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Yogi Stretches & Foggy Runs

Posted Jan 30 2013 11:27am

To be clear, there were two factors that inspired my 60-minute living room workout on Tuesday morning.

1. Physical pain. Four morning runs in a row — including a 6-miler — resulted in inevitably achy shins (so, I guess that whole thing’s still an issue).

2. Physical pain. My return to the office has given me a serious case of back spasms. A massage therapist I once interviewed called it something cute, like work-a-saurous-rex. Or something. Either way, my neck and back (upper left corner, to be exact) have been killing me lately, and there was nothing I wanted more on Tuesday morning than to stretch it all out with a bit of yogi breathing.

Aside from the usual suspects (re: 80′s-inspired ab videos and Core Fusion fun), I tested out the following two yoga sequences from New York’s own gorgeous guru, Tara Stiles. Like I mentioned last week (and maybe the week before?) I have been seriously digging her 7-10 minute flows.

Tara Stiles: Hard Core Yoga Routine

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Some of Tara’s core-centric videos tend to focus too much on crunches and the likes. This one incorporated far more planks and traditional yoga poses than usual, which I really enjoyed.

Okay, so I had major location envy (my apartment does not, unfortunately, look like this zen urban rooftop). Either way, I’d definitely recommend this one if you’re looking for a sequence that blends vigorous poses with restful breaks.

Tara Stiles: Morning Yoga for Flexibility

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This speedy video was like a 7-minute stretch-a-thon. Morning workout lover? Then you’ll adore this.

Then came Wednesday.

This morning, I was up and ready for action after a night of far too little sleep (major life decisions and such; oh how I hate being an adult).

While I didn’t have all the time in the world, I did manage to squeeze in 30 minutes outdoors, where I soaked in the warm, somewhat muggy winter air. The route took me up to the Queensboro Bridge and home. Simple. To the point. Just what I needed.

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It was incredible outside this morning, fog engulfing everything in its sight.

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Anywho, that’s it from me today. This week is pretty straight forward in terms of healthful meals…

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…and delicious, quick runs.

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As for all other aspects, well, I can’t say the same. Life can be unexpected at times, but at least I know I’ve got the antidote.

  • Super, insane foggy morning runs. Yay or nay? 
  • Have you checked out any of Tara Stiles’ videos yet? Like or hate?

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