Wednesday, December 1, 2010

a yoga mat for you.

{Is the Clean Food Challenge getting annoying?  This post does not mention food, clean or otherwise!}



A while ago, I was given a really cute yoga mat by CSN Stores.  They are that huge company that sells everything from  dining room tables to treadmills.  After I reviewed it, they agreed to give me another one to give to one of you!  Thanks, CSN.



As far as yoga mats go, Gaiam makes nice ones with cute designs (there are more for you to choose from pictured down below).   I can't say it's anything super different than the other yoga mat I used for years, but it's cuter for sure.  I'm pretty tall, so I might like it to be about a foot longer, but other than that, I am very happy with it.

Look, Reed meditating.  Hilarious.













 This pose is called Reedosana.  It's very advanced.





So calm.  So relaxed. 
We all need yoga in our lives.  




If you would like to be in the running for this yoga mat, please leave a comment here that tells us your favorite calming mantra that you say to yourself when your life is getting chaotic around you. 

One that I like to say when stressful things are happening:  "let it flow away like water over the rocks."  I have a little hand gesture that goes with it too.   But sometimes in my head it sounds like "LIKE WATER!! OVER THE ROCKS!!"

I'll choose a random winner from the comments on Friday evening and let you know!  Lord knows we all need calming mantras.  It's December, people!

31 comments:

Anne-Marie said...

this too shall pass.

Michelle said...

My God is bigger than this mountain!

Airy Nothing said...

Just keep swimming...

Jodi said...

"Let it go, Let it flow." Ok, I totally stole this from the movie "Something New". Does that not count?

Ps - those photos of Reed meditating are so cute.

SNW said...

lie back and the sea will hold you.

(philip booth-- the whole poem is delightful, teaching his daughter how to float and swim..)

Zoe Kreitzer said...

Attraversiamo.

Yeah, "Eat, Pray, Love" rubbed off on me. A lot.

FrauB said...

"This is not forever. This is not forever." helps me appreciate that time is flying, and also that the harder things will not be forever (like the 4:30am wake-up of the little one).

HerMommy said...

It could be much, much worse. :-)

Michele said...

Keep Breathing. Mostly in my head it sounds like "BREATHE!"

Alex and Andrea said...

Reedosana is so cute...

still trying to conjure up those calming mantras, maybe I need some new ones:)

Brooke said...

you never know what will happen tomorrow so appreciate today.

and always, always live in the moment!

Joanne said...

I try to count to ten with ten looong slooow breaths in and out, and in my mind visualize the air flowing into my bronchioles of my lungs and out again (yes, I'm a biologist). It works. And then, I give thanks!

Arwen said...

Keep calm and carry on! I have a printout of this famous banner hanging near my desk to remind me.

Love the Yoga mats (and Reed on it!). They sure do look cute. Can I have the pink one? Pretty please?

Amritika said...

I either go for a walk/gym, do some yoga or depending on time/situation, close my eyes and breathe deeply. Looking at my 6 mo old baby's photos help too :) It always makes me smile

Jackie said...

Someone already stated mine...
"This too shall pass."

SoulSister said...

I am awakening my heart!

rebekah said...

Be your own good mother.

I know, kind of deep, but it works for me instantly.

Jamie W. said...

The Universe wants it this way; it will all turn out right in the end...

Kate said...

All in time

Sara said...

"It may not be perfect, but it's good enough." And then I remind myself in the midst of all the self-imposed mommy guilt, that I'm good enough, too.

Love the yoga mats. Thanks for offering a great giveaway!!

lee said...

Does, "it's almost the weekend!" count?

Lisa said...

Just wait til Reed gets yoga by Jillian in the house! Haha...merry Christmas coming your way. <3 Jillian has a whole different take on the calm of yoga, as you can imagine.

Nancy said...

I love this post/giveaway, Emilie! I really NEEDED a calming mantra yesterday and realized that I don't have one. This explains so much! I do tell myself to "just keep running" and when I'm struggling I think of Ruth Saliba who is so frail she can barely walk and yet she comes to church every Sunday and makes her way all the way to the alter rail for communion. But I don't have something to tame the every day chaos. I'm taking this on as a homework assignment (both the mantra and the yoga). I may borrow from one or more of your followers--great stuff! Reedosana makes my knees hurt just looking at it...otherwise he's adorable even though "Reed meditating" is just as unexpected as "Yoga by Jillian"!

Trainer Momma said...

Sleep.

M. Louise Cunningham said...

"It's not worth the stress..."

Truman Soloist said...

om-namah-shivaya

Anonymous said...

"Head up. Heart up"

I made it up when i started running as a reminder to look ahead (physically and mentally)

Its short, sweet and can be repeated over and over and over again as necessary (which it often is)

-Kelly G

Ms. Duffy said...

Strong and smooth... in running and in life. I'm also a fan of keep calm and carry on...and I really like those leafy looking mats :)

Mary IronMatron said...

I don't have a mantra. Clearly I need one. usually I just say FUCK!
But I really need the yoga met... can you say dog piss? :) xoxoxox

Chelsea Anne said...

Breathe in for luck, let it out then let it go...

Laurie in Maine said...

I press my face against the coolness of a window pane and speak to my sister Nola. Usually involves asking her to help watch over her namesake. Again.