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Joanne P.

Joanne P.

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American (originally from Chicago) living in France and married 41 years to French pen pal Paul (we began writing in high school); Mom to four; a grandson and a grand daughter. We live in a small country town about 40 kilometers (about 25 miles) south of Paris. Hobbies include writing (short stories, blogs), reading, traveling, taking long walks and working in my kitchen. My blog link - http://amazone779.wordpress...
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be partly sunny and warm today, nice and pleasant for family celebration (two birthdays and Mother's Day, tomorrow). We ordered a cake at the bakery for eight people; hubby will be picking it up later this morning but first he went to pick up the bicycle we saved for him at the sports store. We know he'll really like it.

    Onto Day Two, Mariela; I hope you're weekend is going well.

    Today's challenge - Touch your thumbs to your forefingers, then to your pinkies, and back to your forefingers ten times.

    How to do it - Sit or stand and bend your elbows so your hands are resting gently in front of you. With each hand, touch your thumb to your forefinger, then to your pinky, and back to your forefinger. Repeat nine times.

    I love yoga hand mudras, having the habit of doing them several times a day, wherever I happen to be. They are very simple movements, calming and do serve a purpose. As it goes I'll be continuing them several times today in between my daily activities.

    You can learn more about hand mudras and their purposes here -

    http://www.sanskritimagazin...

    and here -

    http://www.thesecretsofyoga...

    Wishing all a happy Saturday and weekend.

    "Touch your thumbs to your forefingers, then to your pinkies, and back to your forefingers 10 times"

    May 28, 2016 at 8:18 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's going to be partly sunny today with day time temperatures finally in the normal range for late spring, around 25 C (77 F). The weekend is predicted to be a mixture of today's pleasant late spring weather and possible thunder storms; we're hoping the storms will pass us by as sometimes happens.

    Thank you, Gill and Dileep, for your encouragements; they're appreciated!

    Waving to Mariela - Thank you for the invitation to start a pact. We're on our way!

    Today's challenge - Try yoga's pranayama ("whisper breath") by inhaling and exhaling through your nose.

    How to do it - Sit, stand, or lie down. Breathing from your abdomen, slowly inhale and exhale through your nose. As you exhale, feel the whisper "haaaah" in the back of your throat. Continue to focus on your breathing and achieving the "haaah" sound for several more breaths.

    This yoga breathing technique is not new; it is one of several night time meditation techniques that I do to relax the body. It helps bring calm and tranquility, and at the same time allows a gradual release of all thoughts as the body relaxes and gradually falls asleep. As it comes as a challenge, I'll be sure to the whispering breath tonight.

    Wishing all a happy Friday and safe weekend.

    "Try yoga's uijayi pranayama ("whisper breath") by inhaling and exhaling through your nose"

    May 27, 2016 at 8:31 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting very early as I've busy day ahead with lots to do and will be outdoors most of the morning and afternoon, Our grandson is sic today; to say the least; time is flying by really fast. It's going to be very warm today with possible thunder storms during the afternoon hours, all the more reason for getting our errands done while it's still dry.

    Today's challenge - Do a seated cat/cow pose: Sit on the edge of a chair and alternately round and stretch your spine.

    How to do it - Sit up tall on the edge of a chair. Take a few seconds to pay attention to your breathing. Exhale and contract your abdominal muscles, leaning forward as you round your spine. Look toward your thighs or belly. Inhale and lift your chest and rib cage to extend and stretch your spine. Repeat seven times.

    This is not new; I've done it quite a few times after spending a long period of time in front of the computer. I originally came across it when looking for alternative yoga positions involving the back after obtaining my doctor's okay for this type of exercise, I'll do it later during the afternoon when I get back.

    Wishing all a happy Thursday and end of the week.

    "Do a seated cat/cow pose: Sit on the edge of a chair and alternately round and stretch your spine"

    May 26, 2016 at 5:16 UTC
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    Candy K. completed a pact with Joanne P. and won 420 bonus points May 25, 2016 at 14:40 UTC
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    Good afternoon!

