Inversion workshop

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A few weeks ago, my friend Ansley and I led an arm balance and inversion workshop at The Cornwell Center.  We designed this workshop around the common “tricks” most yogis want to learn.   We asked the participants to write on the mirror (with dry erase markers..not sharpies!) the two main inversions they wanted to learn.  Mountain climber, crow, side crow, headstand, and handstand were the most popular requests.

Much to Ansley’s dismay, I offered everyone a money back guarantee if they didn’t leave doing at least one of the stunts we taught.  (Basically, I just blurted it out in our introductions)  Lucky for us, every got into at least one arm balance or inversion.  (And lucky for them, they got into something, right?)

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Ansley led the group through a warm up, being careful not to add to many vinyasas…saving their shoulders.    We have both been to workshops similar to this one in the past, and agreed that sometimes the warm up was so intense, we were too worn out to do anything else!

Inversions are so good for you.  It doesn’t have to be a handstand or a headstand if that seems scary to you!  You can get yourself into happy baby, shoulder stand, or even prop your legs up against a wall.

Below is a list of the top 10 benefits of getting upside down:

  • Inversions reverse the blood flow in the body and improve circulation
  • Increase immunity and prevent illness.
  • Energize.
  • Relax.
  • Improve balance.
  • Increase core strength.  And shoulders and arms
  • Build confidence.
  • Stay humble.
  • Literally give us a new perspective on life.
  • Inversions are fun!

–list borrowed from Yoganonymous.  Read the full article HERE

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Here is my friend Courtney getting off the wall in her handstand!   Handstand is still my nemesis.  I have been working for over a year pretty much daily.  There are days that I hold it (off a wall!) for a long time.  (and by a long time I mean 10 seconds.) Then there are days where I have actually crumbled to the ground.  The important thing is–I keep doing it.  I want handstand in my practice.  So I practice it.

Ansley and I are not experts at any of these inversions.  I think that is what made the workshop so successful.  We were able to share what works and what hasn’t  worked for us to get into some of these poses.  Ansley and I also have different training backgrounds, so it was awesome to share varied perspectives.

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This is me in my favorite inversion, Fallen Angel.

This workshop was so fun and informative for us as teachers and for the attendants.  Be on the lookout for another one in 2015 at The Cornwell Center!

How do you feel about inversions in your yoga practice?  What is your favorite arm balance and why?

Project 12 Update!

It is still October, and I am still trying to live outside my comfort zone.  I tell my yoga students all the time, “Try to get comfortable being uncomfortable.”

I have no idea how much I weigh, which has been very uncomfortable.   I have had days where I felt kind of skinny and wanted to get it out and weigh myself, but left it in the garage.  There have been days where I am very glad it is in the garage.  Like today for example…

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Last night,  I  figured out I have been drinking Pepsi instead of Diet Pepsi for the past two weeks.  I have one of these caffeine free bad boys about every other night.  (I know they are horrible, but I used to drink 3- 4 a day!)  So, yes.  I have been ingesting 200 calories and 50 grams of sugar, then going to bed.  As far as I am concerned, sugar is evil.  The only reason I am happy about this is that it completely confirms that sugar is evil.  I have been experiencing stomach cramping and other unmentionable UC symptoms the past two weeks.  I am not under any stress, and I have made no other dietary changes.  PROOF that sugar is like swallowing little pills that explode into barbed wire and tear up your intestines and colon.  Go to hell sugar!

I tried a new style of yoga…Jivamukti, at a studio I have never practiced at before.  (this is a big deal for me, ya’ll.)

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My friend Sharon was waiting for me on a rocking chair outside of Yoga Shala, a cute little studio off Park Road.  We went upstairs, where Tai lead us through our practice.  Jivamukti means “liberation while living.”

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I loved the class.  I had to listen very carefully to Tai’s cues, so I was completely out of my monkey mind, which is a good thing!  Jivamukti  classes can be quite physically intense…this one was!  Each class has a theme, which is explored through yoga scripture, chanting, meditation, asana, pranayama, and music.  Tai continued to bring us back to the intention of letting go of old habits, and forming new ones.  Basically to step out of our comfort zone.  Hello.  Sound familiar?  (Again…there are no coincidences.)

