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A good run feels like being part of the wind, flowing down the street with a power so strong yet so gentle. It feels like fire, warmth spreading from head to toe instantly. It feels like a shower for the soul, fresh and clear. The sun tickles your fingertips and you could go on forever. In those moments, the world seems so simple and the edge of heaven seems right at your fingertips. And non runners always ask why running is enjoyable. I just shrug because I know the secrets of a distance runner cannot truly be expressed in words to those who have not experienced the wind, fire, and water.
(via truerunner)

pardonmewhileipanic:

BLESS THIS FUCKING CHILD OMG

yogawithkarel:

yogawithkarel:

Yoga for Stress

Yay! So I have had a bunch of these written down and now I am finally going around doing my guides and flows. I arranged it so it would somehow flow, it’s not perfect.

Also, yes, we all know yoga is pretty darn not stressful but these are some great poses to do when your stressed out and just need to find your breath and wind down.

Downward Dog - Ground your hands into the floor and engage your inner feet. Imagine a string at your tailbone, pulling it up and back. Take a few breaths here. Feel free to pedal your feet out and feel the stretch in your calves. This pose helps calm your brain.

Cobra - Spread your hands onto your mat close to your shoulders. Push up and elbows in. Press the top of your feet and your pelvic bone into the floor. Squeeze your shoulder blades together.

Child’s Pose - There are a few variations. I like to touch my big toes together, with knees open and stretch arms out. You can also keep your knees together and lay onto your thighs. Find what feels yummy to you.

Cat/Cow - Make sure your shoulders are directly above your wrists and your knees are right below your hips. Inhale on cow, lift your tailbone and your chest toward the ceiling. Exhale on cat, round your spine, head looking down. Do a few cycles of this. Do them slow and take deep breaths.

Sitting Forward Bend - Sit on the floor, if it is uncomfortable, sit on a pillow, lifting your tailbone up about an inch. Stretch forward, head down. Do not force this stretch. Reach to a comfortable place.

Plow - Roll onto your back, slowly bringing your legs up and over your head, with your toes touching the ground. Soften your throat. Stretch your arms onto the floor.

Happy Baby - Lie on your back, bend your knees to your belly. Reach to grab your toes. I like to wrap my arms around my legs and hold onto my feet. If it is difficult to reach your toes, grab a strap or a belt around your feet to help you reach. Rock side to side, close your eyes, breathe.

Reclining Bound Angle Pose - Bring the soles of your feet together, forming a diamond with your legs. Lay down carefully, arms out. Close your eyes and breathe. If it is uncomfortable, find a yummy position. Move your feet away from you until you are comfy.

I hope this helps you destress! They are very simple poses. You can easily do these when you wake up or if you need to wind down and want to sleep.  You can do a few cycles of this. I like to take each pose with three deep breaths before moving on. If you find a pose particularly yummy, feel free to hang out there! (:

Mat: Manduka Black Mat PRO in Mod (Limited Edition) Extra LongWearing: Nike PRO Compression Shorts, unknown top, and Live Towards Love Energy Crystal Yoga Bracelet Stack

So, I’ve been super stressed out with school starting. I don’t go to school anymore but I work at an after school program and man… I’m stressed out. I will be doing this later today.

sarahbethyoga:

Whether you want to practice a specific pose or a core/strength routine, it’s best to start with a warm up. This Basic Yoga Warm Up will get your blood flowing no matter how advanced of a yogi you might be.

itbfblog:

Never stop trying to achieve greatness. We should always strive to be a better person mentally, physically and spiritually every damn day, in all aspects of our lives. Be kind to people. Be selfless. Respect and love yourself. Make the most of every moment and never give up. There is no final destination or a finish line so enjoy the journey…it’s where the best memories are made 💪💛 #motivation #inspiredtobefit #itbf #transformationtuesday #journey

itbfblog:

Never stop trying to achieve greatness. We should always strive to be a better person mentally, physically and spiritually every damn day, in all aspects of our lives. Be kind to people. Be selfless. Respect and love yourself. Make the most of every moment and never give up. There is no final destination or a finish line so enjoy the journey…it’s where the best memories are made 💪💛 #motivation #inspiredtobefit #itbf #transformationtuesday #journey

prettyfitbody:

This is the proper form to do a squat. 

prettyfitbody:

This is the proper form to do a squat. 


Hold a dumbbell flat in your right hand, resting it on the top of your shoulder. Press straight up and then lower your arm. Alternate with the other arm. That’s one rep!

