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Day Fourteen SFY Mindful May Challenge – #discovery Art of Inversions workshop with Patrick Beach and Carling Nicole (You and the Mat – Piedmont, Oakland, CA)

Discovered that I still have fears of getting upside down, especially in a class or workshop setting.  My body is strong and capable but, my ego seeks perfection and hates embarrassment and failure.  I thought I was done with worrying … Continue reading

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Day Thirteen SFY Mindful May Challenge – #balance Warrior III with eagle arms (Marin Headlands, Golden Gate Bridge, San Francisco, CA)

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Day Twelve SFY Mindful May Challenge – Supported shoulder and upper back opener on a bolster

Day 12 #SFYMindfulMay #upperback – If you’re experiencing stiffness or pain in your shoulders in yoga poses such as child’s pose (#balasana) or downward dog (#adhomukhasvanasana), in addition to opening your shoulders with the poses with straps I posted earlier, … Continue reading

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Day Eleven SFY Mindful May Challenge #pleasure – Chia pudding parfait with berries

Day 11 #SFYMindfulMay #pleasure – during today’s yin yoga class I spoke about being mindful of pleasure. I love that Christiane Northrup, MD professes that “Pleasure is a vital nutrient.” Where we place our attention and awareness, we increase our … Continue reading

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Day Ten SFY Mindful May Challenge – Shoulder and QL (Quadratus Lumborum) stretch #SFYMindfulMay

Day 10 –  On your knees with a cushion, or sitting in a chair, start holding a strap wider than your shoulders above your head, reach up from your tailbone with a long spine and neutral pelvis, then lean to … Continue reading

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Day Nine SFY Mindful May Challenge – Prasarita with shoulder opener #SFYMindfulMay

Day 9 –  Start standing in prasarita, wide-legged foward fold, and clasp your hands behind your back or grab a strap, gently pulling the strap apart about shoulder width. Breathe your heart open, shoulders down, root down into your tadasana … Continue reading

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Day Eight SFY Mindful May Challenge – Mindful eating

MINDFUL EATING – mindful of WHAT you eat and HOW you eat. Do you multi-task while you eat?  Eating in front of the TV…while reading your email on your smart phone…while reading the paper? When is the last time you … Continue reading

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Day Seven SFY Mindful May Challenge – Mother’s Day

To be a mother is the greatest gift and most challenging job of my life. Today I was celebrated by family and friends but, there is no greater joy or privilege than that of raising my beautiful daughter.  I am … Continue reading

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Day Six SFY Mindful May Challenge – Accept THIS moment as if you had chosen it…

“Whatever the present moment contains, accept it as if you had chosen it.” – Eckhart Tolle

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Day Five SFY Mindful May Challenge – Shoulder opener with a strap

Day 5 – grab a strap, gently pulling the strap apart to create some tension as you bring the strap behind your back. Breathe through the sticky spots as you stretch through your shoulder joints. Softly engage your core and … Continue reading

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