Hump Day Inspiration

“Self-doubt is a much greater disability.”  Take two minutes to watch the video below and discover why Heath Calhoun is a bad-ass.

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Bring Yoga to Classrooms with Free Resources!

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If you practice yoga, you know all the amazing benefits that yoga has to offer. Yoga can offer these benefits to our youth as well!  Yoga Recess is a campaign from the Yoga Health Foundation to bring yoga-based health education into classrooms.  The campaign provides free resources such as videos and lesson plans to incorporate yoga into your teaching.  The national campaign peaks on February 28 so start engaging your school/community to participate.

More Free Online Yoga!

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This time, courtesy of the YogaDork blog.  Here’s what they had to say on their blog post today:

We’re very pleased to announce that starting today we will be regularly featuring free online yoga videos courtesy of the one and only Yoga International. Enjoy our first offering, a shakti flow practice to get the energy flowing and the blood pumping. Our Valentine to you.

Have a happy Friday/Valentine’s Day!

 

Hump Day Inspiration

Recently, I bumped into a regular student before one of my yoga classes.  I asked him how his week was and he replied that it was great and there was nothing to complain about and then added that all of his weeks were great.  I noted what a great outlook he had on life and he replied that though it took him many years to come to this conclusion, life was too short to stress and worry about small things.  He found joy in the simple fact that he was alive everyday.

The day before this, I had come across this flow chart and thought that it was nice way of looking at the situations in our lives, even if it was a bit simplistic.  But after speaking with my student, I thought, why do our lives need to be filled with so much complexity?  Sure, there are difficulties and challenges that we face in our lives – I have certainly had my fair share and feel this chart would not apply at all.  But there are also a lot of everyday things that I worry about and in the grand scheme of things, are definitely not worth the stress I put my body and mind through. This chart is just a nice reminder for those little everyday things: don’t worry, be happy!

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Review of MyYogaWorks

Alignment, alignment, alignment!

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Late last year, YogaWorks contacted me about a groupon deal for the their online yoga classes through MyYogaWorks.com to share with all of you.  BTW, the deal seems like it’s still going on so check it out!  I had signed up for their free 14-day trial but this was poorly timed as I only had the opportunity to take advantage of a couple of classes.  Yogaworks graciously offered an extended online membership to MyYogaWorks and this has given me the opportunity to fully explore their site.

If you couldn’t tell by the first three words, YogaWorks is all about alignment and that is what you will get with their online classes.  I LOVE alignment, perhaps a bit too much, and the teachers are constantly giving tons of instructions to help you refine each posture. All their instructors have done advanced studies through a 500 hour teaching certification so I feel confident about the cues and directions they are giving me.  And if there was any doubt about how to get into a pose, there are typically two yogis demonstrating the pose with one offering modifications. You can search for classes by duration, difficulty level, teacher, target areas, benefits, and even videos for aspiring teachers.  MyYogaWorks also has a section that they call their “Journey Series.” It’s a sequence of videos that help you get into a specific pose, learn yoga basics, complement a specific sport, or help you destress for your wedding.  The site is simple, clean, and easy to use. I will say that I do like the variety of teachers, instructional styles, etc with some of the other online sites but you still can’t go wrong here – a lot of quality teachers and classes to choose from.

As I mentioned, they have a 14-day free trial and your credit card is required to sign up.  You can use this coupon code YOGA2014 for a free month with MyYogaWorks. After that, it’s $15 per month. If you are hesitant to give up your email or just want to take a yoga class from time to time, Yoganonymous offers a free full length class from MyYogaWorks on their site.  Not sure how often they switch out the classes but it’s another option.  And who doesn’t like options??

Online Yoga Membership Giveaway Winners and New Socks

Thanks all for entering the contest! I really enjoyed reading the descriptions of your practice. The two winners of MyVirtualYoga.com 3-month membership are speakingofvegan and vera. Please email me your email address so I can pass it on and get you started on your home yoga practice!

In other news, I think I’m in need of new socks.  What do you think?

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Being broke all the time, I try and get the maximum use out of all my purchases.  I noticed a hole in this pair about a few months ago and I was strategic about which foot I put this sock on.  I mainly kept it on my right since there was less rubbing with the small hole by my fourth toe.  However, I guess I wasn’t paying attention prior to my run (might have something to do with the fact that I was about to experience a 3-day stomach flu!) and my inattention means this pair is now officially retired.

Any favorite running sock suggestions for me??