Name: Lesley Fightmaster
Residence: Orange County – California
Yoga style: Vinyasa-, Yin – and Restorative Yoga
1. What book are you reading right now?
I’m currently working through an Abundance book by John Randolph Price. I’m also listening to “The Power of Vulnerably” by Brené Brown
2. What book do you recommend? (it doesn’t have to be a yoga book)
I am really enjoying Brené Brown’s work and I would recommend anything she’s written.
3. What yoga classes do you follow yourself?
There are some great yoga teachers in Orange County, CA that I enjoy. I take their classes at the studio when I can. I practice at home a lot and instead of following a teacher, I just flow and move for fun. I’ve also been following some of CC’s classes on the “Yoga Dose” YouTube Channel.
4. Who is your favorite yoga teacher?
I have lots of favorites! Seane Corn, Kathryn Budig, Stephanie Snyder, Janet Stone, Diana Christianson, Kim Haegele, LB Iddings and Courtney Parkyn. 💕
5. Do you also practice other sports besides yoga?
Not really. I do like to hike. I also love riding bikes in Amsterdam!!
6. What’s your dream location for giving a yoga retreat?
For me, it’s really about the people. Any location is wonderful as long as Fightmaster Yogi’s are there!!
7. Do you have a favorite yoga playlist? And would you like to share it?
I usually don’t play music while I teach because I like to concentrate on the breath. However, I do love Deva Premal and sometimes play one of her songs during savasana. She sings like an angel.
8. It is so nice of you to educate and encourage young(er) yogis. What more can we expect in that field?
I really want yogis, especially younger ones, to understand that yoga is not about the pose. Let go of trying to do things perfectly. Practicing yoga is about being present and quieting the mind. When you’re in the present moment and your mind has become quieter, you will connect more and more with your best Self.
9. You have just launched MyYogaPal. What a wonderful way to connect with yogis from all over the world. Can you tell a bit about it?
I’m really excited about MyYogaPal! It’s a wonderful place that includes complete programs for beginners, intermediate and advanced yogis.
The beginner’s program is 30 days long, and the majority of the classes are 15 minutes each. It’s a great way to get started.
The intermediate program is called “Thrive.” It’s a 90-day journey that increases strength, flexibility, and endurance. The classes are each around 20 minutes. Thrive has a perfect mixture of repetition and variety. Students can see their progress quickly.
Our advanced program is called “Shine.” It’s also 90 days and each class is sequenced to a “peak” or challenge pose. The classes are about 60 minutes each because it takes some time to warm up and educate the body for the peak. The pace is a bit slower to focus on taking long, smooth Ujjayi breaths throughout each practice. Similar to Thrive, Shine also incorporates the perfect amount of repetition and variety to support the process of creating muscle memory.
Also on MYP, you’ll find my Align Course and bonus 7-day Chakra classes as well as guided meditations. We just added YogaFix90 by popular MYP student demand!
In addition, we have a wonderful community section of supportive yogis. We added, “Gratitude Corner” where everyone is encouraged to write down 3 things they’re grateful for each day. Actively practicing gratitude is a game changer!
We also started MyYogaPal Perks: bonus classes each month. Members receive a link to the special classes to keep, but they’re only available for a limited time. If you’re not a member when the perk is released, you’ll miss out on it forever!
I know I’ve probably said way too much about MyYogaPal, but as I mentioned, I’m very excited about it. To check it out, visit http://www.myyogapal.com ❤️
Thank you, Lesley, from the bottoms of our ❤️
Seaze the Day Yoga Events 🙏
Training your core. What does this actually mean? And why is ‘ training your core ‘ really important?
Athletes, sports instructors or fitness fanatics talk about it all the time. They say your core is a group of muscles and it as a very important group of muscles to train. Located in ‘ your center ‘. Spread over your abdomen, buttocks and lower back. These important muscles give your body stability. And in yoga, that’s essential. In Yoga Practice You can find many exercises and poses that strengthen your core. But also outside of your yoga practice, your core training is not a superfluous luxury 😉
I am writing this blog is to emphasize the importance of giving attention to this muscle group. It is the so-called basis, in your personal yoga practice.
1. Why is core training important?
- Your body posture improves because you create a kind of harness as it were. Which provides protection to the intestines and vertebral column;
- Your body is better balanced. You can literally take a punch. How often do you hear that someone heart their back or is injured by just a simple thing as tripping over something? Core improves your balance, therefore you are able to cope with an imbalance such as tripping over someting;
- You can prevent injuries. Injury prevention is very valuable. Prevention is better than cure, right!;
- Your digestion improves by a firm and strong core.
2. A couple of exercises you could do ?
1. Bridge pose: With this pose, you lie on your back and bring your hips up.
2. All Fours: On hands and knees, lift your opposite arm/leg up.
3. Boat pose: Sit on your sitting bones preferably on a yoga mat. Bring both legs stretched (or slightly bent) out. Upper body halfway up and arms stretched out >parallel to the ground.
1. Plank pose: Start on hands and knees. Bent your arms, elbows on touch the mat. Straighten your legs. Put your feet hip width, stay on the ball of your feet and push your body up, not too high. Point your nose towards the mat.
