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Saying yes to the Universe

Posted on December 29, 2017 at 9:10 AM Comments comments (1)

Saying Yes to the Universe

 

BY MADISYN TAYLOR

Saying Yes to the universe opens the gate to receiving what your soul really wants.

 

The hardest thing about saying yes to the universe is that it means accepting everything life puts in front of us. Most of us have a habit of going through our days saying no to the things we don't like and yes to the things we do, and yet, everything we encounter is our life. We may be afraid that if we say yes to the things we don't like, we will be stuck with them forever, but really, it is only through acknowledging the existence of what's not working for us that we can begin the process of change. So saying yes doesn't mean indiscriminately accepting things that don't work for us. It means conversing with the universe, and starting the conversation with a very powerful word--yes.

 

When we say yes to the universe, we enter into a state of trust that whatever our situation is, we can work with it. We express confidence in ourselves, and the universe, and we also express a willingness to learn from whatever comes our way, rather than running and hiding when we don't like what we see. The question we might ask ourselves is what it will take for us to get to the point of saying yes. For some of us, it takes coming up against something we can't ignore, escape, or deny, and so we are left no choice but to say yes. For others, it just seems a natural progression of events that leads us to making the decision to say yes to life.

 

The first step to saying yes is realizing that in the end it is so much easier than the alternative. Once we understand this, we can begin examining the moments when we resist what is happening, and experiment with occasionally saying yes instead. It might be scary at first, and even painful at times, but if we continue to say yes to every moment through the process, we will discover the joy of being in a positive conversation with a force much bigger than ourselves.

Read more....http://dailyom.com/

indoor cycle certification

Posted on December 20, 2017 at 8:50 AM Comments comments (0)

New Indoor Cycle studio opening in the New Year 2018

There is no other indoor bike on the market that focuses on 3-dimensional movement, balance, stability, core strength and cardio-conditioning.

 

We'd be happy to share more about the unique features and functional training benefits that RealRyder Bikes provide, as well as the differentiating value they will lend to your fitness business. We are also eager to learn what your specific goals are, and share how we can support you across a few key business areas.

 

In the meantime, here's a link to our 2017 brand video, which shows the growth of our brand, a sampling of who we serve and the variety of fitness levels that benefit from our multi-planar cycling platform. I'm also including a link to a review featured in the American Council on Exercise (ACE Fitness) Journal.

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Indoor Cyle will be at Cycle Path / Fresh Air Experience.

Looking for Instructos online application https://superiorathletes.wufoo.eu/forms/m1mio5if028qc1o/" target="_blank">https://superiorathletes.wufoo.eu/forms/m1mio5if028qc1o/

Interviews have begun.  

Best in the NEW YEAR.

Anne

Face massage get the winter healthy flow

Posted on December 19, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

If winter's chill has chapped your skin and sapped your energy, an Ayurvedic facial massage can help:

Stroking your face with herb-infused abhyanga oil tones the skin and can release stagnant energy. You'll find the oil in health food stores. (If you're not used to oiling your face, choose a lighter variety, such as sunflower or almond.)

Start by pouring two tablespoons of room-temperature oil into a small bowl. Dip your fingers into the oil and begin by rubbing it onto the bridge of your nose. Using both hands in a circular motion, massage the oil outward across your face, from cheekbones to ears and upward from temples to hairline. Then rub the oil in linear movements from the upper lip to the cheekbones and the ears. Using your index finger, put oil on the outer and inner rims of your nostrils. With three fingers of each hand, rub from the nostrils to the ears in a linear motion, taking time to massage the entire ear. Next, massage your brow and pat your closed eyelids. Finish by gently prodding the skin under your jawbone to the base of your neck. When you're through, you'll feel centered, refreshed, and ready to face the world.

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ICYMI ΓΆΒ?Β? Fitness Trends

Posted on December 13, 2017 at 3:20 PM Comments comments (0)

ICYMI – Fitness Trends Survey results are in:

 

1. Functional Fitness (#2 in 2017)

2. HIIT (#1 in 2017)

3. Older Adult Training (#6 in 2017)

4. Active Recovery *NEW

5. Express Workouts (#4 in 2017)

6. Branded Group Fitness *NEW

7. Circuit Training and Boot Camps (#6 in 2017)

8. Nutrition and Healthy Eating Programs (#5 in 2017)

9. Body Weight Training (#9 in 2017)

10. Fusion-style Group Fitness (returns to the Top 10 in 2017, was #7 in 2016)

FIT Yoga LU Hanger

Posted on November 4, 2017 at 8:20 AM Comments comments (0)

FIT Yoga

PLACE: LU Hanger - Aerobic Studio

TIME: 10:15 - 11:45 AM

DATES: Nov. 4  - Dec. 18th 2017

Investment $70 or $15 each time.


