Inspirational Quote and Photo of the Week ~ Singing

Dice lida-Klein lowering from handstand to chaturanga“I want to sing like the birds sing, not worrying about who hears or what they think.”
— Rumi

Photo Credits:

Photo of: Dice lida Klein

Photo by: Tara Rice Photography

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Body Detox ~ 10 Amazing Yoga Poses to Kickstart Cleansing

Need a yoga detox routine?

Here is a quick body detoxifying yoga sequence! When you are feeling sluggish and need a full body cleanse these yoga poses will kickstart the process!

Even the best laid plans this time of year tend to get derailed by the many bbq’s, picnics and poolside  gatherings that are customary during the warmer summer months. As lovely as that mac n’ cheese, burger or in my case 5 gardenburgers (In my defense I didn’t eat the bun,..but did I really need 5 gardenburgers smothered in bbq sauce? ) looked the day before you end up waking up the next day feeling like you are about to give birth to a bowling ball. Ugh!

So what’s a person to do? Besides of course sitting around rubbing your tummy, groaning and muttering things like “I am never eating such and such (insert food you overindulged in) EVER again” to anyone who will listen?

Yoga to the rescue!!! Here are 10 detoxifying poses that will kickstart your digestion, elimination and get you back on your livers good side in no time!

Start with a gentle warm up, nothings fancy, just 5 Surya A Sun Salutes to get the joints, tendons and ligaments warmed up and the blood flowing to all the major muscle groups. As a bonus this alone is already helping the lymph glands to eliminate waste, and Cobra, Up Dog and Forward Fold are all excellent for detoxing as well!

Detox Pose 1: Breath of Fire.

Benefits: Breath of Fire is a super detoxifier as it works expel carbon dioxide. This is one of the ways the body expels excess acid. Exhalation of carbon dioxide represents an excretion of acids. So this breathing technique helps to restore the bodies pH. As an added benefit, Breath of Fire is also one of the most effective way to engage and strengthen your Transversus Abdominals which act as a corset around your middle!

Detox Poses 2 and 3: Navasana and Ardha Navasana Cycle (Boat and Half Boat) Go slowly and do 10-20 reps depending upon how strong you are. On the last Ardha Navasana hold for 30-60 seconds.

Benefits: Navasana works to clear gunk from the intestines while Ardha Navasana works to clear the liver, gall bladder and spleen. These will tone your abs and get you back into those skinny jeans pronto!

Detox Pose 4: Dhanurasana/Bow Pose. Do 3 rounds holding each one for about a minute with even breathing.

Benefits: The pressure on your abdomen when performing this pose aids in digestion, stokes the gastric fire and helps with in flatulence issues you may have.(Oh sure, you can play dumb..I believe it wasn’t you..really…)

Detox Pose 5: Child’s Pose/Balasana

Benefits: Stretches your lower back muscles around the kidneys bathing them in fresh oxygenated blood and compresses the liver and abdomen promoting digestion and de-bloating after a big meal.

Detox Pose 6: Bridge/Setu Bhanda Sarvangasana and/or Upward Facing Bow/Urdhva Dahnurasana Start with bridge and if your body feels open enough come into full wheel posture.

Benefits: Chest opening poses are good to counter congestion or stagnation. Backbends are also very useful to increase metabolism…and let’s face it we could all use a little extra metabolism after a big day of indulgence!

Detox Pose 7: Marichiyasana C (Seated Sage Twist)
Benefits: Yoga twists stimulate digestion and help with the elimination of impurities and waste products from the body. The abdominal organs are squeezed during twists, stimulating the kidneys and liver, and forcing out blood filled with metabolic by-products and toxins. When the twists are released, then fresh, clean blood enters these organs, bathing the cells in nutrients and oxygen.

Detox Pose 8: Head to Knee Forward Fold Pose/Janu Sirsasana
Benefits: Forward bending poses are a good way to compress the abdominal organs. The digestive system is stimulated, helping with the elimination process.

Detox Pose 9 and 10: Plow Pose/Halasana and Salamba Sarvangasana/Shoulderstand Use several blankets to ease any tension on the neck. If you still feel tension take your legs up the wall instead into Viparita Karani.

Benefits: Inverted pose, such as Plow, Shoulder stand, or a simple “Legs up the wall” pose helps to drain accumulated lymph fluid from the legs and re-circulate it through the body. This benefits the immune system. Inverting is also good for increasing metabolism as it stimulates the thyroid gland!