I also didn’t freak out when I felt a hair on my cheek…that one must have finally grown back from the Lazy 5 Ranch.  Comfortable Kacy would have driven straight to CVS and bought some tweezers.  Instead I just let it go.  It’s October so I am Uncomfortable Kacy.   I even rolled down my window and let it flap in the wind a little.

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And then I made this prayer wall.  I am going to rotate out the sticky notes weekly.  I see these daily when I am getting ready in the morning.   These have helped me to actually pray for people.  You know how you say you’ll pray for people, and then its Sunday again and you are all like…uh, oh, um, whoops.  I really want to be a prayerful person so I have been praying for these people…out loud.  I know God can hear me when I pray silently.  But praying out loud takes a lot of guts.

Would you like to be on my prayer wall?  Leave a comment, and I will add you.  I need the practice and you need the prayers.  🙂

 

Rodan and Fields

 

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I sat down with my friend Claire, who has recently become a consultant with Rodan and Fields.  Unless you live under a rock, you’ve heard of this skin care line.  If you have been living under a rock, check out THIS PAGE.

Bottom line is that two of the most trusted (women!) doctors in dermatology have created a regimen for every skin type.   The ultimate goal is to clear up skin conditions such as acne, sun damage, or rosacea, then move on to the anti-aging regimen, Redefine.  Doctors Rodan and Fields have created a multi medical therapy approach that has less than a 1% return rate.  And yes… you can return if not pleased with results.  R+F has a 60 day empty bottle money back guarantee!  If you have a drawer full of half used skincare products, or just don’t see the results you want, this is for you.

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This is the basket of goodies Claire gave me!  I am starting with the UNBLEMISH skin care line.   This line includes a sulfur face wash, a dark spot fading toner, a dual intensive acne treatment, and an oil control lotion.  I just started using this on Monday (10/13).  I’ll post my results in a month, before I switch to the REDEFINE.

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Here is a giant picture of my face.  Just do you know I won’t cheat when I take my after picture in November.  My skin is not horrible, but you can see I have some hormonal acne on my chin and jaw line, and post-inflammatory hyperpigmentation.  (brown spots that happen after a breakout has healed.

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Acne not a problem for you?  The SOOTHE regimen is for Rosacea, and the REVERSE regimen clears up sun damage.   Once you take care of those issues, all roads lead to the REDEFINE.

SIDE NOTE:  I happened to have a private client, who is 38, and looks about 25.  A few weeks ago, I finally asked her how her skin looked so amazing, and turns out she is a consultant also and has been using R+F for a year now.

Claire also gave me 2 packets of Acute Care in my basket.  We all know I finally admitted to getting my wrinkle secret, and I am not scared of a needle.  (Dysport for president.  and Shine Tights for VP)

IMG_8794This is Claire’s before and after…after only 1 use.

Acute Care patches are designed to fill wrinkles while you sleep by using a patented liquid cone technology that melts into wrinkles to fill them up. 
They are like a clear bandaid that you place on wrinkle before you go to bed.  For best results,  you use once every 3 nights for a month,  then results last an additional two months!
The ONLY way you can get this product this month is to become a Rodan and Fields preferred customer by October  22. This means Claire gets you started on one of R+F awesome skincare regimens so your skin is perfectly primed for Acute Care.  (Plus you get 10% off!)

Check out her site at:   Clairerose.myrandf.com 
Email Claire at : Clairerose5423@gmail.com

Well… maybe there is one other way to get your hands on Acute Care.  Since I am not going to use my patches, I am giving them away!  On October 22, I will announce the two lucky winners will have the chance to fill up those wrinkles.  (Each pouch comes with 2 Acute Care patches)

Wanna fill a wrinkle overnight?  It is easy to win– 3 easy steps!

1.  Leave a comment below about why you should be one of the lucky winners.
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