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Yoga for Surfers … Yoga for Singers?

You know about Yoga and Surfing …. but Yoga and Singing?
Please read on to find out more!

You see, nearly every day I get an amazing email (or two or three!) from wonderful folks whose lives have changed by doing Yoga for Surfers!

I am truly touched and deeply moved by the heartfelt messages I get! Here is one particularly surprising email I got recently:

“I recently bought YFS II after having YFS I for a while. The routine is great; challenging and rewarding. What I really wanted to mention was the effect of the breathing exercises to increase lung capacity. I got this DVD to help my surfing and general wellness and feeling of my body; but I have noticed significant improvement in another unexpected area. I am also a singer and local performer in San Diego and my vocal ability is benefiting greatly from these exercises.

I have only done the breathing exercises about 3 or 4 times now, but I have noticed a substantial difference in my breathing ability. I perform for 3-4 hours at a time at local farmer’s markets and have already noticed that I can hold notes longer and with more projection and power, and with much less effort. Rather than squeeking out the ends of long vocal phrases I am ending them with strength and it feels great. I plan to continue these exercises and can’t wait to see how far I can push my singing.

Singing has a similar effect to yoga, in that controlled breathing is required, resulting in the same good feeling of oxygenation throughout the cells; singing also adds to that the varied tuning of different notes vibrating from the vocal tract and through the entire body. My slightly increased lung capacity is already resulting in a significantly more enjoyable singing experience, and I’m stoked to see what happens after more weeks and months of Breath of Fire and my other new exercises.

I thought you might enjoy hearing about this unexpected benefit of your DVD. Thank you for putting out this line of videos; I hope good luck, good waves and continued success find you.”

Thanks,
Eric Polyn

Wow! You can imagine how grateful I am to hear this! I always knew that yoga makes every area of your life better — but it’s so nice to have others confirming that as well!

Now, if you’d like to check out Eric’s music for yourself and see how he’s put his yoga breathing into practice, just go here: http://www.myspace.com/ejpmusic

And, if you haven’t experienced the breathing exercises he’s talking about, you can get them here on Yoga for Surfers II: Fluid Power

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Are You Making These Mistakes in Yoga?

It’s Peggy here, with a quick question for you:

Can you guess the #1 mistake most people make when it comes to practicing yoga?

…not executing the pose correctly?

…not breathing consciously?

…not paying attention while in the poses?

Well — those are some of the common mistakes, but the #1 Mistake I see most students make is: pushing themselves too hard!

That’s right!

Too many people try to use their yoga practice as their main “workout”, and in an attempt to do so, they tend to put all of the emphasis on the physical part of the practice.

What most people forget is that yoga is actually an awakening of ALL aspects of your being — the physical as well as the mental, emotional and spiritual energies!

In yoga, you have the opportunity to integrate and balance every aspect of your being.

Some of us are typically more centered in our mental self, with most of our energy being spent on problem-solving, to-do lists, figuring things out, taking care of business, etc. These folks typically “get things done” and expect a lot from themselves and from others. Sometimes these folks will ignore the physical need for exercise and rest and will ignore the emotional need for comfort and closeness.

Others are centered mainly in the physical self, with energy focused on various aches and pains, or the realities of aging, or the on-going attainment of physical perfection at all costs, even when the body needs rest and repair.

Others still are focused on the emotional self, with energy being used to take care of emotional hurts, regrets, fears, worries, etc. On the positive side, some folks who are centered in the emotional self are also able to easily express love, joy, hope and gratitude.

Folks who are awakened to their spiritual self feel comfortable opening their hearts to the mysteries and miracles of life, dreaming big and living life from a place of passion and peace. But, if taken to the extreme, these uber-spiritual beings might be disconnected from the day-to-day realities and responsibilities like getting the oil changed in the car, paying bills on time, and understanding the material struggles the less-enlightened of us may be facing.

Don’t worry — there’s no one right or wrong way to be — but recognizing where you may currently be is valuable information so you can use your yoga practice to allow each of these aspects of your being to manifest, be present and have a voice. They are all a part of you, whether you realize it or not, and when you can balance, integrate and harmonize those energies, you’ll come closer to living a full expression of your life!

So, to get the most out of your yoga practice, work in a way that brings you closer to balance. One day, it might be that you need more of a physical practice because you’ve been sitting at your desk, working on problem solving all day.

