Journal: Joint Freeing Series

“Each morning comes with renewed hope, another chance and a great opportunity to do better than we did yesterday.” – Mufti Ismail Menk

Good morning beautiful people!

For my YTT class, I was asked to watch a youtube video of the joint freeing series done in a chair. The joint freeing series was designed to reach every joint in the body, allowing the stiffness to melt away, and lets the body prepare for a longer (and more comfortable) meditation. I found this journal particularly fun, so I wanted to share it all with you:

Joint Freeing Series         12/3/2014    6:20 am

I woke up this morning eager to do the joint freeing series because I was quite stiff this morning and did not want to get out of the warmth of my bed. when I finally got up, I washed my face, made some tea, and sat down to watch the suggested video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fvqziaddigk

Prior to starting the lesson, I was feeling rather achy from a restless night (my dog had me awake a number of times throughout the night) and my body was a little cold, adding to the stiffness. I was grateful the series would be practiced in a chair, for if I was to get on the ground this morning, I would savasana past the time I need to leave for work.

The practice started with my chilly toes and immediately I began to feel warmth in my feet (Thank heavens, I had thought). As the practice moved into the ankles and knees, there was a little bit of creaking here and there, but not too bad. The backs of my legs felt rather tight in the first leg movement, but felt a little warmed up after the three rounds of the knee movement. Then, the practice followed into my hips. Good morning! My hips were popping and making all sorts of grumpy sounds this morning, but the movement felt like I was breaking free of those grumpy noises and shining some light in there (now I know why it is called joint “freeing” series).

Yes! Now we are moving into the spine, twisting up, up and away. This is my favorite movement in the morning because I immediately feel taller and composed. The shoulders were rather grumpy this morning too, popping in all sorts of directions, but I felt like the shoulder blades sat closer together and with more ease after the movements. What surprised me the most was the tightness in back of my thoracic spine. as I arched the back and lifted the chest into “cow” pose, everything felt swell. Then, as I rounded into “cat” pose, I felt an overwhelming tightness in the top of my back, between my shoulder blade and was very eager to return to cow. After the three rounds, it felt a little less tight.

After the complete series, I definitely feel more awake and I am surprised at how comfortable I feel sitting here at the computer to write up my journal. Typically, sitting down at the computer is my least favorite part of the morning because I feel pretty achy. I feel like it is easier to hold my head up, as if it miraculously become lighter and my lengthened spine is actually able to stand up tall, ready for the chaos of the day.

Good morning Joint Freeing Series! Thank you for getting my body awake this morning and for shining light on the grumpy gremlins that found a place to rest over night in my stiff joints. They have been evicted!


xoxo Taryn

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A week of gratitude

“Not what we say about our blessings, but how we use them, is the true measure of our Thanksgiving.” – W.T. Purkiser

Whoa! Has the end of November has been a blur! Thankfully, we have gotten so much done in the past two weeks and I have been very eager to share everything with you.

Check! Holiday photos are done and holiday postcards have been ordered.

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Thanksgiving was awesome! I have been working really hard lately on expressing gratitude and appreciating everything I have, so I went a little over the top this year with favors and gifting and what not. I brought my in-laws some mulled wine for hosting. I woke Tanner to a fun list of reasons why I am grateful for him and brought my gratitude cork board to dinner for everyone to get involved. My favorite thing I did was make everyone some spiced maple nuts in little treat bags with a note that said: “I am so thankful for you.” The nuts were a hit! I highly suggest the recipe by Table for Two blog and I found the free printable tags here.

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I had to share another incredible recipe I used this year: Melted Brie with Cranberry sauce by The Kitchn. This was delicious! I used the cranberry sauce recipe which they had suggested, but exchanged the hazelnuts for pecans. I will definitely be adding this to my Christmas party appetizers this year. Here are some more fun pictures of Thanksgiving:

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My favorite way I enjoyed showing Thanksgiving this weekend was spending a lot of time doing things for and with my husband. Friday, we spent time together watching the ASU vs UofA game (the only game we care about all year) and Tanner enjoyed my company in the garage with him. He even taught me how to reload shot gun shells with him. On Saturday, I surprised him while he was out fishing with a friend by organizing and cleaning his garage (something that had been on the top of his to-do list for months). His appreciation made me very happy, but I was already so joyous I was able to do something nice for him. To top it off, I went out hunting with him and a friend Sunday morning which turned into a 6.5 hour event which left me by myself quite often. It was a struggle, but I didn’t complain once about being bored or cold or uncomfortable. He told me after getting home that he was very impressed with me for not complaining and he was thankful for everything I had done.
I often forget how much it means to Tanner when I spend time with him doing the things he enjoys. Sometimes, I do not even need to participate, but just sit and watch him do his thing. It energizes him and makes him feel adored and worthy of my time, something I look forward to doing more often.

How do you show gratitude to those you love most?

xoxo Taryn