Posts tagged ‘Upper Body Strength’

Episode 51: Tech Antidote

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It’s been over a year since I have posted a podcast. I’m very happy to share this first Tech-antidote class with you. This class is not just for the imbalances you may be finding in your body, but also the mental fatigue, the brain fog, and the emotional rollercoaster that being connected online for hours can do to the whole self. A contemplative practice is such a crucial part of our work-life-stress balance. Managing your stress is a huge step towards good health. I hope this episode and all the past podcasts help to keep you balanced, healthy, and happy.

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Episode 44: Steady and Stable Abdominals

This is a very playful 20 minutes to wake up your abdominals and upper body. The exercises during the first half of class are done on a thinly rolled yoga blanket or towel. This will create a less stable ground and a more challenging position for the back of the body to balance on. Your body will need to rely on the abdominals to keep you from tipping over. It should look a little something like this (but with the blanket roll underneath your spine):

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Episode 22: Int-Adv vinyasa class working up to Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

This class is for students who have a strong vinyasa base. If you are looking for a physically challenge this class is your pick. We will move through many standing poses, arm balances, and up into handstand.  You may want to review poses such as Utthita Hasta Padangustasana, Parsva Bakasana (Side Crow), Parivrtta Ardha Chandrasana, Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana (Standing Split), Adho Mukha Vrksasana (Handstand), and Eka Pada Koundinyasana I. Be sure to have fun, rest when you need, and remember child’s pose is always available even when it is not taught! Focus on listening to what your body is asking for today and follow your sensations. Remember sensations exist in every part of the body, so relax and let yourself start to feel the tactile sensations, the feeling presence and the spaciousness in your body.

These images are posted in order that you will see the poses during class:

Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Parivrtta Utthita Hasta Padangustasana

Urdhva Prasarita Eka Padasana using wall leverage (Standing Split

Standing Split with leverage from the wall

Prep I and II for Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

Prep for Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

Eka Pada Koundinyasana I

Adho Mukha Vrksasana

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Episode 19: 1 hour Hatha class for a steady mind and a calm body.

This class is a great way to end a long day of work or to do before bedtime.

Here is a sampling from Ted’s Yoga Journal about this podcast:

“The first five minutes were bliss.  I laid down on a long rolled up blanket to support my spine and placed my hands on my ample stomach to feel it rise and fall as we deepened our breath.  Little did I know the challenging poses that awaited me.  My shoulders were sore from the day before.

Lots of high plank, lots of downward facing dog.  My downward dog is improving though.  It’s amazing how quickly one’s muscle memory clicks back into place after a long time out of practice.  The highlight of this practice was the pigeon pose.  I LOVE PIGEON.  I work on my feet, so my lower back gets sore and tight all the time.  Pigeon always helps ease the tension.  Yay pigeon! When I finally finished the practice, my (mom’s) yoga mat was damp with sweat.  Despite my struggle, I will say that my mind was steady and my body was calm.  It’s intense, but Sarah was right, great to do right before bed.  I slept like a baby.”

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