#PlankTip for Camel Pose: A Healing Heart Opener

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For Breast Cancer Warriors: A Healing Heart-Opener

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month so we only deemed it fitting to feature the most healing heart opening posture out there – Camel Pose.

Ustrasana works subtly, but brilliantly, to stretch nearly all the major muscles of our bodies and improve conditions of the digestive, respiratory, endocrine, lymphatic, skeletal, and circulatory systems, hence why it’s a great pose for those battling Breast Cancer or any other type of ailment.

#PlankTip: To ensure optimal alignment, establish solid and secure foundations first by trying to direct as much of the shin bone to the mat as possible and checking the foot alignment. Be they flat to the mat or with toes curled under, ensure the inside of the foot is working as much as the outside. Keep hips stacked over the knees, drive the sitting bone towards the heels, and find a lift in the heart by pressing the shoulder blades to the back of the ribs. Do not collapse into the lower spine. Feel this heart opener expand the lungs equally from all sides to help expel maximum toxins.

PS – Thanks to Bex Borucki of www.bexlife.com for this beautiful photo of her practicing camel on her Plank Yoga Mat.

Meet Beth Greene: Plank’s New Director of Sales!

Beth GreeneGreetings Plankers,

I’m new to Plank and a long time fitness and health enthusiast. My background is in sales and relationship building and I am coming to Plank to help grow the business. I am excited about joining a team that is grounded in its mission and products. Plank Yoga Mats have been developed with the intention of moving a yoga student forward in their practice. Their low-tech mechanism asks the user to create their best work on the mat and it guides them to correct themselves along the way. The Plank Yoga Mat has created a solid foundation in my own yoga practice and I am a re-invigorated yoga student that finally feels confident to practice outside of a studio. Grounded feet and hands will lead to all sorts of miracles! (in this photo I am totally out of balance- wish I had my Plank Yoga Mat with me.)

At Plank, we’re currently looking for studios and teachers who care about cultivating a profound, grounded practice for their community.

We want those who are curious to learn how Plank’s instant power, stability training tools, and workshops can deepen and expand their businesses and their students’ practices.

If this sounds intriguing to you, please email me at bgreene@plankdesigns.com.

Namaste,

Beth
www.plankdesigns.com

The Food Click’s End of Summer #PracticeAnywhere Giveaway!

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We’re excited to announce that we’ve partnered with The Food Click on their End of Summer ‪#‎PracticeAnywhere‬ Giveaway!

7 final days of summer…7 om-amazing giveaways, including a Plank Shag ‪Yoga‬ MatManduka Yoga MatsAffirmatsThe Body Book by Cameron Diaz and more!

For giveaway details visit: http://thefoodclick.com/all/endofsummer-giveaways to enter now.Contest runs through Sunday, 9/21.

Good luck, Plankers!

#PlankTip: Find Foundation with Skill

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#PlankTip: Find Foundation with Skill

It’s easy to slack off sometimes in our #yoga practice, especially after a care free summer. At Plank, we believe that if you work the mind and body harder up front, you’ll create more ease and stability in your practice. Our yoga mats provide you with instant feedback and tell you where you’re slacking so that you can firm your foundations with skill and feel more confident in any class you attend.

Check them out here: www.plankdesigns.com

“Back to Life” Fall Pinterest Giveaway!

Doreen Mat PurseLooking for a little motivation to get back on your mat this month?

Enter our “Back to Life” Fall Pinterest Giveaway by Oct. 15th and you could WIN a Plank Yoga Mat!

Just follow these easy steps to enter:

1) Create a Pinterest Board called “Back to Life Wish List”

2) Pin a minimum of 8 items that are on your Fall Wish List. Could be anything from a new pair of jeans or boots to that new yoga mat you’ve been eyeing (wink wink).

3) Two of these items MUST be pinned fromwww.plankdesigns.com

4) Once you’ve done your pinning, you must officially enter our contest by CLICKING HERE and submitting your Pinterest user name so we can verify your pins if you’re chosen as our winner.

5) The winner, which will be announced on Oct. 16th, gets to choose any yoga mat they like fromPlank’s website as their prize!

#PlankTip: Find your “Work Station Pose”

#‎PlankTip‬: Find your “Work Station Pose” (Noah Mazé Yoga)

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Sit up tall through your spine, roll shoulders down and back and pull the lower ribs towards the back body. Ensure the feet are well grounded with at least a 90 degree or more opening at the knee and hip joints. Aim to find a horizontal line through the forearms.
If you catch yourself in bad sitting form, just readjust and start afresh. With one new adjustment or awareness each day, we promise your organs and pipes will be thanking you in no time at all.

