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  1. Running: Trail vs Road

    Running is a great way to ground the body, letting the feet strike the earth. It allows us to breath deep, enjoy the moments of adrenaline and sweat, and squash the monkey mind.  The beauty of running is that it doesn't require too much gear. Throw on shorts, a tee, shoes and socks, and go outside. A recent post in Trail Runner...
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  2. Be happy good lookin'

    Audrey Hepburn sure said it best when she noted that "happy girls are the prettiest girls". It's true. Happy people are the best looking people. Just the turn of your lips upward and your whole essence changes. There's a sparkle in the eyes and softness in the face of people who are calm, present and happy. But besides the beauty that exudes...
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  3. Fun on Your Own Playground

    The seconds seemed to tick by slowly. The wait was unbearable as we sat patiently until the teacher dismissed us for recess. Then we'd race to the playground - soar on the swings, climb on the monkey bars, and play tag in the field. Playing is fun. But somewhere along our journey, we've taken recess out of our daily routine. The good news is...
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  4. Eating from the Garden

    We planted a garden. Now, several months of patience, love and nurturing...we have food! Having and taking care of a garden is a daily reminder of how nature knows best. It's a reciprocal relationship - when we love it, it loves us back. Next step... enjoying the delectable fruits of our labor. Here are some fun, summer recipes we can make from the food we've grown: ...
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  5. Healthy Feet, Healthy Body

    Our feet are superbly designed with 10 toes, 52 bones (26 in each foot), 33 joints, 20 muscles, and hundreds of sensory receptors. One fourth of all the bones in the human body are down in your feet.  These two planks bear the weight of our entire bodies. They receive a lot of stress and are often neglected. Imagine having...
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  6. Getting Primal

    Are all advancements improvements? For instance, science and technology have progressed tremendously to heal, cure, and connect. I am thankful for these advancements. On the other hand, there are some advancements that have set us back - culturally, physically and mentally. Just because something is made bigger, faster, smaller, cheaper...doesn't make it better. Advancements in the food industry, for example, have lead to supermarket shelves filled with...
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  7. Being a Warrior

    Warrior series has always frustrated me during my asana practice...until recently. My legs shake and I don't like to hold the pose. I want to flow...not only to feel graceful, but to get the heck out of that lunge! Warrior II works the hips and the thighs to a place that doesn't seem natural when done correctly. Even Yoga Journal confesses the intensity...
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  8. Back to School

    A local elementary school is teaching their 6th graders about business, finance, goals, and marketing by following the format of a popular reality TV show, Shark Tank.  The students are to use their imaginations to harvest an entrepreneurial concept. They have one month to develop their plan and then present it to a panel of judges, just like on the show. ToeSox was asked to be part of the...
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  9. Slow Down

    Pop Quiz: When someone asks, "How are you?", do you: a. Reply with a stock answer "Good, and you?" but never really hear their answer b. Reply "I've been crazy busy!" c. Ignore it, you are in a rush and didn't even hear the question.  Seems like more and more of us are multi-tasking, but are we multi-doing? Are we...
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  10. Ready for Minimalist Running?

      You don't have to be running barefoot to accomplish the minimalist running technique. Before you head out for a barefoot run and slip into minimalist running shoes, check out these three self-assessment tests by Jay Dicharry, MPT for Running Times. Watch closely to see if your body is ready to go minimal. It all starts with range of motion...from the ankle to...
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