It’s no surprise that Power Yoga instructor Erin Jacques was voted Rate Your Burns #1 most poular instructor as well as the top ten most talented, hands on instructors in NYC. Erin’s classes are always jam packed, intense, fast paced and unique in that she never, ever teaches the same class twice! Guarenteed to convert any Yogi skeptic out there, Erin is as inspiring as her killer playlists. No heat needed! You will leave her classes dripping in sweat, working muscles you didn’t even know you had!
Fitness has fueled this modern yogi’s career for over seventeen years. After receiving her degree in Exercise Physiology, Erin was hired by HBO/Time Warner, spearheading their corporate fitness program. Erin has served as National Yoga Director of Exhale Spa, leading Core Fusion® teacher training for several years. In May 2012 she co-founded SLT Yoga, Manhattan’s first music-focused yoga studio. Erin has worked privately with Jennifer Aniston, Perez Hilton, and Jessica Hecht as well as having Caroline Kennedy, Kelly Rutherford, Mario Lopez, Alessandra Ambrosio and Lauren Silverman attend her classes. Erin has been featured in publications including The New York Times, Fitness Magazine, Town and Country, Vogue, Huffington Post and Well + Good NYC. She is known for her expertise in creating a dynamic and athletic twist to the spiritual experience of yoga. Erin’s teaching style allows students to be out of their heads and in their bodies, balancing effort with ease, strength with flexibility, and grace with humility.
I’m a big fan of combo exercises that utilize all the muscles in the body, it gets the heart rate up and challenges balance/coordination.
a) Start in a plank position (hands under shoulders, feet hips distance apart, abs in and shoulders drawing down the back).
b) Lifting the right foot off the floor and as you exhale, bring the knee into the right tricep bending your elbows as low as you can. Inhale, kicking the right leg back and up into a downdog splits, keeping the leg as straight as you can.
c) Walk your hands back to your left leg into a standing splits, soften left knee and slowly pull the right knee into your chest without putting your foot on the floor. Inhale, slowly lifting hands off the floor coming up to balance on your left leg and reaching your arms over head.
d) Lastly, exhale with control to a standing split, placing your hands on the floor and bringing your right leg up. Walk back out to a 3 legged plank (right leg lifted) and finish the set as you began in a plank pose with both feet on the mat.
*8-10 reps, repeat everything on left side.
Tips for staying healthy:
Beside my dally dose of movement, mediation and eating well….getting enough sleep and drinking tons of water (I always have hot water w/ lemons in the am) are my anchors to staying healthy and feeling good.
Upcoming Classes and events:
Classes:June 14th,28,31st at Exceed Fitness www.exceedphysicalculture.com
August, date TBD: Hudson River Park’s Summer of Fitness with Lole’ and FITist.
Follow Erin on Twitter!
TWITTER – @erinjacquesyoga
I just LOVE this photo I found on PEACEBUG.COM. (Bikini by Bikini Thief of course). Peace bug is a really cool website about sharing happiness…. Doesn’t get much simpler than that. I’m a fan!
This week our Fitness Contributor, Brooke Marrone, asked the amazing Bethany Lyons to share her top tips on fitness and wellness with all my beloved Bikini Thiefers, and ladies let me tell you…..Bethany knows fitness!
Bethany Lyons is a powerful leader, creator, community builder and co-founder of the only Baptiste-style yoga studio in Manhattan: Lyons Den Power Yoga. Bethany is a classically trained ballet dancer, Certified Baptiste Yoga Teacher and Master Instructor at SoulCycle. She has appeared as a yoga and fitness expert on ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox, TLC and CNN, and has been featured in Forbes, New York Magazine, US Weekly, SELF, Shape, Fitness Magazine, Pilates Style and Dance Spirit, among many other publications. In co-founding Lyons Den Power Yoga, Bethany seeks to showcase the endless possibilities all around us and to show up in a big way for her students and in her life.
Go to Move:
CHATARUNGA (LOW PLANK) – a classic and fool-proof way to get your triceps (hello sleeveless everything!) – not to mention your core in great shape to hit the beach!
Come to a classic, high plank (high push-up) position. Firm your legs by hugging the quadriceps up towards the femur/thigh bones. Inner thighs spiral toward the ceiling. Pit of the navel is sucked in and the space between the shoulder blades soft. Shoulders should be stacked over wrists to start and arms firm and rotating so the under-belly of the elbow faces away from you.
Push forward on the balls of the feet to shift the shoulders past the wrist creases and lower half-way down. Hover here without sitting or sinking in the shoulders or the low back. Take 2 breaths – press back up to high plank – and repeat 5 times. Then drop to the knees for a breather in child’s pose. Repeat the entire set 1-2 times. Work toward holding the chatarunga for up to 3 breaths and repeating the sequence 10 times! Killer upper arms, back and core muscles will follow suit to hit the beach READY! And no equipment needed – just you and your breath.
If you are sinking the center or unable to hold the pose – empower yourself to take a modification. Do all the above with knees on the floor and hands slightly behind the shoulder, about shoulder-width distance apart.
Secret, tip for staying healthy:
DO what you LOVE. If you love playing basketball – play. If you love dancing, well then bust a move! There are so many ways to find health and fitness through movement that does not involve running on a treadmill, (unless of course, you LOVE running on a treadmill!) If you do what you love the chances are you keep coming back and stick to it. Find something you love to experience a clear head, a full heart, relief from stress and a healthy body.
For more on Bethany or to take one of her classes, visit her website and follow her on social media too!
Twitter, Instagram & Pinterest: @lyonsdenPY
xoxo Whitney and Brooke