Archive for August, 2011

My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 45-56

August 31, 2011


August 1, 2011 began the no shampoo/conditioner treatment.  I will be spending the month of August just using water to clean my hair*

I haven’t taken photos everyday because, I have really fallen into the habit of the no shampoo thing.

*Excerpt from Stop Shampooing Process:  Your hair may get greasy for awhile, but don’t panic.  This will pass.  Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oil, so your body produces more oil to compensate. It can take up to a month of no shampoo, for your scalp to produce a normal amount of oil.


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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 39-44

August 23, 2011

August 1, 2011 began the no shampoo/conditioner treatment.  I will be spending the month of August just using water to clean my hair*.  The past couple of days I have definitely noticed the difference my hair is staring to be greasy near the scalp.

*Excerpt from Stop Shampooing Process:  Your hair may get greasy for awhile, but don’t panic.  This will pass.  Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oil, so your body produces more oil to compensate. It can take up to a month of no shampoo, for your scalp to produce a normal amount of oil.

I haven’t had a really greasy feeling/looking day  this round, so hopefully those days are behind me.


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New Fall Schedule Begins September 2011

August 17, 2011

I am Currently Teaching Hatha Yoga at the following Venues:

YMCA Adamstown
71 E Main St; Adamstown, PA
Monday & Wednesday • 5:15 PM – 6:05 PM
Free trial class coupons available


Penn State Berks
 (private)
Monday & Wednesday
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM


Gold’s Gym Wyomissing

1119 Bern Rd; Wyomissing, PA
Tuesday 7:30 PM
Free trial class coupons available


Thrive Yoga Studio

1000 Grosser Road;  Gilbertsville, PA
(about 4 miles North of Coventry Mall; Rt 100 & Grosser Rd)

Thursday • 7:15 PM – 8:30 PM (first class Sept. 8, 2011)

Alternating Saturdays • 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
Sept:  17.  Oct. 1, 15, 29.  Nov. 12, 26.

Alternating Sundays • 10:30 AM – 11:45 AM
Sept:  18, Oct. 2, 16, 30.  Nov. 13, 27.
Free trial class coupons available

Human Breathing Yoga Studio
3605 East Main Street (Route 23)
Morgantown, PA 19543
One Sunday a Month,
Sept. 25, Oct. 9, Nov.  6, Dec.  4
10:30 – 11:30 AM
Community Class, just-$5

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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 33-38

August 16, 2011

August 1, 2011 began the no shampoo/conditioner treatment.  I will be spending the month of August just using water to clean my hair*.  The past couple of days I have definitely noticed the difference my hair is staring to be greasy near the scalp.

*Excerpt from Stop Shampooing Process:  Your hair may get greasy for awhile, but don’t panic.  This will pass.  Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oil, so your body produces more oil to compensate. It can take up to a month of no shampoo, for your scalp to produce a normal amount of oil.

Day 33, 08.09.11 is the first day where I felt my hair was greasy.  It seemed better on Day 34 and has bounced back and forth between looking normal and too greasy.



Looking at these images all lined up, I can really see the diminishing frizz, at least in the areas closest to my scalp.
Maybe this is working and September will begin a time of being completely free of commercial hair products! :-D 
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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 25-32

August 10, 2011

August 1, 2011 began the no shampoo/conditioner treatment.  I will be spending the month of August just using water to clean my hair*.  The past couple of days I have definitely noticed the difference my hair is staring to be greasy near the scalp.

*Excerpt from Stop Shampooing Process:  Your hair may get greasy for awhile, but don’t panic.  This will pass.  Shampoo dries the hair and strips it of natural oil, so your body produces more oil to compensate. It can take up to a month of no shampoo, for your scalp to produce a normal amount of oil.

Looking at these images all lined up, I can really see the diminishing frizz, at least in the areas closest to my scalp.
Maybe this is working and September will begin a time of being completely free of commercial hair products! 😀
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4-7-8 Breath: Get what you want with powerful Pranayama.

August 4, 2011

4-7-8 Breath
Do no more than two round of 7 of these breaths per day.
You can do this breath anywhere anytime.
I like to practice breathing exercises while I’m driving or waiting for my computer to warm up.

Set an intention.

  • I am happy and content
  • My income is constantly increasing
  • I am fully engaged in the present moment

You can practice Pranayama in any body position.  Today, however, we will begin in a comfortable seated asana.

Come to Easy, Half Lotus or Lotus Pose.

Sit up nice and tall, good contact with your sits bones.

Settle in, close your eyes and begin to take a few soft full deep breaths.

