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Savasana…My favorite Part of Yoga

At the end of every yoga class, you often hear the teacher instructing you to lie still on your back with your eyes closed and legs long for “Savasana” or “Copse Pose”.  This is the moment I am able to let out a big breath and finally allow my hour-long yoga practice to sink in.  This is the best moment of my yoga practice.

But as I start to travel and teach yoga to more and more athletes, I started to realize that not many people understood the power of this pose, or asana.  B.K.S. Iyengar explained in his book Light On Yoga   “By remaining motionless for some time and keeping he mind still while you are fully conscious, you learn to relax.  This conscious relaxation invigorates and refreshes both body and mind.” Believe me, for years the idea of laying down and clearing my thoughts seemed impossible.  But once I was open to the idea of savasana, I slowly felt how beneficial this was for my everyday life.

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Why do savasana?

Savasana allows the breathing rhythm and heart rate to steady and rest.  In all of our hectic lives, this is very rare.  With heightened heart rates, people loose control and often result in anxiety problems and stress overload.  As athletes, we are really good at heightening our heart rate and pushing our bodies to the limit.  It’s important that the body and mind get a few minutes to rest a day for balance.  By practicing savasana, one can train themselves to slow down their heart rate and breath with complete control.  I know that I can run farther distances and snowboard longer powder lines knowing that I can have complete authority over my heart rate and breath.  Because of techniques learned in savasana, you learn to become aware of those things around you, and observe from a calm and pleasantly detached place.  The word “hectic” and “stressed” are slowly eliminated from your vocabulary.

 

So take 2 minutes after your yoga practice to complete your workout.  Your mind (and body!) will thank you.

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Top 10 Signs You’re a Yogi

Whether you just did your first class, or been practicing yoga for years, sometimes becoming a “yogi” just happens naturally.  Believe me, if you have no idea what “Yogi” or “Yogini” means, you should stop reading now.  After a few years and introducing new friends into the Yoga World, we have come to know the signs…

  10.  You can’t live without Coconut water.  Sometimes you feel like you were just in the Mohave, but one sip after class and your laying on the beach of  Hawaii…lifesaving.

9.  You have no idea where you jeans are and can’t remember the last time   you wore them.Image

8.  Mid-day Downward Facing Dogs are becoming your normal routine…and your boss is somehow okay with it.

7.  When in traffic, you start your Ojai breathing.  Even though its okay in your car, people on the bus think you might have a sinus problem.  Lets keep it to the car.

6. Your yoga instructor knows more about you then your college friends.

5. You subconsciously stand in Tree Pose while on the phone or in line for the grocery store.

4.  You end all conversations with “Namaste”.

3.  You start making up clever names for social events…like Vino Vinyasa   and Zen of Zin.  You can have yoga and a social life, right?

2.  You lock your standing knee while shaving your legs in the shower.

1.  Kale is not just a four-letter word to you

 We LOVE being yogi’s and super PROUD of it!

But seriously…where are my jeans?

Top 12 Running Destinations in the US West

As I travel throughout the US, I continually find myself looking for places to run in new cities.  Thank you to Runner’s World magazine for compiling a list of the Top 12 places to run in the US West.

Boise, Idaho
Explore the 30-some miles of shaded trails along the Boise River or the clean streets of downtown Boise

Boulder, Colorado
Cliff hangers, cowboys, dark pine forests and open meadows — you’ll see it all in Boulder
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Colorado Springs, Colorado
Local motto: “Oxygen is overrated; just keep running!”

Denver, Colorado
This mile-high gem for runners gives a whole new spin to altitude training

Durango, Colorado
This mining town has lots of trails — and altitude — to tempt runners

Maui, Hawaii
The best places to stay, run, and race

Missoula, Montana
This is the best the Big Sky state has to offer — an outdoors enthusiast’s dream

San Francisco, California
San Francisco’s big-bridge bookends, eclectic high-rise skyline, sailboat-filled bay, and sweeping Pacific Ocean backdrop make this city arguably the most stunning of all

San Luis Obispo, California
This town calls itself “a feast for the senses” — find out why

Santa Barbara, California
Running through Santa Barbara consists of beautiful scenery.

Santa Monica, California
Orange groves abound in this scenic beachside city.

Visit Seattle, Washington
Rain? What rain? The weather–and the running–are more than okay in the Emerald City

 

I’ve crossed off 7 of the 12…how many destinations have sweat in?