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Adam
10:38 pm

5 Tips for a solid foundation in your yoga practice

1) Root weight evenly between all four corners of the foot - ball mount, pinkie side, inside of heel and outside of heel

2) Spread all toes wide

3) Firmly plant all toes on the mat

4) Keep the arch of your foot lifted and do not let it droop

5) Visualize a suction on the center of your foot

 


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Adam
10:57 pm

5 Reasons to do Yoga

Yoga has many benefits. Here's just five reasons to practice yoga today: 

1) Decreases lactic acid in muscles and decreases joint pain

2) Increased lung capacity

3) Less chance of heart disease

4) Grounded and better focus

5) Oxygen to the brain


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Adam
8:00 am

Five Types of Yoga Poses to Benefit Runners

Yoga is a perfect cross-training activity to keep your running world pain and injury free. It will help with stress in your body and mind. Adding a few key poses into your running will not only strengthen your balance, it will increase your body awareness and elongate your muscles. The following poses are not only great at releasing tension in the hip flexors, hamstrings and glutes, but they will also help you turn your attention to the finish line!

1) Leg Stretches will strengthen and stretch your legs to keep you injury free. 

Leg Stretch Poses: Warrior I, Warrior II, Triangle, Chair, Wide-Leg Forward Fold

2) Hip Openers will give your hips freedom of movement.

Hip Opening Poses: Pigeon, Cow Face, Happy Baby, Goddess

3) Core Muscle strength is key for good running form. 

Core Poses: Boat, Plank, Dolphin

4) Openness in your shoulders, chest and back will help you regulate your breathing and maintain good posture. 

Breath Poses: Side Angle, Camel, Bridge

5) Strengthen your legs, feet and ankles while you improve your mental focus. 

Balance Poses: Tree, Warrior III, Dancer


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Adam
7:34 pm

Five yoga poses to increase your metabolism

1) Parivrtta Utkatasana (Twisted Chair Pose) - helps increase circulation by not only using every muscle in your body but also twisting, which wakes up your internal organs and aids in digestion.

2) Shalabhasana (Locust Pose) - strengthens the muscles in your legs and lower back while opening your chest and elongating your spine. Like all back bends, Locust pose boosts energy. 

3) Garudasana (Eagle Pose) - builds strong, lean muscles, energizes the entire body and helps with digestion. 

4) Setu Bandha Sarvangasana (Bridge Pose) - gentle inversion that works with gravity to open your entire chest and shoulder area. The chest is lifted towards the chin which massages the thyroid gland. The thyroid gland makes the hormones that regulate your metabolism. 

5) Salamba Sarvangasana (Shoulder Stand) - Inversions increase circulation in your thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands. This helps send out feel-good endorphins and hormones throughout your body, balancing your metabolic system. 

 


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Adam
11:10 pm

Five Things

Five things that will help you when you enter the studio

1) HYDRATE

Make sure you're properly hydrated which is done by drinking water regulary - not chugging several bottles in the hours leading up to class. 

2) BREATHE

Your breath should guide your practice. This is especially true in a heated class. Let your body take the deep inhales and exhales it needs, and notice when your breath pattern changes - this is usually your body giving you a signal. Short, shallow breaths will tell you that you have gone too far. Holding your breath is a sign you should ease off a little. 

3) STAY INWARD

As in most yoga classes, not everyone in class will be at the same level. Don't feel discouraged if you can't take the same variation of a pose as the person next to you. You never know how long or how often someone else practices. Yoga is about finding how each pose (asana) is healthy for your own body. 

4) LET GO

Each day you come to your mat is a little different. Some days you will be able to make pretzel shapes with your body while other days you may feel as flexible as granite. Balance may seem natural some days and then the next day you may have a hard time on two feet. Yoga is a practice. It gives you the opportunity to let go of the idea in head of how things are suppose to be and just breath, trust, and see what happens. 

5) DON'T OVERTHINK, JUST DO

Don't think "I can't" before attempting a pose.  Our classes are sequenced to warm up different parts of your body and prepare your body for poses later in class. Instead, take cues from the teacher and listen to your body. 


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