How to Hide the Tails of Chunky Yarn in Weaving

I’m continuing with my series about weaving with chunky yarn to celebrate Love Fest Fiber’s launch of their first weavers pack!

Look at this delicious yarn. And those colors! I absolutely loved experimenting with it…

Chunky Weaving Yarn

Click here to shop the brand new weaver’s packs from Love Fest Fibers. They have three options to choose from!

I also have a little tutorial below because I can’t get enough…

“How do you hide the tails?” This question comes up every time I weave with chunky yarn. If you’ve joined my online waving video classes (Welcome to Weaving) you know how important it is to tuck your tails… but you can’t do that with chunky yarn because they simply won’t fit parallel to the warp strings. Here are two ways I get around that and keep my tapestry secure.

Weaving with chunky yarn tutorial. Tuck the end.

The first method is to tuck the chunky yarn behind the corresponding weft row on the back of the tapestry. Leave a 2-3″ tail as you are weaving and then tuck it behind the warp strings on the back before trimming. This method works best with chunky yarn because the warp tension is already tighter dur to the thickness of the material and it will hold them securely in place.

Weaving with chunky yarn tutorial. Knot the end.

The second method will leave you with an obvious bump but it is also secure. Simoly tie a knot on the last warp string and trim the tail. I don’t mind using this method if I will be surrounding the chunky yarn with lots of texture that will disguise the knot, With this tapestry I added stacks of thick fringe below the knot so that it wasn’t as obvious.

 

Either method works great to secure the ends of chunky yarn. What method do you use?

5 Tips To Avoid Yoga Teacher Burnout

Recently I had one of my new yoga teachers confess how she is stressed and tensed all the time about the Yoga classes she needs to teach. Just within the first 4 months of teaching Yoga. And though I am currently across the globe in India far from my yoga studio in Redmond, WA. I sent her some advice and tips to help her combat this busy season of teaching while I am away. This incident reminded me that I too have been in the very same situation not once but many times before. Falling in and out of it, without control. Feeling helpless, lost and defeated. So I decided to share 5 tips that helped me avoid yoga teacher burnout time and time again.

Let me give you a little bit of a background. I am an immigrant living in the greater Seattle area with my husband. studio. I run two small business – the yoga studio which is my full-time venture. And a Bollywood dance school, BollyWorks on the side as a part time venturI also run this blog, working on a new video channel and do everything on the back and the front end of both studios, teach 200 & 500 hour yoga teacher training, yoga workshops, leading yoga retreats, choreographing and designing Bollywood shows, teaching classes 7 days a week and so on. My schedule is usually packed. I work 10 to 12 hour days 5 sometimes 6 days a week. Depending on the season. Especially when the yoga teacher training time is 7 days with long and tiring days.

I can honestly say that yoga teacher burnout is very real. Almost all yoga teachers find themselves hitting this burnout at some stage in their teaching lifetime. In my early days of teaching yoga, I was embarrassed to admit this. That even though I loved yoga with all I’ve got. Secretly, I was struggling many days. I was overwhelmed with the teaching and business side of it all.  Not to mention that I was new to the country with no network – personally or professionally. I was starting from scratch. I did not know how to help myself get out this yoga teacher burnout. And that if I did not, I would be doing the most harm to myself in the long run.

A couple of years ago, something shifted within me. I decided that I had to take control of this burnout. Before I actually burnt out for good. To me, it was a do or die situation, as I am only good at teaching yoga and dance. I did not have anything else to fall back on. So I decided to take steps to change this for good. Thankfully, being Type A really helped in this situation.

I do not have mentors, senior yoga teachers, fellow business owner friends etc…that I can pick up the phone and call. So I looked at the next best thing to do. That was to remove the excess, unnecessary bulls*&^ and go back to the very beginning.

