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Beyonce Yoga

beyonce-7-11Time: 1 hour
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: None

For ages I’ve been wanting to try out Beyonce dance classes- they have them in Melbourne! But due to my pain issues I’ve been putting it off as I was scared it would make my symptoms worse, so I decided to ease my way in by trying Bey Yoga, which is run by the same people. Bey Yoga is a yoga class conducted to Beyonce’s more chilled out songs and includes some Beyonce choreography such as low wide squats. The class is good for all levels, there’s room to push yourself if you need to for example with headstands, but the majority of the moves are thankfully doable although they still feel like they’re working your body. The class was predominately yoga flow but varied in that there was some bar work involved as well. As you would expect, the instructor looked cool enough to be a Beyonce backing dancer. Although I do yoga regularly it was really good to have my form corrected. One of the Beyonce moves was a low squat with ankle raises which was really intense on my inner thighs, all my years of Tracy hadn’t prepared me for those! The room was warm (I don’t think it was heated, it was just to being a warm day) so I definitely sweated and my muscles were really shaking at points. It was definitely a really thorough workout.

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Tracy Anderson 1 minute Legs


Time: 1 minute
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Ankle weights

As Tracy moves go this isn’t too challenging, although it will get your heart rate up and you’ll get a nice stretch too.

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Tracy Anderson Light Legs

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Time: 1 minute
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: None

I love that Tracy has integrated yoga into her moves- this is similar to half lotus toe balance. This move gives you a satisfying stretch, works on your balance and you can feel it working your legs

Monday morning workout and we are feeling the light @jlo we 💚💚💚

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How I lost 7lbs and 21cms in 14 days

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So here’s an update, since I last posted 2 weeks ago I’ve lost quite a bit of weight and I’m physically smaller then I was. This is no doubt due to my change in diet. Here’s what I’ve been up to exercise wise..

Every day I do:

Eva Fraser Facial Exercises

AND

Yoga, at the moment I’m doing Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Flexibility

AND

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One full length workout eg Tracy Anderson’s Video Streaming but skip any leg work

AND ON THE DAYS THAT I’M NOT IN PAIN (I have a chronic pain condition)

I’ll do some workouts that includes leg work. Right now I’m doing Tracy Anderson Cosmo Slim Your Waist Tracee Ellis Ross’s Workout 3/3 and I’ll add another minute of workouts every day that I can do it.

AND

Cardio. Recently I’ve been doing TAVA and Teen Meta Freestyle Cardio, I add a minute on every day that I do it, right now I’m up to 20 minutes, yaaaay!

I also add on some walking to supplement the cardio, 2 minutes walking for every 1 minute of cardio I can’t do with the goal of 30 minutes,  so if I do 19 minutes cardio I’ll do 22 minutes of walking.

Measurements

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I’m definitely not as consistent with the exercise as I’d like to be, probably because I’m feeling run down and tired a lot with the new diet, but I am going to make an effort to exercise more. So since two weeks ago I have….

GAINED

2cm on my right bikini pocket

5cm on my left bikini pocket (which just goes to show I have no idea how to measure this area!)

1cm on my right thigh (which is confusing as I’ve lost on the other thigh!)

LOST

5cm off my upper abs

5cm off my cheek width

3 cm off my shoulders (something tells me I’m not measuring them right!)

2cm off my waist

2cm off my abdomen

2cm off my left thigh

2cm off my vertical butt length

1cm off my lower stomach

1cm off my hips

21cms in total

Total weight loss 3KG (7lbs). This is a big weight loss for me as I don’t ever dip below 50KG- I’m now 48KG. It’s nice having a flat stomach and thinner waist, but I really miss my backside and having curvier hips, losing weight isn’t all good! If I was able to do more lower body work maybe I would have better glutes. Hopefully next time I post I’ll be more consistent with the exercise and I might know when I can come off this diet!

Measurements and Latest Exercise June 2016

 

 

 

Rodney Yee’s Power Yoga Flexibility

83500193434340Time: 23 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: None

The main thing about this DVD that appealed to me is that it is for increased flexibility. If you did this DVD regularly you would stand to increase your flexibility, although maybe not as much as the Advanced Yoga DVD.

I’m not really a fan of power yoga/yoga vaniyasa/flow yoga as it’s so boring and predictable, every workout feels the same! Having said that, this DVD is a welcome change to all the relaxing yoga workouts I’ve been doing recently that can’t really be called workouts as they basically involve lying on the floor in different positions of “rest”, you probably do all these positions when you’re sleeping anyway! Even though you get a lot of movement in this workout it’s still great for clearing the mind and relaxing the body. I’m feeling a lot more zen after doing it. Maybe if everyone did yoga every day we’d have world peace? Or at least people wouldn’t be as effected by stress related conditions.

