Showing posts from August, 2013

Be Safe. Protect Your Joints. Mountain Pose. Lead with Your Hips. Breathe!

Be safe.  How many times have you either heard or have spoken those words?  If you pay attention to your body and listen to it, you will never confuse intensity with pain, discomfort with repetitive stress injury, or positive breathing with negative holding of the breath.  Trust your instincts, not your competitive nature.
Protect your joints.  I have been learning all about load-bearing walls this past week with our new construction and have even used the term with a class yesterday.  So, if you are like me and do not understand the building process, no problem.   Just remember knees, elbows, shoulders, hips, ankles, wrists are all joints.  When you lock them out or hyper-extend them, you are sending an invitation to trouble, pain,and injury.  A joint is a load bearing wall, and that is where you will hear me cue you to keep your knees soft as you forward fold or not allow your shoulders to sink lower than your elbows in "Chaturanga."
Mountain pose is your blueprint.  Heels u…

Nature Walks Soothe the Soul!

Have you ever just felt all frustrated, closed up, and confined?  Try going outside for a nature walk with contemplation and meditation.  You will be amazed at how much better you will feel.  This morning I went on a run with my daughter.  She is the mother of three precious children, a busy working mom, and a wonderful person. Sometimes we forget how precious the moments that we spend with our children truly are.  I have seen so many moms and daughters or dads and sons practice yoga together.  It is so exciting to see the togetherness yoga builds.  My advice?  Put up the technology and just go outside with your kids.  Just "be!" Do yoga, go for a run, take a nature walk, or just sit outside.  "For one minute walk outside, stand there in silence, look up at the sky, and contemplate how amazing life is."