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De-stress With An Easy Holiday Challenge

It’s really easy to get overwhelmed during the holiday season. There just seems to be so much to do – family gatherings, Christmas parties, work functions, food prep, meals, gift-giving (and making, buying and wrapping), etc.   It’s easy to lose sight of yourself and your needs.   One of the things that can help is to take a little time for yourself – a sort of reset on the day – to help recalibrate where you are in the cycle of stress/needs met/relaxation.  One of the best…

The television appearance that started it all

Two years ago I filmed an episode of Fit2Stitch – a PBS show centered on sewing, hosted by creator Peggy Sagars. My wife had started working with Peggy and her company Silhouette Patterns many years previously. She’d go to a seminar up in Keystone Colorado to learn how to make SP specific garments, and I’d go with her. I didn’t attend the seminar. Mainly, I wrote, and hiked and did some yoga. During our second year attending the Keystone seminar, my wife asked me if I would…

A few yoga poses for scoliosis

by Chuck
A few yoga-based exercises and the protocol I’ve used to help alleviate some idiopathic scoliosis conditions.

Free Facebook Live Chat

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in a free Facebook live video, answering questions from you. We’ll hold it on Wednesday, May 1st at 8pm ET, 5pm PT. While we have some things lined up to talk about, if you have any questions about us, what we do, something specific about yoga, or fitness please let us know (put them in the comment sections below). You can join the discussion live and/or watch it later – and ask questions after it’s over – even if you can’t make it. It…

Pigeon Extras

And here I thought I was done with the Pigeon pose! Here are some extras we filmed – stuff about the back position, a little on safety, and another variation on the pose! Enjoy and if you have any questions, please let us know!

Two Pigeons

For people who have lower back issues, tight glutes, or for people who develop knee pain – another yoga pose I use quite a bit is the Pigeon Pose. The pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. Like all the Pigeon family of poses, the main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus), the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside…

Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance

by Chuck
I’d like to invite you to take part in our second Facebook Live Class of the year: MfM Vinyasa Yoga for Leg Strength and Balance! This 30min class will be held on Wednesday, April 10 at 8pm ET, 5pm PT and shows you two yoga flows to help you build leg strength and develop your balance. As we age our strength diminishes – as does our sense of balance (they’re very much related). As they diminish, our quality of life goes down, and we lose the mobility to go about our daily lives…

Supine Pigeon

For people who have lower back issues – and especially with sciatica – one yoga pose I use (a lot!) is the Supine Pigeon Pose. The supine pigeon pose is a basic-to-intermediate yoga pose that most people can do. The main muscles (and connective tissue) it stretches and relaxes are the hamstrings, glutes (especially the glute medius and Maximus, the piriformis (a muscle directly over the sciatic nerve in the back), and the IT band on the outside of the leg. Move and relax these and for…

Pinwheel Pigeon Pose

Between the Half Seated Twist and the full variations of the Pigeon Pose, is the Pinwheel Pigeon (also sometimes called the Shin Box). It is a basic to intermediate pose that hits the same muscle groups and connective tissues as the HST, and the full Pigeons. It’s just a step in-between. Try it out! In the video I only show one side while doing the stretch, please remember to do both sides so you make sure to open up the piriformis, IT band, and the glutes on both sides.

Not Worth the Investment

by Chuck
Check out the image. What it says. How it says it. Have you ever thought about your health, wellness, or fitness like this? This isn’t just about self-speak (though it’s about that too) – the way we talk to ourselves about our worth. It isn’t just about the cost of a gym or yoga studio membership – which can be as low as $10 a month. And, if gym/yoga studios aren’t your thing, there are exercise DVDs/BluRays, streaming internet services, mobile apps – most with very…