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Tag: strength

Better every day

I’m almost 7 weeks post kidney transplant and I’m feeling so much better. My energy is finally coming back to a more normal level and I’m able to walk at a quick pace without losing my breath. It feels fantastic. An experience like this…

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I'm back on my hands!

In earlier posts I wrote about my concerns around being able to do yoga because of the fistula I had created in my wrist for dialysis. It’s been a month and everything is healing quite well. So this week I’ve been able to put…

Utkatasana ~ Chair Pose

Utkatasana is sometimes called fierce pose, awkward chair or simply chair pose. Utkata means powerful or fierce and this pose can be just that! This is a pose that helps to build strength in the legs and arms, and done correctly stimulates both the…

Happy International Women's Day

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Bootie Camp Yoga

There’s a new fad out there called Bootie Camp Yoga. Is this real yoga you might ask? I would say it’s a yoga inspired workout. I did an online class with creator Michelle Tribelsi yesterday and well, it kind of kicked my butt! Will…

At Your Core

I recently read an interesting article about core strengthening (How Are We Still Getting It Wrong). Having worked as a personal trainer prior to being a yoga teacher I’ve spent a good number of years teaching people how to hollow out the abdominal –…

Sthira and Sukha~opposing forces that bring balance

Sthira is a sanskrit word meaning steady, strong, resolute and firm. Sukha translates as gentle, easy, joyful, agreeable and good. When using these words in relation to our yoga asana practice it denotes firming our muscles, using the core muscles to hold ourselves steady…

Bakasana ~ Crane Pose

One of the first arm balancing poses typically taught in a yoga asana class is bakasana, the crane, also known as crow pose. Arm balancing is scary for many people. The first time you take both feet from the floor and put your weight…