Your contribution will provide insightful feedback to help us formulate an outline for a series of impactful workshops. The goal of the collaboration is to enhance the Kundalini #Yoga Kriyas for body awareness and activation with Plank’s Advanced Foundation System of uncommon grounding tools and observations.
If you’re interested in elevating your Kundalini mind and body awareness with an extraordinary grounded experience we highly suggest you join us! Expect to learn how grounding is a never-ending subject, and experience how being profoundly grounded will exponentially increase the #Kundalini energy in your practice.
We are excited to announce the first of Plank’s #GetGrounded: Deepen Your Yoga Foundations Workshops, which will be held at Yoga Joy Studio in Gloucester, MA on Thursday, January, 15th from 5-6pm.
In this workshop, Doreen Hing, creator of Plank® Yoga Mats, will guide you to develop an investigative curiosity into the depth of grounding to enhance stability, lifts, power and more within your yoga practice.
Let’s get more curious about our breath awareness and see if, with a little more grounded awareness, can you hold your poses for longer, deeper and with more ease.
Anyway, not sure if you’ve experienced this when you haven’t seen loved ones for a long time, especially parents, but many emotions come to mind & heart. Joy and gratitude of course, they travelled all the way from a country I admittedly don’t know where it is, to spend time with us and then some sadness too. What struck me first was to see how much they had shrunk in stature and as my mind recognised the reality of what that means, I couldn’t stop the tears. For children and adolescents, with periods of time of not seeing one another, strength and height is often first observed. This too was noticeable for my parents, however, this time, their seemingly diminishing height got to me and for me, it had to stop or at least slow down.
No more suggesting how beneficial yoga is for the nth time. It was time to be intentional and actually drag them to class, kicking, screaming and/or complaining, if necessary.
I explained to them how their everyday activities, like sitting or reactions to pain, can cause the body to contract, the bones & muscles to collapse and with a bit of awareness, we actually do have the ability to affect this & make small changes that can correct this seeming inevitability.
That being said, I could see a mixture of head nodding, ahas and glazed eyes, so I decided to use the Wine Analogy Tool. I can explain forever all the nuances, the whys and the flavours of one of my favorite Proscecco’s, and you may mentally bookmark it, to potentially buy some, however if I really want you to understand what I’m talking about, it is simply quicker and more effective to buy a bottle and make you try it with me. Here’s the link, just in case… 😉
So, I brought them to a yoga class which could show them the precise biomechanics I wanted them to bodily experience, a class that enables them to understand what occurs when they collapse their internal structure and then comparitively show them tools that can conversely correct these unknown body habits. Thus, I took them to Down Under Yoga‘s Iyengar Yoga class with Nadja Rafaie.
With no yoga gear, I was deliberate to set my parents up at the front of class with a curious mind, and yes, they did try to sneak off to the back of the room. My dad is a professor at Brunei University so I used the Education Card and reminded him that students who sit at the front of class and ask lots of questions are the best learners.
Nadja took us through a series of tools that would provide ease, strength and understanding through specific alignment instruction. In Iyengar Yoga we spend a lot of time in Downward Dog, as it is used as a ‘control/comparison pose,’ to review what was learnt when constructing a given pose. We then check in to see if the new body technology provided ease or made a difference to our control pose, Downward Dog. For beginners and even long time practioners, an extended hold in DD can feel unsafe due to the possibility of sliding, or feel heavy and weight bearing on the wrist, shoulders and neck, if not taught correctly. However, when I looked over to my parents mats, there they were, two little determined learners in their everyday clothes and upside down U’s, moving towards upside down V’s, working on their bodies, unaware of my concerns.
Cautiously I asked, so what did you think?
Mum: Yeah it was good, I now get what you mean when you say I can lift my bones off my joints. Also I’ve tried to do Downward Dog before, but I can’t hold it for long due to my rheumatoid arthritis, however, today I was surprised that although it was work, I didn’t notice any pain in my wrists. Can we buy some of Nadja’s DVDs?
Dad: Oh wow, that is very good stuff. I can see it would be helpful for my golf.
To me, that was a euphoric ‘WOW, so Totally Awesome’… and I couldn’t be happier that they’re starting to get what I get every time I take some pose study time on my mat.
#PlankTip ~ If you’ve been trying to get someone who is important to you to try yoga and the answer has been, No or a glazed disinterest, instead of getting upset, frustrated and giving up. (Been there.) Choose to hear it as a, No, Not For Now or that I haven’t learnt yet how to make the benefits relevant… and, Ask Again…
If like me, you’re not OK to wait, (my parents were only in town for a few days), AND it really matters, try this other #PlankTip ~ Dragging with Care, works…
And of course, I’d love it, if along with getting your Dad (or mum) to a yoga class, you took advantage of our Buy One Get One free Father’s Day offer, however if after reading this, we get one more dad (or mum) to a yoga mat, preferably a Plank Yoga Mat (however any mat will do), then you would make their day and life and mine too.
Today marks the one year anniversary of a day that shook all of Boston, the Marathon Bombings. We continue to stay strong as a city, as we heal in the aftermath of this tragedy.
As many of you know, Plank is a Boston based company, so to give back to our local Runners, we are offering 3 FREE Ridiculous Body Awareness™ Runner's Workshops this week at South Boston Yoga and the Boston Athletic Club.We hope you will join us to learn new tools to enhance your runs, and to honor all those effected by the Marathon Bombings.
