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Meditation for Athletes

Posted on 11/3/2015 by Tara Kestner in Deep Breathing Benefits of Meditation Tara Kestner athletes

Meditation? Seriously? I know what you're thinking, but yes, seriously I am going to talk about meditation for athletes. I consider myself to be a very practical person so my approach to yoga has always been from a real world perspective. Meditation has always seemed like a bunch of new age hokum. OK, so I was wrong, it happens.

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Yoga for Firefighters and Physically Demanding Jobs - Shoulder Edition Part 1

Posted on 11/1/2015 by Tara Kestner in Tara Kestner Puppy Pose Anterior Shoulder Opener Thread to Needle Pose

This series of articles was originally entitled Yoga for Firefighters as it was written for my firefighter specific class, however I have expanded it to other physically demanding jobs since the advice is equally valid and helpful to the construction trades, police officers, super heroes and military personnel. I will to address some of the specific physical challenges that firefighting and other such jobs create.

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Yoga for Firefighters and Physically Demanding Jobs: Shoulder Edition, Part 2

Posted on 6/9/2015 by Tara Kestner in Tara Kestner Extended Mountain Pose Reverse Tabletop Supine Spinal Twist

In part two of this shoulder series, we will cover a craze which appears to be sweeping the nation, labrum issues. It seems like everyone has a piece of this particular action, just ask Kevin Love. I cannot count the number of times someone has sidled up to me after a class and said “what have you got for a bad shoulder.” After a little bit of q & a, I usually find out the person has some sort of labrum damage.

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Yoga is for Everyone: Especially if You're Not Perfect

Posted on 5/15/2015 by Tara Kestner in yoga Tara Kestner Yin Yoga Exercise Vinyasa Hatha

You have probably already heard or read about it, yoga seems to be everywhere these days. There are a lot of pre-conceived notions about what yoga is, ranging from a strenuous, acrobatic endeavor only for the very strong and flexible; to some sort of new age, spiritual practice where you sit around chanting. Sure, those are out there, but the vast majority of yoga classes are fun, relaxing and full of normal, practical people just like you.

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