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The Straw Bale House

The Straw Bale House

I haven’t read more than an excerpt of The Straw Bale House
but what I did read was quite interesting. How building used to be a community activity that brought people together. People used to respect the structures they built and treated them as if they were living. They were made, used, served their purpose and eventually died. The community used items they had readily available to build and repair structures.
Today billion dollar conglomerates build massive structures that often hurt our environment and are built in terms of making money for people who already have plenty of it. Most people don’t think of the impact building massive structures has on our environment.
The Straw Bale House shows a way to build amazingly sturdy and incredibly efficient homes that can benefit the home owners, the community and our environment.


Imagine building a house with superior seismic stability, fire resistance, and thermal insulation, using an annually renewable resource, for half the cost of a comparable conventional home. Welcome to the straw bale house! Whether you build an entire house or something more modest-a home office or studio, a retreat cabin or guest cottage-plastered straw bale construction is an exceptionally durable and inexpensive option. What’s more, it’s fun, because the technique is easy to learn and easy to do yourself. And the resulting living spaces are unusually quiet and comfortable.

The Straw Bale House describes the many benefits of building with straw bales:

•super insulation, with R-values as high as R-50
•good indoor air quality and noise reduction
•a speedy construction process
•construction costs as low as $10-per-square-foot
•use of natural and abundant renewable resources
•a better solution than burning agricultural waste straw,
which creates tons of air pollutants

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Cork Yoga Block

4'' Cork Yoga Block

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I have mentioned often how much I like practicing Yoga and how relaxing it always makes me feel. In my constant efforts to become better at Yoga I try new components and tools to make it more interesting and challenging for myself. For those of you who don’t know much about yoga here is a little definition for you. Yoga is a Sanskrit word which has many meanings, it is derived from the Sanskrit root “yuj”, meaning “to control”, “to yoke” or “to unite”. Translations include “joining”, “uniting”, “union”, “conjunction”, and “means”. It is also possible that the word yoga derives from “yujir samadhau,” which means “contemplation” or “absorption.” This translation fits better with the dualist Raja Yoga because it is through contemplation that discrimination between prakrti (nature) and purusha (pure consciousness) occurs.
Yoga has differenct accessories associated with it most of you know the mats and straps. Yoga blocks  however are used for supporting yourself and improve your alignment. You usually see them in either cork , foam or wood. I decided I wanted to try a block recently to help me with some more difficult poses and cork seemed like the natural choice. Cork has many benefits to it most of all that it is a sustainable material that is strictly regulated to insure its survival.

I know this is just a block for balance and support but I think its a small hand up in helping my mind, body and environment!

Product Features
Made from 100% all-natural cork
Curved edges on all sides
Smooth surfaces for added comfort
Solid, durable construction
4” x 6” x 9”

Product Highlights
Our cork blocks are made from 100% natural cork, a completely ECO-friendly material. Each block is sturdy and solid, with beveled edges for added comfort. The surfaces are smooth cork, which has a natural texture that provides extra traction. Each block is 4” x 6” x 9” (and is also available in 3” thickness as well).