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Title: Fun Activities for Balance

Fun Activities for Balance
  • HH 382 Spring 2004
  • Group Project
  • Jaime Gannon, Catherine Bohling, Ria Tingin

Energizing Breathing Technique
  • Sit comfortably on the floor in a cross-legged
    posture, keeping the spine straight. If you are
    not comfortable in this position, sit upright on
    the front edge of a chair with your feet flat on
    the floor.
  • Close the right nostril with your right thumb,
    and inhale through the left nostril. Inhale
    through the left nostril. Inhale into the belly,
    not into the chest.
  • After inhaling, hold your breath for just a
  • Exhale through your right nostril while closing
    the left with the ring and little finger of your
    right hand.
  • Repeat steps 1 to 3, but this time start by
    inhaling through the right nostril while you
    close the left nostril with your ring and little
  • From The Complete Book of Ayurvedic Home
    Remedies, Vasant Lad, M.A. Sc. Three Rivers
    Press, NY NY 1998

The mind is its own place, and in itself, can
make heaven of Hell, and a hell of Heaven.-John
  • Community
  • Faith
  • Love
  • Support
  • Entertainment
  • Involvement
  • Physical Interactions
  • Volunteer Work

Investing in Friends
  • Even if we have a lot of money in the bank, we
    can die very easily from our suffering. So,
    investing in a friend, making a friend into a
    real friend, building a community of friends, is
    a much better source of security. We will have
    someone to lean on, to come to, during our
    difficult moments.
  • If we have a good community of friends, we are
    very fortunate.
  • From Peace Is Every Step The Path of
    Mindfulness in Everyday Life, Thich Nhat Hahn.

  • A non-profit program designed to teach language
    and literacy to children in low income
  • Provides a chance to be involved with your school
    and the San Francisco preschools.
  • Americorps provides stipends, grants and other
    financial funding towards college education.

Inner Child Play
  • Playgrounds
  • Bubble Baths
  • Coloring
  • Bicycling
  • Running in the rain
  • Hanging out with kids
  • Picking Flowers
  • Games

  • When your inner eyes open, you can find immense
    beauty hidden within the inconsequential details
    of life.
  • When your inner ears open, you can hear the
    subtle, loving music of the universe everywhere
    you go. Timothy Ray Miller

Tips for Finding Activities you can Participate
  • Ask friends and family what THEY do on the
    weekends or free time for fun. Chances are you
    have the same interests, or are more apt to look
    into their suggestions.
  • Check boards around campus, laundry mats, and
    other community interest spots you frequent.
    Some of these events are really fun to go to, and
    some of the campus ones can be applied to your
  • Attend bay area events such as the Bay to
    Breakers, Run to the Farside, Aids Run and the
    various cancer runs and marathons. These events
    have great fundraisers and sponsors that have
    tons of information, for volunteer opportunities
    and future events.
  • Look at the church and school bulletins in your
  • Pick up your favorite SF Weekly, Bay Area Insider
    and other free papers for calendar of events.
  • Look up your favorite radio stations website,
    this is up to the date ongoing information for

Activities for Balance
  • Sailing
  • Singing
  • Volunteer Work
  • Art- painting, drawing, coloring
  • Dog walking
  • Base Ball Games

Activities for Balance
  • Gardening
  • Crafts/Card Making
  • Volunteer Work
  • Hiking
  • Watching Sunsets
  • Exploring Tide Pools
  • Baseball/Hockey Games

Class Survey
  • What are the major factors/reasons that keep you
    from following through with something?
  • More urgent things to attend to, or a task so
    unwanted that I do other things instead that is
    more interesting.
  • Fear of failure or mistakes, not knowing where to
  • No time, over committed, tired
  • Laziness, distractions, thinking I could always
    do it tomorrow...
  • Obligations to friends, work, school

Please list some of the activities that you have
always wanted to do in the city/bay area but have
never gotten around to doing.
  • National Parks, wine tasting, SF walk to uncover
    hidden treasures
  • Exploratorium
  • Tango lessons, Teatro Zinzanni, SF Ballet
  • Golden Gate Bridge and Alcatraz
  • Volunteering and hiking

Do you yoga or have interest in yoga? If so,
what are the benefits you get from it, or if you
havent tried, why not?
  • Yes, when I have time and energy. I do it with
    pilates and I feel healthier, stronger and more
  • No.
  • Yes, good stretch, get more toned and fit
  • No, no interest. I get more benefit from the
  • Yes, I really liked it. It relieves my body from
    stress physically and mentally. Its too
    expensive and videos werent the same.

Have you ever volunteered, if so where?
  • No
  • Putting food gift baskets together for needy
  • Garage sales for charity, Usher at dance shows
  • Connecting Point Places homeless families in
    shelters/permanent housing. Also provides food
    and other valuable basic services.
  • Candy striper at a hospital and at a teen hotline
  • Metropolitan Community Church with food service,
    open to all that come.

Do you have a faith practice (Buddhism,
Christianity, etc.) that allows you to put
yourself in balance? If so, what are they and
how often do you practice them? Are you open to
  • Raised non-denominational Christian, but open to
    teachings of other faiths. Dont believe that
    there is only one way for all people. Practice a
    variety of teachings daily, depends on what kind
    of moment Im having that I need divine strength,
    guidance or peace.
  • No.
  • Yes, not often enough. I have been exploring new
  • I am Catholic and attend mass on Sundays, pray
  • I have no belief system in an organized religion,
    however I do pick the brains of anyone I know so
    I can broaden my knowledge in case I do decided
    to follow one.

What types of activities do you practice in that
allows you to connect with your inner child? Do
these activities help in balancing your life?
  • Walk in parks, thru the water at the beach,
    coloring books, play with friends baby, toy
    stores with friends.
  • Making music, this definitely helps.
  • Cartooning, journaling, improvisational dance
  • Play with my niece and nephew a lot, great
    childhood games from the past are exciting again,
    London Bridge!
  • Dancing
  • Drawing, playing games, and singing and dancing
    with my son and nephews and nieces, basically any
    little or big kid that wants to play. Reading
    books too!

Favorite Links for Fun Activities
  •   SSF
    Recreation and community service, calendar of
    events, summer camps, etc.
  •  Pacifica Welcome website
  •  Just a great
    resource for all that life as a parent or life
    with kids in your life has to offer in the area
    you live in
  •  Great source of
    entertainment, games, concerts, local events
    fundraising, news and shopping
  • YMCA of SF, great classes and
    activities to partake in
  •  Where we
    went camping two years ago, fabulous place!
  • SFSU General
    Interest Calendar
  • A great community and place to
  • http//
    tm Great info on free events, like National
    Dance Week early this May!