Happy Exercising!!

Happy Exercising!!

Charlotte Mulloy, Fitness, Healthy Living, Yoga
I have been back in North Carolina catching up with family and friends during my summer break for almost two weeks now, and I had forgotten how oppressive the humidity can be in the summer!  The heat along with the humidity can really zap my energy and take away my desire to exercise.  I hear a little voice in my head tell me to head to the beach, mountains or hide in the cool air conditioning.  Summer is an excellent time to find fresh, local, produce so eating whole foods feels easy enough, but how to stay motivated to exercise and sweat when just stepping outside challenges my deodorant? My greatest passion is group exercise.  Whether I step onto the dance floor or onto my yoga mat, I generally like…
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Build Core Strength

Build Core Strength

Charlotte Mulloy, Fitness, Yoga
Our core consists of a series of muscles including everything but our arms and legs. Our core links our upper and lower body and incorporates almost every movement in the human body.  Strength and stability in the core is vital to prevent injury not only while exercising, but in all functional activities we perform daily. After the birth of my second child I herniated two discs in my lower spine.  The next thing I knew I was facing the possibility of spinal surgery.  As a group exercise instructor I felt I had a strong core as I did crunches almost daily.  I was shocked when my physical therapist showed me how my low back and hip flexors were doing all the work that my core should be doing, putting tremendous…
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Discover Your Heart

Charlotte Mulloy, Yoga
            Love seems to be the appreciation that we are all little lumps in the same earthly soup which is a little lump in a larger cosmic soup. So, love is an awareness of this beautiful energetic relationship and a natural appreciation of this situation.  It doesn’t seem to be a matter of finding love...it’s a matter of being aware of it.  It’s not a question of invention but rather of discovery. ~Ken Dychtwald             I remember my first yoga class, and as a new student I was struck by the teacher’s continuous cues about opening our hearts in each posture.  I had no idea what she meant by this cue and as I took cobra pose my teacher kept saying, “Lead with your heart not…
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Benefits of Plank Pose

Benefits of Plank Pose

Charlotte Mulloy, Fitness, Healthy Living, Yoga
What is plank pose, and why should we include this posture in our yoga practice?  Plank pose creates inner core strength needed for more advanced postures like shoulder stand, headstand, handstand and all of the balance postures.  Increasing core strength with plank pose has tremendous benefits off the mat as well, and should be practiced with regularity.  Need some convincing? Some of the benefits of practicing plank pose regularly are: Deep inner core strength: Plank pose activates and strengthens the transverse abdominals. These muscles are the inner girdle muscles of the abdomen helping the back as well as the core get stronger. Better posture: Creating a stronger functional core allows your spine to align with more ease; toning your abdominal muscles helping you stand straighter and taller. Breathe with ease:…
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