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Advanced Shoulder Swirls: Next Level!

January 7, 2016 — 0

Here we go – building off the prior post Shoulder Swirls we raise the stakes and get BOTH arms moving at the same time!

Be patient, master the single arm shoulder swirl, and this double-arm sequence will surely come together. Not only will this stimulate both sides of your brain, it will get those shoulders super warm and mobile. Plus – it always makes people smile :)

Happy swirling!

jeff

PS: Please share with friends keen for challenges or minor frustrations

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Shoulder Swirls

January 7, 2016 — 0

Time to challenge the mind and have those shoulders pursue their fullest mobility!

This video (shot in early Dec 2015) has the arm moving through both internal and external rotation, along with a heap of forearm movement. Bottom line – always keep the palm facing up when you go through the sequence!

Over time, have both arms do the sequence in each direction, and from there – add props. I prefer something bigger than my palms, so that I can’t cheat!

For those of you who are doing strong shoulder activities such as climbing or mountain biking, this is an excellent warm-up. 5 reps each direction, each arm takes very little time.

Please share this video with any friends who may find it helpful. And keep those props off the deck!

All the best,

jeff

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Honing Intuition with Marty Hansen

November 9, 2015 — 0

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One of my favourite things running the Yoga Lounge is curating awesome workshop material. Coming up this Sat Nov 28th, I’m excited to host my friend Marty Hansen!

Marty has trained/coached athletes up to the Olympic level, and along the way, has created material to hone intuition. Have you ever felt that state of flow where time slows down, and you know what to do? The thinking mind disappears, and instinct takes over? This workshop will help you understand this state, and harness it for your own potential.

The applications are endless – from yoga practice, extreme outdoor pursuits, to social gatherings. Check out the short interview I did with Marty, to get some insight on where he’s coming from. I’m excited! I’ll be there!

CLICK HERE to sign up!

PS: Here’s a great link which shows intuition at its finest:

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Shoulder Strap Chest Opening

October 13, 2015 — 0

Ditch the slouch and feel the difference!

Have you ever had a sinking feeling in the chest? Where the shoulders round forward, the upper back fatigues and it’s hard to inhale all the way to the top of your lungs? If you spend a lot of time at a desk, it’s all too easy to have this become our default shape.

This week’s video shows you how to take a simple yoga strap and wrap it around the body in a way that will open your shoulder girdles and lighten your heart. All you need is a strap at least 8 feet long and a desire for change.

After wearing the strap for some time (I do at least 10 minutes), when you finally loosen it off, take a moment to feel your body. It’s a great memory to have. This is YOU, with an open chest.

Please share this video with any friends who may find it helpful. And in the meantime, enjoy your new, fuller breath!

All the best,

jeff

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Our Most Important Decision

September 23, 2015 — 0

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Late last night, I saw an article on how the Conservative government plans to sell off all of CBC’s production facilities. In essence, destroying the CBC’s ability to create programming. It’s akin to smashing an artist’s canvasses or snapping a kid’s hockey stick.

Given the track record of what this country has endured under our cruel, myopic manager it doesn’t surprise me.

However – it does galvanize within me the critical state of our most important decision: who to vote for.

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Wrist Traction

September 8, 2015 — 1

My third video for hands, wrists and forearms:

This is a personal therapeutic I use to stop the build-up of pressure in my wrist joints. It’s quick, simple and feels great. (Not only has it kept me charging hard on my mountain bike, it helps me recover quickly from handstands).

Whether you are a seasoned practitioner exploring arm balances, or a relative newbie getting used to downward dog, the loads in our wrist joints are impressive. Considering how much time we spend typing, along with our favourite sports/hobbies, it’s easy to overuse the wrists and get them inflamed. Not good!

Please give it a shot, and let me know what you think! Also, if you have friends who are dealing with wrist issues such as carpal tunnel syndrome, please share this video: it could provide them with some much needed relief.

Stay healthy,

jeff

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Falling Apart – Can You Imagine?

September 3, 2015 — 2

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“Oh my…” were the words Hilary gasped, as she glanced at her laptop. Breakfast is a busy time in our house and we were rushing to get the kids to the pool. Something in the back of my mind registered Hil’s next words, “…boy on beach.”, and I knew that eventually I would find out more later today.

Hours later, I check a link from a dear student’s FB feed and as I click, I instantly know that this is what Hil was talking about.