Hello mamas from Paris. A close friend from my college days got married here this past weekend. So I met up with my sweetie in this sparkling city for the wedding plus a few days of wine, walks and talks.
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Traveling poses a challenge for those of us who are exercise-obsessed. You’re out of your routine and adding richer meals, more wine and special desserts to the mix. When I can, I spend 20 minutes undertaking some basic yoga exercises and stretching. It’s not a full class, but it’s enough to make my body feel better. It also makes the eventual return to regular yoga classes less strenuous.
Here I am attempting one of the bikram yoga poses in the new apartment of my good friend Alexandra. As she is moving back to her hometown Paris in a few weeks with her husband and daughters, Alexandra has found a new home. She generously loaned it to Marc and I before having set foot there herself! That’s a good friend!
One of the many benefits of Bikram yoga is a stronger back. You need this for hoisting suitcases off of baggage belts and onto subway cars. This first pose – Ardha Chandrasana or Half Moon Pose – asks that we stand still with our feet together and raise our arms straight directly over the head, and then bend as far to the side as possible. It looks easier than it is! This pose strengthens the arms, the waist, the stomach and the upper back. Over time, you inch towards looking like a half moon.
My second pose, Garurasana or Eagle Pose, strengthens your inner thighs, your quads, your stomach and your arms as well. This pose can occasion a fair amount of wobbling. It helps me to fix my eyes upon a point directly front and center and to think about my core.
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