How to avoid yoga teacher burnout

How to avoid yoga teacher burnout

You are burnt out if you feel…

  • Tired all the time
  • Stressed the moment you think about yoga
  • Don’t have fun teaching yoga
  • Becomes more of a chore
  • Wishing you were doing something else
  • feel defeated
  • Feel unsuccessful

Top 5 tips to avoid yoga teacher burnout

Change your mental dialogue

I had to start by changing my attitude towards all things yoga. I had gotten into a habit of being miserable, defeated and disappointed. I was always telling myself I was stressed and overwhelmed. So this had to change. Instead, I began replacing the negative with the positive. I started to listening to podcasts and reading more books. Not about yoga, but instead about time management, organization, and entrepreneurship. By surrounding myself with ideas and opportunities to think differently. I began to make a positive shift slowly.

Go back to where it all started.

It is crucial to remind yourself of how your yoga journey started. Why you became a yoga teacher? The love you have for yoga. You need to reconnect to that feeling. And once you do, you need to hold on to it. Many new yoga students who start teaching do not realize how hard it is to make it on your own as a yoga teacher. Especially in the US, where the market is saturated. And supply is more than demand. It is not easy to find a teaching slot, it does not pay very much and is actually more work than I can imagine. Though it appears to be easy and glamorous from the outside.  The one thing that saved me was going back to my yoga practice with a vengeance. This does not mean, I did handstands every day. It meant, I did yoga 5 days a week, without skipping a day. Till it became such an ingrained part of my day that I could not part with it. I also started doing other ‘fun’ things like a day at the gym, some fun dance class etc…Just to widen my horizons and let myself be taught as a student even if it was not yoga. Find out something that makes you feel good about yourself and make space for it.

Identify your stressors

Identifying what helps you and what holds you back. This may take some time and some amount of introspection, experimentation and trial and error. For me, I needed to do my yoga practice daily. Nothing made me happier. And if you are a yoga teacher reading this, you know how our self-practice takes a backseat while teaching. I was also unable to keep up with the demands of 2 growing businesses and teach 7 days a week. I needed to get some help. But it took a while before I could afford this luxury as a small business. And I needed to reorganize my day to make the most out of it.  If you can figure out what is bothering you the most through a practice of being mindful. You are on your way to success.

Make positive changes.

Once you have identified your triggers. The next thing to do is to change, replace or get rid of them once in for all. So I saved up for an admin assistant, even if it meant I did not go on a fancy holiday the previous year. Life is full of hard choices. I rolled out my mat every single weekday and did not step on it with a feeling of dread and disappointment with myself. But with an attitude of self-acceptance and ahimsa. I listened to podcasts and read books, that helped me grow my businesses more professionally. I stopped thinking about teaching yoga and running the business when it was beyond the office and studio hours. I made it a point to do other things I loved apart from Yoga. What we enjoy will differ, but look closely at your life and find things you enjoy and do more of it when you feel stressed. As long as they are positive.

Set an intention

I used to go to bed stressed and wake up stressed. This proved to be exhausting personally. So I made myself a morning ritual. And starting your day off on the right note is vital.  I set an intention for how I want each day to be, before starting work or yoga practice. This could be a simple thought, a slow, deep breath, brief meditation or a post-it on my desk with a message. Find what works for you. As long as you make a conscious and mindful effort. It will help you move forward. You cannot control what comes into your day, but you can definitely control how you react to all that comes your way.

So there you have it. My top 5 tips to avoid yoga teacher burnout. I hope it helps you to get out and ahead. Know that this happens to all yoga teachers and you are not alone. It is just a bump in the long road of teaching yoga. Don’t let burn out get the better of you. Use it to rise above where you are and be a better, stronger and more amazing version of yourself. I wish you the very best

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Simple Lightroom Backup Tips and File System Troubleshooting

Backups are an important aspect of file management and while we’ve already discussed catalogue backups in another article, there is still the question of what should be done with regard to the actual master photos. Remember that the catalogue backup only saves the work you’ve done to your photos and not

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7 Productivity Strategies Every Student Needs to Know

Studying productively equals better grades. But productivity is not easy. Study-sessions can start with the best intentions, but become high-jacked by distractions. A 30-minute break may turn into a one hour chat on Facebook; before you know it, all your hours are wasted and none of your work is done. Productivity is a skill that can be developed. Here are seven laws of productivity every student needs to know:

1. Engage in “deep work”

Creating a to-do list is helpful, but a couple of the key missing ingredients are: deadlines and timeframes. Don’t just write down what to do, but put a window of time where you will perform “deep work” on each task. Cal Newport, author of Deep Work, defines it as: “the ability to focus without distraction on a cognitively demanding task.” It is essentially eliminating any degree of possible distraction and committing 110% to the completion of a task.