    Posting later than usual today due to an early lymph massage therapy appointment and also picking up our grandson at his school as today is half day. In a short while he'll be spending the afternoon at soccer practice. His teacher is planning a snack party in the classroom for his birthday tomorrow afternoon; we offered to bring cakes and little bags of candy for each of the kids in the morning.

    Thank you, Helen and Joe, for for the encouragements; they're appreciated!

    I can't believe we're already at the end of our pact, Candy. Thank you for sharing these past four days with me. Wishing you a happy hump day!

    Today's challenge - Twist your torso from side to side and wing your arms like you're ringing an imaginary gong.

    How to do it - Stand tall with your feet hip-width apart. Begin turning your torso from side to side, allowing your arms to swing freely and limply (think of them as empty coat sleeves). Make fists and continue the torso and arm movements. Your fists will lightly bump your hips in the front and back. After one minute, relax your hands and slowly return to the starting position.

    This exercise is not new; I've done it quite a few times in a slightly modified version. Due to arthritic shoulders I try not to swing the arms widely back and forth, so just do what I can and listen to the soft crick and crack of shoulder joints. Once in a great while I include alternating breathing with each turn. I'll do the exercise later today after we get back from soccer practice.

    Wishing all a happy Wednesday and a safe midweek.

    "Twist your torso from side to side and swing your arms like you are ringing an imaginary gong"

    May 25, 2016 at 11:08 UTC
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    Good morning!

    Posting later after do all errands and also the shopping we didn't have the time to do yesterday. Today is dry, cool and very damp but much better than the previous two all days. Tomorrow will be primarily the same but with warmer temperatures. The rest of the week onto the weekend is predicted to be humid and warm with a very strong possibility for thunderstorms towards the end of the week; it looks like last week's weather cycle will repeat all over again.

    Thank you, Rushley, for the encouragement; it's appreciated!

    Hello Candy; is it already Day Four? Time's flying by oh so fast!

    Today's challenge - Set an alarm to remind you to do four hand and wrists exercises two times today.

    How to do it - Set an alarm on your computer, phone, or clock for two separate times today (you may want to have one in the morning and one in the afternoon). When the alarm sounds, make a tight fist with both hands and circle your wrists in both directions for about five seconds each. Release your fists and repeat three more times.

    DC has an obsession with setting timers. This month's high humidity and constant rain is more than enough to remind me to do various hand and wrist exercises and yoga hand mudras several times a day. They are easy, can be done anywhere and do help relieve strain.

    Wishing all a happy Tuesday and midweek.

    "Set an alarm to remind you to do 4 hand and wrist exercises 2 times today"

    May 24, 2016 at 11:18 UTC
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    Good morning!

    It's pouring rain outdoors right now; according to the weather man it's going to last all day. It's a good thing we don't have any errands today, and plan to do some grocery shopping just before picking up our grandson.

    Lorraine, Dileep and Helen, thank you for the encouragements; they are greatly appreciated.

    Waving to Candy - we're midway and doing good. Wishing you a happy Monday!

    Today's challenge - Do two seated stretches for the shoulders and spine.

    How to do it - Sit on the edge of a chair that is one arm's length away from a desk or kitchen table. Put your feet flat on the floor and inhale. Exhale as you lean forward, stretching out your arms so you can hold on to the table. Lower your head so your ears are between your biceps. Push your hips toward the back of the chair to lengthen your spine. Repeat one more time.

    This is a new exercise that I've not encountered before, so will try it during the early afternoon hours. Our son has the day off work and will be heading for home right after lunch to avoid traffic build up which always seems to get worse on bad weather Mondays.

    Wishing all a happy Monday and a peaceful new week.

    "Do 2 seated stretches for the shoulders and spine"

    May 23, 2016 at 9:04 UTC
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