Ten Minute Yin Yoga Practice

Yin Yoga is a practice in which you hold lying and seating poses for three to five minutes. This type of yoga focuses on flexibility and restoration. Try my ten minute practice in the morning to loosen up tight muscles or to help you wind down before bedtime. Focus on breathing slowly in and out through the nose that will help create warmth in the body and promote relaxation. Try to clear your thoughts and focus on a mind body connection as you try to relax in each pose.

You’ll need a mat, water, and an optional blanket for a prop if needed.

Wide Knee Child’s Pose  (Hold for 3 minutes)

Sphinx Pose (Hold for 3 minutes)

Swan Pose (Hold for 2 minutes on each leg)

Finish with an optional pose called Legs up the Wall  3 to 5 minutes

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Which Way Should I Go?

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“Cat: Where are you going?

Alice: Which way should I go?

Cat: That depends on where you are going.

Alice: I don’t know.

Cat: Then it doesn’t matter which way you go.”

 Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland

Where are you going in life? Are you on the right path?  It’s an important question to ask yourself and you may be surprised at the answer. Without purpose or direction we become stagnant and feel empty.  Have you considered what you value most in life?  If you don’t know, then you may end up on the wrong path.

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It can be a challenge in our busy lives to achieve balance when it comes to family life, career, and health. However, if you don’t know where you’re going, you may find yourself at some point in life, full of regrets.

Stop spinning your wheels and write down an action oriented plan with specific goals that will help you live your best life.

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In an interesting article by James Clear  The Four Burners Theory , he reports:

One way to think about work-life balance is with a concept known as The Four Burners Theory. Here’s how it was first explained to me:

Imagine that your life is represented by a stove with four burners on it. Each burner symbolizes one major quadrant of your life.

  1. The first burner represents your family.
  2. The second burner is your friends.
  3. The third burner is your health.
  4. The fourth burner is your work.

One of the most frustrating parts of The Four Burners Theory is that it shines a light on your untapped potential. It can be easy to think, “If only I had more time, I could make more money or get in shape or spend more time at home.”

One way to manage this problem is to shift your focus from wishing you had more time to maximizing the time you have. In other words, you embrace your limitations. The question to ask yourself is, “Assuming a particular set of constraints, how can I be as effective as possible?”

For example:

  • Assuming I can only work from 9 AM to 5 PM, how can I make the most money possible?
  • Assuming I can only write for 15 minutes each day, how can I finish my book as fast as possible?
  • Assuming I can only exercise for 3 hours each week, how can I get in the best shape possible?

This line of questioning pulls your focus toward something positive (getting the most out of what you have available) rather than something negative (worrying about never having enough time). Furthermore, well-designed limitations can actually improve your performance and help you stop procrastinating on your goals.

Consider writing down a small goal for each area of your life that you feel needs improvement. Here are some ideas:

Relationships–  Take time each day to tell your loved ones how much you care for them. Set restraints on social media and use that time to spend with your family. Get in the habit of giving hugs more often. Read books, play board games, or put puzzles together with your children each week. Try and set up a consistent schedule to call your parents, siblings, and friends. Create special memories!

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Career-  This is a biggie! We all need to make money to live but if you hate your job, you will most likely be miserable. Let’s face it, we spend a lot of time at work so it’s vital to find something that is compatible with your family life. Also, if you have small children, you will regret working 60 or more hours a week. That’s precious time away from loved ones that you will never get back. Consider your options for another job with better hours or maybe a work from home option. Set a goal to improve this area of your life by determining the pros and cons of your current working situation and where you can make small positive changes.

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Health-  This is an area many of us end up sacrificing due to time restraints. However, it’s easy to set just one or two weekly goals that can make a substantial difference in your health.  Number one is the food you bring into your home. Learn to make healthier food choices when shopping for groceries. It’s important for your children to learn the relationship between their health and what they eat.  Take them shopping with you and let them make their own grocery list of healthy food choices. Restrict splurges on fast food to special circumstances or occasions. Additionally, consider how you can add activity into your day?  Ride a bike or walk to work if that’s an option.

