balance

Namaste Any Time of Day: Yoga for the Holidays

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: balance, busy, community, depression, downward dog, energy, goals, gratitude, hip openner, holiday celebrations, holiday schedule, holiday season, holiday stress, holiday yoga, hustle and bustle, increase flexibility, manage stress, Meditations from the mat, mental strength, Pigeon pose, Rolf Gates, short days, sleep better, styles of yoga, The Yoga Sutras of Patanjali, tone muscles, Warrior 1 Pose, Warrior 2 Pose, Warrior I Pose, Warrior II pose, yoga DVDs, yoga philosophy, yoga-practice

Holiday YogaIt’s the holiday season … a time of dark, cold mornings, short days and busy nights, tending to the hustle and bustle of getting things done for various holiday celebrations, all the while gorging ourselves on delicious — but often calorie-laden — holiday foods. The average day passes quickly, and you usually find yourself collapsing into bed at the end of it feeling completely exhausted.

A Yoga Journey for Autumn

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | November 1st, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acceptance, autumn yoga, balance, change, fall yoga, impermanence, in Meditations from the Mat, love, personal development, Personal Growth, Rolf Gates, seasons, self help, self-love, the present moment, yoga-practice

fall yogaAutumn has arrived, and with it, I always feel the need to turn within to find balance between the lightness I felt during the warm summer days and the sudden desire to stay cozy and warm inside, as the temperatures cool outside.

Watching leaves float to the ground is a reminder that our lives are a mirror of nature’s cycles and that everything is in a state of impermanence. Autumn is a time for letting go and releasing things that no longer serve us.

5 Steps to Push-Ups on Your Toes

Kirsten Palmer by Kirsten Palmer | October 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: abs, arm exercises, balance, chest presses, concentric, coordination, eccentric, Elevator Planks, exercise, Fitness, knees, modification, modified push-ups, muscle memory, muscles, plank, push-ups, pushups, reps, strength training, toes, toning

push-ups on your toes

Push-ups are a great all-over upper-body exercise. But they can be intimidating!

Doing push-ups on your knees is a perfectly appropriate modification for anyone who struggles with the move. These modified push-ups target the chest, shoulders, arms and core very well.

Life and Yoga: The Art of Balance

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | June 19th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: arm balances, bakasana, balance, change, compassion, crow pose, gratitude, headstand, learn, lessons, life goals, negative thoughts, negativity, peace, positing thinking, stress, teach, Yoga, yoga pose

When life gets busy, it’s easy to get out of balance – emotionally, physically and mentally – from trying to maintain equilibrium between the activities that fulfill us and the demands of life. Very rarely are we able to maintain the ‘great Tree Pose of balance,’ as our lives are in a constant state of change.

Yoga at Work: 5 Poses to Do at Your Desk

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | August 13th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: balance, blood flow, body, desk slump, desk yoga, desk yoga routine, focused, Gwen Lawrence, happy body, hunched, office yoga, oxygenation, pigeon, posture, productive, reduce stress, seated pigeon, Seated Twists, sedentary, Shoulder stretches, sit at desk, sitting, slouch, stress-free, wrist stretches, Yoga, yoga at work

Desk Yoga

How much more productive would you be if you could clear your mind by opening your body? If you sit at a desk all day, taking periodic breaks to move your body can counteract chronic “desk slump” and reduce stress and muscle tension.

Since yoga is all about balance, it is the perfect tool for creating a happy, stress-free body. When your body is in this state, your mind is more focused, making you a more productive and valuable employee.

In order to bring the body into balance and increase blood flow and oxygenation, do the following desk yoga routine at least once a day. Need a reminder? Write yourself a Post-it note! I’ll bet you have some in your desk…

Balancing It All: Fitness, Nutrition and Life

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 17th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: balance, body log, diet, exercise, exercise journal, Fitness, food journal, healthy-eating, Kelly Branning, Libra, meditation, nutrition, parenting, self care, Stephen Covey, the firm, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, tree-pose, weight-loss, workouts, Yoga

Balanced Nutrition

By The FIRM Master Instructor Kelly Branning

I am a Libra. Although I don’t read my horoscope, I do identify with those scales that represent my sign. Balance, balance and more balance. It is a daily challenge to keep those scales from tipping over. One side seems overloaded with the things we do for others and the outside world, like family, career, social life and housework. The other side of the scale, including exercise and nutrition, usually threatens to let go at any time.

