Friday Flows

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 Flows

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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On My Mind

Merry Christmas from this Doll to You!

This year my precious little one got a dollhouse (how apropos). I swear it was not planned and had nothing to do with this blog. She had been throwing not so subtle hints the entire year and the family was on the look out for something special. Just a few weeks before Christmas deadline, we found the perfect one at CostCo. It is three stories tall and looked…

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Friday Flows

Friday Flow 2: Afternoon Yoga for Energy

→ I5m Energy Boost Flow (right-click and select “Download Link” or “Save As”) Load up this yoga flow when your energy is flagging in the midday.  The routine is not very vigorous (no sweating), but does include some moderate level balancing poses.  There is a short segment at the end that requires a mat or towel for laying on the ground. The entire routine is less than 16min,…

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Tips & Tricks

A Gifting Guide for the Overwhelmed

Christmas Gift under the tree

Ho, ho, ho! Holiday season is in full swing. Between the decorating, parties and the extra holiday or school activities-hopefully you’ve managed to squeeze in a little gift shopping. As of today, there is only 1 week left until Christmas!  No more time to dally. If you are fresh out of ideas or just need a quick resolution for tricky people. Here are a few:   1. Subscription…

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Friday Flows, Site News

New Weekly Feature: Friday Flows

Update: I no longer use the Yoga Studio App mentioned, but I’ve kept this article available for posterity. A Weekly Yoga Series to Grow Your Practice To kick off my blog content, i’d like to start a regular series dedicated to yoga.  The new series will be to dubbed, “Friday Flow”.  This feature will be used to share any yoga routines that I have created and/or used with…

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Site News

Beginnings…

Welcome Readers! Welcome to my little home on the internet. My name is Shon, aka The Desert Doll. The Desert Doll blog is dedicated to all the positive things that I love and want to share to the outside world—whether that be music, fitness or lifestyle trends. I have many changing interests/obsessions, so expect topics to vary. The long term goal for this website is to have a…

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