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Set your alarm an hour early and get your workouts on your calendar.  Even a ten minute workout once or twice a day can make a difference. Determine specific days and times each week for physical fitness and stay consistent. You will never regret this.

Consider what you value most in life and make a plan to make sure you take the right path. Because if you don’t know where you’re going than it doesn’t really matter.

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Last Killer Workout Of 2018

This will be my last workout I’ll be teaching for 2018.  How can I make it different than all the other workouts this year?  I love to combine body weight, cardio intervals, and weight training into all my classes.  So hear we go:

Make sure to warm up for 7- 8 minutes.  Complete circuit 3-4 times.  Take water breaks as needed and finish with final stretch.  ENJOY!

 

  1.  Bear Crawl Push-up (12 reps)

 

2.  Wall Sit With Bicep Curl (12 reps)

 

3.  Alternating DB Reverse Lunge With Burpee (12 reps)

 

4.  Burpee Wood Chop Tricep Extension (12 reps)

 

5.  DB Clean And Press Row Combo (12 reps)

 

6.  Standing DB Alternating Knee Crunches (12 reps)

 

7.  Plank Jack Push Up (12 reps)

 

8.  Mountain Climber To Side Plank (12 reps)

Five Tips For Injury Recovery

Injuries tend to reveal our lack of patience in life. Our bodies are brilliantly designed to send us signals such as pain and swelling that force us to rest and heal after an injury. However when the healing begins and the pain lessens, we often jump back full force into our activities before our bodies are ready.

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And, although I’m in the fitness field, sometimes I fail to follow my own advice. After injuring my knee during a run, I found myself struggling with pain, swelling, and limited range of motion around my knee. I had difficulty instructing my fitness classes and immediately modified exercises that aggravated my knee; I also had issues teaching yoga because of my inability to fully flex my knee. Due to continued pain and swelling, I ultimately limited my activities and stopped running for four weeks. I used ice and compression on my knee and elevated it in the evenings to reduce swelling.

Running is like therapy for me and after a month off, I was anxious to get back to some short runs. Although my knee felt much better, I knew there was still quite a bit of swelling lingering from my injury. However, I decided it would be safe to ease back into running by trying a short two-mile run. I felt since I was running 5 to 6 mile runs prior to my injury that it would be a safe trial. However, ten minutes into my run, I started to feel pain and against my better judgement continued to run. The pain was minimal and I was determined to finish my two mile goal.

Big mistake; I paid for it later as I laid on the couch with an ice pack and ibuprofen on board for pain. I later discovered that due to my impatience, I would have to take off another two months from running.

You can avoid my mistake by following these tips for a safe and effective recovery:

  1. Evaluate the injury- If the pain is unbearable and the swelling persists; go to the doctor.

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2. Use RICE immediately after your injury- REST, ICE, COMPRESSION, and ELEVATION- Use ice packs on the affected area and keep it elevated as much as possible throughout the day. Wear a compression sleeve or bandage as needed during activity.

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3. Take more time off than you think before resuming activity and make sure all swelling and pain is resolved.

4. Modify activity as you heal; utilizing body weight exercises and gentle stretching appropriately.

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5. Talk to your physician or a health and fitness professional about ways to strengthen and heal any muscle imbalances which may have contributed to your injury.

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Wednesday WOD

Came up with this workout on my way to the gym this morning and I absolutely loved the fact that I got my weights and cardio done in one workout. Try my Wednesday Total Body WOD and let me know what you think.

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CIRCUIT 1:

  1. Seated Leg Press – 15 reps

2. Incline Chest Press – 15 Reps

3. Pull-up- 5 Reps

  • TREADMILL RUN- 1 mile

REPEAT CIRCUIT 1 (4X)

CIRCUIT 2:

  1. Cable Rope Tricep Overhead Extension- 15 Reps

2. Cable Rope Bicep Curl – 15 Reps

3. DB Alternating Lunge & Bicep Curl- 16 Reps

  • TREADMILL RUN- 1 mile

REPEAT CIRCUIT 2 (4X)

CIRCUIT 3:

  1. DB Rear Delt Fly – 15 Reps

2. Barbell Hip Thrust – 15 Reps

3. Mountain Climbers – 1 minute

  • TREADMILL RUN- 1 mile

REPEAT CIRCUIT 3 (4X)

YOGA- FINAL STRETCH

Amazing Total Body Workout

 

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Try my Amazing Total Body Workout circuit that hits cardio, strength and flexibility.  Complete each exercise back to back with quick rest and water break at the end of the circuit.  Repeat circuit 3 to 4 times.  Finish with yoga stretch routine.

