6 Simple Ways to Maintain Balance (or Sanity) this Holiday Season

Many of you know that my dad passed away this year. I have to count on 3 hands my friends who are also celebrating their first holidays with one fewer parent. It isn’t easy, this “Year of Firsts”. As we move through December, I know I will need to find some time to step away …

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Building Core Strengths

Tipping over in tree pose this week, I was again reminded how important core strength is.  Standing, for this yoga move I can place one leg up onto my other inner thigh, but lifting my arms or holding them out to the sides challenges me each time I try it.  I wobble, I rock, I …

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Corpse Pose

Savasana or corpse pose.  You would think that the relaxation of savasana at the end of practice, laying on the floor with eyes closed, would be the simplest of all the poses.  Physically, it doesn’t get much easier than this.  Secretly, after a challenging workout, I look forward to the few minutes to stretch out …

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The Stretch

Doing unsupported headstands in my 40's?  Backbends? Trying again and again  unsuccessfully to do a handstand with no wall support (another day). Riding horses, what to work on today stuck in an indoor arena all winter? Practice something different each ride--curves and straight movements, lateral maneuvers, tempo of the ride. Trying to challenge the limitations …

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The Horse and the Floor

Riding horses--16 years.  Yoga--3 months. I started doing yoga several months ago to vary my workout routine. While I am now practiced in some of the poses--now knowing the differences between the downward facing dog, monkey, happy baby, child's, forward and reverse warrior poses and others I can but some I would never attempt to pronounce, …

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