9.20.2014

#EveryBodyYoga Day 21 - Seated Spinal Twist

Day Twenty-One of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge




Twisting poses in yoga are incredibly good for increasing your strength and flexibility. The subtle compression in this pose across your stomach actually helps in the digestion process, too. Seated Spinal Twist is counteracting yesterday's pose in some ways and feels so very good on your spine, embrace the stretch but don't pull too hard into it - work within your own abilities!


Begin by crossing your right foot over the outside of your left thigh, then bend your left leg at the knee. Keeping your right knee pointed toward ceiling, place your left elbow to the outside of your right knee and your right hand on the floor behind you. Twist right as far as you can, moving from your abdomen; keep both sides of your buttocks on the floor.


I had the most gorgeous view while practicing yoga today, it was a rainy day out but the beach somehow was still absolutely beautiful and just what I needed. I've been in kind of a gloomy mood this week and practicing a Seated Spinal Twist at the beach was so soothing. I love yoga and everything it does for me, if you don't practice - you should!


Namaste.

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9.19.2014

#EveryBodyYoga Day 20 - Seated Palm Tree Pose (Seated Tadasana)

Day Twenty of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge



{Seated Palm Tree Pose}

This pose is another relatively simple pose but learning how to sit without compression is essential for maintaining the health of your spine, mental alertness, resting, and digestion. Seated Palm Tree Pose stretches the upper body thoroughly, boosts respiration, and peps up the mind. Next time you feel stressed while at work or even while on the go, just casually get into this pose - you'll love what it can do for your body and your mindset!


{a covered bird watching tower in the middle of nowhere during a storm: my ideal yoga spot}

You can probably figure this pose out yourself, but you'll need to sit in half lotus or in full lotus. Inhale, raising your arms overhead. Interlock your fingers, turning them outward towards the ceiling. Exhale. Inhaling, stretch completely as much as you can, as if someone were pulling you up by your hands.


An easy pose for a lazy Saturday practice!

Namaste.


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#EveryBodyYoga Day 19 - Upward Dog

Day Nineteen of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge



{Upward Dog}


Upward Dog is an amazing pose with several benefits! It stretches your chest and spine, while strengthening your wrists, arms, and shoulders. By strengthening and opening the upper body and chest, it in turn improves posture. Upward Dog stimulates the abdominal organs and improves your digestion. It also firms the buttocks and thighs - something we all love! The slight back bend energizes and rejuvenates the body while also providing relief from fatigue and mild depression. Such a simple pose does so much for your body, the perfect pose to practice every day!




This pose is easy: From a plank, come down on to your knees and untuck your toes. Keeping your  arms straight, slowly lower your belly down and forward. Be sure your hands are under your shoulders, drop your shoulders down away from your ears, bring your shoulder blades together from behind, and breath your body forward through your arms.






Namaste.

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9.18.2014

Dating Advice: PlentyOfFish in the sea

As you may already know, I'm a married lady but that doesn't mean I can't help my readers out with a little bit of dating advice...I'm so excited PlentyOfFish wanted me to spread the word about a website that I think will really change the way all my single ladies think about meeting your soul mate.


I've had several friends who have met their other half online, which in this technology driven day and age - it only makes sense to meet someone via the computer or an app. Making a connection while at a bar or at the gym can work for some but I think most millennials will agree, if you want something deep and meaningful you have to search for it. Luckily, if you decide to get a profile on PlentyOfFish you'll get to know someone a little before meeting them and you get the chance to screen the creeps out virtually, a time saver!


I recently went to lunch with a couple of friends of mine that actually met on PlentyOfFish, the female in the relationship is actually my best friend. While they both had some rather comical jokes about their online romance and their playfully sarcastic relationship, they also both agreed that if you know what you are looking for in a relationship then PlentyOfFish is a great site. She said that she went on the site looking for something serious and after spending time browsing through her messages his stood out... He likes the same things she does, he made a real down to earth profile, and she liked what he had to say in the messages he sent her. He said that he liked the way she looked so friendly in her pictures, the way she was up front about what her intentions were, and the funny yet sweet vibe her profile had. He also told me he had to message her several times before she responded. HA! So maybe their love story isn't "traditional" but it's cute and you can truly see the spark between them. 

I asked them if they had any advice about finding someone on PlentyOfFish and they both said that honesty is best when creating a profile and a new relationship, don't fudge your interests or upload photos from 10 years ago. They also both said they met a few duds before finding each other, so don't expect Mr. Right to show up right away, you may have to chat with a frog or two before finding Prince Charming!



Did you know PlentyOfFish is the World's largest dating site with over 2 million people using it every single day? It's simple, free, and it works.



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#EveryBodyYoga Day 18 - Opposite Arm + Leg Raise & a pep talk

Day Eighteen of the
#EveryBodyYoga Challenge
{Opposite Arm + Leg Raise}


   There are a million reasons to practice every single yoga pose, so I feel like sharing the benefits sometimes gets a little repetitive and it doesn't really even give Yoga the credit it deserves... So let me remind everyone: Yoga WILL make you feel better! Opposite Arm and Leg Raise helps to lubricate shoulder and hip joints while stretching the hamstrings. This pose also provides an overall centering effect while improving your core muscles - win-win situation here, everyone!



From the plank position with wrists under shoulders and legs extended, lift your left leg up to your hip and your right arm aligned with your shoulder. Deeply engage your core and glutes the entire time. If you feel too unstable, you can always just lift your arms, keeping your feet on the floor. 




If you would have told me a few years ago that I would be practicing yoga on the beach in my bikini I would have probably laughed at you, now look at me! I'm confident and proud of who I am and what my body looks like; I'm working towards my goals and I'm healthy and that's what really matters. We only have one life so I'm living it the way I want...

Skinny, Chunky, Average, Short, Tall: whatever you are, just be you! 
Stop comparing yourself and love who you are and the body you were given.
Everybody can practice Yoga, Every Body can practice Yoga...
#EveryBodyYoga! Namaste.

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