Finish with Fish Pose,  Supine Twist and then rest in Savasana for 5-15min, you deserve it!

Inspirational Quote and Photo of the Week ~ I Believe

“I believe in pink. I believe that laughing is the best calorie burner. I believe in kissing, kissing a lot.
I believe in being strong when everything seems to be going wrong. I believe that happy girls are the prettiest girls. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.”- Audrey Hepburn
Photo Credits:
Photo by Trent and Susie
Photo of Krista Cahill

Music Playlist: Yoga Music Playlist For Vinyasa Flow Yoga: “Free Your Hips” No. 15 (with Link to itunes PING Playlist)

Briohny Smyth and ice lida-Klein doing yogaMusic Playlist For Vinyasa Yoga!

Here is an eclectic mix of upbeat tunes for your “yogaing” pleasure! Click here to view the full PING playlist on itunes!

Prepare to free your hips in the spirit of the July 4th holiday! This is intense, sweaty flow will deeply open the hips and hamstrings in preparation for Visvamitrasana prep with the option to take the full pose and transition through Astravakrasana, Eka Pada Koundinyasana and Ghanda Bherundasana. Plenty of opportunities to take inversions throughout and ending with creative backbends. Watch full class via Yogis Anonymous website HERE.
Music Playlist:
Om Namah Shivaya (Bhakti Brothers MahaDread Omstrumental) MC Yogi
Wavin’  Flag K’naan
Freedom Akon
Freedom Jimi Hendrix
Set You Free The Black Keys
Freedom Jurassic 5
Culture of Fear Thievery Corporation
Lokah Samastah (Sean Dinsmore’s Happy Free Mix) Sharon Gannon
Bullet and A Target Citizen Cope
Hey NaNa Katie Herzig
She’s Long Gone The Black Keys
Let The Drummer Kick Citizen Cope
Dropping Out of School Brad Sucks
Vaporize Broken Bells
Morning Mr. Magpie Radiohead
Fire In the Hole euphoria
Pure Shores All Saints
Keep Your Heart TV On the Radio
Nude Radiohead
Black Balloon The Kills
Free Fallin’ (Live) John Mayer
The Devil’s Tears Angus & Julia Stone
Gopala’s Dream Jai Uttal

“Heart of a Warrior” Backbending Workshop August 13th with Angela Kukhahn

Heart of a Warrior: How to Backbend with Strength and Grace

Angela Kukhahn in King Pigeon pose (Eka Pada Rajakapotasana) photo by Jasper Joha

August 13th, 2011
12:00 PM – 3:00 PM
$35 (Online Price)
Register
In this workshop we will unlock the secrets of the spine so that your backbends blossom with strength and grace. We will explore the relationship between the pelvis and the ribcage to fully understand how you can achieve a deep, healthy and beautiful backbend! Come with an open heart, a willingness to sweat and the knowledge that you too can find joy in backbends! For beginners to advanced students alike, this workshop will deepen your understanding of backbends and encourage growth throughout your yoga practice!

Vinyasa Yoga Music Playlist: “Open Your Heart” No. 14 (with Link to itunes PING Playlist)

Music for vinyasa yoga! Here is a music playlist I used for my heart opening yoga sequence last sunday at Yogis Anonymous!

To get the mix on itunes click here for the PING playlist!

Dice lida-Klein and Briohny Smyth doing partner yoga

  1. Love Is Won    Lia Ices
  2. Intro    The xx
  3. Waste    Foster the People
  4. Crave You (Adventure Club Dubstep Remix)    Flight Facilities
  5. In the Pink    euphoria
  6. Magnificent (Fred Falke Full Club Mix)    U2
  7. Making Me Nervous    Brad Sucks
  8. Climbing Up the Walls (Zero 7 Mix)    Radiohead
  9. The Moon and the Sky (Remix) ft. Jay-Z    Sade
  10. Truth    Alexander Ebert
  11. U.R.A Fever    The Kills
  12. Sail    AWOLNATION
  13. Optimo (An Optimo (Espacio) Mix)    Liquid Liquid
  14. Warrant    Foster the People
  15. I’m On Fire    Chromatics
  16. ILU (Phantogram Remix)    School of Seven Bells
  17. Sacred Breathe With Tibetan Bowls    Yoga Tribe & Jessita Reyes
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