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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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Coffee, good music, and more time to train made for a great run. Probably the beat I've run since that time in my life when I ran on the daily.
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Many students have a tough time stepping their foot forward to a lunge, and flexibility isn't the only thing that will get you there. Physics will too!
When you bend your limbs you can put more pressure into the floor. That force will press back into you (equal & opposite reaction, yo) when you straighten your limbs to give you more height and thus more space to step your foot forward.
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ASANA QUICK FIX: In order to keep the hips and knees properly aligned in standing postures like Warrior II and Side Angle, the inner thighs are required to externally rotate to a degree not accessible everyone. So, how to you modify to make these poses both accessible and safe on your knee joint? Watch to find out.
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Preach!
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Side plank is a go-to pose for concentration, balance, and core strength.
To help keep the hips from sagging, imagine a rope tied around your hips that is pulling upward toward the ceiling. ie. Lift from the BOTTOM hip, not from the top hip.
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Bracing the core is extremely important when you are moving a heavy load in one plane, but if you need to move freely with agility then the core needs to be responsive.
How can you evoke the core without bracing it? Read on...
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http://samanthamenzies.com/home/2016/04/more-stability-with-less-work/
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That's great! Many people either brace too hard or use other muscles to compensate for weakness in the deep core muscles like the psoas, ql, pelvic floor, and even TVA.
Many people are not even aware of these muscles and how they work in the body because they are so deep and out of sight. It is very challenging for people to know whether or not these deep core muscles are engaged in the same way they would know that, say, their glutes were engaged. The idea of evoking the core is really softening superficial muscles so these deep core muscles can do their work. 
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Everything is better when you bring a sense of awareness into it. Including your morning coffee.
#meditation   #mindfulness   #coffee  
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Who would have thought that you need tips on how to stand, amiright? Find out what tips I have for a better mountain pose
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Gina is a brilliant instructor with extensive experience and a kind heart.
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