But on another day, you might be physically worn out from an extended surf session, and you need your yoga for relaxing and rejuvenation.

Or, you might find yourself in an emotionally-charged setting and you need your yoga to erase stress and bring a sense of calm and peace.

So the next time you’re getting ready to do your yoga, think about what it is you really need, and open yourself to that experience!

Remember: yoga is not about executing a perfect pose — yoga is about experiencing yourself in the pose, fully alive, fully alert, fully present! Only then do you get the maximum benefit from the practice.

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Can You Really Learn Yoga from a DVD?

I just received this question from a surfer
who’s been following the free yoga surf stretches:

Can you really learn yoga from a DVD? Don’t you need to have a yoga instructor spotting you to make sure that you’re doing the pose correctly? Fitness trainers at my gym said that you can get injured if you’re not doing the pose 100% correctly. Also, don’t you have to study for years before becoming a yoga instructor?”

My answer:

Thanks so much for writing! I understand where the fitness trainers are coming from, which is why in the full-length DVD programs, I go into quite a bit of detail about avoiding injuries and working in a way that supports, strengthens and heals your body.

Many of the YFS customers use the DVDs to complement their yoga practice. In other words, they do go to classes for personal instruction but use the DVDs when they travel or can’t make it to their regular yoga classes.

Also, my style of yoga is relatively “risk-free” — I’m not teaching headstands or shoulder stands, which DEFINITELY should be done with supervision from a trained instructor, especially when you’re new to yoga.

In fact, I always teach students to do yoga on their own — a few minutes daily can be much more beneficial than one 90-minute class a week.

Now, about training to become a yoga teacher: certainly, to truly MASTER anything takes about 10 years, but you can learn the basics and become quite proficient at teaching others in a relatively short amount of time, and then continue to build on that.

Personally, I’ve been practicing yoga for over 15 years and teaching for over 10. I always encourage students to try a variety of teachers and styles of yoga before they find a good fit. Yoga is like food — it comes in many different flavors and traditions. You need to find what suits your needs at whatever stage you are in during your life at the moment.

Some people rely on yoga as their main “workout” while others use it more for relaxation and stress reduction. Different teachers have different styles, and my approach is very unique.

In fact, here’s an email I got recently from YFS customer who is an experienced yogini:

First and foremost I want to say thank you. I have been in yoga for a long time and am a surfer. I have encountered many teachers who have lacked the skill of teaching and style of your videos. I go to many different schools and I find that you still are a better teacher and I enjoy the flow (From position to position and skill levels) that you’ve created for your dvd’s.

I live in San Diego and am looking to get my teaching certification. I don’t know if you teach at a studio or have any direction that you can give to a school that has your talent. If you have any suggestions or do teach I would love to go to a few of your classes. If nothing else I just wanted to send you an email saying you’re a great talent in yoga and I appreciate what you’ve added to the practice. Thank you for your time.

Rebekah Wright

(By the way, I am putting together a Yoga for Surfers Teacher Training program based on Rebekah’s interest and that of dozens of other teachers and teachers-in-training. Please respond to this email if you’d like more information about that.)

And as always, please send your questions my way! The way I look at it, the more surfers doing yoga, the better the vibe in the line-up!

P.S. Every yoga instructor I know ALWAYS encourages students to practice at home as well. Yoga is NOT about executing poses in a classroom or studio — yoga is a way of living. It’s an entire WAY of “being”. And you need no one “spotting” you on that, if you get what I mean!

P.P.S. If YOU want to experience feeling better and surfing better by incorporating yoga into your lifestyle, get the complete Yoga for Surfers program here, with bonus gifts and free shipping (including international orders!). Free shipping ends midnight January 31, 2010, so place your order today!

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Yoga for Surfers II: Fluid Power Voted Top Yoga Video!

Wow — check out this Yoga for Surfers review from http://isurf.com –  where Yoga for Surfers II: Fluid Power is voted the favorite out of 34 yoga/exercise DVDs!

Here’s just a snippet of what you’ll read:

“Why pick Yoga for Surfers II (YFS II) over the other three DVDs in the series, you ask? The staffers diligently, and (ahem) masterfully, followed all four of the yoga DVD series for four weeks and afterwards uninamously voted on reviewing the YFS II DVD as the overall best fit for all levels of surfers – despite the YFS 4 DVD being titled “board sports”. (In all honesty, two of the staffers were YFS followers, one having been following the training daily for over 3 years while the other performing 2 to 3 sessions a week over the last 2 years!)”

