affluenza, n. a painful, contagious, socially transmitted condition of overload, debt, anxiety, and waste resulting from the dogged pursuit of more.

Some of my favorite ways to spring clean:

  1. Attend a clothing swap party. Go with three bags and return with one.
  2. Decide the remaining leaves from last fall make the perfect mulch for spring flower beds.
  3. Pack away everything but your favorite stuff from your main living space and wait a month to see what you miss. If you can’t remember what is in the box you must not need it.
  4. Donate all cloths that don’t fit or are the wrong color. What doesn’t work for one person will be a perfect fit for someone else.
  5. Learn to fix a broken household item rather than replacing it.
  6. Re-pot and fertilize your houseplants. Tell them a good story while you are at it.
  7. Oil all the wood furniture in the house.
  8. Arrange all the books in Dewey Decimal System (only half kidding)
  9. Give the pets a spa day.
  10. Make sure every bicycle in the garage is in riding order. Now ride them.

Suggested reading:

  1. Affluenza: The All-Consuming Epidemic (Bk Currents) by John de Graaf, David Wann, Thomas H Naylor and David Horsey (Sep 1, 2005)
  2. Too Much Stuff: De-Cluttering Your Heart and Home by Kathryn Porter (Mar 10, 2006)

  3. Living Simple, Free & Happy: How to Simplify, Declutter Your Home, and Reduce Stress, Debt & Waste by Cristin Frank (Mar 15, 2013)

  4. Wabi Sabi: The Art of Everyday Life by Diane Durston (Aug 1, 2006)

  5. The Wabi-Sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty by Robyn Griggs Lawrence and Joe Coca (Nov 23, 2004)


Hanging like a bat!

Bats aren’t the only things hanging upside down this month! For October we have lowered the price of our Aerial Yoga classes! Now through the end of the month a drop-in class will be $12, a five class pack is $55 and a ten pack is $100! That’s a savings of up to $30! Put that in your candy bag!

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Dollar Theatre

Tonight I enjoyed a tasty dinner at the never disappointing Indian restaurant, Madubahn. It is a must eat location in Boise.
And to make the stop even more satisfying the Northgate Reel $1 movie theatre is just around the corner.


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Books, Glorious Books

When you are growing up there are two institutional places that affect you most powerfully: the church, which belongs to God, and the public library, which belongs to you. The public library is a great equaliser.
~ Keith Richards

Think for yourself and let others do the same.
~ Banned Books Week 2010 slogan

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Yoga in the Mountains

Last weekend I spent three days in McCall, Idaho.  I had a blast teaching at Shanti Yoga Studio and camping at Ponderosa State Park.  Since pictures are suppose to be worth a 1,000 words I have included a fun picture gallery of some of our adventures with yoga.  I hope they encourage you to explore your physical environment in new creative ways.  Hope you are all having a great summer and doing lots of yoga outdoors under the sun!

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Meditation, Anatomy & Pranayama Oh My!

Below I have listed my current favorite free stuff online:

  1. Free audio downloads for a little meditation guidance –
  2. The Anatomic Pose Viewer is so much fun & educational –
  3. Try the pranayama demo (at the bottom of the page at this link) –

Me excited!

Published in: on May 4, 2011 at 5:16 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Off-Center @ Salt Tears

Off-Center Dance Project

Last weekend I was lucky enough to watch the Off-Center dance Project perform at my new favorite hangout, Salt Tears. This group of dancers are powerful and passionate. Above all when you watch them perform you can see they are having so much fun.  Kelli Brown, a fellow Shanti yoga graduate, is the artistic directer for OCDP.  I hope that you will keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to see these wonderful ladies in action. Kelli has assured me that they will be returning to Green Chutes Art Co-op and Salt Tears again soon.  If you have not yet heard about this great new eatery and artists collective, I assure you it is time.  The food is great, there is tons of art to browse and it is right in my neighborhood.

Off-Center Dance Project Home Page:

Salt Tears Facebook page:

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Wanna Play?

For as long as I can remember playing games has made me nervous.  I always worried that I would forget the rules of the game or take too long with my turn and annoy the other players. Those that know me find my attitude towards games to be out of sync with my character. In ‘real life’ I tend to be outgoing and rather courageous in my public relationships. I am a person that rarely appears outwardly nervous. I also have found this discrepancy between my attitudes towards games and my overt personality to be interesting.

