Yoga Practice (30 min): Balancing the Second Chakra

Linda Black, The Yoga Coach, guides you through a 35 minute yoga practice to balance your 2nd chakra. Instead of wishing or demanding a relationship to be different than it is, allow yourself to be accepting of what is. Open to be adaptable to change and receptive to inspiration on how to make it happen. The 2nd Chakra has a feminine quality to it that is an expression of going out into the world with the gentle act of accepting and allowing.

Suggested Essential oils: doTerra Wild Orange (to open the channels of creativity) and women’s blend.

Yoga Practice (30 min): 3-in-1 Restorative Yoga

Restorative Yoga = The Antidote to Stress.

The power of these quiet soothing postures when practiced regularly comes from allowing (and helping) our own internal healing processes to work – healing processes that can be overwhelmed by stress and dis-ease. Just as it takes a repetitious lifting of heavy weight to build muscle, so to it takes allowing oneself to deeply relax in order to let the repair and healing process take place. Practice all three postures for 10 min each OR enjoy simmering in one pose for 20-30 minutes.

Suggested DoTerra oils – Geranium (The Oil of love – for heart opening), Cypress (The oil of Motion & Flow – for getting “unstuck”), and/or Digestive Blend.

Post Run Yoga Stretch

Linda Black, The Yoga Coach, shares a couple of post run yoga stretches. Keep your muscles pliable…always stretch for 10-15 minutes after your workout. This will release the muscle and reduce lactic acid buildup that causes restriction of movement.

Yoga can help runners to prevent injury and stay in tip top shape. Learn more at Friday’s Yoga for Runners class!

    • Friday, July 26, 2013 
    • 6:30pm – 8:30pm
    • Breathe Yoga Studio – 11274 Kestrel Rise Rd. South Jordan, UT (upstairs in Black Diamond Gym)
    • $25. Register by clicking the button below!

Yoga Practice (30 min): Yoga for Digestion

Linda Black, the Yoga Coach, combines a number of best practices for digestion including twists, forward bends and Kapalabhati pranayama. A 30 minute gentle yoga routine to stimulate the digestive fire or agni.

Intention: “I nourish my body, mind, and spirit with food, thoughts and actions that are easily digested and contribute to my over all well-being.”

 

Suggested essential oils: Digestzen and Citrus Bliss by DoTerra

Best to practice first thing in the morning or waiting at least an hour after eating. This sequence can also be found on Yoga Journal’s sequence builder (once you login).

Inversions and Menstruation – What is Safe?

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A simple Google search will tell you that a lot of literature has been written about whether or not women should do inversions in her yoga practice when she is menstruating. There is a widely-held concern that engaging in inversions while menstruating may cause retrograde flow and lead to endometriosis, though there is no concrete evidence that inversions during menstruation are the cause of this. Since the energy flows downward during a woman’s period, inversions can be seen as a disruption to this downward energy flow.

To be smart about your yoga practice and your body, here are a few things to consider about whether to do inversions when you have your period.

  1. Inversions should be light when your flow is heavy. While you may not want to opt out of inversions altogether, don’t hold your inversions as long. In other words, this is not the time for a ten-minute headstand. Rather than engaging in assertive inversions, you may opt for a milder inversion pose such as down dog and receive similar benefits. Continue reading

Top 5 Life-Affirming Practices

I’m here in St. George at the Huntsman Senior Games supporting my man in his quest to be the fastest biker over 50 competing against top cyclists in the state of Utah and from around the country. He’s pretty darn fast! How does he do it?

Single minded focus and great determination. He has what I call self-discipline (see definition of self-discipline in my recent article). Continue reading

Are You Falling For Inversions Yet? Part 2

Did you read Are You Falling for Inversions Yet? Part 1?

Part 2: The King and Queen of Inversions: Supported Headstand and Shoulder Stand

Two of my favorite inversions are Supported Headstand (Salamba Sirsasana) and Shoulder Stand (Sarvangasana): Referred to respectively as the king and queen of yoga asanas.

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Are You Falling For Inversions Yet? Part 1

Part 1: Inversions bring on whole new perspective!

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If you find yourself falling out of inversions more than you are falling IN LOVE with inversions, you’re definitely not alone! I’ve coached hundreds of students through headstands, handstands, and shoulder stands to where I understand some of the common pit “falls” of inversions and am here to help.

Before you get all “I’m just not cut out for upside down balancing” on me, I’ll let you in on a secret…Inversions are simpler than you think. That’s right. You could be reaping the benefits of inversions already and not even realize your good fortune. Let’s break it down…

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Commitment

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There’s nothing as exciting and rewarding as seeing a project through to completion. In fact, I like to bask in the afterglow of hard work and simply reflect on the treasured outcome. Some of you may relate to this and LOVE the feeling of completing a project.

Before any of that can happen though, the project has to have a beginning. One necessary ingredient on the front end is commitment. To commit to something is to be fully engaged and actively participating. Continue reading