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...
A common question I get a lot as a yoga instructor is: "What's a good/short/easy routine that I can do first thing in the morning to help me feel better, relieve back pain, and loosen up?" The following 5 poses fit all of those categories, and they can be done in just a few minutes.
It’s here! The first day of spring! Excitement is everywhere if you’ll take the time to notice it. It’s in nature waking up, buds forming on trees, more sunlight, warmer temperatures, and for a lot of us, more smiles and much better moods. The spring equinox is one of two days of the year where night and day are in balance. But for most of us, it simply means the first day of spring and that makes us really, really happy.
Lots of people get the urge to spring clean this time of year. We can apply this to our life, and even our yoga practice, not just to old clothes that you no longer wear or bad gifts that you’re afraid to throw away. How? Keep reading...
I get asked fairly often about my own personal fitness routine. I’m not sure what people expect to hear (insert giggle here), but since I am a yoga instructor and personal trainer, it seems like they expect an answer that is exciting or innovative. They look at me anticipating a juicy secret, or a new fitness trend they can incorporate into their own life. I think people are usually pretty disappointed with my answer.
My answer is really quite boring: With fitness, I value consistency over anything else.
Read on to see what I mean, and you'll see it is quite attainable for you as well.
For the month of December, my local classes and I are having a focus of inversions. I chose this theme thoughtfully, since I’ve noticed over the years that my yoginis come in tired, rushed, and overbooked this time of year. What does this have to do with inversions? Glad you asked…
Some inversions are relaxing (like Legs Up Wall Pose), and then some are mood boosting (like Shoulderstand, Handstand, etc). Both qualities seem, to me, like good ones to cultivate this time of year when life is busy. Read on for more information on how inversions can benefit you.
I recently had my 5th anniversary of teaching yoga. I’m a big believer in celebrating milestones, or really, celebrating anything. And why not? Life is short, so finding things to celebrate daily brings me a lot of joy. To celebrate this particular milestone, I threw my local yoginis a party at my house. I called it “Wine and Chi” and we had a gentle yoga sequence outdoors, followed by Happy Hour on the deck with wine and cheese. It was so much fun to celebrate with them, and it was my way of thanking them for putting up with me for five years.
Five years goes by fast. I’ve been thinking back on my progress a lot lately and there are three major things I’ve learned in those five years. If you’re a yoga instructor, you’ll find yourself nodding along, but whatever your occupation is, these three things can surely relate to you.
How is September is almost over?!! If you’ve been reading my blog this month, you know that my local classes are focusing on Backbends / Back Extensions for September. Which brings up a good point… why?
Why do backbends? Some of them look pretty scary. This post includes a short list on some of the benefits you’ll receive when practicing back extension poses.
This week in our yoga classes, we talked some about the Fall Equinox, which is today. I love the changing of the seasons, especially the transition from summer to fall. What the Fall Equinox means is that the amount of daylight is equal to the amount of darkness. Night and day are in balance.
I enjoy reading about this kind of stuff and how it relates to us. Similar to the effects that the moon cycles have on nature (and on people...ask any nurse or teacher you know!), the Fall Equinox has small shifts to pick up on as well. There is also a lot of symbolism that can you can connect to your own life.
Here’s a summary of some really meaningful things that I’ve read over the last couple of years about the Fall Equinox. Maybe some of them will resonate with you as well.
This month, my local classes have been focusing on back extensions and I have enjoyed it so much I thought I’d pass along a few basic tips. I don’t know if they have noticed it, but just by giving our backbends more time and attention this month, they've gained a lot of mobility in their spines (shoutout to my local yoginis!). Seeing students improve is what makes yoga instructors happy.
Read on for some tips for your backbends...
My previous post on How To Set Up A Home Yoga Practice was a list of tips to help you thoughtfully plan out a space to practice in and how to implement it as a routine.
Consider this Starting a Home Practice, Part 2. As I wrote in my last post, the biggest obstacle I hear people mention to having a home yoga practice is simply: "I don’t know what to do." I also wrote that it’s best to attend a class with a trained instructor who can help you. Sometimes, though, life just gets busy and you’ll want to do your own thing. This list of poses is for those of you who are familiar with the basics of yoga. It's not an instructional piece on specific poses, or a how-to, but more of a guideline of poses that are done routinely in basic classes. I've put them together in a flowing format, meaning one pose naturally flows into the other for cohesiveness.
Here’s a little gift to you… an easy, familiar sequence of poses that you can do on your own.
But, seriously, don’t stop coming to class, ok?
Hi, I'm Blake. I love adventure, cooking, costume parties, wine, yoga, and reading...in that order. Follow my blog for yoga stuff, fitness tips, & healthy recipes...
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