Place the tip of your tongue on the roof of your mouth.
Find the area behind your teeth and before the bump on the roof of your mouth.
*Press your tongue onto this area for the entire breath cycle.

*Inhale through your nose for a count of FOUR

*Hold your Breath in for a count of SEVEN

*Exhale through your MOUTH (tongue on the roof of your mouth) for a count of EIGHT

*Repeat above for up to 7 cycles, up to twice a day.

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Who let the Dogs out? Another day another Down Dog Pose and a few variations.

August 3, 2011


Let explore Dog Yoga Poses, beginning with the one everyone is familiar with….

Down Dog or Adho Mukha Svanasana (Adho Mukha Svanasana)

Start in Table Pose (hands under shoulders, knees under hips
Curl your toes under and straighten your legs in an inverted ‘V’ pose (straighten legs without locking your knees)
Press into your Palms and Heels (heels coming to the floor or working towards the floor)
Raise your sit bones into the air
Upper Thighs roll inward
Press the base of your index fingers into the mat
Head is between your arms (avoid allowing your head to hang)

Supported Dog Pose
     Raise your hands off the floor by placing your hands on a block or rest your hands on the seat of a chair.

Wrist Pain?
     Roll your fingers into fists or roll up your mat so that the base of your hands is higher than your fingers.
You can also try placing your hands on a yoga wedge

Try some Down Dog variations:

Walk the Dog
Come to Down Dog
Pedal your legs, bending first one knee then the other.
This is an active pose

Three Leg Down Dog
     Begin in down Dog
Lift your Right Leg off the mat
Try to lift your right leg to hip height as if being pulled by the right ankle
Hold for several breaths
Lower your leg on an exhale and switch sides

Dog at a Hydrant
     Begin in Three Leg Down Dog (Right Leg in the air)
Bend your Right knee bringing your Right Foot towards your Right Hip
Hold for several breaths
Lower your leg to Down Dog on an exhale and switch sides

Dolphin Pose (Forearm down dog)
     Begin in a forearm table, Elbows under your shoulders, fore arms on the floor
Curl your toes under and straighten your legs

Half Dolphin (I find this more challenging than Full Dolphin Pose)
     Begin in Down Dog
Lower your Right Forearm to the mat
Hold for several breaths, then switch sides


Twisted Dog
     Begin in Down Dog
Lift your Right Arm off the Floor
Bring your Right arm in front of your body
Hold onto you your Left Leg with your Right hand
Pull your Chest to the Left
Drishti is up to the ceiling
Hold for several breaths, then switch sides


Core Strengthening Down Dog
     Begin in Down Dog
Bring your Right Knee to your Belly
Hold for several breaths, then switch sides


Balancing Down Dog
     Begin in Down Dog
Bring your Right Hand to Right Ankle
Raise your Left Leg
Hold for several breaths, then switch sides


Other Dog Poses

 Up Dog or Upward Facing Dog (Urdhva Mukha Svanasana)
     (This pose is a more challenging variation of a Cobra Pose)
Lie on your belly
Bring your hands under your shoulders
Curl your toes under
Inhale, press into your hands
Straighten your arms
Lift your head, neck, shoulders, chest and torso off the mat
Thighs are firm and legs are a few inches off the mat
Tip Head up slightly
Drishti is where a wall and ceiling would normally meet

Puppy Pose or Extended Puppy Pose  (Uttana Shishosana)
     (this pose is a combo of Down Dog and Extended Child’s Pose)
Begin in Table Pose
Walk your hands forward a few inches
Push Hips halfway back towards your calves (hips and buttocks remain in the air)
Forehead to the floor
Elbows remain off the mat
Keep a slight curve in your back
Hold for a few breaths, then rest in Child’s Pose

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My journey to stop shampooing, Log: Days 20-24

August 1, 2011

Day 20 (7.27.11)

Temps reaching the 90’s
Frizz level med
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture
9th treatment

Day 21 (7.28.11)

Temps in the low 90’s, rain showers
Frizz level medium
No shampoo

Day 22 (7.29.11)

Temps in the low 90’s, rain showers
Frizz level medium No shampoo

Day 23 (7.30.11)

Temps in the low 90’s
Frizz level medium
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture
10th treatment

Day 24 (7.31.11)

Temps in the 90’s
Frizz level medium
Baking soda/apple cider vinegar mixture
11th treatment

Wasn’t planning on ‘shampooing’ today, but I went to see Black Hat Boris play last night and not all bars in Pennsylvania are smoke free. ;(

August 1st will begin my month of no shampooing at all…wish me luck!

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