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Samantha Menzies
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curious explorer and lifelong learner
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Samantha Menzies is an opinionated young firecracker who just happens to enjoy distracting web surfers with chronicles of her mildly entertaining daily pursuits at samanthamenzies.com

She dabbles in weightlifting, running, yoga, reading, baking bread, travelling, and eating, and she plays harder than she works.

You can find Samantha in Windsor Ontario living with her husband Matt, who plays a recurring role in her blog posts, and her cocker spaniel Bagigis.

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Teaches Yoga; Ran a marathon in Disneyworld; Deadlifts 250lbs; Makes amazing bread.
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Analyst, Mathematician, Yoga Teacher

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Winter means not fighting children for the monkey bars.
Monkey bars are my fave because they're fun. Also hanging is a natural movement that humans have mostly lost the ability to do. It takes grip strength (especially when you do it with mittens!) and shoulder strength just to hang, let alone move and pull yourself up and it helps you open the intercostal muscles for better oxygen intake.
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Seriously though.
#christmasforgrownups
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The second step to using Yoga to become a better athlete, is GETTING IN THE ZONE.
Success in sport is about being so into the game that you're one with it. The connection between your mind and body becomes so intertwined that you don't know where thought ends and action starts. You're not thinking THEN doing. Your mind is so hyper-aware that your body is doing exactly what you need to do. It's magic.

Yoga uses techniques of body awareness to train your mind and body to work in synchronicity.

#stretchyourpotential #yogaforathletes #upyourgame #yqg #yogaselfie
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Being a better athlete with yoga, step 4: building strength.
Sure your conditioning will do that and so will many aspects of your sport itself; however, yoga puts you into poses that are outside of your typical movement patterns. That means you activate muscles you aren't used to using, making your weaker areas stronger.
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Being like absolutely no one else in my neighbourhood and taking a walk this evening. Walk through the snow is the cool opportunity to check your gait pattern by looking back at your footprints. Do your feet turn out? Pigeon toe? How long is your stride?
Walking on ice is a good opportunity to break your neck . . . err, I mean, to analyse how your gait changes when you're on a slippery surface. Gripping toes, shifting your weight forward instead of back, and lifting at the knees rather than pushing the ground away with the hamstrings are all ways that you compensate for the decreased coefficient of kinetic friction. Pretty cool, eh?
#finallysomecoldweather #biomechanics #gait #snowywalk #yoga #movement 
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December shouldn't call for tank tops should it? #elnino
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Nutcracker Ballet night with the ladies
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It takes practice to get your body comfortable with being stable when out of balance.
And better balance means you can use the power you DO have more efficiently. So instead of flailing your body like a maniac to stay on your feet, your muscle memory will keep you stable and on your feet because it's tough to score points when you've fallen on your ass.
#stretchyourpotential #yogaforathletes #upyourgame #yqg
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Starting to take applications for this exclusive Yoga Singles Mixer in Windsor.
Click the link below to apply.
http://samanthamenzies.com/main/windsor-yoga-singles-mixer/
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Yoga for athletes is critical and LEARNING TO BREATHE is the most important part.
It's interesting the number of athletes I see breathing into their chest alone. And by interesting, I mean unfortunate.
That means they're not using their diaphragm properly which means other muscles have to compensate. Muscles they should be using for their game.
‪#‎stretchyourpotential‬ ‪#‎yogaforathletes‬ ‪#‎upyourgame‬ ‪#‎yqg‬
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Gina is a brilliant instructor with extensive experience and a kind heart.
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