Benefits of Inversions

A yoga teacher’s suggestion to invert has the power to elicit a range of emotions, from confusion, anxiety, or fear to anticipation, excitement, or straight up joy. Regardless of where you land on the emotional spectrum, inversions help release tension, boost circulation, increase energy, and strengthen the physical body. Inversions can also help calm the…

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Sun Salutations

If you’ve ever taken a vinyasa yoga class then you’ve likely performed Sun Salutations, or Surya Namaskars in Sanskrit. They are a key component of instructor-led yoga classes and are generally performed at the beginning of class as a way to warm up the body and prepare you for deeper stretches or more challenging postures.…

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Barre Weights

The age old debate: is it better to do fewer reps with heavier weights or higher reps with lighter weights? The short answer is, it depends.  Generally speaking, performing fewer reps with heavier weights tends to increase muscle mass while focusing on high reps with light weights builds muscle endurance. Depending on your goals, incorporating…

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Resistance Bands

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete, weekend warrior, or exercise neophyte, you can benefit from incorporating resistance bands into your workout routine. A great alternative to large, bulky, and expensive gym equipment, resistance bands can help you build strength, sculpt lean muscles, and rehabilitate from injury. They are also compact and affordable making them ideal for…

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Shoulder Alignment in Yoga

Every year, millions of Americans visit the doctor complaining of shoulder pain. Typical issues include joint instability, rotator cuff tears, impingements, and arthritis, all of which can leave you sidelined or in pain. In fact, shoulder injuries are fairly common for yogis, but they don’t have to be. With some mindful adjustments to your practice…

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How to balance working out with kids

You’ve heard the expression, “you can’t pour from an empty cup,” but have you ever stopped to consider what that really means? It’s a repeated phrase that means we can not give to others if we are not taking care of ourselves. Self-care has become a buzz word lately adding one more thing to our…

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What to eat before a workout

You have your yoga mat and water bottle ready to go, and you even remembered to register for your class online (#Killingit!). It’s all going according to plan until halfway through your workout when you start to feel dizzy and lightheaded. This is likely because you let an important element of your workout prep slide–your…

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Find Your Deep Core

If you’ve been to an Ohana class or spent any time at all around an instructor or trainer, then you’ve likely heard them ramble on about the importance of a strong core. But what does that really mean? Are they referring to your abdominal muscles or something else entirely? What is your deep core? The…

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Improve Your Posture with Yoga

Can yoga make you taller? Probably not, but it can improve your posture, making you appear taller, although the benefits of improved posture go far beyond aesthetics.  Poor posture plagues as much as 80 percent of the population and experts agree that the ramifications of bad posture are more serious than simply how you look.…

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