Are you a Runner looking to learn powerful, tangible techniques to help you better connect to your power source when in motion? Want to discover how to run Heart Break Hill with a smile?
The Boston Athletic Club (653 Summer St.) in South Boston will be hosting two of these workshops on Thursday, April 17th from 6:30 – 7:30pm and Saturday, April 19th from 11am – 12pm.
South Boston Yoga (38 West Broadway) will also be hosting a workshop on Friday, April 18th from 6-7pm.
All workshops are FREE!
Imagine how different a run could be if the mind and the body were working with a set of tools that help check body awareness, distribute muscular effort, and effectively resource oxygen and calories. Our workshop provides a Stretch In Motion™ approach with the intention to create new performance enhancing habits to use IN THE RUN, allowing you to relax tight muscles to shave seconds off your time and add miles to your run.
TO SIGN UP for the Workshops at the BAC – email email@example.com to reserve your space.
Looking for the perfect gift for your love this Valentine's Day?
Now through February 28th, when you buy your sweetie a Plank Yoga Mat you'll GET ONE FREE to keep for yourself! There's no better way to share your love for yoga while building strong connections, on and off the mat.
Use promo code LUVSELFBOGO in the discount box at checkout in our online store. Please note that you must click the "Apply" button in order for the discount to work. This offer can not be combined with any other promotion or voucher.
Happy New Year, Plankers! This January, we challenge you to GET CONNECTED and kick off the New Year… with a major twist!
We've partnered with our friends at Juil to help you get back to the basics as we challenge you to think about the following: "What does connection mean to you?"
As you know, Plank Designs is all about firm foundations & Juil stresses the importance of grounding through their magnificent footwear, thus, we thought it was appropriate to help aid in this foundational connection.
Here's your chance to enter to WIN your very own Plank Mat and a pair of Juil's! (Valued around $184)
You can thank us later, in the meantime go ahead, and #GetConnected.
In order to WIN this Prize Package, you must do the following 3 Things:
1) Post your New Years Resolution as a comment under the Facebook post(s) on the Juil Pageor the Plank Page.
2) Tag 3 friends that you want to share this giveaway with in your comment.
It's true, as Yogis we often push ourselves to the limits both physically and mentally, which sometimes leads to tight and achy muscles. The best cure we've found is incorporating regular usage of Yoga Therapy Balls into our weekly Yoga Practice. A deep roll before class will open and melt the fascia around hands and feet, allowing for a deeper body to mat connection and more solid foundations in your practice. And, after reading Why Fascia Matters To Athletes you’ll understand why Yoga Therapy Balls are a must-have for any serious Yogi or athlete.
If you're new to Yoga Therapy Balls, we recommend trying Jill Miller's Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball System, which provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy for tight Yogis by using specially designed high grip rubber balls. She also sells some helpful DVD's demonstrating how to use the Therapy Balls properly.
If you are more familiar with how to use Yoga Therapy Balls, a cheaper alternative purchasing Lacrosse Balls or Pinky High Bounce balls – both do roughly the same thing. These also make a great, inexpensive gift for your favorite Yogi!
Searching for the Perfect Gift for your Favorite Yogi? Look no further, we've polled our friends and ambassadors and have come up with our Top Holiday Gifts for Curious Yogis. We recommend purchasing early for a stress-less Holiday Season.
1) Plank Yoga Mats – a no brainer! Pick up one of our patented Connect Yoga Mats® for your favorite Yogi. We promise it will help them to discover deeper connections in their yoga practice, both on and off the mat. Not to mention they are pretty awesome to look at and make a great conversation piece. Snag one now for 20% OFF through 11/30. See below for details.
2) Yoga Therapy Balls – Jill Miller's Yoga Tune Up® Therapy Ball System provides targeted self-massage trigger point therapy for tight Yogis by using specially designed high grip rubber balls. We at Plank LOVE these and integrate them into our weekly yoga practice. A deep roll before class will open and melt the fascia around hands and feet, allowing for a deeper body to mat connection and more solid foundations. After reading Why Fascia Matters To Athletes you’ll understand why Yoga Therapy Balls are a must-have for any serious Yogi or athlete.
3) Class Passes or Gift Certificates to your Yogis' Favorite Studio – We know that taking a lot of Yoga Classes can certainly add up, so giving your favorite Yogi a Class Card or Gift Certificate to their favorite studio is always super appreciated, plus it's great to support our local small businesses and studios. You could also purchase a membership to YogaGlo (or any online yoga site) for yogis with limited access to a studio or those who are short on time.
4) Yoga Mat Bags – We pride ourselves as one of the front running brands to create simple and well-crafted yoga mat bags without the noise of typical yoga imagery (note: if you’re looking for Om signs and lotus leaf imagery, you’ve come to the wrong page). Besides Plank’s Totes and Messenger Bags, here are some of our favorite simply styling yoga mat bags that also make great Holiday Gifts:
5) China Gel – For the always achy Yogi, this natural, unique herbal formula is just what the doctor ordered for sore muscles. Pick one up in a travel size tube or a larger tub. A great stocking stuffer!
Have you tried the hottest new workout in town? Take your practice off the mat and cool down with some #SUP (Stand Up Paddleboard) #YOGA this August!
According to Boston.com, "SUP Yoga adds a new, exciting twist to an age-old practice." In this physical and mental style of yoga, "you are constantly engaging your core, along with smaller subsets of muscles throughout your body" in order to stabilize yourself. So you can still practice your Ridiculous Body Awareness™ even off your Plank Yoga Mat.