Bird Dog with a Twist

This is a sequence I learned from Katy Bowman at Kripalu this past June. There are lots of different ways to lift your hand and knee off the ground from a quadruped (table top) position. Here is an option that recruits your trunk muscles to lift your extremities. A super core supported Bird Dog with a twist!

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Why Can't We Just Dance?!

In case you haven’t noticed, I’ve been branching out a bit from yoga over the past several months. When I get on my mat, inevitably some of what I’m doing looks like yoga, but I’m also practicing other movements for strength and mobility, in addition to just moving in ways that feel good. My longtime yoga practice helped me develop mindfulness through movement, so that’s always a big part of it as well.

I’ve been slowly and casually trying out different workout classes—because sometimes it’s just nice to have someone tell me what to do! The last yoga class I went to was in June and it was boooooring (don’t worry friends, I wasn’t in Knoxville). That same weekend, I decided to go out on a limb and try something different. I was grabbing a snack from the dining hall at the retreat center I was visiting when I heard the sounds of a drum circle. I’m a sucker for a drum circle.

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The Inspo Brunch

This morning I had the pleasure of ‘brunching’ with three ladies who are getting shit done around here. All of them are movers and shakers, connectors and builders of communities, businesses, and ideas. Holy cow, I’m feeling the inspiration on such a physical level. I came home so energized and enlivened that I had to get on my yoga mat and move my body to process it. Do you ever do this?

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Signing Off From Lactation Station

For the past five years, my body has not been my own. Between pregnancy and breastfeeding, two tiny humans have relied on my body for their basic nutrition. Breastfeeding has been quite a journey. Coen and I recently finished nursing and it’s made me want to sit back and take a good, appreciative look at this amazing thing my body has done. I present you with a compendium of my breastfeeding experiences: the good, the bad, and the milky.

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What’s the Deal With Your Tight Muscles?

When a muscle feels tight, the go to for many folks is to try to stretch that muscle. That might help and it might not. If stretching feels helpful for your tight muscles and you see the improvements you seek, keep on keepin on! However, if you have a sensation of tightness and stretching doesn’t seem to help, might I recommend a two-step approach?

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Thoughts on Hip Pain, Gluteals, and Groundlessness

When I experienced a searing pain in my right hip while going up the stairs, followed by a deep ache that wouldn’t go away, I immediately recalled my pregnant, unstable pelvis. This was familiar pain. During both pregnancies, I dealt with pretty terrible sciatica. Thanks to the fluid nature of my pregnant bod, the pain frequently switched sides to keep me guessing. In addition to deep aches in my hips most of the time, they would often buckle or give out when I went to stand up.

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A Lot to Carry: My Journey with Shoulder Pain

From everything that I’ve learned about pain science, I know emotions can play a huge role in the experience of pain. In addition, I find that infusing life events with symbolism or metaphor can help me shift my perspective away from negative self-talk or victimization and into a position that feels more meaningful and powerful. So when I really felt ready to seek help for my shoulder pain, I also started examining any mental/emotional components to the situation.

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