#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.

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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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We’re BOGO for Father’s Day – Buy One Mat, Get One Free!

We know Dad deserves only the best…

 

So get him a gift that will empower him to feel strong, flexible and mentally clear year round: aPlank Yoga Mat! There's nothing more life changing than a regular yoga practice, so encourage him to get on the mat, no matter what his age or fitness level.

Pick up a Plank Yoga Mat today for Dad, and for a limited time, GET ONE FREE for another important man in your life. PYM's are available in 3 bold designs that are sure to spice up and solidify his yoga practice.

Visit www.plankdesigns.com and use code DADBOGO14 at checkout for BOGO savings!

 

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Father’s Day is Coming… Give Dad the Gift of Yoga!

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Father's Day is just around the corner on Sunday, June 15th! 

Give Dad something that will empower him to feel strong, flexible and mentally clear year round…a Plank #Yoga Mat. There's nothing more life changing than a regular yoga practice so get him started now! 

Pick up one today at www.plankdesigns.com.

#FathersDay #Broga #yogaeverydamnday

Plank’s 30% Sale Extended through May 24th!

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Our 30% OFF #Sale on #Yoga Mats & Accessories is still going strong until May 24th!


Head on over to www.plankdesigns.com to pick up a little something special for yourself today – you deserve it! Use online code 2014MOM at checkout. 

Hooray! Save 30% Off Plank Yoga Mats & Accessories for Mother’s Day!

 

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We think that all Moms deserve a little something special this Mother's Day (Sunday, May 11th), don't you?

Plank is here to help, and for a limited time, we are offering 30% OFF all of our Yoga Mats & Accessories for Mother's Day!

If she's a wellness enthusiast looking to up her Yoga game this year (think stronger, firmer foundations and a heightened sense of body awareness on the mat) – get her a Plank Yoga Mat. They come in 3 beautiful designs that will make Mom ooh and ahhh.

If she's a fashionista always looking for the latest and greatest accessories, get her a trendy and functional Yoga Mat Carrier or a stunning Purse – perfect for all occasions!

To SAVE 30% OFF your order, just use code: 2014MOM at checkout in our online store at www.plankdesigns.com.

Happy Earth Day!

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Happy Earth Day!
We are honoring and celebrating Mother Earth with some grounding #Yoga poses, like this Lotus, as demonstrated here by the lovely Daniele Britt. Check out her stunning Plank Yoga Mat too, it's the perfect mat to help you connect to the earth and build strong foundations.
How are you celebrating #EarthDay 2014?

#reduce #reuse #recycle

Boston Strong – Runners Unite with FREE Ridiculous Body Awareness™ Workshops this week!

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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.

WORKSHOP DETAILS:

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?

Join Daniele Britt, founder of BrittYoga TherapyKristin Khederian and Plank Yoga Mats for the Most Ridiculous Body Awareness™ Runner's Workshop ever!

The Boston Athletic Club (653 Summer St.) 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.

TO SIGN UP for the Workshops at the BAC: email cmonaghan@bostonathleticclub.com to reserve your space.

TO SIGN UP for the Workshop at South Boston Yoga: visithttps://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=3408 to pre-register.

BIG THANKS to the Boston Athletic Club and South Boston Yoga for allowing us to use their space and teachers to help us bring our Runner's Workshops to life! We hope to see all of you this week!

 

 

 

 

The Most Ridiculous Body Awareness™ Runner’s Workshop Ever!

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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?


Join Daniele Britt, founder of BrittYoga Therapy, Kristin Khederian and Plank Yoga Mats for the Most Ridiculous Body Awareness™ Runner's Workshop ever! 

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 cmonaghan@bostonathleticclub.com to reserve your space.

TO SIGN UP for the Workshop at South Boston Yoga, visit https://clients.mindbodyonline.com/ASP/home.asp?studioid=3408

We hope you'll join us on April 17th, 18th, and 19th as we help you to prepare for the Boston Marathon or any other race you're currently training for!