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Friday Flow 12 – Rolling Release

The weather was beautiful outside this morning.  So I scrapped my planned post for a long indoor flow and took my Yoga Ball onto the porch instead. If you still want a nice intermediate level flow, no worries. That yoga sequence will still be posted later. Do You Know Where Your Stability Ball Is? Exercise ball, pilates ball, yoga ball… whatever it is, you’ve got one. There is…

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Friday Flow 11 – Call of the Crow

Today we tackle crow. Crow pose or Bakasana is one of the first feature poses yogis try to master. Probably because it’s attainable and fun. Fun to watch others do and fun to try yourself. If you want to add a challenge to a growing yoga practice, you can’t go wrong with Crow. It requires a nice combination of core strength, balance and flexibility. Bakasana vs Kakasana Yes,…

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Friday Flow 10 – Easy Does It

Kinky Workaround The past few days i’ve had a terrible crick in my neck. Nothing could work it out—Tylenol, warm compresses, self massage. I’ve been walking around like RoboCop and it stinks. I had a draft yoga routine in my head, but couldn’t really do any test runs. Quite the challenge. So I shifted gears and created an ‘ease into the weekend’ flow. Easy on the neck. Easy…

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Friday Flow 9 – Seated Chair Yoga

Tiny Practice in a Tiny Space Imagine this familiar is this scene. You are sitting in a meeting, on a long flight, stuck in a cubicle or on conference call. You desperately want to stretch your body or de-stress, but the yoga space is less than ideal. What do you you do? There are plenty of scenarios where it is simply not possible to roll out a yoga…

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Friday Flow 8 – Post Cycling Stretch

Time for a Bicycle Break One of my hobbies is bicycling. No, not spin class (although there is nothing wrong with that). Actual biking around the town. When weather is welcoming, I hop on my little cream bike to run errands or catch some fresh air. At times I get lost on a trail, wander down side paths and end up traveling for miles out of the way.…

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Friday Flow 7: Hipster Flow

Behold the Yoga Hip Opener Sequence Whenever I am in a group class and the instructor asks for special requests, a hand shoots up into the sky and some one hollers “Hips!”. I’m not kidding. Every. Single. Time. Hip openers seem to be very popular in the yoga community. But why? No doubt it has something to do with our modern lifestyle. Sitting around in an office chair…

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Friday Flow 6: Yin Yoga Sequence

What Do I Need to Know About Yin? A Yin yoga practice focuses more on slow deliberative movement. It is a style of restorative yoga designed to gently release connective tissues and often relies heavily on props. There is a lot of good information out there on Yin – but here is a quick breakdown of common asanas used. When performing Yin, the asanas may be held for…

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Friday Flow 5: New Year Redux

Well, I am not going to sugar coat it, the first practice of the year was a little underwhelming. A New Year normally inspires me to re-invigorate my routines and try new things. Unfortunately, I was still recovering from flu, so only restorative flows were available to me. It can be a little discouraging when your body isn’t performing like you expect. But it is a valuable reminder…

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Friday Flow 4: Restorative New Year

Flu (and Fun) Recovery ‘Tis the season to be sore and snotty. People all around me either have the flu or are just getting over it. Even those who are not suffering are still a little run down from the Holidays. Chances are you have been traveling or running all kinds of holiday errands or drinking extra and eating poorly. But now it’s a New Year and it’s…

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Friday Flow 3: Sun Salutations

Why Sun Salutations? The humble Sun Salutation (Sanskrit: Surya Namaskar) is a core flow for all hatha yoga practice. It acts as a great warm-up exercise and a full body wakeup. It is ideal for stretching out the full length of your body. There is even research to suggest that the Sun Salutation alone can boost your health. Because the sequence is commonly used, it is often the first sequence…

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