Category Archives: Yoga

Legs Up The Wall

When I participated in my 30 Day Yoga Challenge a few years ago, I tried a restore class, not really knowing what to expect. My initial reaction was that this class was wayyyyy too slow. I couldn’t sit there for 90 minutes and be with my own thoughts and holding poses for minutes at a time. That was until I went back to the class the following week and discovered my love for taking those quiet moments to breathe, meditate and just BE.

10152612_10100151480548769_6792175162870970109_nOne of the poses we would put ourselves in and hold was legs up the wall. This pose turned out to be one of my favorites and I would find myself taking quiet time at home with my legs up the wall, just breathing and living in that moment. Something I need to remind myself to do more often NOW.

 

Some of the benefits of Legs-Up-The-Wall pose are*:

  • Relieves tired or cramped legs and feet
  • Gently Stretches the back, legs, front torso, and back of the neck
  • Relieves mild backache
  • Calms the mind/anxiety
  • Relieves symptoms of mild depression & insomnia
  • Alleviates menstrual cramps

 

Sold yet?

 

Next time I complain about any of the above (and let’s get real, I suffer from many of those, at least from time to time), tell me to get my butt to floor and throw my legs up the wall. ;)

 

What’s your favorite yoga pose?

Do you practice regularly?

Let’s get real, lately it’s been one of the biggest struggles to get myself to do yoga, even though I know how beneficial it is for my mind AND body!

*Source: YogaJournal & CNY Healing Arts

 

My Top Tips for Staying Active While Traveling

Tomorrow I will hop on a plane and head to Kansas City for the week for work. I’ve got a few posts ready for the week but things might get a bit quieter; make sure to follow me on social media if you want to stay up to date, especially on any cool artists worth checking out. ;)

 

In gearing up for this trip, I thought I would share my top tips for staying active while traveling…

active travel

  1. Pack your stuff – Simple as that! If you don’t pack your workout clothes, how are you going to get in a workout?
  2. Plan ideas – Whether it’s workouts you can do in the hotel gym or hotel room, local gyms to try, or a route for your run, come up with a few ideas. It will make it that much easier. Remember it’s okay if your workouts aren’t as long or as intense, the goal is to just stay active and get a little movement in while you’re away.
  3. Pick a Hotel with a Gym – So many hotels have small gyms these days which make it that much easier to stay active. If you have a choice when picking your hotel, make sure you’re picking one that offers a fitness space, even if it’s just a treadmill – it’s something!
  4. Give Yourself Extra Time – Even if it’s just an extra 30 minutes to get in a short run. If you don’t give yourself the extra time, then it becomes just another excuse to not stay active.
  5. Stretch/Yoga – Sometimes the best movement you can get while traveling is some stretching or yoga. Whether stretching out after a long (or short) flight or as a way to wind down from a long day, it’s a great way to get in a little movement.

 

How do you stay active while traveling?