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A Mobile Yoga Life In Review-2018

Published on December 25, 2017 by in Skating, Travel, Yoga

“Mobile Yoga” as a concept is showing the complimentary aspects of yoga and skating.

Mobile Yoga as a lifestyle? Well, that would describe mine.

In 2017, skating kept me “flying” around rinks in Cleveland and over 80000 miles in the air from the beaches of LA to the mountainous regions of China. While yoga continued to serve as an anchor to good health, inner peace and the cultivation of present moment awareness. Skating and Yoga, two aspects of my personal and “work” life, certainly continued to serve me well in 2017.  It is hard to believe that at 50 years old I have managed to cultivate such a physically active, mentally stimulating, and emotionally rewarding life. Thanks to the support of my husband Greg and my children-who lovingly chide me as “the absentee mother,”  I am truly blessed and my life filled with so much love and happiness.

Let’s take a look at a “Mobile Yoga Year in Pictures.”

January 9-17 Beijing, China/Seoul Korea  Sled Dogs Snowskates

Sled Dogs China-Korea Team 2017 Sled Dogs Logo Grey

January 18-May 5 Cleveland , Ohio  Spring Semester    Cleveland State University

CSU Shavasana Spring 2017

January 26-31 Los Angles, CA .  Rollerblade Workout & Tips for Beginners 2 Videos

LA RB Video KrisStop & Go Workout

 

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February 2-5 Miami, FL   Skater Migration Event

Skate Migration Yoga 2017Kris & Tree South Beach 2017Skater Migation 2017

February 20 New York City Visit Friends & Catch a Show

NYC Blue Man Group Kris Jade 2017

April 8 & 9 New York City   Saturday Night Live

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May 5-12 Venice, Italy     Rollerblade International Sales Meeting

B Annual Sales Meeting

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May 15-24 Chongqing/Hanzhou/Shanghai China  Inline Certification Program

Chongching L1 & L2 2017

Nails Chongching 2017Bikes Huangzhou 2017

June 1- 3 New York City Parkinson’s Foundation & Columbia University Reunion

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June 9-11 Snowshoe, West Virginia      Wanderlust 

Wanderlust Kris & Tree 2017

June 12-July 30 Cleveland, OH   Cleveland State University Summer Research Inline Skating Study

CSU VO2CSU Study One Legged

July 1 Cleveland, OH     Kris’ 50th Birthday Extravaganza

WEB FINAL 28 (3) Kris 50th Mark & David WEB FINAL (11) WEB FINAL (9) WEB FINAL (7) Kris-Edited

July 2-July 19th  Germany, Slovenia, Hungary, Slovakia, Austria  European Vacation

Slovenian Mountain Family 2017Bratislava Family 2017

 

Piran with Franc 2017

August 11-15 Madrid, Spain  ICP Level 2/Level 3 & Sled Dogs Snowskates

Madrid L3 Night Skate 2017Madrid L2 & L3 Groupo August 2017Madrid Snowzone 2017

August- December  CSU Fall Semester

CSU Lord Shiva

 

September-present Cleveland Area,  OH  Learn to Play Hockey & Technique/Power Sessions

Kris MentorCH LTP

October 12 Chagrin Falls, OH  The Pond –Teaching to Be Teachers Seminar

The Pond LTS Program

December 7-17 China/Korea  Sled Dogs Snowskates

Sled Dogs Nanashan 2017 Harbin INdoor Sled Dogs 2017 Sled Dogs Kris & Xu Wei 2017 Sled Dogs Harbin 2017 Korea Party 2017

December 18-20 Los Angeles, CA  Visit Friends 

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End of the trail indeed!

Kris’ Mobile Year in Review…..The End.

 
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Build Confidence & Skating Numbers with Rollerblade’s Macroblade ABT

Rollerblade's ABT

Click To Start Rollerblade ABT Video

In my 20+ years teaching skating, I have taught 1000’s of people how to skate or how to skate better.