Register online http://thunderwolves.ca/ chick  on Fitness Schedule Tab on right will bring you to a new page "register here" Click on that

http://thunderwolves.ca/campus-rec/fitness-classes/


Class description:


FIT yoga is a beginner to advanced class for participants not comfortable with hot yoga & or need options to choose for their protection & safety. Hatha & Namate, soma yoga & structural integration are taught. These methods assists in limbering up all joints, improving oxygen levels with conscious breathing techniques, releasing tension in muscles with a variety of yoga asanas sequences. This class is progressive with many options to choose from making this class specific to your challenging needs. If you have never tried yoga, have many injuries or other chronic conditions this is the perfect class for you. Experience total body balance, posture & alignment restored and much more. Learn yoga techniques you can use in daily life.

Anne Parr FIS 35 + years experience 


MAYO CLINIC -DRINKING WATER

Posted on October 31, 2017 at 6:45 AM Comments comments (0)

MAYO CLINIC - DRINKING WATER

 

 

A cardiologist determined that heart attacks can be triggered by dehydration. Good Thing To Know. From The Mayo Clinic. How many folks do you know who say they don't want to drink anything before going to bed because they'll have to get up during the night?

 

 

Heart Attack and Water - Drinking one glass of water before going to bed avoids stroke or heart attack. Interesting

 

 

Something else I didn't know ... I asked my Doctor why people need to urinate so much at night time. Answer from my Cardiac Doctor: Gravity holds water in the lower part of your body when you are upright (legs swell). When you lie down and the lower body (legs and etc.) seeks level with the kidneys, it is then that the kidneys remove the water because it is easier. I knew you need your minimum water to help flush the toxins out of your body, but this was news to me.

 

 

Correct time to drink water... Very Important. From A Cardiac Specialist!

 

Drinking water at a certain time maximizes its effectiveness on the body:

 

2 glasses of water after waking up - helps activate internal organs

 

1 glass of water 30 minutes before a meal - helps digestion

 

1 glass of water before taking a bath - helps lower blood pressure

 

1 glass of water before going to bed - avoids stroke or heart attack

 

I can also add to this... My Physician told me that water at bed time will also help prevent night time leg

 

cramps. Your leg muscles are seeking hydration when they cramp and wake you up with a Charlie Horse.

 

 

Mayo Clinic on Aspirin Dr. Virend Somers is a Cardiologist from the Mayo Clinic who is the lead author of the report in the July 29, 2008 issue of the Journal of the American College of Cardiology. Most heart attacks occur in the day, generally between 6 A.M. and noon. Having one during the night, When the heart should be most at rest, means that something unusual happened. Somers and his colleagues have been working for a decade to show that sleep apnea is to blame.

 

1. If you take an aspirin or a baby aspirin once a day, take it at night. The Reason: Aspirin has a 24-hour "half-life"; therefore, if most heart attacks happen in the wee hours of the morning, the Aspirin would be strongest in your system.

 

2. Aspirin lasts a really long time in your medicine chest; for years. (when it gets old, it smells like vinegar).

 

 

Please read on.

 

Something that we can do to help ourselves - nice to know. Bayer is making crystal aspirin to dissolve instantly on the tongue. They work much faster than the tablets. Why keep Aspirin by your bedside?

 

 

It's about Heart Attacks -There are other symptoms of a heart attack, besides the pain on the left arm. One must also be aware of an intense pain on the chin, as well as nausea and lots of sweating; however, these symptoms may also occur less frequently. Note: There may be NO pain in the chest during a heart attack. The majority of people (about 60%) who had a heart attack during their sleep did not wake up. However, if it occurs, the chest pain may wake you up from your deep sleep. If that happens, immediately dissolve two aspirins in your mouth and swallow them with a bit of water. Afterwards: - Call 911. - Phone a neighbor or a family member who lives very close by. Say "heart attack!" - Say that you have taken 2 Aspirins. - Take a seat on a chair or sofa near the front door, and wait for their arrival and DO NOT LIE DOWN!

