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Finding Meaning in the Holidays: Yoga & Meditation Tips

Michelle Finerty by Michelle Finerty | December 20th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Yoga | tags: breath, bridge pose, christmas, christmas tree, holidays, love, meditation, Pigeon pose, self care, serenity, Yoga

christmas tree

The other night, I was looking at my tree, decorated with the small number of ornaments that are meaningful to my family and me, and thought about how I grew up with a tree full of ornaments, each covering the one behind it. It was one of those moments of clarity for me, watching the tree in the dark of night with the lights sparkling: Less is more. Too many trinkets distract. It’s not about what you get or have. It’s about what you give, and the quality, not quantity behind that sentiment.

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.

Yoga Poses for Tight Hamstrings & Back Pain

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | November 8th, 2012 | 5 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: back strain, back-pain, breathe, desk jobs, desk stretches, desk yoga, Gwen Lawrence, hamstrings, herniated disc, injury, legs, low back pressure, lower back, lumbar, Pigeon pose, Plow Pose with straight legs, poses for hamstrings, posture, Seated Forward Bend, short hamstring, short hamstrings, spine, Standing Forward Bend, Standing Forward Bend against the wall, stretch, stretches, stretching, thighs, tight hips, weak abdominals, Wide-Legged Forward Bend, Yoga, yoga poses, yoga poses for hamstrings

Standing Forward FoldEverybody is susceptible to tight hamstrings, from professional athletes to soccer moms. People who spend long hours sitting at a desk or who have rigorous training schedules can especially benefit from a “hammie” stretch or two (or three or four).

Yoga for Tight Hips and Knee Injuries

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | June 28th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: athletes, bow pose, cobbler pose, double pigeon pose, flexibility, flexible, football, Frog Pose, Hero Pose, hips, IT band, knee, knee injury, knee pain, legs, legs X MCL strain, MCL strain, open your hips, Pigeon pose, preventing knee problems, running, sports injuries, squats, Standing Forward Bend, strong hips, Yoga

Mother, father and daughter doing yoga

If your hips are tight, it makes sense that you increase the likelihood of injuring your knees. Running, jumping, pivoting and acrobatic endzone catches or goal shots put a lot of pressure on the hips.

Let’s stop and think for a moment: If you get hit on the football field, for example, the energy of the body hitting you has to be absorbed somewhere in your body. And if your hips lack suppleness and don’t give in to this energy at all, then the energy will go to the point of least resistance — the very vulnerable knee joint.

A flexible hip will not always avoid a devastating knee injury, but it will help a lot! So let’s talk about keeping the hips open and a safe for long life for your knees.

Bottom’s Up! (aka The Sweet Spot)

Dionne Elizabeth by Dionne Elizabeth | June 20th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Personal Growth, Relationships, Yoga | tags: bishop td jakes, buns, butt, calling, downward dog, firm up your butt, glutes, hip opener, intention, janu sirsasana, let’s push things forward, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah's Lifeclass, outreach, passion, Pigeon pose, playlist, purpose, rear, split dogs, spotify, sweet spot, Tiffany Cruikshank, Utkatasana, Utkatasana flow, wide angle seated forward fold, workout routine to tone glutes, Yoga, yoga with dionne

Yoga to Tone Your Glutes

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In this inspired new post, Dionne Elizabeth – a yoga teacher, DJ and writer who lives in Bergen, Norway – harmonizes music, blogging and yoga. Here, she shares the best yoga poses to improve your buns, which may, in true mind-body synchronicity, improve your life.

Here it is folks: We are already completely, marvelously, wildly, entirely who we were born to be.

At times this might not be clear to us, but the fact that we exist, that we are here together at this moment, and that you, dear reader, are on this page at this moment, is no coincidence. To meet each other at this point, somewhere along our separate journeys, really is absurd and wonderful. There is a reason for the particular path we happen to tread, including all its glorious and perfect sweetness, as well as the more sour, “interesting” parts. We each have a mission, a function, a purpose. So how do we live our life to honour that?

Marathon Problems, Yoga Solutions

Gwen Lawrence by Gwen Lawrence | March 13th, 2012 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: Achilles tendonitis, endurance, flexibility, Frog Pose, Heavy Legs, Hero Pose, injury, jogging, knee pain, legs up the wall pose, marathon, marathoning, mind-body fitness, muscle fatigue, Opposite Arm Opposite Leg, Pigeon pose, plantar fascia, running, Standing Forward Bend, stretching, Yoga, yoga for runners

Yoga for Marathon RunnersSetting a goal to run a marathon is life altering and monumental. But the training leading up to your marathon may be filled with blisters, mental challenges, muscle fatigue, weakness and injury. Yoga can help you:

The NYC marathon and many other races are approaching. Here are my top six yoga moves for runners — from weekend warriors to serious marathoners — to do daily before training, after a workout and, most importantly, after the big day.

5 Moves in 10 Minutes: Mini Workouts to Wake Up or Wind Down

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | August 24th, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Fitness, Pilates, Yoga | tags: energize, exercise routine for evening, exercise routine for morning, Pigeon pose, Pilates exercises, reduce stress, relieve tension, side plank, wake up, Warrior I, wind down, workout, yoga poses

img_1052-copy1I get the opportunity to teach both Pilates and yoga every week because it’s my job. But for those of you who don’t have time to attend a class, here are two mini workouts that do double-duty. Not only can they each be done in about 10 minutes, but these workouts will help you get moving in the morning (or anytime you need a little pick-me-up) or help you wind down from a stressful day.