Libby shares, with her audience, are truly eye opening and encourage you to think of your own life’s journey. This original piece of literature, allows the reader to spiritually and emotionally analyze their own personal feelings by making connections and reassuring yourself that there is a bright and positive side to situations in our lives. In So Many Words, is uplifting, inspiring, and provides a sense of hope. Libby M. Blumberg, not only shares her honest life stories, but most importantly how she overcame uncertainties in her life through spiritual awareness, yoga, and her lifelong friendships-which is genuinely admirable. I personally cannot wait to read, She Waited for Me, Libby’s next book.

By Kindle Customer on January 18, 2017

In So Many Words: a medley of life changing conversations is truly a worth while read. Libby M. Blumberg tells her story as closely to having a conversation face to face as a reader can get. It is refreshing and inspiring and full of feeling. This book, without a doubt, is so applicable to so very many. I am confident that readers from all walks of life can find something to relate to, some meaning to take away or have an “I really needed to hear” that moment during the course of this well written, down to earth book! Happy reading!

By Jason Sandberg on January 22, 2017

Libby Blumberg has written a gem of a book, collecting and preserving some of those impactful conversations that enter our lives at just the right moment. “In So Many Words” will be valuable to anyone in the process of setting a new course in life, or mustering the courage to make a course correction.  * Jason is a fellow author and illustrator. Check him out.

By April from MA on January 29, 2017

Rarely do you find a book that speaks to your soul as a mother, a woman, and a seeker of self-awareness. “In So Many Words” is a honest reflection of life from the perspective of another mother and woman who asks the eternal question, “Why?” I found this book easy and enjoyable to read. Honestly, it flowed much like a conversation with an old friend.

By L. Postell on February 3, 2017

Thank you for being so courageous and willing to share your journey with us. It was amazing to read her passion for life through the good times and bad. I’m interested to read the next book!

By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2017

Libby’s story is one of courage, deep faith and trust in the value of human relationships. She has a gift for introspection, acceptance and an open heart. She inspires the reader to take that “leap of faith” with confidence and trust. I look forward to reading Libby’s second book, “She Waited For Me”.

By connie butler on February 27, 2017

Thank you Libby for sharing your heart with us. I love how as a young woman that were open to learning from women that were older. It is my belief that we are all here to share our wisdom and love with one another unconditionally. Your story is heart warming and I look forward to your next book.

By Ron Mexico on February 26, 2017

Such an interesting story. So glad this group met to help this beautiful woman. Libby leaves us wanting more from her next book!!

By SS on January 28, 2017

If you’ve ever had good friends (and you know you have) you will enjoy this book. Thanks to Libby Marsh Blumberg for writing it all down….

In So Many Words: a medley of life changing conversations is truly a worth while read. Libby M. Blumberg tells her story as closely to having a conversation face to face as a reader can get. It is refreshing and inspiring and full of feeling. This book, without a doubt, is so applicable to so very many. I am confident that readers from all walks of life can find something to relate to, some meaning to take away or have an “I really needed to hear” that moment during the course of this well written, down to earth book! Happy reading!  * Jessica is a fellow Fundanoodle Ambassador. Check her out.

 

Facebook Asked, What’s On My Mind?

Facebook asks me, “What’s on your mind?”  Well, that’s pretty cool. It’s nice and open ended. Tonight, as I enjoy a hotel stay by myself on my way to a conference, I’d like to simply tell you what’s on my mind.

  • A headache is on my mind, but it should be gone soon. Bedtime will be early tonight.
  • My daughter and hubby are on my mind. I will miss them this weekend but hope they have lots of fun together. Facebook
  • Fundanoodle Fiesta is on my mind. This is the first ever National Sales Conference for Fundanoodle. It will be so much fun! We will learn how to grow our businesses by sharing ideas with each other and learning strategies from the experts. I have the honor of sharing a yoga practice on Sunday morning. We will explore postures for our Second Chakra and tap into our creative energy.Facebook
  • Two of my yoga students from this morning are on my mind. One of them is a friend of the women who contributed to my book, In So Many Words. We really connected and hope to work together on some yoga/healing work. The second one is a woman who had been out of class following knee replacement surgery. After class, I asked her how class felt. She said, “It was like coming home.” What an amazing response! Those words made my day!
  • Lots of SEO work on my websites is on my mind. Two experts in the field gave me some really good information about the importance of Search Engine Optimization and the best ways to implement it. Will be a lot of work, but not difficult.
  • And lastly, my very full belly is on my mind. But it won’t stop me from eating the chocolate covered raisins I bought at Cracker Barrell.

