Friday Flows, Site News

Harvest Season & Leg Fitness

Harvest Moon Watercolor

«i’m only here for the yoga» Harvest Season is Upon Us I really love looking up common terms in the dictionary and learning the origin of words. Sometimes the added bit of history or etymology really gives you an appreciation of our culture. This little background on the word harvest does not disappoint. har·vest [ˈhärvəst] ORIGIN Old English hærfest ‘autumn’, of Germanic origin; related to Dutch herfst and…

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Long Weekend! Time to Practice Rest

Rest Title

Huzzah to 3 day weekends! Labor Day is for family time and definitely not labor.  Do something fun. Maybe BBQ or ride a bike?  And then, rest. Savasana: The Yoga Rest Pose This week’s “flow” will be short and sweet.  In fact, it won’t be a flow at all.  Instead, I encourage everyone to practice their Savasana. That’s it. Practice laying down and doing absolutely nothing. It’s actually hard for…

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More Post Run Stretching | Friday Flow 34

when you rest you rust

«show me the routine» Last week was all about running and post-run yoga. And guess what? This week is more of the same. Let me explain… Running for Body & Spirit Nothing puts my body in order quite like running. When I know I need to get proper fit in a hurry, that’s where I turn.  Even though I am slow. Even though I actually hate it (the act…

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Post Run Fun | Friday Flow 33

running shoes

«I see you scrollin’… you hatin’» What’s going on this week? Running. That’s what. I gained some fluff while eating good in the South. Yes, I’ve been slacking about sharing my impressions of the American South.  I really do plan to post more pics soon, because it was beautiful. Also, the food was good.  Hence, my extra “fluff” and the need to run.  About once a year, I get…

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Monkey See, Monkey Do! Flexibility Stretches | Friday Flow 32

Watercolor Monkey

«never reads the directions crew» Previously I had an extensive flow dedicated to Nightime Flexibility.  However, that routine is lost to me. Sadly, it got trapped in an app that I can no longer use. But if there are readers that still use the Yoga Studio App, go check out my very first yoga flow article. There is a .yoga import file located there and it may still prove…

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Bedtime Yoga | Friday Flow 31

Ocean View from the Friendship Garden

My vacation is officially done and I am back in the desert. The time away was grand. I got some quality time alone with my husband, then retrieved the kids from Grandma to do a family road trip. I have much to post and so many pictures to share. But first I need sleep. All the time spent driving with a car full of kids was fun but…

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Summer Vacation Walking | Friday Flow 30

Hope everyone enjoyed their Fourth of July festivities. I took the opportunity to reconnect with family and stuff my face with barbecue. And now I’m officially on vacation! This week my workouts will be all about leisure−mostly walking around vacation spots. Any yoga on vacation will be low impact, low time commitment and focused. The asanas streamlined to unwind specific muscles after a long day of walking around. Targeting Weary…

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Vacation Brain and Yoga Nidra | Friday Flow 29

Adios Sign

Officially, I have another week or so until my scheduled vacation time. But I am completely over being here and want to take off now. The days closest to a vacation are always a little interesting. But summer is especially challenging. The temperatures around Phoenix have started to skyrocket and that means being housebound during the day. I think I am going a little stir crazy. I make excuses…

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Childsplay in an Adult World |Friday Flow 28

Man Lifting Child on Horse

«skip the chitchat and jump to the flow» Looking thru some old photos of myself as a child and woo-boy was I skinny! And yet, I ate all the time. My own children are the same. I could chalk it up to the mystical nature of childhood metabolism. But it is not a complete mystery. I do notice how little I move in comparison to the littles. While…

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Friday Flow 27: Plank and Stretch

Are you tired of core workouts yet? Don’t give up. Yes, it can be a bit redundant. But a strong core is critical to your posture and overall fitness. Plus, it is an area most people could benefit from improving. Poor core strength is a common side effect of our modern day sedentary life. Up until now, I’ve avoided one obvious core exercise: the plank. Why? Because planks bore…

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