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[Apr. 28th, 2013|07:03 am]

How many sapphire/cobalt blue clothing items can i acquire without it being weird?

With a Yule gift, i bought blue shoes and a blue sweater. With my birthday gift i bought a lovely blue and green jacket (that is OK with the blue shoes). I made a pair of sapphire blue crystal earrings.

The blue of this dress isn't quite right for the shoes, but might go with the jacket (or i may be pleasantly surprised when i get it). On the other hand, the waistline isn't where i've been happy to buy. There's a clearance dress in plum that may be a better buy.

Wearing dresses has been ... a revelation? I am generally quite comfortable in them, feel good in them, and find them far more pleasant to pull together than the black slacks uniform.

Other shopping ponderables include whether i want to buy a caper bush (but i also want a fig tree and that would be less expensive), and whether to invest in a year of http://www.myyogaonline.com/. I wish i could really believe that i was motivated by the "i've paid for this" motivation. I'm pretty clear that the only motivation i have for exercise is mental health. I'd even be "paid" money if i logged exercise (through the work wellness program).

I have a book on yoga at work and a collection of exercises i found for yoga at work -- but would it be easier to have the video coach? Ponder.


[User Picture]From: tx_cronopio
2013-04-28 02:59 pm (UTC)

a) Dresses/skirts. Oh, yes. I'm much more comfortable in them than in pants, they just fit my style better. OF course, I'm an old hippie gal anyway, so I always did like the long gauzy stuff :)

b) Before you pay for the yoga online, check out yogayak on youtube -- lots of full-length classes for FREE!
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 02:05 pm (UTC)
I used to wear skirts and skirts and skirts. When i moved to California, i think i shifted away because i tried to plan to bike to work or scooter to work and didn't want to be have to change clothes as part of the commute.

Dresses are probably a sign that i have given up on that idea.

I'm looking for short exercises "at work", not full length routines - but thanks for the pointer to yogayak!
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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2013-04-28 05:59 pm (UTC)
Something that seems to be flattering on most people and is very comfortable (for when I am not in sweatpants) is a long tunic length top or shorter dress, and capri leggings. Like not wearing pants, but a bit more casual than a dress. Not sure if that works in your office environment.

I own many purple things. And a lot of purple yarn. I still wear too much black, though.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 02:08 pm (UTC)
I found myself wearing something like that hiking -- REI seems to have little dress/tunic clothing that i wore with thermal leggings in Yosemite last October -- wonderfully warm and comfy. I have a hard time finding leggings in anything but black. I'm a size that seems to be out of the fun color range and into the "obviously, you want to wear black because it's thinning" option range.

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[User Picture]From: annie_r
2013-04-29 03:07 pm (UTC)
I got a couple of pairs from http://www.welovecolors.com/ - lots of colors and sizes. the leggings are the heavier weight (and I possibly should have gone up a size), and the footless tights come in the shorter length and are a bit thinner.
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 11:30 pm (UTC)
Oh, my -- that's a great site! And knowing you have actually used them helps me trust them. Thanks!
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From: mopalia
2013-04-29 09:38 am (UTC)
Speaking from personal experience - i.e. did a lot of yogas in India and after - I don't see the point of an online coach. A coach sees your asana and corrects your posture, encourages you into something more difficult when you're ready, etc. I don't see what you can get online that you can't by reading the Iyengar book and making your own routine and sticking to it. You are a self-disciplined person (I can hear you saying "No, I"m not" but believe me, compared to some of us, you are a rock star with self discipline) and quite capable of staying with a self-imposed routine (good heavens, if i can anyone can!). I think you'd be better served buying a good full-length mirror so you can see what you're doing and maybe even videotaping some of your practices. The local adult ed classes through the high schools and the community colleges always have good yoga offerings - doing that would be more useful and a better discipline. This is what would be true for me; YMMV.

Oh, and there is not such thing as too many blue things, unless you are a rainbow.

Edited at 2013-04-29 09:40 am (UTC)
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[User Picture]From: elainegrey
2013-04-29 01:43 pm (UTC)
Y'know, if the instructor would come stand by my desk twice a day to tell me to take a break, that would be great. Hmm, interesting service model: phone teachers who call offices to interrupt you and send you to a conference room for a quick break. And of course meet with one periodically for all the reasons you state. Did you hear about the facebook yoga instructor who was fired for telling people not to take calls in her class? She'd be great at this: the point for me is to step away from work and let it all go away for moments, not long, but enough time to disengage.

It's not so easy for me to read about postures and do them. I know that with audio prompts, i'm much better off. So, i'm looking for five minute ish guidance. I've pulled together lots of textual descriptions and wonder if the video would be easier. On the other hand, so many recordings have long chit chat at the beginning.

My first yoga teacher has set a high bar: her classes were centered and balanced. More recently i've found the fitness folks to be less about practice and more about achievement.
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