How to Fit Yoga into Your Busy Life

We are all busy. That is a given. We are all working hard for our families and paying rent or mortgages. If you are a VIPKid teacher reading this you know the struggle of having a regular life with the crazy times we work. I am writing this to get real about how to fit yoga into your “regular” life.

If you are like most you either don’t have time, energy, or money to spend on yoga classes. That is really one of the best ways to do yoga (my personal opinion). You will have a community of people to meet with on the regular and you get to have someone there pushing you to find your edge. This situation is ideal. However, it is not that easy for everyone. So for those of us who can seem to fit it in there are a few ways to blend it into your life.

  • Set aside time – you will make time for the things that matter to you. Even if it is just 15 minutes.
  • Do it while you are cooking. I love making stews and soups. Throw it all in a pot put the temp on simmer and Ta Da you have 45 minutes in the kitchen to spare. I will literally just start in the middle of the kitchen.
  • place your hands on the wall and do a “wall downward facing dog” randomly at anytime
  • Close your eyes and taking 3 deep inhales and exhales using your belly.
  • While sitting in your chair at work. Do a twist, figure 4 leg cross as a hip opener (Check out Chair Yoga videos)
  • Find youtube channels of yoga you like.
  • If you have to go to a laundry mat to do your laundry that is a great time to do some chair yoga or if there are not a lot of people there bring your mat and do it in front of your washer.
  • Do Chair pose while you brush your teeth.
  • Do one of those free week long yoga challenges. They send you email reminders.
  • Do supine twist in bed right before you go to sleep.

I know this all seems silly and weird. However, it is helpful to just add yoga into your regular life. I love finding interesting ways to add it in. Its freeing to the mind. You do not only practice yoga on your mat. It will open up doors to your creative self as well as getting some yoga in.

Have fun finding new yoga places. Comment your unique ideas below.

Namaste,

Heather

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DIY Yoga Mat Ornament

Merry Christmas! I have wanted a yoga ornament for a long time now. I saw some on the internet and I wanted one of my very own but being the “penny pincher” that I am I figured I could make it. Now I am sharing with you how to make one of your very own.

Material you will need:

  • Foam sheets (mine are 5.5 by 8.5 in assorted color package)
  • Ruler
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Hot Glue Sticks
  • Small ribbon or string of your choice
  • Marker (optional for decorating the ornament)

Start by pugging in your hot glue gun, this will take some time to heat up. Be sure you have enough glue in the hot glue gun.

Select the color of foam you would like for your mat. Then measure lengthwise 5 in. This is going to be the long edge of your mat. For the width measure 2 and 3/4 of an inch. Cut this out.

Take a pen to roll the mat around to create an even roll. ROLL IT UP!

Place small spots of glue inside the flap at the end. NOT TOO MUCH! it will squeeze out as you finish rolling it.

Take your ribbon or string and tie one end round the mat off to one side. Then tie the other end on the other side of the mat so that it looks like a strap you will throw over your shoulder.

Ta Da you now have a cheap, easy, DIY yoga mat ornament. Best part is you can make a bunch to cover your tree with or give away to your yogi family.

Merry Christmas,

Heather

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Easy VIPKid Christmas Background

Hello, I am Teacher Heather. I love my life to be as simple as possible. During the holidays, many teachers decorate their classroom to be more festive. Well, I am not very good at decorating. I am terrible at it. I also want to keep things as cheaply as possible. This is my solution to not having the gift of decor and not a lot of extra cash to spend.

Well if you cannot tell from the picture the first things I used was wrapping paper I had left over from the previous year. I would have liked it to be a little less busy looking but it was paper I already had. This is the beautiful part. You can go pick out a cheap paper that will looks great. Like snowmen, snowflakes, Santa’s, whatever your heart desires in a background.

I put up my tiny name sign that I love because it is Dino. You can use whatever name sign you already have. No need to make another special one. Your wall is covered with Christmas. Lastly, I took a piece of green construction paper and cut out a tree. Extremely simple right! You could also cut out snowflakes to hang freely or tape to your background.

I know some of you may be thinking. “Wow, this is kind of lazy.” Well for me it is perfect. It did not take me hours to do. I did not have to think too hard about where to put things, and it looks like Christmas. If you value simplicity and saving money, this background is perfect.

Keep life simple,

Heather

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15 Perfect Gifts for the Yogi in your life

Yoga Mug

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Yoga Shirt

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Yoga Journal

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Headbands

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Yoga Book

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Yoga Cards

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Yoga Wheel

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Yoga Jellies

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Yoga Joes

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Yoga Frogs

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Hydro Flask Bottle

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Yoga Finger Kit

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OM Scarf

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Yoga Cookie Cutter

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Yoga Art

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VIPKid Easy and Cheap Halloween Background

Hello ESL Teachers,

It is Halloween season and I love it. Everything gets all spooky and fun. I love telling my students about Halloween. They will show me their cute costumes and some even hide and pop out to scare me when I open my camera.

I love decorating my background. I usually look for simple and cheap ways with things I already have on hand or from the Dollar store.

I already had my map up. That is my usual background (I travel a lot so I keep it simple with a foldable map and sticky tack).

What I bought:

  • The fake web in a bag for $1
  • The Small Gel Pumpkin Clings for $1.54
  • The Tombstone Chalk Board for $1.