 

 

A Cardiologist has stated that if each person after receiving this e-mail, sends it to 10 people, probably one life could be saved! I have already shared this information. What about you?

 

 

Do forward this message. It may save lives!

 

"Life is a one-time gift" (Let's forward and hope this will help save some!)

 

Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT Sept 23ed

Posted on September 16, 2017 at 7:15 PM Comments comments (0)

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Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT Sept 23 2017

Posted on August 15, 2017 at 3:55 PM Comments comments (1)

Building a Foundation of Physical Literacy for Women 55-70+

Posted on August 14, 2017 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Building a Foundation of Physical Literacy for Women 55-70+

A Workshop for Fitness Instructors,Coaches & Walk Leaders

WHEN: Thursday, August 24, 2017; 9:00am– 3:00pm

(refreshments provided)

WHERE: Lakehead University Hangar, Studio Rm, 955 Oliver Rd.

COST: No Cost for workshop, materials or FMS training

LEADERS: Kathy Brook, Coaches Association of Ontario & Shelley Callaghan, CAAWS

WHY:

• Learn what motivates women 55-70+ to be active

• Better understand what helps build confidence/competence in physical activity and sport for women 55-70+

• Receive training in NCCP Fundamental Movement Skills (FMS)

• Learn FMS adaptations/considerations for women 55-70+

• Learn about how incorporating FMS can increase physical literacy for women 55-70+

• Learn how to promote walking for fitness and communitybuilding


REGISTER: Email Nancy at: nangus@shaw.ca (limited to 30 participants)

https://mail.tbaytel.net/Session/817578-vDGrJHH4Xp1OzQV59NS1-aodhhdy/MIME/INBOX/321425-02-B/Physical%20Literacy%20for%20women%2055-70%2B%20promo%20poster.pdf" target="_blank">https://mail.tbaytel.net/Session/817578-vDGrJHH4Xp1OzQV59NS1-aodhhdy/MIME/INBOX/321425-02-B/Physical%20Literacy%20for%20women%2055-70%2B%20promo%20poster.pdf

Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT

Posted on June 18, 2017 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT - scheduled for June 17th has be re-scheduled for Sept. 23rd same time and place. Thanks for all the Thunder Bay Presenters who jumped at the challenge and ready to ensure all get an opportunity to join the educational fun event. Thanks to the Instructors who registered and were ready to go! Are very much on board for the new date and can't wait. EVENT: Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT Thunder Bay Fitness Summit is a training workshop held for Fitness Professionals to update CECS for your PTS and FIS Certification. For all for all professional Fitness, yoga, pilates, zumba and other instructors, personal trainers, physiotherapist, Kinesiologists wanting to learn more from our top Professionals from Thunder Bay. All fitness enthusiast wanting to learn more. This exciting event will be held in Thunder Bay Ontario on September 23rs at the Lakehead University Field house. This is a Pre-register event - open until Sept 20th There will be 4 sessions throughout the day get to choose your sessions. - 9 - 5 pm Thunder Bay Fitness Summit is an event https://allevents.in/thunder%20bay/thunder-bay-fitness-summit/275328216263481# Register today be ready. Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS


Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT for professionals in the field

Posted on May 20, 2017 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

OUR 1ST  Thunder Bay  FITNESS SUMMIT   - for professional

 

Group Fitness Instructors, Personal Trainers, any professional working in the industry.

All PRESENTERS are from Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT June 17th

 

Fundraiser for Mental Health

 

Opening 9 am

Mental Health speaker

 

 

 

 

Note there is a choice of 2 for each time

9:15 – 10:45 #001 “Training for speed” #002 “SomaYoga Therapy”

11:00 –12:30 #003 “HIIT Training Design and Application “ #004 “Feldenkrais Method of Somatic Learning”

1:00 – 2:30 #005 “"Get Up & Swing: Programing the Kettlebell Swing and Turkish Get Up into a group fitness setting".

#006 “Connecting the Dots - Physical Literacy for people with Physical Disabilities”

3:00 – 4:30 #007 “Aquatic Design Hands ON!” #008 “Cross training and martial arts

#009 “Branding and Networking”

Like us on facebook & sign up today

Also Register at Lakehead University Athletics

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Registration https://luathletics.lakeheadu.ca/Program/GetProducts?productTypeCV=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000003502" target="_blank">Today 

 


HIIT trend doing it correctly

Posted on May 7, 2017 at 10:05 AM Comments comments (0)

From IDEA

Most of our clients are short on time these days, so it’s no surprise that high-intensity interval training (HIIT) is one of the top 5 fitness trends of the year (again).

