Yoga Stretching for Hips

Yoga Hip Opening Poses

Yoga is amazing for many things, and flexibility is one of them. Here are some outstanding hip opening poses that you can do in yoga.

Attempt to hold each asana (or pose) for at least 30 seconds.

Cobbler’s Pose with Forward Bend

Sit with a straight rolled back. Hold your feet and let your elbows lightly push on your knees nearer to the ground as you exhale stooping forwards at the waistline and take a deep breath. Continue to hold this pose for as many as 10 breaths and make an effort to deepen the reach slightly. Yoga blocks can be put under each knee for relaxation, if desired. This asana opens the hips and inner thighs and releases tightness.

Slowly pull on your left leg into the torso and up in your left hamstring with both hands. Hold for count then release and repeat this pose on the opposite side. This asana targets reducing stress and hamstrings.

From Downward Facing Dog pose, bring your left leg and position your left knee on the ground, aligning it. Open your left foot sideways and keeping your right leg straight, slide it back until you feel like you’re in a split that is bent legged. Try root down with the right hip just as much as your flexibility will permit and to keep your left shin horizontal before you. Steady yourself with your hands on the ground. Hold this pose for count. Lower your torso into the stretch with the ultimate aim of folding fully over until you are able to rest your head to the earth pose. It is the best asana for stretching hip flexors and the glutes. This pose may also release tension, if you’re able to rest your forehead on the earth.

Downward Facing Dog

With a bent foot, lift your right leg high in Down Dog Pose. Begin rotating your right leg and bend out squared. Keep your pelvis and to secure your back. This pose can be an extreme hip opener and you might be unable to hold it. Purpose for 5 breaths that are slow subsequently change to your own other side.

From Down Dog Present, bring your left leg forwards through your arms. Extended wills remain and the earth wills marginally touch. Turn both arms and rest your forearms on the earth on the interior of your left leg. Repeat on the opposite side.

This asana is welcoming after some of the more extreme poses. Lie in your back, bend your knees into your torso. Pull on your legs out with both knees bent and gradually pull the knees down to the ground, deepening the reach with each.

Lie in your back with feet flat on the ground and your knees bent. Arms are stretched, resting on each side of the body and your hands will be level on the ground. Shove into your feet and lift your hips. It’s possible for you to clasp your hands underneath you which helps extend your upper back and to open your chest. Slowly raise one leg while keeping this bridge present and repeat on the opposite leg.Yoga and Breathing

Frog Pose

You may be placed on all fours with this hip-opening asana. Bring your forearms to the ground and widen your knees as far as they’ll go. Believe when a frog’s lower body is still how it seems. Come out of the pose by raising one knee up onto each hand then lightly slides by transferring your body weight.

Child’s Pose

This can be a restful ansana that can help you prepare for the closing pose.

Reclining Leap Angle Pose

Lie down in your back with arms relaxed and stretched at your sides, palms facing up. Flex the knees and touch the soles of your feet so your knees open.

Boom beach

Way Too Much Boom Beach

I did not get into Clash of Clans like lots of other people (it’s still the top grossing game on iOS and Android). I tried it a few times but got bored pretty soon. I don’t think I’m really into the whole fantasy genre and even though Clash of Clans is a very simple strategy game and not an RPG it just didn’t do it for me.

So I tried Boom Beach, which is Supercell’s follow-up game and I totally got hooked. I’ve been playing it for hours each day. Love the game!

Here are some strategies and tips I thought I’d share for going on offense in Boom Beach. And that’s really what this game is all about.

Boom Beach Island

Offensive Strategies in Boom Beach

There are two primary components to having an effective offensive strategy: the deciding of your army composition and sequence of deployment, and the use of the Gunboat’s unique skills.

The Gunboat has unique powers that can help and support your troops. It must be noted, however, that all dangerous skills and the stun capability allow for friendly fire.

The most often used are Artillery and Battery. Both deal damage. It is wise to destroy crucial defenses and Boom Cannons. Nevertheless, this order may change on the basis of the kinds of troops you want to deploy. It should be noted that shells from these two price splash damage to enemy buildings; more or two buildings that one shell can touch that.

For militaries consisting of lower-health units, like Zookas and Riflemen, defensive buildings should be targeted in this arrangement (with Artillery and/or Barrages), with number one taking the greatest precedence:

Rocket Launchers, due to splash damage and high range. A single series of shots might be able to wipe out most of a military that contains health units that are low.