Warmup-  Bodyweight – 5-7 minutes

 

THE WORKOUT:

  1. Indoor Cycle – 3 mins of fast paced interval work  (WORKS HEART/ LEGS/GLUTES)

 

2.  Incline Barbell Chest Press- 12 Reps  (UPPER BODY CHEST)

3.  Barbell Bicep Curl- 12 Reps (Upper BODY BICEPS)

 

4.  Pull- Up – 5 Reps (UPPER BODY BACK)

 

5.  Battleropes 45 Secs (FULL BODY/ CORE)

 

6.  DB Rear Delt Fly- 12 Reps (UPPER BODY SHOULDERS/back)

 

7.  DB Side Raise- 12 Reps (UPPER BODY SHOULDERS)

 

8.  Weight Plate Tricep Extension 12 Reps (UPPER BODY TRICEPS)

 

Bicycle Abs 45 secs – (CORE ABS)

 

 Water Break-   Complete this circuit 3-4 times

Final stretch – 6 Min Post Workout Yoga

Sunday Morning Coffee and Yoga

Love to start my Sunday morning with a easy yoga flow and then enjoy a delicious cup of bulletproof coffee.  Try this short yoga flow to get you moving and then treat yourself with my easy recipe for bulletproof coffee.

Child’s Pose- One Minute

 

Down Dog- One Minute

 

Sun Salutation B- One Minute

Tree Pose- One Minute (30 secs each side)

 

Forward Fold- One Minute

 

Plank- One Minute

 

Corpse Pose- One Minute

Brew your favorite cup of coffee and add a tablespoon of organic coconut oil and a splash of coconut milk.  Finish with a sprinkle of cinnamon and enjoy a relaxing day

 

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Learn A Yoga Arm Balance

The true miracle lies in our eagerness to allow, appreciate, and honor the uniqueness, and freedom of each sentient being to sing the song of their heart.” 
― Amit RayMeditation: Insights and Inspirations

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I love yoga arm balances.  They build all over strength; specifically in the upper body and core.  This is eight angle pose.  If you would like to try it; check out the video below:

 

 

 

Homemade Larabars

I love Larabars! Guess what? You can make them yourselves and here is an easy recipe from Daily Burn with only 3 ingredients! How cool is that??

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3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars
Store-bought bars are great for convenience, but homemade versions are always healthier, tastier and more budget conscious. This recipe is packed with nuts and dried fruit for a healthy balance of fiber and protein. Change up the flavor by adding cinnamon, vanilla extract or cacao powder. Add texture by mixing in some cacao nibs or chia seeds! Photo and recipe: Renee Blair / Life by Daily Burn

3-Ingredient Homemade Larabars Recipe

Serves: 8

Prep time: 5 minutes
Total time: 1 hour

Ingredients

1 cup nuts (almonds, cashews, walnuts or pecans)
3/4 cup pitted medjool dates
3/4 cup other dried fruit (such as cranberries, cherries, raisins, figs or more dates)
Pinch of sea salt

Preparation

  1. Add the nuts to a food processor and pulse until they form large crumbs. Then, with the motor running, add the dates and other dried fruit to the food processor.
  2. Process until you have a mixture that sticks together when you press it between your fingers.
  3. Pour the mixture onto a large piece of plastic wrap. Form the mixture into an 8-inch square and wrap in plastic. Chill in the refrigerator for at least one hour before cutting into bars.
  4. Store the bars in the refrigerator for up to a few weeks or in the freezer for a few months.

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