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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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A Twist of the Wrist

August 27, 2015 — 1

Moving onward - exploring wrists and forearm tightness.

The second instalment in a series of hand, wrist and forearm openings!

Here is a sequence I employ for eloquent hands, nimble wrists and supple forearms. Chances are your athletic, artistic, and work pursuits have been challenging these parts of your body, so let’s give them some much needed love and awareness.

If this resonates with you, please share with your friends so that they too can stay injury free!

Cheers,

jeff

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Open Hands

August 18, 2015 — 0

Give this sequence a try and see what your hands do!

Check out some things you can do to ensure your hands stay supple, powerful and ready for all that life brings you! This is the first in a series of vids dealing with hands, wrists, and forearms.

Please let me know what you think, and share with your friends – Open hands are a gift!