I used some thumb tacks that I had around the house to put it up on the wall. If you are worried about poking holes use command hooks. They stick up on the wall and can be removed when you are finished.

I used some chalk I had to write “Teacher Heather 👻” on the Tombstone Chalk Board.

This was my simple and cheap way to add a little spooky to my background. It’s nothing fancy but I am a minimalist. Comment your ideas of other cheap and easy backgrounds.

Teach on,

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DIY Yoga Mat Cleaner

My mat gets dirty all the time. As it should because I use it regularly. It catches the dirt from my feet, sweat from my body, and of course cat and dog hair. I get down and dirty on my mat all the time. That is why I wanted to make my own cleaner. One that would disinfect and not leave a filmy residue. I am also a sucker for essential oils.

What you will need:

  • Funnel
  • Measuring cups (1/2 cup and 1/8 cup)
  • 8 FL oz spray bottle (got mine at walmart for around $1)
  • Distilled water
  • Witch Hazel
  • Tea Tree oil (this is to disinfect)
  • Essential oil of your choosing (optional, I used Lemongrass)

Before you get started make sure your spray bottle works properly. Test it out in the sink with tap water before starting your mix.

  1. Open the spray bottle and insert funnel
  2. Pour in 1/2 cup of Distilled water
  3. Pour in 1/8 cup of witch hazel
  4. Drip 10 drops of Tea Tree Oil
  5. Drip 10 drops of the essential oil of your choosing.
  6. Screw the spray nozzle back onto the bottle and shake well. Walla!

Spray on mat and then wipe off with clean cloth. Let mat completely dry before you roll it up.

Enjoy!

The VIPKid Yoga Teacher

Heather 😉

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How to Make an Eye Pillow

Eye pillows are perfect for relaxing and/or Shavasana. Shavasana is that part of yoga everyone loves at the end of class. You lay down on your mat and end your practice with a mix of relaxation and a meditation.

Materials

  • Fabric of your choice 9 in./8 in. (I used cotton fabric from Walmart I found on sale)
  • Needle and thread that matches your material
  • Fabric pins
  • Scissors
  • Rice (I used brown rice)
  • Essential Oils of your choice (I used Lavender and Cedar Wood)
  • Bowl, spoon, measuring cup (1 cup)and funnel.

Side Note: I used a sewing machine but you can hand-stitch this if you do not have a machine.

The picture above is a rough idea of what will happen. Yes, I drew it on my whiteboard. You will fold the fabric right sides together so that all you see is the wrong side of the fabric. Pin it in place so that it doesn’t move around when you sew.

Giving yourself 1/2 in. seam allowance, Starting sewing from the folded edge. NOTE: you will not sew all the way around. You will need to leave a gap so that you can turn it right side out. I recommend not putting the gap on a corner because you will have to hand sew the gap closed. In the picture above I show a dotted line this represents where you will sew.After you have finished turn it right side out.

Pore one cup of rice into a bowl. Drip 8-10 drops of your favorite essential oil or oils. Stir with spoon. Put funnel into pillow and pour rice into the pillow. Hand-stitch the opening closed. I forgot to film myself doing it so I am including a youtube video of a tutorial.

You can use these at cooling packs by placing them in the freezer. They can also be used as heating pads. Just put it in the microwave for 30 seconds or so.

Now you can have your own eye pillow you can take to yoga class or use on the couch to relax. Hope you found this helpful.

Namaste,

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5 Reasons VIPKID Teachers Should Do Yoga

Are your muscles sore from sitting or standing at your desk for long periods of time? You are definitely not alone. I am a certified yoga instructor and I was using yoga to cure my aches and pains from sitting for long periods of time. I was mainly doing chair yoga in between classes and using those VIPKID “Preposition Yoga” slides to my full advantage. Here are 5 reason VIPKID teachers should do yoga.

1.We Need Movement

Sitting or standing in one place for long periods of time is hard on the body’s circulation. Your spine becomes compressed causing your nerves to be pinched. Not to mention gravity is pulling your 20 lb head towards the floor, causing your posture to go out of alignment. Yoga stretching and poses help correct your posture and relieve pressure. By creating stronger muscles so you can maintain a great posture for longer.

2. Better Sleep

I know that caught your attention. Struggling to get enough sleep is the number one issue I read about in the VIPKID community. Studies have indicated the people with a regular yoga practice fall asleep faster and stay asleep longer. https://www.sleepfoundation.org/articles/connection-between-yoga-and-better-sleep

3. Reduces Stress and Anxiety

Yoga is the practice of combining breath with movement. This helps you to improve your blood flow and intake of oxygen. When you are sitting and or standing and not taking full breathes your body goes into stress. Your body thinks it is in fight or flight. That is one of many reasons we feel exhausted from just being stationary.

4. Increases Focus

Yoga brings your attention within your body. Focusing on breath and your movements pushes all the distracting thoughts away. This calms your mind and body. You will become more present in your life. Yoga is healthy for your brain.

5. Yoga Makes You Happier

Have you ever noticed that yoga people seem happier? They don’t let too much bother them. Just one class of yoga can begin to reprogram your brain. Breathing makes you happier. Even your posture is related to your mood. The biochemical changes in your brain can have huge impacts on your mental and physical health.

Namaste,

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