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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

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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 practice Morning Yoga when you just don’t want to get out of Bed

 

I love sleeping in under warm blankets when the air is cold outside. I love yoga. What’s better than doing yoga in your bed when you wake up in the morning?

Try this gentle stretching yoga routine and see if that helps you get out of bed on the right foot tomorrow morning.

 

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

 

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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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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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How to do Yoga Secretly at your Desk at Work (Shhh!)

So you really need to take a break but can’t leave your chair at work?

Try this really simple, fast, and easy yoga exercise in my video below.

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If you like this video, you’ll love an hour of yoga in the middle of your work day.

ACTION STEP:

1. Find a mid-day yoga class. (If you’re in Berlin, come to my lunch yoga class in Kreuzberg.)

2. Tell your boss that you’d like to work out while taking a long lunch using these words from Jennifer Dziura, writer of excellent career and life advice aimed at women:

I have realized that I would work better if I came in an hour earlier [or stay an hour later]…and then took a longer break in the middle of the day, I can come back from the gym with more energy and keep up peak productivity until 6.

Obviously, if you get different benefits from yoga–like a clearer mind for more creativity or super relaxation so that you work better with your teammates–be sure to mention that when you speak to your boss.

Let me know if that script works for you when you take control of your work schedule and make time for your body and breath.

xoxo,

Bettina

Back and Shoulder Stretch Exercises

To follow up on last week’s video to strengthen your wrists, I offer you this week two stretches for your upper back and shoulders against the wall. If you have discomfort in your wrists, most likely it also affects your entire arm, including your shoulders.

If you have any kind of pain, however, step away from the computer and go see a doctor! If you’re already in pain, stretching may even make it worse.

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ACTION STEP: Set your timer until your next 5-minute work break. When the timer goes off, try these exercises. Stay as long in the stretch as it feels good to do so, breathing slowly and evenly.

Do this every day for one week, and let me know if you notice any difference.

Any other questions about yoga, meditation, or healthy living running through your head all day? Let me know and I’ll answer you in next Thursday’s Q and A.

xoxo,

Bettina

 

Advantages of a Live Yoga Class versus Yoga Videos

One of my best friends just moved to a new city to follow her partner’s career. She’s deeply homesick and struggling to find roots in her new town. To find her feet, she immediately looked for a yoga studio. She found one that feels good and like home, but recently she just wanted to cry through an entire yoga class. She wouldn’t be the first nor the last to cry through class.

We hold our feelings in our bodies, whether stress or sadness. Sometimes our yoga practice is the only time we allow for intimate internal focus in a safe environment, so that’s when the tears come. And you can really cry in class. Everyone is focused on themselves, and your teacher has seen it all. It feels good to acknowledge your feelings in a semi-public space.

A live group class format allows you to, moreover,

♥ be inspired and supported by the community of students around you

♥ learn progressively, building upon what you’ve learned before rather than piecemeal learning cobbled here and there

♥ deepen your understanding of one yoga style

ask for help from your teacher and your fellow students

♥ accountability to keep going and growing so that you can see internal and external results

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Elena Brower, one of the most authentic yoga teachers I’ve met online.

There are some great yoga videos out there on the internet. They give a taste of a teacher’s style, expose you to something new and perhaps way beyond your level, inform you about specific asanas /postures, and keep your practice going strong at home or while on the road.

But a video is not a replacement for a local yoga teacher, because a live teacher

♥ corrects you in your postures

♥ inspires you to do the postures you’d usually skip on your own (everyone, even yoga teachers, have those!)

♥ introduces you to new teachings that you may not have searched out yourself or even known to search out

In the end, online & in person (that is, offline) yoga teacher Tiffany Cruikshank sums it up best:Tiffany Cruikshank yoga quote
What do you find helpful about yoga classes and yoga videos?

Would you want to see yoga videos from me?

Let me know your thoughts and reactions in the comments.

xoxo,

Bettina