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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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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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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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The Amy Ippoliti Interview

August 20, 2015 — 0

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Over the years, I’ve been blessed to have illuminating conversations with incredible yogis and have always wanted to record them. With the mighty Amy Ippoliti coming to the Lounge this Sept 10-12, 2015, the time was right for capturing insights.

An incredibly generous and candid interviewee, some of Amy’s gems in our talk include:

  • What it’s like to practice yoga underwater with whale sharks(!)
  • Tips for new teachers starting out
  • Crossing the gap in meditation from “casual” to “life-changing”

Please feel free to share with friends, and leave a comment below! And as always, join my mailing list for the quickest connection to new material.

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Dealing with Shock

August 8, 2015 — 0

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A Body Technique to Deal with Shock and Grief. A repost from the Alberta Floods of 2013

Looking back, the floods of 2013 were one of the worst things that ever happened for people, and in many ways, some of the best. The following links were given to my by my dear friend Sean Potter of the Well Spring Therapy Group. Sean is one of the most highly trained body-workers that I know…

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One More Breath

August 7, 2015 — 0

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One of my best projects ever: One More Breath

In April 2010, I was smitten with the idea of bringing together people in a different way. A gathering of passionate people with a zest for life in a space rich with history and heritage. And with that – One More Breath was born. After 3 years and several hundred classes, OMB came to a close as Hil and I prepared for the arrival of our second daughter.