The challenge is that HIIT classes can be unnecessarily tough on the body if not taught or performed properly.

Learn how to teach safe HIIT classes that utilize all intensity variables and get your clients results with the new HIIT Certificate Program (earn up to 9 CECs)!

http://www.ideafit.com/fitness-products/high-intensity-training-certificate-program?couponcode=HIIT30&utm_source=educationmay2017hiit&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=5-6-17%20Ed%20HIIT%20HIIT30%20(1)

We will also have a similar workshop with canfitpro CEC at Thunder Bay FITNESS SUMMIT June 17th


For more information contact Anne Parr anneparr@tbaytel.net


Thanks have a great day.

canfitpro World Fitness EXPO Registration OPEN

Posted on March 10, 2017 at 7:45 AM Comments comments (0)

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN for

canfitpro world fitness expo!

 

Early bird registration is now available for canfitpro world fitness expo. Register today to experience the world’s largest, best and most affordable fitness event!

 

AUGUST 16 – 20

Metro Toronto Convention Centre

#worldfitnessexpo

 

Session Selection Coming Soon!

Choose from hundreds of leading-edge fitness education sessions in personal training, group fitness, mind-body, nutrition, active aging, club business, and more! Renew your CPR, professional membership, and earn all of the CECs required to maintain your certifications in one weekend!

REGISTER TODAY to get your educations training workshops

Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS


Happy New Year 2017

Posted on January 1, 2017 at 9:45 AM Comments comments (0)

Hope that your Christmas was filled with Joy!

Your New Year Brings Prosperity and Hope for all!

Coming up time to register for best price NOW!


canfitpro FIS CERTIFICATION COURSE/EXAM

2017 COURSES Dates & Times

Jan 28 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Jan 29 9:00 am - 12:00 pm 100 pm - 4:00 pm

Feb. 4 8:00 am - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Feb. 5 9:00 pm - 12:00 pm 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Theory Exam Mar. 4 1:30 pm - 4:00 pm


Want to start the New Year off on the right foot?

Come join Jackie as she completes her FIS certification

her Practium will be Monday 

DAY & TIME: Jan 2 2017

PLACE: College Fitness Centre room 201

FREE.

Friends welcome.

CHEERS


Bodyweight Exercises part of your program

Posted on December 4, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Found an Article on Importance of Bodyweight Exercises

Originally appeared at jasonferruggia.com.

 

Bodyweight exercises need to be part of your program if you want to get jacked. But not just pushups, sit ups and high rep calisthenics. That’s beginner stuff that won’t build any real muscle.

 

We’re talking about really working hard on high tension, advanced bodyweight exercises that can only be done for somewhere between five and twelve reps, on average.

 

The nice thing about these is that they’re very natural and can usually be done pain free by most people.

 

Below is a list of my top 20 bodyweight exercises for size and strength.

I have listed belowwith my take on them as a women - see link for more https://www.onnit.com/academy/top-20-bodyweight-exercises-for-building-muscle-strength/?a_aid=holdfastiron&fhs=getonnit" target="_blank">details of each exercise.

1) Chin/ Pull Up - women are not as strong upper body many unable to do.

2) Rope Climb - a- nyone with arthritic fingers or poor hand grip will be limited

3) Inverted Row Lots of variations a bar, rings, ropes or suspension straps should be included for mid back thickness and strength. can be attained

4) Front Lever Did not describe the exercise not sure what to do.

5) Muscle - up - exercise is lift whole body up on a bar

6) Hand Stand push-up - begin learning to do a wall hand stand for 60 sec.  than move into push -up -  difficult or contraditory to wrist cconcerns

7) Push-Ups - many variation as all are not strong not only in hands & arm but core stabilizers  https://www.onnit.com/academy/top-20-bodyweight-exercises-for-building-muscle-strength/?a_aid=holdfastiron&fhs=getonnit" target="_blank">To see the rest go to link

 

 

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Corrective Exercise Solutions: Foot and Ankle Pain

Posted on November 30, 2016 at 7:55 AM Comments comments (0)

Corrective Exercise Solutions: Foot and Ankle Pain

Love this article.  I always teach feet first in all classes.  Stand on all four corners of your feet, feel heels and toes, inside outside of foot, spread toes and feel the inside of the heel.  Awareness is the KEY.  Research shows us our calf mucsle controls our balance.