2. The “retreating deadline” method

Newport also uses a strategy called the “retreating deadline method;” in order to beat procrastination, he adjusts the deadlines of assignments on his calendar to appear to be earlier. With a number of tasks at hand, you will eventually operate according to the new deadlines you’ve given yourself.

3. Know your biological clock

Have a better understanding of yourself is to know the most productive part of a day. Figure out the best hours of the day that makes you productive and use the time efficiently study. According to a normal circadian cycle, from 7 a.m your cortisol levels increase and your melatonin production stops. This means that the body and the brain are fully awake and at their most efficient. Your testosterone levels also rise in the hours following waking up; you want to take advantage of your body’s biological responses and do your most demanding work in these hours.

4. Listen to classical music

According to research, classical music has the ability to put your brain in a heightened emotional state, making you more receptive to receiving and processing information. Other studies, showed that listening to Mozart improved performance on mental tasks, spatial-temporal reasoning, and abstract thinking.

5. Hack into your motivation

Productivity and motivation go hand-in-hand. And you can generate your own motivation through visualizing yourself achieving your goals. Your brain has difficulty telling the difference between what is real and what is imagined and will release positive brain chemicals even while you’re imagining something.

Visualization also gives you a blueprint to follow as you strive to reach your goals. The clearer the vision you have for yourself, the clearer the path toward your goals. Here’s a great list of eight successful people who use visualization techniques.

6. “Zen” your workspace

Your environment affects your productivity. Even adding a plant or two has been shown to improve your mental health and productivity. Mess creates stress. Adopt that as your mantra and keep your workspace tidy. Mess may not seem like a big deal, but you will immediately notice a difference if you have a well-organized workspace.

7. Habitualize yourself

Engage yourself in a routine; set specific times for specific activities and keep repeating your routine. If your brain is used to studying at a particular time, you will find it easier to get into the mood at that particular time each day. Spend time with people who challenge and motivate you to do more and to become better.

 

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Three Capes Track Notes

The entire Three Capes Track has won numerous local and international awards, including both Tasmania’s and Australia’s Best New Tourism Business for 2016.

In spite of the reservations some of my fellow hikers may have in the opening up wilderness areas to commercial operators, the Three Capes Track is likely to become one of Australia’s great outdoor multi-day hikes.

Getting there

Bookings for the hike must be completed in advance via the Three Capes Track website of via one of the several operators who provide a range of additional services as part of the trip. Bookings can quickly fill and you should plan to book several months in advance, especially during the warmer months.

Most hikers will start and finish the hike at the nearby Port Arthur Historic Site, well worth a full day of exploration on its own.

Port Arthur is approximately 100km south of Hobart or 90-minutes drive.  Other than self-driving, several coach services operate between the two locations:

Pennicott Wilderness Journeys: pennicottjourneys.com.au

Gray Line: grayline.com.au

Tassielink Transit: tassielink.com.au

In addition, private taxis and charter operators can be organised through the Tasmanian Visitor Information centre at Port Arthur (03 6251 2371 or tvin@portarthur.org.au)

Description of Hike

The following Track Notes are based on the official Three Capes Track hiking route.

Note: You can still complete most of the hike without paying the $495 fee.  This alternative route starts and ends at Fortescue Bay, with only the short section between Denman’s Cove and Tornado Ridge missing. Camping is only permissible at Wughalee Falls. This route requires a two-day Parks Pass ($24).

Day 1: Port Arthur to Surveyors

1¼ hour boat cruise; 4 km, 1½-2 hour walk

The first stage of the hike requires a boat ferry from Port Arthur to Denmans Cove, just across the bay. While the direct distance is quite short and can be completed direct, many hikers opt for a longer ride in which the boat ferry hugs the coastline, with views to the white sands of Crescent Bay, and the headland at Arthurs Peak. Brief glimpses of Tasman Island and Cape Pillar in the distance whet the appetite of what is to come.

