As you can imagine the life of a yoga instructor is rather active and very often turned upside down.
I spend a fair amount of time on my hands reversing my perspective on life and letting all the built up clutter that accumulates through life fall out of the crown of my head through headstands and handstands. It's a blessing and an instant refresher.
Problem is, I got hit with a bought of vertigo in the past week. Needless to say, a yoga instructor with vertigo is a punch line waiting to happen. My daily love affair with my yoga mat has been put on hold. I initially went into full-on pout mode-feeling bad for myself, wanting to be outside enjoying the weather, using my body and living my normal life. Turns out this has been a bit of a blessing. These unexpected bumps in the road force us to stop, look around, absorb and slow down. My dog is in full nurse mode enjoying our extra time in bed. I've been working on breath work and mediation to ground my buzzing energy instead of flipping
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As you can imagine the life of a yoga instructor is rather active and very often turned upside down.Read More »from Homemade Turkey and White Bean Chili
Keep true to your new year resolution to strengthen your body and mind even if you don't have time to go to the studio. Take this 20 minute yoga flow podcast to build heat, endurance, confidence and sweat! Video and sequence courtesy of Yoga Journal and Kathryn Budig.Read More »from Move and Sweat! 20 Minute Yoga Flow for Home
Enjoy this sequence? Build on by trying these at-home practices as well:
Strengthen Your Core
Twist and Detox
Accessible Arm Balancing
Kathryn Budig is a popular Los Angeles vinyasa flow instructor and writer who's clientele ranges from celebrities such as Alanis Morissette and Giada de Laurentiis to new mothers and students. She travels nationally and is regularly featured in yoga and health publications.
A simple yoga sequence designed by Yogaworks instructor, Kathryn Budig, to open and relieve the chest and shoulders. Also aids in wrist and forearm relief from too much time at a computer or hunched over the wheel. Great for everyday, to greet your morning, to warm up before your work out or to unwind after a work day.Read More »from Everyday Yoga Shoulder Openers
Kathryn Budig is a popular Los Angeles vinyasa flow instructor who's clientele ranges from celebrities such as Alanis Morissette and Giada de Laurentiis to new mothers and students. She travels nationally and is regularly featured in yoga and health publications.
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Want to have a strong core but don't have the time to even leave the house?
Visit www.yogajournal.com/podcast and unroll your yoga mat at home to take class with Los Angeles Yogaworks instructor, Kathryn Budig.
Follow this short and sweet yoga sequence designed to fire up the abs, create strength, and build confidence.
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- Kathryn Budig | Healthy Living – Fri, Sep 11, 2009 3:26 PM EDT
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A satirical take on how yoga could help the characters from Bon Temps in HBO's hit show, 'True Blood' survive the season two finale (airing Sunday, September 13th).
Yoga sequence provided by Santa Monica based Yogaworks instructor and True Blood fan, Kathryn Budig.
Kathryn Budig is a popular Los Angeles vinyasa flow instructor who's clientele ranges from celebrities such as Bill Murray and Giada de Laurentiis to new mothers and students. She travels nationally and is regularly featured in yoga and health publications.
We've all been there. Last minute decision to go out and grab 'a drink or two' which translates to several bottles. Bad blind date that seems a little more interesting from the bottom of a martini glass. Or three. Birthday parties to prove that you can still 'roll' like you did in college (let's face it, that was a special time in our kidney's history). Wedding receptions, tailgates, heck, monday night. Point is, you drink too much and then the following morning ensues: throbbing, pounding, can't see straight, i'd-rather-never-see-the-light-of-day-again kind of hangover. The sad truth is that there is no getting around it. Must deal. Your options are as follows:
1. grab your handy bag of frozen peas, place over face. Burrow under covers. Breath from straw. Spend day there.
2. 'greasy food and coffee' cure. Honestly, do we still really believe in that?
