Stand on One Foot

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Jeff standing on one foot throwing boiling water into the air on a subzero day of January 2014.

It’s that slippery time of year, when each time we leave the house we risk slipping on the ice and having a fall.   We may not have as much snow or the subzero temps like last year, however it’s still icy out there!

One thing you can do everyday to help your balance is simply stand on one foot.   You can stand on one foot at a time while brushing your teeth each morning to make it a part of your routine.  Consistently working on your balance is going to help you tremendously as you navigate the slick sidewalks, parking lots, and driveways.

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Working on balance at home – big and small balances.

A great one to start with is Vrksasana or Tree Pose.  Standing on one leg and placing the opposite foot along the inner ankle, calf, or thigh of the standing leg.

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Working on strength and flexibility in Yoga class – Yoga for all.

Work at home or in class on strength, flexibility, and balance.  Join us anytime at the Aurora Yoga Center.   There are many classes for all levels of students each week.

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Tummy Time at the AYC.

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Don’t Fall!

See you at the studio and stay standing!

Peace & Love, Lisa & Jeff

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Lower-Back Pain

Happy New Year!

Glad to be back on the blog! – Life has been good and extra busy with our new addition.   Herbert Jude Manning was born on September 22, 2014.  He is a super sweet and happy baby.

Low back pain is a problem for so many of us.   Jeff came across the following article today, it is from a study about pain treatment.Jeff reading

“Regarding lower-back pain, there are many possible treatments available.  In a recent study, 492 participants complaining of lower-back pain were questioned as to the methods of treatment they had tried and the efficacy of each.  The study found that among those who tried treatment by yoga instructors, 96 percent of the cases had moderate to long-term relief from symptoms, compared to 65 percent who reported the same level of relief when they were treated by physical therapists, 28 percent who were treated by chiropractors, 10 percent who were treated by massage therapists, and only 4 percent who were treated by neurologists.  The clear superiority of yoga and physical therapy in regard to lower-back pain is likely due to their emphasis on exercises that strengthen the muscles of the back and the supporting muscles of the abdomen; the more fit you are in terms of yogic conditioning, the less likely you are to suffer from lower-back pain.”  From the International Journal of Yoga Therapy 13 (2003):55

backbendsJeff Manning demonstrating some back-bending poses at the Aurora Yoga Center.  Back bends are excellent for strengthening the back muscles.

“Happy Baby Pose”  is also good for your back!

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Herbie teaching class alongside Daddy.

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Try a Happy Baby Pose – it may help your back…. it may also relieve some gas!

Peace & Love, Jeff & Lisa

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