#PlankTip: Sitting with Skill for Cancer Patients

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At Plank, we’re all about SWS (Sitting with Skill) this month. If you’re battling cancer or know someone who is, our SWS principles can also be highly beneficial.

#PlankTip: When you practice better alignment when sitting you will align your pipes, helping to remove toxins after chemo. If you have to lie down, consider taking an online #breathing and/or #meditation class to help you learn how to breathe fully, relax your mind and lighten your spirits.

#PlankTip: Learn how to sit with skill

#PlankTip: Learn how to sit with skill

It’s true, most of us spend the day at our desks, slumped over our keyboards or texting/playing on our smartphones. And you wonder why we have back/shoulder/neck pain?

Here are a few #PlankTips that will have you sitting with skill (and ease) in no time at all.

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1) Find Your “Work Station Pose”

In his blog post, Yoga Instructor Noah Maze notes that: “if you are someone who sits in a chair for a good portion of the day, you can make simple adjustments to your posture (and perhaps to the chair itself) so that your spine is in good alignment. In other words, make ‘Work Station Pose’ part of your daily yoga practice.”

#PlankTip: Sit up tall through your spine, roll shoulders down and back and pull the lower ribs towards the back body. Ensure the feet are well grounded with at least a 90 degree or more opening at the knee and hip joints. Aim to find a horizontal line through the forearms.

If you catch yourself in bad sitting form, just readjust and start afresh. With one new adjustment or awareness each day, we promise your organs and pipes will be thanking you in no time at all.

three women laughing plank boston2) Sweat for 30 Minutes Each Day

Experts suggest that we should all be active for at least 30 min. each day. It could be a walk outside during your lunch hour, or a daily yoga or pilates practice to help you improve your alignment and strength – really anything that gets your heart pumping!

#PlankTip: Think of your Yoga Practice as ‘Action with Skill.’ On the Mat, it’s easy to listen to the instructor and work on these actions (aka postures) with an awareness of your alignment. However, we at Plank challenge your Off The Mat practice to be just as skillful. Be aware of your alignment in any physical activity, or the activity known as skillful sitting.

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If you work a job that involves a lot of sitting at a desk for several hours a day, make sure you are getting up and walking around/standing every 20 min. It will make a difference! Check out this article from NPR for more on the topic.

#PlankTip: If you get so wrapped up in your work that you forget to do this, consider purchasing an electronic device, like a Fitbit, that reminds you to get up and move frequently.

#PlankTip: Take your Yoga off the mat this summer!

Take your Yoga off the Mat!

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Take your yoga practice off the mat this Summer and try something new! It’s a great way to bond with friends and enjoy the warm summer temps and sunshine.

Here are our Top 4 Outdoor Yoga Practices of 2014:

1) Slackline yoga (or slackasana) has been described as “distilling the art of yogic concentration.” To balance on a 1″ piece of webbing lightly tensioned between two trees is not easy, and doing yoga poses on it is even more challenging. Yet despite the seemingly impossible nature of the act, it is achievable by almost anyone with a little bit of perseverance and patience. Check out our Ambassador, Kirk Lautensleger practicing his crescent lunge on a slackline. For more info and for great workshops coming your way, visit YogaSlackers.

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2) SUP (standup paddle board) Yoga is asana practiced on 10- to 12-foot-long boards in the most serene of settings: an ocean bay, a glassy lake, even a slow-moving river. In recent years, water-loving yogis have embraced SUP yoga as a practice that brings a sense of joyful freedom to an otherwise earth-bound yoga practice. For more, check out this great article on SUP Yoga from Yoga Journaland keep your eyes peeled for SUP yoga classes and workshops in your area, especially if you live close to the ocean, or local lakes and ponds.

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3) Horseback Yoga
“At first glance, yoga on horseback may seem like an unlikely merging of opposites. However, we see that the core principles of yoga – cultivating union, oneness, and wholeness – are the very qualities that make an equine-rider partnership great.” ~Jessie Tierney, RYT.

Horseback Yoga teaches you how to unite with your equine partner in a meaningful way, through calming your mind, conscious breathing, heightening awareness, and gently opening tight spaces in the body. Jessie (quoted above) teachesHorseback Yoga classes in WA but we’ve also heard of classes in Stowe, VT and in other farming communities. What an amazing practice!

#PlankTip of the Week

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#PlankTip ~ To create a safer and broader range of motion for your shoulders, it works for the hands to connect ridiculously more to the mat than you think.

At Plank, we won’t hold you up, unless you work harder to construct more solid poses.

Sloppy hands = Sloppy Arms = Sloppy Poses.

 

 

 

 

 

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