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Yoga for the Feet

Hello, Lovely! I missed you last week! As you know, we've been on a real estate roller coaster for the past few weeks and somehow I didn't get around to writing last week's newsletter. A quick real estate update: we are in the beginning stages of negotiation on a property. I can't divulge too many details, but please stay tuned. I'll have another update next week.

This week I made a new video for you: Yoga for the Feet. It's a yoga practice you do with your feet, but it benefits the whole body. Huh, you ask? Well...

http://youtu.be/g-2dRCZbdJI

The feet are the foundation of the body, but we often neglect our feet badly. For most people, their feet spend most of their lives inside shoes, where they have little opportunity to move.

When feet don't get exercise, they become inflexible and weak, and they can cause the ankles, knees, and hips to move into unhealthy alignment. This can cause undue wear and tear, as well as pain, throughout the body.

Yoga for your feet is an easy, no-cost way to make sure your feet are both flexible and strong so that they create a stable foundation for your body. Plus, flexible, strong feet look really pretty!

Try it out! Then please let me know how it goes for you. Do find that your knee pain is gone? Do you feel taller? Do your shoulders feel more relaxed? Please post your thoughts in the Comments below!

Until next week, Lots of love, Zelinda

Share the Yoga!

This week I got to thinking about the fact that I do yoga poses everywhere I go. Whenever I feel an ache in my body, I instinctively move into a yoga pose to release the muscular tightness. I know most people would be self-conscious about doing yoga in public, but I'm pretty shameless, or maybe practical. I think about it like this... Yoga can help you make your body feel better, instantly, in some cases. So why not do it whenever the urge strikes?

I believe the more people do yoga in public, the more yoga will become commonplace, and the more people will be exposed to the benefits of yoga. That's why I don't give a second thought to taking my yoga with me wherever I go - I'm focusing my well-being and I might even inspire another person to focus on their well-being.

This week I visited my hair salon for a haircut. I sat in my stylist's chair for about half an hour, and when my hair was done my back and hips were tight from sitting still so long. So what did I do? When I went up to the counter to pay, I did a half downward facing dog while the receptionist pulled up my bill. It took 5 seconds, no one even noticed (except my hair dresser, who graciously snapped a photo for me), and I felt instantly relaxed and energized. Where's the harm in that?

I often tell my classes about how I practice yoga at the grocery store and when I'm in line at Chipotle. It's no joke!

And if I can convince my husband to keep the kids so I can do the grocery shopping by myself, the shopping trip transforms into a blissful experience with the addition of a few yoga poses.

My favorite is a half downward facing dog with my hands on the shopping cart. I do this one everywhere I go, because it's quick and easy and it helps the whole body feel better. Anyone can do it!

 

In line at Chipotle I once got caught in the middle of a standing hand to foot pose and I have to admit I was a little embarrassed, so now I stick to more covert poses like a little baby modified dancer's pose (shown at right) that no one will notice.

So what about you? Do you ever sneak yoga poses into your day? Or do you feel too self-conscious to try? Please share your thoughts in the comments below!

AND! I've got a fun contest to inspire you to be present in your body, be conscious about how you're feeling, and move into a yoga pose whenever you might need it, even if it's in public.

Go to our Facebook page and post a photo of yourself doing a yoga pose in a public place and get entered into our drawing for a $100 gift certificate to The Yoga Room! We'll accept entries through November 15th and we'll pick the winner at random from amongst all the entries.

Go out and share the yoga! :)

Lots of love, Zelinda