Friday Flows, Site News

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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Art, Biker Babe, Friday Flows

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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Biker Babe, On My Mind, Site News

Ponderings on Bike Racks

Riding a bicycle regularly has been a delight. So much so, that i’ve changed my commute habits to use the bike on short daily errands. A funny bike related habit I’ve picked up alongside is finding and photographing Bike Racks. I find them interesting. They are a critical piece of bike life that usually fades into the urban landscape. “Find the Bike Rack” is now a fun game…

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Friday Flows

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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Site News

Weekend Updates

Playing Dressup If you haven’t noticed yet, the website received a minor facelift today. I felt a burst of creative energy over the weekend and decided to start adding images to all (most of) my posts. The Desert Doll has been running for around a month now—great time for some site improvements. The text-only format is super easy to update and ‘ok’ visually, but I was bored. Viewing…

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Friday Flows, Site News

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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On My Mind

Monday on My Mind: New Year Resolutions

Obligatory New Year’s Resolutions Post Incoming New Year, New Me? No. I can’t say that anymore. First, it is tired and overused. Second, it simply isn’t what I desire. I am happy with me. I’ve spent a long time now figuring out what I like, dislike, what works in my life and what doesn’t. I am not going to go thru any drastic changes at this point-nor do…

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Friday Flows

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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