Peace out !

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Childhood Memories for Cee’s Share Your World

Do you prefer juice or fruit?

Admittedly, at times I prefer juice because it’s easier. If a fruit requires peeling, cutting, or coring, I will go for the juice. Fruit also has to be at it’s best point for me to eat it. Canteloupe is so yummy when perfectly ripe, but I never know until I eat it. Then, I’m either really disappointed or making yummy noises. So, orange, apple, and, occasionally, cranberry are my go to juices.

Did you grow up in a small or big town? Did you like it?

We moved around a lot when I was little, so bear with me…

I grew up (partially) in a small town on the south side of Chicago called Beverly. I loved it. We only stayed until I was six, but I remember walking to school, playing in the snow, and being envious of the Barbies the girl down the street had.

From there we moved to Lambertville, NJ. Another small town where we lived on the outskirts in the country. We had ducks, rabbits, cats, gerbils, and a Great Dane. My most vivid memory there is falling off my bike at the end of our steep driveway, face planting into the gravel. Youch!

Then we entered what my Dad calls, “The year of the turd.” All five children remember it with fondness. We moved in with my grandparents in the farm town of Ottawa, IL. All five kids slept in one room. I helped my Grampa feed the cows. We took truck and tractor rides. Our Gramma gave us “midnight” snacks like apple slices and raisins in a bowl made of tin foil. It was the best six months of my eight year life!

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Then it was on to Barrington, IL. A little bit larger suburban area, in a brand new neighborhood. Honestly, I barely remember this place. We had the same Great Dane and when we walked her to the pond down the street, I always imagined the Lochness Monster emerging from the water. One of my three older brothers must have put that thought in my head.

Finally settling for the rest of my childhood, we moved to Great Falls, VA, a beautiful town in Northern, VA just outside of DC. I often dream about this house, the pool, our neighbor’s horses, the nearby park, our schools, parties I wasn’t supposed to have, etc. I adored this place. We stayed there from 1977 – 1987. Our Great Dane, Tia, died there at the age of 13. At age ten, I received a cat, Bojangles, for Christmas. He lived to age 21.  I was in college when my parents moved and I never properly said goodbye to this home. That’s why I return there in my dreams. It was my absolute favorite home full of treasured memories.

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If you were to paint a picture of your childhood, what colors would you use?

Brown and Green for all of the country and farm land.

Yellow for the joy.

 

Ways to Relax List: Make a list of what relaxes you and helps you feel calm.

  • YOGA
  • Hanging with friends
  • Being with my daughter at bed time

Almost Fiesta Time for Fundanoodle!

In just two weeks, several savvy women will be gathering in Charlotte, NC for the first annual Fundanoodle Fiesta! We will come together for three days of networking, learning, sharing, shopping, eating, drinking, and celebrating. And I just can’t wait!

Twice during the conference, I will share my talents with these inspiring women. Because I’ve been with the company since their pilot program in 2015, I am one out of four Ambassadors chosen to speak briefly about our methods for selling, planning events, and marketing. I can’t be sure but I think I was also chosen because I am the turtle of the group. This means that I am building my business very slowly, as opposed to some who hit the ground running and are knocking it out of the park! Our CEO, April Whitlock, loves to remind us that “This is a marathon. Not a sprint.”

It’s a good darn thing.

When I officially started this direct sale business, I was also in the middle of writing my first book, so needless to say, my time and energy was split. Sometimes, Fundanoodle took precedence. Sometimes, the book did. Somehow, I’ve managed to do fairly well in both areas. Nobody’s getting rich any time soon here, but it’s been fun and rewarding.

My main contribution to this conference will be my yoga class for the team. I am so excited about that. We will be tapping into our second chakra for creativity:

Yoga for Creative Energy – Fundanoodle Ambassador Libby Blumberg

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Libby will lead the group through a 75 minute yoga practice based on the second chakra (energy, life force). We will warm-up, do standing poses and balances, do one or two restorative poses on the floor, then finish up with relaxation and a guided meditation. The practice will be based on unleashing our creative souls. Libby will use essential oils and gentle presses at the end of class to integrate the physical, mental, and spiritual aspects of the body.