2. Mountain climbers: This pose resembles plank pose. Only it’s dynamic. Alternately pull your left/right knee in the direction of your chest. You can do it slowly, but you can also increase the tempo.
3. Superman pose: Ly on your belly (preferably on a yoga mat), arms above your head, bring both arms straight and past your ears. After which you then stretch your legs off the floor. You can also do this exercise by lifting the opposite arm/leg. This pose also occurs in yoga, namely: Vipareet Naukasana or: Reverse boat pose.
‘ This Important Muscles Give you Body stability ‘
2. The myth
Two million people in the Netherlands suffer from back/neck problems! That’s a lot of people, right?!
In many cases, suffering is caused by a lack of movement. It is often claimed that in the case of back pain, the abdominal muscles should be trained more. This is not only the case. Further more. When back problems arise, this often means that the back muscles are weakened, for example by sitting for many hours: office work, driving, you name it.
But also hypermobility. If you are a person that is hyper-mobile, your ligaments and tendons are too flexible. Therefore, your joints do not get enough support and become too mobile. Hypermobility is a common condition for dancers and yogis. By making the back core muscles stronger, the overall posture will improve. Think of poses such as Bridge pose and Superman pose. And will reduce the back problems and maybe the may even disappear.
And yes, abdominal muscles training is still a good idea. But is certainly not the only solution for a back problem you now know 🙂
Interview with Ulrica Norberg‘Yoga Master Ulrica Norberg has always been a creative researcher and thinker. She always searched for ways to develop her body, mind and soul.’ Ticket Reminder Yoga Weekend Immersion June 1 -2 2019 with Ulrica!
1. What do you like best about teaching yoga?
I like best about teaching that I get to connect with others in spirituality and together grow as a whole in a setting where we all can let down the guard, grow and evolve. Teaching yoga makes me inspired to live with intention. To practice yoga inspires me to continue to evolve and grow each day of my living.
2. When did you really need yoga?
My yoga and meditation practice has helped me grow as a human being; physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually which has given me a more solid foundation to stand upon and also to turn to in time of need. Yoga doesn’t make us immune against life. However, it can help us to not identify ourselves with the outcomes of situations. Sometimes things happen. And you deal with it. Over time, yoga has strengthened my moral compass and also my calm and connection to wisdom. So I have to say that it has been something to lean on in time of need.
3. If you could teach people one thing about yoga, what would it be?
That the breath is the path to inner peace, strength, and wisdom. To breathe more mindfully and to own their breaths in order to live a fuller life.
4. What advice would you give to people?
To not look for themselves outside of themselves. You are already complete. The yogic tools if applied correctly will teach you how to navigate back to your own inner source.
5. What are your plans for the future?
My plans for the future are to keep loving, writing and daring to create more.
6. What will people gain from attending your Yoga weekend this June 1-2 in Amsterdam?
Insight, inspiration, delight, thoughtful practices, teaching experience from almost 30 years of teaching. I don’t care much about rigidity nor ignorance when it comes to practice. I wish to invite more curiosity, insight, joy, serenity, and playfulness into my students’ practice and life.
Thank you, Ulrica, from the bottoms of our hearts!❤️
Julia and Brechje 🙏
And that is so OK! Referring to the title of this blog. And I don’t feel ashamed? Not anymore. And that is exactly what it is. It is from my own experience, that I naturally felt guilt. I don’t know what it is. ‘I didn’t practice this 120 min advanced yoga class..’ Why do I feel this enormous guilt? Because of high and unreachable expectations we have/I have (had..;). A (yogini/teacher/entrepreneur) mother of three kids, a husband that works (very hard!) out of the house. Living a busy life, with (school) schedules of five individuals (!!), building up a start-up company, working from home. A women’s thing? From an early age on I have felt the need to prove myself, the need to accomplish, perfect, gain…. Only reading this already feels exhausting. So I no longer do that shi.. Why? I did a lot of soul searching, reading, practicing Yoga in all kinds of ways, that have brought me this simple clarity.
Of course I practice daily. But not your 4 hours a day yoga regimes. Sometimes it means a 10 minutes meditation, a 15 min sun salutation A/B…Alternated with strong Vinyasa flows and softer Yin practice. I literally ‘go with the flow’. A well-known phrase that really is apllicable in a busy household. I have no choice, but to surrender. And that is 100% ok. A 10 min meditation can give me the same ‘cheer’ as a 120 min sweaty strong Vinyasa practice.
You are Nature
It is like the seasons. The changing of the seasons. We eat different foods in winter time then in summer time. Why? Because our bodies simply need different nutrients. Traditionally we cannot harvest apples in March.. That is the beauty of nature, it “knows” exactly what it needs at what time. We –as human beings- sometimes forget that we ARE nature as well. We forget that everything in nature has a reason. There is nature logic in that.
So all you yogi moms working from home. Here is the bottom-line; keep listening, moving with your environment, feeling, stop pushing in unnatural ways. You “accomplish” more, when listening to your own nature.