Thanks, iSurf! So glad to know that my YFS programs have had such a positive impact!

Read the entire review here, then surf on over to www.YogaforSurfers.com to get the goods!

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Secrets to a Good Down-Dog — Yoga for Surfers Style!

World Champion Tom Carroll and Peggy Hall

World Champion Tom Carroll and Peggy Hall demonstrate Down Dog - Yoga for Surfers style!

Down Dog is one of the most popular and beneficial yoga poses for a good reason: it really works!

Down dog opens the shoulders, stretches the spine, lengthens the hamstrings, gets rid of back pain, clears the mind, and is one of the best anti-aging poses in yoga as it reverses the effects of gravity and floods the brain, skin, and scalp with oxygen and nutrient-rich blood!

Click here to watch my Down Dog demonstration and explanation (From Yoga for Board Sports).

The problem is that down dog can be a tricky pose to execute — and a lot of people (who do it incorrectly) experience pain in their wrists, elbows or shoulders.

Unfortunately, most people aren’t aware of how to do down dog properly!

I’m here to show you exactly how to do a great down dog — without any pain or discomfort! Work this one into your regular Yoga for Surfers routine, and you will be amazed at how much better you feel!

The Sanskrit name for down dog is ahdo mukha svanasana.

Follow along in the clip below as I explain and demonstrate exactly how to do a down dog that feels great and is good for you, too! (You’ll see my hubby David doing it, too — and he’s the one who actually got me into yoga over 10 years ago!)

Click here to watch my Down Dog demonstration and explanation (From Yoga for Board Sports).

For more sample surf stretch video clips, sign up at www.YogaforSurfers.com

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How to Survive a Sting Ray Attack

stingray-3Have you ever had a run-in with a sting ray? If so, you know how agonizing the pain can be — and if not, I hope you won’t have that experience any time soon!

On my birthday, of all days, I had my first (and hopefully last!) sting from a sting ray.

Really, they should call it something other than a “sting”, which suggests a little discomfort, like you would get from a bee or a jelly fish.

A sting from a sting ray (as I found out) is far more excruciating than that!

But interestingly, the experience gave me a chance to really apply my lessons from yoga.

Yoga? And a sting ray? Click below to see how they are related!

Click here for a short video about my experience — and the surprising ways I dealt with the pain. Hint — it’s not what you think!

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What Your Mom Knows About Catching More Waves

Do you know the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves? Right now? During your very next session?

Well, it could be to paddle harder…drop in later…take off deeper… keep your head up…look down the line… And well, yes, all those tips are great and they will help you catch more waves.

But, the fastest and easiest way to catch more waves during your very next session, is to listen to mom. She was right! You need to sit up straight. On your board. What? That’s it? Yep — you see, when you slouch on your board while waiting between sets, you’re preventing yourself from surfing as well as you could. Know why? For starters, you’re straining your back and neck, leading to early fatigue and a general sense of lethargy. Go ahead — try it right now. Slouch. Let your shoulders slump forward, round your back, and jut out your chin. How do you feel? Probably not stoked for surfing.

Okay, now sit up straight and draw your shoulders back so they’re lined up over your hips, not your thighs. Lengthen your spine by reaching your ribcage up and away from your hip bones. Don’t arch your back — just keep it nice and straight.

Now squeeze your shoulder blades together drop your shoulders away from your ears. Stop jutting out your chin and instead imagine the top of your head reaching toward the sky.

Now b-r-e-a-t-h-e …slowly, deeply, easily. No forcing or straining. Really expand your abdomen and chest as you inhale, and then let go of all the air as you exhale.

There — don’t you feel better already?

When you slump and slouch, you can’t fill your lungs with energy-producing oxygen.

And when you don’t have enough energy, you can’t catch as many waves.

But when you sit up straight on your board between sets, you’ll reduce fatigue, prevent aches and pains in your back and neck, increase your flow of oxygen and energy — and increase your feelings of confidence and competence.

Bonus: when you sit taller, you’ll be able to see the sets coming in even better.

Try it out and let me know how it goes, okay?

And check out this clip from Yoga for Surfers III, where surf heroes Tom Carroll, Brian Conley and Garrett McNamara demonstrate their perfect posture.

Then go claim more free yoga stretches for surfing right here: www.yogaforsurfers.com

Coming up next, more tips on heavy breathing!

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