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Mobile Yoga Workout Feature

Very excited that The Mobile Yoga Workout is featured as a “Hot Trend” in the latest issue of Shape Magazine.  Of course, I don’t really think of skating or yoga as “trendy” per se, I would have to concede that it does fall under the category of “yoga fusion” that has become popular recently.  Regardless, if time is an issue for you when it comes to exercising, and your lucky to set aside an hour a day for it, I can’t think of a better combination to meet your daily physical, mental, and emotional needs.

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Many of the yogic exercises, postures, breath awareness and expansion practices that are recommended as part of the Mobile Yoga Workout are taken from Asana Pranayama Mudra Bandha by Paramahamsa Satyananda Saraswati. Rest, Relaxing, or Meditative Postures, will be used as base or rest positions for many yoga movements, breathing exercises, or meditation practices in the Mobile Yoga Workout

Shavasana

Shavasana (Corpse Pose)


Shavasana (Corpse Pose) Description

  • Lie flat on the back (supine) with the arms about 6 inches (15 cm) away from the body, palms facing upward.
  • Move the feet slightly apart to a comfortable position and close the eyes.
  • The head and spine should be in a straight line and the limbs symmetrical.
  • Make sure the head remains straight with the nose pointing upward.
  • Take a gentle breath in, and on the exhalation, relax the whole body becoming completely still.
  • Become aware of the natural breath

Modifications: If there is any lower back pain or injury, the student can bend one or both knees tor place a rolled up blanket under the knees to relieve the discomfort.

Advasana

Advasana (Revese Corpse Pose)

Advasana Description

  • Lie flat on the stomach (prone) with the arms extended overhead, palms facing  downward
  • The forehead is placed on the mat and the head and spine are straight.
  • Take a gentle breath in, and on the exhalation, relax the whole body becoming completely still.
  • Become aware of the natural breath

Modifications:  If there is difficulty in breathing, a small pillow can be placed underneath the chest

Supported Seated Base Postion

Prarambhik Sthiti (Base Postion-Supported)

Unsupported Seat Base

Prarambhik Sthiti (Base Position-Unsupported)

Prarambhik Sthiti (Base Postion-Supported) Description

  • Sit with legs outstretched.
  • Place the palms of the hands on the floor to the sides and just behind the buttocks.
  • The back, neck and heard should be straight.
  • Straighten the elbows.
  • Lean back slightly, taking the support of the arms.
  • Close the eyes and relax the whole body in this position.
Modified Swastikasana

Modified Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose)

Modified Swastikasana (Auspicious Pose) Description

  • Sit with the legs straight in front of the body.
  • Bend the left leg and place the left foot against the right thigh*
  • Bend the right leg and place the right foot in front of the left foot
  • Place the hands on top of the knees with the palms facing downward.
  • Keep the head, neck and back upright and straight as possible.
  • Close the eyes.
Vrajrasana

Vrajrasana (Thunderbolt)

Vrajrasana (Thunderbolt) Description

  • Kneel on the floor.
  • Bring the big toes together and separate the heels.
  • Lower the buttocks onto the inside surface of the fee with the heels touching the sides of the hips.
  • Place the hands on the knees, palms down.
  • The back and head should be straight but not tense.
  • Avoid excessive backward arching of the spine.
  • Close the eyes, relax the arms and the whole body.
  • Breathe normally and fix the attention on the flow of air passing in and out of the nostrils.

Modification: A rolled blanket can be placed between the legs to allow space to accommodate tight knees and ankles

Inspiration from a new "angle."

In the last few weeks, we’ve certainly received a lot of buzz around Mobile Yoga. Some positive, some not-so-positive—but regardless of opinion, we are encouraged that thoughtful dialogue is taking place and that we are stimulating discussion about the roots and purpose of yoga as a discipline. One such blogger agreed to interview me after an original posting which was less than affirmative on the idea of Mobile Yoga. We appreciate her willingness to engage and her openness to post my perspective. And even if we choose not to agree at the end of the day, it none-the-less strengthens our respective understandings of yoga and hopefully, as a reader, strengthens yours as well.

Interview as published on itsallyogababy.com

From what I understand from your bio, you have a long and deep relationship with yoga, having trained in the Satyananda tradition and received mantra initiation. Do you feel that the practice is compromised by blending it with another form of physical exercise? And what do your teachers think about this?

On the surface, Mobile Yoga looks like anything but a traditional yoga practice.  However, through my studies and experiences I have found that to be a true practitioner of yoga you need to take what you are doing on the mat off into the world. Since much of my “world” is made up of skating it was not difficult for me to recognize and assimilate yoga elements while skating or teaching skating.

The traditional approach to yoga helps us manage our lives and can inspire many different activities. The Mobile Yoga concept will hopefully attract some people to explore yoga that might otherwise be put off by the classical yogic concepts of linking breath to movement and doing meditation. In turn it may also bring others to skating because they are looking for a way to improve their overall cardiovascular health in a way that is gentle on the body.

I came to yoga to learn stress reduction techniques and to improve my overall physical flexibility. Through study and practice, I have not only managed to reduce the amount of stressors in my life and improve the condition of my physical body, I also managed to enhance my skating ability as well.

Being yoga purists so-to-speak, my teachers are a bit skeptical of many of the “fusion” practices out there as the connection between yoga and whatever activity, seem to be quite weak. However, as long as my teachers have known me they have known me as a skater who has found ways to bring my understanding of yoga to other skaters. Sometimes it is important to meet people where they are and to provide them with techniques and choices that will bring awareness and balance into exploration of fitness in unsuspecting ways. This is the inspiration for Mobile Yoga.

