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    Lessons of Summer Yoga

    The sweat.  The drip.  The soak.  The Slip.  Summer yoga. 

    Nasty? Therapeutic?  Cathartic? Cleansing? Liberating?  Risky?  Exhausting?  Depends on your perspective.  Whatever it is, though, doing yoga in the summer is significantly different than in the winter, especially in this big bad NYCity.  Over the summers of practicing and teaching, I have come to learn a few critical facts that can make YOUR summer sweat better, smoother, chiller.

    1. DON’t SLIP!  Yes, your mat is sweaty.  And yes, it is made of rubber.  But you do not HAVE to slip!  They key to the non-slip is not buying $80 towel, but rather using what you already have – your intrinsic muscles.  The body is composed of the major muscle groups, yes, but also countless other smaller muscles, especially around the hands and feet.  If you engage all of them, even if you do not exactly know their names or what they are, you will not slip.  This goes for the back leg in Warrior 2, to the top of the feet in Up Dog,  to your hands and feet in wheel,  the infamous Down Dog, and everything in between.

    Example: Instead of plopping and ‘being’ in Down Dog, press down extra on your index finger and thumb, and from there across the four corners of the palm of your hand.  Make sure you are then pressing down on all three knuckles of all ten fingers.  Contract your quadriceps and reach down through the back of your legs, distributing the weight more evenly across the front and back of each foot.  Let your neck hang, but suck your abdomen up, realigning your center of gravity. 

    2. LET it SWEAT.  You are going to end up soaked in sweat no matter what, at least after an I.AM.YOU. class, so just drip with it!   As tough as it may sound, try not to wipe your face or limbs with a towel.  The seasons change, and your body changes with them for a reason, whether you like it or not.  Use the free flowing sweat as a natural cleansing mechanism for your insides after months of stagnation and hibernation.  Let each bead of sweat be a release of an intangible or tangible toxin on your insides let your summer body clean itself. 

    3.  HOLD OFF on the H20.  Had to leave this one for last in fear of virtual attacks,but it has to be said.  Drinking water during a yoga class is not the same as drinking water during a bootcamp, hoops match, or anything else.  The whole purpose of yoga is to change your body from the inside, out, and to move your internal energy upwards.  Like this you can create your ideal body and your ideal mind, tangible body and mind.  Every time you take a swig of water during class, you are pushing DOWN the energy you are trying to engender and bring UP, almost nullifying all the efforts that made you think you needed the water in the first place. So try to keep the water to a minimum during class, and then free for all chug as soon as you get off the mat.

    TRY IT!

    I.AM.YOU.

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    DAY 8: THE NEW YOU ROUTINE.

    You should be feeling pretty proud of yourself for sticking to doing one pose a day, and whether you know it or not your body and mind are already thanking you for it!  Take a look at this video and then practice the sequence on your own, every day, for the next 7 days, or just practice along with me, every day, for the next 7 days.   It is guaranteed to lock the NEW YOU in to YOU.

    Follow along at www.iamyoustudio.com/blog. And for more at home check out I.AM.YOU. on Itunes! http://itunes.apple.com/us/artist/i-am-you-studio/id441745244.

    Let us know how it feels!!

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    DAY 4: WARRIOR 2, VIRABHADRASANA 2.

    Why?  The Warrior of the Warriors.  Energizing, fierce, and intense. Warrior 2 builds and tones leg muscles, relives cramps in the calves and thighs, and if done correctly, serves as an Ab work without the pain of crunching.  Perfect for Day 4 of 7DAYS & 7NIGHTS to a NEW YOU.

    How?

    -From Down dog, inhale step the left foot forward in between the hands OR from Tadasana (standing up tall at the front of your mat) step your right foot back 3-4 feet and ground the back heel. 

    -Exhale bend your front knee to a ninety degree angle

    -Inhale open your arm and hips so that your torso faces the side of your mat

    -Exhale bring your arms parallel to the floor and gaze forward over your front middle finger

    -Make sure your back foot is parallel to the back of the mat or angled in at 15 degrees, and NEVER pointed backwards 

    -Keep bending your front knee so that it is just over the ankle and second toe, and so you can see your big toe. 

    -Keep your heels are in one line or the back foot instep is bisecting the front heel

    -Keep your body perpendicular to the ground and not leaning forward, and the abdomen sucked back and up

    -To EXIT either:

    -Go back to Day 2, Inhale place your hands on the floor and step your front foot back to a plank pose. Exhale stay here or find Chatarunga.   Inhale Up Dog. Exhale Down Dog

    or 

    –Inhale, Step forward to the front of the mat, and find Tadasana, feet touching, legs straight, hands at heart.

    -Repeat on the right side.

    Did you feel more energetic after? 

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