Ability, and mortars, due to splash damage hit Zookas with their long range.

Flamethrowers, because of their ability to inflict damage that is high to multiple units together with their damage.

Sniper Towers, because of ability to one -shot lower- shooting speed that was comparatively quick and health units. Not as dangerous to low -health units as various other defensive buildings, however.

Cannons are essentially smaller Boom Cannons with a slightly higher rate of fire, and are thus ruined for precisely the same reasoning. If the Cannon in question can one-shot the troop(s) you plan to deploy, it might be advisable to prioritize the Cannon over a Boom Cannon, as they have similar well-being and the Cannon shoots faster (and will hence kill more of your troops).

Machine Guns can make short work of low health units, notably at close range, but the difficulty will be readily solved by a multiple or Hefty Heavies.

Boom Cannons can readily one-hit kill a low well-being unit, but swarming this defensive structure will readily make waste.

For armies that rely on high health units, like Tanks and Heavies, defensive buildings should be targeted in this arrangement (with Artillery or Barrages), with number one taking the best precedence:

Boom Cannons’ damage that is high and long range enable them to decide of your high health units badly crippling your army.
Cannons can eat away at your heavies fairly well and additionally deal high damage to high health units, but they are prevented by their shorter range from getting off as numerous shots before being ruined, so they should be prioritized after Boom Cannons.

Rocket Launchers have extremely long range and decent DPS splash damage allowing them to pummel your Troops all for a long time. Also, if your Heavies get in DPS’s spot, it will start killing your fragile Zookas which have a range longer compared to the Rocket Launcher’s blind spot.

Sniper Towers deal adequate, long range damage to your Troops. Given enough time, they could badly damage your health Troops that are high, but their higher than ordinary well-being makes them advantageous to take out with Gunboat Weaponry.
Mortars have shots that drop which may cause them to shoot over your Heavies as they move up which may lead to a chunk of your Zookas dying.

Flamethrowers can deal high damage to hunks if they are permitted to, but their ability to fire your Troops long enough to make a big difference is hindered by their short range. Tanks can even destroy it without it hitting on any of them because Tanks have an extended attack range compared to the Flamethrower.
Machine Guns do such damage that is, erroneous that is low, they can be an incredibly low hazard to high health units.

Another ability that is exceptionally significant is the Flare, formerly known as the signal smoke. This ability can be used to guide troops towards a designated location or to attack a specific building. The attentive utilisation is a good method to destroy the adversary’s defensive buildings like the Sniper Tower and the Cannon that can only fire one target simultaneously. It should be noted, on the other hand, that the Flare can be utilized in conjunction with the Shock Bomb to facilitate a Warrior rush.

Both the Shock Bomb and the Smoke Screen allow an opportunity to troops at not being hit by defenses. The chief difference, nevertheless, is that troops are protected by the Smoke Screen from enemy fire within its area of effect (allowing troops to move through it but not shoot), while the Shock Blast disables defenses within its area of effect. It is recommended to use these to disable and avoid the effect of splash damage units or high damage, according to what military composition is used.

Troops can be healed with use of the Medkit. It should be noted that although it can be used to counteract the damage of splash damage shields like Machine Gun, the Mortar and Flamethrower, it doesn’t do much to counteract the damage -target defenses, particularly at higher levels. They can be especially useful when working with Flamethrowers, after it’s ceased shooting fires at troops as it deals damage to them.

Common Offensive Maneuvers

Meatshielding
A meat shield is when you use well-being troops that are high in your front line of attack to defend your back line of high damage troops. The most common type of military that is meatshield is the Hefty- Hooka or Zooka military. This is very useful against moderate-degree bases with few high-dps singleshot defenses.

Racing
Usually used with Riflemen, opposing defenses are overwhelmed by attackers with the absolute amount of troops. Single shot defenses are usually no match for this particular military, but Flamethrowers, Mortars, and Rocket Launchers can damage and take out many troops at the same time.

Sniping
A base that is laid out with the map’s HQ at the very back is not invulnerable to being sniped. By sending around enemy defenses with Flares or Riflemen, a HQ with few defenses behind it is vulnerable to attack in the tree-covered regions behind the base. Use this in your favor.

