My second awesome newsletter

My second newsletter came out last Thursday (May 5).

I am reposting it for my GFG! readers right here.

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Dear friends,

Thank you for your interest in my newsletter.

If you didn’t receive the first newsletter (this is only the second) you can click here and read it on my blog. (The first one went out on Friday, April 15.)

There was one broken link in my first newsletter, which took you to my blog post called Going Bone Deep. The link should be good this time around.

Some of you told me you didn’t get the first newsletter. Likely one of two things happened, either I got your e-mail address wrong or the newsletter went into your Spam/Junk folder.

You will either be getting this newsletter once or twice (or even zero times–but then you won’t even know it). After I send it out I am going to follow up with an e-mail. This will let me know who’s e-mail I have incorrect. And if I have it correct it will alert you that … Continue reading

Going bone deep

Every week in my yoga classes I have a theme.

Last week and today we went bone deep.

My theme idea came from an article a student shared with me. It was originally in the New York Times and was reprinted in The Oregonian.

Click here for a link to the article.

Weight-bearing exercises, which includes many yoga poses, can actually reverse some of the negative effects of osteopenia (loss of bone density) and osteoporosis (bone loss).

The article that spurred last week’s sequence and today’s post is about a doctor at Columbia who did a study with 11 practitioners who practiced yoga and had results of increased bone density in their spine and hips.

The NIH (National Institutes of Health) has also done studies on the effects of yoga and osteoporosis and found that weight-bearing yoga training had a positive effect on bone by slowing down bone resorption (break down of bone).

The 12 poses the doctor gave his yogis to practice are:

Review Wednesday: Be More Yogic

Be More Yogic is a website, which offers yoga video classes for all levels and styles, to use online. The videos are compatible on the iPhone, iPad, Macbooks, Apple TV, Android, tablets, PCs, laptops and HD TVs.

You can sign up for a free trial, which according to the site, lasts as long as you want.

The site offers three teachers; various levels; about 50 videos, videos from 5 minutes to almost 120 minutes; a variety of yoga styles, such as Vinyasa, Yin, meditation, Ashtanga, breathing, etc.

Short tutorials and breakdowns on poses are also offered. There’s even yoga for runners and desk yoga. The site also offers a blog and a bio on each teacher.

There were no full free practices. But the free videos give you a good idea of the site, such as guided meditation, instruction on a few poses and yoga tips for flights.

To use the free classes you have to sign up as a member. But all you have to do is give first and last name, e-mail address and create a password. After that you are good to go.

The site describes Be More Yogic as an online Yoga Community offering yoga video classes … Continue reading

Learning so much with yoga sub

The 10 a.m. yoga class had a sub. Like most regulars I get used to the same yoga classes with the same instructors. But I am almost always OK with a sub as you learn something new or have a new experience. (Sometimes that is not the case. But at Namaste there has never been a sub I haven’t liked.)

Ai (pronounced I) taught class today. She was awesome. The practice was great. And she gave so many amazing tips while teaching us. I am going to try to remember them to share with you:

Testing and trying out new classes

Since my a.m. Monday/Wednesday yoga class has been “temporarily” canceled (I am keeping my fingers crossed that that is just temporary) I am trying to figure out what to do on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Last Wednesday I added another night of spin. Today I went to an evening yoga class called Yoga Fundamentals. It was a more basic yoga class. But it really put focus on each pose we did. For Warrior II we did it against the wall. We used a block to press our knee against the block to press against the wall. It really made me focus on keeping my knee in the correct position.

I enjoyed the class and will likely go again. Since I have next Monday off from work I will try to hit a noon spin class, which is taught by Jennifer, my Saturday spin teacher.

Apparently Warror II is my pose

In yoga class on Monday my teacher Sarah told me that Warrior II is my pose while we all were in Warrior II pose.

So, I am assuming that means I do the pose pretty well. She even told me I could go lower to get closer to parallel to the ground.

I have gone to yoga the past three days. Monday and this morning and yesterday to Sean’s class during my lunch break.