TO: Your Stressed Out, Overworked, Overtired, Under Appreciated Abode….YOUR INVITED!

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Calling all yogis, parents, students, friends, and humans that have bodies attached to their souls,

You have heard me rave and roar about YOGA TUNE UP® and its healing, smart, conscious corrective benefits and practices.  Well, now you can really get your hands on these therapeutic tools!  On December 7th, yours truly is going to roll out the red carpet for you and walk you through some of the most paradigm shifting work I have experienced in my practice to date.  Sign up early for the discount and know that this workshop will be right in time for the mid-holiday melt down…seriously we are going to MELT away tension and leave you blessed in spirit and blissed out of your mind…details below! XOXOM
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I Wanna Hold Your…Flexor Digitorum Superficialis?

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Recently I took an embodied anatomy course with the luminous Jill Miller, creator of Yoga Tune Up®.  Her Level One Teacher Training challenged me in more ways than I can even begin to perceive, but part of the work was to begin to familiarize and befriend the muscles, bones, structures and functions of healthy movement. The following is an essay I wrote on a very sweet muscle called the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis…I am hoping to have more conversations with the body like this for you to indulge in along with me-Cheers!

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I Wanna Hold Your…Flexor Digitorum Superficialis?

When the Beatles wrote “I Wanna Hold Your Hand” in the coquettish year of 1963 they were not singing about the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis, but this extrinsic flexor muscle, a master puppeteer of the fingers at the proximal interphalangeal joints, has been inspiring amorous hearts to link phalanges and palmer aponeurosis’s in expressions of school girl love for decades. This anterior muscle of the forearm originates at the medial epicondyle of the humerus, better known as the bottom of your upper arm bone, and at the radius and ulna, the two bones that form the structure of the forearm.  It splits into four tendons that insert in anterior margins on the bases of the middle phalanges of the four fingers, also known as your second knuckles. The most notable action of the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis, besides playing Cupid, is to flex the proximal interphalangeal joints, essentially creating that curling in of the fingers around a lovers hand.

flexdigitorumBy now I am sure you understand why this muscle is so important, if not only for sustaining your romantic thrills, the Flexor Digitorum Superficialis is also responsible for  taking care of details such as tying ribbons, unbuttoning buttons, playing the acoustic guitar, picking up seashells along the beach, and typing long lost love letters…just to mention a few.

With that in mind, let me do the honor of offering you some ideas as to how to keep this seductive muscle up to par, in Yoga Tune Up® we use poses to strengthen, awaken, stretch and understand muscles in a way that cultivates healthy movement. Check out Megaplank with Active Serratus to work on the action of flexion with the resistance of the floor, Dancing with Myself Minivini will help to stretch and lengthen the muscle, and Floating Angel Arms or Matador Circles will encourage the muscle to awaken in order to grip on to a blanket prop.

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So go forth young love bugs and strengthen your Flexor Digitorum Superficialies. In Yoga it is often said that the hands are the gateways to the heart, so let your hearts be strong and invite love in… one Flexor Digitorum Superficialis at a time.  After all, we could all use a hand to hold.

For more info on how to do these specific poses please see my schedule or email me for a private session.

Hope to see you soon!- Yogabugg

NEW WORKSHOP ANNOUNCEMENT: Intro to Chanting & Harmonium

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Intro to Chanting & Harmonium

Have you ever wanted to chant, learn mantras, create your own melody? Do you want to explore the power of you own voice and connect to the vibration of the universe?
In this workshop we will chant together, learn a few basic songs on harmonium and overcome the obstacles that get in the way of singing out more fully from the heart!
Whether you take these skills into teaching your own classes, chanting in the quiet of your home, or rocking out at the next Kirtan Jam, this workshop will be the springboard into the yoga of sound.

Please Join me at Laughing Lotus, NYC for this ecstatic workshop!

Saturday April 6th 2:30-4:30pm

Please wear comfortable clothes to move in.

$25
$15 for grads

There is no late entry after 10 minutes**

Sign Up Here:
https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=137

Sunset Salutations–An Offering for Amma

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When I got home tonight there was a message waiting for me in that magnificent sky. An array of pink and  orange and yellow dotted with blueish grey puff balls had already begun to take shape. Suddenly I heard a voice calling and ran to open the roof top hatch. Throwing off my shoes and grabbing my mat-I knew he was already up there, as always, awaiting my presence…And just as I climbed the last rung of the ladder, there he was; throwing buckets of paint and cotton balls around like a mad man trying effortlessly to get my attention, all the while laughing and rejoicing in his creations. I knew there was no way to stop his madness and I wasn’t about to…so I rolled out my mat and began to consecrate along with him. We danced and danced in the moonlight as we howled the sun into taking its resting place.  A divine show we sure did put on, up there, on that silly rooftop-jubilating the ending of another perfect day. And what fun we do have sharing this moment together, lying back on our mats to enjoy the rest of the performances.  The stars now take on the encore as we giggle and gossip like children into the night.  A perfectly timed masterpiece to end the day; captured and lulled into song by Mother Lunar as she winds us down with her sweet lullaby strutting in the moonlight.

What a divine gift from God a sunset is!