Have you ever tried to hold a clump of sand in your hands? Of course you have. Then you know that the more tightly you try to grip it the more the sand just falls from every crack and crevice. You also know the other side of that coin, too: if you're too lackadaisical you'll drop the whole load. To keep a hold on as much of your precious sand as possible, your grip must be structured yet relaxed, balanced, and at ease. It's much the same with our grip on anything we do to build our ideal lifestyle.
A happy Friday to you, and along with that we wish you happy hips, too! This week's #FreeVideoFriday is a classic favorite of ours from Shannon Algeo: his Happy Hips practice.
This 65-minute yoga session with Shannon is designed for all levels (take it at your pace) and is great to practice at any time of day. If your hips and lower back are feeling tight, this is a great practice to restore balance and oil up the joints for optimal ease and relief.
For many weeks after we started our podcast, The MOJO Show, my mom thought that where said "Hey MOJO Mob" we were actually saying "Hey MOJO Moms!" 🤣Well, this week's #FreeVideoFriday is actually all about MOJO moms with Monique Ducharme-Pullen's Prenatal Yoga for the 1st Trimester. Now, this is a great video to learn about important do's and don'ts when you find yourself with child. It's also got some great, soothing practices that everyone, pregnant or not, will certainly enjoy.
If life has you feeling a little rough around the edges, or just plain worn out, this week's #FreeVideoFriday will hit the reset button on the nose. Sara Crawford's Rest and Recovery Day invites us to take a nice full break from the rest of the world and dive in to a well-rounded practice to rejuvenate our bodies and our spirits. It's designed for CrossFitters and athletes, but every body will benefit from this recovery practice.
Ever feel like you're running around like the poor proverbial chicken with no head? We do, too. But that's why we have yoga, right?! Our yoga mat calls to us with the reminder that slow is smooth and smooth is oftentimes the fastest way to do anything. This week's #FreeVideoFriday, Meredith Cameron's Molasses, will help us remember to slow down and be clear in what we're doing when life tries to whip us into a frenzy.
Are you ready for summer yet? Now that we're in the full swing of spring, it's high time to start dusting off the winter cobwebs (if you haven't already) and getting into a sunny summer state of mind. So, whether you're a surfer or beach bunny or lawn jockey, everyone can tap into that happy outdoors mindset with this week's #FreeVideoFriday: Yoga for Surfers with Jean Marie Johnson!
Sadly, anxiety abounds these days in the US, and it's safe to say in much of the rest of the world. For many it's acutely heightened by political tensions and uncertainty in the moment. For others of us, it's just a daily struggle. Fortunately for all of us, we do have the refuge of meditation and yoga to help us take care of the one thing over which we do have a chance at exercising some control in this world: our state of mind.
Ready for your free treat this week? Lisa Simmons designed this week's feature specifically for runners, but it's also a great practice for anyone who wants more open hips and hamstrings with a stronger core and more relaxed vibe. Yes, please!
Hey MOJO Mob,
We're baaaack! That's right, after a brief hiatus to work our butts off and recover from a ridiculously long "big push," The MOJO Show is back online! This episode is an interview we recorded at the end of our time in Honolulu, with special guest Tara Rudolf.
Tara is the founder of tararudolf.com, and also happens to be one of the newest additions to the MOJO Yoga international teacher community!
This week we're exceedingly honored to have with us on The MOJO Show special guest Margot Schmorak. She's the CEO and Co-founder of Hostfully, offering personalized guidebooks for vacation rental owners. Now, Margot is pretty darn special in general, but what makes her really special for us is that she's the only other female founder in our cohort here at Blue Startups. And to top it all off, she's a yogi and a mom! So, in this episode, we chat about women in business and society at large, how to be both a business owner and a great mom, and how yoga and meditation help us integrate all of our many aspects into one balanced, vibrant life.
On the 12th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Yoga for Surfers - Viloma with Jean Marie!
The more intelligent control we have over our breath, the more consciously we can move through our lives. Viloma, or 3 Part Breathing, is an excellent exercise for training our breath control and capacity. This breathing practice is foundational for everyone who wants to build that relationship with the breath, as well as train the mind to find calm while pushing our comfort zones, and even find aid in times of insomnia or scattered energy.
On the 11th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Poses for Flexibility with Lisa!
This mini-sequence is great for everyone. It will help you:
- open your hips
- lengthen your hamstrings
- relax your neck
- elongate your spine
- create space
On the 10th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Molasses with Meredith!
Let things be as they are, on your yoga mat and in your life. A non-stop flow that is slow and sweet. As we move through familiar yoga poses, we become an observer to what is going on in our bodies. It all becomes a reminder that moving quickly doesn't necessarily mean getting more done. Move slow with me and witness the sweet quality of observation.
Relax and renew with this fusion of gentle and restorative yoga practices. This will utilize minimal props yet still offer the full benefits of restorative yoga: shedding tension and stress, activating our rest and digest mode, and refreshing mind, body, and spirit. Enjoy!
On the 8th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Meditations of Healing with Amy!
These short but powerful meditations demonstrated by Amy are derived from the book: Meditations for Addictive Behavior. You can add them to your daily yoga practice to support healing from substance addiction, co-dependency or any other lifestyle pattern which isn't serving your highest good.
On the 7th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Happy Hips with Shannon!
This 65-minute yoga session with Shannon is designed for all levels (take it at your pace) and is great to practice at any time of day. If your hips and lower back are feeling tight, this is a great practice to restore balance and oil up the joints for optimal ease and relief. Enjoy!
In this video you will learn 4 pranayamas for purifying the body and mind and increase your internal flow of Prana. The four pranayamas introduced in this video are: nadi sodhana, kapalbhati, agnisara and ashwini mudra.
On the 5th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Good Morning Sun with Allison!
Join Allison for a short practice that you can do with your kids. There are fun animal noises to coincide with some of our favorite poses to keep the kids engaged and entertained all while learning basic yoga.
On the 4th day of MOJO my true love gave to me...free Low Back Love with Lisa!
This class is suitable for anyone with a day-job that sits at a desk, for anyone who suffers from lower back pain or even simple discomfort. Practice will start with gentle breath work, lengthening of our spine and strengthening our core through abdominal work.
And now, here at the end of another week, we present to you for #FreeVideoFriday Lisa's Yoga for Insomnia and Relaxation. We heard her confession on the podcast that she's a "terrible sleeper" and that was the inspiration for this practice. We hope that whether you're a terrible sleeper too, or you just need to wind down and relax, this practice offers you some soothing reprieve. Enjoy