I think the absolute foundation of a balanced life is good self-care, coupled with good self-awareness. That said … how are you doing? How is your eating? Do you get everything you need from the foods you eat? Hopefully you are eating healthy, life-affirming foods every 3-4 hours. How about exercise? Are you finding a little time to work out and get stronger? If you don’t know how you are doing, let’s take some time to figure it out.

How Far We’ve Come

Laura Hobbs by Laura Hobbs | May 18th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: acceptance, balance, blockages, change, contentment, exercise, Fitness, flexibility, Gaiam Hope Project, Krishnamacharya, optimism, personal development, Personal Growth, personal journey, pessimism, practice, self-improvement, self-love, shift, strength, transform, transformation, Yoga

How Far We’ve Come

There is a quote that sums up my experience heretofore with yoga better than anything else I’ve ever read. I don’t know from whom or where the quote came, or I would totally give the person mega props and a huge, bear-like, electronic hug. The quote goes a little something like this:

My yoga practice is no longer the battlefield of a long-waged self-improvement project by an overachieving person. It has become what I always hoped it would be — a place for love and acceptance.

I think this quote embraces the yoga journey for many of us, because let’s be real here: How many of us started yoga because we wanted a thinner waist and perky yoga butt? How many of us, in the beginning, saw yoga as something we would conquer rather than embrace? How many of us saw someone in Crow Pose and said to ourselves, “I can do that shit.”

Over time, however, as we dove deeper into our practice — no doubt bumbling, grunting and falling along the way — our hardened layers begin to peel away, and we were left with the lingering feeling that yoga is something more than a way for us to gain strength, flexibility and balance. As we emerged from Savasana, time and time again, we began to realize that something else — something besides exercise — is going on here.

Give Up Hope

Marylee Fairbanks by Marylee Fairbanks | May 9th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: balance, chakra, courage, death, difficulty, expression, facebook, faith, grace, grief, handstand, headstand, HOPE, hopeless, hopelessness, manipura, mother-daughter, parents, Pema Chodron, positive change, spirit, support, third chakra, transformation, trust, Yoga

Give Up Hope

I don’t like being upside down and backwards. This makes Handstand a challenge for me. I don’t trust that my fellow students can hold me steady while I substitute my hands for feet. It’s a reflection of my own limited thinking, not an accurate assessment of their competence.

Still, I try. I go to class and work gradually. First, I achieved Headstand, which I couldn’t do a year ago. It’s a stepping-stone to the loftier goal of Handstand.

Yoga is always putting new challenges in our paths. Just when we think we have achieved a difficult asana, we discover that it was the modified version. It taught me to give up hope.

What Is Hope?

Rodney Yee by Rodney Yee | April 27th, 2012 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: balance, be present, emotions, feelings, fleeting, HOPE, hopeless, illusion, joy, light, lose hope, love, moment, rodney yee, Tao, Yoga

Hope Is a Feeling

Hope is a feeling, an internal movement. If seen in its proper context, hope is part of the light of joy and love that is constantly shining through and illuminating the beauty of life — the awesome dance in which we take part. There is no need to feed it or hang on to it as a distraction or a promise. Instead, strive to see it in context with all of the present moment’s thoughts and sensations. It is but a broken branch floating in the middle of the river of the Tao that we can hang on to only momentarily; however, it must not become the totality of our reality.

Top 10 Sports-Related Injuries and Yoga Poses to Avoid Them

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | April 12th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: abdominals, abs, Achilles tendon, ACL, ankles, athletes, avoid injury, balance, feet, flexibility, flexible, foot, hamstrings, hips, injuries, joints, knees, low back, lower back, MCL, meniscus, muscles, neck, New York Giants, pain, plantar fasciitis, problems, shoulders, sports, sprains, strains, strength, tight, wrists, yoga poses

Yoga for Sports Injuries

The most common reason for sports-related injuries — whether you’re a recreational athlete or a pro, from ages 10-80 — is overuse and abuse. In my experience, most injuries arise when athletes disconnect from their bodies. Their eyes are on perfection, or the competition.

It follows that the best prevention is to become acutely aware of your body — its shape, its symmetry, how it feels, the range in the joints. Many sports can create asymmetries in the body because they are one-side dominant (think of swinging a baseball bat or golf club or tennis racket). It’s your job to recognize these imbalances before they become injuries. To help you, I’ve identified the top 10 most common sports-related injuries and given you a few yoga poses for athletes to to help correct the imbalances and asymmetries that cause them.