Fitness

 

Holiday Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers  | TheDanceGrad.comHoliday Gift Guide for Yoga Lovers

Its that time of year! Time to shop for gifts! Lately, I have been very interested in all things related to yoga because that has been my main focus over the past year as a new teacher & ongoing yoga student! Therefore, I thought that I should put together a gift guide of a few things that every yoga-loving-girl would LOVE to receive as a holiday gift this year! So, check out my favorite gift items for yoginis! Read More…

 

 

 

 

Why Dancers Need Yoga | Yoga for Dancers | TheDanceGrad.comWhy Dancers Need Yoga | Yoga for Dancers

I can’t stress to you enough how much dancers need Yoga. Not just on a physical level, but a mental one as well. Some of you who regularly follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest,Instagram, and Google+ know that I’ve… Read More

 

 

 

 

Yoga for Dancers | Hip Opening Sequence | TheDanceGrad.comYoga For Dancers: Hip Opening Sequence

Today’s post shows you a brief Yoga for Dancers sequence that I created to warm up the body and open the hips! As dancers, you definitely need to release any tension you may have in the hip area as well as creating as much flexibility as possible. This sequence is a short one, but the postures can… Read More…

 

 

 

 

Why is Savasana So Important? |TheDanceGrad.comWhy The End of Yoga Class Is So Important | Savasana (Corpse Pose)

Let me paint you a picture here. So, you’re in a Yoga class, and you’ve just finished a really great workout! It combined stretching & strengthening, and it made you feel really uplifted and energized! You’re just about done with the class, and you’re ready to get on with the rest of your day when your teacher says, “Now come to lying on your backs, relax your legs slightly apart, turn your palms up towards the ceiling, and close your eyes.” You say to yourself, “I don’t have time for this sh… Read More…

 

 

5 Reasons You Should Practice Yoga | TheDanceGrad.com5 Reasons You Should Practice Yoga

Since most of my Yoga students are beginners, I thought it might be beneficial to write about why I (and many others) think Yoga is so flippin’ great. I know a lot of people really want to try it but haven’t gotten around to it for one reason or another, and I’m here to say, “There’s no time like the present! Do Yoga NOW!” I know that may seem a bit pushy, but… Read More…

 

 

 

 

Yoga Teacher Training | Final UpdateYoga Teacher Training | Final Update

The fourth and final week of the YTT (Yoga Teacher Training) was great! A lot of it consisted of reviewing information that we already learned for our exam, but we also learned a about restorative yoga, arm balances, and some work at the Iyengar Wall. The restorative and Iyengar day was really interesting, and performing those postures brought up a lot of emotions for me. Read More…

 

 

 

 

Yoga Teacher Training Update | Weeks 2 & 3 Yoga Teacher Training Update | Weeks 2 & 3

So, weeks 2 and 3 of the training were quite tough. This is my second post updating the progress of my 200 Hour Yoga Teacher Training Intensive. I had high hopes about writing separate updates for weeks two and three, but because my pilonidal cyst came back during the weekend after week 2 (perfect timing, right?), and I had to go to the hospital to get it lanced and drained, I couldn’t find the time to write a post. Anyway, since it is now Monday of week 4, I am going to briefly discuss my progress and status in terms of my body and my mental state. Read More…

 

 

Yoga Teacher Training Update | Week 1Yoga Teacher Training Update | Week 1

On Friday, I completed the first week of my 200 hour Yoga teacher training program, and I’m not going to lie to you, its a LOT of work. I am physically and (most of all) mentally exhausted. Since I am partaking in an intensive style program, I am learning a lot of information in a very short period of time. The program goes for 4 weeks, five days a week for 9 hours a day, and then we have two days off per week as well. Its basically a full time job except that I have to come home and do homework as well. Read More…

 

 

 

 

My Yoga Essentials | TheDanceGrad.comMy Yoga Essentials

As some of you know, I’m about to embark upon a yoga teacher training program. In preparation for this, I’ve been practicing yoga pretty regularly and therefore, thinking about yoga a lot. As for my blog (in addition to my posts for the 2014 Bloggers Challenge and other topics that I may cover), I will be doing a new series of posts in relation to the yoga teacher training program that will document my experiences along the way. Read More…

 

 

 

 