After a little over an hour, you’ll disembark on the sandy beach of Denmans Cove in the Tasman National Park. It’s not far to your first night’s rest so if you’re in the mood, enjoy a chilly dip at Denmans.

After departing Denmans, your walk begins. For today and for part of tomorrow you’ll head due south through coastal heathland and eucalypt woodland.

The accommodation for the first night, Surveyors is located 120m above sea level at the edge of a broad, buttongrass plain, flanked by low eucalypt scrub. There are views south-west to Cape Raoul and the setting sun.

Day 2: Surveyors to Munro

11km, 4-4½ hours

Enjoy the myriad of colours and patterns as you move in and out of the changing eucalypt forests and stroll across open moorlands. You’ll get occasional water views to the west too. After a gentle climb to Arthurs Peak you’ll be rewarded with a view over Crescent Bay and Mount Brown to the distant towering spires of Cape Raoul.

Turning east, you’ll meander along the cliff-top through the shadows of the forest. Soon you’ll break out of the treeline onto the windswept low coastal heath of Ellarwey Valley. Then it’s back into the shelter of the forest this time, a beautiful tall eucalypt stringybark forest filled with birdlife. Wallabies are often seen here too.

At the track junction, you’ll turn south and walk through more stunning forest and colourful heathlands.

Your second night’s destination, Munro, is nestled amongst tall eucalypt forest, perched 242 metres above the sea cliffs of Munro Bight. Your view this evening is of the cliffs of Munro Bight, all the way to Cape Hauy.

Day 3: Munro to Retakunna via The Blade

17km, 5 hours

This is the day of dizzying heights. You’ll be heading out and back to The Blade, near Cape Pillar, so leave your backpack at Munro and just carry a daypack with essentials.

There are several spots to relax for lunch, including at Seal Spa, sheltered beneath the sheoaks, viewing across to Tasman Island and up to The Blade. Enjoy the vast views and fresh air from one of Australia’s most southerly points.

Heading back via Munro, you’ll collect your backpack and head north to your final night’s accommodation at Retakunna set on the edge of low eucalypt scrub and moorland, at the foot of Mount Fortescue. Your view this evening is of Cape Pillar and the forested bulk of Mount Fortescue tomorrow morning’s climb.

Day 4: Retakunna to Port Arthur via Cape Hauy and Fortescue Bay

14km, 6-7 hours

Today you get to do it all. Climb a mountain. Wander through a lush rainforest. Follow the thin rind of a coastal cliff. Stand on the edge of yet another cape. Meander through fragrant heathlands. And end your experience at a most perfect beach.

But first things first: up and over Mount Fortescue. TAS Parks have crafted a gently contoured climb, so the walking is not too difficult.

The gentle downhill run to the Cape Hauy track junction meanders first through ancient rainforest, with enormous tree ferns and sky-high eucalypts, before breaking out onto eucalypt woodlands, with occasional cliff-top lookouts across the Tasman Sea.

Another short detour to Cape Hauy is best completed without your pack.  Once back at the junction, you’re almost at the end. Savour the gentle downhill run to Fortescue Bay through more fragrant coastal heathland.

At Fortescue, if you’ve time before boarding the bus, reward yourself with boots off and sand between your toes or indulge in a swim in the cleanest water in the world.

 

Summary of Hike

Day 1: Port Arthur to Surveyors

1¼ hour boat cruise; 4 km, 1½-2 hour walk

Day 2: Surveyors to Munro

11 km, 4-4 ½ hours

Day 3: Munro to Retankunna (via The Blade

17 km, 5 hours

Day 4: Retakunna to Port Arthur (via Cape Huay & Fortescue Bay)

14 km, 6-7 hours

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10 Signs and Symptoms of Food Poisoning

Food poisoning is an illness caused by consuming foods or drinks that contain harmful bacteria, viruses or parasites. It’s extremely common, affecting an estimated 9.4 million Americans each year (1, 2). While many foods contain potentially harmful organisms, they are usually destroyed during cooking. However, if you don’t practice good hygiene and proper food storage […]

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