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Even Yogis Get Back Pain

You know those days when you feel invincible? Strong, powerful, fluid and free?

Well, that’s exactly how I was feeling last Thursday, when I decided to pump out four sets of 25 pushups, with a down dog stretch in between each set.

I’d been out of the water for a few days (combination of lack of swell and too-cold water) and I was itching to move, move!

Even though the last couple of sets were a challenge, I did them — with straight legs, no less! (No “girl pushups” for me!)

Well, all was fine and good, until I helped my sister move some furniture.

Oh, did I mention I’ve been sitting longer than usual, as I’m finishing up my manuscript for my Quit Fighting with Food book?

That, and my lack of doing yoga for a couple of days, sent my back into a spasm like I’ve never felt before! (In fact, I’ve never been one to suffer from low back pain — my stress usually shows up in the form of a stiff neck!)

But now I can totally relate and sympathize with those who suffer from back pain.

Wow! It can be completely debilitating!

Here’s what I’ve been doing to heal:

1. First, I’ve been taking things easy. I didn’t leap out of bed, but instead I drew my knees into my chest one at a time and just hugged them there, letting the weight of my thighs gently stretch my low back. I took a few slow, deep breaths and visualized the spasm easing.

2. Next, I drank a big glass of pure water to help lubricate my joints and muscles.

3. Then, I laid flat on my back with my legs draped over the side of my bed. After a several breaths like that, I crossed one knee over the other and did a tiny little rocking movement side to side. Then I switched legs.

4. Next, I did child’s pose with a pillow under my torso so the stretch wasn’t too intense. I had my husband gently press into my low back to massage the lumbar spine. (You could also reach around and do this yourself.)

5. I took two tablespoons of liquid magnesium to help calm down the spasm.

6. I took 500 mg of Naproxen (anti-inflammatory) with my breakfast smoothie made of blueberries (nature’s aspirin).

7. Then I soaked in a hot bath with a cup of Epsom salts (also full of magnesium to soothe sore muscles)

8. Now I’m heading to the sauna for about 10 minutes.

9. Finally, I’m finishing off with a visit to the chiropractor for some ultrasound treatment.

10. I won’t be doing any vigorous yoga, but I will keep moving to avoid stiffness.

And of course, I’m letting go of any negative self-talk (“How I could I be so stupid to overdo it like that?”  “I should have known better!” “Oh, I’m feeling so old”) and focusing instead of “I’m healing…I’m healing.”

Just thought you might be interested to know that even Yogis get back pain!

For more of my tips on how to heal faster, claim your free “Heal Faster”CD as a bonus gift with your Yoga for Surfers 4-pack order!

UPDATE: Feeling much better now! I’ll probably finish off with some ice treatment — the special way I describe in my CD!

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What’s the difference between yoga and stretching?

Hello! It’s Peggy here, with a question I get asked quite a bit (especially by those who are new to yoga)…

“What’s the difference between yoga and stretching?”

Peg photoAt first glance, it may seem that yoga is simply a form of stretching, and in fact, a lot of yoga poses do stretch the body in various ways.

But just as surfing is more than mere exercise, yoga is more than just stretching.

You see, yoga is not just about flexibility.

Yes, you definitely WILL become more flexible when you do yoga, but it’s almost like a side-benefit.

Just like surfing, yoga is a way of living, a way of being. Yoga becomes a part of you — sometimes developing slowly; other times happening dramatically — and you learn to draw on your yoga reserves right when you need them.

You might find that you start to focus on your breath during a stressful situation, or you might surprise yourself by staying calm and centered instead of being overrun by your emotions.

You might notice that you’re sleeping better, experiencing more energy and better moods.

You might more naturally and effortlessly begin to eat more healthfully and take better care of yourself, and feel good about doing so.

And of course, you likely will experience greater energy and endurance on the waves and more pure stoke in your everyday life!

Peg and TomThat’s because when you practice Yoga for Surfers, you learn to breathe consciously and stay aware of what you’re feeling in each pose.

You learn to remain open to what you’re feeling, without opinion or judgment — and instead, to embrace the experience at hand.

And then you translate that sense of calm energy and focused awareness to your everyday life so that each moment comes into razor-sharp view.

That means no more sleep-walking through life!

Instead, no matter what comes up — from the rides to the wipe-outs — you learn to stay balanced and centered, open and free.

If you haven’t done so already, I invite you begin to live in that state of yoga, which is a sense of oneness, of wholeness, of well-being.

And I will be honored to be your guide!

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How to Get Paid to Surf!

Hi — it’s Peggy here, with insider info on how to Get Paid to Surf!

David in the Maldives — Yes, it’s a tax write-off!
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Yep, you read the right!