Thanks to PTontheNet for this great article.  

The latest research on chronic muscle and joint pain shows that reports of musculoskeletal issues are continuing to rise and that the number of people seeking help to alleviate their problems through alternative therapies, such as corrective exercise, is increasing dramatically (IDEA, 2013). Medical doctors and other licensed professionals are also now regularly referring patients/clients that are experiencing musculoskeletal pain to allied health and fitness professionals for help (Huffington Post, 2013). Fitness industry-based research shows that 90% of personal training clients and new gym-goers report experiencing muscle and joint pain that is limiting their ability to exercise/workout effectively (IDEA, 2013). These statistics point to the fact that clients need targeted and successful strategies to help them alleviate muscle and joint pain. As a result, the field of corrective exercise is booming and the integration of successful pain-relief strategies into personal training is now an absolute necessity.

One of the most common musculoskeletal complaints fitness clients will experience is pain in the foot and ankle area (Doherty et al, 2014). Foot pain and associated injuries such as plantar fasciitis, heel spurs and neuromas have been reported in almost a quarter of the population. Ankle injuries such as sprains, strains and Achilles tendinitis are reported in over 15% of people, with foot and ankle injuries together affecting almost 40% of the population at one time or another (Thomas et al., 2011). Foot and ankle pain/injuries can also lead to other musculoskeletal problems such as knee, hip, back, shoulder and neck pain. Obviously, foot and ankle pain negatively affect one’s quality of life and ability to enjoy workouts and/or maintain a program of regular of exercise (Hill et al., 2008).

In order for fitness professionals to develop the skills necessary to assist clients affected by foot/ankle pain, The BioMechanics Method has created this solution-based corrective exercise course. It is designed especially for personal trainers to help clients uncover the underlying musculoskeletal causes of their foot and/or ankle pain and provide them simple corrective exercise solutions to eliminate it.

The course begins with an overview of the structural assessment process that is a standard feature of The BioMechanics Method. This summary will prepare you for the general elements of initiating and conducting a structural assessment with a client. You will then learn specific assessments for evaluating the feet and ankles. Once you are able to identify the deviations most commonly found in the feet/ankle complex, you will be introduced to the feet and ankles from a functional anatomy perspective. This will enable you to understand how the muscles and soft tissue structures in this area of the body are affected by the common imbalances. Finally, you will learn about the corrective exercise protocols that can be used to successfully eliminate pain, improve function and rehabilitate specific foot and ankle injuries.


PTA Global – North America

 

1774 Platte Street

Denver, CO

80202

1-877-647-0690

Love sharing great education to all.  Anne

Healthy Stocking stuffers

Posted on November 27, 2016 at 9:10 PM Comments comments (0)

Leading Edge Gym moving

Posted on September 21, 2016 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Leading Edge Gym is Moving !!

 

Leading Edge will be opening October 1 st in their new location inside the Sports Dome located on the CLE grounds.

Our new gym will feature an MMA cage , boxing ring , 12 station heavy bag rack, grappling mat , pro shop and a fully equipped fitness area perfect for all of your functional strength and conditioning needs . Leading Edge's experienced and dedicated coaching staff are offering classes in Boxing , Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu, Bang Muay Thai & Kickboxing ,Kids MMA and fitness, Self defence, group fitness classes ,fitness only memberships and personal training .

Call 355-0293 to set up a tour or to try out your first class. Many classes have limited enrolment so call soon.

 

Leading Edge Fall Schedule

 

Mon & Wed:

 

5:30pm - 6:30 pm - Kids MMA (12 kids max starts mid to late October)

 

5:30 pm – 6:30 Fighter fitness

6:30 pm – 7:30 Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (gi)

7:30 pm – 8:45 Boxing ( all levels)

 

Tues & Thurs:

 

9:30 am - 11am - Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu ( gi & no- gi )

 

5:30 pm – 6:30 Submission Wrestling / No-Gi BJJ

5:30pm- 6:30 - Fighter fitness/ Fundamental Boxing.