At first glance, it appears that Mobile Yoga was the product of Rollerblade marketing efforts – but the publicist told me that you actually approached Rollerblade with the idea. What inspired you to do that?

My experience teaching a variety of health, wellness, and teacher education classes at Cleveland State University has exposed me to hundreds of students who are seeking ways to improve their physical health and reduce stress in their increasingly time-challenged lives. My recommendation has always been “more skating, more yoga,” so you could say my students were the inspiration.

Do you think that Mobile Yoga would have more appeal to people who practice yoga or people who inline skate?

Actually I think it could appeal to both equally because I believe that each group may be missing what the other “activity” has to offer. My overall goal is to appeal to anyone seeking ways to improve their overall physical health and reduce stress in their life. Skaters, non-skaters, yogis, yoginis, it doesn’t matter.

The personality, or body type for that matter, that comes to skating may not be the same that comes to yoga. Therefore giving the exposure of one to the other can be mutually beneficial. Yoga postures can prepare the body for activity and encourages the body and mind connection. Skating with body and breath awareness facilitates mindfulness. It is a win-win situation.

Exercise is kind of like religion. What works for some may not work for others but in most cases gets us to the same place. The Mobile Yoga Workout is just another option for those seeking to reconnect body, mind, and spirit.

The post on my blog received many comments from yogis, most of which were skeptical and derisive. I’ve also noticed similar conversations on other yoga blogs. How do you feel about this? Does it surprise you?

Given the number of “fusion” concepts out there it doesn’t surprise me. Having the opportunity to explain the concept and inspiration behind the workout through various magazine articles, blog posts, etc. I believe that the authenticity of my intention behind developing this workout will shine through. While I will not be able to convince all detractors of the merits of giving Mobile Yoga a try, my explanation should answer some questions and provide insight into the impetus of putting skating and yoga together.

And just a technical question: how many yoga asanas can actually be done while wearing skates? Have you seen many injuries in the classes that you’ve taught?

Doing yoga asana on skates is not a main component of the Mobile Yoga Workout. While it makes for some interesting “eye candy” it isn’t my goal to see people rolling through the park doing Lord Shiva’s Dance pose! A complete asana practice is comprised of a variety of forward and backward bends, twists and balance postures. Since skating is “balance in motion” just moving forward on skates provides the opportunity to practice balance within the workout.  However, for those who have mastered the basics of moving, stopping, and turning on skates and have successfully accomplished various yoga balance postures with their feet firmly planted on the earth, they may want to give a rolling version of some of their favorite postures a try. Skating ability and experience in doing various standing postures will determine the number and difficulty of postures that can be accomplished while skating. In all my classes yoga, skating, and otherwise, I always encourage my students to “honor their limitations.” This basic yogic precept has kept my students thus far injury free.

Om tat sat


“Time is a created thing. To say  ‘I don’t have time, ‘ is like saying, “I don’t want to.'”

~Lao-Tzu

How often do we talk about not having enough time?  While I have recently been inspired by the quote above, it was a quote I read years ago by Hugh Prather in his book “Notes to Myself” that really got me thinking about the meaning of “finding” time.

Hugh wrote “If the desire to write is not accompanied by actual writing then the desire is not to write.”  I read this quote at a time when I was struggling to find the time to get back to figure skating.  The quote  resonated with me and after reading it several times I began to  substitute the word “skating” for “writing.”  One month after reading that quote I had taken and passed a high level figure skating test that I had “desired” to take for many years but up until reading that quote made little effort to turn that desire into action.

Substitute any word into Hugh’s quote.  Let’s try the word “exercise.”  If the desire to exercise is not accompanied by actually exercising, then the desire is not to exercise.    However, with the US facing the fact that 60% of the population is overweight or obese, this is the time for millions of people to transition from desire to action when it comes to exercising.

Educators learn early in their training that for students to internalize instruction it needs to be meaningful and significant.   Fun also doesn’t hurt.  Using a similar approach when choosing how to exercise can help those who need a little push.

Spending time outdoors feels good.  Moving our body through a full range of motion, feels good.  Taking repeated deep breaths, feels good.

There is something about how skating and practicing yoga makes me feel about myself and the world around me that increases my desire to create time to experience one or both activities on a daily basis.  Since adding yoga to my skating life I have become a happier and physically healthier person not to mention a better skater.  The aim of the  Mobile Yoga Workout is to share my skating and yoga experiences  and hopefully motivate more people to turn their desire of health and happiness into action.

If time is indeed a created thing then how often we create time to do the things we love to do shapes how we feel about ourselves and the quality of our life.   Create time now to be healthy and happy.  It is totally worth it.

Welcome to the Mobile Yoga Workout blog. I am so thrilled to have this
opportunity to share my passion of skating and yoga. For those of you who love to skate a Mobile Yoga Workout will allow you to better your performance by integrating basic postural and breathing techniques that will enhance your overall skating experience. If you regularly practice yoga, you will be introduced to the rhythmic and meditative qualities that an inline skating workout can bring while boosting your cardiovascular endurance. The Mobile Yoga Workout is what I perceive to be a perfect blend of activities that will improve overall endurance, strength, and flexibility. In upcoming entries I look forward to sharing my skating and yoga experiences and inspiring you to give the Mobile Yoga Workout at try!