When meeting new skaters, or listening to the reasons why a relatively experienced skater is hesitant to skate more often, I have noticed a common theme:

Lack of Confidence:  People want to feel more confident while on their skates.

Being able to control your speed and stop in a variety of settings and various surfaces is the basis of a safe and enjoyable skating experience. It is the foundation of what keeps people skating.   Being able to skate when I want, and wherever I want is what motivates ME to skate.

The Macroblade ABT is perfect for the skater that needs a little confidence booster.  The Active Brake Technology allows the skater to have all 8 wheels on the skating surface, which provides the stability and control that they are looking for in their skating experience.

Personally having skated in the Macroblade 80 ABT (Pictured below) since Rollerblade’s International Sales Meeting last year. I have found that the brake does not get in the way of my skating at all, which is a common concern for some skaters, and have been able turn and maneuver in variety of situations with ease. It truly feels like an extension of my foot.

Women's Macroblade 80 ABT

2017 Women’s Macroblade 80 ABT

 

For those new to the sport, the ABT is the perfect tool to speed up their learning curve giving them the confidence and motivation to skate more often and for longer periods of time.

This is something that I believe we can all agree upon is important for the growth of our sport:

More people skating confidently, More people skating for longer periods of time. More people skating.  PERIOD.

For additional information about the Macroblade ABT, skating videos, skating advice and more check out www.rollerblade.com

 

Men's Macroblade 80 ABT

2017 Men’s Macroblade 80 ABT

 
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Be the Witness to Change

Published on January 10, 2017 by in Uncategorized

Change Chinese Characher

This is the time of the year for “grand proclamations” of change.

The reality, however, is that there is no need to wait until the New Year. While is does provide a somewhat ceremonious starting point, we can make a change in every moment, every second of our lives.  The opportunity to change the way we think, speak and act lies in our ability to be the “witness”, the “observer”.  The “witness” is the part of us that “knows we know”. It is awareness and our best teacher. It is the ability to “watch” our actions, reactions and  personality manifest in relation to the world around us.

Examples of opportunities to develop the “witness”:

  • When saying “I told you so” to a loved one or friend when they didn’t follow our advice, is replaced by either a heart felt condolence or by saying nothing at all.
  • Noticing the space between hearing the voice inside remind us that we do not “need” that 3rd piece of pizza, no matter how tasty, and NOT taking that third piece.
  • It is the ability to let go of a repetitive, unserving thought that causes depression or anxiety, and choosing to replace it with one that is neutral or maybe even joyful.
  • Being “cut off” by a car on a highway and instead of condemning the driver, bless them and wish for their safe arrival wherever they may be going.

Change Sign

 

Changing patterns of thoughts and behavior through developing the ability to witness takes vigilance and continual practice.   According to the teachings of Swami Satyananda in the Bihar School of Yoga, it is believed that one of the best ways to develop the ability to “witness” is through Karma Yoga.  In  “Yoga Vision” on the Bihar School of Yoga website, Karma Yoga is referred to as  “a system which develops immunity to the reactive and negative components of an action. “Swami Niranjanananda has said  that “Through karma yoga we are able to understand our own life, improve the quality of life and transcend life.”

Karma Yoga is the yoga of action and is often referred to as “selfless service.”  While all work we do, and actions that we perform, can potentially be labeled as Karma Yoga, it is easiest to begin with duties in which we literally and figuratively have little or no attachment.  Karma Yoga  is then working without worrying about the “fruits of the labor” or even completing the task.  In Karma Yoga it is actually okay “not” to finish what you are working and to allow your effort and whatever outcome or consequences to be “good enough.”  The idea is to notice the thoughts, etc. that arise before, during or after the experience.

Karma Yoga provides a wonderful platform to change hard-wired patterns of thoughts and behaviors, positively altering our personality, relationships and lives over a period of time.  So if you have made your grand proclamation for change in 2017 don’t forget to leave space for the “witness”.  In the words of Michael Jackson:

“If You Wanna Make The World
A Better Place
Take A Look At Yourself, And
Then Make A Change”

~Man in the Mirror

 

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