I decided to challenge my attitudes by attending a meeting of the Boise/Meridian Board Gamers Group. I contacted Jason Walker, the meeting organizer, to ask permission to attend their next get together. He responded with an email expressing a heartfelt welcome. Jason said, “We’d love to have you come.  All I ask is that you participate and play some games.  I’m not sure I’d be very comfortable with a stranger standing in the corner of my den with a clipboard.”

Once I had fully committed to attending the game night, I began to experience anxiety. I took multiple steps to prepare myself. I began by doing some reading on board games and psychology. In the book, Moves in mind: The psychology of board games, I was surprised to find regular references to ‘board game psychologists’ (Gobet, 2004). Unfortunately, as I read more about the complex nature of games my anxiety grew.

I tried looking through the group organizer’s online board game collection list.  That really didn’t help since I didn’t recognize any of the games and the strategy descriptions sounded ridiculously complicated. Finally, I laid down the research and decided to wing it. I was worried about feeling out of place and getting stressed out by the games. I even intentionally dressed in layers in case my anxiety level raised enough to make me sweat! I cheated a bit by bringing a friend along for support.

The event started at six on Saturday evening. I was the first to arrive, but within fifteen minutes there were nine ‘gamers’ total. The environment was casual and inviting. The hosts had prepared snack foods and had two open tables set up. I was surprised by how nice everyone was. The group went out of their way to make my friend and I feel welcome, including picking games that would not be too intimidating to ‘virgin gamers’.  We played two games, both of which I enjoyed!  Everyone was competitive enough to have fun, but remained friendly and playful. The experience was quickly proving to be different than my past experiences of playing games.  There was a real sense of community. Players were boisterous, shared more openly and laughed a lot.  My friend and I had never met any of the other players before, but felt completely relaxed and at home.

After attending the board gaming group I have a whole new outlook on the pursuit of game playing. I used to think playing board games was trivial, but now recognize it has many positive aspects. With the right group of people it can be fun and provide for a safe social environment to get to know new people quickly. It also helps you get to know yourself more deeply. As stated by Jay Teitel, in Psychology Today, “The more we became immersed in the world of games, the more we realized that games weren’t simply revealing and therapeutic by nature; they were terrific tools for informing people about themselves, for getting them back in touch with the world of pure play and even for civilizing them.” (Teitel, 1998)

I enjoyed the social interaction and the playful challenges of the board games so much that I came home and quickly ordered several board games. None of the stress I remembered from my childhood was there and I left energized and excited for the next get together. Anyone want to play? The next meet-up of the Boise/Meridian Board Gamers Group is April 15.  If you would like to know more about this group check out the link below:

Jessie my social support.



Gobet, F., Retschitzki, J. (2004). Moves in mind: The psychology of board games. New York, New York: Psychology Press.

Tietel, J. (July 1, 1998). Wanna play?. Psychology Today. Retrieved from

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Duct Tape and Snow Shoes

How did I start my year of fun? Making a duct tape version of myself and going snow shoeing with my hubby. Some of you may not see the fun of either, but I have to say it was a good weekend.

Duct Tape Dance

I have been trying to find the time to make a duct tape bust of myself for some time. The idea is that once it is cut off my body, taped back together and stuffed with newspaper, I will have a cheap and handy form for altering clothing. So far it is working, but making it wasn’t as fun as it looks or sounds. Believe me it can get a little claustrophobic in there!

Stu in the Snow

As for snow shoeing, I woke up in a terrible mood and didn’t think I would have any fun in the snow, but went anyway. Guess what, it was more fun than it sounded and by the time we headed back to the car my mood was definitely in an up swing. Just reminds me that you can never tell what you will enjoy the most until you actually get out there and experience it. Till next time, keep having fun!

Published in: on January 3, 2011 at 11:17 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Reads for the New Year

Below I have listed my current favorite reads. All the links are active to amazon so you can get the low down on cost, reviews and other related books. Remember nothing is sexier than someone who reads!

  1. Zen Wrapped in Karma Dipped in Chocolate by Brad Warner
  2. How Yoga Works by Michael Roach
  3. Meditations from the Mat: Daily Reflections on the Path of Yoga by Rolf Gates and Katrina Kenison
  4. Subversive Seamster: Transform Thrift Store Threads Into Street Couture
  5. Sew Subversive: Down & Dirty DIY for the Fabulous Fashionista
  6. Rip It!: How to Deconstruct and Reconstruct the Clothes of Your Dreams
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