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Changes

You Only Live Once In Neon

I have something to say today.

I try not to get too personal here, because I want this space to be useful for readers.

So it’s difficult for me to tell me what changes I’m living out right now.

Watch the video below to find out.

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As I said in the video, if you want to follow my evolution as I journey around half the world, visit me at my personal blog under my own name here : http://bettinashzu.com/category/blog.

While I’m traveling I’ll be updating this blog less frequently, but I’ll be visiting yoga ashrams, temples related to yoga, as well as studying yoga in India. So stay tuned for news about yoga abroad!

One last thing, I’m now looking for new and better ways I can help you live a sweeter, more relaxed life. Can you do me a favor and fill out a short survey? Your feedback will help shape what I share with you next.

Here’s the survey link:

Click here to take survey

Thanks so much!

 

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How to Dress for Yoga Class during your Work Lunch Break

Fashion Yoga Pose

 

As comfortable as yoga pants can be, maybe you don’t want to wear them to work–at the very least, you don’t want your co-workers to be able to check out your yoga butt, right?

So if you go to yoga before, after, or in the middle of your work day, you’ve probably wondered how to integrate your yoga clothes and your work clothes.

Unless you work for a very young start-up or are an artist, where you can wear whatever you want.

Watch the video below to see how I integrate my yoga clothes into my work outfit.

 

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What do you wear to yoga class when you’ve got to look professional too?

 

Let me know if you have any requests for a short yoga routine and/or questions about yoga or meditation.

 

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Artists, need some inspiration? Here are some yoga poses to enhance creativity

 

I’ve been meeting lots of artists and entrepreneurs lately, creative people who work with ideas all the time. So I made a video showing you how to get inspired with yoga.

Even if you’re a beginner or new to yoga, you can do these postures because the inversions are supported.

 

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ACTION STEP : Try at least one of these yoga poses the next time you’re feeling stuck or unmotivated. Nothing gets the brain moving faster than getting the blood going.

If you loved this video, you’re going to love my upcoming beginner yoga class starting on Monday, May 14. Go here for more information:  http://activehandsyoga.com/classes/6-week-beginner-yoga-class-series/

Let me know if you have any requests for a short yoga routine and/or questions about yoga or meditation!

 

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Yogis Talk Radio Show : Erinbell Fanore

Yoga DVD

Like many other entrepreneurs, we yoga teachers get together to share business and life stories. When I met Erinbell Fanore, a fellow yoga teacher in Berlin teaching hatha and yin yoga, at one of these casual get-togethers, I was most impressed that she made her own yoga DVD on the sunny island of Malta. She talked about it like it was easy to pull off, so I had to ask how how she did it with such ease as one of my Yogis of the Month.

Even if you don’t want to make your own yoga DVD, listening to how simple and easy it is to tackle a big project once you break down into steps and ask for help is helpful for any project. You would imagine that producing a DVD would take months to do, right? But knowing that Erinbell produced hers in just two weeks completely changed my mindset of what’s possible. And expanding possibilities is always a good thing.

Listen to my interview* above with Erinbell (or download it!) to find out about:

  • her introduction to yoga through…Cindy Crawford in the desert?!
  • retraining your muscles through two somatics exercises she shares
  • where to find out more about somatics (ok, here’s a link for you : Somatics: Reawakening The Mind’s Control Of Movement, Flexibility, And Health)
  • how she produced her DVD on Malta
  • how she makes yoga videos more than just instructional but also cinematic (see one below!)

 

 

If you want to produce your own yoga DVD in two weeks, here are your ACTION STEPS:

  1. Figure out your lesson plan and write it down into a script.
  2. Record the script with a live model.
  3. Find a wonderful location like Malta.
  4. Play the recording of the script and follow it.
  5. Edit the visuals to match the script voiceover.
  6. Put it on a DVD.
  7. Extras : get a cover designed.
  8. Now sell it at your classes, workshops, and online

Interested in finding out more about Erinbell? You can order her yoga DVD and watch her free street yoga videos on her website.

