Sex, Yoga + Being a Rock Star

Say the words yoga and sex together, they might conjure up images of rock stars and tantric sex, but more and more we see the mind body connection seeping into all areas of our physical lives — and the bedroom is no different.

Preliminary research is showing that yoga is a viable alternative to prescription drugs, helping with increased libido, prolonging ejaculation, and enhancing overall sexual performance.

Hell yeah, right?! Try these yoga poses to help increase your rock star status in the sack. 

Spinal Flexion/Extension
Known as cat and cow in yoga classes, these movements draw attention to the hip and pelvis.

Set up on hands and knees. In cat, press through the hands and round the back, paying attention to turn the sitz bones to the back of the thighs. Move into cow, by tilting the pelvis and dropping the belly towards the floor. Repeat 10 times.

Archer + Knee Kicks
Increasing blood flow to the genitals is an important aspect of increasing libido and enhancing performance.

Step the left leg back into a lunge, drawing your right elbow back like an archer with a bow. Your left knee bent to hover over the floor. Push the floor away and step the left knee into the chest as you stand and draw the left elbow back and punch the right arm forward. Repeat 3 sets of 10 on each side.

Supine Leg Stretch
Stretching through the soft tissues of the pelvis and hip can increase mobility and blood flow. And lying on your back and making this a gentle stretch can encourage the relaxation response, allowing the body to ease and release.

On your back, take a strap around your right arch. Extend your left leg and tone your belly. Holding the strap with your right hand, open the right leg to the right side and hold for 10-15 breaths. Bring the leg back up and switch the strap into the left hand. Drop the right leg over to the left, careful to keep the side body long. Hold for 10-15 breaths. Repeat on the other side.

Legs Up the Wall
A notorious restorative gem, legs up the wall help venous return of blood flow back into our body. It will bring the body into the parasympathetic nervous system, which encourages the relaxation response.

Lay on your back with your buttocks towards the wall. Swing your legs up the wall or headboard and relax there. Tight hamstrings? Back away from the wall until you are comfortable. Stay for 2-5 minutes.

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Healing Journey Class: 6-Week Series

On the road back to wellness after a setback? Looking for a gentle class to eliminate stress and encourage healing? Students will enjoy this easy sequencing created to support the brain and body with minimal stimulation.

Join Megan for this gentle 6-week series that includes breathwork, meditation, yoga and group resilience training. Students should be ambulatory (able to move from standing to the floor). No yoga experience necessary.

Series: $45
Thursdays 11:15A-12:30P

New Staff & Therapists

We are excited to announce Ebb & Flow’s newest staff member, Joy Kurber.  Joy will be our Brand & Buzz Ambassador and will be helping with the studio communications, events and getting the ‘Buzz’ out about our wonderful studio to our local community and beyond.  She also will continue to teach our Friday morning Divinity class.

Joy holds a Bachelor’s degree in Communications and Public Relations and she is excited to be using her talents and skills in conjunction with her passion and love for yoga.  Joy will be graduating from our 200 hr YTT program in September!  Joy and her husband Dan have three sweet kids, Jude, Max and Lucy (can you name the theme?).  As a family they enjoy camping, Friday night movies and pizza, and doing yoga with the kids, especially the savasana!

Next time you see her in the studio, introduce yourself and give her a warm welcome!

Ebb & Flow has also added two new AromaTouch therapists to provide this wonderful service to our clients.  Please join us in welcoming Debbie Poore and Stephany Ta!

AromaTouch Technique is a clinical approach to applying essential oils with a light to medium touch, in specific sequence and manner, along the energy meridians of the back, to the crown of the head and on the soles of the feet.  This application technique improves well-being and encourages the body to return to a state of balance.

Make your AromaTouch appointment today by registering online or calling the studio phone at 770-655-4405.

             

Meet Hannah O’Leary – Fascial Stretch Therapist

Ebb & Flow is thrilled to be adding more options for Massage and Bodywork with the expansion of our studio! Meet Hannah O’Leary, a Certified Level 1 Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) Provider.  Hannah has her Bachelor’s degree in Exercise Science from Georgia State University and her FST certification from the Stretch to Win Institute.

Fascial Stretch Therapy (FST) is an advanced, table based, passive stretching method that involves the use of stabilization straps. FST helps to increase range of motion, relieve pain and is a dynamic and functional way to improve flexibility, and the function of fascia. The fascial system is the network of connective tissues that is found all throughout the body. Healthy fascia is vital for optimal circulation and movement.

Hannah lives in Bethlehem, GA with her husband and two sons.  Hannah has always been fascinated with the body’s ability to recondition and heal itself and she is excited to share this therapy with the Ebb & Flow community. With FST, everyone has something to gain and it is for all walks of life.   Call the studio today at 770-655-4405, to schedule your first FST appointment with Hannah. 

Thai Chopped Salad

Kevin and I were craving a salad on a hot day after the lake. Our taste buds were craving something with Asian flare and I had most of the ingredients for something thai... lime, cilantro, cashews.

I stumbled upon Lindsey's blog over at Pinch of Yum and fell in love with her chopped thai salad. It's absolutely gorgeous for one. And all five humans consumed it in silence -- which translates "this is amazing." I substituted soy sauce for tamari and kept this gluten-free.

So if you are in a pinch and looking for an easy spin on a salad that feeds like a meal, try this one and let us know what you thought!

xo
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