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Things I’m thankful for…

Nov 23, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, Events  //  2 Comments

2011 has been quite a year so far, filled with many, many things that I am thankful for.  In that spirit of giving thanks, here are many things that I am thankful for (in words and images)

1. A family who loves and supports me and continues to grow

9. Being open to taking chances, making mistakes, and learning from them

10. My health

What are you thankful for this year?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 22, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

easy yoga socks

I’m a little behind on my blogging, because I’ve been so busy with my knitting. In the last week, I finished the prototype yoga sock and then completed this pair. They were fun to make and I’ve already been able to wear them in the studio. I used a pattern that I found online. I modified the pattern a little. I chose to use a size 4 9-inch circular needle, and I used a Cotton Bam Boo yarn. The sock at the top is modified from the original pattern, starting the ribbing immediately at the bottom of the topside of the heel opening. I decided I like that fit better, so I’ll likely do that on my next pair. These were lots of fun to make and a great learning tool for me. I learned how to do ribbing, work with smaller circular needles, and bind off and cast on in the middle of a piece. I’m excited to use these techniques again for more yoga socks and on other projects on my project listing.

mobius infinity scarf

I also started a fun project for my friend Julia – a mobius infinity scarf. Here I’m playing with a checkered pattern, using ribbing, to add even more texture to the already interesting yarn. I cannot wait to show you how this looks when it’s completed.

And I’ve been amassing quite the collection of yarn. These are just a few of the new yarns I’ve picked up that I can’t wait to work with or work with more…

 

 

 

 

 

I’ve been having a blast knitting over the last week, which has included a couple more knitting artist dates and some knitting for meditation and relaxation at home. I’ve got a whole host of projects that are in process and cannot wait to show you the results of these creative endeavors, plus showing you more of my friends’ knitting projects. And hoping for more projects to share next week.

How are you expressing your creativity these days?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 15, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  No Comments

Over the last week, I’ve had a lot of fun with knitting. This yogini’s knitting corner features the highlights from the last week…

I finished a few projects in the last week, getting a jump on my Christmas knitting list. Child’s hat and scarf set…

child's hat and scarf (using Loops & Threads Impeccable worsted yarn in Royal)

close-up of child's hat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The hat is based loosely off of a pattern I found on Lion Brand’s website. I used size 10.5 16-inch circular knitting needles and instead of using a garter stitch, I used a stockinette stitch for the main part of the hat and a garter stitch to make the brim, which I whipstitched in to place. The scarf is a basic garter stitch using size 8 needles, cast on 20 stitches and knitted each row until the scarf measured 48 inches in length.

And on Sunday, I got to have a knitting artist’s date with my friends Alison and Eve. (Artist’s dates are great ways to get together to socialize and share creativity and inspiration.) We spent nearly 5 hours at a local coffee shop – knitting, chatting, and enjoying tea and baked goods. Here are some pics from our morning…

Alison knitting... she's making a shawl

Eve knitting... she's working on a sweater

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

this is the panel of the sweater that Eve was working on

 

 

Eve is super organized... these are her knitting notions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

my project... this is the start of my first pair of yoga socks

 

 

It was such a great Sunday morning – full of creativity, knitting, chatting, baked goods, and tea. I cannot wait until we can have another knitting get together. And I’m psyched to see how Alison and Eve’s projects turn out.

There’s more creativity and knitting in store in the next week and maybe next week, I’ll be able to show you how half of my first pair of yoga socks came out.

When was the last time you shared creativity and inspiration with your friends?

 

It’s tea time… again…

Nov 14, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, tea  //  No Comments

I hope you enjoyed the last edition of tea time – the mint edition. This edition of tea time will feature some of my favorite white teas. I’ve already shared some of the varieties of white teas that I truly enjoy with you over the last couple months. Here are a few more varieties for your drinking pleasure. This tea time features for your drinking pleasure… Mighty Leaf White Orchid, Teatulia White Tea, and Rishi White Peony.

