#tutorialtuesday: Standing Crane

Today’s #tutorialtuesday is barre’s Standing Crane with Ball. ○ Fold evenly from the hips, slightly tucking tailbone while pulling in core. ○ Stack hip over ankle on standing leg with a soft knee. Lifted leg is straight behind hip, with ball tucked behind knee squeezing heel toward gluteal muscle. ○ Alternate between isometric presses back and squeezing ball with calf… Read more →

#tutorialtuesday: Air Chair

This week’s #tutorialtuesday is barre’s Air Chair. Proper alignment: ○ Feet in parallel position (toes facing forward), hip-distance apart ○ Shoulders stacked over hips with shoulder blades pulled down and chest open ○ Core activated by tightening the abdominals and lifting tall through the spine ○ Tailbone heavy, pointing towards floor ○ Press up onto the balls of the feet… Read more →

Live in each season as it passes; breathe air, drink the drink, taste the fruit, and resign yourself to the influences of each. Let them be your only diet drink and botanical medicines.”

—Henry David Thoreau

Yoga isn’t about our lifestyle, our beliefs, our weight, our diet, our flexibility, how spiritual or enlightened we are—yoga is just about showing up and doing our dance on our mats.

Yoga doesn’t care what your hair looks like.

Yoga doesn’t care if you wear Lululemon or Spiritual Gangster.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are vegetarian, if you eat meat or know what Kombucha is.

Yoga doesn’t care when the last time you practiced was—yesterday, six months ago, never.

Yoga doesn’t care what kind of mat you have, brand new or eating away at itself.

Yoga doesn’t care if you show up cranky or exhausted.

Yoga doesn’t care what religion you believe in.

Yoga doesn’t care what color your skin is or what gender you choose to love.

Yoga doesn’t care if you wear mala beads.

Yoga doesn’t care what the tag on the back of your pants says.

Yoga doesn’t care if you don’t know what yoga means.

Yoga doesn’t care how much money you have, what house you live in, what car you drive.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are flexible.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fall over in Trikonasana.

Yoga doesn’t care if you fart during practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you ever make it into head stand.

Yoga doesn’t care if you feel uncomfortable saying Namaste and Om.

Yoga doesn’t care if you drink super food smoothies or drink coconut water.

Yoga doesn’t care if choose the back corner or the front row of the room to practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you stay to meditate.

Yoga doesn’t care if you can put your leg behind your head, or lick your own ass.

Yoga doesn’t care if you know what Ujjayi breath is.

Yoga doesn’t care if you smoke cigarettes, and drink whisky.

Yoga doesn’t care if you need to leave class halfway through because you’re dehydrated and need to get water.

Yoga doesn’t care if you have a man bun.

Yoga doesn’t care if your monkey mind takes over.

Yoga doesn’t care how old you are, the color of your hair doesn’t affect your practice.

Yoga doesn’t care if you juice or cleanse.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shake the entire 60 minutes.

Yoga doesn’t care if you only feel comfortable doing yoga in Mexico.

Yoga doesn’t care if you spend the entire class in child’s pose.

Yoga doesn’t care what political party you vote for.

Yoga doesn’t care if you are single or divorced.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like Rumi.

Yoga doesn’t care if you like your teacher.

Yoga doesn’t care if you complete a 30 day challenge.

Yoga doesn’t care what version of wheel you go up into.

Yoga doesn’t care if you shop at whole foods.

Yoga doesn’t care if you remember to shave your armpits.

Yoga is just happy you show up.”

—via Elephant Journal

#tutorialtuesday: The Hundred

This week’s #tutorialtuesday comes on Wednesday this week! Just some Pilates goodness to get you through the rest of this Hump Day! ➡️The Hundred⬅️ Purpose: Warm up the body, increase abdominal strength & teach stability of the torso and low back. ○ Inhale to prepare. Breathe smoothly and steadily to maximize lung capacity. ○ Exhale. Engage the abs and lift… Read more →