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Monday Motivation: Have Fun Everyday!!!

Namaste Yogis!

I hope you had a good weekend! This weekend, I was reflecting on all of the challenges we have been faced with this year. The most recent being the wildfires which has kept many of us indoors due to poor air quality. Like many I’m sure, I have found this to be very frustrating since one of the things that has helped me cope with the pandemic is getting out for my walks and running the stairs. Because of the wild fires burning in California, I have not been able to get out for the past week or so. Needless to say, this is very frustrating but I am trying to make the best of it by practicing more yoga and moving my body in other ways without going outside.
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What’s Up Wednesday: Gentle Back Extension Poses

Namaste! It’s hard to believe it is already Wednesday with the holiday on Monday! I hope you had a great Labor Day! It was so hot where I live, I honestly did nothing except teach a great class in the morning!

This week I am focusing on back extension poses or backbends. In order to maintain the health of our spine, we want to make sure we are moving the spine in all of the ways it is meant to move….these are flexion (e.g., forward fold), extension (e.g., backbend), rotation (e.g., twist), and lateral flexion (e.g., side bend). As someone who has had back issues in the past, I am always very careful when backbending especially since my thoracic spine has limited mobility.
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What’s Up Wednesday: Poses for the Quadriceps

Namaste! How did it get to be September already?? I hope your week is going well!

This week in my classes, I am focussing on the quadriceps. The quadriceps are made up of four muscles. These four muscles are extensor muscles that help extend the knee. The quadriceps help us to walk, run & jump so it goes without saying, we need to take care of them! In my personal practice, I know I am working the quadriceps often as I almost always incorporate lunges into my practice, but it is not often I remember to do poses that help stretch these muscles.
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Yoga in Pajamas: Super Supported Bridge

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TGIF! I hope you have had a good week! A few weeks back I posted a Supported Bridge Pose here.
If you liked that pose, you are going to love this one with extra support. The extra bolster or pillows gives your back extra support and opens up the front of the body
front of the body even more, which allows the breath to flow a little more freely. My clients who I share this pose with absolutely love it!  So, give it a try and let me know what you think in the comments below!
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What’s Up Wednesday: Poses for Tight Hamstrings

Happy Hump Day Yogis! I hope you are hanging in there with all of the things that are going on in our world. I know there is added stress for those school-age children trying to navigate the on-line learning situation. As a former school teacher, my heart goes out to all of you in that situation.

I have decided to focus my class this week on the hamstrings. Many of the poses we do in yoga incorporate the hamstrings and many people have restrictions in their hamstrings which make these poses a challenge. Poses for the hamstrings are important for those with low back pain as oftentimes those with low back issues have tight hamstrings. I wanted to share these poses with modifications in hopes it will be helpful for those of you who need it.
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Legs Up the Wall

Yoga in Pajamas: Legs Up the Wall

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Happy Friday Yogis! I hope your week has gone well and you are ready to treat yourself to a relaxing weekend! If you need some help getting started with your weekend, let me help you! The rest pose I have for you this week is Legs Up the Wall also known as Viparita Karani. If you have done this pose, you know how great it is and if you haven’t then trust me you need to try it!
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Yoga in Pajamas: Supported Butterfly

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Happy Friday! Are you ready to relax into the weekend? If so, you are going to love this pose!
Supported Butterfly Pose is a very popular restorative pose and often one of my go-to poses when teaching a restorative yoga class.

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What’s Up Wednesday: Yoga for Your Feet

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Happy Hump Day! I hope you are having a good week so far! I am super excited NBYW will be 2 on Friday! I can’t believe it has been two year already since I opened! To celebrate, we are hosting a F R E E Candlelight Gentle Yoga class on Friday night at 7:00pm PST. Please join us by registering here: https://nbyogawellness.punchpass.com

 

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