Crow pose was the first arm balance I learned, and I remember how tough it was to me at that time. It's hard to convince your brain not to freak out when you're going upside down in an inversion or lifting off in an arm balance like Crow. There is a real fear of literally falling on your face. Any inversion or arm balance requires practice. Getting comfortable (mentally) when lifting off or going upside down can be one of the main hurdles.
I write this post to encourage you if you're working on Crow because with the right alignment and enough practice, you can do it, too.
This exercise may just be your new go-to workout when you don't have extra time in your day. I have a love-hate relationship with it. I love it for how effective it is, but it's HARD. The next time you find you don't have time for a proper workout, try this as a mini-workout instead of doing nothing.
Plank pose is well known for being a core strengthening pose, but it's underrated as a total body move. YES it's great for your core, but it also strengthens the back, shoulder blades, shoulders, arms, wrists, inner thighs, legs and glutes. Engaging those areas as well as your core gives the pose a lot more strength. Learn how to do a proper plank in this post.
Back pain is such a common woe. I hear about it all the time from my friends, family, yogis and the ladies I personal train. It can be caused by many things, so if you're having severe back pain, don't be silly and fight through it-- go see a doctor. Hopefully you're not in that category, though. Many people suffer from chronic back pain that can be a simple as incorrect movement patterns (see my blog post with video tutorial on how to bend and hip-hinge correctly which is a major factor with back pain), or not activating the right muscle groups and leaving your spine supported in a less than sturdy way.
In the spirit of this "column" of mine, here is ONE exercise you can do DAILY to help strengthen your back.
I'm starting a new "column" on my blog. In this column, I'll write about one small habit or change you can make in your life that is easily attainable. If you have any thoughts or feedback on this, please email me and let me know. This first post for "One Small Habit" is aimed at a large portion of our population: those with back pain.
Wanna jazz up your Forearm Stand (aka Pincha Mayurasana) with Eagle legs?!? Here are a few tips from me about how to do it, along with photos, and even a photobomb from my trusty canine sidekick, Layla...
Scale Pose, also known as Tolasana, is a fantastic strength builder for the core, arms, and wrists. Yes you can do this pose! All it takes is a little practice... read on for some tips and modifications.
Boat Pose! A strength builder for the core, hip flexors and spine. Detailed how-to instructions in a minute, but first— three reasons why you should be doing Boat Pose.
Did you know that balance poses are grounding and calming? Lately, I’ve been feeling busy and scattered, so the classes I taught yesterday were mellow, slow flowing classes with lots of balance poses. We played in Warrior Three pose (Virabhadrasana III) some, which inspired this post.
If you practice balance poses often enough, they’ll increase your balance, coordination and strength. Plus, yogis have long believed that balance poses help with grounding, calming, and even relieve anxiety and nervousness. Here are a few reasons why...
I love seeing progress in the classes I teach, and we’ve made so much progress this month toward our goal of learning Side Plank pose. If you've also been working towards a full side plank, read on for tips and modifications.
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