Commercial Break Yoga

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There is more wisdom in your body than in your deepest philosophies.
— Friedrich Nietzche
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Did you know that me and Bruce Lee have a few things in common.  I know you're probably thinking it's the ripped abs but sadly it is not.  Lee was a man ahead of his time.  He kept to a strict diet and drank green juice way before it was popular. I drink a green smoothie every morning and adhere to my own nutritious diet with a few exceptions (ahem, chocolate).  He was also constantly exercising even while watching television.  This, my friends, is the main thing we have in common.

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But before we get to that,  I wanted to share some exciting news with you. I am officially an ambassador for the All You Can Yoga organization.  Their purpose is to share and #feeltheyogahigh around the world, offering yoga classes to fellow yogis, whereever they are. All ambassadors pledge to do the same.  I look forward to being a part of such a wonderful group of people.  Check out their Facebook  or Instagram page for yoga inspiration.

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Back to Mr. Lee.  A few months ago, my husband and I did the unthinkable.  We canceled our cable. We realized that we spent almost no time watching television and therefore could no longer justify the cost.  Out of all the things I've changed in my life, this is the thing people refer to when they say I've lost it (I'm sure they mean this in the most loving way).

But with so much happening in the news this week, my husband and I were glued to the four channels we do have.  All of the sitting down watching t.v. had me feeling some aches and pains so I had to incorporate, just like my buddy Bruce Lee, some exercise.   I'm sure he was probably doing 1,000 sit ups but I created a commercial break yoga sequence that worked just as good for me.

The five poses in the video start from your head to your toes allowing some of the major muscle groups to open up and release tension.

  1. Neck Stretch:  This pose stretches the side muscles of the neck which tend to be tender and tight.  It’s also a great release for your shoulders. Just remember to keep your shoulders nice and soft.
  2. Shoulder Rolls: This pose creates space in your upper shoulders and back to release built up tension and stress.
  3. Side Bend: This pose targets neck, shoulders, back, and oblique’s to lengthen and open them up.
  4. Easy Twist:  This pose is great for improving the health of the spine as well as stimulating the liver and kidneys. Just as a dirty dishrag is wrung out, our body releases toxins from our system in twist poses.
  5. Knee to Chest: This pose helps stretch the hips and thighs and releases the compression in the lower back.  Bringing the knee into the chest stimulates the abdomen which aids in digestion.

I hope you OM the moment for your body this week by incorporating some of these poses into your nightly routine. After you watch the video, I want to hear from you. Leave your comments and/or questions below.  

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