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Pose of the Week – Utkatasa; Dig INN!

Yoga teacher training is going well. It sure is exhausting though, to have no break between the workweek, training, another workweek, another training… whew. I am thankful for the break I’ll get this coming weekend. In the meantime, I took it easy today.

I’ve been meaning to share this yummy lunch that I had my first weekend of training. It was from the newly re-named Dig Inn (formerly known as The Pump Energy Food). So this is:

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1) choice protein: lemon chicken

2) grains or greens: mixed greens

3) fresh sides: balsamic mushrooms, red cabbage slaw, indian spiced carrots

And I believe the sauce I got was the roasted red pepper, which has almonds (or some other nut) in it.

Delicious. I got a full size and finished it but I think I could have made do with less – I was way too full afterwards! (I’m still working on this “moderation” thing.)

In other news, here is your pose of the week: the dreaded chair pose!

Chair Pose, or Utkatasana

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“Hips down, arms up: utkatasana.”

  • 10 deep ujjayi breaths if you want to build some heat. 5 for less heat.
  • Other options: twist to right for 5 breaths; return to center; twist to left for 5 breaths.

What are the benefits of utkatasana?

  • Improves balance
  • Strengthens and works the quads, but also the ankles, lower legs, feet, and spine.
  • Chest opening (if you do it right – glide those shoulders down the back)
  • Chair twists will stimulate digestion and improve elimination and detoxing

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Weekend Link Love [on a Tuesday...] – 09.20.2011

Thank you for all the well wishes on my big announcement! Again, I can’t wait to share what I learn here on the blog.

Now, if I’m not careful, this WLL on a Tuesday is going to become a regular habit icon wink Weekend Link Love [on a Tuesday...] – 09.20.2011 Sometimes I just want to write about something else on the weekend so my apologies for the belated post.

Do you have any links of love?

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This evening I took an advanced yoga class at my studio and it was great. I had one last night as well but tonight’s was one of the best classes I’ve ever taken. It was one of those nights where everyone was into it; everyone was breathing; everyone was sweating within the first five minutes. I pushed myself and managed to practice getting into poses that I don’t usually get to do in the regular classes. Like full pigeon! I didn’t even know it existed.

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I’m thinking I might do a “pose of the week” feature here – this week’s pose (and by “pose of the week” I really just mean what pose I am into that day) has got to be Supta Baddha Konasana.

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It’s incredibly relaxing for your hips, if you can just let go. If you need extra support, use blankets like in the picture. It’s a good counter pose to bridge, and it’s perfect for leading into savasana.

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Have a great night!