Mighty Leaf White Orchid – a blend of white tea, green tea, natural flavors, and flower petals

Since I was first introduced to Mighty Leaf teas in the summer of 2005, I have sought out different varieties to enjoy. The first time I experienced this White Orchid was when I got a sampler tin from my sister for Christmas in 2006. At that time, Mighty Leaf was a lot harder to come by and so I drew out the life of the 3 tea bags that came in the sampler and saved them for special occasions. Now Mighty Leaf is in many grocery stores and finding this White Orchid is a lot easier. It’s a subtle blend of white and green teas with natural flavors of melon and peaches. And as with many of my other favorite teas, this has a flowery component from the flower petals. It isn’t too strong (but don’t steep it too long, because over-steeping will cause some degree of bitterness). It has a little bit of caffeine in it, so it’s definitely good for when you need that kind of pick-me-up. But as with all my caffeinated teas, I have them in moderation. Too much caffeine intake tends to give me headaches, to increase my anxiety, and when I’m not careful, keep me up at night. This is definitely a fun tea to try, especially if you are looking for a little bit more variety in your teas.

Teatulia White Tea – organic white tea

I’m drawn to teas that are completely natural and pure. This tea is just that. I stumbled on it by accident when I saw it on sale at a local grocery store. I read the label and couldn’t pass it up. The tea is delicious. As the package describes, it has a hint of peach, which seems unusual given it’s only white tea leaves, but it does. It’s a very subtle fruit flavor and goes well with my taste for fruit and flowery teas. Steeping it for a long time does make it stronger from a caffeine perspective. I haven’t found it to get bitter with over-steeping though and that I see as a positive. These tea pouches don’t have strings and when I make the cup in my travel mug, fishing out a tea pouch without a string can get a little messy. This is a very enjoyable white tea. I do recommend varying the steeping time to adjust the amount of caffeine you will take in. I’m happy that I stumbled upon this white tea and know that it will continue to be in my white tea rotation.

Rishi White Peony

Rishi White Peony – 100% organic white tealeaves

I love that this is another pure white tea. The label describes it as having accents of toasted chestnut and honey. I find it intriguing how white tealeaves can have so many different hints of flavor to them. The Teatulia has a hint of peach to it, and yet the ingredients are exactly the same as this Rishi White Peony. I enjoyed this tea over breakfast one day. I could definitely taste that hint of chestnut; my palette couldn’t sense the honey, but that definitely doesn’t mean that it isn’t there. The chestnut undertones make me feel like this white tea would be perfect served over the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays with actual roasted chestnuts. It definitely has a light flavor and I never felt like the caffeine went to my head, which means it might qualify for drinking with dessert in the evening. It’s another white tea that I am happy to have in my white tea rotation. With so many varieties to choose from, there has to be a rotation. Thank goodness tealeaves last so long. There’s no need to rush trying to finish this before it expires.

White Nectar

If these white teas sounded interesting, you might also want to check out these:

White Rose

White Ginger Peach

Have you had tea time recently? Are there any white teas that you would recommend?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Nov 13, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  4 Comments

Today was quite the day. It started at Buzz coffee shop and a knitting artist’s date with my friends Alison and Eve (check out this Tuesday’s “A Yogini’s Knitting Corner” for highlights from the morning). It ended with an art journaling artist’s date with some of my fellow Tranquil Space yogis and friends, Valerie, Julia, Julie, and Rachel.

We spread out at a couple tables in the basement of the Teaism in the Penn Quarter, and began flipping magazines, tearing out words and images, and putting together our art journal pages…

Rachel finding what inspires her

 

Valerie working on some of her journal pages

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Julie creating her pages

 

Julia finding images and words

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

that's me, working on my first layered pages

 

I had a lot of fun this afternoon. I tried out some layering techniques using magazine inserts that I hadn’t used before and revisited my 2011 and 2012 action items from last weekend’s workshop. Here are my results…

inspirational images... pages in process

 

 

 

 

 

inspirational image and a great article from Real Simple about 5 rules to be broken

 

 

 

 

my 2011 and 2012 action items (revisited from last weekend's afternoon)

 

 

 

 

 

inspiration in words and images

 

 

 

 

inspirational images and words of inspiration and affirmation

 

 

 

 

 

It was a great afternoon that was filled with positive, creative energy, great conversation, and great people. It’s always fun to get together to art journal and catch up. And at the end of our afternoon, we set the date for our December afternoon of art jounaling. I am psyched for what is promising to be another full day of artist’s dates.

When was your last artist’s date? How do you like to share inspiration and creativity with your friends?

This week in food…

Nov 12, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, food  //  No Comments

It’s been a busy couple of weeks. I’ve been knitting a lot, I attended a fun art journaling workshop, taught yoga, and got together to catch up with a lot of my friends. And although all of my meals may not be post worthy, I have had a few that I just have to share. Here are the highlights of my last two weeks in food (October 30 to November 12).