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More Yoga: It’s Unanimous

One of the goals I set for the new year (and beyond) is to do more yoga. It was nice to find out over the last few weeks that all three of my classes want to do more too! My Chair and Gentle Yoga classes all want me a second time each week. My community mamas want more yoga too. There is certainly enough time to do it and I am all for it. We shall see if schedules coordinate or collide.

Yoga has been a part of my life for about 12 years now. There’s one aspect of it that consistently makes it special: the people. I rarely do yoga on my own. I seem to need my people. And that becomes more and more true as I build clientele. Their feedback, conversations, willingness, and humor keeps me going and striving to be a better teacher.

A woman stopped me after my gentle yoga class the other day and said, “That was a great class. This is just what I was looking for.” Those words are gold to me. She was in search of something and it showed up. The Law of Attraction at its best.

A man in my chair yoga class asked for clarification about how to do a torso twist. I always emphasize that a twist starts at the waist, follows through with the ribs and chest, and finishes with the shoulders and head. He said, “That’s just like a golf swing.” What a perfect analogy. It was an AHA! moment for both of us.

My community mamas were coming to me once a month for Yoga Under the Palm Trees. We do yoga on my back patio surrounded by palm trees, our pool, and the sunny Florida sky. Before I even had a chance to ask if anybody wanted to do it twice a month, one of the moms, who had never done yoga before and has a really hard time relaxing, said, “Does anybody want to do this more often?” It was music to my ears. And now we do it twice a month.

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Yoga and Mimosas for Mamas

Once a month, I will do something I’ve been dreaming about for almost four years. I will open my back patio to mamas who want to do yoga. I will provide a baby sitter. And I will serve mimosas.

These are photos from my very first one. Thank you to Becca and Sonya for joining me. Even little Adelaide came along and sweetly slept in her stroller while mama relaxed, rejuvenated, and restored.

This is important to me. This is part of my mission as Shanti Mom. To provide free yoga to moms in a beautiful space with child care, if needed. They need this. I know they need this. I need this.

The next one is December 7th at 9:30 am.

 

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One for All and All for One

This famous phrase, One for All and All for One!, from The Three Musketeers, inspired my choice for the name of my new business. Shanti Mom has been my code name for about 5 years. That came easily when I was pregnant with my one and only child and regularly practicing yoga. Shanti, in Sanskrit, the language of yoga, means peace. My goal was to be a peaceful first time mom at the age of 44. I’ve done a fairly good job of that. There have been bumps – big ones and small ones – but the journey has been interesting.

Shanti Mom for One has a two-fold meaning.

1.) Always my priority, I am the mother of one beautiful, intelligent, spirited, and open-hearted  4 year old girl named Emma Grace. She is the center of my life. I have slowly learned to balance motherhood with a business and I want to help other moms do the same – peacefully.

2.) I live my life as best as I can with the belief that we are all one under our higher spirit. I convey this often in a Hindu prayer at the conclusion of my yoga class:

Shanti, Shanti, Shanti.

Peace. Peace. Peace.

I honor you in the place in which the whole universe dwells.

I honor you in a place of love, light, peace, and truth.

When you are in that place in you

And I am in that place in me,

We are one.

Namaste

Namaste means, I bow to you.

I speak these words to a wide range of people – all ages, races, ethnicities, abilities – but I speak it most genuinely to other moms, especially new moms. Because I am one of them, I am one with them. I have a great deal of respect for them. I want to honor and celebrate them through my talents and abilities as an Author, Artist, and Educator.

On this site, you will learn about the three components of my business and get a first hand accounting of how it all came together under one umbrella. I’ve never been the type to do just one thing, live in one place, or have just one job. My father told me something when I was just out of college, working a few part time jobs. He said, “This is really perfect for you. I picture you doing lots of different things.” He was spot on. But what I did have to do was organize it all – discover the inspiration and intention for it all – make sure that it aligns with my life and brings me joy. And I had to wait until I felt confident enough as Emma’s mother to step out of the mommy box to accomplish it. I stepped out and didn’t fall down. So here I am to tell you about it.