Battle the Bulge at Barreyasa

Saturday, November 21, 2015

12:15pm to 1:30pm

Barre Centric

8075 Main St, Clarence, New York 14221
Don’t let this holiday season weigh you down. Challenge your body and feel your power by sweating with me at Barre Centric of Buffalo to an intensive fusion workout of yoga and barre. Live pumping music from a talented local DJ will rock us to this flow style 75 min class that will sure make you shake, smile and walk away with sass! Best of all, it’s FREE to the community as our gift to you. We will even do a free raffle of a pair of toe socks to keep your love for Barre strong and lean into 2016!

RSVP with Barre Centric or myself as space is limited. We would love to help you celebrate your body and battle the holiday bulge in a healthy and fun way!

For more about me or Fit2bWell, check out www.Fit2bWell.com. See you at the Barre.

Fitness Edge Radio Interviews Dr. Joanne Wu

We discuss a couple of different forms of yoga in today’s episode of Fitness Edge Radio.

First, Dr. Joann Wu introduces us to the world of acro-yoga. Listen to the Podcast here 

radio spotlight

Movement of the Month: Aerial Yoga

What is Aerial Yoga? Aerial Yoga uses a hammock sling to help you feel a different type of stretch in your yoga! Afraid of inversions? No need to have to go upside down. By using the hammock as a suspension system, you can add more body weighted exercises to your yoga program to build strength and stamina, improving your posture, your balance and your well-being.

Feel free to check out my new Aerial Yoga Flow class at www. http://aerialartsrochester.com/

(Fit2bWell tip: Talk with your doctor about your desire to do aerial yoga. Inversions are not recommended if you have uncontrolled blood pressure. Be careful about rapid changes in your posture from going upside down to right side up. Your body needs time to adjust from the shifts in blood flow.)

Movement of the Month: Celebrate JOY of summer with Anjaneyasana “Crescent Lunge Pose”

Summer sun is around the corner and I love practicing this heart opening, joyful pose. This picture was taken at my friends’ Will and Jen’s Aerial Arts of Rochester studio.  It tones our chest, abdomen, butt, thighs, calves, feet and ankles. It stretches our hips and groins It brightens your energy and reduces fatigue. Ignite your internal sunshine!

(Fit2bWell tip: Feel free to modify with a low lunge version by placing your back knee and thigh bone down onto a padded blanket. Uncertain about balance? Try with a high back chair in front of you as a guide.  For a challenge, kick it up a notch by doing a variation with aerial yoga like I demonstrate here, with back foot on an aerial hammock.)

1.)   Start in Adho Mukha Svanasana (Downward-Facing Dog). Exhale and step your right foot forward between your hands, aligning your knee over the heel. Keep your left leg strong and firm. If you are would like to do a low lunge variation, feel free to start kneeling both knees on a padded blanket.  Keep your left knee grounded, as you take your right food forward. Your feet should be approximately hips width distance apart. Similar to above, you should start by aligning your knee over the heel. Keep the ball of the left rooted, similar to the energy of the left knee and top of thigh. Pretend in both versions the back foot is stepping on to the back wall.

2.)   Inhale and raise your torso to upright. At the same time, sweep your arms wide to the sides and raise them overhead, palms facing. Feel free to explore other variations, such as Namaste (prayer position) or cactus variation, where palms face the front, upper arms are parallel to the floor at shoulder height and elbows at 90 deg. These would work your shoulder girdle in various degrees and engage your shoulder blades with various degrees of difficulty.

3.)   Be careful not to overarch the lower back. Lengthen your tailbone toward the floor and tuck your pelvis softly forward. This will bring the shoulder blades deeper into the back and help support your chest and integrate the core into the strength of this pose. Allow your gaze to lift the heart upwards.

4.)   Be sure not to press the front ribs forward. Draw them down and into the torso. Hold for 6-10 breaths.

5.)   Transition back to Down Dog or knee kneeling pose after completion. Hold for a few breaths and repeat with the left foot forward for the same length of time.