I’m evoked some change this week adding in more fruits and veggies largely by eating lots of salads…

fall harvest soup from mixtgreens

dagwood salad from mixtgreens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

vegetarian powerhouse salad with farro from chop't

sometimes those salads were accompanied by other delicious foods…

seasonal butternut squash salad from Rustico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

butternut squash lasagna and side salad from Basil Thyme DC (accompanied by a butterscotch cannoli, not pictured)

crispy salmon sandwich with horseradish potato chips from Rustico

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I did eat some fruits, well I drank them…

peach and apple smoothie made in my Vitamix

and of course some of them were accompanied by sweet treats…

homemade mini pumpkin spice muffins

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Salted Caramel Hot Chocolate and Salted Caramel Brownie Bite from Starbucks - a nice afternoon treat

 

 

 

pistacchio cannoli from Basil Thyme DC (it accompanied butternut squash lasagna on the 2nd)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Evoking change…eating my vegetables.

Nov 8, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, food  //  5 Comments

A couple weeks ago in advanced teacher training we talked about how you evoke change and how yoga can help evoke change. Preceding our discussion, we did an exercise where our teachers asked us various questions and we answered based on how comfortable we were about them. After we answered, we discussed barriers to maybe why we weren’t doing something. One of the questions, do you eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day? My answer fell into the “I know I should, but I don’t, and sometimes I try” category (my teacher had a much more eloquent name for that category but I don’t recall it).

art journaling pages - check out blue rectangle on the bottom left corner

Then this weekend happened, with the art journaling playshop and a journaling prompt that just might change my life over the next year – what do you want to be doing by the end of 2011 (and my add-on, where do you see yourself in 2012). My 2011 page starts in the upper left hand corner with “In 2011, I will take action by” and the page includes inspirational quotes, images, and action items. One of my action items – eat 5 fruits and vegetables a day. I made a choice to make a change, stop making excuses, and take action to be healthier and have more energy.

vegetarian powerhouse with farro from chop't

At the ATT workshop, I made so many excuses for why I haven’t been eating enough vegetables and fruits and the vicious cycle that it causes. And I’d like to say it this way, none of the excuses are good, they were just excuses. This week all this is starting to change. I had a salad (filled with lettuce and carrots and yes some fun stuff like walnuts or pistachios) for dinner last night and I had salads for lunch and dinner today. A salad can give me at least my 5 servings of vegetables and sometimes even 1 to 2 servings of fruit. And for breakfast the last two days, 2 hard-boiled eggs with about a cup to cup and a half of fresh raspberries.

These may not be big changes (and I still have to build consistency), but overtime they will have a monumental impact. I’ll keep working to get more fruits in, but getting my veggies is a very positive step forward. And it’s the start to taking action in 2011 and where I see myself going in 2012.

Are there any changes you want to make? What’s held you back from moving forward? What will it take to help you break your barrier?

A Yogini’s Knitting Corner

Nov 7, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, creativity, knitting  //  2 Comments

As you may have noticed, I’ve been doing a lot more knitting lately and I’ve been having a blast sharing the pics of my latest projects. So, my knitting corner will highlight my latest projects, favorite knitting supplies, and afternoons spent having knitting artist dates.

This weekend I finished this cute little blue ponchette. (Click here to check out the free pattern from Lion Brand.) This was my first attempt at making a garment. It was fun and an easy pattern to follow. This is my prototype and I did learn a couple things after I completed it. First, I’m going to modify the pattern so that the neck hole is a little bit bigger. It fits great around the neck, but I find that it’s a little tough to get over my head (maybe I just have a big head). Second, it could be about an inch and a half longer (I think i just measured it wrong).

This will be a fun top to wear over long sleeve t-shirts with jeans (like I am in this picture) throughout the winter months and I think it will be great when I’m cold in my office all year round. I’m also excited to try making this in other yarns. Those pictures to come in the upcoming months, but first there are hats, scarves, and yoga socks to make (my mentor asked if I could make yoga socks and truthfully my answer today is, no. But I can’t wait to try making  them, so today I found 6 different patterns and ordered the yarn and needles, so I could try).

I love this creative outlet. It’s the perfect complement to yoga, art journaling, and all the other things I do that help create balance in my life. And there will definitely be a lot more of this in the upcoming months and hopefully years.

How do you create balance in your life? What’s your creative outlet?

