Do these with a 3-5lb dumbbell in your hand. SO HARD
Mason twists are a fantastic ab workout because they work every area of the core. Incorporate 50 reps into your daily routine and you’ll have awesome abs in no time!!
TOTALLY doing this right now
mason twists hurt so good
Pumpkin Pie Yogurt
19 g protein, 6 g fiber, 198 calories, 0.8 g fat.
½ c pure pumpkin
6 oz Greek yogurt – fat free
1 tsp vanilla
½ tbs pure maple syrup
½ tsp cinnamon
¼ tsp nutmeg
⅛ tsp ground cloves
Kashi Heart to Heart Cereal- crushed
Stir together pure pumpkin, yogurt, vanilla, syrup and spices until well combined.
Sprinkle crushed cereal on top and serve.
There are many different types of yoga to practice, so its important to find out which type of yoga is right for you. Heres a quick introduction to some of the most common types of yoga:
Bikram Yoga- Get ready to sweat. You will be practicing in 105 degree heat and in 40% humidity. Though Bikram only has 26 poses and theres a lot of alignment work so it is a good fit for beginners.
Hatha Yoga- This class is also likeley to be focused on slow and gentle movements so its a great type of yoga to wind down at night.
Vinyasa Yoga- You’ll definitly be moving, flowing from one pose to the next. It is the most popular style of yoga in America
Kundalini Yoga- Refers to the energy of the Root Chakra, which surronds the area around you lower spine. Expect lots of work in your core area, these classes are known to be intense
Ashtanga Yoga- Commonly called Power Yoga. Asgtanga is definitley physically demanding. It is probably best suited for an ex-athlete or someone who is looking to push their body
Iyengar Yoga- Expect lots of props with this style of yoga such as blocks, harnesses, straps and even cushions. Theres also a lot of focus on alignment so Iyengar can be great for physical therapy.
Anusara Yoga- Expect many heart opening poses like backbends and more talking by the instructor. It is epitomized by the Celebration of the Heart.
Restorative Yoga- If your looking to wind down after a long day of work, quiet your mind- Restorative yoga might be the answer for the relaxation
Juvamukti Yoga- Is a mix of vinyasa flow sequencing infused with chanting and a vegetarian twist
These are only some of the different types of yoga. There are many others- check out your yoga studio for different classes. At the studio I go to there are foundation flow, Wellness vinyasa, mixed yoga styles, detox and refresh, Yin restorative, Yoga for runners and athletes, Yoga for back care and power flow (:
Thank you! :D this really helps me, a complete noob when it comes to yoga.
We enter a little coffeehouse with a friend of mine and give our order. While we’re aproaching our table two people come in and they go to the counter:
‘Five coffees, please. Two of them for us and three suspended’ They pay for their order, take the two and leave.
I ask my friend: “What are those ‘suspended’ coffees?”
My friend: “Wait for it and you will see.”
Some more people enter. Two girls ask for one coffee each, pay and go. The next order was for seven coffees and it was made by three lawyers - three for them and four ‘suspended’. While I still wonder what’s the deal with those ‘suspended’ coffees I enjoy the sunny weather and the beautiful view towards the square infront of the café. Suddenly a man dressed in shabby clothes who looks like a beggar comes in throught the door and kindly asks
‘Do you have a suspended coffee ?’
It’s simple - people pay in advance for a coffee meant for someone who can not afford a warm bevarage. The tradition with the suspended coffees started in Naples, but it has spread all over the world and in some places you can order not only a suspended coffee, but also a sandwitch or a whole meal.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have such cafés or even grocery stores in every town where the less fortunate will find hope and support ? If you own a business why don’t you offer it to your clients… I am sure many of them will like it. Source : [x]
Yoga For Runners
As most of you know, I am a devoted yogini. What some of you may not know is that I was a PRO track athlete for twelve years.
I ran for one of the best clubs in Vancouver (well the one that has produced the most champions) under a coach who taught me the foundations of what it meant to be a great runner. When my career ended abruptly due to knee injury, I was devastated and it took me years to process the fact that the Divine had another path for me to follow.
This was my first lesson in surrender.
Over the years and especially during times of ‘spiritual crisis’ where I stepped away from my yoga practice, I came back to running (distant running, not competitive) and this has been my saving grace, my form of meditation and it has been my loyal best friend keeping me company when I lived in strange countries, holding my hand through my darkest moments and revealing to me, my truest nature.
Deep, I know. I am sure that many of my runners out there feel the same way.
I did not realize the power of unifying my yoga practice with my running practice but in doing so, I have, without knowing, protected my joints and body and have given myself the mental space to be able to run farther, faster and harder than I ever had before.
Here are some of my favourite poses to help you become a stronger, faster and more agile runner:
1. Triangle Pose (Trikonasana) - Stand with your legs 3 ft apart right toes pointing forward, left toes in at 45 degrees, both legs straight. Raise your arms up to shoulder height, take a deep breath and reach your right fingertips forward in space. Bend at the waist and hold your right big toe, ankel or shin raising your left hand to the sky and gaze at your left fingertips.
Hold for 10-20 Breaths and repeat on the opposite side.
2. Warrior III (Virabhadrasana III) - Straighten both legs and firmly plant your left foot into the mat. Raise your right leg so that it is parallel to your hip, keeping both hips aligned. Straighten your arms and hold them out in front of you in prayer or folded at your heart.
Hold for 5-10 breaths and repeat on the opposite side.
3. Crescent Moon Pose (Anjanyeasana) - Come into a lunge pose bringing your left knee down to the mat and your right leg at 90 degrees. Extend at the waist, straighten your arms and place your hands in prayer. Inhale as you bring your arms and hands over your head, stretching your hip flexor and abdomen.
Hold for 10-20 breaths and repeat on the oppositie side.
4. Pigeon Pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) - Bring your right shin parallel to the front of your mat with your ankel flexed and your right sit bone to the mat. Stretch your left leg and toes toward the back of the mat and square your pelvis. Breathe here until your hip begins to open and then lean forward resting your chest on your shin or as far down as possible.
Hold for 25-50 breaths. Repeat on the opposite side.
5. Cow Face/Shoelace Pose (Gomukhasana) - Sit on your right sit bone bringing your right leg over your left leg (like a shoelace), stacking your knees, whilst flexing both ankels. Lengthen your spine and breath into your outer hips.
Hold for 15-20 breaths. Repeat on the opposite side.
With regular practice of these yoga asanas, you will notice your tendons, ligaments and joints strengthen, improved flexibility and a better quality of muscle tissue which will greatly improve your running form and time.