Sadie Nardini

Sadie Nardini
"Life is short, so let's rock it!" says Sadie Nardini, owner of The Fierce Club, a Core Strength Vinyasa yoga studio in SoHo, NYC, whose Core Strength Vinyasa Yoga DVDs are Amazon.com Top 10 bestsellers. Sadie's Core Strength blog for Gaiam gives you a fresh take on your yoga asanas while helping you "access your inner power and get more from your yoga practice in less time, both on and off the mat." She'll show you powerfully simple things you can do right now to lose weight, get stronger, chill out, and be yourself fiercely. "Find your inner strength, then express from there," she says, "and everything, from your yoga poses to your relationships, will benefit." For more about Sadie, visit SadieNardini.com or TheFierceClub.com; friend her on Facebook or follow her on Twitter.

6 Yoga Poses to Open Your Heart

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 9th, 2014 | 4 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga

SIDE SPIN

This Valentine’s Day, I encourage you to start having a sizzling affair. Not the way you think, though — I want you to choose your closest soul mate, the one who’s been there for you during all the ups and downs of your life and the person who has never, ever left you, and never will.

Detox Yoga Pose Sequence

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | February 6th, 2014 | 25 Comments
topic: Detox, Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga

Detox Yoga

Before the holidays is a great time to detox. It can stave off weight gain and put you in a healthy mindset to help you resist temptation. And detoxing after the holiday “re-tox” — no matter how much carnage was left on that Thanksgiving dinner table, or how much stress crept into your weekend — is as easy as unrolling your mat. No matter when or on what level you could use a little realigning, this sequence is for you.

9 Yoga Moves to Blast Holiday Calories

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | December 5th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Weight Loss, Yoga

GAIAM SIDE ANGLEHolidays are a time for family, friends and — let’s not kid ourselves — food. I love to go away for a few days and eat things I normally don’t in amounts that would shock a Sumo wrestler. Hence, it may be the season to be jolly, but it’s also a time when it’s all too easy to pack on the pounds along with the cheer.

Top 6 Yoga Poses for Back Pain

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | September 4th, 2013 | 191 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

Yoga for Back Pain - Forward Fold

Fifteen years ago, I was not acting my age. Since I would recoil from any form of exercise, as well as any green foods, I was overweight, inflexible and debilitated by lower back pain. The 40 extra pounds on my frame — plus tight, shortened back muscles and weak abs — left me moving like an 80-year-old version of myself.

I suffered daily from sciatica, back spasms, limited mobility, weakness, you name it. When I got stuck in my car one day, unable to swing my legs out because of my sciatic pain — at age 23 — I realized, “Something’s gotta change.”

I started reading up and realized a shocking number of people suffer with chronic back pain, partly from hours spent sitting in a way that flattens the lower back curve. (BTW, Gaiam’s Balance Ball Chair, the very one I’m sitting on as I write this, is a great tool to help build core strength and re-align your spine.)

Then, I found yoga. Over time, using some of the same poses I’m showing you here, I built a lean and pain-free body.

6 Yoga Poses for Insomnia

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | March 7th, 2012 | 24 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

legswall_v3_007Whenever my friend Shannon can’t sleep because too many thoughts are barreling through her mind, she calls it “riding the A train.” She’ll text me at 3 a.m., “I’m on the A train again.” Of course, I get the message because I’m awake, too. My type A personality and business responsibilities are battling it out with my dire need for some mental stillness and rest.

Fortunately, I have a snooze-inducing ally in yoga, and when I get up and do the following sequence, miracles happen. In about 10 minutes, I’m back in bed, shifted toward sleep in a natural, easy way that no pill can provide.

3 Yoga Moves to Boost Immunity

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | January 31st, 2012 | 7 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Yoga

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It seems as if cold and flu season is packing an extra punch this winter. But did you know that yoga can help you fend off these illnesses?

Yoga can help protect you from marauding viral invaders like cold and flu germs because it:

  • Detoxifies and oxygenates your system
  • Balances the hormones you need for a strong immune system
  • Reduces stress and fatigue, two precursors to lowered immunity
  • Triggers acupressure points said to help evict viruses and bacteria from your body

Add these yoga poses to your regular routine and say, “Good riddance, sniffles!”

10-Minute Yoga Supersets: Better than Another Hour of Yoga

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | June 22nd, 2011 | 17 Comments
topic: Weight Loss, Yoga

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This year, after 15 years of yoga practice and transforming my body, I found myself hitting a plateau. Though my practice regularly involves power moves like jumping forward into Crow Pose and holding Warrior Pose for a long time, my muscle tone seemed to be stuck on autopilot: never decreasing, but never really going to that next level, either.

Bandhas 101: How to Amplify the Benefits of Any Pose

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | October 9th, 2009 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga

HEADSTAND

My student Mary came to me nearly in tears one day after class. She’d been working for years to get into a headstand, yet continually watched newer students lift up with ease before her. She asked, “What am I doing wrong?”

Since Mary had come into my yoga classes only the week before, I asked her if she was using her bandhas to help her attain headstand. “What’s a bandha?” she asked, looking puzzled.

Got Back Pain? Yoga Can Help: 3 Tips + 2 How-to Videos

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | September 15th, 2009 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga

back-painNothing can stop a perfectly good yoga practice (or day, for that matter) in its tracks like a hurting back. And sometimes, the poses you might think would help your aching body could actually be making it worse.

4 Yoga Mistakes that Can Cause Knee Pain

Sadie Nardini by Sadie Nardini | July 15th, 2009 | 60 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Aging, Yoga

Senior Woman Warrior

Yes, yoga is known for its healing powers and ability to transform your body and mind into a lean — yet much less mean — you.