6:30 pm – 7:30 Bang Muay Thai kickboxing

** Our MMA program includes the no-gi and the Muay Thai program.

6:30 pm - 7:30 Essential BJJ for beginners

6:30 pm – 8:00 Self defence

7:30 pm – 9:00 Competitor training class / open mat (MMA , Boxing , Muay Thai kickboxing and BJJ)

 

Friday:

 

Open Mat – 5:30pm-7 pm.

 

Saturday:

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm Fighter Fitness and Boxing (all levels)

1pm – 2:30 BJJ (no-gi) Starts mid October.

 

Sunday:

 

11:00 am – 12:30 pm BJJ (gi)

cool

Cold water Showers to refresh

Posted on September 12, 2016 at 10:55 AM Comments comments (0)

2-MINUTE COLD WATER SHOWER CHALLENGE

End your morning shower with 2-minutes of cold water. It’ll be tough the first couple times, but you’ll be amazed at how refreshing it becomes.

This was posted by

Michael DiCroce

https://www.linkedin.com/groups/99851/99851-6179634018603061248" target="_blank">Co-Creator of Awake and Alive


Thanks for the great post Michael would be refreshing.  I have always used cold water baths when I have injured myself.  The sooner the better 5 - 15 minutes and continue for 3 - 5 days depending on the injury.  It works, must have a tolerance for cold.  

Anne Parr PRO TRAINER FIS 

Yoga should not hurt

Posted on September 11, 2016 at 3:15 PM Comments comments (0)

 

Important practice Yoga Without Discomfort

Great Article from  Sherri McMillan Business of PT

Yoga is a strengthening exercise that can also have calming and relaxing benefits. While Yoga is just that for many of our clients….it isn’t that way for all of them. Here is a question I received from one of my clients and my response. I thought this info would be helpful for you and your clients!

 

“I really love Yoga but it kills my wrists. Whenever my instructor brings us into Plank, Downward Dog, Upward Dog or Cobra while everyone else is finding their inner Zen, I am about ready to scream! What am I doing wrong?” G.D. Vancouver WA

 

Here is what I told my client:

 

“Surprisingly, you’re not alone!

 

Yoga, a program that is supposed to be gentler on the body and bring peace, calm and relaxation, for many people does the exact opposite.

 

Your ability to perform the below exercises without pain and discomfort, depends on a number of factors and with some yoga modifications you could practice yoga discomfort and pain free.

 

Conditioning

 

childspose  When first developing your muscular strength and endurance, your ability to hold many of these poses for very long will be limited. While the instructor may be cueing you to hold the pose for five or more breaths, your body may be at its limit at one or two breaths. It’s extremely important that you listen to your body and remember this – you know your body better than anyone. There’s a big difference between challenging yourself and pushing past your current limits. Find your point of challenge and then when you’ve had enough, move into a recovery pose like Child’s Pose. It will allow the opportunity for your muscles to relax and relieve some of the tension in your wrists. When you’re ready, you can join in again. After time, you’ll notice you can hold the poses for more breaths before finding it necessary to take a break.

 

Weight & Height

 

plank downdog cobra - If your instructor is 5 foot nothing and 100 pounds when soaking wet, it’s no wonder they can hold the poses for what seems like an eternity. The heavier you are, the harder the poses. So for a woman who is 120 pounds, holding a pose for 5 breaths, might be equivalent in intensity to a woman who is 160 pounds holding a pose for 2 breaths. It’s all relative. That goes for height as well. The taller you are, the longer your load and therefore the harder the poses. If you are heavier and taller, either hold your poses for shorter periods of time or look for ways to decrease the load on your muscles and joints. For example, for Plank, perform the pose from your knees versus your toes. For Downward Dog, bend your knees more. For Upward Dog/Cobra – allow your thighs to lightly rest on the floor.

 

Joint Structure

 

Each of the poses G.D. referred to above, put his wrists in a very extended position. Depending on joint structure (the size of your wrists, the way the bones align), some people have more issues than others. The good news is that each of the poses above can be done from an elbows position versus a wrist position which many people find a lot more comfortable.

 

Remember Yoga is all about the Mind/Body balance and it’s hard to find that balance when you’re fighting against your body. Listen to your body, progress gradually and celebrate the beauty of your uniqueness and your individual strengths”.

 

Yours in health, fitness & business,

Sherri McMillan

Giving the options always allows a wide variety of physical conditions such as arthritis, carpel tunnel etc. to be part of a yoga class


Anne


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