HQ Racing
Usually used with Warriors, supporting them and Shock Bombs and Flaring the HQ, the Warriors rapidly destroy the HQ as a result of their high damage. AOE (area of effect) and splash damage is generally cured back by the Warriors, but high level Boom Cannons, Cannons and Sniper Towers can 1 shot or 2 shot them remember to Shock Blast these defenses.

 

The Apple Watch is Coming

Tim Cook Shows Off Apple Watch

Everyone knew that Apple would be announcing a new watch but they kept people guessing today until CEO Tim Cook revealed it as “one more thing…” From first looks, it’s pretty impressive and I already know I want one. But I’ll have to wait–they won’t be available until 2015, meaning that Apple is missing the holiday season.

There are a couple of key points to consider about the upcoming watch.

  • It’s sleek and svelte
  • There are lots of options and customizations
  • You need to pair it with an iPhone (ouch!)
  • It’s health and fitness focused (watch out, Garmin!)
  • You’ll be able to pay for stuff with it (with participating retailers)

Sign me up for one when they’re out!

Amazing Things You Probably Didn’t Know About the Grateful Dead

Here are some cool facts about the Grateful Dead. Before meeting any future performing members of the group, Jerry Garcia first befriended Robert Hunter in 1960, who go on to become the group’s lyricist behind some of their biggest tunes like “Sugar Magnolia,” “Casey Jones,” and “Truckin’.” Their devotion to musical and psychedelic exploration even reaches their use of music theory with tunes like “The Eleven” — performed in rare 11/8 time signature. In 1969, they switched gears towards incorporating live albums into their discography as the best way of capturing their sound, starting with Live / Dead recorded at Bill Graham’s Fillmore West. As a genuinely tour-dependent group, eventually their road crew that was loyal was employed full time with benefits and insurance. Their 1973 show and The Allman Brothers drew over half a million individuals. Jerry Garcia had to relearn the best way to play guitar in 1986 while recovering from a coma. Jerry Garcia served on the board of directors for a nonprofit called The Rex Foundation that has been assembled to support grassroots/artistic enrichment in “the spirit of generosity and concern that evolved in the culture surrounding Grateful Dead concerts.” Al and Tipper Gore are noted Deadheads (down to wearing J. Garcia neckties while campaigning) and even attended 1992’s RFK Stadium show within weeks of Gore being named Clinton’s vice presidential nominee. Grateful Dead is for the kids! Jerry Garcia’s last recorded job was a kids’ record called Not Just for Kids, and Bob Weir co-wrote a children’s book with his sister called Panther Dream that prepares kids about the rainforest. Jerry Garcia adored comic books and scuba diving, besides truly being a musician and visual artist. Phil Lesh’s enduring love of the sweatband is a legacy unto itself. No other group in the whole world can sound strong all at exactly the same time, and so pretty, surprising, over time. Long Live the Dead!

The Pressure of Baby Shower Gifts

I went to a baby shower the other day and it was amazing to see all the incredible gifts that some of the guests brought. Some of the gifts were downright amazing. Clearly some of the other moms had been spending a lot of time on Pinterest looking for inspiration. Here’s one of my favorites. A cute way to turn some simple washcloths into a nicely wrapped gift for the mom-to-be.

Baby Shower Washcloths

 

I was intimidated since I had a store-bought gift I found while searching for ideas on Adorababy.com. I ended up buying a collection of books from Amazon.com like Goodnight, Moon and other classics. I figured that it would be nice for mom and dad to have a stack of books at the ready for those long nights of trying to get baby to sleep!

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My First Yoga Class

For a long time, I was feeling inspired to start my first yoga class though I had no idea on what to expect. Before, I could begin I went through articles and books on yoga to find out more on the subject. I also learnt a few things from my first yoga class that I would like to share.

Yoga clothes

Perhaps you may be feeling confused on the type of clothes to wear for your yoga class. I realized out that it depends on the class type you will be attending. If will be in the Bikram yoga or power yoga, you will definitely sweat. Therefore, you should wear garments that wick away the sweat. Wear something like what you would when running.

While the baggy T-shirts are okay for guys, ladies should choose tight-fitting tops. This will ensure that your top doesn’t fall over your head during an inversion. I could see women pulling tops in their shoulder stand as they did not want to show their stomachs.

