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physical Mar 18, 2019

I like to break up tight muscles before I stretch or strengthen them; especially if there is pain or misalignment.  Here is a quick video showing one way to break up tight muscles around the shoulders and neck using la crosse balls.  

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neck pain - week 2

physical Mar 11, 2019

 

Last week we opened the front of our chest to release the neck.  Here are two more stretches that help loosen up the muscles around the shoulders and arms to allow flexibility around the neck. 

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physical self

physical Mar 05, 2019
 

I have spent most of my life working one on one with clients in my studio in La Jolla.  To simplify stretching for my clients that travel, work a lot or have major injuries, I narrowed down stretching to 15 essential range of motion stretches.   These simple and powerful yoga stretches take major joints through the natural range of motion they need to go through as well as break up muscle tightness around those joints.  

BUT....the most important thing I have found, is the mental state and the messages you give your body while stretching and through out the day.  Your breath, presence and intention make the stretch at least 50% more effective.  So why not make the most of your precious time and work with your breath & intention while stretch. 

For busy people, I will show you how you can weave these stretches into your daily life.  Stretching does not have to be an event.  It can be part of your daily...

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emotional self

emotional Mar 05, 2019
 

From birth to 5 or 6 years of age, we don’t know how to process our emotions; we just feel them. Most of our parents didn’t know how to deal with us when we were sad, angry, frustrated, loud, throwing a tantrum, etc. Instead of holding space for us to feel our feelings, we learned to get rid of them asap. All these unprocessed emotions get stored in our bodies.

Each time we don’t process our feelings, it’s like adding a big rock to our imaginary backpack. Can you imagine how heavy that load gets year after year!!! It makes me exhausted just thinking about it and it feels like it can drown you. This is what makes your body ill, and your mind foggy foggy foggy!! Only a small portion of your brain becomes available to be present and clear.

In this blog, we will explore simple tools to process your emotions on a daily basis through living consciously and breathing through tough times. 

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spiritual

spiritual Mar 05, 2019
 

We will explore, practice and play with different breathing modalities and their effects.  And experience the power of breath!!  

 

Physical benefits of diaphragmatic breathing:

  • Calms down the nervous system and regulates emotions
  • Chronic fatigue-70% of our energy comes from our breath
  • Detoxification-70% of our toxins are released through breath
  • Better sleep
  • Anaerobic diseases such as cancer can't grow in oxygenated cells
  • Asthma
  • Digestive issues

Emotional Benefits:

  • Relieves stress
  • Relieves anxiety
  • Relieves depression
  • Processing old emotions

Spiritual Benefits

  • Connection to self
  • Heart connection to others
  • Joy
  • Alignment of heart and will power

Transformational Breath really brought it all together for me. It connected me to myself…it’s like my mind was doing it's own thing and my body was doing it's own thing… and when I started breathing into my diaphragm, the two connected and I became whole and strong. I finally started feeling safe inside...

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diaphragmatic breathing

spiritual Feb 18, 2019

Tips on how to use your diaphragm to breath. 

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knees hip distance apart!!

physical Feb 12, 2019
 

Most people that sit behind the desk end up with their knees rotating outward.  This outward rotation for long periods of time could cause back issues.

Easy fix is to use a strap to hold your legs hip distance apart.  But make sure you introduce this to your body slowly.  May be 1 hour a day for a week, then 1.5-2 hours, the second week, and so on...  Otherwise, your body might scream at you.  

Let me know if you have any questions.  And if this has been helpful.  

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doorway stretches

physical Feb 04, 2019

Getting in the habit of doing little stretches all day, and using everything around you to deepen your stretch is easy.  All it takes is to create a habit!!

Stretching does not all have to happen in a classroom environment.  3-4 minutes, 3-4 times a day is about 15 minutes.  15 minutes of stretching 7 days a week, is over 1.5 hours of stretching a week.  The results are cumulative.

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