DID YOU KNOW THAT OVER 120 MUSCLES ARE CONTAINED IN THE SPINE? DID YOU KNOW THAT YOUR SPINE HAS EXCELLENT MEMORY? IT ALSO TAKES OVER 100 JOINTS TO PROVIDE A FULL RANGE OF MOTION! FOR YEARS, I DIDN'T REALLY UNDERSTAND HOW TO PROPERLY EXECUTE POSES OR BACKBENDS.
MY GUIDE IS GEARED TO HELP YOU INCORPORATE CARDIO, CHALLENGE, AND BREATH WORK. AS YOU GO THROUGH THIS MINI SERIES, PLEASE CONSIDER THE SPIRITUAL FOCUS. DESIGNED TO CREATE A SPACE FOR SELF COMPASSION, MY GOAL IS TO HELP YOU FIND STABILITY AND HEART HEALING.
AS A YOGA INSTRUCTOR, I TRY TO INCORPORATE POSES THAT REALLY TARGET THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM AND GET THE HEART PUMPING. BUT I ALSO WANT TO ENCOURAGE YOU TO SET INTENTION DURING EACH PRACTICE. AS YOU PRACTICE THESE POSES, MAKE ROOM TO OPEN YOUR HEART CHAKRA.
HEY YOU GUYS! I KNOW YOU ALL ARE GETTING YOUR NEW YEAR'S OFF IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION. IF NOT, THEN I HAVE SOME REALLY COOL APPS FOR YOU TO TRY. THEY'RE REALLY GREAT MOTIVATORS WHEN YOU NEED A NEW FITNESS KICK.
FOR THIS POST, I WANTED TO SHARE SOME OF MY PERSONAL TIPS AND AN EASY CORE WORKOUT PLAN THAT YOU CAN TRY DURING YOUR WORKOUTS TO BUILD AB AND ARM STRENGTH. DOING THIS EXERCISE WEEKLY WILL TARGET THE CORE MUSCLES, ABS, ARMS, GLUTES, AND LEGS!
THIS YEAR, I'M MOST THANKFUL FOR THE ENCOURAGEMENT FROM ALL OF THE POSITIVE PEOPLE AND PLACES THAT I'VE ENCOUNTERED THROUGHOUT 2017. I'M ALSO THANKFUL FOR ALL OF MY STUDENTS WHO HAVE ATTENDED MY CLASSES SINCE I BEGAN TEACHING THIS PAST MAY.
SO WHAT IS A VINYASA? IT'S A CONTINUOUS SET OF POSES THAT ARE ESSENTIALLY THE TRANSITION FROM A CHATURANGA TO THE DOWNWARD FACING DOG. VINYASAS ARE PART OF SUN SALUTATION A. THE SANSKRIT NAME IS SURYA NAMASKAR A. DID YOU KNOW THAT THESE ANCIENT MOVEMENTS WERE PRACTICED AS A WAY TO GIVE THANKS TO THE SUN?
TO GET A FULL GRASP ON WHY WE DO "HIP-OPENERS" IN YOGA, I'M GOING TO GIVE YOU A HOW-TO INSTRUCTIONAL AND EXPLAIN THE BENEFITS OF THESE TWO POSTURES. I HAVE MET A LOT OF ACTIVE PEOPLE, FORMER COLLEGIATE ATHLETES, GYM GO-ERS, AND COMPETITIVE SPORT PLAYING INDIVIDUALS WHO OFTEN TALK ABOUT TIGHT HIPS.
IT'S BEEN A LITTLE OVER FOUR YEARS NOW THAT I'VE HAD THIS AWESOME OPPORTUNITY TO VOLUNTEER FOR YOUTH CONFLICT RESOLUTION CENTER, INC! YCRC IS A NON-PROFIT WITH A MISSION TO HELP YOUNG PEOPLE LEARN CONFLICT RESOLUTION SKILLS TO REDUCE VIOLENCE AND ANTI-BULLYING.
I START MY BLOG WITH THAT QUOTE FROM CHARLAMAGNE THA GOD. I USE TO DESPISE HIM. BUT I REALIZED THAT HE LIVES WITH A REAL PURPOSE, AND THAT INSPIRED ME. HIS BRUTAL HONESTY IS REALLY ANNOYING BUT NECESSARY.
I'VE HAD A LOT OF TIME TO THINK ABOUT THINGS OVER THE SUMMER, I'VE BEEN WORKING ON VARIOUS IDEAS FOR THE BLOG AND FOCUSING ON MAKING MOVES TO IMPROVE MY ENVIRONMENT, GAINING MORE CLARITY AS I OBSERVE MYSELF AND REFLECT ON MY OWN THOUGHTS, HABITS, AND WORD CHOICE.
Do we really know what it means to be present and in the moment? Sometimes we get so caught up in the lives of other people or the problems that exist around is. It can add so much stress to our lives that we start to forget what is important, we forget to take care of ourselves.
This weekend was my first time at Wanderlust 108! It took place in Dallas at Reunion Tower, the weather was perfect.
I couldn't decide on keeping this short and sweet or if I should go into depth about my journey as a soon-to-be Yoga Instructor. But I prefer the scenic route, because my hope is to provide information to other Yogis who may be interested in becoming an Instructor one day.
Hey guys! I'm back this week for a fun, easy yoga pose called Side Lunge Pose, also known in Sanskrit as Skandasana. This is a one that I love to do when I want to get a good hamstring stretch!
Realize that you and the universe are one! You have the power to exercise control over your own space. Today, I share my positivity, light, and love with you. My goal is to give not only yoga, but inspiration and positive influence, to uplift during the hard times.
I'm back for Part II and I want to show you how to do Toe Stand Pose! For those who followed my post last week, you already know I'm reppin Beyonce's IVY PARK activewear. I'd have to say my favorite part about this line is that it's very supportive.
Love to buy new performance wear when I practice, it inspires my workout/yoga session! IVY PARK is a joint venture brand launched last year by Beyonce and Topshop. Her goal with this line was to "push the boundaries of athletic wear and to support and inspire women who understand that beauty is more than your physical appearance".
Happy Wednesday friends! Good morning to you all. I hope that everyone has had a wonderful January and will soon enjoy the end of Winter. I know I am ready for Spring these days. Texas is a mixtape of weather lately. Despite all the changes, I keep myself grounded one way or another.
I sometimes love to get away and be in nature to practice poses. It gives me a sense of true relaxation and creativity. I really enjoy my time outside my normal schedule where I can clear my head and be free. The BBC reported in a study...
Tree Pose (Tadasana) is one of my favorite poses. And it's just in time to put up those Christmas trees! 🎄This is actually my go to pose when I'm traveling and want to stop, drop, and yoga for a photo op!
It's always great when you can bring your mat with you wherever you go, like your very own flying carpet. It's a whole new world! ;) I've always wanted to find a portable mat, perfect for hotel stays, camping trips, pit stops, and walks in the park! I knew I found something great when I discovered YOGO.
Standing Bow Pose is one of my favorite poses because it works the heart! And I am all about the heart. The heart keeps the blood flowing, bringing oxygen throughout the body, stimulating the cardiovascular system.
I woke up finally feeling better after a long stint of aches and pains for weeks. I decided to try to stand on my head and balance and play around. Just wanted to be creative for the morning.
Standing Head to Knee Pose, also known as Dandayamana Janushirasana, is a very challenging pose for me! It's really the one I dread when I'm in Bikram. Shhhh!
The Standing Backbend Pose, also known as Half-moon in Bikram, is my love/hate pose. I love the benefits, but it can be difficult to hold! Here's how I do it in 3 easy steps: