You’ve learned how to breathe fully, open your hips, strengthen your shoulders, and now: tone that tummy. And no, not because flat abs are hot and Dinah is coming up; but because a strong core also improves back and spine strength: helping to prevent lower back pain and injuries, as well as our posture.
In yoga, I hear the statement “Open your heart,” a lot. Right now, hearing that may make me explode with frustration. So I bring to you some basic shoulder-opening poses, where most of us carry tension. These poses can also help open up our hearts (whenever we may be ready for such a feat as that.)
It’s one of those parts of a woman’s body that some want more of, less of, love, or hate. I happen to be a HUGE fan of hips. Mine and everyone else’s. Not just because of how they look on a body, but because when it comes to yoga, it’s the part I love stretching the most (usually to my student’s chagrin, at first)
It’s the holidays!
Duh…right? And if you look at the cover of any/every woman’s magazine it’s no different from any other month: all about toning your body, losing that flab FINALLY, and being the best/skinniest you that you can be!
What I say to that is: Shut up.
Yoga, or any form of exercise: be it running, swimming, dancing, or getting it on, is always good for you. There are the obvious aesthetic reasons. But also, there are immeasurable physical and emotional benefits as well. And since it’s the holiday season: I’m pretty sure there’s some extra stress happening in your life that you’d like to get rid of.