Yoga gear

If you are new to it and do not have a mat, call the gym or yoga studio to rent or borrow one. From my experience, I would recommend buying one after you have already attended a few classes. The mats are available in a variety of materials and colors ranging from the natural rubber to the synthetic and have different thickness levels. Wash the mat with water and soap and leave it to dry. Most studios also provide basic props like blocks that can be used in alignment and straps to help those who are new.

Yoga etiquette

Ensure that you arrive about 10 minutes in advance for your yoga class so as to choose a comfortable spot. If you choose a popular class as a result of the time of the day, you should always arrive 15 to twenty minutes before time. After arriving, remove your shoes & socks before walking into the room. Find a spot at the back where you can follow people in front of you.

Before the class begins, meet the instructor and let him or her know whether you are suffering from an injury, particularly a recent one to enable him modify the lesson to suit your need. When doing the challenging poses, breathe deeply. Practice the poses at home to become more experienced. With these tips, it will be possible to enjoy your yoga lesson.

Oh and this didn’t happen to me but it’s funny!

Harry Potterheads

OK, those of you who know us well probably won’t be surprised to learn that the entire family is a bunch of Harry Potter fanatics, dating back to when the original books were written and Aunt Sally sent over an early copy of The Philosopher’s Stone from England. Since then, we’ve all devoured every book and movie and spent many family dinners arguing some of the finer plot points and meanings.

Pottermore - Privet Drive

The sign for Privet Drive at the opening scene for Pottermore.

This past weekend, a very big present dropped in our laps: the release of Pottermore, the world of Harry Potter brought to life in an interactive web site from J.K. Rowling and Sony. It has been in beta testing for almost a year, and we’ve known about it for a while, but weren’t allowed into the beta test. But when it came out on Saturday morning, plans were cancelled, computers were fired up and we all dove in.

It’s a Potterhead’s dream. You move throughout the world of Harry Potter, experiencing all the major events that he did, chapter by chapter. You explore the world through different moments, which are the major scenes of each chapter in the story. Along the way, you need to click around to find items like Chocolate Frog Cards or Galleons. There are a lot of important things to find and you need to locate them all to progress to each new moment and chapter. If you get stuck or lost, try one of the many Pottermore walkthroughs on the Internet.

We all blazed through the story pretty quickly. In under an hour. That was are only complaint about Pottermore. There’s not enough of it! You do get some great material that you won’t find in the books or movies, mostly backgrounds and stories about the places and characters. But for now, only Book 1 is available. We’ll have to wait for the rest!

Headed to Hawaii

After a lot of discussion and debate within the family, we opted to head for Hawaii this year for a fun and relaxing vacation. We thought about a lot of different places to go, including the Caribbean and (for a brief moment) even the remote South Pacific, but after a review of several family vacation destinations, we settled on Hawaii as the best choice.

The past two years with the economy down, we tried the cheap and effective staycation concept. It was a nice way to save money but we all felt that now it’s been years since we’ve had a real vacation, so it’s time to splurge a little. Hawaii is the perfect choice, with plenty of nice beaches to relax on and enough in the way of sports and activities to keep everyone entertained for a week.

Maui Sunset

Sunset over the island of Maui in Hawaii

I think the decision was clear after we looked at some of the photos on the official tourism site for Hawaii. We were sold. We’re going to visit Maui on this trip and avoid the temptation to island-hop. After all, it’s more about enjoying some down time than boarding lots of planes.

Facebook Games

I haven’t been playing as many Facebook games as I used to. I logged plenty of hours on FarmVille when it was popular and also played a ton of CityVille for a few months, but got bored since it was almost the same game. I then tried some different genres of games on Facebook, like some of the match-3 and arcade-style games. I tried Diamond Dash and Bejeweled Blitz, which were great because they were fast-paced and fun. Collapse Blast is another good one.

But now I’m getting kind of bored of all of them. None of the games on Facebook are as good as some of the regular games that you can buy or download. My favorite casual game is a toss-up between Peggle and Plants vs. Zombies.

Plants vs. Zombies

Plants vs. Zombies is still better than anything you’ll find on Facebook.

But I’m still holding out hope for a new wave of better and more enjoyable games on Facebook. CastleVille has a lot of promise. I was reading about it on a CastleVille fan site and it sounds like the game will have lots of great animation, storyline and characters that you meet. But then again, it might turn out to be just another update to the FarmVille/CityVille click fest. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see how it turns out.