* My sound quality is improving now that I’ve bought the Zoom H2 to use as a microphone, but I’m still learning how to work with it.

 

 

 

 

Photo & Video above from Erinbell Fanore

How to Relieve Headaches with Yoga

 

I hardly ever get headaches, but some good friends suffer from headaches pretty regularly.

If you do too, please watch the video below to find out what you can do to relieve the pressure in your head that comes with headaches.

 

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Let me know if you have any other questions about yoga or meditation or any other problems you have may that could be solved by yoga!

 

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How to Not Fall Over in Mermaid Pose

 

Recently I made a custom yoga video for a vegan chocolatier so that she could get in 30 minutes of yoga whenever she gets a chance rather than going to a scheduled class. I designed the yoga practice to challenge her and address her needs, and so she had a question about one of the yoga poses that challenged her : How can she keep her balance in mermaid pose?

If you’re curious too, watch the video below to find out. Even if you’re not interested in mermaid pose, the 3 tips I share in the will help you with pigeon pose and its variations.

Plus, I got some great compliments on my gold leggings–watch them in action!

 

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Let me know if you have any other questions about yoga or meditation or if you want a personalized yoga practice on video!

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Yoga for the Ladies–yoga for that time of the month

This video is for the ladies. Not one? Send the following video to one or two of your favorite ladies.

Period time affects every woman differently. Some notice no difference. Others feel tired, cranky, sluggish. Other than avoiding inversions, I’d suggest you listen to your body. When I was younger, I practiced a vigorous active yoga even on my period days. These days I ease myself into restorative poses like the ones in the video below. They’re also good when you just want some yoga postures to help your energy go downwards.

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Let me know if these yoga postures help you during your time of the month or if you have any other questions about yoga, meditation, or living well.

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What is the role of a teacher? (it’s NOT guru, btw)

Lately the yoga world has been really stirred up about the misdeeds of John Friend, leader and founder of Anusara Yoga. Even though I am not affiliated with Anusara, some really amazing yoga teachers have come out of that school from whom I’ve learned. I’ve also personally studied under John Friend in a three-day workshop. It was a good workshop where I took away many good things, some of which I shared on my video about John Friend.

All of the conversations about how to go forward as a community or simply breaking away made me start thinking about the role of a yoga teacher.

Watch my video below for my thoughts…

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And I totally did not mean to make a pun, which I only realized after I made the video and am only now writing it up for this post.

QUESTION FOR YOU :

What do you think the role of a yoga teacher is? Let me know!

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How to Calm your Anxiety with Yoga

 

Yoga asanas affect our emotional as well our physical bodies, so if you’re feeling strong emotional imbalances, yoga may help you bring your emotions back in balance.

Feeling anxious? Try the following easy yoga sequence to get out of your mind and center yourself in your body.

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ACTION STEPS:

1. Sign up for my mailing list to get a 7-minute guided breathing practice.

2. Take 10 minutes to do the yoga postures in my video. If you want to do them longer, go for it!

3. Use my mp3 to do the breathing exercise.

4. Repeat until you don’t feel anxious anymore.

Let me know if that helps with your anxiety or if you have any other questions about yoga or meditation.

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I Quit Sugar Week 4 : Why We Broke Up

So I quit sugar 100% last week. Walking away hasn’t been easy.

Sarah Wilson’s handbook is full of tricks and tips to make the process easier, but to help me through the next five weeks of absolutely no sugar whatsoever, I connected to the big and deep reason why I’m quitting sugar. To break a habit or an addiction, keep the end in sight. So in the video below, I share my reason, my big why, for quitting sugar.

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ACTION STEP : If you’re quitting sugar too, figure out why you’re doing it–and remind yourself of it when the going gets tough. It can be a video that you can play again and again for yourself or a small note you write to yourself to carry around with you in your wallet. Do what works for you!

xoxo,
Bettina