Another Afternoon of Art Journaling

Nov 6, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Art Journaling, Blog, creativity, writing  //  6 Comments

some of my finished pages from today

Earlier this year, I was introduced to art journaling when I attended an art journaling playshop lead by Kimberly Wilson. And I was immediately hooked. Although I don’t do much journaling on my own, I have lots of fun when I art journal with friends. So in September, my friend Valerie and I took up residence at the Starbucks in Clarendon for another afternoon of art journaling. And soon after, we have begun scheduling monthly artist dates to art journal and catch up.

the Sky Studio at Tranquil Space Dupont... i love this space, it was a perfect venue for the workshop

This weekend, Kimberly hosted another playshop and I couldn’t pass it up. It was another opportunity to be surrounded by creative, positive energy.  And it’s so much fun to socialize while setting goals, gauging where I want to be at the end of 2011 and where I hope to be going in 2012, reflecting on what we are thankful for, and thinking of more ways to incorporate creativity and creative activities into my every day life.

me with my spread of art journaling supplies, doing a little knitting before the workshop started

When I arrived at the Sky Studio, I set up my nest, equipped with blanket, meditation cushion, knitting, and all of the supplies I bought.

just some of the ephemora that Kimberly provided

Just like with the workshop I attended in July, Kimberly provided us some fun ephemora that we could incorporate into our journal pages.

the contents of my ephemora packet - thank you Kimberly!

 

The ephemora packets were full of so many fun things. (I can’t wait to work on a page where the leopard print ribbon resonates with my theme of the day.)

After we introduced ourselves and shared our reasons for coming to the workshop, Kimberly started providing us with our journaling prompts. The first prompt was to reflect on where we want to be or what we’d like to be doing by the end of 2011. I took this a step further and thought about where I’d like to see myself going in 2012. This is the evolution of my reflections:

the blank canvas I started the day with

sorting through and selecting words and images that resonated with me today

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the backgrounds before I collaged over them

the finished pages - things i want to do the rest of 2011

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I also decided that I wanted to add some inspiration from nature…

inspiration from nature (framed with the tissue paper background from the next page)

inspiration from nature

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Everyone was having a lot of fun and finding inspiration and creativity.

my friend Valerie working on her journal pages

the other workshop participants

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

me and Kimberly

Similar to the first workshop that I attended, we closed out the afternoon sharing our take-aways about the afternoon. It seems that we all found something therapeutic about our journaling experiences this afternoon. I enjoyed pulling words and images together again, in such a positive and creative environment. It was such a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon.

Check out Valerie’s blog for her take on the afternoon.

I’m looking forward to my next scheduled afternoon of art journaling and definitely looking forward to future art journaling workshops.

 

Letting my hair down…

Nov 5, 2011   //   by Yoga Lisa DC   //   Blog, self-care  //  No Comments

fall 2011 - me and my favorite hat, which sparked letting my hair down again

As we move into November, the leaves are changing and falling off the trees, snow is beginning to fall in many areas of the country, and I decided it was time to let my hair down, again. It’s funny though. I thought that I was only wearing my hair down, because I love my new pink hat (I do love my new blue one too, but I’ve been wearing the pink one a lot to work on these cold autumn mornings) and it looks so much cuter when my hair is down. But really, this change goes a bit deeper than that.

the librarian hairdo back in 2008

This isn’t the first time that I’ve started to wear my hair down. In January of 2009, I made the decision to get my hair cut so that I could wear it down, which was a huge change from the “librarian” look that I’d gone with for the previous 4 or 5 years (yeah, it had been a while). Changing my hair style after so long was not just about getting a new look, it signified letting go and being open to something new. So now, nearly 2 years later, I’m right back where I started. In some ways, I’m in a different place in my life, but in others, I’m not. I’m still on a journey that has taken me over hills, through valleys, into rivers, and over rocks. I’m figuring out more and more where I want to end up and on the path to identifying how to get there. And again, I’ve let some things go and I’m open to the new adventures along the way.

in early 2009, when I first decided to "let my hair down"

It’s funny how a change of hair style, a new wardrobe, or moving into a new place can help you feel as if you have a fresh start. It can almost be like you are a new person. And although the changes aren’t big, these small changes lay the groundwork for being open to bigger things on the journey. I’m looking forward to seeing where this fresh start takes me, who knows who or what will come along as the journey continues, but it really doesn’t matter, because I’m ready for it.

When was the last time you made a fresh start? How did that start happen? Are you ready for whatever comes along as your journey continues?

About Lisa

Auntie to two adorable little boys and a beautiful little girl. Sister. Friend. Yogini. Yoga teacher. Accountant. Knitter. Amateur photographer. Very amateur golfer.

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