Friday Flows

Friday Flow 22: Yoga Ball Summer Blast

Summer Title Block

Quick poll: Has anyone else started getting summer catalogs filled with bikini models? How about the barrage of Fenty lingerie ads? Surely, it is not just me. ‘Tis the season for more skin exposure. And… I’m not quite ready. I stay in relatively good shape year round (humble brag alert). But a little pre-game boost never hurt anybody. Therefore, I’ve added a new yoga ball sequence block, focused…

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Friday Flow 21: Get Ready to Relax

Play-Doh Rose

The kids have been home all week due to a Teacher’s Strike. All this week and then some! And while I fully support the teacher’s—I really feel for all the parents out there. I’m fortunate enough to be at home during day and that flexibility is a huge blessing for our family. I don’t have to scramble for child care or take off work every time something comes…

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Friday Flow 20 – The Stiff Shoulder

The shoulders are an area I tend to neglect. But they are essential for strong downward dogs and other basic asanas. Today’s flow will focus on testing your shoulder strength and stretching out those tight muscles. If you are use to sitting down a lot at the computer -or- carry stress in the upper neck and shoulders—this is also a great routine to follow. For a less intense…

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Friday Flow 19 – Quad Quake

I received a special request for a sequence on quad strength. So I challenged myself to come up with something strength focused without being too boring. This sequence block is all about the quadriceps, but it does challenge your flexibility and balance. There are not many repetitions. This is done on purpose, so that you can work on alignment and muscle control. When you feel yourself unable to…

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Friday Flow 18 – Get Woke!

No, this is not a political post (I think we all could use an escape from that). I literally just mean getting “woke” after a night of rest. About This Flow Today’s flow is designed to fit easily into your morning routine. It can take you from a complete cold start to energized and ready to start the day. I do this 10min flow right before my morning…

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Friday Flow 17 – Humbled Dog Pose

This week I tried out a new Yoga Studio. The studio is only a few blocks from my home, so I was excited at the prospect of biking to class. That was ambitious. After my first flow, it is clear to me that I will be biking -nowhere- after a class. Thank heavens I took my car to the first class. Otherwise, I would have been stranded. I…

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Friday Flow 16 – Quick Core

Spring Flowers

Happy Easter weekend everyone and a happy spring! I haven’t much to say today, as I am out enjoying time with the family.  I hope you are all doing the same. The weather is beautiful and it’s time to break out your flowy dresses. In honor of the flowery, flowy (sometimes clingy) spring dress, let’s focus on the tummy. Have you been keeping up with your core work?…

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Friday Flow 15 – Strong Warriors & Power Poses

Yang-sta Gangsta Yang yoga, power yoga, Ashtanga, fire! Whatever you call it—this type of practice is focused on heat! In contrast to Yin yoga, you want to move quickly between poses, while concentrating on your breath. In Yang practice go ahead and challenge your muscles. The goal is to build strength and stamina. This is in contrast to Yin, which is slower and more methodical. There are plenty…

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Friday Flow 14 – Torso to Toe Stretch

Yoga Building Blocks Sometimes, it’s nice to have a focused group of poses that can be dropped into a longer routine—a sequence block. Yoga sequence blocks can be practiced alone or they can be added to an existing routine. Most often, I like to add short sequences that target a specific body part, after a few warm-up sun salutations. This is a nice way to build a complete practice.…

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Friday Flow 13 – Vinyasa Flow

Which Vinyasa Format: Stills or Streaming? Last week I posted a sequence using only camera shots. It isn’t my preferred post format, but it works fine in a pinch.  I notice that many other yoga blogs are heavy on the still photography–posting images for most asanas highlighted. It certainly makes the website more colorful and interesting, but I wonder how useful it is to people. Personally, I already…

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