If you’ve ever (even just for a fleeting moment) wished you could leave your day job and go after your true passion, then have I got news for you!

It IS possible to make money doing what you love!

In fact, I’m living proof that it can happen.

You see, not that long ago I was working full-time as a university administrator. My true passion was teaching, but I somehow got away from the classroom and into the boardroom (and I’m not talking surfboards!)

Even though I was making good money and had a respectable title and nice office, I still felt restless–knowing that deep down inside I wasn’t really doing what I was put here on Earth to do!

A series of events led me to some soul searching, and well — I’d love for you to listen to my entire story and find out for yourself just exactly what led me to make some major changes in my life — and to experience great happiness along the way!

To find out more, check out my FREE 50-minute audio where I tell you about my personal path — and where I encourage YOU to follow yours!

You’ll see that it IS possible to make money (a lot, in fact!) doing what you love!

The page where you’ll sign up to get free access to my audio is on the “YFS Teacher Training” page — and don’t worry: if you ONLY want to hear the audio and NOT get any additional info about the teacher training program, simply “unsubscribe” with one click!

But, if you are interested (even just a tiny bit curious) about the first-ever Yoga for Surfers Teacher Training, then I encourage you to stay on the interest list because I share my insider secrets to being a better teacher — and you can apply some of these strategies to be more effective in SO many areas in your life: at work, with your friends, and with your family!

Now this is how I like to dress for work!
Peg doing Warrior 2

Imagine how YOU would feel, doing what you love, like teaching Yoga for Surfers!
I’ve worked at various surf camps, teaching yoga AND surfing — and I feel so grateful getting paid while having the time of my life!

P.S. Here’s what I share in my free 50-minute audio program:

* How I came up with the idea of Yoga for Surfers
(I’ve never shared all these details before!)

* How I made the “scary” leap of leaving my secure job at the
university to (gulp) a full-time career in yoga (Hint: looking
back, I would have done it even sooner!)

* Why following your heart is the true path to happiness (and how
you can make money doing so!)

* Why teach? Top reasons why teaching yoga is an amazing career

BONUS: I also share the “Top 10 Mistakes Yoga Teachers Make — and
how to avoid them!”

Psst… none of the things I share with you on the call are being taught
anywhere else!

In fact, I learned these things through my own many years of experience
(and thousands of dollars in the process!)

But I feel compelled to share them with like-minded folks like you!

Again, here’s where you can access the call for free!

Looking forward to “talking” with you soon!
Peggy

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Yoga for Surfers Teacher Training Program!

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Announcing…
Yoga for Surfers Teacher Training!

Due to popular demand, I’ll be organizing and leading the first-ever Yoga for Surfers Teacher Training this September in Southern California!

So if you — or someone you know — is interested in becoming a yoga teacher or just going deeper into yoga, then I invite you to check out the details below.

Just a note that I am looking for only a select few to join me in this training. I’m not interested in turning out hundreds of teachers — only those that can embody the Yoga for Surfers approach and philosophy.

So, if you think that might be you, please check it out below!

CLICK HERE FOR MORE DETAILS!

P.S. We’ve only got a few more spaces available, so please act fast if you’re interested!

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Yoga Journal Features Yoga for Surfers!

yoga journal mag YOU already know that yoga and surfing are a natural fit — now Yoga Journal is getting in on it, too!

My “Best Five B4 U Ride” poses were featured in the mag, along with a full-page interview with surfing superstar Taylor Knox, who demonstrates how yoga keep him carving (smoothly and effortlessly, it seems) YFS I and YFS II!

P.S.  My “Best Five “B4 U Ride” laminated reference card is your bonus gift when you purchase any YFS DVD!

Check out the individual DVDs here

OR

Get the complete YFS Series with extra bonus gifts and free shipping — including international!

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Yoga for Surfers and Choclo Partnership!

Choclo Partnership Announced!

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Please check out my friends over at The Choclo Project clothing company, which has selected me as their Ambassador, spreading my message of surfing wellness around the world!

Check out this vid clip to see what they’re all about! Choclo is even going to give away a few t-shirts to the first few of the YFS crew who sign up for their newsletter.

My friend Roland Wimbush, who founded the company, explains:

“This personality of the clothing comes from colours and shapes encountered on trips to South America and Indonesia; from the established artists we work with and from drawings by the kids we sponsor. Each of the garments in the range has a personal touch, coming from the creative hand of one of the children in our program. As an ethical brand we help out the children we meet when we travel to our favorite surf spots or yoga hangouts. Every time you purchase a Choclo product, 5% of sales go to support our sponsored orphanage.”

How cool is that?!

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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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