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Core Strength with Sock Moves

 

Hey all!

I've got a short video for you with some 'Sock Moves' for your next workout. Video taped it before my class this morning at Elevate Yoga in Hazlet, NJ.

Ditch the mat for a change, grab a thick pair of socks and maybe 2 blocks or not and try this one out next time for the core part of your workout.

You can do a few sets of each move or do them altogether and then repeat the sequence.

I just make up names for the moves. I do this a lot in my yoga classes and get a laugh out of folks like my newest name for a pose which was Jack Knife Locust! LOL

When you give this a try let me know how it went in the comments below.

And if you have any questions let me know that too.

Remember to keep your core engaged throughout and blocks will give you more space. Hands on floor will be a little harder.

Get to it! Grab a floor space & socks and put on some tunes you love.

Make your move,

gina

Ps. Your heart will get a nice little workout too!

 
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The Journey Is All -- The Destination is the Cherry

 

We hear from many different sources 'out there' that it's all about the journey, not the destination.

In my life experiences thus far, that has become Truth for me.

In this video I am demonstrating a couple big milestones that happened for me today.

Since I fractured my kneecap in July, this is the first time I've been able to do two particular poses fully - Bow Pose and Wheel Pose (Danurasana and Urdhva Danurasana).

The real key thing to know though is this --> that for me it's not about actually being able to get into the full pose. Those things are more of an assessment for me. And it's not actually about looking amazing in each pose either. If that was key for me, I wouldn't be posting these poses out there on the internet.

For me it's about what I feel and sense within me when I'm in a pose....that's where the true learning and transformation occurs for me.

This video has a lot more to say than just the poses it's showing.

It’s all the work, devotion, dedication and...

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PERSISTENT PRACTICE IS THE KEY TO LESS SUFFERING

In mid July I fell and fractured my knee cap. Yea, what a great thing for a yoga teacher to do, eh?!

Luckily it was a non-displaced fracture which means my bone stayed together so I didn't need surgery......yay!

And these past few weeks have my put my practice to the test.

I've had a daily practice of some sort for over the past year and a half now. A steady practice meaning every, single day.

My practice includes some or all of the following:

  • Yoga asanas (physical poses)
  • Breath work
  • Chanting
  • Meditation
  • Journaling
  • Reflection
  • Other types of movement/workouts

Forming this practice stemmed from the many years I dealt with and suffered from anxiety. Then once I become a yoga teacher my practice evolved a bit. Then again it evolved and changed and become significantly more consistent after I took a yoga & Ayurveda Teacher Training. Now, like I said above, I practice every single day. Some days a shorter practice. Some days a longer practice. But I do something.

It's my...

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Keep Your Cool This Summer with Ayurveda

It's finally summer here in the Northern Hemisphere.

And it's been quite hot and humid where I live - oh yes, welcome summer time!
 
This time of year can be a lot of fun with more outdoor activities, picnics, walks in nature and beach time!
 
It can also be a time of year where if we overdo things, we can get burnt out.
 
Summer time is Pitta dosha season so that means there's a lot of fire element present.
 
It's the hottest time of the year where the sun is at its purest radiant self, and if we forget to take care of ourselves, that radiance within us can turn into over-stimulation, over-heating and/or exhaustion.
 
In the physical body this can look like:
  • skin rashes
  • acid reflux
  • burning or itching eyes
  • inflammation
  • excessive sweating
  • loose stools
  • headaches or migraines & more
In the mental/emotional body it can manifest as:
  • being overly judgmental of yourself and others
  • irritability
  • anger & more

Here are some quick and simple tips to keep...

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 4

Here is the conclusion of my 4-part where-the-heck-did-I-get-the-name WHAT'S YOUR MUD? story.

I hope you have enjoyed the journey!

namaste,

gina

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 3

It's story time again.....

Here's Part 3 of where I got the name WHAT'S YOUR MUD?

And why not take a deep breath while you're here.......ahhh!

gina

Ps. I first shared this 4-part story on Instagram with their 1-minute video limit so that's why I ran out of time :).

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 2

Finally.....getting the rest of the WHAT'S YOUR MUD? story up on the Muddy Blog.

Here's Part 2....enjoy!

namaste-yay!

gina

 

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Kapha Busting 1 Minute Yoga Routine

Got a Minute?

I gotcha covered!

Can you really feel the difference in just 1 minute?!!

Yes you can!

I just uploaded a new 1-minute Kapha Busting Yoga Routine at the Inner Peace Hut.

Keep reading to learn how to access the video and to also discover how to change it up if you are Vata or Pitta dosha.

No more excuses!


KAPHA BUSTING 1 MINUTE ROUTINE

Great for Spring time or any time you feel lethargic and unmotivated, especially if you're kapha dosha ;).

[Don't know your Prakriti or constitution? (which is your unique combination of the 3 doshas that you were born with) then you can snag my dosha quiz which you can sign up to receive at bottom of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? home page.]

At the moment I'm writing this, it's still Spring where I live. And although it's getting warmer by the day, for those of us who have a lot of kapha dosha in us, we can still feel the effects of the 2 elements associated with spring time.

The 2 elements associated with Spring are water and earth.

Spring time is...

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The Story of WHAT'S YOUR MUD? Part 1

I thought it was about time I shared where I got the name WHAT'S YOUR MUD?

This is Part 1 of 4.

Hope you enjoy.

gina

 

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New Year's Message

Happy 2019 To You!

I wanted to share a message with you for this next year.

It started with what I've been reflecting on bringing into this new year in terms of my own continually evolving inner work and my work with helping other folks who are ready, to dive deeper into their own healing journey.

And this morning when I got up and after I walked my pup, I wanted to pick a card. The Ganesha deck called out to me and so that's the one I went with.

I asked 'What is a key message for this new year?'

And it is 'healing' as you can see in the card above.

It's amazing how many times the message is so spot on!

So with that, here's my message and new year's wish for you:

I wish you many pauses........

moments of seeing the beauty right in front of you

pauses of quiet and solitude

moments of full awareness when listening to those you love

pauses of deep gratitude

moments of peace and joy

pauses for nice deep breaths

moments of truth

pauses for reflection

moments of deep clarity

pauses where...

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