Friday Flows, Site News

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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Friday Flows, Site News

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 Flows

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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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 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 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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