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Klean Voices: Simple Acts, Natural Treasures

December 02, 2015

My son’s school is just several blocks from our house. When he started kindergarten in September I knew this would be convenient, but I didn’t anticipate the fun I’d have walking with him to school every morning, or the opportunities for connection and discovery we'd encounter together.

This little ten minute walk is a special time, free of distractions. The conversations we have when we’re walking feel different than those we have while driving in the car. When I’m driving, I’m trying to focus on the road, hear the radio – and I tend to be thinking about whatever we’re doing next. But walking: the pace is slower, we’re next to each other, we’re outside and I can be more present.

The first couple of days of December mark the official start of the holiday season. This morning, I was wishing I was crafty and had more time, so I could make the cute DIY advent calendar I saw on Pinterest. The one where you tuck a good deed into every pocket and each day for the month of December your family does something meaningful and joyful and wonderful. But I know my limits. I can barely use a glue gun or plan more than a day in advance. Not going to happen.

What I can do is seize moments as they come. We can add a little mindfulness to the frenzy of cookies and presents, in our own way, in our own style.

We can use our morning walks. "What can we do on our walk to help others, spread joy and help our neighborhood?" I asked August. He had good ideas. We can drop pennies for kids to find. We can put some used toys and books in a neighbor’s “treasure box” for other kids to enjoy. We can hang a candy cane on a friend’s tree.

This morning, we saw trash in a neighbor’s yard, so we picked it up. And in the process of finding pieces of trash along the sidewalk, August found a cool looking leaf – golden, from a Gingko tree. He carried it with him to school.

Simple acts and natural treasures. Helping others and stoking our sense of wonder. I’m hoping that can be our guide this season, and every day.

Klean Voice Contributor Amy Kober is the Senior Director of Communications at American Rivers, as well as the mother of two little boys. She lives in Portland, Oregon.    


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Klean Voices: Celebrate National Yoga Month, On and Off the Mat

September 09, 2015

As T.K.V. Desikachar said, “Anybody can breathe, therefore anybody can practice yoga." There are many ways to practice yoga, the ancient and sacred tradition that leads to a healthier, happier and more blissful life. September, which also happens to be National Yoga Month, is the perfect opportunity for you to celebrate! Here are some suggestions for how to do just that:

1. Share Yoga with a Friend

Do you already have an established practice, a favorite style of yoga, a favorite studio or teacher? If your answer is yes, bring a friend who's new to the practice and share the endless benefits of yoga with him or her!

2. Enjoy One Week of Free Yoga

National Yoga Month is your chance to try different studios and practices for free. As part of its National Yoga Month Awareness Campaign, the Yoga Health Foundation offers a specific “Yoga Month Card.” Click here for details, pick your studio and get on your mat!

3. Do a Five Minute Meditation

According to the old scriptures, we live in Kali Yuga, which is "a vast cycle of time within the evolution." Our time is characterized by drastic changes and turmoil; in modern words: craziness. Lives are fast and full of technology, our minds constantly occupied and (over-) stimulated by radio, TV and computers. Therefore, it is very important to take the time to sit, relax and breathe. Try meditating for five minutes every day: sit down on the floor or on a cushion in a comfortable and upright position. Either close your eyes or gaze at the tip of your nose. Then, begin to breathe deeply and focus on your inhalation and exhalation. Continue to breathe deeply and without interruption for five minutes at a time. This simple technique will allow your mind to quiet down so you may feel refreshed and recharged.

4. Practice Outdoor Yoga

September is the perfect month for spending time outside with friends and family, enjoying sunshine and being active before winter hits us again. Bring your friends and mats to the park for a fun, outdoor yoga practice or check if there are outdoor yoga classes available near you.

5. Enjoy Good Reads

Switch off your TV and make the month of September a month of books! Here are some of my personal favorites:

“The Sacred Tradition of Yoga” by Dr. Shankaranarayana JOIS
“The Untethered Soul” by Michael A. SINGER
“The Rumi Daybook”, by Kabir and Camille HELMINSKI

 

Klean Voice Contributor Babsi Glanznig is an Ashtanga Vinyasa yoga instructor at RE:treat, an organization based in Telluride, Colorado, that offers yoga inspired adventure retreats in beautiful mountain locations around the world. Photos in this blog post by Babsi. 

 


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Live Klean: Mornings on the Go

September 02, 2015

Live Klean: Mornings on the Go
We believe that buying long-lasting, high-quality stuff, repairing what you have and seeking out only what you truly need matters. And just like practicing yoga or committing to a fitness program, reducing waste and your footprint on the whole is definitely easier with a little practice and routine.
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Clean Your Kanteen: Sport Cap 3.0

July 28, 2015

Sport Cap 3.0 from Klean Kanteen on Vimeo.
Caring for your Klean Kanteen properly can ensure that it will last a lifetime. Of course, that means keeping up with the maintenance it requires. Klean Kanteen bottles are made of 100 percent 18/8 food grade stainless steel, and caps are composed of a variety of BPA-free materials. The Sport Cap 3.0 is made of food grade silicone, and is designed for easy cleaning and replacement. Take a moment to watch the video above, which gives a detailed account of how to thoroughly clean your Sport Cap so it's in the best shape possible.  Happy Hydration! 

 


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