Hold a dumbbell flat in your right hand, resting it on the top of your shoulder. Press straight up and then lower your arm. Alternate with the other arm. That’s one rep!

the-exercist:

lazy-beauty:

the-exercist:

Kettlebell Swing: In this exercise, you’ll be using the energy from the squat to swing the weight over and above your head. “The weight sets the pace,” Gallo says. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed and spine straight the entire time.

1. Start in a squat position, with your arms in front of you holding the kettle bell hanging under your body.
2. Swing the weight back a bit to start it up, and then swing it all the way up over your head until your arms are beside your ears.
3. After the weight hits the very top, use the momentum to swing it back down as you lower back into a squat.

Continue for 30-60 seconds. You don’t want the weight to stop ever; it’s a pendulum, Gallo says. And your spine should be upright the entire time, so if you ever feel like you’re bending over, you’ve swung too far. Remember to stretch and cool down.

Why is this American? Why can’t it be called “Human Kettlebell Swing”?

Weird, it’s almost like you think Americans are human or something.
And, though you’re not actually asking, this name is about the American style of kettlebell swing as opposed to the Russian style. (Even though the Cold War is over, the world of weightlifting is still pretty well split between the US and Soviet camps. Each nation has it’s own style associated with it.)
The Russian swing starts with the kettlebell held just above your knees and, at it’s highest point, reaches chest level. The kettlebell never reaches a more than 90 degree angle with your torso. The movement is mostly powered by a hip-hinge and is done with rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing.
The American swing is different because it moves over your head. It greatly increases your range of motion and tends to require much more force, especially when it’s combined with a squat. This tends to be more difficult for the average athlete, since you have to accelerate the kettlebell enough to reach the necessary height, then decelerate just as quickly in order to pull it back into a controlled starting position. 
Most people should being by using the Russian model. Don’t move onto the American until you’ve mastered it with good form. 
And I’ve fixed the above post so that the quotes are correct. @mrsjonie:, you may want to be careful because it looks like you’re accidentally deleting some links and associating content with your page instead of the person you’re reblogging from. 

the-exercist:

lazy-beauty:

the-exercist:

Kettlebell Swing: In this exercise, you’ll be using the energy from the squat to swing the weight over and above your head. “The weight sets the pace,” Gallo says. Remember to keep your shoulders relaxed and spine straight the entire time.

1. Start in a squat position, with your arms in front of you holding the kettle bell hanging under your body.

2. Swing the weight back a bit to start it up, and then swing it all the way up over your head until your arms are beside your ears.

3. After the weight hits the very top, use the momentum to swing it back down as you lower back into a squat.

Continue for 30-60 seconds. You don’t want the weight to stop ever; it’s a pendulum, Gallo says. And your spine should be upright the entire time, so if you ever feel like you’re bending over, you’ve swung too far. Remember to stretch and cool down.

Why is this American? Why can’t it be called “Human Kettlebell Swing”?

Weird, it’s almost like you think Americans are human or something.

And, though you’re not actually asking, this name is about the American style of kettlebell swing as opposed to the Russian style. (Even though the Cold War is over, the world of weightlifting is still pretty well split between the US and Soviet camps. Each nation has it’s own style associated with it.)

The Russian swing starts with the kettlebell held just above your knees and, at it’s highest point, reaches chest level. The kettlebell never reaches a more than 90 degree angle with your torso. The movement is mostly powered by a hip-hinge and is done with rhythmic diaphragmatic breathing.

The American swing is different because it moves over your head. It greatly increases your range of motion and tends to require much more force, especially when it’s combined with a squat. This tends to be more difficult for the average athlete, since you have to accelerate the kettlebell enough to reach the necessary height, then decelerate just as quickly in order to pull it back into a controlled starting position. 

Most people should being by using the Russian model. Don’t move onto the American until you’ve mastered it with good form. 

And I’ve fixed the above post so that the quotes are correct. @mrsjonie:, you may want to be careful because it looks like you’re accidentally deleting some links and associating content with your page instead of the person you’re reblogging from. 

standardmoves:

Reverse Crunch Leg Lift
3 sets of 20 reps
Amy Steiner
Start lying on the back. Bring the knees into the chest then extend the legs straight, and perpendicular to the floor. Bring the fingertips behind the head with the elbows pointing out to the sides. Engage the core and lift the toes towards the sky, squeezing through the low belly and lifting the glutes and low back slightly off the floor. Release back down and then lift back up. Continue this move, going for 15 to 20 reps. Rest and repeat.

Good for core strength and toning.
Standard Moves presented by PUMA.