3. yes, you guessed. Get your tushy in a yoga class and DETOX. Sweat the night (tequila) out and purify. The first 20Read More »from User Post: Yoga to Cure Hangover Blues
What better way to celebrate the arrival of summer (and bikinis) than to whip out a fresh batch of Sun Salutations (and sweat)! Sun Salutations (Surya Namaskara) are used at the beginning of yoga classes to build heat in the body to prepare yourself for the deeper postures. Try these salutations at the beginning of the day to greet the sun and set your energy. If that isn't possible, use this sequence anytime you need extra energy or want to build up a sweat. Repeat this sequence 5-10 times to lift your heart rate, create sweat (detox) and get bikini ready!
Break it Down:
Begin in Tadasana (Moutain Pose). Feet together, stand tall with arms at the sides.
Inhale, reach the arms wide until the palms press overhead. Gaze up relaxing the base of the neck.
Exhale, release the arms wide into a forward fold, extending the chest from the hips until the hands touch the floor to either side of your feet . If the palms won't go flat come onto fingertips or hands to shins.
Inhale,Read More »from Here Comes the Sun (and Bikinis)!
Hips. The sassy star of voluptuousness or the bane of your hourglass existence. You either love them or hate them, and if you're a woman you've most likely battled with 'love-handles'.
I affectionately prefer the term 'passion-handles' because as aesthetically pleasing as a supermodel with flesh-free sides may be in a magazine, most men prefer something a bit more curvy, feminine and real (think sexy Jessica Biel and va-va-voom Jennifer Lopez).
Basically, hourglass figures rock, and ladies, be proud but be smart. For starters, watch what you eat. Focus on plenty of water, organic food, leafy dark greens and lean protein. Try to keep the sugar at bay. Next, keep the curves in check by keeping them strong. In yoga, we practice a pose called Side Plank or Vashistasana. Fancy name, right? Vashist was an ancient sage who I'm guessing had some killer oblique muscles and sassy hips. This yoga pose targets your internal and external obliques (side abdominal muscles) whileRead More »from User Post: Love and Rock the Curves Youâ€™re In
Hit the alarm clock then hit the ground running. Slam a coffee then slam the gas petal. Full throttle all day going from 0 to 60 miles per hour until the head hits the pillow at the very end of the day. Then a funny thing happens: the eyes won't shut. Insomnia, that evil sleep-stealing monster that lurks under the bed. It thrives off of stress and anxiety and what we call in yoga, 'the constant fluctuations of the mind'. Tonight, instead of slamming into your bed with wishful thinking of bliss-filled uninterrupted sleep, try unrolling your yoga mat for this small sequence to calm your mind, your nervous system and put those pesky gate-jumpy sheep away for good.
UTTANASANA (Standing Forward Fold): In your most comfortable PJ's, start standing with your back against the wall, feet separated hips width and placed one foot away from the wall. Engage your quadriceps (front muscle on thigh) and extend your torso until you can melt over your legs. Keep the bottomRead More »from Yoga for Restful Sleep
Spring has sprung! Change is all around us: warmer weather, brighter colors, lightened spirits, frisky libidos and, yikes! Smaller clothing! Tank top season is upon us and sexy, shapely arms are the best and always 'hip' accessory. I'm going to teach you two simple yoga moves that will help all arm types. It will whip 'skinny girl' arms into lean, alluring muscles and it will take those pesky bat wings and shrink them into some good lookin' guns. 'But, I don't want scary Madonna arms....' No worries. That's the beauty of yoga. It builds incredible strength AND mobility. There will be no bulky muscles, just gorgeous tone that shows you are feminine on the outside and pure ninja on the inside.
PS. Boys can join the club, too.
Plank Pose and Chaturanga Dandasana (Four-limbed Staff Pose):
- begin on all fours. Hands are shoulder width apart with the shoulders stacking directly over the wrists. Knees and feet are hip width apart with hips stacking directly above the knees
- Arms stay