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Fitness Tip of the Week...Get Outside!

Spring time marks the time where energy comes back up to the surface and new growth surges. This is no more true than in Wisconsin where we will be come out of hibernation to soak up the first sunny day and everyone there after. It amazes me how good the first 40° day feels in Spring when it nearly shuts me down in the Fall.

Fitness Tip of the Week...Get Outside!

Spring time marks the time where energy comes back up to the surface and new growth surges. This is no more true than in Wisconsin where we will be come out of hibernation to soak up the first sunny day and everyone there after. It amazes me how good the first 40° day feels in Spring when it nearly shuts me down in the Fall.

Fitness Tip of the Week...Be Graceful.

What seems like a lifetime ago already, I served as a Montessori teacher for adolescents. In my Montessori orientation I heard the phrase repeatedly "Grace and courtesy". While this was not specifically a Montessori teaching, it was a philosophy adopted by Montessori educators because of the way it honored ones place in the larger community. Grace referred to a peace and respect towards yourself. Courtesy referred to that same peace and respect towards others. Since those days long past as a Montessori educator, I have returned to my original classroom...the gym.

Commit to Live Balance Fit

Every so often, I get a great idea!  Or at least I think it's a great idea.  As I often do, I bounce it off reasonable people (yes, Heather, I am referring to you as reasonable) to see if she agrees.  Typically, she doesn't agree and rather than humor me, she rollls her eyes and scoffs at the idea to make sure that I know just how bad the idea is.  

Commit to Live Balance Fit

Every so often, I get a great idea!  Or at least I think it's a great idea.  As I often do, I bounce it off reasonable people (yes, Heather, I am referring to you as reasonable) to see if she agrees.  Typically, she doesn't agree and rather than humor me, she rollls her eyes and scoffs at the idea to make sure that I know just how bad the idea is.   

Mindfulness, Yoga, and Stuff: A Response to a NYTimes article

I often write in response to something that comes out in one of my classes.... a question from someone, or an thought I have as I respond to how I see someone moving, or an emotional or physical response in a student. In this case I am responding to an article a couple of people forwarded me. It is something I have been thinking about for quite a while, and something which has shifted both situationally and purposely certain aspects of my teaching, that is, the commercialization of the practice.

Some Thoughts on Yoga and Self Transformation

There is always a pull in yoga between adapting practices to the needs of the individual within our current world, and honoring and understanding its often complex traditional principles and practices. I think I've made the point before that I think it is like a chef cooking a traditional dish from a culture, with the original ingredients and methods, and another chef creating a dish that represents a fusion of cultures, or a modern take within a culture of a dish that has been around in different forms for a very long time.

Lessons from the Yoga Mat

 There are always a lot of posts on social media that list the benefits of yoga. As always some research is well designed, and some less so, but there is so much research being done these days on yoga and related topics that one can see pretty clear evidence of a number of benefits of the practice. In some cases we can also see the factors within the practice that lead to those benefits.

Creating a Vinyasa

Vinyasa can be described as a linked series of postures. Typically in a vinyasa one strings the postures on the breath like beads, and the flow will repeat a series between longer holds at specific points in the chain.