I would say this was at the intermediate-advanced level. I love that this DVD is filmed in the Joshua Tree National Park, one of my favourite places! I also love that this workout isn’t too long as honestly I find it hard to motivate myself to do long workouts. The only down point is that some of the aural cues don’t match what Rodney is doing on the screen as they’re a couple of moves ahead, but this isn’t too bad.

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Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief

81IdgP83PFL._SL1500_I thought I had all the yoga DVDs that I needed (beginners, intermediate and advanced). But since I’ve been spending a lot of time trying out mindful and relaxing activities, I thought I would invest in some new Rodney Yee yoga DVDs as I’ve done my existing ones so many times. I bought Rodney Yee’s Yoga for Energy and Stress Relief precisely because I need to destress as much as possible because I suffer from chronic pain and stress relief eases the symptoms.

This DVD’s good because it has 4X 20 minute workouts and a 5 minute workout, so the duration of the workouts aren’t intimidating and you can fit it in if you’re pushed for time.

Awaken and EnergisemaxresdefaultTime: 19 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Chair

This is different to Gentle Relaxation and Restore and Rejuvenate in that most of the moves are performed standing up rather then on the floor. It’s all pretty easy and a lot of the moves are simplified versions of other yoga moves using the chair for support, you still get a really good stretch though, especially in your calves. Even though this is called Awaken and Energise the pace is still pretty chilled.

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Time: 23 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Chair

This was the first time that I’ve done a yoga workout that involves a chair, I think the chair is there to get your into comfortable positions, but you can’t help but feel that this is more of a beginners workout because you’re doing less of a stretch then you would be if you didn’t have the chair to support you. This workout is really similar to yin yoga in that you hold each pose for about 5 minutes and you have the prop of the chair to help you. The stretches aren’t too challenging, but even if you’re used to working at an advanced level this will still relax you. A couple of poses into this workout and I was already yawning and by the end of it I felt more relaxed then I imagined I would.

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Time: 18 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Chair

This can hardly be called a workout and you’re lying on the floor for the majority of the session. There are a few of initial stretches with your back against the chair, using the chair to help your posture. You’re not going to get a lot of movement in this session but it is really relaxing and by no means intimidating.

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Time: 20 minutes
Areas worked: Legs
Equipment needed: None

I would say this was somewhere between beginner and intermediate level, the moves aren’t too easy- you can definitely push yourself more into each stretch but it’s not too hard either. The moves at the beginning seem like they’re more pilates/toning like then typical yoga movements as you’re pulsing in the poses, I think it’s nice to have some variation. You spend a good amount of time with your head upside down, which is a little bit sick inducing (!) but it’s nothing terrible. As this practice is so short the time just flies by. Although this is aimed at being relaxing, and it is, it isn’t as relaxing as Colleen’s PM yoga practices- I find her really soothing, you’ll feel yourself completely zoned out afterwards and it’s bliss!

Bonus Practice: Mountain Meditation

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Yoga Therapy

BRAND-NEW-Foot-Massage-Ball-Best-Trigger-Point-Massage-Therapy-Ball-on-Amazon-Affordable-Self-Massage-Ball-Set-Deep-Tissue-Self-04Time: 1 hour
Areas Worked: Legs
Equipment needed: Massage balls, blocks and a strap

Yesterday I went to my first yoga therapy class. Yoga therapy is about gaining flexibility, eradicating muscle pain and correcting posture. There’s lots of self massage and stretching, very often in traditional yoga poses- this class included plenty of vinyasas. A lot of the moves are similar to ones you would do if you had a foam roller (but with massage balls instead). I liked how different the class was to most other yoga classes and that immediately afterwards I noticed improvement in my posture. I didn’t enjoy it as much as yin yoga, I think because it wasn’t a flowing yoga class and it was more like instructional massage and I didn’t seem to benefit/feel the moves as much as a lot of people in the class, probably because I’m pretty flexible, I used to regularly foam roll and I regularly get massages so my body seems quite limber already. Although having said that the following day I could feel it deep in my muscles- like a deep tissue massage, so maybe I will go again in the future as I’m sure it is doing something beneficial to my body. It was also quite relaxing as well.

Every single yoga workout (I have tried) and many other workouts