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Mobile Yoga Für Sie!

Published on October 22, 2010 by in Press

Für Sie (For you in German) is a bi-weekly German publication aimed at all things for women (für frauen).  It is the third German publication that has picked up the Mobile Yoga Workout since it was officially launched in April.  Although I won’t be moving to Germany until December, it still amazes me that the one country on the planet, other than the US, that has shown the most interest in the workout is a country that I will be moving to.   As mentioned in an earlier post, I am a firm believer in the power of thought, word, and deed when it comes to moving cosmic energy in one’s favor, and I guess that this is more evidence of that power.

Cosmic energy aside for a  moment, The Mobile Yoga Workout  can truly be für sie (for you) as it is one workout that can improve all four aspects of physical fitness (Kovar, Combs, Cambell, Napper-Owen ,Worrell, 2008):

  • Cardiovascular Respiratory Function
  • Body Composition
  • Muscle Strength & Endurance
  • Flexibility

Improving these four aspects of physical fitness can lead to numerous physiological benefits as well as an overall better body image and higher self-esteem.

Everyday we are faced with countless choices that work for us and against us.  So why not choose something für sie today that will help move the cosmic energy in your favor to a happy, healthier, and more prosperous tomorrow!

 
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Surya Namaskara-The Perfect Yoga Practice

Published on October 16, 2010 by in Yoga

While I am an advocate for the merits of a daily yoga practice, I would be lying if I said that my own practice was all that consistent. Depending on a variety of factors, my own practice varies from about 10 minutes to 1 hour on any given day.  That being said, there is one thing that I manage to do everyday and that is a few rounds of Surya Namaskara-Sun Salutation. When time is a factor Surya Namaskara is one way to get a quick yoga fix and the benefits of this full body practice are enumerable.  Here is a video of the modified version of the practice: Surya Namaksara Modified Version.

Through the years,  friends and acquaintances have often told me how much would like to practice yoga more often but they had difficulty making time for a class with their already overbooked schedules.  Knowing time management is often a factor when choosing a workout or any kind of extra-curricular physical activity, this gave me an idea for a topic for my graduate thesis which I completed a few year ago.  The results showed that for beginner yoga practitioners applying a 10 minute, twice-a-day yoga practice four (4) times per week for six (6) weeks actually significantly improved their upper body strength and hamstring flexibility.  A pretty good “bang for your buck” as one of my professors would say! if you are interested in learning more about the benefits of Surya Namaskara  I suggest “Surya Namaskara: A Technique of Solar Vitalization” by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati.

 
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Mobile Yoga in Piran, Slovenia!

The "One-Legged Waiter" aka "One Legged Lotus" Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

'Namaskarasana/Salutation Pose" with Jadyn Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

I recently returned from a trip to Europe and had the pleasure of skating with two of my children and good friend and native Slovenian Franc Pirc  in Tartini Square in Piran, Slovenia. Tartini Square is named after violinist Giuseppe Tartini and is a gathering point in Piran.  It is an exquisite setting and has a built in “rink” that practically begs to be skated on!

Having skated with Franc many times before on Tartini Square I was already accustomed to that fact that he is somewhat of a celebrity on Tartini Square and by association, temporarily become one as well!  On most days Franc can be found skating to the music that emanates from the many cafes and restaurants that surround the square for the crowd that has gathered or giving lessons to children and adults who want to learn the basics.  Franc has been skating since the mid-90′s and really enjoys the freedom and exhilaration that skating can bring.   He rarely misses a day skating and averages approximately 330 days per year.  To see him skate you would never guess that he was 71 years old!

Prior to my visit, Franc had seen the Mobile Yoga Workout website and wanted to go over the basics of the workout as well as some of the on skate postures.   Since Franc starts every day with various yoga postures, stretches, and breathing exercises, he was able to easily integrate what he already practices into the workout.   After going through the basics Franc was eager to show me some of his own “on-skate postures”  My favorite, the one legged-waiter or what I  renamed and “yogified”"the one-legged lotus” (shown above) was my favorite.   Franc is an inspiration to all of us and through his obvious health and vitality is a prime example of how an active life can keep you truly “mobile”.

"Mom Loves Son Pose" Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

Friendly Faces in the Crowd-Franc's Partner Wilma and My Husband Greg Photo Courtesy of Marijan Šabič

 
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