Benefits of Skiing | End of 24 Day Fitness ChallengeThe Benefits of Skiing

For my final 3 days of the challenge, I nixed the “fitness is free” ideology (for that short time period), and I went skiing! For those of you who are unfamiliar with the health benefits of skiing, I’m going to share all of them with you as well as my own personal experience. Skiing is a total body workout. Read More…

 

 

 

 

FItness Challenge- Seeing ResultsFitness Challenge | Seeing Results

As I reach the last couple of weeks of my fitness challenge, I am finally starting to notice a difference in my strength, stamina and flexibility. I am also noticing a slight difference in my physique, which I had not originally intended, but I’m not complaining about it either. For example, in the hot vinyasa flow class that I attended on day 19 of the challenge, I was able to complete all of the class’s vinyasa flow sequences without feeling overly exhausted. After the class, I felt more refreshed and invigorated instead of feeling tired. Read More…

 

 

How To Survive Hot YogaHow To Survive Hot Yoga

I have been taking some hot yoga classes lately, as mentioned in my Fitness Challenge posts. I like doing hot yoga because its a challenge, and I feel very refreshed after the class is over. Some people call it “cruel and unusual punishment,” and in a sense I completely agree. It pushes your body to very uncomfortable extremes, and its honestly painful. I personally like it for those reasons (not really the painful part), but also because it oddly relaxes your body at the same time. Read More…

 

 

 

 

Fitness Challenge ~ Yoga On Your OwnYoga on Your Own | Fitness Challenge

Anyway, for Week 6 of my Fitness Challenge, I’ve decided to mainly do yoga at home. Surprisingly, it was still a great workout since I knew how to push myself. Being someone who has been doing yoga for a while, although my body is out of shape {getting better though ;)}, I am still aware of the correct ways to do the poses, and I don’t really need much assistance in that area (except for the picture above where I’m falling out of the pose lol). Read More…

 

 

 

 

Fitness Challenge: Overcoming TirednessFitness Challenge | Overcoming Tiredness

We all know the feeling. The alarm goes off in the morning and you can barely open your eyes. The thought of getting up to go for a run or take a yoga class is beyond unthinkable. So, as you may be able to tell by the title of this post, this week has been a bit of a struggle for me because I have been extremely tired for some reason. I have tried to basically fight my own body to get past the feeling of sleepiness. Although I did succeed in completing the 3 days this week, it was probably the most painful part of the challenge yet! Read More…

 

 

Fitness Challenge: Yoga Class ~ Days 10 to 12Fitness Challenge | Yoga Class

For my Fitness Challenge this week- days 10 through 12 -I have been slightly against running outdoors because it is getting pretty cold outside. It turns out that when I run outside in the cold, I develop a pretty chesty cough, which is quite unpleasant (probably means I’m breathing incorrectly). In keeping with the theme of exercise being free, I have come across the opportunity (through my current job) to attend free yoga classes twice a week! For the third day, I basically braved the cold and ran for about 20 minutes. Read More…

 

 

Getting Into A Fitness RoutineFitness Challenge | Getting Into a Routine

For me, last week of my 24 Day Fitness Challenge was all about trying to get into a routine. As someone who doesn’t have a real routine at the moment in terms of work, I have to create one for myself revolving around my very random and a bit scattered life. Therefore, I found that exercising in the mornings work best for me, and its a lot easier to coordinate the rest of my day if my exercise routine is completed by around 11AM or earlier. For others that may be reading this- who have full-time jobs -my personal morning workout time is probably not going to work for you. Read More…

 

 

Fitness Challenge Days 4 & 5Fitness Challenge | Regaining Strength & Stamina

Hello again! I’ve decided to post about days 4 and 5 of my Fitness Challenge together because I did them consecutively so why not condense and avoid too much repetition, right? So, without further ado, here are my exercise logs starting with Day 4… Read More…

 

 

 

 

24 Day Fitness ChallengeFitness Challenge Series

Over the next 8 weeks (3 days per week = 24 days), I will be regaining my strength and stamina through running, and rebuilding my flexibility through yoga and other stretching exercises {24 Day Fitness Challenge}. Here is a collection of my posts recording my progress beginning from Day 1 all the way to the end. Hope you enjoy following along! Wish me luck!! Read More…