I aged 10 years in 7 minutes!

My friend, Louise, invited me to play a hateful very cool online game today that aged me ten years. The game, by Harvard group, Lab in the Wild, is designed to help them understand how human motor performance changes with age — so playing helps the group with their research.

How does it work?

In order to play the game you’ll click on 50 red dots, varying in size. The Harvard group says that their game measures click patterns to guess participants’ ages. It claims to do this with a great deal of accuracy, but most people who I know have measured between 15 and 25 years younger than they actually are. I on the other hand, can’t seem to get below 55 years of age (I’m 45)  — yes, I played a few times!

Click on this link and give it a try!

yoga is science, from YogaForNerds blog

yoga is science, from YogaForNerds blog

I’m going to have a nap, drink my prune juice, and hit a(nother) yoga class!

Yayy science!




Satya in Advertizing?

If you read my last blog post, you’ll know that in my effort to practice the Yama of Satya (truth in life on — and off — the mat) I’m growing out my grey and white hair. I’m ashamed to say that I’m freaking out a little about my decision to embrace my natchy hair, then I found this nugget from Adweek:

It seems superficial to think about looks and appearance to any extent beyond morning grooming time. Not so long ago, a dating deal breaker for me was guys who spent more time on their appearance than I did. Blistex was my makeup regime back then, and I usually tied my shoulder length hair into a ponytail — I can’t stand the feeling of hair on my face.

I resent the time I spend grooming these days. Incrementally over the years I lost the ability to travel light, growing dependent on increasingly more
products. I blame my wedding. 😉

Joking aside, I had my makeup done professionally for my wedding 15 years ago, and became enthralled with the power of maquillage to transform me into “one of the pretty girls”. After watching this Dove video, I’m questioning what I see in the mirror. And that’s a good thing.

Hair color & getting real

I’m told by my yoga teacher that the Yamas in yoga are — loosely translated — disciplines of yoga living. One of  the five Yamas is Satya — truthfulness and honesty in living. In Hinduism, truth is defined as “that which has no distortion”, and “that which is unchangeable”. As you can see from the image to the

Satya practice: being real

Satya practice: being real

right, I haven’t been practicing good Satya — my hair has been anything but unchangeable and undistorted for the past 18 years.

I started hennaing my hair in the nineties, when red was super-rad. Henna for me was the gateway hair color, and it didn’t take long before I’d moved into semi-permanent, and then permanent colors. Coloring didn’t start as an effort to cover grey — though I had my first white hairs in my teens. But by the time I’d hit my mid-thirties, there was a significant amount of grey & white, and I didn’t want to see them.

Fast forward to the present. I’m learning more about my yoga practice, and trying to apply yoga to my life off the mat. As I brushed my hair this morning it occurred to me that I could grow my dyed color out. Simplify my life, and save some money while I’m at it.

This post feels like a vanity post, and maybe it is a little, but it’s also more than that. If I blog about my white and grey hair, and my plan to let it grow free, I’ll have to stick to the Satya. I’m a little nervous about this — I love my black hair — but that too is a good reason to let it go. It’s a distorted reality. And after today, things are about to get real!

Yogis need jobs too — #AnimalChat

Yes, I know, it’s a bit of a stretch posting about a Twitter chat targeted at job hunting on this blog. To be perfectly honest, this is a lot a bit of shameless self-promotion — I’m guest hosting Recruiting Animal‘s #AnimalChat (NB May 17, below).

What’s #AnimalChat?

It’s an informative, fun, and evocative 30 minutes on Friday afternoon (noon-12:30pm EST) — come on and see for yourself. This Friday’s guest, @ChinaGorman:

#AnimalChat Schedule

Recruiting Animal: #AnimalChat Schedule.

Not Necessarily Yoga: Antibiotics. Yay or Nay?

As you may or may not know, I’m a fan of the graphic tee — who isn’t these days? My passion started in high school and continues to this day.

Threadless Tees has some excellent T-shirts — the designs are great, plus the cut and fabric are flattering and feel good on the skin. This one, by  Alia Rezk, isn’t a yoga shirt. I’m featuring it here because:

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

Pro or Anti Biotics? Threadless Tees takes on the tough questions.

1. I love it

2. it tackles the classic antibiotics argument in a vivid and lighthearted way

There are lots of opinions on the use and overuse of antibiotics. I grapple with my use of antibiotics on a very regular basis for rosacea. Am I creating immunity issues for myself? Is there a more natural means of achieving the same result?

So far, I’m pro antibiotics — especially in treating rosacea flares. Probiotics are delicious and highly recommended, but I’ve yet to see the same results with them.